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Board of Directors

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Susan (Sue) Corke​​​
​Public Representative

Les Dakens, CHRE
Principal, Pineridge Consulting, Inc.

Girish Ganesan, CHRL
VP & Global Human Resources Client Services Head, Manulif​e

John Hannah, CHRE
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Purolator

Mervin Hillier​, CPA, FCMA
Public Representative. Senior Business Advisor & Executive Coach, Nuvision

Patrica Johns, CHRL
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Manulife

Barbara Mellman, B.A., J.D.​
Public Representative. ​Former Senior Legal Counsel, Manulife Financial Corporation

Bonnie Seidman, CHRE
Chief People Officer, People Services and Organizational Development,
The Royal College of Physician & Surgeons of Canada

Karen Stone, CHRE
Chair of the Board, Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities​, St. Joseph's Health Care London

Ramona Tobler, CHRE
Head of Human Resources at Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO)

Robert Thompson, CHRL​
Professor of Human Resources, Faculty of Business, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Annette van’t Spyker, CHRE
Senior International Business Leader

William (Bill) Greenhalgh
Chief Executive Officer, HRPA


To contact a member of the Board, please e-mail boardrelations@hrpa.ca or chair@hrpa.ca​​​

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Board of Directors

Click on name to view bio

Susan (Sue) Corke​​​
​Public Representative

Les Dakens, CHRE
Principal, Pineridge Consulting, Inc.

Girish Ganesan, CHRL
VP & Global Human Resources Client Services Head, Manulif​e

John Hannah, CHRE
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Purolator

Mervin Hillier​, CPA, FCMA
Public Representative. Senior Business Advisor & Executive Coach, Nuvision

Patrica Johns, CHRL
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Manulife

Barbara Mellman, B.A., J.D.​
Public Representative. ​Former Senior Legal Counsel, Manulife Financial Corporation

Bonnie Seidman, CHRE
Chief People Officer, People Services and Organizational Development,
The Royal College of Physician & Surgeons of Canada

Karen Stone, CHRE
Chair of the Board, Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities​, St. Joseph's Health Care London

Ramona Tobler, CHRE
Head of Human Resources at Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO)

Robert Thompson, CHRL​
Professor of Human Resources, Faculty of Business, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Annette van’t Spyker, CHRE
Senior International Business Leader

William (Bill) Greenhalgh
Chief Executive Officer, HRPA


To contact a member of the Board, please e-mail boardrelations@hrpa.ca or chair@hrpa.ca​​​

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​Board Biographies

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corkeSusan (Sue) Corke

Sue Corke is a former Chief Executive Officer and Registrar with the College of Early Childhood Educators, a Deputy City Manager with the City of Toronto, as well as a Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Toronto.


dakensLes ​Dakens, CHRE​

Les Dakens has had broad HR leadership experience, having held positions with Canadian, UK, and U.S. companies, including Maple Leaf Foods, CN, Heinz, Cadbury Schweppes and Nortel. He is also on the Advisory Boards for three companies: Canada Jetlines Inc., Planet Shrimp Inc. and Axiom Audio Inc.

While serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Maple Leaf Foods, his responsibilities included executive leadership for all HR development programs and employee relations initiatives to build Maple Leaf Foods into the single most dedicated high performance culture in Canada.

Les is also the author of three successful business books: The Real Deal on People: How the CHRO Creates Business Value; Employee Performance Scorecards; and Switchpoints, Culture Change on the Fast Track to Business Success.. 

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Girish Ganesan, CHRL

Girish Ganesan is VP & Global Human Resources Client Services Head, Shared Services at Manulife, where he manages a global team of 140+ HR employees spread across 13 countries providing services to 30,000+ employees in all Manulife locations worldwide. He is accountable for the company's HR costs across payroll, pension & benefits and other services. In addition, Girish has deep expertise in executive compensation and risk and compliance management. 

Girish was awarded the Golden Globe Tiger Award for Excellence in HR Leadership by the Asian Confederation of Businesses; and was named HR Professional of the Year in 2013 by Human Resources magazine in Asia.

Born in New Delhi and educated in Canada and India, Girish has an honours degree in Political Science and Economics, and post‐graduate education in Human Resources Management. He holds the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.

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John Hannah, CHRE

John Hannah held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Purolator. He was responsible for all elements of Human Resources including human resources strategy, recruitment, compensation and benefits, organizational effectiveness, labour relations as well as environment, health and safety.

