Luciana leads Employee Experience at HP, overseeing culture, employee communications, engagement, and change.
With 20+ years of experience, Luciana specializes in helping corporate leaders achieve business results by driving culture and engaging employees with the company, their colleagues, and their work through effective programs and communications.
She has led both internal and external communications teams. Prior to joining HP in 2015, Luciana spent four years at Apple. Before that, she spent four years at PwC. Luciana began her career at Sapient. She consulted for MIT, Manulife, and Merck, among other clients.
Luciana has twice received the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators’ Gold Quill Award. She has a BA in English and Anthropology from Amherst College and an MBA from Boston University, both with high honors. She is married, loves to travel, and is happy to call the Napa Valley her home.
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.
Tanya Liblik is an impatiently curious early-adopter who fosters awareness and information-sharing through memorable and engaging activities, campaigns, and encounters. An independent thinker with 20+ years in the global corporate arena, Tanya is highly valued for her candid, direct approach and creative multi-aspect program design.
In her current role, Tanya created and now leads the Employee Experience program for IBM Canada, dedicated to cultivating strategies that humanize the workplace. Applying cognitive analytics toolsets, she turns feedback into actionable insights, offering executive counsel and driving organizational change activities – big and small – aimed at developing new perspectives and elevating the employee experience.
Tanya is certified in four key disciplines: instructional design/development, project management, human resources management, and design thinking facilitation. This integration of knowledge and capability drives her holistic approach in addressing new challenges.
Passionate about putting the human first in each endeavour, Tanya injects thoughtfulness and fun into every interaction. She firmly believes that people want to do their best and it is her goal to facilitate that objective.
Jamie operates in the COO capacity at IQ PARTNERS, with two primary areas of responsibility; the first is overseeing the day to day operations of the business, and the second is helping set and execute on IQP's corporate growth strategy.
Jamie possesses both a B.A. from McGill University and an LL.B. from The University of Western Ontario. He started his professional career practicing business law with a client base consisting primarily of small and medium size, entrepreneurial-type businesses and their principals.
When a great opportunity arose, Jamie left the private practice of law to accept a senior operations management position with a privately held, Canadian software company. He was instrumental in the growth of the business and the subsequent acquisition of the company by a large, U.S., public software company. Building on that experience, he then provided management consulting expertise to other growth-mode organizations, including in his role as Senior Vice President of Achievers Inc., a leading rewards and recognition provider.
Jamie is a subject-matter expert on developing and translating strategy into actions for corporate success. He joined IQ PARTNERS in 2009 responsible for the overall operations and has been instrumental in its year over year growth, evidenced by IQP's six PROFIT 500 awards as one of Canada's fastest-growing companies.
Tom is the SVP of Product and Strategy overseeing the vision and direction of Venngo's products, marketing and strategic business opportunities.
Prior to co-founding Venngo in 2000, Tom was a Creative Director leading numerous web development teams in the design and deployment of customer focused web based solutions. His understanding of brand communication and user experience has resulted in many successful programs for clients including Xerox, Ricoh, Levis, John Wiley & Sons and Bank of Montreal.
Mallory helps enterprise organizations create great workplace experiences. She works with our clients to shape and deliver compelling changes to organizational culture and the digital landscape. Building on a twenty year career of human-centred research and design, she coaches clients and collaborates with teams to solve the right problems with an iterative mindset. She rounds out her advisory work with the early stage of our engagements, shaping the work we do, the best possible approach and team.
Mallory is an experienced leader both inside Habanero and in the community. She is a thought leader, senior advisor to clients, performance coach and mentor to colleagues. In the community, Mallory has been extremely active as a co-founder and judge of the Vancouver User Experience Awards and the Vancouver User Experience Group (VanUE). She is a frequent conference, webinar, and event speaker.
Stacie Barrett is the director of internal communication at Domino’s. She is responsible for digital and in-person communication to franchisees and corporate team members worldwide. She specializes in integrating messages from all areas of the company into simple, coherent and digestible communications. From Domino’s pizza turnaround to self-driving vehicles, Stacie has led communication efforts during a time of extraordinary change and growth for Domino’s. She leads a team that strategically tells stories through a robust intranet, light-hearted newsletters, compelling video and world-class events. She leads Domino’s Worldwide Rally, an event that is translated into 9 languages and brings over 9,000 franchisees and team members from over 85 countries to Las Vegas for education, inspiration and celebration.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Natassa Zervopoulos is the Director of Employee Experience at Venterra Realty. Overseeing human capital strategy in all aspects of the employee lifecycle, Natassa’s focus is on recruiting, training and retaining top talent in Accounting and Finance roles. Alongside her team and other senior leaders in the organization, this includes lifelong learning programs, annual engagement and leadership surveys, technology enabled recruiting and performance management and a career planning program, all rooted in the company’s core values.
