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About Leadership

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Flavia Iuston-Blair

Chapter Chair​​

Flavia Iuston-Blair is a seasoned HR professional with more than 20 years of HR experience.

Flavia currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Human Resources, at DSV Air & Sea Inc.   DSV is a global supplier of transport and logistics services with offices in 90 countries employing 60,000 employees worldwide.

Flavia graduated with a Diploma in Human Resources from Humber College.  She then went on to obtain her CHRP designation in 2000, and is also a certified Mental Health First Aider.

Flavia previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) from 2009 to 2011 and also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA).

As a strategic HR professional, she uses a collaborative and solution focused approach to achieve business and personal goals.

Flavia enjoys being physically active.  She believes the motto, “physical wellness helps promote mental wellness”.

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Melanie Williams, CHRL

Chair Elect & Regulatory Liaison Chair

Melanie holds CHRP, CHRL designations, possesses 25 years Senior HR Leadership experience and is a graduate of McMaster University. A transformational leader, Melanie has served as coach and advisor to the executive and sr. leadership teams across a broad range of organizations from start-ups to the Fortune 500 across multiple business sectors including; financial and professional services – information technology, legal services, automotive, manufacturing, construction, retail, environmental services and non-profit organizations. She has led several high performing teams, possesses a sound knowledge of all HR functional areas, solid project and change management skills and a track record of developing and enhancing strategic HR programs at both the national and global level.

A longstanding member of HRPA, she has been an active volunteer since 2010 and has served on the Peel Board of Directors since 2016. Melanie served 2 terms as Mentorship Chair leading continuous program improvement and delivering HRPA’s “Chapter of Excellence in Mentoring” award to Peel for four consecutive years. She is proud to share this accomplishment with the many volunteers who devoted their time and made enormous contributions to the Mentoring Committee over the years.

Melanie lives in Mississauga with her husband & partner of 35 years and their 2 Golden Retrievers. She is delighted to rejoin the Board in her new capacity as Chair Elect & Regulatory Liaison Chair.

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​Deanne Cormier​

Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

Deanne brings over 10 years of senior management exposure in financial roles with experience in M&A, organizational restructuring, financial reporting, full-cycle accounting, payroll, administration and operational support.  She has been employed with Trica CXM Solutions as Controller since its start-up in 2015, responsible for financial, human resource and administrative activities.  Trica, in partnership with a global organization, provides Customer Flow Management solutions to the Canadian market.  Previously, Deanne held similar positions at VoiceTrust and Safran Morpho Canada as well as a variety of accounting roles in the technology and transportation industries.   Her collaborative management approach working with key stakeholders to implement efficiencies and process improvements supports corporate objectives to achieve desired results.  She has acted as both lead and contributor on several projects that include implementation of ERP, accounting and payroll systems.

Deanne, a certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP), currently volunteers as a Subject Matter Expert with the Canadian Payroll Association and is an active member of the Peel Chapter.  She is also a volunteer mentor with KIDS.NOW facilitating their proactive youth mental health program for grade 7 & 8 students.  She has always been actively involved in the community supporting local children’s organizations and school committees.

Deanne recently completed the Certificate of Human Resource Management at Sheridan College and is currently pursuing the CHRP designation.

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Alexander Lutchin, BA, APR

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Al Lutchin is known as an innovative and transformative leader who has served in senior executive roles in both the private and public sectors. Now as CEO of Career Compass Canada | Executive Coach Global he leads a muliti- disciplinary Talent Management advisory and Professional Coaching team. Al is a strong advocate for advancing strategic HR and education and was the founding chair for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable. His hallmark of distinction is developing high performance teams and developing individual brands to full potential. He is skilled in creating positive relationships and collaborating to achieve results. His passion is people and he believes that they are the most important asset of a company.

He is a graduate of Western University and is accredited in public relations from the Canadian Public Relations Society. Al is a proud Rotarian and is Co-Chair for President Elect Training for incoming Club leaders in Rotary International District 7090. His favourite hobby is western horseback riding and also working with horses to enhance leadership skills and EQ.

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Anjana Vasudevan, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Anjana is a passionate, result oriented Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) with over 7 years of progressive experience in Human resources. Anjana is a Business Management Graduate and holds a Master’ Diploma in Business Administration. She has also earned a Human Resources Management certificate with high honors. She possesses diversified skills in project coordination, Customer Service, Talent Acquisition, Employee relations, managing employee life cycle operations including Training intervention, Benefits and Pension administration.

Her key strengths lie in strong analytical problem solving, positive behavior and willingness to “learn, share and grow” attitude coupled with a high emotional quotient to tackle conflict resolution.

