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Professor of Human Resources, Faculty of Business, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Bob Thompson has been an active Director of the HRPA Board since first elected in 2013. He lectures on Employment and Business Law, Negotiations, Industrial Relations, and Business Case Analysis to college, university and graduate Human Resources students in Toronto. Bob started his career as an industrial engineering co-op student in the automotive industry. Subsequently, he gained experience in human resources, labour relations and workplace law first at a large Canadian retailer and then at a large Canadian financial institution handling grievances, engaging in collective bargaining and resolving large volumes of workplace disputes. Bob received his human resources professional designation in 2000. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, and is currenlty a non-practicing lawyer. Bob is a graduate of Osgoode's LLM Program in Dispute Resolution, he obtained his joint LLB/MBA degree at the University of Ottawa, an MBA specializing in environmental issues at Kent University in England, and his Industrial Engineering Degree at Kettering University in Michigan.
Vice President Human Resources, Health & Safety, Terrapure Environmental
Stephen Fletcher, MBA, CHRL is an accomplished leader with extensive experience driving business-oriented solutions in a diverse range of organizations. With an outstanding track record as a trusted advisor to Senior Management & various Boards - providing exceptional service to business partners, and serving as a catalyst for change and continuous improvement to achieve recognized contributions to the bottom line.
Stephen has a proven track record for driving and shepherding performance and safety cultures and developing high performing, decentralized HR/EHS teams, while also integrating leading strategies with organization objectives.
Stephen holds an MBA of Finance and Strategic Management from Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources / Health & Safety for Terrapure Environmental, a leader in providing cost-effective environmental services and recycling solutions, based in Burlington, Ontario.
Global Head of Human Resources at Northland Power Inc.
John Hannah currently serves as the Global Head of Human Resources at Northland Power Inc, an independent power producer dedicated to developing, building, owning and operating clean and green energy power projects in Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Purolator.
Mr. Hannah held various senior roles in Canada and globally developing and executing transformative organizational change in leading organizations including LCBO and Brinks. His last appointment was with Brinks as its Vice President of Human Resources, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). He is also a well-versed speaker who has presented at numerous developmental conferences relating to labour relations, competency development and human rights.
Professor, Sheridan College
John Hardisty is a Professor and Coordinator of Human Resources Management programs at Sheridan College and is the principal at Hardisty & Co. HR Consulting. His career began with a focus on training and management in large corporate environments before working his way up to executive HR leadership roles for major financial institutions CIBC and Scotiabank. He has worked in North America, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
As a professor he has taught a broad range of courses at the degree, diploma and graduate certificate levels, preparing graduates for professional careers in HR. He has designed and delivered courses in Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Learning and Development, Strategic HR Competencies and HR Metrics.
John holds an MBA from York University in Organizational Behaviour. He is a past member of the HRPA Board of Directors (2007-2013) and has contributed to many HRPA communities including the Halton Chapter Board of Directors and the Academic Standards and Appeals Committees. John has a Certified Human Resources Leader designation from HRPA. He is a longstanding member of the Advisory Board of the Greater Toronto Area Rewards Association and is a member of the Sheridan College Senate.
Vice President, Global HR Shared Services, Morneau Shepell
Kevin Hawkins is the Vice President, Global HR Shared Services at Morneau Shepell and Principal for 33 Group, an independent consulting firm. He is an experienced HR executive, transformation leader, emerging HR technology strategist, people analytics proponent and self-proclaimed student of the future of work. He has spent two decades in increasingly senior HR roles for large organizations such as CIBC, IMAX, Deloitte and RSA Canada.
Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an LLM from York University. He is a Certified Human Resources Leader and completed the ICD Not-for-Profit Board Certificate Program. He served as Director Emeriti with Right To Play for five years and volunteered in home hospice with the Philip Aziz Centre for six years.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Manulife
Over a 25+ year career, Patty has held leadership roles in most areas of HR including: executive talent and succession, recruitment, compensation, pensions, benefits, employee relations, workforce analytics and reporting, technology solutions, contact centers and administrative services, as well as compliance and risk management. In her current role as Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Manulife she is responsible for developing and implementing a global HR shared services strategy to deliver multi-tiered HR services across the globe. She currently leads a team of 300 HR professionals located in Canada, the United States and across 11 countries in Asia.
Successes include: leading the HR Efficiency & Effectiveness program and HR transformation efforts to move to a new global operating model; driving business case development and implementation for a new global HR system (Workday); and spearheading a strategic review of Canadian staff and retiree benefit plans resulting in forward looking plan design and cost containment changes.
