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

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is well known for dexterously starring in both box office hits and for turning in unforgettable performances in fine independent films. From her debut in Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner Ruby In Paradise to Where the Heart Is, Simon Burch, Helen, De-Lovely and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, her films tell very personal stories– which is exactly what Judd does when she is not making movies. But the stories she tells are not about being a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress or about making People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list three times. As a board member for Population Services International (PSI) and as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, Judd speaks on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Judd has traveled the world to do international public health work on all fronts– maternal health, child survival, human rights, family planning, STD and HIV prevention, malaria prevention and treatment. She has experienced firsthand the connection between poverty, illness, and gender inequality, and how that sets up the pain and degradation that is sex and labor slavery (on which she testified before the General Assembly of the United Nations.)

Judd says, “The more we hear their stories, the more motivated we are to heal them and the social systems that victimized them in the first place. I believe with all my soul that the art of compassionate witnessing is at the core of global change and peace building.”

She is also passionate about the environment. An eighth generation Kentuckian, she is an outspoken critic of mountaintop removal coal mining. A proponent of a “green collar” economy, Judd is committed to helping find innovative renewable energy solutions. In May 2010, Judd received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has spoken at many prestigious conferences around the world, including the London School of Economics’ Family Planning Summit sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also hosted a talk with President Clinton on the work of the Clinton Foundation for the London School of Economics. In 2012, she spoke on the floor of the Democratic National Convention as the delegate from Tennessee asked to cast the ballots for the party’s nominee for president and vice president.

Whether it’s on behalf of a patient dying from a preventable illness a world away or on behalf a family struggling to find clean drinking water in Appalachia, Judd is telling the stories of the vulnerable and the at-risk. Judd says, “I don’t do it because I’m an actor. I do it because I’m a human being.”

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Debbie Amery

Debbie Amery is Talent Leader and National Tax Human Capital Leader with PwC which employs more than 6,000 people. As Talent Leader she oversees: campus and experienced recruitment, performance and talent management for all of PwC Canada. Her role as National Tax Human Capital Leader is focused on partnering with the business to support the delivery of the unit’s business strategies through people solutions. Debbie’s career in HR spans more than 15 years working in the marketing, insurance, telecommunication and travel industries. She has had the pleasure of leading all aspects of Human Resources including compensation and benefits, talent, organizational development, best practices and policies, learning and development as well as extensive business partnering in the HR function. She has also led internal communications and facilities management. Debbie earned a degree from the University of Western Ontario and also obtained an HR Management Certificate from Fanshawe College. She has her CHRP and Compensation designations and is trained in Alternate Dispute Resolution along with a number of assessment and learning programs. She was awarded the Chairman’s Excellence Award for Leadership in 2006. She is passionate about coaching and making a difference and in her spare time loves to golf. Though her golf skills are still developing, her one claim to fame is that she already has achieved a ‘hole in one’.

David Barnes

David Barnes is Senior Director, Wholesale HR with Agrium, the largest global agricultural retailer and a leading Wholesale producer and distributor of agricultural input products. David is part of a team that reaches almost 16,000 employees worldwide who are passionate and proud to play a key role in producing enough food to sustain a rapidly increasing global population. David has been with Agrium for eight years, initially as Senior Director, Corporate Total Rewards. In his current role, David is responsible for Agrium Wholesale’s HR strategy, which includes developing and sustaining a Growing Together™ culture, talent attraction and retention, learning and development as well as cultivating a strong business partnership with key stakeholders across the organization. As a member of Agrium’s HR Leadership Team, David plays a key role in the development and implementation of Agrium’s Corporate HR strategy. Prior to joining Agrium, David held various senior HR positions during his more than 15 years in the energy industry.

