SVP, Human Resources Revera Inc.
Cathie Brow has more than 25 years experience in HR and labour 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 of director employee and labour 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.
SVP, Human Resources, Americas Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
Carolyn Clark’s extensive career in the hospitality industry spans more than 30 years. Clark has held various senior positions with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts since 1974, including SVP of HR, executive director of HR, corporate director of personnel, manager of recruitment and training, supervisor of recruitment, and executive search consultant. Clark was most recently appointed SVP of HR Americas for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, where she is responsible for all aspects of HR in the Americas division.
As a result of the progressive HR initiatives, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 11 consecutive years. In both 2012 and 2013, the company was presented with the Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes organizations that are leaders in creating an engaged workplace culture. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures and was awarded the Best Initiative in Hotel Management Training by the 2009 Worldwide Hospitality Awards for its Leadership Development Program.
Clark graduated from York University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She serves on the board of directors for both the Canadian Hospitality Foundation and the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council.
VP, Human Resources Oracle
During her tenure at Oracle, Anje Dodson has helped transform the talent and organizational effectiveness function to meet the needs of the rapidly growing global workforce of 120,000 employees in almost 70 countries. Leveraging a deep knowledge of the business, a strong talent vision and Oracle's technology assets, she has created programs and measurements that produce industry leading results in productivity, capability and organizational effectiveness. Her team's mission includes providing more meaningful intelligence to help the business make better workforce decisions and accelerate execution on its strategy.
Dodson oversees initiatives that drive targeted learning solutions for Oracle employees and leaders, including the Oracle Women’s Leadership Initiative which aims at creating opportunities that support, educate and empower Oracle’s current and future generations of women leaders.
SVP, Human Resources RSA Insurance Group
Mark Edgar joined RSA Insurance Group in 2011 as SVP of HR with responsibility for HR and communications across all companies within RSA Canada. RSA is Canada's third-largest property and casualty insurance company providing home, car and commercial insurance both directly and through a network of brokers. With more than 4,000 employees, the company is nationally represented with regional offices and branches coast to coast.
Prior to joining RSA, Edgar worked in the U.K. and has held HR executive positions in various sectors including logistics, energy and broadcasting with companies such as Exel, Centrica and BSkyB. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management sciences from the University of Warwick, is a member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and is a certified executive coach.
VP, Human Resources The Home Depot of Canada Inc.
Kim Forgues is VP of HR for The Home Depot of Canada Inc., where she is responsible for providing direction and leadership to all aspects of the company’s HR, corporate communications and external affairs, as well as the environmental business strategy.
Forgues has more than 20 years of international experience with blue chip companies in high-tech, manufacturing, retail and financial services sectors. Throughout her career, Forgues has played an important role in guiding organizational change, working on a range of HR-related system implementations, The Home Depot Canada’s conversion to SAP, and the transformation of the company’s HR function from a transaction-based model to one that aligns with business priorities.
Forgues holds a master’s degree in HR and industrial relations from the University of Montreal, a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from McGill University, and a master’s certificate in operations management from York University.
National 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 labour relations. He also was an associate lawyer with Ogilvy Renault, practicing labour 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 L.L.B. and completed his M.B.A. 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.
EVP, Human Resources Post Media Network
Michelle Hall is EVP of HR at Post Media Network where she oversees the organization’s development and implementation, labour relations and people development strategies.
Hall joined the predecessor company to Post Media in 2005 as VP of HR for Canadian operations and was appointed SVP of people in 2008.
Hall has also held senior-level HR roles at a variety of organizations, including the Canada Life Assurance Company.
VP, Organizational Development Tim Hortons Inc.
Stephanie Hardman joined Tim Hortons Inc. in 2008 and is currently VP of organizational development and team Tim Hortons. Prior to joining THI, Hardman held progressive leadership roles in HR, learning and organizational development with McCain Foods Limited and Canadian Tire Corporation Limited.
Hardman holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens University and a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo.
Benoit Hardy-Vallée, Ph.D., PMP
Consulting Leader, Workforce Science, Canada Kenexa, an IBM Company
Benoit Hardy-Vallée, Ph.D., PMP, serves an executive consultant for Kenexa, advising clients on strategy and tactical initiatives that increase organizational productivity and create sustainable growth.
Based on his 10-year experience in business strategy, human capital management and project management, Hardy-Vallée has applied his expertise in developing and implementing large programs in organizations of all types, from Fortune 500 to industrial consortiums to public organizations. He specialized in benchmarking, performance management, employee intelligence, strategy design and execution.