She is presently employed at the City of Mississauga as a Talent Acquisition Associate.

She has led a Toastmaster’s club in the capacity of VP-Education and Area Director as a committed member of Toastmasters International for 3 years.  Anjana also likes to write and blog on various topics in HR columns. In short, she is an “out of the box” thinker and delivers with diligence and dedication.

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Rima Toor

Chapter Membership Engagement Chair

Rima is a self-motivated, results-focused leader who responds enthusiastically to complex intellectual challenges and sees learning as a lifelong initiative.  With 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional in a wide variety of industries, including public accounting, banking, mining and HR consulting, Rima is currently the head of total rewards and employee engagement at an international mining company. She is responsible for the success of the executive and broad-based total rewards program and has recently worked to expand her role to include employee engagement and diversity and inclusiveness.

A natural effective leader, Rima possesses a unique style to influence others, inspire enthusiasm and improve morale.  Rima’s past experiences has helped hone her reasoning and critical thinking skills to develop sustainable initiatives that align with business strategy while keeping the ‘big picture’ as a frame of reference.  Rima’s experience in consulting has taught her the value of building and nurturing strong relationships with clients and teammates and the importance of communicating well in order to deliver effective outcomes.

Rima is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds multiple designations with the HRPA and WorldatWork, with strengths in strategy development, communications planning, organization, and developing action plans.  Rima is interested in transferring her skills for the benefit of the association and her colleagues in Human Resources.

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Robert Gearing, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

Robert (Rob) Gearing has been a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and the Peel Chapter since 1996 and holds both his CHRP and CHRL designations, he currently works for CIMCO Refrigeration a division of Toromont.  Rob was a volunteer at the HRPA Annual Conference from 1997 to 2013, as a sessions volunteer and as a team lead for the session volunteers for a number of those years.   Rob has been a board member with the Peel HIV/AIDS Network’s board of directors since 2011 and has served as the board chair from 2013 to 2017.  He currently continues to volunteer on the board of directors for The Gilbert Centre in Barrie, the Gilbert Centre’s work focuses on those living and affected by HIV, the 2SLGBTQ+ communities and harm reduction work in Simcoe County.   Rob has taken part in and planned a number of events in Peel region such as the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, Peel Pride and Pride Week in Peel.   Rob attended both the University of Toronto and Humber College and he currently resides in Brampton with his partner.

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Shannon Brander, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee

Shannon has been a member of the HRPA and Peel Chapter since 2003 and holds both her CHRP and CHRL designations.   Shannon was the Team Lead for Peel’s Mentorship Committee in 2018 and 2019. She brings twenty years of cross-functional management experience, to the Peel Board, with an emphasis on human resources, corporate governance and operations. She has been responsible for building HR programs that drive relationships and partnerships across all levels of the organization. A leader who is focused and rolls up her sleeves to find the right solutions that drive results and who is respectful, trustworthy and brings a high degree of integrity and credibility to everything she tackles.  She has experience in managing change through executive leadership transition, integration, restructuring, as well as crisis management, performance management and termination coaching.   She strongly believes that balance is the key to being successful in life!

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Sunil Khambaswadkar, CHRE, RCC

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison Committee

Sunil is an experienced and accomplishment human resources professional with 40 years of global experience working for renowned organizations.  Most recently he was the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for one of the most successful university campuses in the world that has become a model for global education required for today’s inter-dependent world in the twenty-first century.  Sunil has worked in various industries that include higher education, software development, marketing services, metal, and consumer products.  He has worked in Canada, the Middle-East, and India and his responsibilities have spanned over several international locations including the United States.  Sunil has a graduate degree in HR, is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) from Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) Canada and a Results Certified Coach (RCC) from the Neuroleadership Institute.

In his career, Sunil has helped people at all levels including professionals, managers and executive leaders embrace and practice sound people management practices helping them contribute to their businesses and grow professionally.  He is able to understand the broader business vision, relate to the needs of his client, and identify imperatives from people and culture perspective that need to be implemented to align with those needs.  He has ability to develop and execute HR strategies and programs in support of this alignment.  He has deep understanding of various HR disciplines and techniques and appreciation of how those should be implemented to add value to business.  With a strong foundation and commitment to values such as excellence, personal integrity, transparency and ethical behavior, Sunil built his career and reputation working for diverse industry segments.

Sunil lives in Mississauga with his family.  He maintains active interest in following current events and news, loves helping with family chores, enjoys walks.

