Speakers

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 18 other regional and special-interest competitions that our editorial team manages.

Dr. Roberta Bondar

Dr. Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, she expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission, where she conducted over 40 investigations from 13 countries. Her highly motivational talks–punctuated by her stunning photographs–focus on change, social responsibility, and our environment.

For more than 12 years at NASA, Dr. Bondar headed an international research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses here on Earth. Her techniques have been used in clinical studies at the B. I. Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bondar served two terms as Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

Dr. Bondar has also earned a reputation as a leading speaker and consultant within the medical and scientific communities, and in the field of corporate social responsibility and care for the Earth’s environment. She co-founded The Roberta Bondar Foundation, a not for profit charitable organization, to reconnect us to the natural environment. The Foundation has school and summer camp programs to help kids connect to and enjoy the natural world around them.

Dr. Bondar holds a BSc from the University of Guelph; an MSc from the University of Western Ontario; a PhD from the University of Toronto; and an MD from McMaster University. She also holds Board Certification Neurology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (with a subspecialty in neuro-ophthalmology from Tuft’s New England Medical Ctr). She is a graduate of, and an examiner for, The Institute of Corporate Directors.

Among awards and honours, Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Space Medal, and has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame for her pioneering research in space medicine.

Dr. Bondar has received 28 Honorary Degrees from universities across Canada and is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. In 2011, Dr. Bondar received her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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The Hon. Rona Ambrose

The Hon. Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Ms Ambrose successfully rose to lead the largest political party in Canada. After her tenure as leader, the Conservative Party now has the highest membership in its history and is viewed as competitive, more modern, and inclusive. She was the first leader of the Party to march in a gay pride parade. Pundits say that she “made it look effortless” — accomplishing all of this while also being named the most civil parliamentarian.

As a key member of the federal cabinet for a decade, Ms Ambrose solved problems as a minister of the Crown across nine government departments, including serving as Vice Chair of the Treasury Board for several years, and as chair of the cabinet committee for public safety, justice, and aboriginal issues. A self-proclaimed ‘policy geek’, Ms Ambrose was personally responsible for the development of several federal policies, from industrial strategies in military procurement to health innovation and improvements to sexual assault laws. She is a determined public policy expert who understands that government actions have a real impact on families and businesses across the country.

A proud Westerner, Ms Ambrose is keenly aware of the domestic political, geopolitical, and policy forces affecting the energy sector. As the former environment minister responsible for the GHG regulatory regime in place across several industrial sectors today, she understands the challenges facing the fossil fuel industry.

She is also a passionate advocate for women in Canada and around the world and led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations. Ms Ambrose has spent her life passionately fighting for disadvantaged women and girls – and she was responsible for ensuring that Aboriginal women in Canada were granted equal matrimonial rights. She also fought for the creation of a special refugee program to bring Yazidi women and girls who were sexually enslaved by ISIS to safety in Canada.

Besides her work as a corporate director, Ms Ambrose is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC, focusing on key Canada-US bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. She serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and was recently named to the Advisory Council on NAFTA. Ms Ambrose is the recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy and public policy over the last decade.

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Ted Graham

Ted Graham is the Head of Open Innovation at GM. He works with outside partners to solve important issues that will shape the future of transportation. Previously, he was the Innovation Leader at PwC Canada where he helped to turn ideas into invoices. He is also founder of the South Core Innovation Hub, a collaborative group of innovation leaders from Toronto’s unique waterfront area. Member organizations include large banks, startups, public transportation – all of whom are looking to make a substantial impact on their communities. Prior to PwC Ted was a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas.

