Ask Me Anything

Your questions answered

Our Ask Me Anything sessions feature industry experts answering questions submitted by Communitech startups and scale-ups.

Communitech startups and scale-ups can view upcoming sessions and submit questions via the AMA Slack channel. Contact your Communitech Advisor or CSM if you need access.

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Past sessions

Ask Me Anything Sessions: Virtual Onboarding

Featuring:

  •  Chris Mulhall, VP Talent & Organizational Effectiveness, PointClickCare

Join Chris Mulhall to discuss best practices for developing a successful virtual onboarding program. 

Ask Me Anything Sessions: Pandemic-Proof Pitching

Featuring:

  •  Frank Erschen, Pitch Coach, Communitech

During this chat, they'll cover:

- How companies and funders reacted to the COVID-19 crisis vs. how they need to proactively plan for the future.

- Rediscovering risk: cash is still king, but risk is queen (queen takes king!).

- Business models and the new supply-demand paradox. Join us to find out what this means; hint: it’s important.

Ask Me Anything Sessions: How to Stay Connected While Working Remote

Featuring:

  •  Pj Lowe-Silivestru, Communitech Growth Coach

Companies are struggling to adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, in addition, they have to figure out the new landscape of remote working. Join PJ as she explores how to stay focused on sales and marketing, product development and employee productivity while all (or most) employees work remotely. She'll take a look at some of the areas affected by this new reality and share how companies can succeed with remote workers.

Partnerships, Talent and Resilience in the United Kingdom

As the world settles into the new normal, many opportunities are emerging both here and in the United Kingdom.

Come meet your local partners from DIT, Invest Northern Ireland and Communitech Outposts who can help navigate your company's growth into the market, and hear from Canadian business leaders about their own journey into the UK.

The State of Startup Talent

Featuring:

  • Marianne Bulger, CEO of Prospect.  

Marianne Bulger discusses the state of talent demand, and loss, in our national workforce, and what Prospect’s job market data is telling us about where we might be headed as an innovation economy.

COVID-19 Customer Success 

Featuring:

  • Craig Wahl, Communitech Growth Coach.  

Craig Wahl answers questions related to customer experience and COVID-19 and covers topics such as:

  • Messaging to and managing your customers in these constantly changing times.
  • Why, what and how to measure your customer engagement.
  • How to address the new ways of working with your customer facing teams.

COVID-19 Cash Flow

Featuring: 

  • JD D'Elia, finance executive and Communitech Growth Coach. 

 Catered toward companies new to cash flow planning or in the early stages of their cash flow planning journey, this session includes an introduction to key concepts and provides direction on how to build or enhance your company's cash flow model. 

COVID-19 HR Workshop

Featuring:

  • Evan Campbell, Associate at Miller Thomson.
  • Suzanne Hyatt, HR Executive and Communitech Growth Coach.
  • Nancy Buck, Executive HR Strategist and Communitech Growth Coach.

Hear HR insights from each expert individually, then jointly as they tackle questions on topics from working from home and employee morale to sick policies and possible layoffs. 

Sales and marketing

Featuring:

  • Chad McCaffrey, Communitech Sales & Customer Success Growth Coach & CRO at Meya.
  • Heather Galt, Communitech Marketing Growth Coach & VP of Marketing at P&P Optica.

Struggling to figure out how your sales and marketing strategy needs to change during this strange period in our history? Wondering if maybe COVID-19 presents a new opportunity for you? Get ideas on how to adjust your sales and marketing activities during this time. 

Managing Revenue Operations during COVID-19

As the world settles into the new normal, many opportunities are emerging both here and in the United Kingdom.

Come meet your local partners who can help navigate your company's growth into the market, and hear from local business leaders about their own journey into the UK.

Speakers:

  • Latham French, Investment Officer, with the Department for International Trade.
  • Michael Barton, Regional Director, Trade & Investment, with Invest Northern Ireland.
  • Azhar Janjua, Head of Communitech Outposts, Communitech.

Fireside chat:

  • Lisa Grogan, CEO Overlap Associates.
  • Jason Cassidy, CEO ShinyDocs.
  • Ben Sainsbury, CEO Marion Surgical.  

Enhance Your Candidate Experience with Video

Presented by Sarah Solecky, Talent Acquisition Lead, Vidyard.

Struggling with how to create a remarkable candidate experience in our new virtual/work from home landscape? In this session we are going to chat about getting creative as brand ambassadors, how to focus on connecting with your candidates in a captivating manner, while ensuring you are hiring individuals who align with your company's vision and values. Our focus during this session is to provide insight on how to create 'white glove service' starting from the initial stages of when a job seeker applies to your posting while leveraging video throughout the entire recruitment process.

The Virtual Interview

With use of technology and some tweaks to your process, you can make authentic connections with your candidates and properly assess skills and fit. In this session we will answer your questions about how to conduct an effective and engaging virtual interview.