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April 8, 2021  

Managed Services and IT Outsourcing

Managed Services and Outsourcing is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry in Canada alone.  As such, it makes up a very large part of the IT industry as well.  How is working at a Systems Integrator or Consulting Company different from working for an Enterprise or Gov’t organization directly? What does it take to become involved in this space? Joining Morley in this episode to share his thoughts on providing managed services is Raj Kapoor.  Raj is an Executive Partner at the Whitestone Group, a consulting company and IT service provider that specializes in technology governance, strategic vendor management, and outsourcing optimization.

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About Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor is the co-founder of, and an Executive Partner at The Whitestone Group, a specialized firm focused on helping companies make change work through effective use of people, process, technology and communication. Raj has spent over 25 years implementing and advising clients on how to affect significant business change and optimization. A strong leader with a team-based mindset, Raj really does understand the symbiotic nature between the business, technology and the people supporting them. From large multi-billion dollar deals to the small and surgical, Raj and his team ensure the required changes are implemented and stick, long after they are finished.

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April 1, 2021  

Data Science and AI

Past Tech Talks have already discussed the curation and use cases of digital corporate data, and in this episode, Morley continues the conversation with Garry Ma, a leading data scientist and expert in artificial intelligence. They talk about how Data Science helps convert data into actionable business information and how AI uses that information to achieve business goals such as increased efficiencies, improving customer service, reducing time to complete tasks and scale business. Whether you're interested in working in the field, recruiting professionals for related jobs, or already immersed in the profession, you will find value in this interview!

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About Garry Ma
Garry is founder and CEO of Ample Insight, a Toronto-based consulting firm helping organizations across diverse industries build and scale data analytics and AI.Garry was also an early data scientist at Facebook and had helped establish many of the core data science teams at Facebook today including monetization, profile, privacy, and data growth products. Garry later co-founded Brilent, an AI SaaS company that automated the discovery and matching of candidates to jobs. Brilent's AI outperformed some of the top recruiters around the world and was later recognized by IDC as a leading innovator in talent discovery. Today, Garry’s focus remains on helping companies accelerate their growth through the practical use of data, AI, and data science. 

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March 25, 2021  

Big Data Analytics

Big Data is a popular topic today, frequently being discussed in the media for both its good and its bad. In this episode of Eagle Tech Talks, Morley is joined by John Pensom, CEO of PeopleInsight Workforece Analytics, a company that helps their clients make business sense out of their "people" data. They discuss the many roles related to Big Data (ex. Data Architect, Data Scientist) and how companies leverage data and analytics to make more sophisticated, strategic decisions.

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About John Pensom
John Pensom is Co-Founder & CEO of PeopleInsight Workforce Analytics - a SaaS based multi-source people analytics platform. He comes from a long history in HR data, strategy and transformation. John speaks frequently at industry events about the power of workforce analytics, data driven transformation and helping HR become more business focused and is proud to be identified as one of the Global Top 50 HR Analytics Influencers. 

Get in Touch with John
www.peopleinsight.com
Email: john.pensom@peopleinsight.com 
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March 18, 2021  

Permanent Placement Recruiting

In this episode, Eagle's own long-time permanent placement recruiter, Alison Turnbull, talks with Morley about what it takes to be successful as a technical recruiter. She shares the lessons she’s learned over the years of honing her expertise at permanent placement recruitment over the past 20 years.

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About Alison
Alison Turnbull has been in the recruitment business for over 23 years, including more than 12 years as part of the Eagle Team. Currently Eagle's leading recruiter in permanent placements, specifically in Western Canada, Alison is also skilled in assessing leadership talent and helped launch Eagle's Executive Management Consulting division. She has built relationships and helped place hundreds of talented professionals across Canada and into the United States.

Alison's passion for recruiting stems from her love for finding people their next great career opportunity, as well as helping companies find the best fit for their culture. She carefully gets to know both the candidates and the hiring organizations so she can be certain people are taking the best possible steps for their careers.

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March 11, 2021  

Changing Change Management

As the saying goes "there is nothing more constant than change" and in today's world, that's an understatement! Today's Tech Talk features Len Nanjad, an expert who has been involved in the organizational change management space for over two decades as both a practitioner and an instructor at the university level. He and Morley discuss the field, what it takes to be successful in the role and how to identify both the right opportunities and professionals. 

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About Len
Len Nanjad has twenty years of provoking dramatic performance breakthroughs. Describing that experience, he says “I have always been inspired by blending science and art to achieve winning results through the design of people systems.” 