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Josh Blair

Josh Blair is Chief Corporate Officer and Executive Vice-President for TELUS Health & TELUS International. Josh leads a team responsible for all aspects of TELUS’ Human Resources strategy. This includes attracting and retaining the best talent in the communications industry, fostering world-leading team engagement across TELUS and inspiring our more than 40,000 team members globally to put customers first and give back in an unparalleled manner to our communities. Under his leadership, TELUS has earned numerous national and international accolades. For example, TELUS has been recognized as having one of the top 10 HR teams worldwide at the Global HR Leadership Summit, the top philanthropic corporation globally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a worldwide leader multiple times over in learning excellence by the American Society for Training and Development. In addition, Josh oversees TELUS Health and Payment Solutions, a Canadian leader in home health monitoring, electronic medical and health records, consumer health applications, benefits management and pharmacy management. As well, Josh has oversight of TELUS Sourcing Solutions, a leading provider of innovative human resources and talent management solutions. Josh also oversees TELUS International, the global arm of TELUS with approximately 16,000 team members in North America, Central America, Asia and Europe, providing contact centre and business processing solutions to major corporate clients worldwide.

Josh serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee for the Business Council of British Columbia and the Governors Council of i-CANADA. As a strong supporter of TELUS’ commitment to give where we live, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sandbox Project and the Board of Advisors for the Cures for Kids Foundation as well as being vice-chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board. Josh is a professional engineer and graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria’s Electrical Engineering program. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program at Queen’s School of Business.

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John Bremen

John Bremen is Managing Director and leader of Towers Watson’s Talent & Rewards segment in the Americas. Talent & Rewards includes the firm’s practices in Executive Compensation, broad-based Rewards, Sales Effectiveness & Rewards, Talent Management/Organization Alignment, Communication & Change Management, Global Data Services, HR Technology, HR Service Delivery, and Organization Surveys & Insights. John also leads the firm’s Global Total Rewards team and sits on the Towers Watson Global Talent & Rewards leadership team.
John works with boards and senior executives to align company talent and reward strategies and practices with business strategies in order to drive broad-scale organizational performance. He is an expert in Total Rewards, Sales Effectiveness & Rewards, Executive Compensation and Global Rewards. Before joining the firm, John was a Partner at the Center for Workforce Effectiveness, where he developed performance-based organization and reward systems geared toward attracting, retaining, and motivating high-caliber executives and employees.
John received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management with majors in organizational behaviour and management strategy. He also holds a B.A. from Northwestern, including a special certificate in Business Institutions. He has been a featured speaker at global and industry conferences on compensation and organization change and has published numerous articles.

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Lisa Bull

Lisa Bull is Director of Employee and Leadership Learning at Ceridian – a leading Human Capital Management organization. As an experienced corporate training specialist Lisa has delivered training to hundreds of clients across Canada and has designed and developed customized training programs for a wide variety of corporate, government and not-for-profit organizations. Lisa currently leads Ceridian’s North American Employee and Leadership Learning Team and oversees all Leadership Training Programs and the Talent Excellence Program. In addition to the development and design of these Programs, Lisa shares responsibility for Ceridian’s On-Boarding Program and mentorship initiatives. As a manager, Lisa has worked in broadcast communications, organizational safety and Employee Assistance Programs. Lisa has a Diploma in Broadcast Communications, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology.

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Tracie Crook

Tracie Crook is the Chief Operating Officer for McCarthy Tétrault. In this role, Ms. Crook is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and continuous advancement of services operations, to deliver optimized support and value to the firm’s clients and lawyers.
Ms. Crook brings significant operations experience and a track record of developing and implementing strategies, practices, and high-performing teams to result in more efficient, effective and responsive organizations. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault in 2011, Ms. Crook was President and Chief Executive Officer of a federally regulated Trust Company. Other executive roles included leadership of administrative, human resources, finance, technology and outsourcing operations at Canadian and international, publicly-traded corporations in varied industry sectors. As a Chartered Director, Ms. Crook currently serves as Trustee, Board of Trustees for OPSEU Pension Trust and the Advisory Board for National Black MBA Association. She also serves as a Trustee for the Fraser Institute and on the Board of Directors for the Cedars Cancer Institute. Ms. Crook was one of 60 women executives identified globally and one of 2 in Canada to be included as a Lean In Circle Champion in Sheryl Sandberg’s new Lean In Circle program. She is also the regional Canadian Chair of the Young President’s Organization’s Women’s International Network Executive Committee. Her other affiliations include the International Women’s Forum and Canadian Women’s Foundation Committee. Ms. Crook completed the Chartered Director Program (Directors College) and received her MSA (General Business) from Central Michigan University and BA (Finance and Marketing) at Ferris State University.

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James Dalton

James Dalton currently holds the position of Human Resources Director in LNG Canada, a Shell-PetroChina-Kogas-Mitsubishi Joint Venture, and is accountable for the development and implementation of an integrated people strategy for the company. James studied at University College Oxford, Southampton University and Malardalens Hogskola Vasteras and holds a BSc Honours in Mathematics. He started his career with Shell in London. Prior to being appointed to the role in LNG Canada in 2013, James held the position of HR Manager for Shell Canada supporting a range of upstream and midstream growth opportunities. He has spent the majority of his 8 years with Shell in HR generalist positions working across Shell’s Upstream, Downstream and Projects & Technology divisions. He currently lives in Calgary with his partner Sandra and their one year old daughter Elena.

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Graham Donald

Graham Donald is Canada’s leading expert on attracting, recruiting, and retaining students and graduates. He is currently President of Brainstorm Strategy Group and VP, Insight and Brand Strategy with Day Communications. He founded Brainstorm Strategy Group in 2003 where he supports major employers and post-secondary institutions’ success through research, training, and strategic consulting. In 2013 he became General Manager of Simply Hired Canada Inc. and in 2014 he moved to Day Communications where he helps employers develop their brand and recruitment communications strategies. He was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) for seven years. In 1996, he conceived and launched Campus WorkLink, which quickly became Canada’s largest job posting site for students and graduates. Campus WorkLink was sold toWorkopolis.com in 2001 where he worked as part of the senior management team until founding Brainstorm Strategy Group, Inc. in 2003. Earlier in his career, he was owner and president of Turl Street Publications Ltd.; a founding director of the Career Edge National Internship Program; and a founder, past president, and life member of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Canada. He is also a founder and former director of a children’s canoe tripping camp, Camp Temagami. He received both his BA and MBA from the University of Toronto.

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Phil Fontaine

Bold, tenacious, solution-oriented and forward-looking, Phil Fontaine is an articulate advocate for the future of Canada and for our indigenous peoples. As the former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he is a shining example of how strong leadership can work. Known for his calm and confident demeanor, he has a proven track record of opening the lines of communication and bringing people together in a common cause for a better future and to resolve issues of the past. Fontaine’s proven ability to inform, inspire, demonstrate leadership, and build consensus makes him a highly sought-after expert. Fontaine, the youngest son in an Ojibway family of 12 children, has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for First Nations people from the time he was first elected to public office as chief, when he was only 28 years old. Today, First Nations people are now the fastest growing demographic segment in Canada. An advocate for human rights, and a survivor of residential school abuse, Fontaine’s crowning achievement to date is the residential schools settlement. At $5.6 billion in individual compensation, Fontaine negotiated the largest settlement in Canadian history – for the largest human rights violation in Canadian history – arising out of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy. Phil Fontaine has dedicated most of his life to the advancement of First Nations people. Respected at home and abroad, Fontaine attended President Obama’s inauguration, met with Pope Benedict XVI to gain an apology for his people, and raised the Corporate Challenge to Canadian organizations. Corporations, governments and associations seeking leadership advice will benefit from Fontaine’s extraordinary ability to speak from the heart and teach others how to achieve results.

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Jay Gohill

Jay Gohill is Co-Founder and President of Arcurve Inc.

