InnovateWork Speakers Roll of Honour
Thanks to our amazing speakers who've helped make our events across Canada enjoyable and educational!
Eric Termuende, Best-Selling Author of Rethink Work
Eric Termuende is a globally recognized thought leader, author, and international speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive, His best-selling book, “Rethink Work” has become a must-read for today’s leaders. As co-founder of NoW Innovations, he is creating a movement bringing diverse leaders together to share best practices and evolve in the NoW. As a popular media personality, he is featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, and The Huffington Post. Named as an American Express Top 100 Emerging Innovators Under 35, he was a representative for Canada at the G20 Summit in Sydney, Australia.
Megan Woerlein, VP, People at Crowdriff
Megan Woerlein is currently the VP, People at Crowdriff. Megan has over 12 years of experience building, leading and enabling high performing teams within the tech sector. She kick-started her career in New York where she worked alongside hyper-growth start-ups such as ZocDoc and Square helping them headhunt the best possible technical talent and organize them smartly around problem-solving and innovating. She then moved home to Toronto and honed her skills in both product and professional services focused tech companies such as Architect, one of profit500’s fastest-growing tech firms in Canada and Joist, a product company that’s a prime example of the Toronto start-up community with over 800,000 users and counting. In each organization, she’s led HR teams to great success in building scalable and human centered onboarding, training, recruitment and engagement programs and has spoken about this work at several industry events highlighting the common pitfalls of organizations that try to scale first and focus on people second. She’s an advocate for women in technology and is proud to report that Digital Banking’s Leadership currently sits at 50% female.
John Stockwell, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network
With nearly twenty years of experience in the talent sector, John Stockwell is a proven results-oriented executive who brings a diverse range of experience in national, multinational and global companies. As a key member of the Canadian executive team at Dentsu Aegis Network, he leads all human resources initiatives including talent planning, development and recruitment, career pathing, performance management, and employee engagement. Prior to joining the network, John was Vice President of Human Resources Americas at Open Text Corporation, a key leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM). Previously, he held leadership positions at Morneau Shepell, the largest Canadian-based human resources firm, and mining multinational Vale
Michael Debonis, VP of HR, Wasteco
Michael has a long record of success in strategic leadership roles working with CEOs in many different capacities and from different perspectives building high performing midmarket companies. He brings passion, grit and a track record of success to building something bigger. He has led strategic initiatives globally planning, aligning, and driving results. Being exceptional is the name of the game:
Michael holds an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto followed by the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and the Advanced Strategic Change Management Program at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. He is an Executive Coach, Coaches Training Institute, and has been recognized as a Certified Human Resources Executive by the Human Resources Professional Association. Michael is also proud to be an Arbor Award recipient from the University of Toronto for outstanding service to the university and a Top 40 Alumni of the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
Poonam Tewari, Human Resources Director, Ubisoft Toronto
A proven leader with over 13 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 900 team members by 2020.
Poonam has featured in the 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 along with the HR team winning “The Accompass award for the Canadian HR team of the year (500 employees or more)”.
A techie at heart, Poonam holds a Masters and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Application along with a diploma and certification in Human Resources.
Sarah Beech, President of Accompass, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services (Canada) Group Inc.
Sarah is responsible for the overall management and operation of the firm. Sarah has more than 30 years’ experience in the benefits industry. She began her career as an underwriter with a major Canadian insurance company, becoming the department supervisor within two years. She joined Hewitt Associates, a global human resources and outsourcing firm in 1990, where she eventually led the benefits consulting practice and, later, the entire Canadian consulting operation. She joined Accompass in 2012. In her current role, Sarah creates and implements the firm’s business and marketing strategies, and builds, develops and manages new and existing client and third-party relationships. Sarah is a member of the advisory board of Benefits Canada magazine and is a frequent spokesperson and author on the topic of employee benefits, including articles and interviews in Benefits Canada, The Globe and Mail, and speaking engagements such as the Economic Club of Canada, and the Conference Board of Canada. Sarah is a member of the Corporate Industry Council for Homeward Bound.
Naomi Titleman Colla, Founder of Collaborativity Inc.
