Each year at the Top Employer Summit, we present a spectacular line-up of world-class speakers, thought-leaders and the best case studies from our annual competition — each hand-picked by our editors to bring you the latest thinking on becoming an employer of choice. Case studies are drawn from current winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, as well as the 20 other regional and special-interest competitions that our editorial team manages.
We will be posting our full list of speakers for this year’s event in the coming months, but in the meantime you can read about our keynote speakers from previous years here.
President Bill Clinton
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
FOUNDER, CLINTON FOUNDATION
42ND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Throughout the Foundation’s history and growth, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea offered their voice, vision, and counsel. To recognize their past contributions and acknowledge their role in shaping the Foundation’s future, the Foundation was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 5 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership are applying a business-oriented approach to fight climate change worldwide and to promote sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and preventable disease through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, nearly 2,300 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of more than 400 million people in 180 nations.
In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and with President George W. Bush in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Today the Clinton Foundation supports economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti.
President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.
Dianne Craig is President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Canada, Limited, appointed to the position in November 2011. She leads Ford of Canada’s operations across the country, including a national headquarters, three regional offices, two branch offices, three vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants and two parts distribution centres. Ford employs approximately 7,000 people in Canada, while an additional 18,000 people are employed in the more than 400 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across the country. Craig joined Ford in 1986 in an entry level field position and has held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Dearborn, Mich., including advertising, product marketing, contests, and incentives and field operations. She has extensive field experience including her assignment as the regional sales manager in the Pittsburgh Regional Sales Office in addition to other field assignments in the Detroit, Memphis and Atlanta regional offices. Between 2005 and 2009, Craig was responsible for Ford and Lincoln Mercury U.S. dealer relations. In this capacity, she led the National Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealer Council process and other related dealer activities including National Dealer Meetings. Before moving to Canada, Craig was the general manager for the southeast market area in the United States, a position she assumed in March 2009. In this role, Craig was responsible for all marketing, sales and service operations for 520 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Craig graduated from the State University of New York and holds an MBA from Ohio State.
Bernadette Wightman is President of Cisco Canada and responsible for overseeing all aspects of local operations, including sales, marketing, finance, distribution, and services. Cisco in Canada employs more than 2000 people and consistently ranks among the top five revenue producers of Cisco’s operations. The Canadian operation is also a proving ground for some of the company’s most advanced and innovative technologies. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Wightman is a 15-year Cisco veteran with demonstrated success leading sales organizations in both developed and emerging markets. Most recently, Wightman served as the general manager for Cisco in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and the other Commonwealth of Independent State countries, where she led the team in a challenging geo-political landscape and built a trusted business platform for the future. Prior to that, Wightman led Channel and Commercial sales for Cisco’s Emerging Theatre, the largest Cisco Commercial theatre outside of the Americas, spanning 84 countries and over 10,000 partners. She has also held leadership roles for Cisco in the UK and Ireland, including leading the Partner Organization and working with British Telecom. Wightman is passionate about the development and diversity of talent, and a member of several organizations which advocate for women in business. In the past, she has been a member of the Women in Sales UKI executive board, Strategic Partner Alliance Group in UK&I and the Women in technology UK&I community. Wightman has been named Business Leader of the Year by Women into Science, Engineering & Construction (WISE); awarded as one of the UK’s most influential women in IT in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and named as of the 500 most influential people in the UK in 2014 by Debretts.
Sonia Boyle is Vice President Human Resources, GE Canada. As 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. Sonia joined GE in January 2006 as HR Leader for Capital Solutions – Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) 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 February 2011, she was promoted to Senior Human Resources Leader for GE Capital Canada, where she led HR efforts to build business success for the platform and was recognized with a Global HR Leadership Award. She was promoted to her current role in July 2014. Her career expands over 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. Sonia Boyle holds two bachelor degrees (BA), in Labor Relations and Sociology, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has also obtained her post-graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management and holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). She is an active member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPA).