His past and current clients include financial institutions, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing organizations. Hardy-Vallée received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. He is fluent in both French and English.
SVP, People Resources & Chief People Officer McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
Len Jillard is SVP of people resources and chief people officer for McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada. He is responsible for carrying out the McDonald’s people promise to value each and every employee across the country. Jillard recently took on the added responsibility of overseeing McDonald's in Walmart, where he leverages his relationship management skills and strategic business sense to build this area of the business.
In 2002, Jillard became VP of the Western Canada region, overseeing all aspects of regional operations. Jillard also spent three years, from 1995—1997, with McDonald’s Mexico as the senior director of operations.
Jillard began his career with the company in 1972 as a crew person in London, Ontario. He has worked in a number of mid- and senior-management positions throughout the Canadian operation, including regional director of people resources in Toronto.
Jillard has always made it a priority to dedicate his time and expertise to McDonald’s charitable efforts, serving on the board of Ronald McDonald House in London, Ontario for more than seven years and as a member of the Society for Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver.
Former President & CEO Alterna Savings & Credit Union Ltd.
In December 2012, John Lahey retired after more than 36 years in banking, during which time he held increasingly senior positions at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, FirstOntario Credit Union and Alterna Savings and Credit Union. He currently consults on business matters and serves as chair and director of two boards.
His experience includes more than 12 years in HR, including rising to the senior leadership position supporting personal and commercial banking at CIBC. In 1990, Lahey took on responsibility for reorganizing CIBC’s HR operational capability, which resulted in a headcount reduction of almost 40 percent. At the same time, the restructure dramatically increased clients’ effectiveness for learning, compensation, employee relations, operations and information technology.
In 1996, Lahey moved from HR to leadership roles in retail and small-business banking. For the following 16 years, he operated in increasingly senior business executive roles, including 11 years as president and CEO of two large credit unions.
Over the past 20 years, Lahey has served as director on a number of boards including the University of Guelph, several CIBC regulated subsidiaries, CUMIS Insurance Group, Selient Technologies, Alterna Bank and Oakville Hydro.
President & CEO Revera Inc.
Jeff Lozon is president, CEO and a director of Revera Inc. Considered one of Canada’s most influential health leaders, Lozon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his leadership role at Revera.
Prior to joining Revera, Lozon held a 17-year tenure as president and CEO at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Lozon was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for his innovative and sustained leadership in healthcare management and for having advanced patient care. He was previously seconded to the position of deputy minister of health and long-term care for the Province of Ontario. He also was the vice chair for Canada Health Infoway and the founding chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
Lozon has held a number of senior executive positions throughout Western Canada in addition to those in Ontario. He currently contributes to the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine as an associate professor in the department of health administration.
Lozon holds an honourary doctor of civil laws from Bishops University, a certificate from the senior executive program with Stanford University School of Business, a master’s degree for health services administration from the University of Alberta, and an honours B.A. from the University of Guelph.
VP, Marketing and Product ADP Canada
David McIninch leads the product management and marketing teams at ADP Canada Employer Service Division. Reporting to the president of ADP Canada, he is also a member of the senior leadership team. ADP is one of the world’s largest payroll and human capital management organizations. McIninch is responsible for product management, marketing strategy, business development and industry relations.
Since joining ADP in 2002, McIninch has held a number of roles including marketing management, research and planning, including senior sales consultant and senior director of multinational marketing. He is a frequent contributor to marketing, technology and human resources conferences and is proud to support the Canadian Cloud Council. McIninch is a graduate of Dalhousie University.
Senior Consultant Towers Watson
Sandra McLellan is the leader of Towers Watson’s rewards, talent and communication practice in Toronto. McLellan has more than 15 years of experience in designing, developing and implementing total reward programs, both in consulting and on the client side.
McLellan’s experience includes global total reward strategy design, communication and implementation, job leveling, career architecture and competency models, tangibly linking reward systems and talent acquisition and development, pay structure design, incentive design, performance management and communication, workforce planning, global mobility and succession planning.
In addition to her Towers Watson experience, McLellan has worked in the Canadian banking industry and internationally within the pharmaceutical sector. She earned an MBA at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
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 Teachers’ in 2008 from the Canadian Tire Corporation, where she was VP of HR, 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.
Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer ADP
Rita Mitjans currently serves as chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer for ADP. In this role, Mitjans leads ADP’s global diversity, inclusion and corporate social responsibility efforts, including setting the strategy, establishing clear metrics and benchmarks and developing a roadmap that aligns the activities of associate resource groups and supports ADP’s ability to attract and retain the best talent.
Mitjans has a diverse background in marketing and sales, strategy, investor relations, and benefits. As SVP of corporate marketing for ADP, she had overall responsibility for leading strategic marketing initiatives that drove growth and profitability. Her scope included corporate communications/reputation management, digital marketing, pricing, branding and market intelligence.
Before joining ADP TotalSource, she spent 10 years in a variety of positions in marketing, strategy/business development and investor relations at Bankers Trust Company and Deutsche Bank AG. Before joining Bankers Trust, she was a district sales manager with Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Darien, Connecticut.
She holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from St. John's University.
Executive Chairman Morneau Shepell
Bill Morneau was appointed executive chairman at Morneau Shepell, where he has ascended through the ranks during his more than 25 years with the organization. He joined Morneau Shepell in 1987, became president in 1992, elevated to president and CEO in 1998, then chairman and CEO in 2008 before taking on his current title as executive chairman.
Morneau works extensively with organizations in the design and delivery of their employee benefits and compensation programs. He is chair of the board of directors at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and chair of the board of directors at the C.D. Howe Institute. He is also on the boards of AGF Management Ltd., AGF Trust Company, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, the London School of Economics North American Advisory Committee, the Canadian INSEAD Foundation and The Learning Partnership.
He is chair of the Compensation Committee of the AGF Board and chair of the Investment Committee at the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation. Morneau is past chair of the board of directors of Covenant House. In 2002, he was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Morneau holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, an M.S. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Senior Director, Talent Management & Acquisition Rogers Communications
Sandra Pasquini leads the talent acquisition and talent strategy team for Rogers Communications. This includes accountability for enterprise-wide recruitment and sourcing, social media for recruitment, on boarding, executive recruitment, diversity as well as employment branding.
Pasquini joined Rogers eight years ago as the HR business partner supporting network operations and engineering organization. In 2010, Pasquini moved back into talent acquisition and now leads a team of recruiters and talent strategy professionals across Canada. She is responsible for directing key strategies for recruitment and is currently leading a project to redefine Rogers’ employment experience. Pasquini is a member of the organization’s HR leadership team, the diversity executive council.
Pasquini began her career in HR working at Nortel Networks where she was the lead recruitment consultant managing staffing projects for Nortel’s corporate groups across North America. She went on to become the HR business partner supporting Nortel’s finance, legal and compliance functions globally.
Pasquini completed her undergraduate degree from York University. She is a graduate of the advanced program in HR management from the University of Toronto. Pasquini is a certified HR professional and a member of the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.
JP Pawliw-Fry, Ph.D.
Partner and Co-Founder Institute for Health and Human Potential
Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is partner and co-founder for the Institute of Health and Human Potential, where he seamlessly blends cutting-edge research with personal stories from the world of sports and business. Pawliw-Fry teaches audiences the principles of emotional intelligence and high performance, inspiring and challenging them to take their careers, businesses and personal lives to the next level.
Pawliw-Fry is a unique combination of thought leader, entrepreneur, former business school lecturer, and performance coach to both Olympic athletes and business leaders. He brings something different to the table than most speakers — research-based content and straightforward application that makes learning stick in order to drive the behaviors that improve the metrics organizations care about.
Pawliw-Fry co-founded and has grown the Institute for Health and Human Potential into a successful multi-national business which provides, in addition to keynotes, enterprise-wide training, assessments and coaching on the subject of emotional intelligence. Pawliw-Fry trained at Queen's University, Harvard Medical School’s Mind Body Medical Institute, and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
EVP, People & Culture WestJet Airlines Ltd.
Brigid Pelino is EVP of people and culture at WestJet Airlines Ltd. Pelino joined WestJet after 13 years with Tim Hortons, where she was EVP of HR.
Pelino joined Tim Hortons in 2001 as VP of HR with responsibility for all aspects of HR strategy for Canada, the U.S. and internationally. She was promoted to SVP of HR in 2008, and then named EVP of HR in 2012. Prior to Tim Hortons, Pelino held increasingly senior HR roles in Canadian Tire Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace and General Electric.
Pelino holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and a master’s degree in industrial relations, both from the University of Toronto.
