Jannine is a leader in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Human Capital practice focused on global transformations. She leads Deloitte’s Employee Experience offering, helping her clients shift the design from programs, processes, and policies to the design of experiences that delight and engage employees. Jannine works with Business Leaders and Human Resources functions to conceptualize, design and execute major change that can lead to a more strategic, business driven HR function. Jannine helps companies develop and integrate HR service delivery models across the operations and technology spectrum, with a focus on optimizing the employee experience and delivery of HR services to promote improved performance companywide.
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.
Samir Bajaj is a global HR professional with over 20 years broad experience working in the Human Resources field. His experience includes work in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Middle East. He has worked in the Consumer Products, Financial Services, Consumer Electronics, Technology and Retail industries, with such companies as The Coca-Cola Company, Mellon Bank, BankBoston, LG, BeDo, Globalfoundries, and Levi Strauss & Co. Currently, Samir serves as the HR Director for Global IT at The Coca-Cola Company.
Samir has proven success in managing process and aligning business strategy with actionable HR strategy. His areas of expertise include global mobility, talent management, coaching, compensation, and organizational design. Samir’s global perspective and adaptability are proven assets that enhance his natural relationship management skills and have developed him into a great business partner and coach to senior leaders.
Samir holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University and is currently a candidate for a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Samir currently resides in Atlanta.
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!
A proven leader with over 12 years of experience in strategic Human Resource Management, Poonam Tewari is passionate about establishing HR as a true progressive strategic partner within an organization. She specializes in employee relations, recruitment, selection, and training and development. Her passion is to provide a true customized individual experience to the employees for long term engagement.
In her role as Human Resources Director at Ubisoft Toronto, Poonam attracts and develops the best talent—building a culture of engagement, agility, and innovation that has become a trademark of the Ubisoft Toronto studio. Under her guidance, recruitment strategies and progressive HR programs, Ubisoft Toronto has grown from 150 talented creators in 2011, to over 600 in 2017, and is on track to grow to 800 team members by 2020.
Poonam has featured in 2018 hot list of the HRD magazine, Canada. Throughout her career, Poonam has established HR strategies and initiatives that have resulted in enhanced morale, retention, and employee motivation. A champion of talent development—she has introduced management learning, development, and coaching frameworks to strengthen effectiveness in organizations of varying sizes and maturity. Under her leadership, Ubisoft Toronto has been on Canadian Top 100 employers for 3 years consecutively.
A techie at heart, Poonam holds a Masters and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Application along with a diploma and certification in Human Resources.
Deenah currently leads the Employee Experience Centre of Expertise working with researchers, designers and marketers to create memorable and engaging experiences for RBCers worldwide. Prior to this position, she was in Recruitment Marketing and Channel Strategy focused on finding and placing the best talent at RBC. Before joining RBC she spent 15 years at IBM, spanning a number of marketing positions, has 5+ years of sales and managed IBM’s Diversity and Inclusion office. Deenah also worked at Digital Security Controls as a Brand Manager and started her career at Strongbar Industries. Deenah has an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier and lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
Arun is the Global HR Insights & People Analytics Lead for Xerox, where he leads a talented team of data ninjas. With 10+ years of experience, he has a proven track record for delivering quantitative business outcomes by leveraging and driving the adoption of analytics. Arun is passionate about fuelling the development of innovative, novel approaches to analytics with a firm rooting in corporate strategy.
Firstly, I will admit I am a Pisces by background and love scrolling through 140-character conversation on Twitter. From a professional standpoint, I started my career in financial services and moved to health-related industries. Why you make ask? My grandma became ill many years ago and medicine extended her life and I had to be a part of that type of work. Our work has purpose for me; it is not just a job.
Currently, I head Regeneron’s Global Talent Brand Strategy and Employee Experience function and have been with Regeneron for 5.5 years. Prior to that I have held a variety of roles in financial sales, organizational design, change, and learning / development. I have worked on 4 continents and appreciate the experience of new cultures and people. I have received my M.B.A., M.A., M.S., and triple bachelor degrees over the years. If I had to venture a guess my key competencies would be innovation, strategy, and humor. My career is attributable to many people who helped lift me up along the way and a little bit of luck for which I remain grateful.