Naomi has proven success leading teams and collaborating with senior executives and Boards of Directors to develop and implement creative strategies to maximize employee engagement and ultimately drive business impact.
Naomi is also a monthly contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business section and co-founder of future foHRward (futurefoHRward.com), whose mission is to engage Human Resources Leaders in driving the “future of work” agenda.
Karen Simpson, Sr Talent Inclusion Partner - Women in Leadership, TD Canada
Recently awarded #1 Top Recruiter in Canada. Karen has spent her career in both Corporate HR and the recruitment agency sector facilitating hires and programs for many of Canada's top corporations. In her current role with TD, she champions and pipelines external female talent into under-represented businesses. There is another side to Karen, she's climbed the highest mountain in 8 countries and this year became an Amazon #1 bestseller with Carpe Diem.
Greg Smith, Partner, Lighthouse Nine Group
Greg Smith heads the firm’s Leadership Development and Coaching practice. He also serves clients in the areas of Change Management, Strategy and Alignment, Organizational Design, Culture, Engagement and High Performing Teams.
Greg is a senior business leader who has thrived in challenging business environments for more than 25 years, achieving results that are in line with the required strategic and cultural transformation. His multiple industry experience and expertise in strategy formation, organizational design, talent development and culture building combined with his HR expertise makes him an excellent Trusted Advisor.
Michelle Chan, Air Canada
Michelle is an innovative and results-oriented professional with a diverse skill set that includes change management, talent development and employee engagement. She has a track record of establishing herself as a thought leader willing to push the boundaries of standard human resources best practices. She is also very passionate about developing people to their fullest potential and believe that everyone has the ability to change and realize their potential.
Pam Ross, Blue Rebel Works
After more than a dozen years in HR and training leadership roles, Pam Ross quit the corporate world with a mission to improve people’s lives by making work awesome.
Her company, Blue Rebel Works, provides leadership and culture development for growing organizations who want to humanize work. Participants in Blue Rebel workshops leave inspired to try something new, to achieve their potential, and to make a positive impact on those around them. Their programs have a proven track record for increasing trust, communication and team effectiveness.
As a speaker, Pam shares facts, personal stories and examples of how cutting edge leaders and organizations are pushing the boundaries on how work is managed. Pam’s contagious enthusiasm and focus on action leaves audiences ready to make positive change.
Travis Windling, HR Analytics Enablement Lead, Human Resources, Manulife
Travis is a visionary, always playing with some new or emerging trend/tool. He firmly believes that HR is on the path to change and getting people practices right is key to survival in a digital age. Engagement, Performance and Talent are what gets Travis excited at work! Interested in trying something crazy and making this a better place to work? Travis would love to connect!
You’ll find him geeking out to some Dungeon Crawler board game, gaming on his custom build PC or playing with his 2 little ones in the metropolis of Wellesley Ontario.
Ask him about what’s new in HR Trends, People Analytics or HR Tech @ Manulife and in the market!
Priyanka Khosla, People Insights and Strategic Workforce Planning, Sobeys
Priyanka is a creative problem-solver with expertise in using a data-driven approach to solve business and people problems. She blends her global experience as an internal and external consultant with her passion for analytics to develop unique solutions for improving the way people experience work. Recently, she won the prestigious Economic Times Young Leader and the Young HR Icon awards.
Always up for learning something new, Priyanka finds immense joy in understanding emerging trends and technologies to inculcate richer insights into her work.
Kristen Harcourt, Leadership Coach
Kristen has worked with hundreds of organizations, across industries, helping them create more positive and productive workplaces. Her specialties include talent management, leadership development, organizational wellness, team effectiveness, and performance management.
Kristen started her own consulting firm in 2017 with a mission to help professionals do their best work and create a meaningful, purpose-driven life where they reach their full potential. Previously, Kristen was a Senior Consultant at The McQuaig Institute.
Kaitlin Norris, Culture, Employee Experience, Diversity & Belonging Strategist at Shopify
Kaitlin Norris acts as an employee advocate, having a strong pulse on people’s beliefs, attitudes, behaviours, and values at Shopify. Within her role, she uses her knowledge and understanding of employees’ needs to help them align with the company’s vision and growth opportunities.
