Kristen MacLellan Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition Best Buy Canada
As head of talent acquisition for Best Buy Canada, Kristen leads a team of full cycle recruiters as well as the design and implementation of programs to support all divisions within the Canadian business.
Since joining the HR leadership team at Best Buy Canada in 2016, Kristen has been a champion of best-in-class recruiting and attraction solutions within the organization and has led major initiatives such as a redefined employer brand, updated Career Centre, a first ever internship program, integration of a 3rd party talent assessment and the technical talent hiring plan to support the growth of the eCommerce business.
Kristen’s recruiting career has spanned more than 15 years, having worked within a cross section of industries that include retail, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Her portfolio also includes Starbucks Coffee Company where she was the sr. program manager (talent acquisition) for Retail North America and the national talent acquisition manager supporting their Canadian business. Always the talent enthusiast, Kristen is also known for developing strong recruiters, building high performing teams and measuring the value and impact of the recruiting function. She has spoken a number of times on the topic of talent attraction including Indeed Explore 2017, RCC HR Conference in 2017 & 2015 as well as the Global Employer Brand Summit in 2014.
Brent Chamberlain is the Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity for CIBC. As a member of the Talent Management senior leadership team, he has global responsibility for an outcome-focused strategy anchored in inclusive leadership, diversity composition and client focus. Brent joined CIBC following a career leading diversity for Bell, and has held several non-profit leadership roles including Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics & McGill University and currently lives in Toronto.
Brad Dorohoy Senior Program Director, HR, Talent Management Strategies Alberta Health Services (AHS)
In my current role at Alberta Health Services (AHS), my team has responsibility for the organization’s Talent Acquisition team; Talent Development team (delivery of employee and leadership learning and team effectiveness); Organizational Effectiveness (including Change, Team Effectiveness, Recognition, Leadership and Employee learning program design) and Talent Engagement & Learning Solutions (engagement and learning innovation). Our products and processes support an organization of over 100,000 employees.
I joined AHS almost five years ago from private sector banking. I left Grad school having studied Asian studies to work overseas for one year which turned into 22 years! I joined an international British bank where the first half of my career I was unwillingly trained as a banker and then thankfully ten years later moved to HR when I was asked to lead a major organization change project. This led to the second half of my career as an HR specialist in learning and development, executive education and workforce planning. I met my Canadian wife in Hong Kong, worked overseas in six countries, and have three kids born in three different countries.
Chris Taylor CHRO Best Buy Canada
Chris Taylor is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Best Buy Canada. In this role, he oversees the wellbeing of more than 12,000 employees across the country, leading the HR teams supporting all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, distribution centres, and the corporate headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.
Chris joined the company in 2004 as a Human Resources Manager and has served in a breadth of human resources, talent development and employee relations leadership roles since, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources.
A natural innovator and champion of corporate culture and change management, Chris has led the company through key growth and rewards initiatives over the years that have advanced Best Buy Canada to becoming one of the top employers in Canada.
Prior to joining Best Buy, Chris held leadership roles with The Home Depot and Office Depot. Chris holds a CPHR designation, along with an MBA from the University of Fredericton.
Esther Stringam Executive Director, Organizational Effectiveness & Talent Acquisition Alberta Health Services (AHS)
Esther Stringam is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Canada. She attended graduate school at Arizona State University where she studied business management. In addition, she has a Royal Conservatory of Music piano performance certificate and holds a Mediation Certificate from the University of Calgary. Throughout her twenty plus year career, she has held progressive HR leadership positions in the private and non-for-profit sectors and has been the HR leader for global companies. Esther has made significant impact on process improvement, technology, talent acquisition and people development.
Esther has a passion for building and retaining talent and fueling future organizational growth. She has a natural talent for coaching people into assessing and understanding their strengths and development areas, guiding them into being more impactful and successful at work and getting to the next level in their professional careers.
Esther is currently working as the Executive Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Acquisition for Alberta Health Services in Edmonton Alberta.
