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. The case studies from this year’s 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 later in the summer, but in the meantime you can review the speakers from previous years here.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
• 67th Secretary of State of the United States, 2009-2013
• United States Senator (NY), 2001-2009
• First Lady of the United States, 1993-2001
Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.
As First Lady, Hillary Clinton advocated for health care reform and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and provide health care to millions of children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.
In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she advocated for rebuilding New York and addressing the health needs of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.
In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President, winning 18 million votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.
In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century — with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. As America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power to imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening to negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to security, stability, and prosperity.
Known around the world for her remarkable voice, Suzie LeBlanc is one of Canada’s best-known soprano performers. Born in Acadia, Suzie LeBlanc fell in love with Baroque music early in life and she has performed on opera stages from Vienna to Montréal. She has worked with many of the world’s leading early music ensembles in concert and opera performances, as well as on film and on disc. Concerts have taken her to festivals all over the world, as well as to the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. On the opera stage, she has performed for De Nederlandse Opera, Festival de Beaune, Opéra de Montréal, the Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood, Festival Vancouver and Early Music Vancouver. The film “Lost Song” directed by Rodrigue Jean, in which she plays the lead character, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the CITY-TV Best Canadian Feature Award. She can also be seen on film in “More than a thousand kisses” (Bach’s Coffee Cantata) and “Suzie LeBlanc and a man named Quantz”, both produced by the late Robert Chesterman for Prometheus Productions. She is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and has recently devoted much of her time to Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, becoming the Honorary Patron of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. She commissioned six Canadian composers to write 11 new settings of Bishop’s poetry, and then recorded the entire body of work, which has just been released on disk.
Caroline Blouin is Vice-President of Human Resources for RBC Wealth Management and RBC Insurance. Caroline joined RBC Wealth Management in 2013 and assumed the role of Vice-President, Human Resources, for both the Wealth Management and Insurance segments. In this role, Caroline leads a team of HR professionals worldwide who advise business leaders on strategies to best attract, retain and develop human capital to enable profitable growth for the business. Caroline joined RBC in 2005 to lead the pensions and benefits team globally. Prior to joining RBC, Caroline was a Principal with Mercer in the U.S. where she consulted to multinational organizations on global and country-specific pensions and benefits issues and, advised on several multi-country M&A deals. Caroline is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. She holds an Honors degree in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Caroline is originally from Quebec City. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and three daughters.
Alan Booth is an associate partner with Deloitte Canada in the firm’s partner matters group, with specific responsibility for partner learning and leadership skills development in Canada and career development learning across Deloitte’s Americas Region. He brings to this role over 25 years’ experience in Talent management in a wide range of disciplines in the financial services and professional services industries. Alan holds a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto (Victoria College) and an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business, York University.