As Samsung Electronic Canada Inc.’s Chief Brand Officer & Corporate Citizenship, Mark leads the organization’s strategic brand and marketing initiatives, overseeing Brand Marketing Communications, Corporate Citizenship, Retail Merchandising & Training, Public Relations, and Digital/Social Media teams. Mark has been a driving force in shaping Samsung Canada’s Citizenship programming, which includes flagship initiatives like the award-winning Look at Me Project, Solve for Tomorrow, and Samsung’s ongoing work with The Hospital for Sick Children. Mark is also a key facilitator of Samsung’s ongoing ‘Samsung Gives’ employee initiatives, which promote community engagement and volunteerism across the organization. Prior to joining Samsung, Mark was Vice-President of Marketing at Campbell Company of Canada. His strategic leadership and insight led to Campbell business vitality, a CSR refreshed unique brand identity, and a highly engaged team. Recognized as an inspirational team leader, Mark actively cultivates marketing talent and ‘best practice’ within the industry. In addition to his passionate support of AToMiC, he champions the Canada Young Marketers initiative and has contributed professionally to the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA), the Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) Children’s Advertising Commitment committee, Enactus Canada and was Creative Chair at Concerned Children’s Advertisers. A role model in the LGBTA community, Mark pioneered the launch of PFLAG Canada’s 2012 awareness campaign while volunteering for the organization, winning a Cannes Lion award.
Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose! Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed and international phenomenon. As company spokeswoman, Julie is well-known amongst North American entrepreneurs and her dynamic personality has led to numerous speaking engagements, from university business classes to TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, Metro Morning, CH Morning Live, Better TV, The Mom Show, Fox 5 San Diego and WGN’s Midday. She is a syndicated blogger for The Huffington Post, modernmom.com, PTPA Media, Yummy Mummy Club, and her company’s Mabelhood blog. Her writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul – Power Moms and numerous websites. Mabel’s Labels has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com. Follow Julie on Twitter @juliecole
Kristine Emmett is a business and HR professional with over 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. As the VP of Organizational Development for Bell Canada, she is accountable for attracting, developing and retaining highly engaged, agile, and diverse talent to meet the company’s current and future needs. Kristine leads recruitment, performance & talent management, learning and development, diversity, and engagement. With her team, they have implemented a talent management system for over 55K users, introduced a new engagement survey, an onboarding program, mentoring and career development websites, a senior manager training pathway, recognition training, revitalized the high potential and grad recruiting programs, improved employee branding, and introduced improved succession planning. Previously, Kristine spent 7 years leading Inspiring Leader Inc; working with clients internationally from mid level managers to CEOs in corporations, government, and NGOs. Her forte was working with executives and high potential leaders, propelling their careers and team’s performance to exponential levels. In a Fortune 500 company, she held various executive positions including VP of Sales and VP of Marketing. She has a proven track record of developing talent, maximizing team performance, strategic planning, execution, and delivery of superior results. She delivered results through people, and personally led her team’s employee engagement efforts; consistently delivering world class scores and improvements.
Christine Greco is Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs at Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. As a respected leader with a keen focus on developing and growing talent, Christine understands how to build teams to lead a company into the future. With more than 20 years’ experience at leading companies, in her current role, Christine is responsible for managing a team of professionals and leading the strategic direction of HR including all talent management and engagement programs. In her 20 years as an HR professional, Christine thrives on developing creative, strategic initiatives that fuel innovation and change within organizations. Christine’s work has garnered numerous accolades including recognition for Samsung as one of the Top Greater Toronto Area Employer for 2014 and 2015. Christine holds a Master of Industrial Relations, Human Resources from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Relations from McMaster University. An active volunteer, Christine donates her time as a board member with the Burlington Library’s CEO Evaluation Committee and Audit Committee, and a volunteer member of the Information Technology Association of Ontario’s “Women in Leadership in IT Industry” Board.