Esther has raised three incredible children and is currently failing to find the same success with two Chewbacca-sized canines that graciously allow her to share their home. Esther hopes the dogs never realize that they could take over if they worked together.
Greg Bambury CHRO Medavie
Greg joined Medavie in 2014 and holds dual responsibilities within the Medavie family. He is responsible for Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Communications, and Corporate Marketing for both Medavie Health Services and Medavie Blue Cross.
With over 25 years of extensive experience as a leader in human resources, he led major strategic initiatives within numerous large and complex organizations throughout Canada including Towers Watson and Irving Oil. He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to successfully build team capabilities and guide changes that create competitive advantages and drive results
Hugh Grzela Director, Talent Acquisition Compass Group Canada
Hugh Grzela is an innovative Talent Acquisition professional and thought leader with an established track record of developing people and implementing best-in-class Talent Acquisition strategies. He is a creative problem solver with proven leadership skills and an assertive win-win approach directed towards achieving sustainable business results.
Hugh has nearly twenty years of innovative talent solutions experience. Having worked in both Canada and the United States, and various industries ranging from hospitality and food services to Healthcare to Information Technology has rounded his experience to enable him to support the most unique talent environment. Currently with Compass Group Canada Hugh leads a dedicated team of Recruiters who in the first six months under his leadership reduced their time-to-fill vacant positions by nearly twenty days while at the same time increasing employee retention.
Hugh is a graduate of York University in Toronto and currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his loving family and an eighty pound boxer puppy named “Maximus”.
Jacqueline Beatty Divisional VP, Talent Acquisition Hudson’s Bay Company
Jacqueline is currently the Divisional Vice President, Talent Acquisition for the Hudson’s Bay Company. She currently leads the recruitment strategy globally in regions such as India, Europe and across North America. She also heads up recruitment for all corporate positions within the organization and leads the Talent Acquisition Operations team. At HBC, Jacqueline and her team have been able to successfully develop an outsourced recruitment model for high volume recruiting, designed a new temporary hiring process that is more efficient and creates price transparency, rolled out a new recruitment model internally, and has implemented various recruitment technologies to support the hiring process.
Previous to HBC, Jacqueline worked for organizations such as Pivotal Staffing Solutions and Town Shoes Limited leading the recruitment functions. Jacqueline has over 15 years’ of recruitment experience working within retail/hospitality/corporate functions.
Jacqueline is a talent leader who strives to empower her team to be world class leaders in Talent Acquisition and bring top talent to the organization. She inspires her team to think creatively and empowers them with authority and resources to consider untested approaches that will benefit the organization.
Leona McCharles VP, Global Recruitment RBC
As head of talent acquisition for RBC, Leona is focused on driving an exceptional candidate/employee experience in support of RBC’s vision of becoming a digitally enabled relationship bank.Using AI and other innovative approaches to simplify how we attract Best Talent, Leona is actively engaged in attracting, engaging, and redeploying talent all over RBC.
Leona is a founder of RBC Amplify - a 16-week internship where students are encouraged to disrupt the bank, and leads the recruitment of nearly 2,000 students and recent graduates annually. She is also a member of the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Board
Lisa Ritchie VP, Talent Acquisition Investors Group
With over 20 years of experience in Talent Acquisition, Lisa has witnessed the evolution of recruitment from the rolodex of business cards to the utilization of technology and social networking. With a Bachelors degree from York University, she walked into a Toronto based recruitment agency in search of a “job”. Little did she know that her attempt at finding a “job” marked the beginning of her career. She became so intrigued by her recruiter that she inquired about making her a member of their team. In a matter of days, Lisa was hired and the rest is history!
Her strategic human resources and talent acquisition experience ranges across a variety of industries including financial services, retail and marketing. Lisa’s career has been dedicated to building talent growth strategies inclusive of the planning, design and implementation of centralized talent acquisition teams. From Edward Jones where she was responsible for attracting and selecting financial advisors across Canada; to Walmart where she led the human resource and talent teams through high growth planning and transformation, to Target where she was one of the first hires on the leadership team tasked with designing the talent acquisition framework to support their international expansion into Canada; to Match Marketing Group where she developed their national people strategy.