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Michelle Grant

Michelle Grant is Senior Vice-President at Ernst & Young Inc. in Vancouver. Michelle is a partner in the transaction advisory services group at EY. She has more than 13 years of experience providing insolvency and restructuring advisory services to corporate and commercial clients. This includes providing general business advisory services, turnaround advisory services, viability assessments, business reviews, assistance with refinancing and acting in formal insolvency proceedings. Michelle has experience advising clients across a wide range of industries, including agriculture, food and beverage, manufacturing, mining and metals, real estate, retail, technology and transportation.

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Shauna Grinke

Shauna Grinke is a member of the team that leads the human resource function for Nature’s Path, with responsibility for corporate human resource strategy and operational human resources. She has extensive experience in developing organizational cultures that support business goals, and support the connection of people to the purpose of the organization. Shauna’s work history includes organizational development consulting with Insights Vancouver, leadership in learning and development and change with Best Buy/Future Shop, and leadership in human resource systems and development with the Spectra Group of Great Restaurants. She has a passion for helping people bring all of who they are to work, and developing cultures where people can truly thrive. Shauna joined Nature’s Path earlier in 2014, drawn by the organization’s purpose: to leave the earth better than we found it. Nature’s Path, North America’s largest organic cereal manufacturer, is a family-run, passionately independent, deliciously-healthy organic food company that measures success in areas of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, in addition to financial viability.

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Lindsay King

Lindsay King is a Director, People -Commercial, at Labatt Breweries of Canada. She joined Labatt as People Manager, Ontario in 2007, and was subsequently appointed Talent Acquisition Manager and then People Continuity Manager before being promoted to her current role in 2012. Prior to joining Labatt, Lindsay was HR Manager at CIBC Mellon and, before that, HR Generalist at Gap Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information & Technoculture from University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Human Resources from Humber College.

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Kim Lanyon

Kim Lanyon is the Manager of Recruitment and Diversity at Manitoba Hydro. Manitoba Hydro is the province’s major energy utility, with $2 billion in annual revenue and more than 6,400 employees across Manitoba. Manitoba Hydro maintains a position of being among the lowest cost providers of domestic electricity rates in Canada and is recognized as a leader in promoting energy conservation and efficiency. Kim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Certificate in Adult Education from the University of Manitoba and over 20 years of experience in the field of human resources. Throughout her career, Kim’s work has spanned several functions including Training & Development, e-Learning, Safety, Health & Wellness, Pay & Benefits, and Recruitment & Diversity. Kim is particularly passionate about Leadership Development, Talent Management and Diversity and Inclusion.

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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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Linda Lupini

Linda Lupini is Executive Vice-President at Provincial Health Services Authority.

Ruth Malli

Ruth Malli is the City Manager for the Town Of Ladysmith. Ruth is a CPA-CGA, has an MBA in Executive Management (Leadership) and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). She currently serves on the School of Public Administration Advisory Board at the University of Victoria. Ruth is a former board member of the Government Finance Officers of BC and was a long standing member on the Community Advisory Committee for Leadership BC (Central Vancouver Island). Prior to being appointed City Manager in 2004, Ruth was the Director of Financial Services for Ladysmith. She started with the municipality as an accountant in 1985 and has previous experience in public accounting and industry. Ruth’s defining successes involve people and systems. She is most rewarded by helping others succeed. Ruth and husband John have three daughters and a son and enjoy an active lifestyle with extended family/friends.

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Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is Vice President of Human Resources at JOEY Restaurant Group.

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Jacquie McNish

Jacquie McNish is a senior writer with The Globe and Mail and previously The Wall Street Journal. She has won six National Newspaper Awards for her groundbreaking investigations into some of the biggest business stories of the past three decades. She is a regular host on Canadian business news station BNN and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has authored three bestselling books: The Big Score: Robert Friedland, Inco and the Voisey’s Bay Hustle; Wrong Way: The Fall of Conrad Black (winner of the 2005 National Business Book Award); and The Third Rail: Confronting our Pension Failures, which was co-authored by Jim Leech. In his 2005 New York Times review of Wrong Way, author Bryan Burrough praised her as “long one of Canada’s best business writers.” Her latest book, The Third Rail: Confronting Our Pension Failures, co-authored by Jim Leech, won the 2014 National Business Book Award.

