Girish Ganesan VP, HR Solutions and Enablement TD Bank
Girish Ganesan is a strategic leader credited with driving change and building best in class teams. A creative thinker with passion for innovation in improving organizational performance, he has international experience in HR Strategy, Total Reqards, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, HR Shared Services, Organizational Change, Cross-Cultural Assimilation, Restructuring & Revitalization, and M&A Integration. In his current role, he is responsible for driving an optimized HR operating model with a focus on continually improving the employee experience at TD. He oversees the Enterprise HR Business Solutions Delivery and Technology Investment Portfolio, Enterprise HR Project and Change Management Office, Workforce Data & Analytics, and Vendor Management Strategy & Governance to embed an efficient, effective and client centric focus in HR for 90,000+ employees across multiple geographies.
Amy Stern Chief People & Culture Officer ALDO group
Having joined the ALDO Group in May 2015, Amy Stern is the company’s global vice-president of human resources. After her initial meetings with the ALDO Group’s founder and senior team, Stern witnessed the company’s value of Love at work—the uniqueness she sensed within the organization confirmed she was in the right place. Prior to this position, she lived and worked across the United States—Illinois, California, Arizona, New Hampshire and Wisconsin—finally making Montreal, Quebec, her home.
Stern began her human resources career at a start-up educational toy company, and there blossomed her affinity for HR and the business world. During her time there, the business saw rapid expansion, going from 12 stores to 91 throughout 26 states in the US.
She then moved on to work for Vans, which was acquired by VF Corporation, and spent 12 years of her career holding various HR leadership roles within the organization. Other brands she worked with under the corporation included 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, Ella Moss, and Lucy, before moving to New Hampshire to help integrate Timberland into VF Corporation. This latter role offered Stern a new global experience, where she became vice-president of HR for the brand. Having two children and working full time proved to be an exhausting, yet extremely rewarding experience for Stern. She was able to complete her MBA with the continued support of family, friends, co-workers and professors.
Equipped with the strong desire to promote lifelong learning, for Stern, it’s rooted in hands-on experiences and encounters. She believes that new situations, environments and challenges offer some of the best opportunities to learn and move forward. Working as part of a team and contributing to the achievements of others is what makes her happiest at work. Having this philosophy at the heart of how she and her team operate is what leads her to success. At the ALDO Group, she saw how important the company’s corporate culture and values were and instantly knew it was a natural fit.
Along with her husband of almost 20 years, Stern has identical twin boys in their early teenage years. She is passionate about her family, her rescue dog Lucy, and being outdoors. During the holiday season, she is an avid baker, known for her gingerbread cookies. Giving back to the community is also of great importance to Stern and her family. Throughout the years, they’ve participated in many charities that give support to raising awareness, research, education and funds for breast cancer, an unfortunate disease that has touched many women in her life.
Anita Caslin VP, HR Vintage Hotels
Anita Caslin, Vice-President of Human Resources for Lais Hotel Properties Limited (Vintage Hotels and Niagara's Finest Hotels which are a collection of luxury 4-diamond hotels). A recognized Human Resources professional, Anita has over 20 years+ experience as a Professional Human Resources Practitioner. Seventeen of those years have been in the hospitality industry in the Niagara Region.
Anita has a passion for the hospitality and service industry. She currently is Chair of the Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Committee for the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Board, a Director of the Business Education Council and a member of the Hospitality and Tourism Program Advisory Committee at Niagara College. Previously Anita served as Chair of the Niagara Hospitality Human Resources Professionals Association, served as a member of Niagara College’s Steering Committee of Tourism Industry Development Centre and served as Director of Niagara Workforce Planning Board. Anita is also a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Lais Hotel Properties Limited has acquired several luxury hotels in the past 10 years. Anita has an extensive understanding of organization culture and the environment required to ensure people succeed and grow. “Our employees are exceptional individuals providing exceptional experiences, and that is what makes us successful”.
Caroline Campbell VP, HR Shannex Incorporated
Caroline Campbell is the Vice President of Human Resources for Shannex Incorporated, a provider of Retirement Living, Nursing Homes and Care at Home services in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick with a recent expansion into Ontario. In this role, Caroline is responsible for employee and labour relations, talent acquisition, training and development, service excellence, reward & recognition and safety programs for an employee base of approximately 4000. Among her past leadership roles, she was the Senior Director, People and Organization for VON Canada. She developed an Employee Recognition Program that was acknowledged as a Leading Practice with Accreditation Canada. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Office Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University.
Caroline is active in her community and her profession serving on the board of the Nova Scotia Health Care Human Resource Sector Council for the past 10 years. She currently sits on the executive as the Past-Chairperson. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Continuing Care Council of Nova Scotia.
Jane M. McVeigh VP, HR General Dynamics Mission Systems - International
With a career spanning more than 30 years in technology, commercial, space, and defence companies, Jane McVeigh is a seasoned human resources professional and executive business leader. As Vice-President of Human Resources, Jane provides strategic direction and HR leadership for the international division of the Mission Systems business unit of General Dynamics, including large operations in Canada and the United Kingdom. In this role, Jane has executive responsibility for the development and implementation of all aspects of organizational development for the Mission Systems - International 2500+ employees.
Previously as VP Human Resources for General Dynamics Canada, Jane spearheaded a series of strategic initiatives to support the company’s growth and transformational change objectives. Key accomplishments include introducing corporate programs to develop new leaders, benchmarking employee surveys and introducing policies to improve employee work-life balance. As a result, General Dynamics Canada has been consistently recognized as a top employer at a local and national level.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and is a certified Human Resources Professional and an Integral Coach®. Jane was awarded the Women’s Business Network “Businesswoman of the Year” award in 2008 and was featured as one of Ottawa’s Women of Distinction in 2012.
Jane lives in Ottawa with her husband Alan and twin daughters
Stefany Ting has over 10 years of experience in recruitment for a plethora of markets, spanning several extensive industries including the hospitality, entertainment, retail, automotive and consumer packaged goods markets.
In addition to an extensive recruiting background, Stefany has spent two years at Honda Canada, where she held the position of Bilingual HR Generalist. This opportunity allowed her to play an integral role in Honda’s onboarding and organizational development initiatives. Stefany had also gained her valuable experience in Talent Acquisition from Labatt Breweries of Canada and from the agency Brainhunter Inc., where she served as a Bilingual Recruiter.
Stefany has published multiple posts on LinkedIn and is an active blogger for the HRGazette.com. Passionate about sharing knowledge amongst clients and coworkers alike, she has participated in countless panel events and was a featured panelist at the National Job Fair in Toronto.
Stefany holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Studies from York University with an honors specialization in Human Resources Management, and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto. Passionate about volunteerism, she is an active member of the HRPA and volunteers her time through mentoring. Additionally, Stefany achieved her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and is actively pursuing her Certified Human Resources Leader designation (CHRL).