Natassa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting from the Schulich School of Business, A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and is currently completing her CHRL designation. Aside from her current studies, she is learning something new daily from her husband and two young children.
Gil leads the Employee Experience team which includes all interactions between the individual and the organization throughout their employee lifecycle. By improving the experience people have at HighVail, Gil adds value to both the company and each person who joins the HighVail family.
Prior to joining HighVail, Gil spent 16 years with Strategic Action Group, a boutique consulting firm with a focus on organizational values and behaviours where he saw first hand the business value derived from positive employee experience. Gil earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and went on to complete his MBA in Organization Behaviour and Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business.
Travis McGill is the Manager of People and Culture at Ubisoft Toronto with over 11 years of experience implementing organic approaches to human resources across a variety of cutting-edge industries. Travis oversees a team of HR Partners who support and guide the production teams within Ubisoft Toronto to boost employee satisfaction and commitment. The HR team at Ubisoft Toronto was awarded HR Team of the Year (500 Employees or More) at the 2018 Canadian HR Awards.
With a strong passion for people and a desire to disrupt traditional HR practices, Travis has consulted for and worked with the aerospace, oil and gas, mining, telecomm, health care, and hydro industries before bringing his talents to Ubisoft. Ubisoft Toronto was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, gamesindustry.biz’s Best Places to Work 2018, and one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work for 2019.
Bradley founded HighVail in 2003 with the ambitious goal of keeping clients online, all the time. Under his leadership HighVail evolved from a Value Add Reseller to a trusted advisor and solutioning partner to Canadian enterprises and the public sector. Through this evolution HighVail has maintained a spirited culture that is founded on respect for individuals and the notion of community which is demonstrated by HighVail’s commitment to the Open Source technology and Bradley’s own philanthropic pursuits.
Born and raised in Montreal, Bradley started his career working with his late father in the family business. He credits this experience with nurturing his entrepreneurial spirit and instilling an unrelenting focus on customer satisfaction. He earned his degree in Political Science from Concordia University.
Bradley is an avid Raptors fan and enjoys a round of golf. He and his wife live in Toronto and have two grown children.
Kim Orszulak has worked at Shopify for over 5 years. With more than 13 years of HR experience spanning many different industries, Kim is passionate about employee experience and all things HR. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her Boston Terrier, or reading anything she can get her hands on.
True character is what we do in the dark as an individual, an employer, and as a community. This mantra has been a guiding light and has led David to becoming a passionate facilitator of innovation through collaboration.
Consistently pushing the boundaries of the status quo, David has served in a variety of roles with Driveline Retail Merchandising for the past 15 years. He now proudly serves as the Vice President of Employee Engagement. Among his varied accomplishments, he also enjoys spending time with his family, coaching a youth soccer team, and jumping off the sides of mountains.
David’s unrelenting dedication to the team has allowed him to foster a culture of inclusion and an environment of mutual respect and cooperation throughout the entire organization
Julie Coutts is an Enterprise Sales Manager at LinkedIn Canada, a social network specifically designed to enable career and business professionals to connect. Julie has over two decades of sales experience that bring her a broad perspective on the information technology market. She previously worked for Ricoh Canada as the National Sales Manager for their Business Information Services division. Before that, she held numerous senior roles in marketing and sales at Hewlett-Packard Canada. These days, when not innovating for LinkedIn, she turns her creative mind to home décor and finding ways to relate to her teenagers
Terri Storey is a leader and visionary in the field of mental health with more than 20 years of experience. As CEO and Co-Founder of Snapclarity, Terri is revolutionizing the way people access and experience mental healthcare. Snapclarity is a digital platform that provides members with a clinically-validated mental health assessment tool and connects them with the right registered, licensed therapist via text, audio or video chat.
A primary focus for Terri and Snapclarity is partnering with organizations to help them take better care of their employees by building and strengthening their overall mental health strategy.