She is a leader who pushes the boundaries of traditional Talent Acquisition while engaging and inspiring large national teams to love what they do, understand why they are doing it and how to get it done!
Lisa is currently the Vice President of Talent Acquisition with Investors Group.
Lyne Wilson Director, Talent Acquisition and Organizational Health NAV CANADA
Lyne Wilson is the Director, Talent Acquisition and Organizational Health for NAV CANADA, the owner and operator of the country’s civil Air Navigation Service. She is responsible for HR based activity within the organization from both an operational and strategic perspective. Since 2000, Lyne has held a number of positions at NAV CANADA. She is currently responsible for Talent Acquisition, Employee Health and Wellness Programs and Employee Relations complaints. One of her top priority is to attract and retain diverse top talent, building capacity, and engaging employees
Before joining NAV CANADA, Lyne worked at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).
Sacha de Klerk Head, Diversity & Inclusion Norton Rose Fulbright
Sacha de Klerk is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright. Before moving to Canada in April 2016, she led the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy across Europe, Middle East and Asia for six years from their London office. She was directly responsible for implementing and making progress against the firm’s diversity targets, improving maternity retention by 14% in two years, launching 13 Employee Resource Groups, creating over 100 work experience places for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and is the founding editor of the firm’s diversity and inclusion blog. She is currently based in Toronto developing the firm’s strategic direction and programming focusing on talent management, recruitment, development and inclusive culture. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Sacha spent ten years in recruitment for the financial services and technology sectors including leading and creating new student recruitment and development programmes across various locations in Europe and Asia.
Sandeep Tatla AVP, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion Manulife
In this role, Sandeep is responsible for developing and implementing a diversity strategy for Manulife/John Hancock's global operations and helping the businesses and senior leaders take accountability for creating a diverse workforce and inclusive culture.
Sandeep is also a member of Manulife’s Diversity Council, a group dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity in its offices around the globe. With her strong background in promoting women’s issues over the years and deep knowledge of cultural issues women face, Sandeep’s opinions are highly regarded.
Prior to joining Manulife, Sandeep served as Chief Diversity Officer for the Ontario College of Trades and she was the Director of PwC’s Office of Inclusion.
Sandeep has a deep expertise in diversity and is regularly asked to comment and speak on diversity-related topics. In addition to regularly being quoted in various professional publications, Sandeep has been asked to speak on D&I issues in the media and had a diversity column in the National Post.
Before delving deep into the diversity and inclusion sphere, Sandeep practiced labour and employment law for a number of years where she specialized in employment and human rights law and regularly provided organizations with proactive and strategic advice on issues of inclusivity and human rights. This experience provided her with valuable insight into people management strategies.
Sandeep has an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University, with a double major in Psychology and Law & Society; a Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor) from the University of Western Ontario; and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. Sandeep was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2005.
Sara Nathanson VP, Talent Acquisition Aritzia
Sara started with Aritzia on the front lines as a Sales Associate - and has been with the company for the better part of the past 18 years. After a brief departure from the company to complete her Bachelor of Education and teach high school English, Sara returned to Aritzia and worked her way into the Support Office where she held various roles in Operations, Learning & Development, HR and more. In her current role as VP Talent Acquisition, Sara is responsible for operating an internal recruitment agency for the company, which has 85+ stores in over 20 cities across Canada and the US. Sara is also a high-level athlete and played Varsity Soccer at Western University. She is one of only two athletes in the history of the university to be awarded an All-Canadian in each year of play and was inducted into the University's Hall of Fame in September, 2016.
