VP, Human Resources Molson Coors Canada
Mike Adams is the VP of human resources for Molson Coors Canada. He is responsible for HR across all of Canada and reports into the chief administration officer.
Adams has more than 20 years’ experience in HR and prior to joining Molson Coors, he worked for Sobeys, Canadian Tire and Eaton’s in a variety of progressive HR positions. He has designed and delivered leadership experiences, led the change management and training for a SAP implementation, implemented competency frameworks, and improved succession planning and performance management processes. Adams is a skilled facilitator who focuses on delivering HR programs and process which improve business results.
Adams has completed the advanced program in human resources management from the Rotman School of Business at University of Toronto and is a certified human resources leader from the Human Resources Professional Association.
President & CEO GE Canada
As president and CEO of GE Canada, Elyse Allan is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy.
Allan’s GE career began in 1984 and has spanned the U.S., Canada and several industrial and consumer GE businesses including aviation, energy and lighting. Her career outside GE included executive positions in the healthcare, energy and nonprofit sectors.
She actively engages in developing and shaping public policy through industry groups, research and advocacy organizations. Allan has participated on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards focused on Canada’s competitiveness, energy strategy, economic development, transportation strategy and access to credit.
Allan works to advance innovation and entrepreneurism through her role on the MaRS Discovery District board of directors and the leadership council for Scale Up Ventures. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, is a YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction, and by Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazines as one of Canada’s most influential business leaders. In 2014, Allan was appointed member of the Order of Canada for her community engagement and achievements as an innovative business leader.
Manager, Human Resources Toyota Canada, Inc.
Jason Aurora joined Toyota Canada Inc. in 2013 as an HR business partner supporting all sales functions across Canada. His most recent role before joining TCI was with LG Electronics Canada where he was an HR business partner supporting corporate functions and consulted with the executive team. Prior to this, Aurora worked for Ericsson Inc. as an HR manager in Mississauga, Ontario, and later moved to Atlanta and Dallas to support the U.S. operations. He was a key contact for both management and employees in the areas of talent management, succession planning, performance management and employee engagement initiatives. Prior to working at Ericsson, Aurora interned at both Canadian Tire Corporation and ABB Inc. as an HR coordinator before moving to the Gold Coast, Australia to complete his undergraduate degree in HR management at Griffith University.
VP, Human Resources GE Canada
Sonia Boyle is VP of human resources at GE Canada. As GE Canada’s senior human resources manager, she develops and leads the human resources strategy for the region, as well as providing HR leadership and direct responsibility for the HR function to drive growth objectives.
Boyle joined GE in 2006 as HR leader for capital solutions commercial distribution finance Canada. After leading that business through an integration and cultural change, her role was expanded in 2010 to include the GE capital Canada commercial function and the Ontario site HR leader, in addition to still being the HR Leader for CDF. In 2011, she was promoted to senior human resources leader for GE capital Canada and was then promoted to her current role in 2014.
Her career expands more than 20 years within progressive senior human resources roles in industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing and financial services. Prior to joining GE, she held senior roles at Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Boyle holds two bachelor’s degrees, in labor relations and sociology, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She also obtained her postgraduate certificate in human resources management and holds the designation of certified human resources professional.
General Manager Achievers
David Brennan brings more than 25 years of financial, operations and human resources experience to his role as general manager at Achievers. He has held senior management positions at large financial and technology organizations such as Coopers & Lybrand and Bank of Montreal, where he learned the importance of recruiting and retaining the brightest individuals. He was seconded to the HR recruiting team during his time at Coopers & Lybrand and focused on attracting the top university graduates into the firm.
Brennan has also been a leader in high-growth companies like PixStream Incorporated and Achievers, where the growth of the business was dependent on employee success. In high-growth environments, it is essential to keep the team focused on the company’s mission and ensure every employee is engaged and performing at their greatest potential. Brennan is pleased to be leading a company whose mission is “Change the Way the World Works.”
Brennan graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
SVP, Human Resources Revera Inc.
