Amanda Buschi Managing Consultant, North America Coaching Right Management
Amanda Buschi is Managing Consultant, North America Coaching and PCC-Level ICF-certified Executive Coach with Right Management.
Amanda has worked with all leader levels including managers, directors, and C-suite executives in a broad range of fields such as finance, health care, the media, manufacturing, telecommunications, and cutting-edge technology. Amanda has coached executives for a variety of developmental opportunities: succession planning, leveraging leadership capabilities, skill development, emotional intelligence, executive presence and change management. Amanda has also worked on the design and implementation of coach training programs as Master Coach and facilitator for leader levels of varying coaching expertise, and on skill development for manager as coach. Amanda works with executives to maximize their emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and sensitivity, particularly as it relates both to management of offices overseas, and management within a variety of organizational cultural environments.
Amanda's background in multinational business has provided first-hand experience with the domestic and international cultural considerations faced by executives and companies operating in and interfacing with multiple cultural environments. Her strong educational background coupled with multi-lingual skills provide the tools needed to help executives and organizations succeed on a global scale.
Amanda has considerable experience in the global satellite arena, and has worked on the ground in virtually every country in the Western Hemisphere, and many in the Eastern Hemisphere as well. Amanda's first-hand experience with the business priorities and fundamental values of a variety of cultures provides key insight for executives and organizations on how to succeed. First as Director of Market Development then as Vice President, Europe for PanAmSat, Amanda has navigated both public and private organizational sectors in numerous countries, negotiating with high level government officials, as well as executives, in multiple languages. Amanda coaches executives to the understanding and utilization of emotional and cultural intelligence, assuring their success in today's world.
Amanda has a BA from Barnard College at Columbia University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She also hold an MA and PhD from Fielding Graduate University.
Derek Smith GM Xref North America
Derek Smith joined Xref in January 2018 as General Manager for Xref North America, with responsibility for the company’s operations across Canada and the United States. Derek’s knowledge of the North American HR market, specifically in relation to candidate screening, coupled with his extensive background in sales, marketing and leadership roles in high profile, technology companies, make him the perfect addition to the team in a market that poses significant growth potential for the platform.
Prior to joining Xref, Derek Smith held the role of SVP at Sterling Talent Solutions, where he managed the Canadian Sales team, before which he was the Managing Director of Apple Canada. At Apple he was responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac products for the Canadian market. Before joining Apple, Derek was the Vice President and General Manager of HP’s Canadian Personal Systems Group. While in this position he led the $1.5 Billion desktop and notebook business for HP Canada, and was also responsible for all SMB sales, as well as the Channel function for all business units at HP Canada.
Michelle is the Director of Talent Attraction and Acquisition at Ceridian. Fueled by a genuine appreciation of the competitive advantage of a diverse, engaged workforce, Michelle is focused on executing the organization’s global people strategy.
Michelle has a proven track record of leveraging data and analytics to resolve business questions and improve return on investment, specifically in the area of organizational learning and development. Prior to Ceridian, Michelle devised data-driven training strategies for State Farm Insurance sales associates across the United States.
Karen Scanlan Vice President, People and Culture Extendicare
Karen is a seasoned professional, with over 15 years as an executive in Human Resources in a variety of sectors including service, manufacturing, international not-for-profit and, most recently, health care. She has a strong reputation for creating partnerships and is particularly committed to building robust relationships between HR and Operations. In her role as VP People and Culture at Extendicare, a leading senior care provider, she leads the HR strategy with a clear mandate to support the development of an engaged, committed, qualified and cohesive workforce in a sector that is heavily reliant on people. She holds a BA Hons from Western University, with a background in adult education, and is finishing her Masters in International HR.
Helen Jackson Director, HR & Organizational Development Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Helen Jackson is the Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. She is UBC certified coach, with experience leading culture change with leadership teams, managers and employees. Helen’s educational journey has been unusual in that she started her career as an early childhood educator and later while working full time completed a bachelor of general studies at SFU. Helen has a wealth of business management experience with a practical, creative and flexible approach, drawing from her experience in the corporate sector for the last thirteen years, as well as her early career in the not for profit sector. Helen has a genuine enthusiasm for her work and endless curiosity. She believes in leading by example and endeavors to be a credible positive influence and change agent.
Colleen Baxter VP, HR J. D. Irving
Colleen Baxter is J. D. Irving, Limited’s Vice President of Human Resources and is based in Saint John, New Brunswick. Colleen is responsible for setting the strategic direction of HR in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Total Rewards, and Health and Wellness for 10,000 employees across a diverse group of companies including Forestry, Retail, Transportation and Construction. Colleen has held a number of roles throughout over 30 year career with JDI and has made significant contributions with the focus on building, aligning and engaging the workforce.
In addition, Colleen has actively participated in advisory councils for the New Brunswick Business Council, the Human Resources Association and Conference Board of Canada with focus on strategic human resource issues.
The company has also been nationally honored as a Top Employer of Youth by the Conference Board of Canada and recognized by Canada's National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) for proactive disability management and return to work programs for employees.
Colleen is an active volunteer in Saint John community initiatives related to education, and economic development. A native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Ms. Baxter earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business - University of Western Ontario.