Previously, Terri founded Terrace Wellness Group, which includes Terrace Wellness Centre and Terrace Youth Residential Services (TYRS). TYRS is one of the largest treatment organizations in Ontario. Here, Terri has accepted some of the toughest cases of youth in crisis, many from Indigenous communities in the North.
As Ottawa’s 2014 Entrepreneur Businesswoman of the Year and one of select few women to be CEO of a technology company, Terri passionately mentors young entrepreneurs through discussion and practice.
Mark is responsible for developing and implementing the people strategy for RSA. He has extensive HR experience and expertise, and has worked in the UK for over 15 years with companies such as Excel, British Air Broadcasting, and British Gas before moving to Canada in 2011.
Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed – by leveraging technology to make employees successful. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – software that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight.
He has recently been named as a 2018 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, has had the privilege of speaking in over 30 cities the past three years, and loves the opportunity to connect with passionate HR leaders across the globe.
Fara Alimohamed is a professional, strategic communicator with experience in internal communication, event planning and production, and employee engagement.
Currently, Fara is Senior Manager, Internal Communications at McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. In this role, she leads a team that provides strategic communication leadership to engage internal audiences in priority initiatives, drive business results and brand reputation, and create McDonald’s brand advocates.
Fara has been recognized with a number of awards throughout her time at McDonald’s, including the Golden Maple Leaf Award for outstanding individual accomplishment, the Canadian Team Award and the Circle of Excellence Award that recognizes significant achievements by global teams.
Before joining McDonald’s in 2006, Fara worked as Manager, Employee Communication and Community Relations at Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. She has also written for a variety of publications, including BC Woman Magazine and Business in Vancouver.
Fara has a Baccalaureate of Arts in Communications from Simon Fraser University and completed a Certificate in Public Relations from Ryerson University.
Kayla Kozan is the Founder of Peak Wellness. With over 170 hours of formal facilitator training from U of T, Google’s SIY Leadership Institute and The Center For Mindfulness Studies, Kayla left her day job to make mindfulness meditation more accessible for the working professional. Many people struggle to maintain mindfulness practices in their spare time so Kayla brings the practice to them through onsite workshops and meditation classes.
Jessica is the Vice President, AI for IT in IBM’s Data and AI organization. She is responsible for building the strategic roadmap for AI for IT, delivering new offerings as well as enhancements to existing offerings, to address clients’ needs to infuse AI into IT operations. Prior to this role, she was director of IBM Db2, an AI database, leveraging AI to optimize development processes, enabling clients to bring AI applications closer to the data that matters most. Her passion for IBM is infectious, which is exactly why she has been an active part of the IBM Employee Experience Program - a series of activities that helps to educate, enhance and provide a positive on-boarding experience to new hires.
Sheona has dedicated her career to working for social initiatives that she's passionate about. Over the past 20 years she’s managed projects in more than 50 countries and has successfully led 4 different organizations in their start-up phase. Having worked in a variety of different teams and contexts, Sheona quickly recognized the significant impact workplace culture has on the success of a company, the ability of employees to meet their potential, and the prevalence of burnout and other mental health issues in the workplace. Determined to do something about this, Sheona spent over 10 years learning about what makes individuals and organizations thrive. This research ultimately led to her founding Cloud 9 to 5, a purpose-driven business that helps companies tap into their potential and solve some of their biggest challenges by creating a happy, healthy, high-performing work culture.
Sharon is the Chief People Officer at Finastra, #3 global fintech. Mother, author, interested in the future of work and a champion on inclusion for all. Nine years at Vodafone helping shape their customer, digital and purpose-led Vodafone work. Best known for championing the award winning diversity and inclusion agenda there, as the first company in the world to introduce a global maternity policy in 2015, launching the largest global programme to ReConnect women back to work in 2017 and in 2019 the first global company to introduce paid leave for victims of domestic abuse. Earlier track record includes Kingfisher, General Electric, PwC, BAA and Laing O’Rourke as CHRO. She has also been a Trustee at Regents College and NED for Laing O’Rourke and currently sat on The Vodafone Foundation Board, and the Talent Advisory Board for CEB. Outstanding 2018 Ally. She authored ‘Heathrow’s Terminal 5, History in the Making’ and is just about to publish [email protected]