Cathie Brow has more than 25 years of experience in HR and labor relations, holding both managerial and executive positions primarily in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Brow was named SVP of HR at Revera in 2008, hired to build the company’s HR infrastructure and foundation for people, processes, policies and systems.
Prior to joining Revera, Brow served as VP of HR at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s largest hotel and leisure companies. Brow then joined the team at Minacs, a business process outsourcing company, where she held the title of SVP of HR for their North American and European operations and worked diligently to build the HR infrastructure.
Brow also held positions as director of employee and labor relations, chief negotiator, and VP of HR and corporate services at Humber River Regional Hospital, one of Canada’s largest regional acute care hospitals.
She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from York University in Toronto. Brow also has a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Toronto, with a double major in HR management and union management relations.
VP, User Adoption SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Kerry Brown, SAP evangelist and thought leader, helps companies achieve organizational competency with SAP to create value while becoming a best-run company. An international speaker on change management, learning, social and collaboration, she interacts with diverse global occupational cultures and industries, including many Fortune customers. Previously she has worked directly for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Baker Hughes and CSR.
CEO Toronto Transit Commission
Andy Byford was appointed CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission in 2012. As such, he leads the largest transit agency in Canada, and the third-largest in North America, carrying more than 530 million riders on an annual basis. Byford initially joined the TTC as COO in 2011, and was responsible for the delivery of safe, punctual, reliable bus, streetcar, SRT, subway and Wheel-Trans services.
From 2009—2011, as COO of Rail Corporation, Byford delivered service to a million customers a day on Australia’s largest transit network. From 2003—2009, he held the positions of operations director and operations and safety director with Southern Railway and South Eastern Trains Limited, U.K.
During his tenure with London Underground from 1989—2003, he held a variety of managerial positions including group station manager for Kings Cross and general manager of customer service for three of the busiest subway lines.
Byford is a graduate of the University of Leicester from which he was awarded a B.A. joint honors degree in French and German. He also holds a diploma in transport from the University of London.
Commodore Luc Cassivi
Director General Naval Strategic Readiness Royal Canadian Navy
Luc Cassivi was promoted to commodore in July 2014 and assumed the position of director of general naval strategic readiness at National Defence Headquarters in August 2014.
In 2013, he assumed command of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. In 2011, Cassivi assumed the duties of director Canadian Submarine Force as well as chief of staff plans and operations for Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific.
Cassivi challenged the Royal Netherlands Navy's submarine command course in 2004. He was the first Canadian to pass this course. Cassivi enjoyed command appointments in HMCS Victoria, HMCS Corner Brook and HMCS Windsor before assuming the duties of commander of the submarine division and officer in charge of the submarine sea training group. He commanded HMCS Ville de Quebec before proceeding to the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Command College in Newport, Rhode Island, as part of the class of 2011. On his return to Canada, he assumed the duties of deputy commander of the Canadian Fleet Pacific.
Cassivi attended the College Militaire Royal de St-Jean where he completed an undergraduate degree in computer science specializing in operations research in 1988. Cassivi was awarded a MBA in 2008 from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
SVP, Human Resources RSA Insurance Group
Mark Edgar joined RSA in 2011 in the role of senior vice president of human resources with overall responsibility for HR and communications for RSA Canada. Previously Edgar was based in the U.K. as head of human resources within Centrica Plc, a major energy company operating in the U.K. under the British Gas brand. Edgar has also worked for BSkyB, a TV, broadband and phone company, in an HR role responsible for their operational business units and customer-facing teams.
Edgar holds a B.Sc. in management sciences from the University of Warwick and is a member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a certified coach. Edgar is passionate about HR’s role in shaping the future of work and is a member of the FOW community.
SVP, Human Resources Canadian Tire
Olga Giovanniello is SVP of HR at Canadian Tire Corporation, and is responsible for the day-to-day operational overview of the HR function across Canadian Tire’s family of companies. Giovanniello 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 HR professional and business leader, Giovanniello 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, Giovanniello served as VP of HR solutions, where she and her team provided HR support to the Canadian Tire and financial services businesses and all CTC corporate groups. Giovanniello also served as VP of HR for dealer relations and diversified businesses and was accountable for translating the business strategy into actionable HR initiatives.