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Joey Brar

Joey Brar is currently the Director of Human Resources for British Columbia’s second largest and fastest growing city, the City of Surrey. With 15 years’ diverse experience in the public sector, Joey leads all aspects of the human resources function in Surrey. Through values based leadership and a commitment to continuous learning, Joey is committed to working with Surrey’s senior management team to create a thriving, green, inclusive city. Joey holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Northern British Columbia. Joey is also a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

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Trevor Cartlidge

Trevor Cartlidge is a senior Willis Towers Watson consultant and actuary with more than 20 years of experience in providing financial well-being, pension benefits and accounting consulting services. Trevor serves as relationship manager to a number of multinational and domestic clients from many sectors, including chemical, retail, manufacturing, service and construction. In addition, Trevor leads the Willis Towers Watson Plan Design team. Trevor is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Trevor earned his Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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Brent Chamberlain

Brent Chamberlain is the Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity for CIBC. As a member of the Talent Management senior leadership team, he has global responsibility for an outcome-focused strategy anchored in inclusive leadership, diversity composition and client focus. Brent joined CIBC following a career leading diversity for Bell, and has held several non-profit leadership roles including Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics & McGill University and lives in Toronto.

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Shurjeel Choudhri

As Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs (M&SA) for Bayer Inc., Dr. Shurjeel Choudhri is responsible for contributing to both the Canadian and international business objectives, with timely development, registration, and post-registration scientific/medical support for innovative, safe and effective pharmaceutical products. Dr. Choudhri joined Bayer Corporation in 1999 and has had significant experience with the Bayer US and Global medical organizations. Before assuming his current role as Head of M&SA in Canada, Dr. Choudhri was the Global Clinical Leader, Anti-Infectives with the Bayer Global Clinical Development group. Prior to joining Bayer, Dr. Choudhri was an assistant professor in the Departments of Medical Microbiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He was also the director of the AIDS program at the St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg; and the Manitoba satellite director for the Canadian HIV Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Choudhri obtained his MD from the University of Manitoba and also did his specialty training in internal medicine and sub-specialty training in infectious diseases in Manitoba. Following completion of his training, he completed a senior research fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1996, he was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Association of HIV Researchers. Dr. Choudhri has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific abstracts and has contributed to over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a passionate advocate for mobile and digital Health and is a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) mobile health advisory board. Dr. Choudhri has played an active role in the creation of the Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map and Chairs the Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre executive committee

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Lee Crawford

Lee Crawford is the Associate Vice President of Enterprise Employee Experience at TD, a top 10 bank in North America, where 85M employees globally are proud to serve ~25MM customers worldwide. Lee is responsible for leading TDs Enterprise Employee Experience, Performance & Career Team, a group dedicated to building TDs Employer Brand, both internal and external to the organization, . Working with key business partners across the organization, the team helps to articulate why TD is a great place to work, while bringing to life the experience of our employees around doing work that matters, finding opportunities beyond expectation and being supported by inspiring leadership. Lee joined TD in 2010 and has held a number of roles largely focused on managing and supporting front line contact centre operations, working to ensure that engaged, happy & healthy employees deliver legendary customer service, while making a difference in their communities and creating shareholder value. Prior to TD, Lee spent time with Citibank as well as well as in the telecommunications industry. On a personal note, Lee is passionate about learning, supporting our diversity and environmental agenda within TD, and in his spare time boating with family in one of Ontario’s amazing waterways.

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Ally Contardi

Ally Contardi is currently the Vice President of Operations at Connected Lab. Ally has over seven years of experience in business development, finance, and operations, making her start in tech during the rise of mobile. Her background in the industry is unique, ranging from sourcing and managing million-dollar partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, to implementing operational frameworks for rapidly growing startups. Since joining Connected Lab in 2015, Ally and her operations team have helped grow the Connected team from 10 to 150 employees and played an instrumental role in Connected becoming recognized as a Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers in less than 3 years — one of the youngest companies to do so. Ally holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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Annette Denny