Prior to joining Purolator in March 2013, 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.
 

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Mervin Hillier​, CPA, FCMA

Mervin Hillier is a Senior Business Advisor & Executive Coach for Canadian-based Nuvision. He is also a Group Leader with CEO Global Network and a former President and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Mr. Hillier was the founding Chair of the Board for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and currently sits as a Public Interest Director with ICCRC. He teaches Governance & Financial Accountability in the MFAc program at York University, is Associate Professor for the residency program of the University of Guelph Masters in Business Administration program, and lectures for Directors College in Risk Management and Strategy. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Edinburgh Business School and a Master's Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance from the Schulich School of Business. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Consultant and holds the Chartered Director designation.  

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Patricia (Patty) Johns, CHRL

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. 

 

mellmanBarbara Mellman, B.A., J.D.​

Barbara Mellman is former Senior Legal Counsel with the Corporate Law Department of Manulife Financial Corporation. In that role, she provided legal advice to the Human Resources, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Secretarial Departments. She is also a former Associate Counsel with the U.S. Marketing Division of Manulife and a former Assistant Corporation Counsel with Wayne County, Michigan. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Counterpoint Community Orchestra, Food Allergy Canada, and Social Planning Toronto. She is also past Vice-President of the Board of St. Stephen's Community House. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Ms. Mellman is licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario and the State of Michigan. 

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Bonnie Seidman, CHRE

Bonnie Seidman joined the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1999 and holds the position of Executive Director and Chief People Officer.  She is responsible for talent management and succession practices, as well as compensation and benefit programs, employee relations and organizational and leadership development. 

Ms. Seidman holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and Executive Management from Queens University. In addition, she holds an advanced level in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRE) designation from HRPA and a certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS) designation from the Human Capital Institute. Ms. Seidman also has extensive experience in corporate governance. She currently serves as a volunteer member on the Board of Directors of the HRPA, and serves on various committees including the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. 

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Karen Stone, CHRE

​​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). 

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Ramona Tobler, CHRE

Ramona Tobler is Head of Human Resources at Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO), where she supports the transition to the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority (CMRA), a cooperative effort to form a “best in class” national securities regulator in Canada. Prior to joining CMAIO, she held senior Human Resources roles at Aviva Insurance Inc., Capital One, and Daimler AG, providing HR expertise in transformational change initiatives, merger integration, developing organization capability and leading the human resources function in Canada and abroad.

Ramona holds both Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Human Resources Management degrees from York University, and has achieved the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. In keeping with her global experiences, Ramona’s masters’ thesis focused on strategic compensation, specifically the relationship among pay satisfaction, job satisfaction and turnover intent of host country national employees in the presence of expatriates. Ramona was awarded Top Research Paper for this work.

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Robert (Bob) Thompson, CHRL

Bob Thompson is a Professor of Human Resources in the Faculty of Business at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Bob also teaches courses at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining academia, Bob was Senior Employment Law Counsel at Canada’s largest financial institution, Manager of Labour Relations at Canada’s largest grocery retailer, articling lawyer at Canada’s largest litigation law firm, and a co-op engineering student at Canada’s largest automotive manufacturer.

Bob received his engineering degree at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, his law degree and an MBA at the University of Ottawa, and an MBA at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England.

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Annette van't Spyker, CHRE

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 strategic HR, talent development and employee engagement.  She is focused on integrating operational requirements of organizations into strategy and transparent execution.

Annette is focused on continuous learning both through informal, situational approaches and through formal training.  She holds a Bachelor of Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa, 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.

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William (Bill) Greenhalgh

Bill Greenhalgh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in April 2006.

He has held a number of c-suite positions over his career, including President of the Globe and Mail; CEO of Thomson’s Western Canada Newspaper Group; President of Cinram International; and COO of Shred it International as well as various line and staff positions in general management, operations, marketing and finance with Nortel Networks. 

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the London Business School, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University, certificates from the Senior Executive Programs in both Manufacturing and Marketing from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and holds a Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) designation from the Directors College at McMaster University.

Bill has extensive board governance experience, serving with HRPA and HRRI, the Champions Council of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, the CD Howe Human Capital Policy Council and is an Ontario government appointee as Vice Chair of Public Accountants Council for the Province. He also chairs the International Standards Organization (ISO) Human Resources Committee for Canada and the ISO working group developing a global competency framework for HR.

In 2012, Bill was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to palliative care.

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