Cynthia Hansen became the SVP Operations for Liquids Pipelines in December 2014. Cynthia is responsible for North American field operations ensuring the safe and reliable operations of the Liquids Pipelines mainline, gathering and storage facilities. Cynthia is currently on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and is on the Business Advisory Council for the University of Alberta. She has also served on the Boards of the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association, NorQuest College, and the Alberta Chamber of Resources. Cynthia chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Enbridge and has recently been recognized as a D&I Canadian Business Leader by Catalyst. Just prior to her current role, Cynthia was the SVP Enterprise Safety & Operational Reliability and was responsible for defining and executing enterprise wide safety culture initiatives, strategies and policies, as well as the implementation and management of corporate wide operational risk management plans. Cynthia joined Enbridge in 1999 and has since taken on roles of increasing responsibility within the organization in the areas of Safety, Operations & Finance including VP of System Performance & Solutions, VP Canadian Operations and VP Finance for Liquids Pipelines. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Sharene Herdman is the Vice President, Human Resources, Johnson & Johnson, responsible for the Consumer and Medical divisions in Canada. She brings over 20 years of progressive leadership experience across multiple HR disciplines with a focus on change leadership skills and business talent strategy along with her experience leading several acquisitions and divestitures. Previous to joining J&J, Sharene held several senior HR roles in the pharmaceutical and consumer industries. As Director of Human Resources at Pfizer, she led the development and execution of the HR Strategy for the Canada Consumer Healthcare affiliate. Prior to this, Sharene was Director of Human Resources for Warner-Lambert for 10 years with leadership in the Adams Manufacturing division, Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical division and the Consumer Healthcare division. She also led the compensation and benefits function at General Mills. Sharene holds Business Administration and Management & Operations certificates in Executive Leadership Development from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Business Administration and Management certificate in Executive Development from Harvard University, a Post Graduate degree in Human Resources from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Sharene is passionate about social and health related causes and along with her daughters, donates her time to supporting numerous charitable organizations.
Sue Hyatt is the National Manager of Talent Acquisition at Desjardins General Insurance. With over 20 years of professional talent management experience, Sue Hyatt is a highly recognized talent acquisition strategist who has developed comprehensive retention strategies and is an advocate for Employer Branding and telling the ‘Talent Story’. Known as a consultative and results oriented leader with an extensive background providing coaching and guidance to senior executives, she has also mentored many talent acquisition professionals providing them with the necessary tools and resources to advance within their own careers. With uniquely specialized skills, Sue possesses a strong ability to identify and measure success factors for key organizational roles. She also leverages human capital to enhance business objectives within diverse industries. While there are many corporations across the globe designed with the metrics to exceed performance objectives, Sue strives to ensure that all employees are equipped with the necessary tools and resources to reach their full potential.
Ana Ivanic is HR & Operations Manager at Big Viking Games.
Jeff Kissack is a senior actuarial consultant in Towers Watson’s Retirement line of business in Toronto. He has more than 25 years of pension and benefits consulting experience. Jeff provides account management and strategic pension plan advice to many large and complex Canadian and multinational clients. Having consulted extensively on all aspects of retirement plan management, his experience encompasses design, communication, administration and governance of registered and supplemental pension plans. Jeff is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He has an Honours B.Sc. degree in actuarial science from the University of Western Ontario.
Karla Kochan is the Senior Manager of Human Resources at Agriculture Financial Services. She is responsible for the delivery of Human Resources for all of AFSC. With more than 700 non-unionized employees spread across Alberta in 46 branch and district offices, recognizing the diverse work environments and enhancing the corporate culture are key initiatives. With more than twenty years in people management, ten of those in human resource leadership, being client centric with employees are one of the keys to Karla’s success. As a training and development champion, along with employee engagement and culture, Karla continues to strive for growth, both personally and professionally. Karla has worked in the non-profit, hospitality and government industries, which has given her a robust human resource resume. She studied Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, and Broadcast Communications from Mount Royal University. She is also a certified Predictive Index Behavior Analyst.
Kristina Leung is the Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc. In addition to working on selections for the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, Kristina also is active on the editorial work for the 19 regional and special-interest “top employer” competitions that are affiliated with the national project. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toronto and, prior to her current role, was an Editor on the Eluta.ca project at Mediacorp. Originally from Oakville, Ontario, Kristina currently resides in Toronto.
Jeff Macoun is Executive Vice-President, Group, at Great-West Life. Jeff is a graduate of both Laurentian University, where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and the University of Michigan Business School, where he earned an Executive Strategies Degree and his Chartered Life Underwriter designation. Throughout his career Jeff has held roles in many of the company’s offices across Canada. He began as a group sales representative before taking on a variety of increasingly senior positions, including Senior Vice-President, General Sales Division, Senior Vice-President, Wealth & Estate Planning Group, and Senior Vice-President, Group Sales & Marketing. Jeff is also active in the community, and serves on boards for a number of organizations including the London Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation and the London YMCA Foundation. His community involvement has garnered him many accolades, including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2014, and the William Bowman Award recognizing his leadership with the YMCA of Western Ontario, also in 2014. This year, Jeff and his wife Marjie were honoured together with the St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Contribution Award.
