Fireside Chat:
Building a Dream Team:
Strategies for Staffing Excellence

  • Date: April 24, 2024
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Organizer: Foresight
Fireside Chat: Building a Dream Team: Strategies for Staffing Excellence

Discover the keys to staffing success in the cleantech industry with this Fireside Chat. Our expert panel will explore vital strategies for identifying and attracting top talent, crucial for the growth and sustainability of your venture. Gain insights into effective recruitment practices and learn how to assemble a team poised for success in the evolving landscape of sustainable technology. Don't miss this opportunity to optimize your workforce and drive innovation in cleantech.


Over the past 20 years, Matthew Heiydt has been dedicated to the ever-changing industry of Recruitment and People Strategy. After graduating in Commerce, Matt started his career by spending 6 years with an international Workforce and HR Solutions firm in Vancouver, focusing in permanent and executive recruitment. After being a part of 1,000 + hires, assisting 300 + companies and 3 leadership positions, it was time for a new challenge.

Matt then joined Gener8, a Vancouver Technology company to lead all things people growth. As part of the leadership team, he owned recruitment strategy in a very tight labour market and grew the business from 5 to 150 staff, including 63 hires in less than 3 months. Matt founded BackStretch Recruitment Group in 2011 with the vision to address the service gap in the industry, where traditional “recruitment firms” and HR consultants were operating with antiquated models and no longer delivering. BackStretch is leading the way companies hire.

Profoundly committed to innovation, responsiveness and building a company that attracts and retains the best in the world who have dedicated themselves to the art of recruitment. Under Matt’s leadership, BackStretch has become the recruiting partner of choice for many of Canada’s fastest growing technology companies and provides recruiting services across North America.

Jacqui Janes brings over 15 years of extensive experience in business development, recruitment and human resources management. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated proficiency in overseeing full-cycle recruitment campaigns, ensuring the placement of high-quality staff, and providing invaluable insights into labour market trends and talent acquisition strategies.

In her previous role as Senior Account Manager with a National job site, Jacqui played a pivotal role in driving regional growth across key sectors such as oil and gas, technology, government, and non-profits. She led successful initiatives, including the launch of innovative services tailored to the Atlantic market, such as an advanced applicant tracking system, website enhancements, and bundled value-added services.

Jacqui's expertise lies in effectively utilizing both traditional and digital platforms to serve as a trusted advisor to her diverse client base, consistently delivering tangible results. Her personable demeanour and professional approach have cemented her reputation as one of Atlantic Canada’s premier recruiters, backed by a solid track record of success.

As a proud alumna of St. Francis Xavier University, Jacqui brings a strong educational background to her professional endeavours.

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