Brien Convery, Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Attraction and Engagement, Canada - Royal Bank of Canada
Brien Convery is an accomplished, results-driven executive professional with 28 years of diversified and progressive experience spanning a wide range of industries and disciplines both in the private and public sectors across the globe. As Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Attraction and Engagement, at RBC, Brien leads the Canada campus recruitment teams to attract, engage, recruit and mentor top student talent at one the world’s leading financial institutions.
As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Brien holds the title of Vice-Chair Recruitment and Mentorship for the RBC PRIDE Employee Resource Group focusing on the LGBTQ+ employees and community at-large.
Currently, Brien is an Employer Representative Board Member for Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL). Brien also sits on a number of post-secondary advisory boards and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.
Christine Song, Chief People Officer, Coinsquare
As a member of the executive team at Coinsquare, Christine's goal is to approach the function of People Experience by aligning the people strategy with the business strategy. She is addicted to the technology startup space, and her greatest passion is scaling startups so that they can accelerate growth while focusing on a people-first approach.
Leadership development at all levels is incredibly important to Christine, as she believes great leaders lead great teams and create a pathway for future leaders. Creating a purpose-driven culture guided by high-performance is also her superpower. We all want to be engaged with a purpose - we want more than just a "job." Engagement led by purpose is hard to balance but it's not impossible. Startups that are scaling quickly are in a sweet spot where they need to find that purpose to drive engagement, and Christine wants to show them the path to get there.
Chuck Farrell, Vice President, Human Resources - Pizza Pizza Limited
Chuck is a senior business professional with 20+ years experience in Human Resources leadership roles in the retail & restaurant industries. He currently leads all things people for Canada's iconic pizza pioneer and largest chain - Pizza Pizza. Previously he has worked for well known industry leaders such as Walmart Canada, Yum! Restaurants International and Loblaw where he gained a unique mix of general HR management and specialist experiences.
Stephen Shedletzky, Head of Brand Voice, Igniter on Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why
Stephen engages with people in meaningful ways so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled world. With a knack for sharing the right words at the right moment, he delivers evidence-based content in a provocative and humorous way. He joined the Start With Why team in 2012 and now leads the Brand Voice team to ensure every product, partnership and communication authentically reflects the organization’s most deeply-held beliefs.
As an Igniter, he helps leaders and organizations discover, articulate and bring their WHY to life. A dedicated aide to the Start With Why team and those they serve, Stephen is first in line to support those who seek to live their WHY from the inside out.
With the right mix of passion and professionalism, Stephen was an obvious choice to narrate the audiobook for the 2017 best-seller Find Your Why. Along with David Mead, he also co- hosts the Start With Why Podcast, with more than 600,000 downloads in over 180 countries.
Josh Levine, Author of Great Mondays: How to Design a Company Culture Employees Love
Josh Levine is an educator, designer, and best-selling author, but above all, he is on a mission to help organizations design a culture advantage. For more than 15 years Josh has helped build culture-driven brands and as Principal of Great Mondays continues his work with technology and social enterprise organizations. He is best known for helping found the non-profit Culture LabX, and as its executive director has overseen its grow into an international community.
Josh is sought after for his inspiring and educational keynotes, that not only reveal new insights, but inspire new action. His highly entertaining and accessible writing has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and the Design Management Journal.
Kris Tierney, VP People & Culture, Dealer-FX
Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & culture are strategic priorities. Her experience as an HR leader has been focused on building and developing the people & culture infrastructure in high growth tech companies.
Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. From there, she developed her HR acumen in progressive HR and leadership positions at TD Bank Financial Group and TD Canada Trust, and as an independent Training Consultant.
Kim Tabac, Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte Canada
A senior business professional with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources leadership roles, Kim has a proven track record of building high-performing teams and designing inclusion strategies.
Michael Serbinis, Founder & CEO of League
Mike Serbinis is the CEO and Founder of League Inc., a next generation health platform that is set to disrupt the world of insurance. Prior to League, Mike was the Founder and CEO of Kobo, a global leader in ebooks, and docSpace, a pioneer in cloud storage.