Tiffany Moore Director, HR Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Tiffany Moore has been the Director of Human Resources for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada since August 2013, overseeing HR at both field and headquarters levels. She has a Master of Science Global Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool and previously received an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University. Tiffany has worked in fields as diverse as Fine Arts to negotiating with warlords as country director for MSF during the civil war in South Sudan. Working across the globe with MSF since 2001, she has held senior HR and operational positions for the last 10+ years supporting MSF operations in countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Russia, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates. Interested in advancing the field of HR, Tiffany has researched global talent strategies in international not for profit organizations, acted as a judge for the case competition at the 2016 Wharton People Analytics conference, and participated in the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s initiatives on improving mental health in the workplace. Currently based in Toronto, recent accomplishments include increasing MSF talent supply to international field operations from Canada by nearly 60% and positioning the MSF office as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Waheeda Rahman Director, Organizational Development and Diversity & Inclusion Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
Waheeda Rahman is the Director of Organizational Development & Diversity at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. Her role leads and supports organizational effectiveness, transformational change, staff engagement and the hospital’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
She is nationally recognized and award winning for her leadership which has led the hospital to receive a number of awards in the areas of diversity and inclusion, coaching and mentoring along with an innovative just-in-time performance review process.
Waheeda has over 15 years of management expertise in both private and public sectors, including manufacturing, financial services and government. She has served on a number of boards, including the Board of Governors at Centennial College and was recently appointed to the board at Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).
She is a sought after guest speaker, leadership coach and mentor. Waheeda holds a Masters from Ryerson University, a Masters Certificate in Organization Development through Schulich School of Business and a graduate of Rotman School of Management Leadership Development program.
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.
Cassandra Dorrington President & CEO Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council – CAMSC
With a focus on championing business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginal and Minority suppliers, Cassandra Dorrington and her team lead the charge in driving supplier diversity across Canada. During her tenure, Cassandra has been focused on the expansion of the CAMSC brand both nationally and internationally resulting in significant growth and impact in the Canadian marketplace.
Named one of Diversity Canada’s Influential Women in Diversity and HR, Cassandra is a past member of the Toronto 2015 Diversity Advisory Council, and currently sits on the National Advisory Council for the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises. Active in the Nova Scotia marketplace as Chair for the Black Business Enterprise, Cassandra currently sits as a member for Dalhousie University Board of Governors.
An accountant by profession, Casandra played an instrumental role in the unification of the accounting bodies across Canada, also serving as co-Chair for the inaugural CPA Canada Board.
Cassandra’s community involvement has garnered her multiple awards inclusive of the YWCA Woman of Distinction award for Community Service, a 2010 Women of Excellence award and a 2015 Distinguished Community Service Award.
CAMSC is a proud member of both SDAC (Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada), the single voice for supplier diversity in Canada and GSDA promoting supplier diversity across the globe with sister councils in Australia, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Laura Wils Director, Talent acquisition, Caisse Network Desjardins
Over the past years, Laura Wils has contributed to Desjardins’ talent acquisition transformation by implementing innovative recruiting practices, centralizing and harmonizing talent acquisition operations, influencing HRIS configuration and implementing efficient talent acquisition dashboards. She will reveal Desjardins recruiting practices, including her Management Team’s experience with pipeline creation, while sharing with transparency challenges encountered down the road. This presentation is for any Talent Acquisition and Human Resources professional that is curious to hear about a real life transformation journey of more than 120 talented recruiters that shifted their practices from conventional to proactive recruiting!
Laura is Director, Talent acquisition, Caisse Network at Desjardins, and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Human Resources. She specializes in Talent Acquisition, International Human Resources, International Compensation, International Mobility Management and Organizational Effectiveness. She previously worked in International HR for Bombardier Aerospace, where she supported HR operations in more than 21 countries. As part of her Master’s thesis, Laura created a career anchors model and measurement tool and presented her original research results in several countries, namely United States, France, Senegal and Canada.
Noel Correia is currently the Canada Talent Acquisition Leader for Cognizant Technology a global Fortune 200 company. Noel has worked globally and has built Talent Acquisition teams across Asia, Europe, US and Canada. An evangelist for “Candidate Experience and Engagement” he has been successful in his various Talent Acquisition and Management engagements taking organizations to a level that is comparable with some of the best companies around the globe. When he is not mentoring, coaching and looking for talent, he spends his time with his wife and 3 adult kids. He and his family are foodies and are constantly looking for new recipes from the multi cultured landscape in TO. The family has been told that they should open a Fusion restaurant, maybe that will come in the future!!!