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Flavia Iuston-Blair

Chapter Chair​​

Flavia Iuston-Blair is a seasoned HR professional with more than 20 years of HR experience.

Flavia currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Human Resources, at DSV Air & Sea Inc.   DSV is a global supplier of transport and logistics services with offices in 90 countries employing 60,000 employees worldwide.

Flavia graduated with a Diploma in Human Resources from Humber College.  She then went on to obtain her CHRP designation in 2000, and is also a certified Mental Health First Aider.

Flavia previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) from 2009 to 2011 and also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA).

As a strategic HR professional, she uses a collaborative and solution focused approach to achieve business and personal goals.

Flavia enjoys being physically active.  She believes the motto, “physical wellness helps promote mental wellness”.

melanie-williams
Melanie Williams, CHRL

Chair Elect & Regulatory Liaison Chair

Melanie holds CHRP, CHRL designations, possesses 25 years Senior HR Leadership experience and is a graduate of McMaster University. A transformational leader, Melanie has served as coach and advisor to the executive and sr. leadership teams across a broad range of organizations from start-ups to the Fortune 500 across multiple business sectors including; financial and professional services – information technology, legal services, automotive, manufacturing, construction, retail, environmental services and non-profit organizations. She has led several high performing teams, possesses a sound knowledge of all HR functional areas, solid project and change management skills and a track record of developing and enhancing strategic HR programs at both the national and global level.

A longstanding member of HRPA, she has been an active volunteer since 2010 and has served on the Peel Board of Directors since 2016. Melanie served 2 terms as Mentorship Chair leading continuous program improvement and delivering HRPA’s “Chapter of Excellence in Mentoring” award to Peel for four consecutive years. She is proud to share this accomplishment with the many volunteers who devoted their time and made enormous contributions to the Mentoring Committee over the years.

Melanie lives in Mississauga with her husband & partner of 35 years and their 2 Golden Retrievers. She is delighted to rejoin the Board in her new capacity as Chair Elect & Regulatory Liaison Chair.

deanne-cormier
​Deanne Cormier​

Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

Deanne brings over 10 years of senior management exposure in financial roles with experience in M&A, organizational restructuring, financial reporting, full-cycle accounting, payroll, administration and operational support.  She has been employed with Trica CXM Solutions as Controller since its start-up in 2015, responsible for financial, human resource and administrative activities.  Trica, in partnership with a global organization, provides Customer Flow Management solutions to the Canadian market.  Previously, Deanne held similar positions at VoiceTrust and Safran Morpho Canada as well as a variety of accounting roles in the technology and transportation industries.   Her collaborative management approach working with key stakeholders to implement efficiencies and process improvements supports corporate objectives to achieve desired results.  She has acted as both lead and contributor on several projects that include implementation of ERP, accounting and payroll systems.

Deanne, a certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP), currently volunteers as a Subject Matter Expert with the Canadian Payroll Association and is an active member of the Peel Chapter.  She is also a volunteer mentor with KIDS.NOW facilitating their proactive youth mental health program for grade 7 & 8 students.  She has always been actively involved in the community supporting local children’s organizations and school committees.

Deanne recently completed the Certificate of Human Resource Management at Sheridan College and is currently pursuing the CHRP designation.

alexander-lutchin
Alexander Lutchin, BA, APR

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Al Lutchin is known as an innovative and transformative leader who has served in senior executive roles in both the private and public sectors. Now as CEO of Career Compass Canada | Executive Coach Global he leads a muliti- disciplinary Talent Management advisory and Professional Coaching team. Al is a strong advocate for advancing strategic HR and education and was the founding chair for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable. His hallmark of distinction is developing high performance teams and developing individual brands to full potential. He is skilled in creating positive relationships and collaborating to achieve results. His passion is people and he believes that they are the most important asset of a company.

He is a graduate of Western University and is accredited in public relations from the Canadian Public Relations Society. Al is a proud Rotarian and is Co-Chair for President Elect Training for incoming Club leaders in Rotary International District 7090. His favourite hobby is western horseback riding and also working with horses to enhance leadership skills and EQ.

anjana-vasudevan
Anjana Vasudevan, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Anjana is a passionate, result oriented Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) with over 7 years of progressive experience in Human resources. Anjana is a Business Management Graduate and holds a Master’ Diploma in Business Administration. She has also earned a Human Resources Management certificate with high honors. She possesses diversified skills in project coordination, Customer Service, Talent Acquisition, Employee relations, managing employee life cycle operations including Training intervention, Benefits and Pension administration.

Her key strengths lie in strong analytical problem solving, positive behavior and willingness to “learn, share and grow” attitude coupled with a high emotional quotient to tackle conflict resolution.