Mike got his start building one of the first search engines, Zip2 at the start of the Internet boom. A rocket scientist who once developed jet propulsion systems at age 16, Mike is known as
a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple transformative technology platforms across several industries, with over $1B of exits.
Manny Campione, Senior Consultant and Market Leader, Normandin Beaudry, Former VP of HR, LoyaltyOne
Manny's industry and consulting experience in Human Resources, Rewards and Engagement, along with his passion for working with clients, ensures that Business and HR leaders leverage relevant solutions to affect organizations' business objectives.
He is a trusted advisor, coach and thought leader in the HR community.
Jane Watson, Head of People & Operations, Actionable
Jane’s career in Human Resources has been filled with exciting opportunities, engaging challenges, and respected mentors.
It has also spanned a variety of industries, business environments and organizations, all of which has allowed her to develop a unique insight into the diverse range of Human Resources challenges that organizations face.
Arun Kochhar, Global HR Insights & People Analytics Lead, Xerox
Arun is the Global Lead of HR Insights & People Analytics for Xerox.
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 fueling the development of innovative, novel approaches to analytics with a firm rooting in corporate strategy.
David Johnston, President, Sales Resource Group
David Johnston is a former HR pro and President of Sales Resource Group Inc. David has a broad international consulting background and offers experience and a participative approach to
consulting with clients.
He brings with him 20 plus years of experience in working with organizations from diverse fields, such as broadcast media, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, information technology, retail, manufacturing, membership organizations and financial services.
Cheryl Fullerton, EVP People & Communications, Corus Entertainment
Cheryl is accountable for the leading the creation of a high-performance culture, and integrated, high impact people solutions to support the exceptional creativity and performance of the company’s people.
Communications responsibilities include internal and external stakeholder communications strategies and execution for Corus’ roster of market-leading television networks, radio
Tania Oppedisano, National Director of HR, DIALOG
Tania plays a valuable part of DIALOG’s diverse culture, having worked in the Toronto Studio as both a Human Resources Manager and Studio Administrator previous to this role.
After starting in 2009, she took on challenges and grew the Toronto studio from 37 to 130 in just two years with her keen ability to find the right hire to fit the studio culture. She brings big picture thinking, enthusiasm, and energy to her daily work and has provided leadership to DIALOG’s administrative team, while working with Studio Directors and Team Leaders across studios on human resources strategy and initiatives.
Kelly Davis, Senior Vice President, HR - Town Shoes Limited
Kelly is a Senior HR leader with generalist and specialist experience in both retail and hospitality industries, with 14 years of HR experience in retail (Town Shoes Limited, Hudson's Bay Company in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S) and 2 years of HR experience in hospitality with Cara Operations (Milestones, Montana's, Kelsey's, Swiss Chalet and Harvey's).
Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts (major in Industrial Relations) from McGill University and CHRE and CHRL (former SHRP and CHRP) designations, as well as an H.R.C.C.C. (Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified) designation from McMaster University.
Krista Jones, Managing Director, Work & Learning – MaRS
Krista is the managing director of Work & Learning at MaRS. Krista has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 25 years, and has personally advised and been actively involved in over 200 startups.
For the past four years, Krista has been the driving force behind the creation of MaRS’ globally-leading Work & Learning sector. Krista has experience working in both large public companies
and in startups. She is an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and an expert at
solving ambiguous problems. She has a unique combination of strategic, technical, operational and marketing expertise. She is known for her comprehensive knowledge of existing and emerging Information & Communications Technology (ICT) architectures, technologies, and innovation practices.
William Greenhalgh, CEO, HRPA
Bill has over 35 years of leadership experience in Marketing, International Operations and Finance in a variety of industries including electronics, petroleum, entertainment, publishing and
William joined HRPA as CEO in early 2006. Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 for contribution to Palliative Care. William is presently Corporate Secretary and Board member of the Human Resources Association; Board Member of the Human Resources Research Institute;
government appointee as Vice Chair of the Board of the Ontario Public Accountants Council; member of the CD Howe HR Policy Council; member of the Champions Council of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association; Chair of the Canadian HR Committee at the International Standards Organization (ISO) and Chair of the multi-country Working Group developing a global HR Competency Framework within ISO.
