A member since 2004, Catherine has been volunteering with HRPA since 2011 when she was selected to join the Communications committee of the Toronto Chapter. She joined the Durham Chapter Board of Directors in August 2015 as the Director of Communications, and revived the chapter's quarterly publication, Resource, as its editor for two years. She had previously authored several articles about human resources in various newsletters and HR Reporter. In 2016 she transitioned to the role of Membership Director, and led the committee that was integral in achieving the chapter Member Retention Award for three years running.
Catherine spent four years leading the training and development initiatives for a national contact centre management organization, and obtained her certificate in Teaching and Training Adults at Durham College in 2003. After this she gained several years of varied experience in the staffing industry in Oshawa, and began pursuing her CHRP designation part-time back at Durham College, obtaining it in 2009. She then moved to corporate side and worked in a talent acquisition role for several notable Canadian organizations. In these roles she managed complex recruitment workbenches and initiated and led process improvements to the talent acquisition and onboarding workflows. Returning to L&D in 2017, she currently works at CIBC in downtown Toronto supporting the learning and development efforts of the organization's Technology Operations group.
Catherine was the 2017 winner of the Durham Chapter Outstanding CHRL award for her contributions to the chapter and the local HR industry. She was born and raised in Durham Region, and has deep ties to the community. She currently lives in midtown Toronto with her two sons.
Ernest Ogunleye, MSc, Chartered MCIPD, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, FRGS, Past Chair
Ernest has had the honour of serving the Chapter as President/Chair for the past two years and is now assuming the role of Past Chair, where he will continue to support Chapter initiatives to serve the membership.
Ernest has over 20 years of business experience as a leader and professional, having held several senior management positions in Canada and internationally. He is the Owner and Principal Consultant at EON Performance Solutions (EONPS). EONPS specialises in Human Resources, Learning & Development and Management Consulting. Ernest remains passionate about HR and has had the good fortune as an HR professional to live and work in Toronto, Montreal and London, United Kingdom. He has completed HR assignments of varying lengths in another 38 countries around the world. In Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America to be precise. Ernest continues to work in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has been an energetic member of HRPA since 2002.
He holds a BA in Political Science & Government from Birmingham City University and is a graduate with an MSc in Human Resources Management and Business from Aston University. Ernest went on to complete a HR Advisor Development Program at McGill University's Executive Institute. He holds four HR designations. The designations are Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (United Kingdom), Certified Practitioner Human Resources (Australia), Chartered Professional in Human Resources (Canada) and the Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (U.S.A.). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) that acknowledges his experience in cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion matters.
Ernest is a firm believer in positive community involvement. He is an active supporter of the charities Threads of Life and The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Ernest sat on the board of Whitby FC (2017 - 2018) and was part of the volunteer team for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. He has scaled peaks in the Himalayas and completed a business trip that took him around the world in 24 days!!! In Ernest's travels, he has found HR does have a global impact and that many practices and policies are unsurprisingly the same.
Tisha Lorincz CHRP, CHRL - Professional Development Chair
Tisha is an HR professional with experience in the finance and recruiting industries. She has been an active HRPA member since 2007 and achieved her CHRP in 2009. She joined the Membership committee with the Durham Chapter in 2015 and later took on the lead of the Keep in Touch program where she supported the engagement and communication to new members. In November 2016 Tisha accepted the appointment to the chapter Board as Director of Professional Development. She is excited to continue her efforts in this new role to engage members on a different level by guiding the chapter's member development focus through relevant and insightul programs and events.
Tisha is also volunteering her time as an HR professional with a telecommunications firm in the Mississauga area. She lives in the Durham Region, where she enjoys spending most of her time with her husband and son.
Gladys Saenz is currently the Communication Chair of the Human Resources Professional Association, Durham Chapter.
Gladys has over 20 years' experience in a unionized environment providing a full range of strategic and operational human resource services. Currently, she is the Director of Human Resources for Johnvince Foods, the largest bulk food company in Canada and the U.S. Her responsibilities include the leadership for all HR development programs, and the company's payroll, benefits, and health and safety programs.
A few of her greatest accomplishments include the development of a job evaluation tool to maintain pay equity, the design of a performance evaluation tool and process, the redesign of the Occupational Health and Safety program and training. In addition, Gladys has experience in developing compensation plans and has successfully implemented HRIS tools for large public sector employers.
Prior to joining Johnvince Foods, Gladys held senior level positions in the public sector in both educational and health care institutions. She has over 20 years' experience in a unionized environment providing a full range of strategic and operational human resource services. She holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University6 of Guelph and a Payroll Manager Certificate from the Canadian Payroll Association.