Annette Denny is a Learning & Development Specialist for Organizational & Human Development at the University of Waterloo. Since joining the team in 2008, Annette has played a key role in educating the campus community about diversity and inclusion. A significant portion of Annette’s role involves managing and facilitating the award winning Principles of Inclusivity certificate program. Annette also partners with Human Resources to promote and spread awareness of the Principles of Inclusivity as part of the onboarding process for new employees. The Principles of Inclusivity workshop series establishes and promotes a guideline for all employees to live the principles as part of their work. Annette built a framework for aiding in the transfer of learning by helping staff implement inclusive strategies into their everyday practices. Annette is a member of the university’s Accessibility Committee, dedicated to creating an inclusive campus, and she played an integral role in the creation and implementation of the university’s policy on accessibility. Annette is a passionate and committed, long standing employee of the University of Waterloo, as well as being an alumnus. Annette has honed her facilitation skills as a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP), a Performance Coach & Trainer, as well as other various leadership certifications. Most recently, Annette received her Mental Health First Aid Certification from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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Graham Donald

Graham Donald is one of North America’s leading experts on attracting, recruiting, and engaging students and graduates. He founded Brainstorm Strategy Group in 2003 where he supports major employers and post-secondary institutions’ success through research, training, and strategic consulting. His clients include KPMG, PwC, TD Bank, University of Toronto, Deloitte, GE, McGill University, HSBC, UBC, Rutgers University, Kraft, and many others. He chairs several conferences annually including the Campus Recruiting Forums in cities across Canada and the USA, the Canadian Career Development Summit, and the Strategic Enrolment Marketing & Management Forum. He is also the lead researcher for the annual Brainstorm Student Career Interests Benchmark Report which provides insights into the career preferences and intentions of university and college students across Canada. Over the past 15 years he has engaged more than 150,000 students in this research. He was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) for seven years. In 2012 he became General Manager of Simply Hired Canada Inc. and in 2014 he moved to Day Communications where he helped employers develop their brand and recruitment communications strategies. He is currently focused full-time on training and advising leaders in career development and campus recruiting through Brainstorm Strategy Group. He received both his BA and MBA from the University of Toronto.

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Kathy Enros

Kathy Enros is currently the Vice President of Talent for ACL. Kathy brings to ACL more than 20 years of human resources experience in the software, consulting, alcohol beverage, and retail industries. With a strong focus on culture, talent attraction, and retention, Kathy has helped to significantly increase employee satisfaction and retention through key HR initiatives. Kathy and her team have been instrumental in transforming ACL into an employer of choice, with ACL recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada. Prior to ACL, Kathy was the senior vice president, HR, at Vision Critical for more than eight years. In this role, she was a key leader in building the company from 60 to 700 employees worldwide and played a key role in creating the culture, making it a top employer in British Columbia. Her other HR experience includes director of HR for the Mark Anthony Group, director of HR for Ipsos, and HR manager for Costco Canada. Kathy holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is an avid marathon runner.

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Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser is President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, managing Canada’s largest portfolio of community partnerships. Since joining Canadian Tire nearly 30 years ago, Scott has held a variety of roles across Petroleum, Marketing, Merchandising and Store Operations. In his most recent role as Regional Vice President for Store Sales at Canadian Tire, Scott was instrumental in strengthening the relationship with the store Dealer network and has established himself as a trusted leader across the organization. He continues to drive the Company’s strong community relations strategy across its over 1,700 retail locations and 17 banners to enhance brands such as Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Sports Experts, Mark’s and Jumpstart. Scott holds a BBA and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was a member of the Golden Hawks Men’s Varsity Soccer Team. Scott has continued his passion for soccer by attaining his Provincial B Licence for Coaching, in order to coach his kids. Above all else, Scott is a family man. He enjoys being a husband and dad and living a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Ed Kane

Ed Kane is a senior leader at Carleton University and within the Finance and Administration division in his capacity as Assistant Vice-President (University Services), a position he has held since 2004. University Services is made up of 11 units with a wide range of services from dining to student and guest services, housing, and all purchasing on campus. He also oversees the ancillary budget of over $121-million. As an experienced Assistant Vice-President, Ed is a key member of the executive strategy planning team at the university and has been the Chair of the Healthy Workplace Committee since 2009. He is also involved beyond the campus in a number of organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors for Excellence Canada, and is the Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. In 2017 Ed received the Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr Legacy Award for his leadership, commitment to volunteerism and community service.

