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.
Amy Coupal CEO Learnography
Amy is a passionate educator and champion of innovation in learning and development. Amy joined Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) in 2006 as the Director of Professional Learning Services and became the CEO of Learnography and its charitable affiliate, My Class Needs Foundation, in 2009. Previously, Amy oversaw the development and implementation of multiple training programs (both online and face-to-face) while simultaneously completing her Masters of Education in Workplace and Adult Learning. Amy applies her broad education background, which includes teaching in Canada and Japan, to ensure Learnography’s high standards are upheld in all its service areas. Her work takes her across Canada and around the world, speaking on innovation in education and more.
Allan Stewart President and CEO Human Synergistics Canada
Allan Stewart has been the president of Human Synergistics Canada since 1996. His unique background combines a successful general management career with extensive workshop training experience and a varied academic career.
Allan has conducted training programs for organizations in retail, finance, mining, manufacturing, energy, athletics, education, health care and various sectors of the government. He was a senior executive with Sears Canada Inc. and has been a professor at McMaster University and Sheridan College. He received his B.Com. from Queen’s University and his M.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Allan has over 30 years’ experience in organizational behaviour and development. His past clients have included some of the largest and most successful organizations in Canada. He has trained executives, first-line supervisors, trainers, sales-people and line workers. He has been a key-note speaker on television and at a number of professional conferences. He is considered a leading expert on organizational culture and development.
As a workshop facilitator, Allan has helped people throughout Canada, United States, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa develop and hone their skills. He has written self-development guides and workbooks on a variety of subjects, and has recently published a book on leadership. His blog on Leadership and Culture (http://hscanada.wordpress.com) is very popular among Managers, HR Professionals and OD Specialists.
Yves Lermusi CEO & Founder Checkster
Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & founder of Checkster. Checkster is a Career and Talent Checkup tool. Mr. Lermusi founded Checkster after 7 years at Taleo (TLEO) as President of Taleo Research. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Lermusi founded iLogos (acquired by Taleo) and held several positions in research and consulting organizations in Europe. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog. Mr. Lermusi earned a degree in Physics and Philosophy, and has a diploma in Economics from the University of Brussels and from the University of London.
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”.
Edward (Ed) Oke VP, HR Calfrac Well Services
Ed is currently the Vice-President, Human Resources for Calfrac Well Services based in Calgary, Alberta. Calfrac is a global provider of fracturing, coil tubing and cementing services to the oil and gas industry and had revenue approaching $2.6 billion and over 5,000 employees worldwide in 2014.
Prior to Calfrac, Ed was the Vice-President, Human Resources and Health and Safety for Trinidad Drilling based in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to leading the human resources organization at Trinidad, Ed was responsible for health and safety management for this international drilling company. Prior to joining Trinidad, Ed was the Vice-President Human Resources for Synenco Energy, a start-up oil sands developer that was acquired by Total in 2008. Ed designed and implemented a human resource strategic plan for this start-up organization and was a founding member of the executive team that participated in its initial public offering in 2005. Prior to Synenco, Ed held a number of senior level human resource positions with Ledcor Industrial, Lafarge North America and a number of public sector organizations.
Ed has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University in Alberta. Ed is a member of the Executive Human Resources Council with the Conference Board of Canada and was awarded the Senior Human Resources Executive of the Year Award by Alberta Oil Magazine in 2015.
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
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”.
Phil Wylie Director, Talent Management Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants
Phil Wylie is a talent, people and human resources leader with experience in multiple industries. Phil is currently Director, Talent Management with Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants. Oliver & Bonacini (O&B) is recognized as one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant, events and catering companies, operating 15 unique and innovative restaurants in Canada. Phil has experienced a variety of industries and cultures, having worked in financial services, not-for-profit, travel and hospitality. Phil has a strong background in talent management, leadership development, employee engagement and learning, and believe that proactive people strategies have more impact on driving business results than traditional compliance based HR initiatives. Phil is a tech enthusiast, who empowers his team to automate low value HR activities and create workflows and processes that enable self-service. This in turn allows a focus on being true strategic partners to the business, adding value via learning, coaching and development channels that build long term sustainable advantage. Phil prides himself on being an inclusive leader who develops people to achieve their full potential. When not working, Phil is a father of 3 young children that keep him busy all the time.
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).
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.