As VP of HR for Rogers Insurance, Lindsay Mather has been instrumental in Rogers becoming Canada’s most award winning brokerage- being consistently recognized as a top employer. A graduate of the University of Lethbridge and with her CHRP designation, Lindsay has a strong interest in corporate culture and promoting an inclusive and fun workplace.
Tony Meehan is the Publisher of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, now in its 15th annual edition. The Top 100 project, which started as a best-selling paperback, now reaches millions of Canadians every year through numerous newspaper and magazine partners as well as online through the popular Eluta.ca job search engine. Mr. Meehan also serves as President of Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals, and is Founder of the Eluta.ca job search engine. Since its inception, Mediacorp’s employment guides have sold more than one million copies in 17 countries and, last year, the Eluta.ca search engine was used by over 5 million Canadians. Originally trained as a lawyer, Mr. Meehan holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Certificat from the Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne). Raised in Nova Scotia, Mr. Meehan currently resides in Toronto.
Arielle Meloul-Wechsler has been at Air Canada since 1997. She is currently Vice President, Human Resources, a position she has held since September 2013. Arielle’s primary responsibilities as Vice President, 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. Arielle 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, Arielle’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, Arielle was seconded to Aeroplan in 2005 where she led the external legal team through Aeroplan’s initial public offering. Arielle received her Civil Law degree from the Universite de Montreal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1993. Arielle also holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from McGill University. Prior to joining Air Canada, Arielle practiced at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg. Arielle is married and has 16 year old twins.
Bill Morris is Senior Managing Director and Canadian President of Accenture. Bill has been with Accenture for three decades, in leadership roles across a wide array of industries. Previous to his current role, Bill led Accenture’s North America Resources operating unit. He has served many of Canada’s leading companies in all major industries. Bill is on the Global Board of Directors for Enablis, a Canadian-based organization co-founded by Accenture and Telesystem that assists entrepreneurs in developing countries. He is also Vice-Chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada. Bill also serves as Vice-Chair of Jack.org, a national initiative focused on youth mental health awareness. Bill graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1982.
Denise O’Neil Green
Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, is the inaugural Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University. Her mandate is to provide senior leadership, spearhead EDI education initiatives and address systemic barriers among the academic and administrative functions of Ryerson, as well as create a visible presence for EDI. Her portfolio includes Aboriginal Initiatives, Access Ryerson, Human Rights Services, Education and Awareness, and Special Projects, including Employment Equity. Under her leadership, Ryerson received its first Canada’s Best Diversity Employer designation for 2015. For over 20 years, Denise has championed systemic change in higher education. Denise joined Ryerson from Central Michigan University where she was the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity for five years. She advanced diversity courses, spearheaded strategic diversity initiatives, secured 1.5 million dollars in grant funding to serve first generation college students, and worked with community groups on local equity initiatives. Prior to Central, she was an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, and program director for the University of Michigan’s Pathways to Student Success and Excellence Program. Denise has over 70 journal articles, book chapters, reports, papers, and presentations on diversity. She is a 2015 Women Worth Watching Award winner in the Profiles in Diversity Journal and is the Executive Editor of InstititionalDiversityBlog.com. She earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago, Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in higher education and public policy.