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Marie-Claude Lapointe

Marie-Claude joined Merck Canada as Director, Human Resources, in March 2017. Prior to joining Merck, Marie-Claude worked as Human Resource, Regional Head of talent and organizational effectiveness, Americas region London, UK, for the British American Tobacco (BAT Group) (2003-2016) and held other various HR positions in other sectors. Marie-Claude received her certificate in industrial relations from the University of Montreal and her B.Ed. Human Resources Management from the Quebec University in Montreal.

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Akwatu Khenti

Assistant Deputy Minister for Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate, Cabinet Office, Akwatu Khenti was formerly Director of Transformative Global Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Assistant Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Akwatu has a Specialist Degree in Economics and a Masters in Political Science, both from the University of Toronto. He also has a PhD in Health Policy and Equity from York University. Akwatu is involved in a wide variety of international efforts to strengthen mental health and addiction in primary care; and previously led CAMH’s development of a cutting edge training centre (the Eli Lilly Canada Learning Centre) and its specialized drug treatment and prevention programs for Black youth in Toronto, the Substance Abuse Program for African and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY). He has been a principal investigator (PI) on several important research initiatives; including a CIHR funded randomized control trial (RCT) to test an anti-stigma intervention in primary health care in Ontario as well as a Grand Challenge in Global Health funded project to improve mental health conditions in Gujarat, India using human rights based approaches. Akwatu has also been co-leading a hemispheric drug research capacity building collaboration for the past 9 years with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States (CICAD, OAS. This involves 30 universities across Latin America and the Caribbean. He also led the development of easy-to-follow, culturally adapted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions for immigrants of Latin American as well as African Caribbean origin (both English and French speaking). Akwatu is a recipient of the 2010 Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence. In April 2008 Akwatu received the ‘Ethno-Racial Education Initiatives Award’ from the Department of Public Health Science, University of Toronto. In April 2007, Akwatu received the award, Educational Excellence for Community Health Care, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto for excellence in teaching. In November 2005, he was awarded the William P. Hubbard Award by the City of Toronto for “pioneering work in community development, human rights and promotion of the African Canadian heritage” as well as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for innovative use of culture in substance abuse programming.

Justine Kilby

Justine Kilby leads Strategy and Corporate Development at Ceridian, a human capital management software company, where she is responsible for growth and innovation. She joined Ceridian as part of Ceridian’s acquisition of technology startup, Dayforce, in 2012. Prior to Dayforce, Justine worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where she lead growth strategy projects for Fortune 1,000 companies. Justine chairs the Board of Directors of the Canadian chapter of Ceridian’s charity, Ceridian Cares. Outside of work, Justine serves on the boards of WETech Alliance and Entegrus Powerlines and is an advisor to #MovetheDial, a movement dedicated to advancing women on tech. In 2017, Justine was named one of the Top 25 Canadian Women in Tech by theBoardlist. She has a business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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Sandy Krus

Sandy Krus is Vice President of Human Resources at Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. With more than 31 years of service in Human Resources at Ford Motor Company, Sandy has supported 12 different organizations within Ford and worked in three different countries (USA, Brazil, and Canada). Sandy plays a key role in advancing a culture that values leadership at all levels; encourages individuals to grow personally and professionally; and supports the communities where employees both live and work. The automotive business is in a state of unprecedented transformation, creating new opportunities driven by human-centric innovation. For the HR function, that means putting people at the centre of every decision and fostering collaboration, agility, and winning aspirations across the organization.

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Kristina Leung

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.

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Tracey Malcolm

Tracey Malcolm leads Willis Towers Watson’s Global Future of Work practice and is a practice director in the Talent business. She has over 25 years’ experience working with organization’s around their talent and organization alignment goals, with emphasis on creating great places to work for increasingly diverse talent, from permanent employees to contingent and freelancers. Tracey is certified in leadership development and assessment, and has served on the Canadian Governor General’s Task Force on Employee and Employer Relations. She has completed Oxford University’s High Performance Leadership Program.