Licinia Bennett, CHRP, CHRL - Chair Student Relations Committee
Executive Partner, TST, Think Strategic Talent, Solutions for Business Impact
Licinia Bennett has held senior leadership positions in a wide variety of industries ranging from telecommunications, alcoholic beverages, funeral services, working with corporate giants like Canada Trust, Starbucks, Compass Group Canada and TJX Canada.
Licinia thrives on creating and implementing a vision for an organization that will have impact even greater than expected. Her roles have yielded results that far exceeded her job description, by supporting talent needs for driving the business to achieve aggressive growth while strengthening its corporate image and employment brand. In 2017, Licinia combined her expertise to start TST, Think Strategic Talent to help organizations attract talent that is driven, engaged and critical to sharpen competitive edge and power the future success of the business.
Licinia achieved her designation as Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in 2001, and CHRL in 2015. She is currently pursuing CHRE. She is also certified as a facilitator through DDI, Development Dimensions International, a global human resources and leadership development consultancy, and has a Strategic Leadership certificate from the Schulich School of Business.
Jenn Janca, CHRL - Secretary/Treasurer
Jenn Janca discovered a passion and skill for human resources working in retail in 2007 and enrolled in Durham College's Business Administration – Human Resources three-year diploma program that same year. She was a member of Durham College's Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) as the HRPA Durham Chapter representative in 2010 and has been a member of the HRPA Durham since 2008.
To gain experience, Jenn worked in various contract-based HR administrative roles which eventually led to a position as the sole HR Manager for a large pool company in Toronto where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources. Specifically, she recruited upwards of 250 seasonal staff per season and decreased payroll costs by 2.34% in one year by designing and developing a co-op program with local colleges, and other cost control measures.
She obtained a full CHRP designation in 2014 and subsequently received a CHRL designation in May 2015.
In February 2016, Jenn became the Project Officer and HR Specialist with the Durham Workforce Authority. Leading the expansion from two full time staff and one part-time administrator to six and growing, Jenn has also re-developed the Employee Handbook and completed the updating, revising and implementing of all AODA requirements. Additionally, Jenn is overseeing the HR Alliance, a unique engagement with local HR Professionals to assist with recruitment and retention of a skilled an adaptable workforce, specific to the needs of small and medium sized businesses in the Durham Region.
For the past two years, Jenn volunteered as a member of the HR Panel for upNext Ajax (now upNext Durham), allowing the participants to ask questions of HR professionals about a variety of topics.
Born and raised in the Durham Region, Jenn now resides in Oshawa with her husband and two boys and multitude of pets.
Leyland A Muss, CHRL - Chair Mentorship Committee
Leyland's industry experience has been in manufacturing, food and hospitality, retail, mining, professional service, education and healthcare. I was Manager Human Resources, Demerara Tobacco Company, Guyana and was seconded to the corporate head office in the United Kingdom as Asst. Personnel Advisor with British American Tobacco Co. based in Millbank London. I was responsible for advising the B.A.T. companies in Central and Latin America and the Caribbean on Human Resources issues. In Canada, I was Vice President, Human Resources for a Food and Hospitality Company with responsibility for Canada and the eastern seaboard of the United States.
I was a participant in the Management Training Program, the Administrative Staff College, Henley England and received the Certificate in Personnel and Labour Relations and the Diploma in the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management from the University of Toronto.
During my H.R. Chapter membership career I was Co-Chair, General Topics Group, Toronto Chapter, chaired the Mentor Program and the Recognition and Awards Committees, Durham Chapter. I was recently elected Director of the Chapter with responsibility for the Mentorship Committee.
I have been involved in a number of business and community committees. In terms of business, I served on the Council of Human Resources Executives, Conference Board of Canada, the International Society for Strategic Management and Planning and the Business Consortium Committee on Employment Equity. I was appointed a member of the Employer Committee on Healthcare to study and make recommendations to the Ontario Government on reducing total health care costs to businesses in the province and was also a member of the Canadian Compensation Association and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.
My community involvement included President Jaycees South Georgetown, President Kaiteur Lions Club and District Zone Chairman, Toronto. I received the District Governor's Awards for Leadership Development, International Relations and the USA-Canada Forum. I was also the recipient of three International President's Awards in recognition of Exemplary Humanitarian Service, Leadership Development and International Relations.
I was the Past Chairman and member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Kennedy House Youth Services, a not-for-profit organization. I am the Senior Principal of L.A. Muss and Associates, a Human Resources Consulting Company offering H.R. services to start up, small and medium sized companies.
I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 by the Durham Chapter in recognition of demonstrated excellence in leadership and contribution to the Human Resources profession.