Giovanniello has previously held management positions and senior HR roles at TD Bank, where she specialized in the creation and implementation of learning and organization development solutions.
Giovanniello holds a B.A. and master of education degree from the University of Toronto.
VP, Human Resources Parmalat Canada Inc.
Scott Goodman joined Parmalat Canada in 2007 and was appointed national VP of HR in 2009. In his current role, Goodman has responsibility for the HR function, which includes talent and performance management, total rewards including pension and benefits, organizational development, employee and labor relations, internal communications, organizational structure, and health and safety practices.
Prior to joining Parmalat Canada, Goodman worked at University Health Network as counsel and manager of labor relations. He also was an associate lawyer with Ogilvy Renault, practicing labor and employment law after his call to the Ontario Bar in 2000.
Goodman graduated from York University in 1993 with a B.A., completed law school in 1998 at the University of Western Ontario where he earned an LLB, and completed his MBA in 2006 at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Goodman also completed the UHN-Rotman Leadership Development Program in 2004.
Goodman is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and serves on the board of Street Health, a not-for-profit community health organization in Toronto.
VP, People & Culture O2E Brands
As VP of people and culture, Jerry Gratton is responsible for nurturing and evolving the award-winning culture at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, now O2E Brands, overseeing all aspects of the employee life cycle from talent acquisition to long-term development and retention of more than 2,000 system-wide employees. Gratton has more than 20 years’ experience building and leading teams across diverse industries in HR, learning and development, business communications, and professional services. His first focus at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? from 2004—2009 was to build learning and people programs for their rapidly growing network of franchise partners. In the summer of 2009, he made the difficult decision to leave in order to broaden his skill set and experiences.
Since the mid-90s, Gratton has held key leadership roles during the hypergrowth phases of some other iconic companies including Crystal Decisions (Business Objects), Aritzia and MindField. Prior to being lured back by the amazing culture and team at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in 2012, he was VP of client services at MindField Group where he oversaw recruiting operations for the fast-growing recruitment process outsourcing agency.
Benoit Hardy-Vallée, Ph.D., PMP
Executive Advisor, Smarter Workforce & Social Business IBM
As an executive advisor, Benoit Hardy-Vallée helps IBM clients to create 21st century organizations. Hardy-Vallée consults with HR leaders to bring innovative practices, evidence-based techniques and workforce analytics in the workplace. As the practice lead and thought leader for IBM smarter workforce and social business in Canada and the Caribbean, he develops strategies for talent management, collaboration, leadership development, performance management and employee engagement that makes use of the best technology, science and analytics.
Since the 1990s, Hardy-Vallée has been using technology to connect and engage people. He started to create online communities and implement solutions for collaboration, project management and knowledge management when going online required a 14 megabits per second dial-up modem. He started this work as an independent consultant and kept working on larger and more complex engagements, earning a project management professional designation.
He is also an interdisciplinary scholar who edited books, published research articles and organized conferences that helped systematize the current knowledge on human decision-making across various disciplines. He studied in Montreal, Paris, Waterloo and Toronto. He obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris.
VP, Human Resources Cisco Systems Canada Co.
David Heather has responsibility for one of the largest international subsidiaries for Cisco. He is responsible for more than 1,600 employees across Canada and covers all facets of HR.
Heather drives the human capital strategy with the general manager, and ensures that his team drives a strong employee engagement strategy which leverages innovative and compelling interventions. This has resulted in Cisco being named the Aon Hewitt best employer in Canada for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Heather is responsible for designing and developing global learning strategies for the senior leaders of Cisco’s worldwide sales teams.
Prior to joining Cisco Canada, Heather drove HR strategy for Cisco’s worldwide sales organization, whilst based in California, and held senior HR roles for Cisco’s European operations. Heather is also experienced with acquisition integration, having played a lead role in a number of key acquisitions for Cisco.
Heather has also worked in the utility, oil and gas, and mining sectors prior to joining Cisco and holds a degree in human resources from the Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England.