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Lindsay Mather

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.

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Tony Meehan

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.

 

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Sheri Morgan

Sheri Morgan is the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, at PepsiCo Foods Canada. In this role she leads the company’s corporate and brand PR, internal communications, president’s office communications, the PepsiCo Canada corporate website (www.pepsico.ca), the national translations team and the company’s national community relations/charitable giving strategy. Sheri is a well-rounded communicator with over 17 years of progressive marketing communications, media relations, corporate and internal communications experience. She spent seven years in the PR agencies in marketing communications working with some of the world’s best known brands including PepsiCo, Frito Lay Canada, Marriott Hotels, McCain Foods, Swiss Chalet and Sony PlayStation, to name only a few. In 2007 Sheri went client side with PepsiCo Foods Canada and has been with the company for the past ten years. Throughout her career, Sheri conceived and led a number of programs recognized with awards from IABC, CPRS and the Canadian Marketing Association. Most recently, her efforts to cultivate a culture of transformation and transparency at PepsiCo Foods Canada were honoured with IABC Toronto and CPRS Toronto Employee Communication awards. Sheri is an IABC Accredited Business Communicator and a graduate of the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology. She is passionate about giving back and gives her time to the University of Guelph Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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Linda Nazareth

Linda Nazareth is an economist, author, blogger, broadcaster and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, she is an expert in demographic and economic trends and the way that they will shape our future. Linda’s latest publication is Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow, a book that started as a presentation to companies looking for help in strategic planning. Economorphics examines the demographic and economic changes hitting the global economy, and the way that they will impact on North American consumers, workers and organizations – with a view to keeping all players ahead of the curve.

Linda is also the Principal of Relentless Economics Inc., and as such provides specialized economics research and consultancy services to organizations in the private and public sectors. Prior to this, for over a decade, Nazareth was the Senior Economic Analyst for Business News Network and Canada’s only full-time on-air economist.

Earlier in her career, Linda was a Senior Economist with CIBC, and a an economist with the federal government. Economorphics is Linda’s third book following The Ever Effect and The Leisure Economy.

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Cindy Newell

Cindy Newell is the Director, Organizational Development, at Hydro Ottawa, where she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership in the design and development of Human Resources strategies in the functional areas of Talent Performance and Development, Educational Partnerships, Talent Planning and Engagement and Internal Communications. A passionate Human Resources leader, Cindy has over 20 years of experience leading the development and implementation of innovative Human Resources programs and services in support of key business challenges in a variety of industries including retail, telecommunications and energy. She has particular interest and passion in the areas of talent management, labour relations, coaching and facilitation. Cindy has studied at Algonquin College and Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in the Human Resources Management Program, is an active Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) member, and a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).

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Nadia Petrolito

Nadia Petrolito is Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Communications Officer (CCO) at L’Oréal Canada since 2014. She joined L’Oréal Canada in July 2006 as a Legal Counsel and headed the department as of 2007. In her current role, Ms. Petrolito is in charge of the Legal Affairs and Corporate Communications departments. She also spearheads the Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Sharing Beauty With All, which is an important priority for L’Oréal Canada as well as for the Group. Ms. Petrolito is also part of the Group’s worldwide network of 57 Ethics Correspondents whose mandate is to support Country Managers in deploying L’Oréal’s Ethics Program. She is a member of L’Oréal Canada’s Executive Committee, as well as the boards of Look Good Feel Better and Ad Standards Canada. Ms. Petrolito holds an Honors degree in Sociology of the University of Western Ontario and a Licence in Civil Law of the University of Ottawa. She was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1997. She started her career in the law offices of Chait Amyot (which became subsequently deGrandpré Chait) and as In House Legal Counsel for another consumer goods company.