Richard Peddie’s entire life has been about leading with strong core values and creating enterprise value. Whether it was president of Hostess, Pillsbury, SkyDome, NetStar or Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment he always delivered tremendous financial value to those companies by having a clear leadership vision and consistently practicing strong core values. A graduate of the University of Windsor business school (today the Odette school of business) he joined Colgate in sales and marketing. He then moved on to General Foods (today Kraft Foods) where he moved rapidly through their marketing department and became a vice-president at 29 years of age. He then became president of GF’s Hostess Foods division. In 1985 he left Hostess to become the president and CEO of Pillsbury Canada. In 1989, after 19 years in consumer products, Peddie accepted the position of president and CEO of the SkyDome (today the Rogers Centre). SkyDome was chosen as the North American Stadium of the Year four consecutive years and Peddie was honoured as the North American Facility Manager of the Year in 1992. Peddie then became the president and COO of NetStar Communications (TSN, RDS, Discovery Channel). In July 1995 he was one of the key individuals in a management- led consortium that purchased the company. While at NetStar he launched Canada’s first sports website TSN.ca. In late 1996, Peddie was named as the president and CEO of the Toronto Raptors, thus fulfilling a dream to one day run a basketball team. In 1998, the Maple Leafs bought the Raptors and created Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment with Peddie as the president and CEO. Richard was president and CEO of MLSE for fourteen very busy years. From building Air Canada Centre, launching Leafs TV, Raptors TV and buying GolTV; to bringing Major League Soccer to Canada and launching TFC; to building the $500 million Maple Leaf Square, Peddie helped grow the company from an enterprise value of $300 million to $2 billion. He did this by consistently practicing 4 core values: excite every fan, inspire our people, dedication to our teams and by being leaders in the community. A proud native of Windsor, Peddie graduated from the University of Windsor in 1970 and received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 2001. Today Dr. Peddie is the “Leader in Residence” at Odette where he teaches leadership classes and is helping the school successfully create 21st Century Leaders.
Estela Vazquez Perez
As Director, Employment Brand, Centre of Excellence, at RBC, Estela leads the organization’s strategic brand and marketing initiatives that attract and retain the right talent for today and the future of work. She advises the Human Resources and Business Segments on Employer of Choice Reputation Management, Employment Brand development, and targeted Employment Value Propositions. Estela has a multidisciplinary background that allows her to orchestrate talented teams overseeing Recruitment, Marketing, Communications, Corporate Citizenship, Learning, Internal Branding, Public Relations, and Social Media. She brings RBC to the talent market powered by flag initiatives such as Career Launch Program for recent grads; employer of choice, awards and recognition; Invest In Yourself, benefits to find your own life balance; Blue Water Project, volunteering in your community; meaningful jobs, career advancement, and a shared purpose to help clients succeed and communities thrive. Estela’s forward-thinking approach connecting people, brand and culture has been shared and profiled by the Human Capital Institute, Employer Brand International, Diversity Index by Talent Management Magazine, Dale Carnegie, Yahoo finance, Lead Addeco Magazine, and Best Workplaces conference. Estela is part of Universum Global Advisory Board and mentors young Canadians referred by Access Employment. She has a Bachelor of Marketing and MBA in Information Technology Management from ITESM, Mexico.
Erin Polcyn Sailer
Erin Polcyn Sailer is the Executive Director of Policy, Programs and Learning with the Civil Service Commission, the non-partisan agency responsible for human resource management for the Manitoba government. Erin has worked in human resource and leadership roles in the private and public sector with the Manitoba government, Manitoba Hydro, Viterra, and Wolseley Canada Inc. Erin has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and Certified Human Resources Professional and Compensation Management Specialist designations. She sits on the boards of directors of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League. Erin is also a founding member of the Workplace Bullying and Mistreatment Partnership for Prevention, a unique research-practice partnership between leading international researchers and employers.
Linc Rogers is a partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency Group in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP. Linc is recognized by a number of highly regarded publications and ranking services as a leading insolvency lawyer in Canada. Between 2004 – 2007 Linc relocated to the United States to help establish Blakes presence there. After returning to Toronto, in 2012, Linc was named a Lexpert Rising Star and recognized as a leading lawyer under 40. Linc has also been actively involved in Blakes diversity and inclusion initiatives for last the 15 years and speaks frequently on diversity matters in the legal profession. He is also a member of the corporate advisory board of the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals which is dedicated to increasing the participation of visible minority professionals in financial services and promoting financial literacy in minority and underprivileged communities. Linc holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa as well as an M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Jad Shimaly was appointed Managing Partner, Advisory, in 2015, and is a member of EY’s Executive Committee. Jad leads a team of Partners and executives across the country focused on delivering business outcomes and value to our clients. Prior to this role, Jad led the Performance Improvement practice in Canada since 2011, and served as the Global client service partner and Advisory account leader on some of our firm’s largest clients. Jad has more than twenty years of business experience both in industry and consulting. He joined EY in Cleveland in 2000, and transferred to the Toronto office in 2001 where he played a key role in building and growing EY’s Canadian Advisory practice. Before joining EY, he held numerous positions in the finance and supply chain functions of US Fortune 250 consumer products company. Jad has extensively advised clients across sectors on a range of strategic process improvement/transformation and IT-enabled business change initiatives, driving business value across the organizations. Jad has a MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Notre Dame University.