Currently, I live in Fairfield County, CT (Yes, everything they say about us is true).
Stephanie has spent twenty years in the field of Human Resources. She's served as an HR generalist as well as an employee & labor relations subject matter expert in a variety of industries, including public higher education, small and large consulting firms, and retail. She has spoken at many Human Resources and Communications conferences and recently published an article in HR Tech Outlook entitled “Leveraging Technology in the Wake of the #MeToo Campaign.”
A sought after advisor and calculated risk-taker with deep employee & labor relations knowledge, Stephanie champions the notions of balancing the interests of the Company with those of its team members; exceptional customer service to managers and team members; and ensuring that HR processes are simpler, better and faster. Stephanie is recognized for applying these strategies to the creation and implementation of workplace policies, handling organization restructures, coaching and guiding management teams, and investigating and resolving workplace issues.
Embracing the core values of integrity, creative problem-solving, and transparency, Stephanie leads her teams by customizing her approach on an individual basis while inspiring and empowering her team members to make data-driven decisions, be open-minded, curious & innovative, and positive in the face of the ever-changing retail landscape.
Stephanie holds a JD from Hamline University School of Law, a Management MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar.
Sharon Chung is part of the Talent Acquisition team and is proud to lead the LGBTQ2+ Talent Strategy, where her primary focus is to source, attract, and advocate for the hiring of top LGBTQ2+ talent Canada wide.
She also leads a team of Diversity Sourcers exclusively focused on People with Disabilities, Visible Minorities, Indigenous People and Women in Leadership. This focused approach is unique and distinguishes TD as a leader within our diverse communities and the industry.
Sharon has over 20 years experience at TD holding a variety of roles within the Retail Branch network, Process Improvement, Customer Care, Collections and most recently Human Resources, within the Corporate Diversity and Talent Acquisition space.
Tiffany Moore has been the Director of Human Resources for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada since August 2013, overseeing HR at both field and headquarters levels. She has a Masters of Science in Global Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool and previously received an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University.
Tiffany has worked in fields as diverse as fine arts to negotiating with warlords as country director for MSF during the civil war in South Sudan. Working across the globe with MSF since 2001, she has held senior HR positions for the last 10+ years supporting MSF operations in countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Russia, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates. Interested in advancing the field of HR Tiffany has researched global talent strategies in international not for profit organizations; acted as a judge for the MSF case competition on retention and development at a Wharton People Analytics conference; and participated in the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s initiatives on improving mental health in the workplace in small and medium sized organizations. Currently based in Toronto, recent accomplishments include increasing MSF talent supply to international field operations from Canada by nearly 60% and positioning the MSF office as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Prior to the merger of Credential Financial Inc. Qtrade Canada and Northwest Ethical Investments, Matt Brown was the Senior Vice-President, People and Culture at Credential Financial. There, his mission was to create a highly engaging environment to attract and retain top talent from across the country. Matt’s focus on building HR programs that reinforced Credential’s values of Partnership, Innovation and Community was a key enabler to ensuring that Credential’s culture embodied continuous improvement and customer-centric thinking.
Prior to Credential, Matt spent 11 years in the high-tech sector with Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, and SAP. During this time, he held a diverse range of roles including Senior Director of HR for Asia Pacific, Vice President, Global Recruiting and Talent Management, and Vice President, North American HR.
Matt currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Sanford Housing Foundation — an organization dedicated to building and operating affordable social housing in Vancouver. Matt and his wife have 3 daughters and he is an avid triathlete, completing Ironman Canada in 2013.
Director, Employee Travel and Recognition - Responsible for Air Canada’s Employee Travel Pass Privilege program, as well as all corporate recognition programs such as, Service Anniversaries, Shine and the Excellence Awards.
Air Canada has a strong recognition culture and believes that praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace. People want to be respected and valued for their contribution which is why they respond so positively to appreciation expressed for their good work.
For the past two years Air Canada has had the honor of winning one of Achievers Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces.
Having been with the company since 1990, before her role in HR (January 2012), Leslie-Ann spent the bulk of her career in various roles in Air Canada’s Revenue Management department.