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Julie Raheja-Perera

Julie Raheja-Perera is Senior Director of Marketing, PepsiCo Beverages Canada. Julie is a strategy focused authentic leader, who blends a passionate consumer-centric approach to branding and marketing, with a focus on empowering teams to deliver results. Her career history is characterized by committed execution on strategic visions. She is a powerful agent of innovation, who earns recognition across stakeholders as a collaborative brand leader who clarifies purpose, builds trust and is a passionate advocate for the consumer. She is inspired by authentically connecting with people who own their choices in business and in life. She is grounded everyday by her husband and 2 sons. Julie currently leads the strategic planning and marketing agenda for the Nutrition & Partnership Brands portfolio, which includes some of Canada’s top brands including Tropicana, Naked Juice, Pure Leaf, Brisk, & KeVita. Prior to this role, Julie has had various brand, channel marketing & sales responsibilities within PepsiCo, and previously worked at Nabisco (Kraft). Julie has been involved in various charitable & engagement positions, including being an Executive Sponsor for the Women’s Inclusion Network, PepsiCo, and being a board member for Collaboration Partners, a social impact consultancy. Julie has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, and was a graduate of the Leadership Development Program at Harvard Business School.

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Vatche Rubenyan

Vatche Rubenyan is Vice President of Compensation and Benefits at Rogers Communications. As a member of the Total Reward team at Rogers Communications, Vatche Rubenyan looks after their employees’ Compensation, Benefits, Wealth Accumulation and Recognition programs. The goal of these programs is to make Rogers one of the best places to work in Canada. As such, Vatche and his team are committed to providing Rogers employees with a comprehensive and competitive total rewards offering. Vatche has 20 years of total rewards related experience, having been a member of the human resources team in some of Canada’s leading companies. When considering program changes or improvements, his experience allows him to target the design of programs to fit the need of impacted employees. Vatche immigrated to Canada in 1987, after living in three continents. When not in the office, Vatche spends most of his time with his two daughters on soccer fields, volleyball courts or skating rinks.

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Tanya Sieffert

Tanya Sieffert is the Human Resources Manager for Great Little Box Company, one of the largest corrugate and custom packaging manufacturers in Western Canada. She has been practicing Human Resources for 10 years in the hospitality and manufacturing industries. Tanya has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary with a minor in Mandarin. She studied Human Resources Management at BCIT and received her CPHR designation in 2013. Tanya’s philosophy is that Human Resources is about nurturing relationships with employees at all levels of the organization. Tanya passionately focuses on ensuring that all employees feel engaged and supported throughout their careers at Great Little Box. Tanya plays a key role in preserving the culture at Great Little Box through innovative and creative team events, transparent communication, and the ability to remain present in every interaction. Tanya continues to support her local community by guest speaking at local colleges and donating her time to Business Students as they prepare for the workforce. When not in the office or on the production floor you can find Tanya outside in the mud with her two effervescent boys.

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Linda Speedy

Linda Speedy is the Chief Talent 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 Talent Officer, Linda is developing a new and dynamic Talent Strategy that reflects the intersection of different generations with the Firm and focuses on the development, advancement and well being of KPMG People. In addition she is leading the redesign of a market-driven total rewards program that is consistent with the firm’s pay principles; is affordable and enables the organization to attract, motivate and retain the best talent. As Chief Talent Officer, Linda represents KPMG Canada globally as the Head of People and works closely with the Chief Inclusion Officer for KPMG in Canada. Prior to being named Chief Talent Officer, Linda was the interim Chief Human Resource Officer and former Executive Director of Human Resources. Linda has been a member of the HR Leadership team at KPMG 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the Fredericton YMCA. She is involved in Co-chairing a Competitive Basketball Club in Fredericton as well as other community based initiatives in Fredericton. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University and Masters in Business from Simon Fraser University. Linda enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff and children Brett and Kylee.