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.
Cheryl Fullerton Executive VP, People and Communications Corus Entertainment
Cheryl Fullerton is Executive Vice President, People and Communications at Corus Entertainment. Cheryl is accountable for the creation of integrated and high impact HR solutions to support the exceptional creativity and performance of the company’s 4,000 people. Communications responsibilities include internal and external stakeholder communications strategies and execution for Corus’ roster of market-leading television networks, radio stations and associated assets. Cheryl also oversees Corus’ corporate social responsibility programs including the organization’s company-wide philanthropic initiative, Corus Feeds Kids.
Cheryl is a member of the HR Professional magazine Editorial Advisory Board and the CHRO Advisory Council of the HR Professional Association, and has been granted a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. She also currently chairs the Board of Spectra Community Support Services, a volunteer-driven, community-based organization providing emotional support and crisis intervention for the Region of Peel. She has a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude and an HRCCC designation from McMaster University.
Tony Frost Professor, Strategy and Economics Ivey Business School at Western University
Tony Frost is Associate Professor at the Ivey Business School at Western University. He completed his Ph.D. at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Frost has been a member of the Ivey faculty since 1996 and was the director of the school’s MBA program in 2007-8. He has taught courses in strategic management, economics and international business. Dr. Frost has taught on numerous Ivey executive programs in Canada and Asia, including the Ivey Management Development program and Accelerating Management Talent. He has also worked with corporate clients in a wide range of industries.
Dr. Frost’s research interests revolve around strategy and competition in a global context. The main focus of his research is on technological innovation and cross-border learning in diversified multinational enterprises. Dr. Frost’s work has been published in leading journals such as Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of International Business Studies.
In the classroom, Professor Frost teaches subjects in the overlapping domains of strategy, economics and public policy. Dr. Frost specializes in helping students understand the strategic implications of “big picture” issues such as macroeconomic shocks, technological change and regulatory/policy shifts.
Dr. James Meschino
Dr. Meschino is a doctor of chiropractic, holds a master’s degree in science (nutrition and biology), is a registered orthomolecular health practitioner, and completed a doctor of naturopathy degree. He served on the board of advisors of the Academy of Anti-Aging Research and is an associate professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, lecturing in the biochemistry, nutrition and natural medicine programs since 1984.
Dr. Meschino has been a faculty member of the American Council on Exercise and the Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship Program – a CE course for medical doctors and oncologists offered by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (U.S.). Dr. Meschino is also the director of Nutritional Therapy at The Canadian Cancer Immuno-Therapies Clinic in Toronto, Canada.
He is the author of four nutrition/ wellness/ anti-aging books, and teaches CE courses to health practitioners, on an international basis, addressing the role of lifestyle medicine on chronic degenerative disease. His “Natural Therapies and Anti-aging” column is a regular feature in several health professional trade publications. Dr. Meschino has developed Employee Wellness Programs for various companies in Canada and United States.
Yvonne Chan President Oncidium
Yvonne Chan is a registered physiotherapist, holds a master’s degree in science (community based rehabilitation) from Queen’s and a master’s degree in business from Ivey. She has been a guest lecturer at Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy since 1997. In 2015, she was awarded Queen’s University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for her exceptional contributions to her profession, field and community. As a recognized expert in disability management, she combines her clinical, research, and business backgrounds to analyze, improve, and risk manage occupational health services and programs for employers across Canada. She provides expertise on the analysis, design, implementation, ongoing sustainability and enterprise service delivery of employee health programs which include: short term disability management, casual absence management, accommodation advice and consultation, preventative health monitoring, ergonomics, medical surveillance, fitness for duty and medical evaluations; all with the goal of early, safe and sustainable return to work. She is the trusted health advisor and national manager of occupational health programs for employers, federal government agencies and Canadian chartered banks. She is the President of Oncidium, one of Canada’s leading disability management companies (www.oncidium.ca). She can be reached at email@example.com
Deb LaMere VP, Employee Experience Ceridian
Deb LaMere is responsible for employee engagement, talent management and performance management for Ceridian. She also serves as a board member for Bolder Options, where she applies her more than 17 years of HR experience to helping youth in the community. Deb holds a BA in Human Resources from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota
Jason Warren Director of Sales CareerBeacon
Jason Warren was born and raised in Moncton, NB.
