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Women of Influence Virtual Series: Jamie Hoobanoff, Founder, The Leadership Agency

Jamie Hoobanoff is a highly sought after professional recruiter, Forbes Human Resources Council Member, and 2019 Winner of both the Canadian SME Best Professional Services and HR Canada’s Best Service Provider Awards. Recognized as one of our country’s leading HR industry experts, Jamie’s worked with North America’s most fascinating companies, interviewed over 10,000 candidates and placed an estimated 3,000 top tier leaders in the market (est. $175 Million in annual salaries). Over the last 15 years she’s guided clients through unprecedented circumstances, including the devastating economic downturn of 2008.

Three years ago Jamie ventured out on her own to found The Leadership Agency, a one-stop-shop for startup recruitment with a compelling mission: to help fast-growth startups build the most impressive companies of our generation by finding and hiring best-in-class talent. When the Covid Crisis hit, a foremost concern for many entrepreneurs was HR. Jamie responded by offering free personal support consultations to all her clients - they were booked instantly. Speaking to women across the country, the same questions and concerns kept emerging:

  • Guidance on how to move business operations remote

  • Advice on creating off-site culture and driving team morale

  • How to restructure workforce if needed and best practices for employee layoff's

  • Approaching business development in an uncertain climate with empathy while keeping a business mindset
It was obvious that now, more than ever, information sharing and community is to the benefit of all. On April 15, Jamie will sit down live with WOI to weigh in on what entrepreneurs are asking, and what they — and you — need to know.


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April 15, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


60 Minute Live Event

Welcome Message from Women of Influence

Fireside Conversation with Liz West and Jamie Hoobanoff

Live Audience Q&A

Notable guest

Our Keynote Speaker

Meet Jamie Hoobanoff <br>Founder of The Leadership Agency

Meet Jamie Hoobanoff
Founder of The Leadership Agency

Jamie Hoobanoff is Founder of The Leadership Agency, the recruitment partner of choice for North America’s fastest-growing startups. With a mission to help build the most impressive companies of our generation, The Leadership Agency helps startups find and hire best-in-class talent.

As HRD Canada’s Best Service Provider of 2019, and the winner of the 2019 Canadian SME Best Professional Services Award, The Leadership Agency has truly become the one-stop-shop for startup recruitment. Working exclusively with startups, The Leadership Agency reaches all lines of businesses, including C-level, sales, leadership, tech, finance, marketing, and HR.

Coming from the corporate world, Jamie recognized a gap in the market for startup recruitment. With this, she founded The Leadership Agency in 2017 and has continued to grow it ever since; expanding into the US in just 18 months and opening an office in NYC.

As an industry disruptor with over 15 years of experience working with North America’s most fascinating companies, Jamie has interviewed over 10,000 candidates and has placed an estimated 3,000 top tier leaders in the North American market. Being SVUS’ Female CEO & Entrepreneur of the Year, Jamie has become a trailblazer within the HR and recruitment space, and continues to contribute her expertise to notable publications such as Forbes, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Inc., and HRD Magazine.

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BDC & Cisco are proud to partner with Women of Influence as the presenting sponsors of the inaugural Virtual Series.


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About the Series

In the midst of this unprecedented COVID climate, Women of Influence and presenting sponsors BDC & Cisco are travelling (virtually) from coast to coast to tap into the first-hand perspectives, guidance, and key insights of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs. 

CTV News Anchor Marcia MacMillan will sit down with business owners of varying sizes, industries, and stages of growth who will share how they are managing — both personally and professionally — and what strategies they are using to survive in their respective fields (and how others can do the same). Connecting via the Cisco Webex platform, the Women of Influence community will have the opportunity to ask direct questions about similar business issues they are facing.