Toronto CHRO Community


Join a powerful network of C-level peers

Connect with a local community of like-minded peers who share similar challenges and priorities. Access the collective expertise of CHROs from diverse experiences, backgrounds and industries. Members of the community come together several times a year to connect with each other, exchange ideas and best practices, and validate strategies and solutions.

Join your local community for exclusive access to:

  • Participate in year-round gatherings both in person and virtually with your local peer group
  • Engage in unparalleled collaboration through in-depth discussions on the most critical and relevant issues
  • Network with like-minded peers facing the same challenges as you
  • Exchange ideas, strategies and solutions validated by peers
  • Gain exclusive access to community insights, including best practices and survey results, to benchmark your organization with others
  • Learn how other leaders approached their challenges by leveraging peer-recommended partners
  • Make new connections through facilitated networking opportunities, including curated 1:1 peer meetings
  • Grow and enhance your career through an exclusive network and mentorship
  • Build lasting relationships and stay connected with peers and colleagues

Toronto CHRO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Toronto CHRO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Sonia Boyle

Gore Mutual Insurance Co.
Chief People Officer

Mohammed Chahdi

Global Vice President, Employee Experience

Barb Keenan

Liquor Control Board of Ontario
Chief People Officer

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

Foresters Financial
Global CHRO

Brigid Pelino

Definity Financial
Chief People and Culture Officer

Rashid Wasti

Weston Group of Companies
EVP & Chief Talent Officer

Governing Body Members

Angella Alexander

ATS Automation

Noor Alsaidi

United Way
VP of People & Culture

Veronica Amorena

Capital One Canada
Head, Talent Experience

Mike Annable

Senior Vice President Human Resources and Information Technology

Helen Ashton

Grand & Toy, Office Depot Canada
Vice President, People & Culture

Chris Augustine

World Vision Canada
Chief People Officer

Amy Benoit

Lumine Group
Vice President, Portfolio Human Resources

Michel Boucher

Royal Canadian Mint
VP, Human Resources

Tracey Brodie

Techtronic Industries North America, Inc.
Head of HR for Techtronic Industries Canada

Cindy Bush

TMX Group Ltd

Stephanie Butt Thibodeau

IA Financial Group
Executive Vice President Chief Talent and Culture Officer

Sebastian Calvo

VP, Human Resources - Global Business Human Resources

Larissa Chaikowsky

US Chief Human Resources Officer and Head, Talent Reskilling & Acceleration

Ritu Chatterjee

General Motors of Canada
General Director, Human Resources & Labour Relations

Kelly Cotton

Colas Canada
VP, Human Resources

Kelly Davis

Gowling WLG International Ltd
Chief People Officer

Alicia DeFreitas

Global Head of People & Culture

Alison DeMille

McCain Foods

Allison Dell

Senior Vice President, People and Culture

Nicole Desloges

SVP, People

Vita Di Serio

PROPHIX Software
VP, People

Steve Dryburgh

VP, HR Partner

Anna Filice

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Stephen (Steve) Fletcher

Canada Cartage

Alana Free

GoodLife Fitness
SVP, People and Culture

Scott Goodman

Chief People Officer

Erin Gordon

Lindt & Sprungli (Canada), Inc.
Vice President HR

Barb Gray

EVP, People & Transformation

Christine Greco


Lora Haak

McKesson Canada
SVP, Talent Management & Development

Stephanie Hardman

Toromont Industries
VP People & Culture

Brian Henry

Bird Construction
Chief People Officer

Michele Hoff

Epson America
VP, Human Resources, Americas

Erin Jackson

University of Toronto

Momina Javaid

Head of HR - Unilever North America Ice Cream & Unilever Canada

Leanne Joffre

Vice President, People & Culture

Kavita Kara

Travelers Canada
Head of HR Canada

Nancy Kennedy

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
SVP, People & Culture

Lily Koliqi

McKesson Canada
SVP HR for Canada

Laura Lee-Blake

Pearle Hospitality
Chief People Officer

Nicole Lichowit

Alamos Gold Inc.
Vice President, Head of Human Resources

Laura Mably

Co-operators Insurance and Financial Services

Rachael MacLean

Marsh McLennan
SVP, Human Resources Leader

Greg Mackie

West Fraser
General Manager, Talent Development

Katelin Mailer

Lactalis Canada
VP, Human Resources

Steve Majer

Ford of Canada
Vice President Human Resources

Rodney Mano

Mental Health Commission of Canada
VP, Chief People & Culture Officer

Dan Markou

SmartCentres REIT
Executive Vice President & Chief People and Culture Officer

Sarah McCurrie

Head of Human Resources, Aon Canada

Johanne McNally Myers

High Liner Foods
EVP, Human Resources

Elizabeth McSavaney

Zurich Insurance
VP, Head of Human Resources

Frank Monteleone

SVP & Chief People Officer

Nancy Nazer


Nadia Padassery

Dr. Oetker Canada
Executive Head of Human Resources, North America

Janine Pajot

Bayer Corporation
VP, Human Resources

Nirav Patel

Vice President, Human Resources

Andrew Pateman

Canadian Blood Services
Vice President, People, Culture and Performance

Shalini Phillips

Ezra Coaching
Chief People Officer

Richard Pinnock

Chief Diversity Officer

Dorena Quinn

Senior Vice President, People (Global Human Resources)

Darian Rich

Barrick Gold
EVP - Talent Management & Global Human Resources

Norm Sabapathy

Cadillac Fairview
Executive Vice President, People

Nicki Sabapathy

Head of people and culture

Stephen Satchel

Coca-Cola Canada
Chief People Officer

Karen Scott

SVP, People & Growth

Tan Singh

BFL Canada

Geoff Smith

SVP and Chief People & HSE Officer

Mary Sullivan

CPP Investments
Senior Managing Director & Chief Talent Officer

Joan Taylor

Heart and Stroke Foundation
SVP, Culture, Talent and Diversity

Gordana Terkalas

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Diana Valler

Travel Brands

Tova White

Giant Tiger

Gillian Whitebread

TELUS Health

Sarah Wright

HR Director, Canada

Margaret Wu

Brookfield Residential
EVP, Corporate Operations

Esther Zdolec

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Senior Vice President, People and Culture

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today.

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  2. Reshaping a Corporate Culture that Thrives in a Hybrid Environment
  3. Investing in the Right HR Technology to Drive Growth and Meet Business Expectations

Upcoming Programs


March 26, 2024 | an evening

Toronto CHRO Inner Circle

Blu Ristorante

A gathering with peers to discuss timely topics over dinner in a private setting.

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December 2024 | 1 day

Toronto CHRO Executive Summit

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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