Amrit Sandhu Vice President, Human Resources Ricoh Canada Inc.
Amrit Sandhu was appointed Vice President of Human Resources at Ricoh Canada Inc. in July, 2015. He has responsibility for leading the talent and people agenda, including overseeing human resources activities, such as compensation, benefits, employee relations, and leadership development.
As a solutions-oriented human resources and organizational development leader and business partner, Sandhu focuses on utilizing the principles of organizational effectiveness to solve business problems, drive change and exceed business goals and objectives. His success has been achieved by building credibility, trust and high personal visibility within organizations.
Sandhu has 20 years of diverse HR experience at companies like Dell, Rogers and Imperial Oil.
He has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University.
Jason McDowall AVP of Training Knowledge and Quality Sun Life Financial
Jason McDowall is an award winning leader of Learning Strategies with over 19 years of experience with exposure to strategic planning and learning effectiveness. Currently, Jason is the AVP of Training Knowledge and Quality at Sun Life Financial. In his current role, he provides the overall leadership on Training, Knowledge/Talent Management and Quality for Canadian Operations both onshore and off. He directs the design, development and delivery of training and talent management programs via best practice channels and the development, deployment and maintenance of Canadian Operations-wide knowledge management. Jason has worked within the Telco and Banking industries in Canada which has given him vast knowledge of learning within large organizations and how to look for ways to run ‘learning like a business”.
Girish Ganesan VP & Global HR Client Services Head Manulife
Girish Ganesan is a human resources (HR) executive with 15 years of global experience. In his current role, he is responsible for a multifunctional shared services portfolio focused on evolving and optimizing Manulife’s front line HR services including manager and employee self-service, HR contact centre services, and HR data administration & transactional activities, globally. His mandate includes strategizing the use of global HR technology, processes, policies, defined performance metrics and service management framework to embed an efficient, effective and client centric focus in HR.
An international professional, Girish was recognized for his HR vision and business acumen when he was named HR Professional of the Year in 2013 by Human Resources magazine in Asia. Most recently, he was also awarded the Golden Globe Tiger Award for Excellence in HR Leadership endorsed by Asian Confederation of Businesses.
Girish has been with Manulife Financial for the past 8 years, with 5 years in North America and little over 3 years in Asia. He has held a range of senior positions at both global and regional levels in Total Rewards, Operations and HR advisory. He has worked in Canada and Singapore with exposure to over 30 jurisdictions across Asia, Canada and the U.S.
During his career, he has led both generalist and specialist human resources functions in the financial services, high technology, retail and consulting fields. Prior to Manulife, Girish worked for other well-known multinationals including Accenture, Primus Telecommunications and Gap Inc.
Born in New Delhi and educated in Canada and India, Girish has an honours degree in Political Science and Economics, and a post-graduate degree in Human Resources Management. He holds the Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation
Mike Olsson VP of HR and Professional Development PCL Construction
As vice president of Human Resources and Professional Development for PCL Construction, Mike is responsible for all of the Human Resources and Professional development activities, services and products the team delivers. PCL is the 6th largest contracting organization is the United States and is the largest in Canada. PCL’s 4500+ staff professionals and 10,000+ hourly tradespeople are involved with more than 700 projects at any one time ranging in value from $20,000 to over 1 billion across the civil, heavy industrial and commercial buildings markets.
Mike has over 20 years of experience in the leadership, professional development, and human resources fields. He credits ‘terrible handwriting’ as the catalyst to a career with PCL that began in 2005 as a training consultant. Mike was quickly named the HRPD manager for Canadian Industrial and from 2005 to 2014, he helped triple the size of the Canadian Industrial professional and administrative salaried staff to almost 1200 people. With a passion for leadership development, Mike became an instructor of PCL’s flagship leadership course in 2010, and in 2012 took over governance of the initiative. Current focuses for Mike include the launch of PCL newly established Leadership Academy, various performance management initiatives and the roll-out of a new HCM system.