Before consulting with boutique firms and on his own, Len was the Senior Director, Business Change, Retail Operations for Loblaw Companies Ltd. There he worked closely with senior leaders across several functions to address top priority people, talent and organization issues through change management, organizational design, team effectiveness, and facilitation of strategic planning sessions. Prior to this, Len spent five years as a Senior Managing Consultant, Organizational Change Strategy with IBM Global Business Services, three years with Deloitte as a Senior Consultant, People and Organization Performance, plus some time with Accenture Business Process Outsourcing. 

Organizations in retail, energy, telecommunications and financial services have achieved impressive results working with Len. Some of his past clients include TJX, Canadian Tire, Spectra Energy Transmission West, TELUS, The Co-Operators, and Travel Alberta. He has also taught and guest lectured at several Canadian universities including University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary. 

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March 4, 2021  

QA and Automation Testing

Quality Assurance is the process of testing code and applications to ensure they work as intended and provide the Software Developers with feedback needed to repair or improve the software product.  But in today’s uber-speed, hyper-change environment, with applications running globally for potentially millions of users, how does one complete proper and meaningful quality tests? Today's guest, Kevan Mikkelsen, has been involved in the QA process for more than 35 years. He and Morley disucss his experience with a focus on automated testing.

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About Kevan
Kevan Mikkelsen is a Senior Quality Assurance Expert who brings over 30 years of overall IT experience, deep expertise in Quality Assurance and prior experience leading and managing high performing teams. Kevan has proven facilitation skills and deep insight into industry best practices in automated and manual testing. He has extensive experience streamlining complex work and business processes.

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February 25, 2021  

Project Rescue

The need for Project Rescue specialists has been around for almost as long as there have been projects. This high-stakes, high-pressure scenario would scare away most people.  But some experts have built their career around such... opportunities. Today's podcast features Heike Cantrup where her and Morley discuss some of her ideas and philosophies that have helped her to be successful throughout her career. 

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About Heike Cantrup
Heike Cantrup is a PMP certified project manager and consultant employed in the Calgary IT industry for over 15 years. She is passionate about working for teams, removing bottlenecks and obstacles and empowering technical groups to realize their strengths while working as a united front. Her independent consulting firm, Zippered Tiger Inc., has been running strong since May 2016 and plans to continue serving Alberta for years to come.

Contact Heike
Email: heike@zipperedtiger.com 

February 18, 2021  

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS is everywhere in our daily lives. From social media, to our cell phones, to package tracking. And with so many applications, it's only natural here are also a number of career opportunities. In this Tech Talk, Morley is joined by Frank Letniowski to go through the ins and outs of what it takes to be successful in GIS.

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About Frank

Frank Letniowski is a Senior IT project manager with expertise on enterprise and corporate programs and projects. He has a focus on software project management, change management, business analysis, vendor management, sourcing and people leadership. Frank is an advocate for Agile software development practices, cross-functional collaboration and risk management, and he has xperience leading large software projects such as GIS implementations, document and content management, customer and accounting systems.

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February 5, 2021  

Project Management Office (PMO)

Gabrielle Maussner-Schouten spends a lot of time working in and thinking about the Project Management Office (PMO). She’s recently co-written a white paper on this subject with an emphasis on its real world application. In this episode of Eagle Tech Talks, Morley discusses the PMO in-depth with Gabrielle, whose energy and enthusiasm on the topic is second-to-none. She talks about how it's evolving, the business drivers for implementing a PMO and what it takes to manage a successful one.

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About Gabrielle Maussner-Schouten

 

Gabriele Maussner-Schouten is a respected project consultant and coach with more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing practical solutions for project management success.

She is an award-winning speaker; workshop facilitator and author of many project management articles. Most recently she completed a White Paper on “A Canadian Perspective on PMOs”.

Her expertise managing large projects for both private and public-sector organizations ranges from mission-critical ERP implementations and content management solutions to providing leadership for major special events and support for enterprise-wide communication strategies. She also has taught strategic supply chain management at Centennial College and Humber College in Toronto.

Get in Touch with Gabrielle

  • Email: gmaussner@sympatico.ca   
  • LinkedIn
January 28, 2021  

Cybersecurity

Morley sits down with Regan Herbst, one of the founders of Advantus360, a company that specializes in Cybersecurity advisory, testing, design, implementation and remediation services. Regan goes through many aspects that CSO's must consider and we learn just how huge the cybersecurity landscape really is.

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About Regan Herbst

With over 25 years of experience assisting organizations maximize their returns on security and IT technology, Regan is the go-to for business leadership, vision and strategy. Helping clients protect critical digital assets and fostering strategic objectives is Regan’s passion. Regan’s synergized approach supports clients to achieve both business and technical goals.  

Connect with Regan

  • LinkedIn 
  • Website: advantus360.com  (Company Website) 
  • Email: rherbst@advantus360.com 

 

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