Stephen Harrington – National Lead, Talent Strategy, Deloitte
Stephen Harrington is Deloitte’s National Lead – Talent Strategy, and has
been a writer and speaker on the future of work and the workplace of the future since 2011. He suggests that workplace design can impact culture, if the employee experience is placed at the heart of design and given equal weight to other strategic objectives. Stephen is currently co-authoring a paper on the future of work with the HRPA, due to be released in fall 2017.
With 17 years’ experience in Consulting, Stephen leads transformations in talent strategy that enable our client’s people to feel personal purpose and impact, as the business drives improved results. Stephen’s work is focused on building and implementing talent strategies that deliver not only improved employee value proposition but also business benefits in the form of improved productivity and bottom line savings. Stephen frequently speaks at events on topics involving the future of work and innovation and he has published several papers on the subject.
Larissa K. Holmes, Head of People Operations, Borrowell
Larissa is the Head of People Operations at Borrowell, a leading Canadian fintech that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. With over 10 years of experience leading people and operations teams, Larissa is passionate about investing in people to achieve growth and great company culture. Larissa recently published an article in The Globe and Mail, “Embracing Diversity is Uncomfortable – and That’s a Good Thing,” articulating her passion and commitment to diversity in the tech community.
Toronto-based Larissa has a wealth of professional experiences prior to joining the Borrowell team, ranging from leading the customer development function at a HR technology start-up, to working as a management consultant at Deloitte.
Bohdan Zabawskyj, Serial CTO, Advisor, & Co-Founder, Fortay
Bohdan is deeply immersed in the Tech Ecosystem in Canada. Bohdan is a serial CTO (Mercatus, Rypple, Audiobooks.com, Redknee), Advisor/Director (Kik, Parkbench, Printchomp, DevBBQ, AceTech Ontario), organizer (Toronto CTO Group, TrueNorthCTO), and co-founder (Fortay.ai).
Bohdan has been involved in Machine Learning & AI since the completion of his masters program in 1995 at McGill University. Bohdan is also passionate about company culture and was recognized as Toronto's best Technology Manager in 2016.
Noel Webb, Co-Founder, Karen.ai
Noel Webb is co-founder and CEO of Karen.ai (Your Cognitive Recruiting Assistant). A veteran of business development and out-of-the-box thinking, Noel has been a leader in his roles over the years for several companies, including Bam Digital, SpeakFeel and Agnition.
During his career as a technology leader, Noel has developed a passion for products and innovations and has been the driving force behind products such as: OOLYO, Tech & Design and TeamHQ. In addition, Noel has been a strategic advisor for high profile clients such as
Torstar Digital, Syngenta, Toyota and Modis and helped them to build a product driven approach to business.
Roy Pereira, CEO, Zoom
Roy Pereira began his first startup after attending Carleton University’s computer science program. Since then he’s created several startups and worked with numerous tech companies based in Ottawa, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. While at Cisco in California, Roy was an integral part of the team that founded the security business unit, generating more than one billion in annual revenue. As an inventor, Roy holds patents on remote access IPSec VPN software.
In 2007, Roy started the world’s first Facebook marketing agency. In 2009 he started his fifth startup, known as Shiny Ads, to help the world’s top digital publishers better monetize premium ad buys and, in the process, invented an alternative to RTB called “automated guaranteed.”Shiny Ads was later acquired by Rubicon Project (NYSE-RUBI), based in LA, in 2014.
Chris McKillop, CEO & Co-Founder, Turalt
Dr. Chris McKillop, CEO and Co-Founder of Turalt – the technology of empathy. Chris gained her degree in Artificial Intelligence in the 1990s, has a PhD in Educational Technology, and has researched and published on the emotional dimensions of learning.
She has a long record pioneering technological innovations to improve learning. Chris is passionate about AI and empathy. Her company, Turalt, develops AI supported tools to help people improve their empathy and emotional intelligence in online business communications.
