Summit 2017

October 5, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
One King West, Toronto - Austin Room


Lori Niles-Hofmann

Director, Digital Learning at Scotiabank

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Decoding Digital Learner Body Language & Designing for Success

Abstract: In every digital interaction, the drop-offs, clicks, and shares, are the digital equivalents of the eye-rolls, smiles, and arms-crossed in the classroom. Yet, we rarely pay attention to these insights and usually only after content is deployed, which is too late. If you use data upfront to make valuable design decisions, you increase engagement, and save your content from the digital dustbin. Stop your audiences from clicking close and give them what they really want.

Bio: Lori Niles-Hofmann is a senior learning adviser with over 15 years of global experience in industries ranging from finance, consulting, and marketing. She has led through the L&D alphabet starting with the old CD-ROMs up to the LMS and onward to AR and VR. She is currently Director, Digital Learning at Scotiabank and is the author of Data-Driven Learning Design.

Perry Timms

CEO of PTHR and TEDx Speaker

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How to Reimagine and Liberate Your Learning

Abstract: In a world of increasing pace, complexity and change, many of us are looking for the inspiration, the energy and the wisdom to help us take that next step in shaping and prospering in the future workplace. With learning at the core of everything, we have a significant role to play. We often think of learning as isolated events, compartmentalized one-off training sessions with the goal of filling up a receptacle (employee) with new knowledge. Learning can easily be reduced to a mechanical and disengaged experience that often results in little more than a lunch and learn event with little excitement, merit or business impact. This session will look at how organizations can truly humanize and socialize learning, fusing technology and people power to bring the heart and soul back into our workplaces and drive success on both an individual and corporate level.

Bio: A Chartered CIPD Member; facilitator & coach, Perry has led technology-driven business change for over 20 years as a corporate Head of Learning, Talent & OD. Perry runs his own enterprise - PTHR - aiming to transform learning & work one conversation at a time. Perry is an international, CPD accredited and TEDx speaker on HR, workplace learning, technology and the future of work.

Josh Cardoz

Principal Learning Strategist at SwissVBS

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Moments that Matter - Building Meaningful Experiences for the Modern Learner

Abstract: As we transition to learning cultures that better meet the needs of the Modern Learner, technology is no doubt going to play a significant role. But as we saturate this world of apps, courses, microlearning, learning platforms and more, how do we ensure we are still provide learning experiences that are meaningful? personal? powerful?

In this session, Josh will deconstruct the world of the Modern Learner and offer a practical guide for how to optimize your digital content strategy in order to meet the needs of a modern learning ecosystem – one driven by learner needs and business results.

Bio: Josh Cardoz is the Principal Learning Strategist at SwissVBS. His large client experience ranges from automotive to healthcare to telecommunications, of which he has been a central figure in the design of several digital learning initiatives. He currently also teaches at the University of Toronto on “Online Learning Environments” and “Learning Experience Design.”

Who should attend?

From digital learning enthusiasts to strategic decision-makers and executive sponsors – if you are grappling with any of the following questions, then this event is for you.

  • Is digital learning a strategic imperative to achieve your goals?
  • Are you interested in actionable data generated from your learning campaigns?
  • Is mobile reinforcement on your roadmap and do you know how to get there?
  • Are you looking for ways to demonstrate a direct link between training and ROI?
  • Are you looking for innovative design approaches to meet the needs of the modern learner?

Learning Reimagined

As an attendee, you will gain critical insight into:

  • Data-driven learning and the power of analytics
  • User-experience design and empathy-based learning
  • How to leverage mobile to maximize your learning investments
  • Digital learning best practices and case studies from leading organizations



We look forward to seeing you at the Digital Learning Summit!

Summit Agenda

Subject to change

Shahin Sobhani, Founder and President of SwissVBS
Welcome Address
Plenary Session with Lori Niles-Hofmann
Decoding Digital Learner Body Language & Designing for Success
Plenary Session with Perry Timms
How to Reimagine and Liberate Your Learning
Plenary Session with Josh Cardoz
Moments that Matter - Building Meaningful Experiences for the Modern Learner
Refreshment Break
Interactive Sessions
Theme A: Understanding the Modern Learner
Theme B: Data Driven Design
Theme C: Mobile Learning Best Practice
Theme D: Maximizing Microlearning
Panel Discussion and Final Thoughts
Summit Ends

Your hosts, SwissVBS

SwissVBS is a full-service digital learning design and production agency, focused on providing value at every step of the learning journey.

For the past 15 years, SwissVBS has provided learning solutions to leading multinational corporations in an array of verticals including finance, insurance, telecom, automotive, and pharmaceutical. To date over 1.5 million learners have taken a learning journey created by SwissVBS.

Summit Highlights

Gather Insights

Learn from leading experts in the digital learning space and come away with fresh ideas to inform and reshape your own learning strategies.

Share & Explore

Take advantage of our roundtable breakout sessions to share your experiences, hear from your peers and explore new ideas and concepts with subject matter experts.

Enjoy & Build

Enjoy an afternoon of breakout sessions, refreshments, music and laughter in the heart of downtown Toronto and help to shape Toronto as a leading center for digital learning innovation and excellence!

One King West Hotel and Residences Austin Room

1 King St. West,
Toronto ON, Canada

October 5, 2017 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Market leaders who rely on SwissVBS to
transform their learning.