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.
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 at GE Canada.
Ana Ivanic is HR & Operations Manager at Big Viking Games.
Minal Kamath is Vice President of HR Operations at Canadian Tire Corporation.
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.
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 Presidemt, 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.
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.
Linc Rogers is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.
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.