Michelle Weitzman-Garcia is currently the Executive Director of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. In her role, she has responsibility for branding, culture, pre-hire assessments, talent management, leadership development, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Regeneron in 2014, Michelle was an independent consultant focusing on talent management, executive coaching, and individual assessment work.
Previously, Michelle was the Managing Director of Lominger Consulting where she supported clients and other Korn/Ferry employees in both the US and South America. She has also worked for Sirota Consulting, an employee opinion survey consulting company and Aon Consulting in their HR consulting practice.
Prior to working in consulting, Michelle held significant corporate roles. She worked at American Express, as the Director of Assessment and Selection and IBM where she served in both a line HR job and as an internal survey expert.
Michelle received both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. She has a BA in Psychology from Boston College.
Prior to the world of fitness Alana traveled the world for more than five years and had the unique experience of joining a high energy performance group called ‘Up with People’. Since then, her career in the fitness industry has been fast and vigorous! Alana started working with GoodLife Fitness nearly 22 years ago and has worked in many different roles. Her career with GoodLife began by working at the front desk, then in sales, she held various Club Management positions, assisted in opening new locations, managed the Learning and Development Team and is now the Vice President of People and Culture. It’s no wonder why she’s the ideal fit to oversee the department that helps to “Get, Keep and Grow” GoodLife Fitness Clubs; An organization of over 15,000 Associates. She is also a prominent presenter and facilitator who loves to engage and energize her audience. When she’s not working you can find Alana mountain biking, water skiing, participating in any winter sport and spending time with her two wonderful daughters.
Amandah Wood is currently a Culture and Employee Experience Specialist at Shopify, a Canadian born commerce company whose mission is to make commerce better for everyone. She is also the founder of Ways We Work a digital publication focused on telling stories and getting first-hand accounts of how people do the work they love. She’s had the opportunity to shadow and interview teams at companies like Spotify, Medium and Facebook.
At Shopify as an Employee Experience Specialist she works at empowering and encouraging everyone to own and impact culture by guiding and informing Shopify toward designing and building better products and employee experiences. She focuses on understanding employee’s needs, behaviours and motivations and being able to tie those back to Shopify’s mission and objectives.
Outside of work you can usually find her reading, watching Netflix or spending time with her partner and two-year doodle puppy Winston.
Angela has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, most of that time with MD Financial Management. She joined MD Financial Management in 1997. Angela recently moved to the Early Career Segment to establish a new team focused on delivering value to medical students and residents. Previously she was the Vice-President, Employee Experience where she led a diverse team focusing on technology infrastructure, IT end-user support and real estate solutions. Throughout her tenure at MD, Angela’s experience has been in operational leadership roles across the organization.
Angela’s passion is for supporting peoples’ experience at work. Her focus on helping people through their individual transitions has led her to take on the leadership for change management of several of the largest projects for the organization. Most recently, Angela was asked to be part of the newly formed Early Career Segment. In this segment, MD is experimenting with new ways of team structures, including self-organizing teams. Prior to this, Angela’s focus had been on leading the organization through the transition to new ways of working: open work environments, fixed and flex work arrangements and integrated technology that promotes greater collaboration. MD’s unique design for its workplace has been the envy of many organizations. Angela has provided counsel on how to create an intentional transition plan to lead employees (and themselves) through these tough changes to many organizations. She has also been a session speaker at conferences to share MD’s learnings. In addition, she formed an innovation taskforce whose mandate is to accelerate breakthrough improvements to the employee experience.
Her education includes a B.Soc.Sc from the University of Ottawa and she holds a certification in Change Management (Prosci) and Human Capital Strategist (HCI). Angela and her husband Jared are parents of two busy teenagers.
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.
Currently the head of Talent Acquisition and People Planning & Analytics, Angi has been with Regeneron for 3.5 years, and in that time the company has doubled in size, opened 4 new sites, and moved from small biotech to the firm with the largest self-generated therapeutic pipeline in the industry. Angi has built and led teams with the Talent Acquisition, Recruiting Operations and People Planning space for the last 2 decades spanning everything from early career talent to executive search. She has been on the ground floor of the build of the RPO industry, both in the US and overseas and specializes in fast pace, innovation-centered high growth companies within pioneering industry segments. With experience ranging from CPG, Finance and Biotech at industry leaders Starbucks, Prudential and Regeneron, the thread that binds each of her experiences are a passion for the moments that matter and the teams who make amazing experiences come alive for individuals and organizations in the space of recruiting and future talent.
