VP, Human Resources, Grand & Toy, Office Depot Canada
Based in Toronto, Marla Allan is the VP of HR and internal communication for Grand & Toy, a leading provider of workplace products and solutions, serving Canadian businesses for more than 130 years. In 1996 Grand & Toy joined the OfficeMax family, and in November 2013 they became a division of Office Depot as a merger of equals occurred between the two companies. This challenging industry has required creative and strategic HR leadership in organization restructuring and development, change agility, and metrics-focused decision-making.
Prior joining Grand & Toy, Allan spent 18 years in senior human resources leadership positions for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Providence Health Services, PetSmart, Washington Mutual Bank and Eddie Bauer. Allan has focused on change management, the talent equation and driving a high performance culture as critical levers to meet company objectives. Her experience has provided her with the insights needed to leverage best practices and align them with a parent company with the nuances of local divisions.
Allan holds CHRO and SPHR certifications and has an SPHR and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. She is on the board of Start2Finish, a national nonprofit working to eradicate childhood poverty through a fitness and cognition model.
Executive Advisor, IBM Kenexa & Smarter Workforce
As an organizational psychologist and talent consultant for 20 years, Jean-Baptiste Audrerie helps accelerate HR leaders’ digital transformation. His expertise includes assessments, people analytics, leadership development and HR marketing for a smarter workforce. Audrerie consults with leaders to combine behavioral science, new digital capacities and cognitive technologies to promote business competitive advantage and social innovation. He has lead a variety of projects to transform business-consulting solutions and processes with data analytics.
Previously, he was marketing director at a highly specialized organizational psychology consulting firm. He has assessed more than 6,000 candidates, employees and executives throughout his career. Continuously curating the latest innovations in the HR fast-pace environment, he shares his thoughts weekly in his blog, on social media and in different media in Europe and Canada.
Throughout Canada and the Caribbean, Audrerie provides thought leadership through executive advisory, and he gives talks on talent management, engagement and collaboration strategies for IBM. He is bilingual in English and French.
Audrerie holds a master in organizational psychology and a M.B.A. from Paris-Dauphine University in France and UQAM in Canada.
Recruitment Evangelist, Indeed
Previously the Australian country manager for Indeed’s international operations, Stefan Barr draws on his vast experience with job search technology as a recruitment evangelist for Indeed’s Employer Insights team. Barr works closely with employers to help them master Indeed’s portfolio of products and develop actionable recruiting strategies to optimize their hiring needs.
Ashley Berg Jensen
VP, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, The Coca-Cola Company
Ashley Jensen leads diversity, inclusion and engagement for The Coca-Cola Company’s North American business. She is responsible for developing and managing the diversity, inclusion and engagement strategies for Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Refreshments, providing services, solutions and connections to enable a more engaged workforce, mirror the communities we serve, and best position the 60,000-plus associates of Coca-Cola’s flagship market to drive growth.
Jensen was appointed to her role in 2010 after leading the culture and change work stream for the integration of Coca-Cola Enterprises and The Coca-Cola Company’s North American business units. Prior to that, she served as Coca-Cola Enterprises’ first director of global employee engagement where she led the design and implementation of CCE’s first global engagement survey and multi-year engagement strategy for its 70,000 associates.
Before joining CCE, Jensen served as practice leader for CGI’s organization development and change consulting practice. She co-founded the practice and managed consulting engagements with clients such as Yahoo!, SBC, BellSouth and AT&T.
Jensen received her master’s degree in management with a concentration in organizational change from the Robinson School of Business, Georgia State University. She received her undergraduate degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Tulane University.
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, Compass Group Canada & ESS NA
Brenda Brown is currently SVP of HR at Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading food service and facilities management company. Reporting directly to the CEO, Brown sits on the executive committee of the organization. In this capacity, she and her staff of talented managers oversee all people-related activities for 30,000 associates in Canada, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
Brown started her career as a financial analyst at Bell Canada in Montreal before moving on to various roles in corporate benefits and field HR. After Bell Canada, she was VP of HR and corporate secretary at Corby Distilleries Ltd. She has more than 25 years’ of HR experience.
Currently, Brown is a director on the Ontario Training and Education Council, and she’s on the advisory committee for the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. In 2010, she was awarded the distinction of Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. In 2012, she was selected as a member of the Diversity 50 leaders.
Brown has an MBA in finance from Concordia University, a bachelor of commerce and an honorary bachelor of applied business in hospitality management from George Brown College.
Global Human Resources Business Partner, Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
A senior human resource professional with more than 20 years’ of progressive HR management experience, Sebastian Calvo has expertise in industrial relations; change management, including large system change and cultural transformation; employee engagement; and talent and performance management.
