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Karen Niparko is the Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver. She oversees all aspects of the City’s human capital strategy including talent branding, recruitment, retention, rewards, learning & development, HRIS and analytics/innovation. She sponsors the City’s biennial Employee Engagement Survey and employee top recognition programs. In her role, Karen works closely with the Mayor’s office and City Council on behalf of human capital initiatives. Her team is focused on talent acquisition, increasing employee engagement to retain the best talent, performance excellence and innovation.
Karen holds an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, a BA from the University of Michigan and C-level executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Karen serves on the board of IPMA-HR CO, Denver Head Start, is part of the Bloomberg/Harvard University City Leadership Initiative and frequently speaks at conferences and trade associations. She formerly served as a committee chair of the e-commerce committee of the Colorado Governor’s Strategic Workforce Development Council and chair of INROADS diversity internship programs. She is also chair of the Niparko Family Foundation with her adult children that focuses on eliminating domestic abuse and human trafficking while promoting self-sufficiency and education. She serves on the events committee for the Rose Andom Center in Denver – a center for victims of domestic violence.
Paul Trudel, CHRE is the Senior Vice President, People and Culture with EllisDon Construction; a world-leading construction and building services company. His purpose at EllisDon is to create an environment that’s attracts the best and brightest talent and enable each of them to achieve the full extent of their career potential. Originally from the hospitality industry, Paul’s is committed to delivering authentic experiences to every employee in every location, every day. With 20+ years of leading the people function in fast paced organizations, his simple, high energy and people focused philosophy will be on display through his discussion at this year’s employee experience summit.
Currently Director Talent Engagement and Diversity – Air Canada (since 2013), with overall leadership for Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Succession, Talent Acquisition, Linguistics Training, Leadership and Management Development, Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Travel.
Through a collective partnership with the People and Culture branch, our mission is to Attract, Develop and Retain the right talent in our continued pursuit of becoming a Global Champion amongst world class carriers.
Air Canada enjoys a strong brand reputation having won a number of organizational honours.
One of Canada’s top 100 employers, Best Diversity Employer, most admired corporate culture (2017) , Best Montreal Employer as well as other recognitions for financial reporting, corporate sustainability and of course those quite specific to the airline industry like skytracks.
Much of this driven by our commitment to our employees and our corporate culture.
Before his role in HR, Mark was in charge of Customer Service Training Operations including oversight in the design and deployment of corporate wide training and development programs in both regulatory and customer experience.
Prior to that, Mark worked in Regulatory Affairs, Health and Safety, and various roles within the Training and People branches.
Mark has been with AC for 30 years with a formal background in Industrial Relations, and Aviation Management from non other than Mc Gill!
Veronica Van is the People & Culture Strategist supporting the TELUS Digital team across Canada. In her current role, Veronica is focused on developing organizational culture and increasing employee engagement by evaluating each aspect of the Employee Lifecycle. She is an active member of the tech community in Toronto, volunteering with Ladies Learning Code and partnering with Culture Amp to host People Geekup earlier this year. Prior to joining TELUS, Veronica supported organizations in defining and evaluating their talent and reward programs with Willis Towers Watson and was a Director at the youth mental illness agency, YouthLink for 5 years. Veronica holds a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and studied at the Warwick Business School in the UK.