David Burke, FSA, FCIA is a senior consulting actuary and the Canadian retirement leader for Towers Watson. David has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of employee benefits, with specific expertise in retirement plan design, funding, accounting, administration and communication. David works with clients across a broad range of industries, size and geography to assist with all aspects of pension risk management including plan design studies and demographic research. He works closely with Towers Watson’s Investment practice to provide support on asset/liability and risk-budgeting studies, as well as the selection of investment managers and capital accumulation plan providers. David is also experienced in providing union negotiation support including strategy, facilitation, cost estimates and face-to-face negotiation. David is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Andrew Cartmell brought two decades of private sector experience with him when he joined Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) as President and CEO in 2009. After taking the helm, he lead the corporation through an inclusive approach to developing a new mission and vision, and brought a renewed focus on strategic planning to help the company achieve its goals. His industry experience, leadership and innovative thinking are key as he leads SGI through a period of unprecedented change while the Crown corporation continues to meet the needs of the country’s fastest growing province. Mr. Cartmell is very active in the industry and strongly believes in life-long learning and continuing education. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours), is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and most recently obtained the designation of Chartered Director (C.Dir) from The Director’s College, McMaster University. He’s also an experienced marathon runner, an avid gardener, and after moving West he soon embraced his new province’s favourite pastime, endlessly obsessing over the exploits of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Carolyn J. Clark
Carolyn J. Clark is Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Americas for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. Carolyn’s extensive career in the hospitality industry spans over 30 years. She has held various senior positions with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts since 1974 including: Vice President, Human Resources; Executive Director, Human Resources; Corporate Director, Personnel; Manager, Recruitment & Training; Supervisor of Recruitment; and Executive Search Consultant. Carolyn was promoted as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in 2005 and, most recently, she was appointed Senior Vice President, Americas for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. In this newly-created position Carolyn has responsibility for all aspects of human resources for all brands in the Americas division. As a result of the progressive Human Resource initiatives that have been implemented with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the Company has been recognized for the 11th consecutive year as an “Employer of Choice” as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. In 1999, Carolyn was awarded the Educator of the Year at the Ontario Hostelry Institute Gold Awards. And in 2010, she was granted an Honorary Degree in Hospitality Operations Management from the Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts, George Brown College, Toronto. Carolyn graduated from York University with a B.A. in Sociology and has completed courses from the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies in Compensation Management and Labour Relations Management. Her affiliations include: Board of Directors, Canadian Hospitality Foundation; Conference Board of Canada; Council of Human Resources Executives; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Fellow, Ontario Hostelry Institute; Board of Directors, Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council (CTHRC); and Member, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Human Resource Committee.
Gabe Czegledy is Senior Vice President, Eastern Operations for WorleyParsons Canada. Gabe has been with WorleyParsons since 2003 in progressive positions in Business Development and General Management. Since 2011, as Senior Vice President Operations, Gabe Czegledy has been responsible for the leadership and management for all Consulting and Project Delivery Services within Eastern Canada Operations. He has extensive experience in marketing, development and delivery of products, systems, and services in resources industries. Gabe possesses in-depth knowledge of key sectors such as mining, oil & gas, and hydrocarbon processing in Canadian, American and International markets. He has managed sales and delivery teams on world scale international projects and created new business through innovative marketing ventures. He is an excellent negotiator and team player who utilizes his sound knowledge of product and service business models as a basis for all decision making and strategy development. Gabe hires high talent people and builds winning management teams. Before joining the company in 2003, Gabe Czegledy was Vice President Sales and Marketing for Siemens Milltronics in Peterborough Ontario where he was responsible for supporting research and development for the company’s global product lines and was a member of the Corporate Executive Committee. Prior to that, he was Director of Export Project Operations for Honeywell Industrial Automation Systems in Phoenix Arizona. He was responsible for several key global strategic projects, the export automation business, and domestic projects for Canada. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Western University and holds the Professional Engineer designation from Professional Engineers Ontario. He is a long standing member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He has attended executive development courses from Harvard, Insead and Ivey business schools.
Michael Denham is President & Senior Managing Director of Accenture Canada. Michael joined Accenture’s Canadian leadership team as Managing Director, Management Consulting Services in December of 2007. More recently, he also led the Strategy practice for North America. Prior to joining Accenture, Michael served as President of CGI Inc.’s business process outsourcing division, which provides services to the insurance, banking, government and manufacturing sectors. In this capacity he had responsibility for a $550 million business unit composed of seven business units and 3,500 employees in Canada and in the United States. Prior to CGI, Michael spent four years at Bombardier as Senior Vice-President Strategy. He reported directly to the CEO and had responsibility for Mergers and Acquisitions, Global Partnerships, Corporate Strategy and Information Technology (CIO). Michael worked closely with CEO, Paul Tellier, to lead the turnaround plan from 2002 to 2005, leading the divestments (including Recreational Products, Defense Services and multiple portfolios within Bombardier Capital); the strategic restructuring of Bombardier Transportation and the wind-down of Bombardier Capital. Michael spent almost 15 years at McKinsey and Company’s international management consulting firm as Leader of North American Manufacturing Practice; Partner, Canadian Practice; and Associate – Toronto, Mexico and Brussels. Michael attended Princeton University where he received his Associate in Business from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1986, and graduated from the London School of Economics where he received his Masters of Science (Economics) with Distinction in 1987. Michael is active in Community leadership. He is on the Board of the Montreal Chest Institute and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Selwyn House School in Montreal.