National Manager, Human Resources Toyota Canada, Inc.
Kylie Jimenez is a results-oriented, strategic human resources leader with a record of accomplishments in leadership development, change management, organizational effectiveness, talent development, organizational design and engaging employees through a high-performance work culture. She has held a number of positions in some of the world’s leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, and Toyota Canada Inc.
As head of HR for Toyota Canada, she is valued for her ability to strategically evaluate and influence sophisticated human resources programs and initiatives to drive organizational success.
Dean, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto
Tiff Macklem became dean of the Rotman School in 2014. In his first year as dean, Macklem has appointed a strong leadership team to ensure high standards of excellence across academic, program, operations and advancement functions; engaged extensively with alumni across Canada and internationally; and been a frequent speaker on financial crises, the global financial system and risk management. Macklem and his new team are setting the strategic direction for Rotman and ensuring the resources are in place and effectively managed to achieve its goals.
Prior to Rotman, Macklem served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the governor and four deputy governors for monetary policy and for the bank’s role in promoting financial stability. He was the bank's COO and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations.
Prior, Macklem served as associate deputy minister of the federal department of finance and Canada’s finance deputy at the G7 and G20, the IMF, and the financial stability board.
Macklem graduated from Queen's University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and completed a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Western Ontario.
At 19, Brennan McEachran met with the president of Ryerson University to present a vision for how student ideas could help transform the school and make it better. McEachran was encouraged to start working on his idea in the Ryerson DMZ where he met his co-founders, and in 2010 they started SoapBox.
Today, SoapBox helps organizations across the globe connect employee ideas with leaders, and turn those ideas into business value and employee engagement. Clients include organizations like Coca-Cola Canada, Parmalat and Bank of Montreal. McEachran was also recently named Ontario Young Entrepreneur of Year by the Startup Canada Awards.
VP, Human Resources Air Canada
Arielle Meloul-Wechsler has been at Air Canada since 1997. She is currently vice president of human resources, a position she has held since 2013. Meloul-Wechsler’s primary responsibilities as vice president of human resources are to set the strategy for all aspects of human resources, notably talent acquisition, retention, compensation and benefits, pensions, talent development, and customer service training for the airline. Meloul-Wechsler is also responsible for occupational health and wellness and disability management as well as linguistic services and diversity.
Prior to holding this function, she was assistant general counsel and director of legal services. While in the legal department, Meloul-Wechsler's practice groups included advising Air Canada on corporate financing transactions, reorganization or M&A transactions, business outsourcing arrangements, strategic purchasing and intellectual property. While in the legal department, Meloul-Wechsler was seconded to Aeroplan in 2005 where she led the external legal team through Aeroplan’s initial public offering.
Meloul-Wechsler received her civil law degree from the Universite de Montreal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1993. Meloul-Wechsler also holds a bachelor of science in psychology from McGill University. Prior to joining Air Canada, Meloul-Wechsler practiced at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg.
SVP, Human Resources & Facilities Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Marcia Mendes-d’Abreu is SVP of HR and facilities with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Mendes-d’Abreu and her staff are responsible for all aspects of the organization’s HR, including recruitment, compensation and benefits, learning and development, labor relations, and premises. She has more than 25 years of experience in HR management and strategy in the retail, apparel, pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors. Mendes-d’Abreu joined the team in 2008 from the Canadian Tire Corporation, where she was VP of HR for corporate and diversified businesses.
Mendes-d’Abreu earned a master’s degree in organization development from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in labor relations from McGill University.
Manager, Total Rewards & Organizational Development Toyota Canada, Inc.
Akash Mittal is a manager of total rewards and organizational development with Toyota Canada. Mittal began his career in IT and changed paths in order to pursue a career in HR with a focus on organizational development. Mittal’s experience spans a variety of organizations including small, entrepreneurial companies and large, blue chip organizations in the banking, education and automotive sectors. Mittal holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto.
Co-Founder & CEO PeopleInsight
John Pensom is co-founder and CEO of PeopleInsight, a workforce analytics service provider who is leading the charge in helping organizations untap value into their frequently underutilized and always complex asset — workforce, HR and people data.
