Olga Giovanniello, SVP, HR Canadian Tire Corporation
Olga Giovanniello is Senior Vice-President, Human Resource, Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), and is responsible for the day-to-day operational overview of the HR function across Canadian Tire’s family of companies. Olga provides strategic advice to the members of the executive team and the Company’s Board of Directors and is a key player in shaping the future direction of CTC’s HR organization.
A dynamic human resources professional and business leader, Olga brings a broad range of expertise across all HR disciplines. Since joining the Company in 2008, she has positively impacted all business units through HR and People Solutions. Prior to her current role, Olga served as Vice-President, Human Resource Solutions, where she and her team provided HR support to the Canadian Tire and Financial Services businesses and all CTC corporate groups. Olga also served as Vice-President, Human Resources for Dealer Relations and Diversified Businesses and was accountable for translating the business strategy into actionable HR initiatives.
Prior to joining CTC, Olga spent eight years at Sears Canada in various HR and business roles including Vice-President, Financial Services, where she was responsible for the development and execution of the corporation’s financial services strategy in order to drive profitable growth through the credit, loyalty, telecom, insurance and gift card programs. Olga has also held management positions and senior HR roles at TD Bank, where she specialized in the creation and implementation of learning and organization development solutions.
Olga holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto.
November 14th, 2016 8:15 – 9:15
Jim Reid, Chief HR Officer Rogers
Jim Reid has served as Rogers Chief Human Resources Officer since 2011. He is responsible for shaping the talent, culture and engagement strategy at Rogers.
With a keen understanding of what it takes to win, Jim has elevated the employee experience agenda by strengthening key programs in the areas of leadership development, frontline training, talent management, and culture. Over the next three years, Jim will lead Rogers’ workplace transformation initiative, enabling the company to become more collaborative, agile and flexible.
During his tenure, Rogers has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada, a Top Employer for Young People, and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. In 2015, Rogers Care and Fido Call Centres won the International Prism Award, the highest distinction in coaching globally.
Jim has more than 20 years of experience leading large, global human resources teams, including Husky Injection Molding Systems and the global health sciences company, MDS Inc. He is a former tactical helicopter pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces and served more than three years in West Germany. Jim holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He is also a certified executive coach.
November 15th. 2016 8:15 – 9:00
Arielle Meloul-Wechsler VP, HR Air Canada
Arielle Meloul-Wechsler was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in September 2013 with leadership for all aspects of Human Resources worldwide. In December 2015, Arielle also assumed overall leadership for liaising with the unions representing 85% of Air Canada’s workforce. Prior to being appointed Vice President, she was Senior Director, Human Resources, a role held since July 2011.
Previously, Arielle was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Services. While in the legal department, Arielle's practice groups included advising the airline on corporate financing transactions, reorganization or M&A transactions, business outsourcing arrangements, information technology, strategic purchasing and intellectual property. In 2005, she was seconded to Aeroplan where she led the external legal team through Aeroplan’s initial public offering.
Prior to joining Air Canada in 1997, Arielle practiced at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg.
Arielle received her Civil Law degree from the Universite de Montreal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1993. Arielle also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from McGill University. She is on the Board of Directors of the Airline Personnel Directors Counsel and is a Member of the Conseil du Patronnat.