Jamie Allison, CEO & Principal Consultant, epitome
Jamie has 20 years of experience leading strategic talent acquisition and development initiatives for both small and large organizations. His industry experience ranges from government and healthcare to retail and consumer packaged goods. He is proud to have directly lead various talent consulting engagements with strong companies and brands ranging from Softchoice, Home Hardware and Metrolinx to Lifelabs, CPPIB and SunLife Financial. Jamie is also the author of Jackpot! A Step-by- Step Guide to a Winning On-Campus Campaign.
Jamie's work and opinions have been quoted in Human Capital Management Magazine, on HR Management Television and HRM Online Canada, US and Australia. He has been a presenter for many organizations including the Human Resources Professional Association, The Canadian
Institute, CACEE, Ryerson University and others.
Jennifer Bouyoukos, Founder and Lead Consultant, FullStackHR
As an HR leader, Jennifer has worked and partnered with some of the legends of business over the past 20 years. (RIM, Descartes, Janna, Workbrain, SAP, Kobo, RBC).
Most of all, she is proud to have mentored countless Rising HR Stars to leadership status over her career.
Ryan Porter, CEO & Founder, Ruutly
For the past nine years, Ryan Porter has spent his time helping people connect to their career pathways to meaningful companies and helping companies connect to retainable talent. He's
spoken to over 900,000 people worldwide, been a featured speaker at events like TEDx and SXSWedu, founded RaiseYourFlag.com and authored the book "Make Your Own Lunch - How to live an epically epic life through travel, work, wonder and (maybe) college".
More recently, Ryan founded Ruutly.com to help companies transform the most critical --and most overlooked-- part of their candidate experience, their job postings. When he's not in Toronto running his company, you can find Ryan in Tokyo, eating strange food and sleeping on public transit.
Jackie Lauer, Heart and Culture, Axletree Consulting
Accomplished management consultant, organizational development and human resource professional experienced working at the leadership level through large-scale, real time strategic change.
Jackie worked inside large multinational and mid-cap organizations, federal and publicly funded institutions and small fast-growing IT organizations focused on building strategic and scalable HR and strategic programs that align short term and long term business objectives Known for her "NO BS" approach in working with leaders and leadership teams as well as her sense of humour.
Shweta Jacob, Sr Manager, Talent Acquisition, FLIPP
Shweta Jacob is the Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition for Flipp, which means she is part headhunter, marketer, sales professional and matchmaker all rolled into one! With over 10 years of recruitment experience, Shweta provides subject matter expertise in all areas of Talent Management and is responsible for full-cycle recruitment (including passive candidate management).
During her career, Shweta has worked for well-known organizations including Chango, Royal Bank of Canada, The Second Cup Ltd, The Canadian Diabetes Association and Robert Half International where she managed teams of up to five staff and a revenue target of over $5 million/year. Shweta has a BA in Economics from Queen’s University and is working towards her CHRP.
Jeff Waldman, Founder, SocialHR Camp
Jeff Waldman is a senior HR and Recruitment practitioner who works with growing Canadian start-up and SMB technology companies on talent attraction, engagement and retention strategies.
He was recently the Head of Talent at Security Compass, a growing Toronto-based software security company with operations in Canada, United States and India. In 2017 Jeff has been working on a handful of entrepreneurial projects relating to talent attraction that will
change the way companies win the war for top talent.
Jeff is an avid speaker, blogger and volunteer and continues to advise emerging HR and Recruitment technology companies on their business strategies.
Jesse Ryan, Managing Director, Augment HR and Host of The Accidental Occupation
Jesse has 18 years in the recruitment industry, Jesse is driven to educate, educate, educate on more efficient and cost effective ways to approach Talent Acquisition. Jesse has been fortunate enough to have worked in every facet of talent acquisition; staffing, corporate, consulting, and as an independent contractor.
Prior to joining AugmentHR, Jesse co-founded Banter, a successful management consulting firm strictly focused on building talent acquisition functions for small and medium enterprises. In
addition, Jesse has held senior positions at Head2Head, Microsoft, and Morneau
Amanda Ono, Head of Talent, Resolver
Amanda has over 15 years of experience leveraging human capital to achieve organizational results. From talent acquisition, training, coaching, leadership and change management, she has implemented initiatives in six countries.
