Laura has over two decades of experience providing advice and representation as an HR Lawyer. As an entrepreneur, Laura has built two highly respected firms which respectively provide proactive HR law and HR consulting advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost bottom line performance.
Laura is a labour relations instructor at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies in the Human Resources Management Program. In 2018, Laura was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award—Business and Professional Studies by the School of Continuing Studies at U of T.
Laura is also a seasoned workplace investigator, routinely engaged to conduct complex workplace investigations, and is recognized for specific expertise in investigations related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
As a Certified Speaking Professional, Laura regularly delivers keynote talks on topics relevant to entrepreneurs, business leaders, HR professionals and lawyers. Laura has recently launched a podcast for business leaders and HR Professionals called, We Thrive Forward – Conversations with Laura Williams which is available on all major platforms.
Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.
Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. From there, she developed her passion for business and human resources in progressive HR and leadership positions at TD Bank Financial Group and TD Canada Trust, and as an independent Training Consultant. As a member of executive leadership teams, her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed during her tenures at Questrade, Inc. based in Toronto and at Dealer-FX, Inc. headquartered in Markham, Ontario.
Kris earned her Business Administration Diploma, Human Resources (with Distinction) from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and the Human Resources Post Graduate Certificate from Humber College in Toronto. She has also achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.
Dr. Wesley J. Hall
Founder, Kingsdale Advisors
Wes Hall came from very humble beginnings in Jamaica to become one of the most influential business people in Canada. He has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and contested investor situations. As the Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, Wes has delivered an unparalleled track record of success for North America's biggest names including: Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, and Suncor.
He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and activist campaigns in North America. Wes is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading national environmental and industrial services provider with over 700 employees; Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil & gas, construction and transportation sectors; and Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia's premier resorts.
In 2020, Wes was one of five individuals appointed to the Ontario government's Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, an advisory group of experts tasked to review and modernize the province's capital markets regulations. In 2011, Wes received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors' (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.
Wes is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the live of Black Canadians.
Vice President Human Resources, Communications, Public Relations, Dynacare
Donna currently leads the human resources function at Dynacare, a leading health and wellness solutions provider. As Vice President Human Resources, Communications and Public Relations, Donna leads a team of 33 professionals. Donna oversees organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, communications, public relations, learning and development, talent management, talent acquisition and wellness, and health and safety. Donna and her team are focused on creating an internal culture that inspires employees, grows talent and allows people to thrive at work and at home.
Donna possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as professional certifications in Advanced Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business, and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor Law, in addition to professional training in Executive Coaching. Donna holds the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Louise Taylor Green
Chief Executive Officer, Human Resources Professional Association
Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).
Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officer's who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business. In fact, she's done this several times in multi-billion dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property & casualty insurance and healthcare.
Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization's talent is the key to unlocking organizational performance. By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that have real skin-in-the-game for their clients success. She believes that HR has never been more influential than they are right now in the corporation's success but also in the lives of the organization's leaders and employees and broader stakeholders.
Louise is a certified HR professional (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE), an ICF certified coach (PCC), a certified management consultant with CMC Canada, an accredited director with ICD (ICD.D).