An unconference is an event where the emphasis is in attendees who drive the discussions and share the common interest around different HR topics. This year, HR Unconference will be held on October 17, 2014 at Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Road (off Homer Watson Blvd), Kitchener, ON.
The conference is all about people who are one way or another related to the people businesses. HR people, HR Tech vendors, Recruiters (agency, in-house), Social Media and Employer Branding Experts, Career Advisors are ll are welcome!
1. Cindy Tarasow: Right Management, Cindy is a Vice President, Client Services with Right Management for Southwestern Ontario and joined our organization in 2011.
2. Aki Kakko: Joberate, HR Unconference, Co-Founder, Head of Product at Joberate, Partner at HR Unconference
3. Geoff Webb: AON/Hewitt, Global Manager Digital Talent RPO
With AIESEC Laurier’s Presidential Elections happening in just this evening, I figured this would be a good time to reflect on an intense learning curve known as being a Local Committee President.
A year and a few days ago, it was me who was up in front of the Local Committee telling them my belief of what AIESEC can be. The weeks leading up to the Elections was an emotional roller coaster. One day, I would be set on running and many other days, questions would just create doubt. After being away from the country for a whole year, how will new members react? Am I who AIESEC Laurier needs? Do I have the right people that can become VPs to manage seven or eight departments? Is it worth staying back in school another eight months to see this vision through?
All of these questions constantly haunted me during the days and kept me up at night and it really didn’t stop until a good friend of mine said, “If you were not going into this role scared sh*tless, then you are not the right person for it”. That’s when I realized that the doubt was just me being uncomfortable with the new responsibilities.
Looking back at myself a year ago, I can barely recognize who I was then. The only part that is still the same is my physical appearance.
Throughout the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to do many things besides constant fire-fighting. I had the opportunity to select my Executive Team, come up with our year plan and recruit fifty new youth leaders to help us reach our goal: facilitating leadership development through international exchange. With the team collectively putting in at least 250 hours a week, we send abroad 2x more people year over year. Moreover, we have created relationships with fifty more companies and have created partnerships with a handful of them – including Google, Maplesoft, and Communitech. I have personally presented to many senior managers and have aligned long term strategies to become mutually beneficial for both parties. Leaders of all ages and levels have seen me as an equal individual: a globally-minded youth leader.
Best of luck to all three candidates – Faiq Shad, Gunjan Marwah, and Shinjni Sharma. Although only one person can become that President, I can ensure you that results and experiences can only be created with people who together want to see it succeed.
To all those who wish to watch the Elections virtually, please stay tuned to our Twitter for the link available later today. The Elections will be live from 7-10. Please note that there will be absolutely no live tweets during the Elections.
Here are some words I wrote at the beginning of this term – soon after this picture was taken:
As the blindfolds went on and the doors were open, the whole body becomes completely sensitive trying to find hints of what will happen. Feeling the change of surface, I knew it was about to begin. The chant started. The chant I’ve heard dozens of times in Canada a year before. However, this time around, everything sounded much more foreign. But the moment the word “hey” was heard, I closed me eyes, thought to myself that this will always be a memory regardless of the result. Then it happened.Thank you everyone who’s supported and inspired me since day one. For those who had to deal with me over the last month – I sincerely thank you for all the emotional roller coaster that you had to deal with. To AIESEC Laurier – thank you for supporting my goal. Our journey has only begun but know that you have already changed a person’s life.
Guest Blogger: Chungsoon Haw, Local Committee President
Blackberry announced that they’re working together to help AIESEC Canada‘s seven-person executive team to document their year-long experience as they lead the international leadership-development organization. Over the next 12 months, the executive team will stay collaborative, connected, and productive with the BlackBerry Z30s.
AIESEC International Congress (IC) is one of AIESEC’s biggest anticipated conferences that unites youtth delegates from all over the world at one place and time to communicate goals for the next period, celebrate the sucesses and share the experience. IC takes place annually and consists of 10 days of discovery, collaboration and inspiration for the current AIESEC top level leaders from all over the world. The conference consists of 10 days of discovery, collaboration and inspiration for the current AIESEC top level leaders from all over the world.
AIESEC Laurier’s Local Committee President, Chungsoon Haw, is currently representing AIESEC Canada along with other youth leaders from different universities within Canada.
AIESEC Laurier’s LCP, Chungsoon Haw, with other Canadian youth leaders representing Canada in International Congress 2014.
Founder of AIESEC, Jean Choplin, shares a powerful speech at International Congress 2014.
To know more about International Congress, visit: http://ic2014taiwan.org.tw/
Watch them live stream now in Taiwan: https://new.livestream.com/AIESEC-international
Last month we sat down with Canny Chiu, our current Vice President of Outgoing Exchange, to hear about his Global Citizen exchange experience in India.
1. What were you expecting to get out of your exchange experience? Did you get what you expected?
I wanted to have an adventure of a lifetime, I wanted to see a new world and be thrown so far outside of my comfort zone.
2. Can you describe one of your most memorable moments from your exchange?
One of my most memorable moments was my goodbye dinner where 30 other interns/aiesecers wished me farewell. Another really memorable moment from my exchange was when I was volunteering for the NGO, I also worked with a couple of local volunteers, they became some of my closest friends, and even though they weren’t the ones to drive me back to the airport, they came anyways and spent the last hour of my time in India waiting with me.
3. Was there anything that surprised you about India that you didn’t know before you went there?
I think I underestimated how busy/high traffic life is compared to the suburbs of Toronto.
4. How was your experience with the local AIESEC chapters in your host country?
AIESEC Chandigarh is an absolutely amazing LC. Not everything was perfect about the place I lived in or my job, but this AIESEC Chapter did everything in their power to make my experience as good as possible. Sometimes you can’t predict what goes wrong on an exchange and when they do you can’t fault people for trying their best.
AIESEC International created a video that outlined the history of AIESEC. Told through AIESEC International members, it describes the creation and relevance AIESEC has had in the world since the 1950s. This videos helps students and companies understand AIESEC a little more and be able to understand the impact AIESEC has had on the world.
What new piece information did you learn about AIESEC? Tell us in the comments below!
The National Support Team (NST) consists of bright, active, and intelligent members all over AIESEC Canada and four of Laurier’s amazing members were appointed to become National Coaches! Not only are these youth leaders representing the Waterloo region on a national level, but they are also working beyond their role within Laurier’s Local Committee (LC). The NST ensures that AIESEC Canada is maintaining high synergy between the Member Committee (MC) and LCs to drive national growth.
The following AIESEC Laurier members include:
Stephanie Yi – currently our Executive Vice President taking on the role as a New Sales Coach
Canny Chiu – currently our Vice President for Outgoing Exchange taking on the role as a National Coach for Outgoing Exchange
Shinjni Sharma – currently our Vice President of Corporate Relations taking on the role as an Account Delivery Coach
Joelle Leung – currently our Director of Internal Marketing taking on the role as a Brand Manager
Gunjan Marwah, one of our exceptional members and also the Vice President of External Marketing and Communications, is currently in Arequipa, Peru! She is teaching English to young professionals and students as a part of the Teach South America program.
Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. created a video to explain the strengths of Waterloo region and how it has shown the growth of locally grown companies. It also highlights the unique perspectives of six-high profile business leaders. Check out the video here.
What are your thoughts about the strengths of Waterloo Region? Comment below and let us know what you think!