Linda Speedy is the interim Chief Human Resources Officer for KPMG in Canada. She has 20 years of experience at KPMG partnering with practices across the country and leading national HR initiatives. In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, Linda leads KPMG’s Talent Attraction, Learning and Development, and Alumni strategies for KPMG in Canada. In her role, Linda participates in KPMG Canada’s Management Committee meetings and represents KPMG Canada globally as the Head of People. Prior to being named the CHRO, Linda was the Executive Director of Human Resources and member of the HR Leadership team for the past 10 years. Linda has led strategic initiatives for KPMG focused on compliance and human resource operations as well as employee development, engagement and performance. She is a strategic business partner and effective relationship builder with a deep understanding of professional services firms. Linda is the co-chair of the Executive of the YMCA Competitive Basketball Club in Fredericton and involved as a member of various community based initiatives in Fredericton. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University and Masters in Business from Simon Fraser University.
Heather Steele is Communications Director at Ubisoft. A strategic communications leader with over 15 years’ experience building global brands and growing successful companies, Heather Steele is driven by creativity and the fast pace of innovative industries. In her role as Communications Director at Ubisoft Toronto since 2011, Heather helps the game development studio successfully grow the team while maintaining its strong studio culture and commitment to develop the highest quality AAA games. Currently, the studio is on track to grow to 800 talented creators by 2020. Prior to joining Ubisoft Toronto, Heather was Vice President at High Road Communications, leading business development and communications strategy focused on results-driven marketing communications, media relations, and social media for a broad range of clients including Microsoft Canada, Xbox Canada, Disney Interactive Canada, Ubisoft Montreal, Electronic Arts, Facebook and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC). Heather holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Post-Graduate Communications Certificate from Humber College. You can find her on Twitter @hsteele sharing thoughts on the latest video game releases, the hottest new restaurants, or the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
Denise Thompson is Vice President, Human Capital at Intact Financial.
Tyler Waye is a workforce strategist who has spent the last decade investigating the emerging patterns of work that shape our careers and organizations. As President of IN.FORM, he works to drive leadership focused curriculum, across numerous educational platforms, in several sectors. As author of the book “I Went to School That Long for This?!” Tyler’s work is increasingly focused on helping organizations develop the next generation of leaders and employees. Tyler is a regular contributor with the Alberta Primetime Workforce Panel as well as the Globe and Mail. His work continues to be featured across Canada, and he has worked in China, Qatar, India and Belize. He has held management positions with several leading organizations and is internationally published on topics related to emerging leadership, workforce activation and employee engagement. Tyler is co-founder of WE Stand, a multi-national youth leadership organization, that reaches thousands, face-to-face, every year. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and is a consultant with Executive Education at the University of Alberta.
Heather Wright is Partner, Business Tax Services, Southwestern Ontario at Ernst & Young. Heather has been with EY since 1998, and is currently a Tax Partner, specializing in Business Tax Services. Heather works with a wide variety of clients from owner-managed businesses in the retail, manufacturing and construction industries, to large multi-national companies with Canadian and/or foreign operations. Heather holds a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. In her spare time, Heather volunteers with the local chapters of the Canadian Cancer Society and she currently serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Christian Association. She holds a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. She is an inclusive champion for EY’s London, ON office and a member of the National Inclusiveness Steering Committee.
Richard Yerema is the Managing Editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and is this country’s most widely-read career author. Mr. Yerema oversees the editorial team that manages the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which has been called one “of the most prestigious lists” in Canadian business, as well as a series of 20 regional and special-interest competitions. Mr. Yerema is also the author of The Career Directory, now in its 21st edition, which lets young people find great employers that are looking for people with their academic qualifications. His editorial independence and quality of work is one of the most enduring and respected in the Canadian career field. Raised in Southern Ontario, Mr. Yerema is a graduate of the University of Toronto and currently resides north of Toronto.