Calvo quickly rose at Sanofi Pasteur, a global leader devoted to the research, development and manufacturing of human vaccines. Since 2015, Calvo’s scope has expanded to a new role, global HR business partner supporting industrial operations and global quality. In 2012, Calvo was promoted to senior director and HR business partner for the Americas. In 2010, he was promoted to director & HR business partner industrial operations for North America.
Calvo began his professional career in the field of industrial labor relations with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO). At the ECAO, he held several positions, including his last, in 1999, as manager of labor relations.
Calvo graduated from York University with a bachelor of arts honors degree in political science and labor studies. He went on to complete his master of industrial relations at the University of Toronto. He also obtained a Human Resource Management Advanced Program Certificate from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada
Stephen Carlisle was appointed president and managing director of GM Canada in 2014, returning to Canada more than 30 years after first starting his career in Oshawa.
During this time, Carlisle has held a number of global senior leadership positions at GM, including VP of global product planning and program management, VP of U.S. sales operations, and president and managing director of Southeast Asia operations.
Carlisle began his GM career in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant. After earning a bachelor of applied science in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo, his first full-time assignment was in advanced manufacturing engineering. After holding various positions in materials management, Carlisle moved to the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM group in Michigan, on a special assignment focused on product simplification, followed by a subsequent assignment in advanced product engineering.
In 1995, Carlisle was appointed director of the GM Decision Support Center. He later became program planning director for the Midsize Truck Vehicle Line Executive team. With progressively more-senior roles, Carlisle became executive director of program management for GM North America, before moving to Asia as the VP of product planning and program management for Asia-Pacific.
VP, Human Resources, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership
Kim Carter was named head of HR for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in 2014. In her role, she’s responsible for overseeing the HR strategy for 650 full-time and nearly 2,800 part-time employees at one of North America’s largest sports and entertainment organizations.
Prior to joining Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Carter was the VP of HR at Astral Television Networks, Astral Out-of-Home and TELETOON Inc. Carter reported directly to the president of each organization and led the HR function, with teams located in Montreal and Toronto. She led the strategy to ensure best-in-class talent management practices in an effort to attract, retain and engage top industry talent.
Carter spent nearly a decade with Alliance Atlantis Communications before moving to Astral Media, starting with the title manager of finding and keeping really cool people and ultimately holding the position of VP of HR, from 2006 to 2008. In her time at Alliance Atlantis, she developed an overall recruitment and branding strategy during a time of extreme growth, and she managed everything from planning and implementing several acquisitions to restructuring activities for the organization. In addition to her time at Astral Media and Alliance Atlantis, Carter also held HR positions with Cogeco Cable and Sprint Canada.
Global Human Resources Director, Dell Canada Inc.
Mohammed Chahdi leads global strategic programs within Dell’s human resources organization, including mergers and acquisitions, talent and workplace planning, and Dell’s flexibility programs. In his current role, he leads the function’s innovation agenda and partners with his leadership team on continuously creating value for Dell. As the leader of Dell’s work flexibility programs, Chahdi’s focus is to further evolve the trend of work flexibility by demonstrating the impact it has on talent, the business and the future of work.
Throughout his more than 13-year career at Dell, Chahdi has held a variety of leadership and program management roles in different human resources domains, including shared services, talent management, mergers and acquisitions, and managed-services deals. His background in IT and experience in human resources makes him continuously explore the ongoing impact technology has on evolving and transforming the role of the HR function and the value it adds to the business.
Andrew R. Davis
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Andrew Davis is the global chief diversity & inclusion officer for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence as well as its workplace fairness function, creating an environment that promotes fairness, respect for and appreciation of the similarities and differences of everyone. Davis joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2007 as the human resources group director for the Foodservice & On-Premise Division.
Previously, Davis provided HR leadership and consulting services to several corporate-center functions at The Home Depot. He has held key positions at such companies as Yum Brands, Black Entertainment Television and Best Buy.
Davis is an executive advisory board member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, a member of the National Black MBA Association and a member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. He regularly serves as a guest lecturer for the business schools at Emory University, Clayton State University and Kennesaw State University.
Davis received his bachelor of science in organization management from Columbia Union College and his MBA from Emory University Goizueta School of Business.
VP, HCM Transformation & Thought Leadership, Oracle
Bertrand Dussert serves as human capital transformation and strategy advisor to Oracle’s executive clients. In the last two years, he has consulted with HR leadership from over one-third of the Fortune 100.
