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.
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..
Girish Ganesan is Vice President, Enterprise HR Solutions & Enablement at TD Bank Group.
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.
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.
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.
Christine Langevin is the principal of a boutique accounting firm for the past 20 years. She currently serves as Oakville Chamber of Commerce committee member and President of FRRAI, a residents’ association. As an avid volunteer, Christine has been a Charter President of a Civitan Club, Chair of the Oakville Center for the Performing Arts Board, Chair of a charitable organization in Halton Peel and currently acts as a CPA Financial Literacy volunteer as well as a member of other community committees and boards. Passionate about accounting, Christine has taught Managerial Accounting and Finance to Sheridan ITAL’s undergraduate and post grad students in HR programs. She has taught business and accounting courses for other various departments at Sheridan and has consulted with CMA Canada and University of Toronto. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations.
Bonnie Seidman is Executive Director and Chief People Officer for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She supports the people portfolio encompassing all aspects of human resources, organizational development, learning and wellness.
Ms. Seidman holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and an Executive Management Certificate from Queens University. She also holds an advanced level certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law; Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) from HRPA; and Human Capital Strategist (HCS) from the Human Capital Institute.
Ms. Seidman has experience in corporate governance and has participated on several committees. She currently serves as a volunteer member on the Board of Directors of the HRPA, including the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gary Monk, CPA was appointed to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer, on October 1st 2017.
Gary is currently the Vice-President, Finance & Information Technology with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). He originally started employment with HRPA in 1995, and was promoted to his current role in 2001. Prior to joining HRPA, Gary held various finance-related roles in other organizations, including with Apple Canada Inc., the Canadian Diabetes Association and a company in the biotechnology industry.
Gary graduated from the University of Guelph in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Hon.), and obtained his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 2000 (and subsequently the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation due to the merger of the accounting bodies across Canada). He also holds the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification through the Canadian Payroll Association.
Gary is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the Canadian Payroll Association, the Canadian Society for Association Executives (CSAE) and the Institute of Management Accountants, and serves as Treasurer for the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI).