Jonathan Prothero

Co-Founder, TalentNet

Jonathan has been in the staffing industry for over 20 years having started his career as a recruiter in 1998. After founding one of Canada’s largest staffing firms, Tundra Technical Solutions, in 2004, Jonathan launched the first direct-source platform dedicated to the contingent labor marketplace in 2013. TalentNet, a Software as a Service talent community platform, provides direct source and talent pool solutions to organizations across North America, Europe and Asia. Some of the world’s largest brands trust the TalentNet platform to attract, manage and deploy talent from multiple disparate systems.

Speaker Sessions

1:00 - 1:40

Talent Acquisition Models: Staying Competitive Amidst Changing Client Needs

Staffing is an industry that is immune to inertia - it never stays still. As client needs and expectations around their workforces of the future evolve based on economic and structural changes, how can staffing agencies arm themselves to diversify and meet this moment? Will direct sourcing prove to be a viable and popular option among large buyers of labor? And will online staffing platforms present a legitimate threat of disintermediation to staffing firms? Amidst these changing models, how can staffing firms stay competitive and deliver differentiated value? Led by Staffing Industry Analysts’ Ursula Williams, this panel will explore the changing needs and preferences of large buyers of labor, and discuss how upending the "traditional" staffing business model can help agencies be more future-proofed and profitable.