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Christina Medland

Christina Medland is the director of the Organizational Development & Strategic Initiatives Department at the City of Vancouver. Christina’s portfolio includes Leadership Development and Business Transformation Support, Talent Management, Recruitment, Engagement, Learning and Development and Corporate HR Policy and Executive Recruitment. She recently also included Compensation and Benefits. Her portfolio also includes the City’s sustainable commuting program and her work integrates with the City’s Health and Wellness programs. Christina’s previous work has included leadership roles in the arts world and at the YWCA in fund development and the health and wellness portfolio. Believing that a “balanced life” is a work in progress, Christina is honoured to be part of a Top Employer and to share the City Of Vancouver story.

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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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Richard Mockett

Richard Mockett is an assurance partner in the Vancouver office of Ernst & Young. He has worked for EY in Canada and the UK for 14 years and provides accounting, audit and advisory services to a range of clients with a focus on technology. He has worked with some of the world’s largest technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, Amazon.com, Oracle and closer to home, Crystal Decisions, Ritchie Bros. and PMC Sierra as well as many start-up and emerging technology companies. He started his finance career in investor relations with a Vancouver-based wireless software company, Infowave. Richard is also the People Leader of EY’s audit practice in Vancouver. As a member of the operations committee of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, Richard organized and led a panel discussion on crowd funding. He is a current director of BCIC New Ventures. Richard has been a recent head coach of a Dunbar boys soccer team for four years.

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Beverly Mulder

Beverly Mulder is Vice President, Talent Management & HRBPs at Nexen Energy ULC. Her key areas of focus include: HRBP: Overall HR Business Partner leadership – focus on supporting business strategy development & enabling organizational capability; Leveraging & integrating HR offerings to provide business solutions; Managing employee / labor relations & championing organizational change. Talent Management: End-to-end talent management from workforce planning, staffing, leadership development, performance and career management, engagement, change management and process improvement to succession management. Beverly has 20+ years progressive Human Resources experience in areas of strategic business and organizational design consulting, talent management, leadership coaching and mentorship, employee and labor relations, staffing, HR shared services development, mergers and acquisitions in the contract manufacturing and oil and gas sectors. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology; and specialized training in HR employment law, MBTI, PI, Lean, 360 Coaching and High-Performance Teams.

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Carles Navarro

Carles Navarro was appointed President of BASF Canada on February 1, 2013. He is a member of the BASF Canada Executive Committee and leads the BASF Canada Leadership Team. Navarro is responsible for all of BASF’s businesses in Canada and the implementation of the company’s global and regional strategies in the country He also leads BASF Canada’s internal business support groups, including communications, human resources, legal, finance, and market and business development. Prior to moving to Canada, Navarro was Vice President, Sales and Regional Market Development for BASF in Spain and Portugal. He has also held various positions within BASF Group, including business management for engineering plastics and business management for polyurethane specialties in Spain; and general management of the BASF Polyurethanes subsidiary in Turkey. Navarro has a Chemical Engineering Degree from the Sarrià Chemical Institute (Institut Quimic De Sarrià) and a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas) Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

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Baerbel Ostertag

As the head of human resources for SAP Canada, Baerbel Ostertag is a member of the Canadian executive leadership team and the Americas HR leadership team, and she is directly responsible for the integrated HR strategy for SAP Canada as well as global and regional HR strategic initiatives. Baerbel joined SAP in 2006 and has held a variety of senior HR roles supporting a number of global organizations. Most recently, Baerbel was the Global HR Business Partner (HRBP) for the human resources board area, reporting to the Executive Board of SAP AG. She served as the strategic advisor to the chief HR officer of SAP and the senior HR leadership team on all “people agenda” and HR-related topics. Prior to joining SAP, Baerbel held various senior HR positions in technology, fast-moving consumer goods, and recruiting in Germany and Australia, including Kellogg’s Deutschland GmbH, IT@Manpower, ID Media Inc., and Rothmans of Pall Mall.