EVP, Talent, Connected
Annette is a senior business leader with experience in all functional areas of human resources across regional to multi-national companies within both public and private sector organizations. She has worked in multiple countries outside of Canada including the US, Australia and India.
Annette's HR expertise falls within the areas of strategic HR, talent development and employee engagement. She is focused on integrating business strategy with operational requirements and capability and ensuringtransparent execution.
Annette a Bachelor of Public Administration from Carleton University, a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Law School. She is also a Group Benefits Associate through the CEBS Program from Dalhousie University. She is fluent in English and Dutch and has basic working knowledge of French and German.
Chair of the Board, Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities, St. Joseph's Health Care London
Karen Stone is Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities for St. Joseph's Health Care London, a major patient care, teaching and research centre. She supports a portfolio encompassing human resources, organizational development & learning and occupational health and safety as well as facilities planning and engineering. Providing services to over 4,500 employees, she is a member of the executive team with specific accountability for strategic human resource planning and maintaining a special interest in leadership development of health care professionals.
She holds an honours degree in Labour Studies from McMaster University and a masters’ degree in Continuing Education from the University of Calgary where she had a specific focus on workplace leadership & development. Karen’s masters’ degree research focused on workplace spirituality and the development of a conceptual model of workplace wellness for Ontario hospitals. Karen achieved the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation in 2010 (now known as the Certified Human Resources Executive - CHRE).
Paul J. Madgett
Paul has had the opportunity to have a wide range of professional experiences. He has learnt with time in the academic arena the rigorous requirements of publishing and presenting at national and international conferences and in refereed journals. Also during this time, he had the chance to consult on certain matters dealing with policy and organizational structure, accountability and governance and methodology and data analysis. In recent years, he has been running his own firm with a strong focus on learning the political mechanisms needed to partake in internal and external election systems to allow people, at all levels of government, to get involved in the democratic process while taking leadership roles in many of these endeavors.
Experienced Executive Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the legal and business communities. Skilled in Administrative Law, Negotiation, Governmental Relations and Advocacy, including Regulatory Compliance. Member of the Law Society of Ontario, Juris Doctor from Western University, Faculty of Law.
Mary Madigan-Lee joined the GTAA in March 2019. Mary is a seasoned business-oriented executive with deep HR functional experience. Most recently, Ms. Madigan-Lee was the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with Unity Health Toronto, an integrated network of hospitals in Toronto with over 11,000 employees. Prior to that role, Ms. Madigan-Lee was Vice President of HR for Loblaw Companies Limited, as well as Manulife Financial. Ms. Madign-Lee has had extensive experience and focus in the areas of HR operational excellence, change management and has a bias for great culture and high performing teams.
Ms. Madigan-Lee has a degree in Sociology from Glendon College at York University, along with a CHRE designation (Certified Human Resources Executive designation). She has also completed the Advanced Healthcare Program with Rotman, University of Toronto and sits on the HR committee of the Board of Directors for Pickering College.
Rebecca began her legal career in criminal law with the Crown's office and then joined the firm, Steinecke Maciura
LeBlanc, as an associate, providing legal advice and conducting discipline hearings for various regulatory bodies. More recently, Rebecca has worked directly for regulatory bodies, specifically the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and the College of Early Childhood Educators. She has fulfilled various functions for these Colleges such as investigating, decision writing and managing the professional conduct department. After spending a year on maternity leave with her son, Joshua, Rebecca decided to open her own practice in October 2017, offering investigation services and general legal consulting in the areas of professional regulation and workplace investigation law
Louise Taylor Green, MBA, CMC, PCC, CHRL, CHRE
Louise Taylor Green has been practicing HR for over twenty years. Before joining HRPA, she served as the Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for Economical Insurance, one of Canada's leading property and casualty carriers. Previously, Louise was the Executive Director of the National Nursing Assessment Service. Prior to that, Louise was Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs & Strategy and CHRO for Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada's second-largest academic teaching hospital system. Before moving into healthcare, Louise spent over six years in cooperative financial services as the Vice-President of Retail Banking and Chief Human Resources Officer at FirstOntario Credit Union. Early in her career, Louise spent 11 years with Canada 3000 Airlines in progressively more responsible positions in Canada and the U.S.
Louise is a regulated HR professional holding the CHRP, CHRL, and CHRE designations. She is also a Certified Management Consultant ("CMC") and a Professional Certified Coach ("PCC"). Louise holds an MBA from Athabasca University and she completed the CHRM program at McMaster University.