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.


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.


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).

Joey Brar

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.


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

Shurjeel Choudhri

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.

Ally Contardi

Annette Denny

Annette Denny is Learning Specialist at University of Waterloo.

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.

Kathy Enros

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.

Scott Fraser

Fathima Jaffer

Fathima Jaffer is Senior Manager, Enterprise Employee Experience at TD.

Marie-Claude Lapointe

Marie-Claude Lapointe is Executive Director, Human Resources at Merck Canada.

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.

Sandy Krus

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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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.


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.



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.

Sheri Morgan

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.


Nadia Petrolito

Nadia Petrolito is Chief Communications Officer at L’Oréal Canada.

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.

Julie Raheja-Perera

Vatche Rubenyan

Vatche Rubenyan is Vice President of Compensation and Benefits at Rogers Communications.

Linda Speedy

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.


Karey Stanley-Boyd

Karey Stanley-Boyd is Senior Manager, Enterprise Recognition Programs at TD.

Scott Stokes

Scott Stokes is Director of Supply at Labatt Breweries.

Sandeep Tatla

Sandeep Tatla is Assistant Vice President, and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Manulife.

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.


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.

Ana Yuristy