Kathy Enros is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Vision Critical Communications Inc. Kathy has been with Vision Critical in Vancouver since 2006 and has contributed to growing the organization from 60 to over 650 staff and establishing offices across the globe. Kathy has lead the HR aspects at Vision Critical including global recruitment, benefit programs, talent planning, compensation, training and building an amazing culture! In addition to experience in the SaaS industry, Kathy has also held senior HR roles within the market research, retail and alcohol beverage industries. Kathy holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Addicted to marathons, Kathy can usually be seen running the streets of Vancouver while training for her next race, and also enjoys the many great gastronomic experiences that can be found in the amazing restaurants of Vancouver.
President Steven Fitzgerald co-founded Habanero Consulting Group in 1996. Since then, the company has grown to provide enterprise-level portals to organizations that are committed to deepening employee and customer engagement. Habanero works with clients in a broad range of industries and is recognized as a top Canadian workplace. As President, Steven sets the vision and direction for Habanero. He is responsible for bringing the company’s purpose — to help people and organizations thrive — to life. He wants Habanero to lead the shift in how Canadian companies use technology to build thriving workplaces. Steven believes most companies today don’t rise to their full potential because they fail to engage their people and provide opportunities for employees to build remarkable careers. He’s adamant technology plays a key role in building strong cultures and engaged employees. Steven speaks regularly at conferences and universities across Canada about entrepreneurship and technology’s ability to improve workplaces. He is a board member of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, a leading HIV and AIDS non-profit organization. He is also on the Board of Advisors at The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. and is an active member of technology CEO mentoring organization, Acetech. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Sunny Ghali is currently serving as the Director, Human Resources for the Jayman Group of Companies. As a “Next Generation” Leader, he leads the Executive Team to specifically address the single biggest risk to the company: Game Planning and Leadership Capacity. With close to 20 years of professional experience, Sunny’s areas of responsibilities have included Human Resources, Organizational Development, Payroll, Benefits, Internal Communications and Health & Safety. Born and raised in Calgary, Sunny has built a results driven track record as an external and internal consultant. As an external consultant, Sunny has completed projects for both public and private clients, including: Department of National Defence, Marsh Canada, Nexen, Boardwalk Equities, and Canexus. As an internal consultant, Sunny has been a Corporate Project Manager and Regional Human Resources Manager for Purolator Courier Ltd. (3 years), and prior to joining Jayman, was part of the Senior Executive team (3 years) as Director, Human Resources for Bridge Brand, a Gordon Food Service company (which operates in both Canada and the United States). Sunny is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), with a Master’s Degree in Continuing Education (specializing in Leadership Development) and a Bachelor of Science (major in Psychology), both from the University of Calgary. He is also a Green Belt equivalent in Lean Six Sigma. Outside of his day job, and for the past 9 years, Sunny has been a course instructor with Mount Royal University, designing and teaching two classes: Strategic Diversity Management and Succession Planning for Managers and Executives. When he is not working, Sunny loves spending time with his family.
