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Agile Mississauga April Meet Up

Join the Agile Mississauga group on Wednesday, April 5th for:

A Session by Shahin Sheidaei, "Effective yet Effortless Coaching" 

• A Session by Steven Taillieu, "Why You Don't Want to Work at a Bank"

(But Why I Choose to Anyway...)

5:30pm Check-in opens. 6:00pm Event starts.

About Session 1: Effective yet Effortless Coaching

What is coaching about?

How can coaching help me in my professional life?

How effortlessly can I learn coaching skills?

How can I get more effective at coaching?

How can coaching help my leadership style?

Are those questions familiar to you? If so, please join me for the “Effective Yet Effortless Coaching” session. In this session, I will show you how effortlessly you can start to coach a person, and how by practicing simple techniques you can become a more effective coach.

Great Leadership entails many skill sets, one of them coaching. One cannot become a great leader without having coaching skills in his/her toolkit.

In this session, you will learn a simple yet effective coaching model which you can integrate with your leadership style. You’ll get introduced to a coaching style that you can easily learn, inherit, make it your own and build upon that. A style that you can utilize it for short elevator ride conversations to hours long sessions.

About the speaker:

Shahin Sheidaei is an Agile Coach, Change Therapist, Professional Disruptor, Thought Leader & a Developer by heart. He enjoys dealing with fresh challenges, learning new techniques, applying them to real problems, observing the outcomes and improving upon them through a positive feedback loop. Shahin questions everything and helps everyone. He can lead a group of people from the back of the room. He can apply and adapt his talent for the need of the team and/or the individual.

Shahin has influenced, coached, mentored and guided teams, individuals, leaders and managers to achieve their utmost potentials. He helped them to discover new ways of performing, thinking, collaborating and leading. He can also be trusted with his immense knowledge in the Agile and Lean domain, from subtle changes to very complicated organizational transformation.

To learn more about Shahin, visit his 


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 him with any inquiries you might have.

About Session 2: "Why You Don't Want to Work at a Bank" (But Why I Choose to Anyway...)

Banks are notorious slow adopters of technology, yet they employ extremely high numbers of talented Engineers and IT Professionals. With all this talent, why is it they are so far behind their disruptors?

This talk will look into the reasons for their modest pace, why working life can be frustrating for these professionals, and ways to solution and deal with common issues. It concludes with a look into the advantages of working in financial technology, and what benefits can be gained from working within Canada's big banks.  

About the speaker:

Steven Taillieu is a Software Engineer from Toronto Ontario with broad experience in financial technology. He has held numerous positions from iOS Developer to Scrum Master to Development Manager across three of Canada's five biggest banks. Currently he helps lead CIBC Live Labs, the digital innovation arm of CIBC.

Before entering the FinTech sector, Steven managed his own small development shop in London Ontario while he attended the University of Western Ontario; completing a degree in Medical Science, and another in Software Engineering. His previous work focused on the health care sector, and included an Android app for the State of Michigan, aimed to help personal health initiatives there.

Steven is also a trained Sommelier and enjoys food and drink in his spare time, as well as investing in personal development, and travel. 

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  • Manijeh

    Great meetup! Thanks to Abi, Shahin , Steven and each individual who did the hardwork:).

    3 · April 6

  • Shriniwas M.

    The meetup was very interactive. It was encouraging meeting new people and learning from their experience.

    Would appreciate if you could please share the presentations soon.

    2 · April 6

  • Abiodun O.

    A special thank you to all you showed up at last night's April Meetup. I had a fantastic and amazing time leaning and networking with everyone. Looking forward to more exciting times. The speakers were magnificent and took us all to a whole new level of knowledge😀

    3 · April 6

  • Shahin S.

    Thanks everyone for attending the Effective yet Effortless Coaching Session. I enjoyed presenting and talking to you guys. Please head to and share your thoughts about the session. You can also find the handouts on

    3 · April 6

  • Alan

    Great meetup, both speakers were very engaging. Learned quite a bit.

    2 · April 6

  • Sanjay (.


    2 · April 5

  • Trish

    Very good, informative, fun and I met some very smart like minded people.

    3 · April 5

  • Vani J.

    Interesting topics for discussion today. I had exactly same question in mind until I made my decision finally to join as a Scrum Master for a bank. I would like to hear the benefits of working in a financial sector :)

    2 · April 5

  • Jigar P.

    Is parking available for this event? Paid?

    April 3

  • Keith

    I will arrive after 7pm

    April 3

  • Keith

    Hi Abby, I would my financial annalist 20 years line up with the need?

    March 22

  • Abiodun O.

    Hello Everyone, I am currently in search of a DevOps Coach for a financial institution. If you know of any kindly refer them to me at [masked]. Thank you all and have a fantastic day ahead!

    2 · March 22

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