Before joining Oracle, Dussert served as the global leader for HR shared services, recruitment operations, workforce planning and human resource information systems at American Express. He has also served as executive director for UBS Investment Bank’s HR function, led a 125-person global field operations team in the HR software industry, and served as a partner in an HR consulting firm that is now part of Korn Ferry.
Dussert has been a guest lecturer at University of South Carolina’s graduate program in HR Management and has served as opening keynote speaker for University of Minnesota’s HR for Tomorrow conference. In addition to his speaking arrangements, he is a regular Forbes contributor.
He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Ontario.
Senior Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, 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.
Vice President - HCM Transformation, Oracle Corporation
Diego Gomez has 15 years’ experience in human resources executive leadership positions with General Electric, General Motors, Dow Corning, the Detroit Pistons, Palace Sports & Entertainment, and American Axle Manufacturing. Gomez is an accomplished practitioner, strategist and architect across all areas of human resources, talent management, organizational effectiveness, and change management.
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.
CHRO, Royal Bank of Canada
Zabeen Hirji is Royal Bank of Canada's chief human resources officer, with global responsibility for human resources as well as brand, communications and corporate citizenship. Reporting to the CEO, she is part of RBC's eight-member Group Executive, which is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction, which extends to more than 80,000 employees in 38 countries.
Hirji was appointed CHRO in 2007, after having held a number of executive roles in HR at RBC since 1997. She joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles in Vancouver and Toronto that spanned retail banking, operations and credit cards.
She is an active leader in the community, serving as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, co-chair of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and director of Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
Hiriji’s recognitions include Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal for advancing diversity and inclusion, Outstanding Alumni Award from Simon Fraser University for professional achievement, and Catalyst Canada Honours Champion for leadership in the advancement of women and minorities. She was inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network, and she was twice named as a Top 25 Woman of Influence.
She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
CEO and Best-Selling Author, "The Trust Edge", Trust Edge
David Horsager, M.A. and CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and founder of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, a leadership development firm that provides research, inspiring keynote presentations, human capital development programs, executive coaching and consulting solutions to clients around the world on the bottom-line impact of trust.
Horsager has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal for his research and thought leadership as the author of the national best-seller, “The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line.” His 8-Pillar Framework has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.
Horsager has delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security. Combining humor and memorable stories with research and insight, Horsager sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.
Horsager and his team at Trust Edge Leadership Institute make it their mission to develop trusted leaders and organizations. They produce high-performance teams and see the greatest results attained though trust.
Author of "Awakening Corporate Soul" & "Stepping Up"
John Izzo, Ph.D., is a best-selling author and one of North America’s most influential change agents and inspiring thinkers. He has advised Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the globe.
Izzo was a pioneer both in the employee engagement movement in the early 1990s and on changing generational values in 2000. His mission is to create vital engaging workplaces and socially responsible leaders. Izzo shares his insights with more than 100 audiences annually, including IBM, McDonalds, DuPont, the Mayo Clinic, NASA, RBC and Lockheed Martin.
His books include “Awakening Corporate Soul,” “Values Shift,” and his latest, “Stepping Up.” He holds dual master’s degrees in theology and psychology and a doctorate in organizational communication.
HR Advisory Solution Consultant, ServiceNow
Kelvin Lovely is an HR advisory solution consultant with ServiceNow. With more than 25 years of experience, Lovely has worked as a practitioner designing, developing and managing the HR service center space with Allstate Insurance and Accenture in leadership roles. He is a subject matter expert in the area of HR shared service center development and design.
Prior to ServiceNow, Lovely was a senior solution consultant for Infor, Lawson and Enwisen in the HCM group, specializing in HR service delivery and human capital management value engineering. Lovely has managed HR departments and the HRIS function. Prior, Lovely was at Accenture where he managed the global HR solution review team for the HR outsourcing offering as well as the global HR BPO vendor management function.
He has spoken at industry conferences including those sponsored by The Conference Board, Society of Human Resource Management, Leading Edge HR Network and the International Association of HR Information Management. Lovely chaired the IQPC HR Shared Service and Outsourcing Network Summit from 2011 through 2015. He has contributed to the IHRIM magazine, Workforce Solutions Review, podcasts for HR.com and webinars for IQPC on HR service delivery.
Vince Molinaro, Ph.D.
Global Managing Director of Strategic Solutions, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
Vince Molinaro is a New York Times best-selling author and global managing director of strategic solutions at Lee Hecht Harrison. As a senior executive and leader of a global company, Molinaro sets the leadership bar high for himself and his team. He doesn’t just preach leadership accountability — he works hard to live it.