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Karey Stanley-Boyd

Karey Stanley-Boyd is Senior Manager, Enterprise Recognition Programs at TD. Karey has been with TD for over 30 years and has had progressively senior roles in Canadian Branch Banking and Regional Support Office prior to moving to her current role in Corporate Human Resources where she oversees TD’s global recognition programs. In her current role as Sr. Manager, Global Recognition Programs, Karey has oversight for global performance and service recognition programs and recognition events, as well as Corporate recognition events. Karey provides guidance and support to her recognition counterparts and colleagues, with a focus on thought leadership/appreciation culture, simplifying recognition and efficient event management. Karey is a member of Recognition Professionals International (RPI) and has earned her Certified Recognition Professionals designation. She has been a member of RPI’s Best Practice selection committee for over five years. She is involved in diversity initiatives supporting GLBTQ and women in leadership. On a personal note, Karey lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband – who is also a TD employee. She has three children and a large extended family and enjoys spending time travelling, golfing and entertaining.

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Scott Stokes

Scott Stokes is Labatt’s Director of Supply, Craft, and RTD – a role that reflects Scott’s expertise and lifelong passion for brewing. Having first started at Labatt as a co-op student in 2001, Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree, a Diploma in Brewing, and is a certified Cicerone. He has held a variety of key positions at Labatt throughout his career, including that of Brewmaster at Labatt’s Creston, B.C. brewery from 2007-2012, Brewmaster at Labatt’s Edmonton brewery from 2013-2016, and General Manager of the Creston brewery from 2016 to 2017. Scott considers working at three different Labatt locations across Canada to be the highlight of his career, and his favourite beer is Mill Street Brewery’s 100th Meridian. Scott currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Leanne, and daughters Elyse and Brynn, and aside from brewing, his passions include skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and boating.

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Sandeep Tatla

Sandeep Tatla is the Assistant Vice President, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Manulife. In this role, Sandeep is responsible for developing and implementing a diversity strategy for Manulife/John Hancock’s global operations and helping the businesses and senior leaders take accountability for creating a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. Sandeep is also a member of Manulife’s Diversity Council, a group dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity in its offices around the globe. With her strong background in promoting women’s issues over the years and deep knowledge of cultural issues women face, Sandeep’s opinions are highly regarded. Prior to joining Manulife, Sandeep served as Chief Diversity Officer for the Ontario College of Trades and she was the Director of PwC’s Office of Inclusion. Sandeep has a deep expertise in diversity and is regularly asked to comment and speak on diversity-related topics. In addition to regularly being quoted in various professional publications, Sandeep has been asked to speak on D&I issues in the media and had a diversity column in the National Post. Before delving deep into the diversity and inclusion sphere, Sandeep practiced labour and employment law for a number of years where she specialized in employment and human rights law and regularly provided organizations with proactive and strategic advice on issues of inclusivity and human rights. This experience provided her with valuable insight into people management strategies. Sandeep has an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University, with a double major in Psychology and Law & Society; a Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor) from the University of Western Ontario; and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. Sandeep was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2005.

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Richard Yerema

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.

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Ana Yuristy

Ana Yuristy, Executive Director of Corporate Services for Drake Hotel Properties, has long held a passion for the hospitality industry. From her time with Carnival Cruise Lines to managing boutique inns and resorts around the world, Yuristy has built a wealth of industry experience over the past twenty years. After graduating with an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Guelph in 2005, Yuristy joined Northwind Canada as a Hospitality Operations Systems Consultant. Two years later, she began her career at Drake Hotel Properties as the Hotel Manager of The Drake, and has grown with the brand as it has expanded in the decade since. In 2010, Yuristy was promoted to Director of Hotel Operations and in just four short years, she earned her current role of Executive Director of Corporate Services for Drake Hotel Properties. An entrepreneurial self-starter, Yuristy was given the prestigious title of ‘Top 30 Under 30’ by the Ontario Hostelry Institute. In her role at The Drake, Yuristy provides leadership to the corporate Marketing, PR, Design, HR, Engineering/Facilities, Sales/Special Events and IT departments. She is responsible for exceptional guest service experiences and the financial, revenue and yield management results within The Drake’s hotel operations, as well as developing and monitoring annual operating and capital budgets and the development and management of community, staff, and partner relationships for the broader organization. Her transformational leadership, innovative problem-solving skills and devotion to The Drake Hotel have made her an esteemed leader in the field.

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