Amrita Bhalla, Founder and Managing Director, A.B Consulting
Amrita is the Founder and Managing Director for A.B Consulting. With over 15 years of global HR experience, Amrita has held senior HR roles in the luxury hospitality and tourism industry.
Currently, Amrita works with a diverse group of clients ranging from tech start-ups to not-for profit organizations, to build innovative approaches to HR. Committed to a partnership with the academic community, Amrita is a lecturer for the “HR in Hospitality” and “Organizational Behaviour” courses at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. Amrita holds a Masters of Industrial Relations (MIR) from Queen’s
Daneal Charney, Talent Lead, MaRS enture Services
Daneal is the director of talent for MaRS Venture Services. At MaRS, Daneal heads up the talent team within MaRS Venture Services, with the mandate to serve entrepreneurs across all high growth sectors to scale their talent. She works with executive teams to develop strategies that advance their competitiveness as both employers and workplaces.
Recently, Daneal co-produced the inaugural #MoveTheDial event – on a mission to change the face of tech leadership in Canada. #MoveTheDial brought together one of the largest gatherings of tech startup female leaders in Canada, including 100 founders and 40 venture capitalists.
Daneal is a sought-out expert, entrepreneur, mentor and speaker on leading HR thinking. She’s a recognized Canadian HR Awards Finalist in the Category of Best Employer Branding (2016) and AceTech Ontario Leadership Initiative Award recipient (2107).
Farhan Thawar, CTO, CoFounder of Helpful
Farhan was the VP of Engineering at Xtreme Labs (acquired by Pivotal Labs in 2013). He continued as CTO of Mobile and VP of Engineering at Pivotal post-acquisition. He has also worked at large enterprises like Celestica and Microsoft.
Farhan holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Math from Waterloo.
Elijah Moore, CEO, CoFounder of Collage
Elijah is an alumnus of the Ivey School of Business and the Next 36. He spent the early part of his career as an investment banker for early-stage public companies at IBK Capital Corp. He launched his first startup in 2013 as a solo founder.
He launched Collage with two cofounders in 2016. Elijah is passionate about startups, business strategy, design, and NBA basketball.
David Wexler, Human Capital Strategist & Executive Coach, David Wexler Consulting
David provides Boards, CEOs, Leaders, and organizations with the capabilities & confidence to measurably improve their return on Human Capital investments. Leaders lead more
effectively; employees are more productive and engaged; and organizations achieve industry leading business results while attracting and retaining highly sought after global talent.
Clients include leading Retail, Educational, Financial Services, Entertainment, Technology, and Infrastructure companies such as The Vector Institute, GTAA, MLSE, ILAC, Elte, HOOPP, Firmex, Wealthsimple, Lendified, and Green P Parking.
Maurice Fernandes, Manager, Employment Brand & HR Social Media, Ceridian
As Ceridian’s Employment Brand Manager, Maurice is responsible for promoting Ceridian’s culture across various social media channels, events, and campus recruitment activities across North America. Maurice enjoys geeking out over HR technologies, recruitment marketing, employment branding and social media strategies.
Maurice has also had the privilege of speaking about recruitment issues at numerous conferences and through media outlets such as the Globe and Mail and the Canadian HR Report. Maurice is not Anti-Zombie, just Pro-Living.
Deanne Dillon, Senior Director, HR at SNC-Lavalin
Deanne is a Senior HR leader passionately committed to developing and supporting authentic leadership in challenging and dynamic organizations.
Specialties: HR operations, talent management, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, wellness, compensation management, job evaluation, labour relations, staffing and selection, program management.
Avery Francis, Founder at Bloom
When Avery is on a mission to bring that knowledge to as many companies as possible, making the hiring experience more human and enjoyable for all.
Having worked with award-winning recruitment agencies, startups, and the #1 digital agency - Razorfish, Avery has matched an abundance of talent with life-changing opportunities over the last 10 years of her career. A lover of social media, travel, and all things recruitment, it is her innate curiosity about people, work, and what gets them out of bed in the morning that keeps her inspired.
Sarah Beatty, Founder of 9 to Thrive.
Sarah works with best-in-class HR consultants and experts to develop a system for helping HR teams diagnose pain points in the employee experience and address them through team experiences.