His passion is helping senior leaders and executives create compelling organizations that drive sustainable growth, by building strong leadership cultures where every leader demonstrates personal clarity and commitment to execution of the business strategy.
Throughout his career, Molinaro has worked in several key sectors, including energy, pharmaceutical, professional services, technology, financial services and the public sector.
Molinaro is regularly called upon by the media for his innovative opinions on the future of leadership. An engaging speaker, he conducts keynote presentations for corporations and conferences. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Leadership Contract,” now in its second edition. He has co-authored two books, “Leadership Solutions” and “The Leadership Gap.”
Molinaro received his doctorate from University of Toronto, where he conducted pioneering research in holistic leadership.
VP, Talent Management and Corporate Strategy, Canadian Blood Services
Andrew Pateman is responsible for providing leadership, guidance and direction for Canadian Blood Services’ talent management division, as well as for helping to shape the direction and execution of the organization's strategy through his leadership of the corporate strategy function. He brings more than 21 years’ of experience in both the public and private sector to Canadian Blood Services. For the past decade, Pateman has devoted his energy to helping organizations develop and implement strategy execution programs in both private- and public-sector organizations.
In his career, Pateman has helped formulate, measure and manage the strategies of organizations across a wide spectrum of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial, healthcare, publishing, education, utility, information, petrochemical and the public sectors.
Pateman is also a frequent writer and speaker on issues relating to the management and execution of strategy, and he has published several articles on measure selection, organizational alignment and change management.
He is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Canadian History, and of Queen’s University, where he received his master of public administration. He is also on the advisory board of the Centre for American Studies at the University of Western Ontario.
Vice President, Partner Resources, Starbucks Coffee Company
As vice-president of partner resources, Sara Presutto is responsible for leading Starbucks Canada’s partner, also known as employee, experience and integrated talent-management initiatives. Under her leadership, a team of HR business partners support more than 19,000 partners in more than 1,300 retail locations and regional offices across Canada. A 13-year Starbucks partner, Presutto has been instrumental in helping significantly grow the Canadian business during her tenure.
With more than 15 years in human resources, Presutto has been a vocal champion for Starbucks values and culture, and she has helped the company achieve external recognition from Best Workplaces in Canada and Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. An active ambassador for women, Presutto launched a Women’s Development Network, is a member of the advisory council for the Ryerson School of Retail Management, and mentors youth with the Yonge Street Mission.
Presutto holds a masters of psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Certified Human Resources Professional.
SVP, Human Resources, Loblaw Companies
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.
CHRO, Rogers Communications
Jim Reid has served as Rogers Communications’ chief human resources officer since 2011. He is responsible for shaping the talent, culture and engagement strategy at Rogers.
With a keen understanding of what it takes to win, Reid has elevated the employee experience agenda by strengthening key programs in the areas of leadership development, front-line training, talent management and culture. Over the next three years, Reid will lead Rogers’ workplace transformation initiative, enabling the company to become more collaborative, agile and flexible.
During his tenure, Rogers has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada, a Top Employer for Young People and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. In 2015, Rogers Care and Fido call centers won the International Prism Award, the highest distinction in coaching globally.
Reid has more than 20 years of experience leading large, global human resources teams, including Husky Injection Molding Systems and the global health sciences company MDS Inc. He is a former tactical helicopter pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces and served more than three years in West Germany. Reid holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He is also a certified executive coach.
Chief Transformation Officer, Bank of Montreal
Lynn Roger is the chief transformation officer for Bank of Montreal Financial Group. Roger oversees an enterprise-wide effort to change the way BMO works, as a way to ensure key decisions are made closer to the customer while empowering teams to execute and deliver on measurable outcomes. The new Office of Transformation is focused on advancing BMO’s culture of efficiency and constant improvement in order to produce a better experience for customers and employees. A seasoned industry expert, Roger has become a trusted advisor to the bank’s executive committee, ensuring it is balancing the needs of today with the future strength of the company.
Prior to her current role with Bank of Montreal, Roger was chief talent officer. From 2008 to 2010, she was vice president and HR business partner for Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking. In 2006, she was appointed vice president of talent acquisition, planning and development. Roger joined BMO in 1979 and held a variety of positions in banking operations and human resources.
Roger holds an MBA in financial services from Dalhousie University, and she is a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. She is also a board member of Kids Help Phone and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Solutions Architect, Globoforce
Rob Schmitter is a solutions architect for Globoforce, where he serves as a recognition solution expert within the company’s North American sales team. Along with conceptualizing, communicating and demonstrating how Globoforce’s products and services help drive a company’s business performance to sales prospects, he is also an advisor to the company’s sales, product, marketing, strategy and consulting, and customer success teams.