Jane Haberbusch is Vice President of Human Resources at Enbridge Inc. In her role, Jane provides leadership to ensure that Enbridge has the employee and organizational capabilities required to fulfill its vision and long range business plan. Prior to this position, Jane was the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Enbridge Inc., a new role created within the Human Resources function in January 2010. In this capacity, she was responsible for the functions of Talent Management, Organizational Development, Change Management and Workforce Planning, enterprise-wide. Jane re-joined Enbridge in 1990 after having been home with her family for several years. The majority of her career has been spent within Enbridge Gas Distribution, where she held several management positions in the areas of Customer Accounting, Information Services and Human Resources. Prior to joining Enbridge Inc. in 2010, Jane held the role of Director, Human Resources, Gas Distribution. Jane graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.Sc. degree in biochemistry and has her professional Human Resources CHRP designation. A past Advisory Board member for the Institute of Management Studies, Jane recently concluded her membership on the Advisory Board of Atkinson College (York U in Toronto) and her Board membership with Eva’s Initiative, where she sat on the Board and Chaired their HR Committee. Jane makes her home in Toronto, but divides her time between Toronto and Calgary. When she’s not working, she enjoys travelling, likes to play a bit of golf and spend time with her friends and family.
Gord Johnston is the Vice President & Head, Human Resources of Bayer in Canada. In his current role, Mr. Johnston is responsible to provide human resource leadership, expertise and knowledge to effectively support the strategic business objectives required to attain the goals of the two Canadian Bayer legal entities and three Bayer subgroups (HealthCare, Material Science and CropScience). Bayer is a Top 100 Canada Employer. Throughout his career, Mr. Johnston has attained extensive human resource generalist and management experience, both in the private sector and the public sector. He has also instructed human resource courses at the community college level as well as criminology courses at the university level. Mr. Johnston has a graduate degree (M.A.) from the University of Regina as well as two undergraduate degrees (B.H.J. and B.A.). He also has a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Jamie graduated with an engineering degree in 1999 and then went on to pursue a PhD in robotics and artificial intelligence. After four years of study he and two fellow students, Raymond Pretty and Brendan Brothers were approached by an investor with an idea to apply artificial intelligence to the growing problem of financial crime. After careful consideration they decided to leave the graduate program and incorporated Verafin on March 15, 2003. In his role as CEO, Jamie has helped Verafin become a recognized leader in the field of financial fraud detection and anti-money laundering technology. He now supports a team of more than 150 people whose collective effort fuels Verafin’s continued growth. The company’s strong forward momentum has resulted in its placement in the 2011 and 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and Fast 50 lists, which represent the fastest growing technology companies in North America and Canada respectively. Jamie is particularly proud that Verafin’s core belief in teamwork and collaboration has led Verafin to be named as one of Progress Magazine’s Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada in 2012. Jamie has also been named as one of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs as well as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Lauren Larose is a Marketing & Communications Advisor specialized in Recruitment Marketing with Suncor Energy, the largest integrated energy company in Canada. With a deep understanding of Suncor’s talent needs, Lauren uses social media and other online tools, as well as events and traditional recruitment tactics to attract the right people to the right job at the right time. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and has since been honing her skills through various positions in the energy sector – at both start-ups and large international corporations. This experience has provided Lauren with a unique perspective on the Canadian energy sector and international energy issues. She has what some might call an addiction to technology, which has allowed her to understand the ever-changing world of communications, social media and recruitment.
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 20 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.
Shamira Madhany is Chief Officer, Diversity & Accessibility at the Ontario Public Service. She is currently guiding the OPS toward its goals of embedding diversity and accessibility in everything it does, and leading the OPS’s compliance with accessibility legislation. Her team’s ground breaking work has earned both Amethyst and IPAC awards. Shamira is well known for linking positive social change to business imperatives and creating strong partnerships with stakeholders. Her leadership, passion and commitment to initiatives bring positive change to ordinary Ontarians. Her achievements include launching the Ontario Public Services’ Inclusion Lens; designing and negotiating Ontario’s first funding and accountability agreements with colleges and universities; creating the first framework to ensure access to postsecondary education for aboriginal, visible minority and students with disabilities. She was the chief architect of programs to enable highly trained newcomers to Ontario to access their former occupations. Shamira is an Ontario Pension Board Director. She sits on the Conference Board of Canada’s Inclusive Workplaces Steering Committee and is Executive Lead for Human Resources for the Ontario-Uganda Partnership Initiative. Shamira holds a degree from York University, an Advanced Certificate in Managing Change from the Rotman School of Management and a certificate from the Queen’s Public Executive Program. She is a frequent guest lecturer at Ryerson University and sits on the Rotman School of Management Women’s Program’s Advisory Board.