Paul Hamilton Director, Talent Management Humber River Hospital
Paul Hamilton is a dynamic leader in Talent Management who has helped organizations grow and develop their most important asset; their talent. With nearly two decades of consulting and leading the Talent Management function for several of the most recognized global brands, Paul knows what truly drives the recruitment and selection process. With his real-life, in the trenches experience and his compassionate nature for helping others, he has helped to convert thousands of job seekers into top performers at companies around the world.
As a speaker, Paul shares with listeners his journey of being a candidate and what he has learned to help him land his leadership positions at multibillion-dollar organizations such as Microsoft, Rogers, Facebook, BMO and Mattel. In 2012 and 2013 he was recognized by LinkedIn as one of the Top 100 talent influencers and leaders in the global Talent Acquisition industry.
Recently, Paul turned his attention to helping organizations in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector manager their talent strategies, including North America’s first fully digital hospital, Humber River Hospital. In today’s digital skills and competency driven environment, he applies leading talent acquisition practices to close the gap in hiring top healthcare professionals. He is a guest lecturer for the Schulich School of Business and previously served on the Board of Directors for Kinark Foundation, an organization focused on offering proven solutions that help children, youth and families struggling with mental health issues.
Axim Valenzuela VP & Country HR Head Novartis Canada
Axim Valenzuela moved to Montreal, Canada from Mexico City, Mexico. He studied chemical engineering and got an MBA at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional and proceeded to work in a fast innovation environment in 3M Mexico. Passionate about people, his move to Human Resources was a natural fit. Axim started as an Industrial relationships coordinator and since then he has been growing in different roles across the whole function in HR and in different Industries and countries, He joined Novartis back in 2002 and has had the opportunity to continue growing in executive leadership roles, including regional roles for Latin American and Canada. In 2016 Axim was appointed as VP of HR for Pharma and Country Head of Novartis Canada, in this role he is supporting the different Divisions of Novartis Group to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives. Axim is and early adopter of new technologies, and his personal purpose is to help people succeed by giving them the tools or the experiences they need to achieve their goals, the right way.
Caitlin MacGregor CEO & Co-Founder Plum.io
After building two businesses and experiencing firsthand the costs of uncertainty and bias in conventional hiring practices, Caitlin MacGregor became the CEO and co-founder of Plum (http://plum.io) out of her own necessity. Plum combines advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Artificial Intelligence to provide organizations with the ability to predict with certainty the quality of their hires, develop their employees, and transform their culture. Before becoming CEO and co-founder of Plum, she was Employee #1/Director of Operations for Me to We Style in Toronto and President of goQ software in New Hampshire. Caitlin was selected by Springboard Enterprises in NYC as one of the top 10 businesses led by women.
Marketing-heavy: Caitlin MacGregor is the co-founder and CEO of Plum, which combines advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Artificial Intelligence to provide organizations with the ability to predict with certainty the quality of their hires, the development of their employees, and the transformation of their culture. Plum's hiring solution, which offers detailed insights on candidate potential, is 4X more predictive of employee success than resume.
PJ Ferguson Founder & President ABL
PJ Ferguson is the founder and President of ABL. She has been in the staffing industry since 1987 and she started ABL in 1999 with the commitment to provide personal, caring and responsive service to candidates and client companies. PJ is a graduate of McMaster University and a Quantum Shift Alumni at Ivey Business School. She has been on Profit Magazine's list of Canada's Top Women Entrepreneurs for many years and has been thrice nominated for RBC's Women Entrepreneur of the year. She is a long term member and current Chair of Innovators Alliance: a think tank for business leaders who believe in driving business growth through innovation. This includes sharing innovations, introducing fresh ideas, and challenging each other to remain at the leading edge. This commitment to fresh ideas and growth permeates all aspects of PJ’s life and business.