Schmitter has more than 20 years’ of industry experience as a global human resource leader. Prior to joining Globoforce, he was a Workday implementation consultant focused on maximizing customers’ Workday design and implementation success by sharing best practices and ensuring tight collaboration, configuration and integration across all HR functional areas. Before that, Schmitter served as director of total rewards at Blackberry, where he was the functional leader for BlackBerry’s transition to Workday and managed a team responsible for the design, development and implementation of BlackBerry’s global compensation, benefits, recognition, and work-life and wellness portfolios.
Head, Human Resources, Global Technology, Operations & Financial Solutions, D+H
As head of HR for global technology, operations and financial services for D+H, Caroline Stephens oversees the management of 2,500 employees in more than seven countries. As a member of senior management teams at various organizations, including John Deere and CIBC, Stephens is known for a strong work ethic, organizational development and change management leadership. She has success designing and implementing strategies and programs/solutions that result in tangible savings and quantifiable improvements in leadership capability, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and productivity. Most recently, Stephens worked closely with executive leaders to design and implement the organization’s Global Operating Model, making a transformational shift from a regional hierarchical structure to a global, lateral and agile structure.
In her free time, Stephens mentors young entrepreneurs who are creating successful startups, and she is becoming increasingly involved in the Waterloo technology ecosystem to support Canadian entrepreneurship. She was also a member of the McMichael Gallery Human Resource Compensation Committee.
Stephens graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.S. in psychology and organizational effectiveness. She holds advanced certification in organizational change management, is a certified human resource professional with the HRPAO, and graduated from the Singularity University Executive Program on exponential technology innovation.
Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer, George Weston Limited
Rashid Wasti is EVP and chief talent officer of George Weston Limited. In this role he is focused on helping all the businesses in the Weston Group of companies develop their current and future senior talent.
Wasti joined George Weston in 2013 with 25 years’ experience in marketing, strategy consulting, recruiting and talent management at companies like Procter & Gamble, Boston Consulting Group and Egon Zehnder International. At various points in his career he was based in Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and Canada. At Egon Zehnder he consulted with clients all over the world on senior talent management strategies, assessments, coaching and executive team effectiveness.
He holds a bachelors and masters degree in economics from Cambridge University in England, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
VP, Human Resources, Superior Propane
Roy Wieschkowski is the VP of HR for Superior Propane. He is responsible for HR across Canada and reports to the president of the Energy Services & Propane Business.
A senior leader in human resources, Wieschkowski brings 30 years’ of HR generalist accomplishments and leadership experience. He has created and built employee commitment and alignment to corporate goals. His track record demonstrates an ability to engage employees, provide sound advice, support strategic business initiatives, and help build well-performing and engaged teams.
Throughout his career, Wieschkowski has held a variety of senior HR roles with companies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Patheon Pharmaceuticals, Cascade Inc. and ICI Canada.
Wieschkowski holds an honours bachelor of business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Chief Professional Resources Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Stephanie Willson is McCarthy Tétrault’s chief professional resources officer.
Willson’s mandate is to ensure that McCarthy Tétrault’s talent management programs and practices for all of the firm’s legal professionals nationally are second-to-none. She is a member of the firm’s leadership team and works to advance all aspects of professional development and engagement in the firm. With more than 15 years’ experience implementing talent management programs and five years’ experience as a commercial litigator, Willson has established herself as a leader in lawyer recruitment, talent management and leadership development. McCarthy Tétrault is now consistently recognized as a top Canadian employer and top diversity employer.
Willson was honored by the Professional Development Consortium in 2014 with the inaugural Richard Pearson Award for her innovative spirit, a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring, and a life-long love of learning. She was recognized in 2015 as one of “Canada’s Best of the Best” in the human resources field. Most recently, Willson was named among Profiles in Diversity Journal’s top 100 “Women Worth Watching” for her contributions to talent management and as a leader in her field.
VP, Human Resources, Brookfield Residential Properties Inc
Margaret Wu serves as vice president of human resources at Brookfield Residential Properties Inc., one of North America’s largest real estate companies, with assets in excess of $3.7B. Wu oversees the people operation and corporate-communication function for the company, which has operations in Alberta, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Ontario, Texas and Washington, D.C. She has been a Brookfield team member since 2014, when she joined as the company’s first director of talent management.
Prior to joining the company, Wu was with several large consulting firms, where she led major projects for clients on six continents in more than 40 countries, including mergers and acquisitions and business transformation. Wu also volunteers with nonprofit organizations that support children and vulnerable communities.