She is presently employed at the City of Mississauga as a Talent Acquisition Associate.

She has led a Toastmaster’s club in the capacity of VP-Education and Area Director as a committed member of Toastmasters International for 3 years.  Anjana also likes to write and blog on various topics in HR columns. In short, she is an “out of the box” thinker and delivers with diligence and dedication.

rima-toor
Rima Toor

Chapter Membership Engagement Chair

Rima is a self-motivated, results-focused leader who responds enthusiastically to complex intellectual challenges and sees learning as a lifelong initiative.  With 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional in a wide variety of industries, including public accounting, banking, mining and HR consulting, Rima is currently the head of total rewards and employee engagement at an international mining company. She is responsible for the success of the executive and broad-based total rewards program and has recently worked to expand her role to include employee engagement and diversity and inclusiveness.

A natural effective leader, Rima possesses a unique style to influence others, inspire enthusiasm and improve morale.  Rima’s past experiences has helped hone her reasoning and critical thinking skills to develop sustainable initiatives that align with business strategy while keeping the ‘big picture’ as a frame of reference.  Rima’s experience in consulting has taught her the value of building and nurturing strong relationships with clients and teammates and the importance of communicating well in order to deliver effective outcomes.

Rima is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds multiple designations with the HRPA and WorldatWork, with strengths in strategy development, communications planning, organization, and developing action plans.  Rima is interested in transferring her skills for the benefit of the association and her colleagues in Human Resources.

robert-gearing
Robert Gearing, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

Robert (Rob) Gearing has been a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and the Peel Chapter since 1996 and holds both his CHRP and CHRL designations, he currently works for CIMCO Refrigeration a division of Toromont.  Rob was a volunteer at the HRPA Annual Conference from 1997 to 2013, as a sessions volunteer and as a team lead for the session volunteers for a number of those years.   Rob has been a board member with the Peel HIV/AIDS Network’s board of directors since 2011 and has served as the board chair from 2013 to 2017.  He currently continues to volunteer on the board of directors for The Gilbert Centre in Barrie, the Gilbert Centre’s work focuses on those living and affected by HIV, the 2SLGBTQ+ communities and harm reduction work in Simcoe County.   Rob has taken part in and planned a number of events in Peel region such as the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, Peel Pride and Pride Week in Peel.   Rob attended both the University of Toronto and Humber College and he currently resides in Brampton with his partner.

shannon-brander
Shannon Brander, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee

Shannon has been a member of the HRPA and Peel Chapter since 2003 and holds both her CHRP and CHRL designations.   Shannon was the Team Lead for Peel’s Mentorship Committee in 2018 and 2019. She brings twenty years of cross-functional management experience, to the Peel Board, with an emphasis on human resources, corporate governance and operations. She has been responsible for building HR programs that drive relationships and partnerships across all levels of the organization. A leader who is focused and rolls up her sleeves to find the right solutions that drive results and who is respectful, trustworthy and brings a high degree of integrity and credibility to everything she tackles.  She has experience in managing change through executive leadership transition, integration, restructuring, as well as crisis management, performance management and termination coaching.   She strongly believes that balance is the key to being successful in life!

sunil-khambaswadkar
Sunil Khambaswadkar, CHRE, RCC

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison Committee

Sunil is an experienced and accomplishment human resources professional with 40 years of global experience working for renowned organizations.  Most recently he was the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for one of the most successful university campuses in the world that has become a model for global education required for today’s inter-dependent world in the twenty-first century.  Sunil has worked in various industries that include higher education, software development, marketing services, metal, and consumer products.  He has worked in Canada, the Middle-East, and India and his responsibilities have spanned over several international locations including the United States.  Sunil has a graduate degree in HR, is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) from Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) Canada and a Results Certified Coach (RCC) from the Neuroleadership Institute.

In his career, Sunil has helped people at all levels including professionals, managers and executive leaders embrace and practice sound people management practices helping them contribute to their businesses and grow professionally.  He is able to understand the broader business vision, relate to the needs of his client, and identify imperatives from people and culture perspective that need to be implemented to align with those needs.  He has ability to develop and execute HR strategies and programs in support of this alignment.  He has deep understanding of various HR disciplines and techniques and appreciation of how those should be implemented to add value to business.  With a strong foundation and commitment to values such as excellence, personal integrity, transparency and ethical behavior, Sunil built his career and reputation working for diverse industry segments.

Sunil lives in Mississauga with his family.  He maintains active interest in following current events and news, loves helping with family chores, enjoys walks.

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