Tracey Malcolm is a Director in Towers Watson’s Talent Management and Organization Alignment (TMOA) practice. Bringing over 20 years of HR function effectiveness experience, Tracey partners with organizations to develop and implement strategies related to HR transformation, talent and leadership development and organization alignment. Tracey has proven success in designing and implementing results-focused and behaviour-based change and communication strategies to strengthen employee value propositions. Tracey is a member of Towers Watson’s global leadership team for TMOA. She has completed Oxford University’s High Performance Leadership Program, and is certified in Leadership Assessments. Tracey also served on the Canadian Governor General’s Task Force on Employee and Employer Relations.
Tony Meehan is the Publisher of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, now in its 14th annual edition. The Top 100 project, which started as a best-selling paperback, now reaches millions of Canadians every year through 24 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.
Maureen Neglia is the Vice President of Global Talent for Manulife Financial. She joined Manulife in 2011 and is responsible for leading an enterprise-wide centre of excellence that includes the management of global strategies and operations for talent acquisition, mobility and succession. Ms. Neglia has held senior HR leadership roles over the past 18 years with global financial, technology and professional service organizations. Prior to joining Manulife, she was a senior business leader of Talent & Rewards at Towers Watson, consulting to global Fortune 500 employers on the design and execution of talent strategies, workforce planning, leadership development, recruitment and employment branding. At RIM/Blackberry, Ms. Neglia successfully built a global recruitment and talent function to support Blackberry’s business growth across 30 countries. Prior to that, she was responsible for leading the development of a global recruitment shared service for RBC Financial Group. Ms. Neglia is an active advisor to community and professional Boards including, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and the Urban Financial Services Coalition. Ms. Neglia holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Naheed K. Nenshi is the Mayor of Calgary. Mayor Nenshi is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and an active community leader. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership has already resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build better communities, keep Calgarians moving, and transform government to reinforce a culture of constant citizen-focused improvement at The City of Calgary. His passion is to make cities, especially Calgary, work better. He’s the lead author of Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development and has long put his ideas to work in Calgary. Mayor Nenshi grew up in Calgary and has lived and worked in cities around the world before returning home. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow. Mayor Nenshi was sworn in as Calgary’s 36th mayor on October 25th, 2010, and was recently re-elected to a second term on October 21, 2013.
Rosie Parnass is Executive Director, Organizational & Leadership Development & Work-Life Support at the University of Toronto. In this role, Rosie leads a cross-functional team that works to make the University of Toronto a family-friendly workplace, and where the health and well-being of employees is an institutional priority. Together they work with faculty and staff on the challenges they face each and every day in maintaining a positive and healthy balance between personal, work and family life. Their efforts are continually assessed to ensure that they are meeting the changing needs of employees and their families. Working in collaboration with divisional leaders, Rosie provides leadership on the creation and development of policies, procedures, practices and programs that support a flexible and healthy workplace. These include institutional offices like the Family Care Office, which provides resources and workshops on topics as varied as eldercare to parenting gender independent children; to on-site day care and emergency child care options; the Health & Well-being Programs & Services Office which addresses issues of health, injury, illness and accommodation for those returning to work after an illness or injury; and, the Organizational Learning & Development Centre which provides employees with access to opportunities to grow their careers through career management, mentorship and continuous learning programs. Complementing these offices, innovative programs include the Undiscovered Campus lunch hour walks, the popular Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work initiative where children of U of T employees have an opportunity to attend lectures and participate in special hands-on programs; and Celebrate It – an annual celebration of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month. With over 25 years of experience at U of T, Rosie’s dedication to the work is as strong as ever. “On a daily basis I see first-hand how an employee who is well-supported personally and professionally can thrive and be that much more engaged both at home and at work. That inspires all of us to continue in our efforts to provide our employees with the best we can offer.” Rosie has a Master of Education, specializing in Adult Education and Counselling from the University of Toronto. She is also an active community member, a proud mother and grandmother of two.