SVP, Human Resources & CHRO Rogers Communications
Jim Reid was appointed SVP of HR and CHRO for Rogers Communications Inc. in August 2011. Rogers is a diversified public Canadian communications and media company and is the country’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services. It is also one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services.
In his role, Reid reports to the CEO and is accountable for shaping the talent, culture and engagement strategy at Rogers. Prior to joining Rogers, Reid led the HR function at Husky Injection Molding following the company’s sale to ONEX in 2007. Before joining Husky, Reid was EVP of global HR/OD at MDS Inc., one of Canada’s leading life sciences companies. Reid also held several executive GM and operational roles in his time at MDS Inc.
As a graduate of Canada’s military college, Reid spent several years in the Canadian military as an officer and tactical helicopter pilot. Reid holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
EVP, Marketing & Business Development O.C. Tanner
David Sturt is an EVP of the O.C. Tanner Company. His career began in market research, where he studied and analyzed the effects of people being recognized for great work. In the two decades since, Sturt has researched and developed several multimillion dollar services that engage employees, inspire above and beyond contribution, and reward outstanding results in organizations around the world.
Sturt regularly consults with Fortune 1000 company leaders and speaks at conferences across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Human Capital and other media outlets.
Louise Taylor Green
Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs & Strategy Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Louise Taylor Green joined Hamilton Health Sciences in 2008 and currently serves as EVP of corporate affairs and strategy. Taylor Green is responsible for overseeing HR, organizational development, strategy management, information and communication technologies, facilities management, customer support services, public relations and communications, internal audit, and the office of general counsel.
Taylor Green is the liaison to the HHS volunteer association, a $27M retail services organization that donates its profits to the hospital to enhance patient comfort and care. She is the chair of the health, safety and wellness steering committee, and the chair of the integrated ethics council. Taylor Green has also served as VP of HR for organizational development and strategy.
Before moving into healthcare, Taylor Green spent six years in cooperative financial services at FirstOntario Credit Union. She was VP of retail services accountable for product and service sales, member service, wealth management and banking regulatory compliance. In her role as the company’s VP of HR, Taylor Green led transformation projects such as the enterprise HR change management program surrounding the implementation of a new banking system. She also spent 11 years with Canada 3000 Airlines, ascending through the ranks to head of global HR.
Karie Willyerd, Ph.D.
VP, Learning & Social Adoption SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Karie Willyerd, Ph.D., is the co-founder and former CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in 2011. Previously, Willyerd was the chief learning officer for Sun Microsystems, and in that role she was responsible for employee, customer, partner and Sun community learning.
Willyerd is the co-author of the bestseller, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.” She is a regular blogger for Harvard Business, co-authored a feature article on mentoring millennials and has authored dozens of other articles and publications. In prior roles, she was a chief talent officer for a Fortune 200 company, led the people development function at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems and ran executive development at H.J. Heinz.
Willyerd holds a master’s degree in instructional and performance technology from Boise State University and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the global advisory council for the business school at Colorado State University and is on the advisory board of HR.com.
VP, Human Resources Sysco Canada
Beth Worthington is VP of HR at Sysco Canada. Worthington’s current role spans every Canadian region with responsibilities including benefits and pension programs, safety, talent management, HR and labour relations for approximately 6,000 associates. She is both a certified management accountant and certified HR professional.
Prior to Sysco Canada, Worthington directed HR at E-Comm 911 where she oversaw ability management, compensation and benefits.
Worthington is also a passionate volunteer advocate. She works closely with Friends of We Care, a CHRP program where she mentors students. Worthington is also on the board of directors with the Pension and Benefits for Ontario Business.
SVP, Human Resources Pearson Education Holdings Inc.
Nikki Zinman joined Pearson in 2011 and is responsible for overall HR strategy in support of their purpose, values and business initiatives. Zinman is also responsible for developing and driving people strategy and fostering an environment where the Pearson team thrives. She brings extensive experience building and supporting high performance teams in entrepreneurial, midsize and large corporate environments, spanning the advanced technology, financial services and entertainment sectors.
Prior to joining Pearson, Zinman was the VP of HR and communications at Entertainment One Group, a leading entertainment company where she was responsible for a growing international organization and led the HR components of a listing on the London Stock Exchange; as well as several domestic and international acquisitions. She has previously held leadership roles across HR for Dell, Oracle and ING Group.
Zinman holds an honors bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree from York University.