Inclusivity in Tech Speaker Biographies

Concurrent Breakout Session: Company Cultures


 Laura Milne

Laura’s background spans across multiple fields including robotic engineering, media,HR, recruitment, community networks and tech.

Laura fell into tech because of my growing need to solve a problem that she encountered everyday for years. Companies came to Laura because they could not find the right people, and people came to me because they could not find the right employer. She was able to play "matchmaker" by understanding the vision, goals, motivations, personality, values etc. on both sides - job specs and skill sets are only a small part of the equation. The first plat form that she built was to address this was a very basic automated version of her,which has since gone through multiple pivots and iterations.

Laura describes her journey: It has been a rollercoaster, but every sacrifice, challenge, pivot and sometimes painful lesson has been worth it to get to CultureVibes. The tech community especially in Toronto is filled with absolutely amazing people – talent and founders alike, so having the opportunity to solve this challenge while serving the people that inspire me every day is an incredible gift.


Lianne Vineberg

Lianne Vineberg is the Technical Talent Lead at Wealthsimple.  Lianne is a people and talent leader who uses her experience in recruitment, talent management, and growth to build world-class teams. She has held leadership roles at Thorek/Scott & Partners, Hubba, and is currently the Technical Talent Lead at Wealthsimple.

Lianne believes that diverse perspectives, open communication, and individual empowerment lead to stronger teams and sustained growth. Her vision is to help organizations build cultures of excellence by balancing both employee needs and company goals. By inspiring leaders to change how they think about culture, talent, and leadership, she looks to build the most successful companies in Canada.

Concurrent Breakout Session: State of Inclusivity in Technology

 Taylor Bond

Taylor is a founding team member of Venture Out.During the day, Taylor is the VP of Client Experience at MindSea development and also co-founder of SalesRight.  He loves everything diversity & inclusion related and never stop stalking about the Canadian technology scene and the awesome work being done by local entrepreneurs.  You’ll usually find Taylor biking year-round on the hunt for Toronto’s best bagels & coffee.




With a history of community engagement and entrepreneurial spirit,the intersection of Jessica’s experiences as a woman, second-generation Ghanaian - Canadian, team member of leading global organizations, and as a leader with emerging  start ups have all been training for her current role as Founder and CEO of INNOV^TE INCLUSION. 

INNOV^TE INCLUSION provides underrepresented communities with awareness and access to resources and programming focused on entrepreneurship and technology. Through her work, Jessica’s goal is to connect the tech ecosystem by imparting the ideation of innovation in all streams of life.

Concurrent Breakout Session: Pathways to Jobs


 AJ Tibando

AJ is the Executive Director of Palette Inc. and a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.  AJ spent six years within the provincial government serving as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She is the co founder of SoJo, a startup social enterprise dedicated to working with educators and nonprofits to provide curriculum and tools to train aspiring social entrepreneurs in the startup process. AJ has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. 

Avery Francis 

Avery is the Founder of Goodrecruiter. With over a decade of recruiting experience, Avery has hired thousands of people for some of the world's best companies. With a specialty in high growth tech, Avery has worked with top startups to build out their talent strategies and bring their growth to new heights through hiring the best and brightest. Now, Avery is on a mission to bring that knowledge to as many companies as possible, making the hiring experience more human and enjoyable for all. 

Avery is a lover of social media, travel, and all things Recruitment, it is her innate curiosity about people, work, and what gets them out of bed in the morning that keeps her inspired.


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