For more than 20 years, Pensom has been driven by helping organizations use workforce data, information and insight to achieve better business results. In doing so, he draws upon a balance of common sense, business savvy and people insight.
Pensom frequently speaks at industry events about the power of workforce analytics and was recently identified as one of the Global Top 50 HR Analytics Influencers.
General Director, Human Resources & Labour Relations General Motors of Canada
In 2013, Joe Piechocki, with more than 34 years of experience in human resources and labor relations, was appointed to the position of general director of human resources and labour relations for GM Canada. Piechocki began his career as an hourly rated employee with GM Powertrain in Defiance, Ohio, and was assigned to a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in manufacturing and labor relations. Subsequently, Piechocki held multiple positions as plant personnel director at Oshawa Truck Assembly, Oklahoma City Assembly, Pontiac Stamping, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly and the Lordstown Complex. Also, Piechocki completed international assignments as the HR manager with GM Canada and HR director, labor relations and manufacturing operations at GM Holden LTD in Australia.
Piechocki holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Kettering University, and an MBA from Niagara University in New York.
SVP, Human Resources Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Darren Ratz joined Shoppers Drug Mart in 2007 where he initially had responsibility for the HR retail department. During his time with SDM, Ratz has continued to take on additional challenges and responsibilities within the HR department. Over the past eight years Ratz has assumed oversight for many additional HR functions including talent acquisition, business partnering, organizational development, learning and development, office services, conferences and events, and employee experience. Ratz is currently leading the HR function for the Shoppers Drug Mart division focused on supporting a smooth transition to being a separate and distinct division in the Loblaw family of companies.
Ratz has deep pharmacy and operational experience that he brings to his HR role, having been a licensed pharmacist early in his career and later moved through various roles to eventually lead pharmacy and optical operations teams within Walmart Canada at the enterprise level. Ratz transitioned to the HR function to lead a special project team responsible for planning and implementing all HR processes and policies for the Walmart Supercentre expansion into Canada.
SVP & Chief Talent Officer BMO Financial Group
Lynn Roger is SVP and chief talent officer for BMO Financial Group. She holds companywide accountability for BMO’s talent strategies and practices, including organization design, diversity and inclusion, talent planning and recruitment, employee engagement, career planning and development, executive succession, and employee relations. Roger joined BMO in 1979. Her career has spanned various roles in front-line banking, operations and human resources, giving her a unique perspective on the role HR plays in effectively supporting business strategy.
As chief talent officer, Roger is a trusted advisor to BMO’s top leaders, balancing the needs of today with the future strength of the company. She has a reputation for action and excellence, with a relentless focus on linking people strategies to the business and customers. She is known for her candor and humor, using her authentic style to drive transparency, straight talk and fresh ways of thinking.
Roger holds an MBA in financial services from Dalhousie University, and she is a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
SVP, IT & CTO Canadian Tire
Eugene Roman was appointed CTO of the Canadian Tire group of companies in 2012.
He has prime responsibility for the evolution and operational support of all digital and interactive technologies of the corporation. His mission is to accelerate the deployment and use of next generation digital platforms to grow the revenue of the corporation and evolve key digital platforms to support the evolving needs of the corporation. He believes that the Canadian Tire team of highly skilled technologists are a major competitive differential in the delivery of systems of engagement which use the best Internet technologies available today and into the future. He sees the future of retail as “e-tail” where smart technologies create new opportunities for innovation and excellence.
Roman started his career in telecommunications and has worked for Nortel Networks Corporation, Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. and Open Text Corporation. In progressively senior technology and business roles in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., Roman was responsible for integrating critical technology and business processes to better deliver innovative programs.
Roman holds a master of administration, a bachelor’s in economics, is a CMA and is a recent graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program.
Strategist, Employer Insights Indeed
As a strategist with the Indeed employer insights team, Aaron Schwartz pairs platform data with industry trend analysis to share Indeed’s story and bring the value of the company’s programs and solutions to life. Schwartz was a distinguished and award-winning member of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and also served as a sergeant in the Israeli Defense Forces.