Jason is a high school teacher by academic training. After university, he spent the first 10 years of his professional life as an international classroom teacher in North East Asia and the Middle East. Since his return to Canada full time in 2003, he joined CareerBeacon, Canada’s third largest paid job recruiting site by market share. First as a sales representative, later to become Director of Sales, the role he currently holds for the past 10 years.
An avid and passionate world traveler, motorcyclist and skier, he now resides in his hometown of Moncton, NB. In his spare time he can be found twisting the throttle of any of his motorcycles, both on or off road, skiing on either coast and anywhere in between or simply relaxing on a tropical beach and enjoying some surf, sun, sand and solitude.
Most importantly, he is a proud father of his 4 year old son Hank.
Sean Ward National General Manager CareerBeacon
Sean Ward was born and raised in Atlantic Canada. Currently, he resides between Saint John, New Brunswick and San Francisco, California. He is the National General Manager of CareerBeacon, Canada’s third largest paid job recruiting site by market share. He studied Business at Acadia University and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Sean has worked on various marketing and digital projects in previous work experiences, leveraging data and statistics to help make better business decisions. Passionate about continuous improvement, Sean is known to, to the dismay of friends and family, analyze anything from lineups at fast food restaurants to how to properly fold a fitted sheet. An avid traveler and sports enthusiast, Sean can be found in his spare time skiing or visiting a new country with his girlfriend Stefanie. His girlfriend, and his 12 ½ year old Boxer named Sarge recently did a cross US tour and has several Facebook pictures to prove it. A little know fact about Sean is he spent a few years of his career operating heavy machinery.
Michael Arblaster Partner Windley Ely
Mike is a Partner at Windley Ely and oversees the Appeals division and general claims management operations for several of Windley Ely’s largest clients. Additionally, he is Head of Business Development and Partnerships, responsible for company growth across Canada.
Mike is an expert at creating customized claims management solutions for Canada’s largest employers to maximize client productivity while minimizing overall workers’ compensation expenses. In addition, he has worked on several large account management projects involving reclassifications, account restructuring and historical claims audits.
Mike holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Prior to his time at Windley Ely, Mike was an Investment Banker at TD Securities, responsible for advising on mergers and acquisitions of large Canadian public companies.
Amy Stern Global Vice-President, Human Resources 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.
Adam Taylor Managing Director DDI
Adam Taylor leads the Canadian business for DDI, a global leadership management firm that is focused on diagnosing and accelerating better leaders at all levels for the future.
Adam is an expert on a broad range of leadership and talent management practices and partners with a diverse range of both multinational and regional organizations across industries. Adam’s consulting, in partnership with his team, is targeted at providing business-relevant counsel to help organizations learn to better diagnose and accelerate their talent. While passionate about the entire talent acceleration pipeline and strategies for driving business impact through people, Adam spends considerable time helping companies identify their high potential talent, move toward growth focused succession management, and build a truly development-focused culture.
Heather Shantora CEO InnoCare
In November 2015, Heather Shantora was appointed CEO of pt Health, the largest publicly traded Canadian allied healthcare company operating in seven provinces with over 800 employees.
She also now serves as CEO of InnoCare, a Canadian healthcare technology and business product outsourcing company launched as a spin-off from the technology arm of pt Health. InnoCare provides propriety cloud-based practice management software and back office administrative support services designed specifically for independent rehab clinic owners across Canada. These services include a state of the art call centre, centralized billing, marketing, HR, and payroll services.
Under Heather’s leadership, InnoCare is a Canadian healthcare market leader focused on the development of innovative healthcare technology designed to anticipate and respond to the growing needs of Canadian patients.
Prior to her appointment, Heather served as COO and President in two respective divisions of pt Health. Her education and diverse career experience is international in scope and has lead to a deep and multi-faceted approach to leadership and innovation. Heather spent four years as a Senior Policy Advisor to Cabinet Ministers in Parliament and Queen’s Park and was a member of the Canadian delegation to the 2005 World Trade Organization. Internationally, Heather worked as a public affairs and diplomacy consultant with the Canadian High Commission in London. Upon her return from the UK, she was recruited to teach International Business to graduate students at the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk College in Hamilton.
Heather earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from McMaster University and a master’s degree in Paris, France. She is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the DeGroote School of Business in Hamilton.