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Matt Petersen

Matt Petersen joined CIBC in 2006 and currently serves as Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion where he has global accountability for developing strategies and programs that support the attraction, retention and development of diverse talent for CIBC. Since taking over this area for the bank in 2010, CIBC has consistently been recognized as a leader area in workplace diversity & inclusion and has been the recipient of Canada’s Best Diversity Employer; Best Employer for New Canadians; and Top 100 Employers in Canada awards. Additionally, Matt acts as an advisor to the TO2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games Organizing Committee as a member of their Employment Advisory and Community Engagement Councils. Matt is also heavily involved in community service and non-profit work. He is the Chair of the Board Directors for Pride at Work Canada, and is a current Board Director for the Ontario Job Opportunity Information Network (JOIN) and the Canadian Institute for Diversity & Inclusion.

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Valerie Presolly

As Sustainability Manager at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Valerie leads MEC’s accountability reporting efforts, measures progress towards goals, and works cross-functionally across the organization to integrate sustainability in MEC’s operations and supply chain. Previously, Valerie worked in product marketing for Pulse Energy, a Vancouver-based energy monitoring software company, and prior to that spent 4 years working in product management and marketing for a food technology company. Originally from Vienna, Austria, Valerie has an undergraduate degree in International Business from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Convinced that businesses have the power to create positive and lasting social and environmental change, Valerie completed her MBA at the University of British Columbia in 2011 with a focus on sustainability and strategy.

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Heather Stockton

Heather Stockton is the Global leader for Human Capital in the Financial Services Industry, the Canadian Human Capital Practice Leader, and a member of the board in Deloitte Canada. Through her work in developing and executing strategic plans, Heather has become an advisor to executives who are undertaking business transformations, merger integrations, executing talent management strategies or changing their operating model. She works with senior leaders to create focus and develop a high performance environment, with emphasis on continuous improvement and team effectiveness. Heather is a renowned local and international thought-leader frequently interviewed in the media on talent and leadership issues facing FSI, as well as, speaking at Deloitte Canada’s “Business Class”, an annual event hosting hundreds of senior business leaders providing leading-edge thinking and insights. In addition, Heather regularly addresses Board Directors, CEOs and CHRO’s on a number of topics including the evolving role of governance for talent and succession. Heather is a published leader having authored several talent-related publications as well as co-authoring Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report, and a Deloitte Review article on the future of work, ‘Beyond Yahoo: Breaking down the “virtual” versus “campus” debate’ which explores varying work models, implications and what’s next.

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Alice Wong

Alice Wong is the Senior Vice‐President and Chief Corporate Officer of Cameco Corporation, based out of Saskatoon. Cameco is one of the world’s largest uranium producers with mines in Canada, the US and Kazakhstan. Cameco is also a leading provider of processing services required to produce fuel for nuclear power plants. Alice has been with Cameco for more than 25 years gaining a wealth of experience from a number of diverse responsibilities. In her current role, she has executive oversight for human resources, corporate social responsibility, communications, community investment, government relations, safety, health, environment, quality, regulatory relations and business technology services. Before being appointed to her current role, she was vice-president safety, health, environment, quality (SHEQ) and regulatory relations. She led the company through an increasingly complex regulatory world and ensured that the company’s SHEQ processes and systems continue to receive the focus required. Prior to that, she was vice-president investor, corporate and government relations. She was responsible for managing Cameco’s communications programs and guiding the company’s efforts in building and enhancing relationships with its major stakeholders. In addition, she has experience in marketing, corporate development and strategic planning. Alice holds a Master of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Saskatchewan.

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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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