VP, Talent & Learning FRHI Hotels & Resorts
Matt Smith is vice president of talent and learning at FRHI Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for the direction of all global talent management, and learning and development strategies. Smith’s team is responsible for all aspects of recruitment, employer branding, succession planning, performance management, service culture training, leadership development, colleague engagement, performance management and recognition programs.
Smith brings more than 18 years of operations and human resources experience within the hospitality industry. He is a strategic human resources leader with significant global experience in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, both as a talent management specialist and as a generalist HR business partner. He has extensive experience aligning the human capital of a global organization to deliver on business strategy.
Prior to his current role, Smith was based in Dubai as the vice president of human resources in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Prior, he held various positions including executive director, learning and development, director of human resources, corporate learning coach, and various other roles.
Smith holds his MBA from the Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University in Canada.
HR Transformation Consultant ServiceNow
Jen Stroud is an HR transformation consultant at ServiceNow. Stroud communicates the HR service management value proposition to HR leaders and is a trusted advisor to the community of HR customers. She comes to ServiceNow from TeleTech where she spent 10 years in HR, most recently as the executive director of human capital services.
Stroud was also responsible for leading an enterprise HR transformation initiative. Central to this initiative was the transition from a decentralized HR support model to a shared services operating model. Stroud and her team successfully leveraged ServiceNow for this transformation. The HR portal her team developed includes an extensive HR knowledge base, a service catalog with more than 70 distinct transactions and a case management workflow. Her team also successfully launched chat support, which boosted customer satisfaction scores by more than 50 percent. This transformation enabled her team to reduce headcount costs by $1.6M and achieve an overall ROI of approximately $7.4M. This was gained through four areas: employee self-service, HR headcount reduction, administrative and tactical work transfer to off-shore regions, and productivity gains. She’s thrilled to leverage her HR knowledge and experience implementing the ServiceNow platform to strategize with other organizations to improve their HR business.
Stacey Valy Panayiotou
VP, Global Talent & Development The Coca-Cola Company
Stacey Valy Panayiotou serves as the global head of talent and development for The Coca-Cola Company. Her primary responsibilities leading this center of expertise are to partner with operating leadership to set the enterprise talent and development strategy and design leading practice solutions to meet the changing business and talent needs. Panayiotou’s leadership of the global talent and learning development community focuses on the design, development, and implementation of talent and leadership development spanning across The Coca-Cola system.
Panayiotou brings more than 20 years of experience across a variety of roles in HR, both in generalist and specialist roles. Her passion for bringing out the best in talent based on the needs of the business has served her well throughout her career and especially in her current role. Most recently, she served as VP of talent and development, organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, and learning for the Coca-Cola North America group. Panayiotou previously held the role of VP of HR for the West business unit of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. Before joining CCE, she worked in corporate HR with The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to that, she led the organization development function for Pactiv Corporation, a packaging company based outside of Chicago.
In her spare time she loves spending time cooking, travelling and playing outdoors with her husband Drew and son Alex.
VP, Human Resources Coca-Cola Canada
Tova White is vice president of human resources for Coca-Cola Canada. She has 17 years of experience in a variety of HR roles at The Caldwell Partners, Bank of Montreal, and Indigo Books and Music. She started her career in executive search and public affairs and spent two years working in the chairman’s office at Bank of Montreal. After moving through the ranks in the human resources department at BMO she moved to Indigo Books and Music where she was promoted to senior vice president of HR and OD. After eight years with Indigo, White joined Coca-Cola Refreshments in 2010.
In Canada, 6,200 Coca-Cola employees market, manufacture, distribute and sell more than 100 Coca-Cola and licensed products including Dasani, Minute Maid, Vitamin Water, Monster Energy Drinks, Smart Water and Canada Dry.
White was named one of Canada’s Top Women in HR by the Women’s Post and a Top 10 graduate by Bishop’s University.
White has a master’s degree in industrial relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is enrolled in the master’s in counseling psychology from Yorkville University. She also holds a B.A. in economics from Bishop’s University.