Donna Dimke, Head HR Business Partner for the Sciences at Regeneron, helps translate the science of people to the people in science. Donna has 25+ years working in the biopharma industry, in a number of Science, Clinical and HR leadership roles. Because of her time in line roles, she deeply understands how the biopharma people and business works and the criticality to cultivate a culture where all employees can be heard and do their best work. The partnership between culture and patient outcomes in the biopharma industry is deeply symbiotic and is key to Regeneron’s success.
Todd Humber is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Canadian HR Reporter, a Thomson Reuters publication. He is an award-winning journalist who has spent his career covering numerous beats, including politics, crime, employment law and human resources. He leads a team of journalists at Thomson Reuters who publish titles including Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, Canadian Employment Law Today, Canadian Labour Reporter and Canadian Payroll Reporter. He studied history and political science at the University of Windsor, and obtained a journalism diploma from Durham College.
With a Ph.D. in Psychology, André Durivage was one of the pioneers of competency-based management in Canada. As early as the mid-1980s, he was responsible for evaluating candidates for the executive succession program for the entire Government of Canada. In the early 1990s, he joined the University of Québec as a regular Professor, and was closely involved in numerous studies on human resources management and competency optimization in various organizations. Over the past 25 years, he has written a book, published numerous scientific and professional papers, and conducted more than 100 presentations in America, Europe, and Africa.
Alongside his academic career, André Durivage founded, 25 years ago, the consulting firm EPSI that offers HR services and distributes assessment tools in more than 80 countries. Mr. Durivage has worked with some 100 private companies, governmental and para-governmental organizations on leadership and competency management. He carried out various large projects in Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland, Benin, and the Maghreb, in addition to accompanying the UN in the assessment of candidates in more than 100 countries. He has also successfully represented the Canadian and the Québec governments in numerous legal appeals as an expert witness. Under his leadership, EPSI has become an IBM partner and has been involved, with IBM, in many joint projects over the last few years.
In addition to winning numerous awards for the excellence of his work and projects, André Durivage obtained in 2012 the Annual Award of the “Québec Society of Work and Organizational Psychology” for his major contribution in the field of industrial and organizational psychology over the past 30 years.
Manny recently joined Normandin Beaudry as Senior Consultant and Market Leader in its Toronto office. He has worked across multiple industries over the past 25 years in Human Resources leading teams in total rewards, employee engagement, leadership development, organizational effectiveness and workforce planning with LoyaltyOne, AonHewitt, Starbucks, Scotiabank and CIBC. Manny's industry and consulting experience, along with his passion for working with clients, ensures that Business and HR leaders leverage relevant solutions to impact organizational objectives. He is a trusted advisor, coach and thought leader in the Canadian HR community.
Amy Hanen has over 30 years experience in the banking sector and has been a keen observer and driver of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship initiatives within the sector. Amy currently leads the Inclusion and Diversity team at TD Bank, and works with TD 's Diversity Leadership Council to develop and execute strategies impacting TD’s employees, and customers, and the communities in which they live and work. TD has been recognized for leadership in this area as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the last 7 years, one of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity in the U.S (DiversityInc) for the last 4 years, and named on the Top 30 Best of the Best list by the National Business Inclusion Consortium. In addition, TD was awarded the Gold level in Progressive Aboriginal Relations by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and one of The Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is included in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, and the only Canadian Bank to be included in the Down Jones Sustainability World Index.
Geoff Ho is a Senior Manager and Behavioural Scientist building a strategic research team using science, advanced analytics, and consulting to shape Rogers' management strategy for its 25,000+ employees. Prior to joining Rogers, Geoff worked at Google's People Analytics team and 4 Fortune/Forbes Global 1000 Companies, received a PhD specializing in Organizational Behavior at UCLA, and obtained both a Master of Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. His award-winning research has shaped government legislation and organizational policies, been published in prestigious academic journals and best-selling books, and received global media coverage.