Cathy Pickard is a Human Resources Leader who in her 25-plus year career has developed and implemented people programs that have helped organizations achieve business success. Currently she is the Human Resources Lead for Monsanto Canada. Monsanto is a sustainable agriculture company that delivers agricultural products to farmers all around the world. Cathy leads the Human Resources Team in Canada and partners with her global peers to deliver HR solutions that support the growth of the business. Cathy’s experience in the private sector spans both national and global organizations in industries such as agriculture, business outsourcing, financial management and lottery & gaming. Throughout her career she has held senior roles in Sales, Public Affairs, Property Management and Human Resources. Cathy holds an Executive MBA and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. On a personal level Cathy and her husband reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where they raised their daughter and two sons. Cathy makes time for practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Winnipeg Jets!
Val Pietrantonio has been Vice‐President, Human Resources, since 2009. He is responsible for all aspects of the human resources function at Merck and, through that, assisting colleagues in meeting their business goals. He has also recently taken on responsibility for global human resources for the Merck Consumer Care Division, developing human resources strategies across 12 different countries. A native of Montreal, Val has a Bachelor of Science in industrial relations from McGill University and is a member of the Quebec Order of Human Resources Professionals. He worked in human resources in a variety of sectors – including telecommunications, aerospace and information technology – before joining Schering as their Vice‐President, Human Resources, in 2004. He took up his current position at Merck when the companies merged in 2009.
Stephen Shea is the Managing Partner, Talent for Ernst & Young LLP in Canada and a member of the Operating Committee of the firm. He is responsible for leading all facets of the firm’s people strategy for both partners and staff. He co-chairs Ernst & Young’s Inclusiveness Steering Committee with the Chairman/CEO. He also leads our firm’s relationships as the Global Coordinating Partner for two of our largest Canadian clients in the resource sector. He has extensive experience in the life science, healthcare and resource sectors. Steve is a key driver of the firm’s commitment to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Transforming Lives initiative. Throughout Stephen’s 21 year career he has excelled as a client service partner in both the Audit and most recently the Advisory practice of the firm. He has provided inclusive leadership through counselling and mentoring to people within the firm at all levels and is the executive sponsor in the firm’s Global NextGen development program. He has a Bachelor of Science (Physiology) from University of Toronto, a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and is a Chartered Accountant.
Claudia Thompson is Managing Director, Human & Capital Diversity at Accenture. Claudia fills two key leadership roles at Accenture Canada. With more than 23 years of experience in the consulting industry, Claudia leads Accenture’s Health and Public Service business in Canada. In this position, Claudia is a member of Accenture’s Canadian Leadership Team and is accountable for Accenture’s go-to-market strategy within the public service industry and its top-line and bottom-line results. Claudia is also the Managing Director for Human Capital and Diversity (HC&D) for Accenture Canada. In this role, Claudia sets the HC&D vision and executes the strategy to enable Accenture Canada’s business plan with the talent needed. HC&D at Accenture encompasses all programs for Leadership Development, Inclusion and Diversity, Human Capital Strategy, and Corporate Citizenship across the country. Claudia has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and she is SAP Certified in Financial Accounting and Controlling. Claudia is an active member of the ITAC National Board of Directors, the GTEC Advisory Board, and the Canadian Board Diversity Council. A native to Ottawa, Claudia, her husband Robert, and their son Stephen make their home in Manotick, Ontario.
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 20th 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.