Brian Rolfes is the Partner at McKinsey who leads global recruiting strategies, polices and operations. Prior to this role, he worked in several positions at McKinsey: he was an Associate Principal serving the financial sector, with a focus on customer relationship marketing, and he also was the Director of Professional Development for McKinsey Canada. Brian is also one of the Firm’s diversity leaders, having co-founded McKinsey’s global GLAM ([email protected]) network.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Brian was a human rights lawyer and aspiring academic in human rights. He studied law at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) and Cambridge before being called to the bars in Ontario and Saskatchewan. He has served as a member of the Mayor of Toronto’s diversity counsel and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. He received a “Leaders to be Proud of” award by the Canadian business gay community and currently leads the Ontario Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee.
Brian shares his interest in reading, law and travel with his husband Brad who is the head of litigation of Canada’s largest law firms, Blake Cassels and Graydon. Brian and Brad love to sit on the dock of their cottage, contemplating life.
Robin leads Bersin by Deloitte’s Talent Acquisition function where she researches best practices, develops frameworks and tools, conducts industry surveys, and writes reports. Drawing on over 20 years in Human Capital consulting and her academic research, Robin is a frequent speaker and writer on talent management issues, including talent acquisition, retention, and employee engagement
Frédéric is a senior human resources executive with 19 years of experience in employee relations and broader strategic human resources. He is currently Chief HR Officer for the New Brunswick public service, a diversified organization with 45,000 employees across government departments, public school districts and regional health authorities. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction and the policy, program and accountability framework for the full slate of HR activities: recruitment and talent management, organizational development, total compensation, collective bargaining, employee safety and wellness. Upon his appointment in October 2016, he was tasked with leading the planning, development and execution of a new people strategy to achieve the newly established vision of a Proud, Professional and Productive Public Service. Frédéric has held a number of progressively senior roles within the provincial public service in a variety of fields, including HR service delivery, programming, compensation and labour relations. Prior to joining the public service in 1999, Frédéric worked in sales management for a property and casualty insurer.
Brien Convery is an accomplished, results-driven executive professional with 28 years of diversified and progressive experience spanning a wide range of industries and disciplines both in the private and public sectors across the globe. As Director, Talent Acquisition, Early Talent Attraction and Engagement, at RBC, Brien leads the Canada campus recruitment teams to attract, engage and recruit top student talent into Capital Markets, Functions, Insurance, Wealth Management and Personal and Commercial Banking at one the world’s leading financial institutions. As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Brien holds the title of Vice-Chair Recruitment and Mentorship for the RBC PRIDE Employee Resource Group focusing on the LGBTQ+ employees and community at-large. He promotes the importance of being one’s authentic self and encourages the importance of being active and involved in diversity groups as a means for personal and professional growth for all recruits.
Currently, Brien is an Employer Representative Board Member for the Canadian Association for Coop Education Work-Integrated-Learning (CEWIL) Canada where he serves as the voice of employers for and within the association. He promotes the vision and mission of CEWIL in support of co-operative education and work-integrated-learning with employers, educators and the Government of Canada. Brien also sits on a number post-secondary advisory boards and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.
Follow Brien and his Campus Recruitment Team on Twitter: @BrienKConvery @RBC4Students
Maura is a Human Resources professional, with an expertise in full-cycle talent management. She has been facilitating the recruitment, engagement, and development of top talent at leading Canadian organizations across several industries for over 15 years. As Sr. Director of Talent Acquisition at Rogers Communications, she and her team are accountable for talent acquisition programs and recruitment initiatives at Rogers Communications including Retail Stores, Call Centers and Corporate functions across Canada. Prior to joining Rogers in early 2014, Maura was Director, Talent Acquisition Strategy with Shoppers Drug Mart, where she helped map out a comprehensive recruitment strategy including employment branding and recruitment programs for the retail stores and corporate operations. Her earlier career experiences include leadership roles with LoyaltyOne and Gap Inc., where she oversaw recruitment processes, practices and technology. Maura also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Human Resources Degree Program at Humber College.
Stephen Brown is the director of talent acquisition for the Ontario public service where he provides executive leadership for planning human resource requirements, advising on talent sourcing, assessment and deployment strategies, and for promoting the public service of Ontario as a top-drawer employer.
With over 25 years with the OPS, Stephen has held a variety of progressive roles as an HR specialist, and many years in strategy, policy and program development leading innovative initiatives that set corporate direction for HR management in the public service. Most recently, Stephen was the director of recruitment strategy, technology and capacity-building. A collaborator, Stephen is a strategic, transformative and inclusive leader, winning praise for his values-based approach to leadership, and for building high-performing teams.
Anandi joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd as a Talent Acquisition Manager in 2015. In this role, Anandi is responsible for recruitment for Corporate Staff and Restaurants, and oversees strategy, employment branding and channel development. She is also accountable for end-to-end hiring processes for the Toronto office positions, and works closely with various business units to develop comprehensive talent solutions and initiatives.
Prior to joining McDonald’s Canada, Anandi was a Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Manager at Delta Hotels and Resorts, where she spent more than 10 years overseeing corporate talent acquisition strategy and various HR programs, including employee engagement and recognition.
Anandi holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.
Mary Megali, Ph.D, MBA, has led the design, development, and execution of strategic HR projects for Top 50 Employers in Technology, Healthcare, and Telecom, to name a few. She has led teams for national and global organizations that have contributed to HR plans to align and help achieve corporate objectives. She is both an HR leader and professor who is regularly invited to speak at top universities and professional conferences on critical topics such as Talent Acquisition, HR Planning, Employment Branding, and Social Media for HR. She holds a PhD, an MBA, and Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Dr. Megali is also a systems, digital learning, and investment enthusiast.
Having worked with award winning recruitment agencies, start-ups, and the #1 digital agency - Razorfish, Avery has matched an abundance of talent to life changing opportunities over the last 10 years of her career. Formerly the Director of Talent at Rangle.io she joined as employee 65 and grew the team to 150 in 15 months. Having recently joined the team at League as their Head of Talent, she will have their team burning brighter as they continue to scale over the years to come. Avery is a lover of social media, travel, and all things Recruitment, it is her innate curiosity about people, work, and what gets them out of bed in the morning that keeps her inspired.
Always looking to what’s next, Avery works with leading start-ups to navigate the world of talent, drive diversity initiatives and build a creative culture worth being a part of. It’s through this relentless focus on talent experience that she creates meaningful, lasting connections that drive growth. Avery is passionate about building inclusive work environments through promoting diversity. Diversity and celebrating people’s differences are really the core of her values. For Avery, it’s all about focus on talent, talent management, employee experience, and allowing talent to be their authentic selves at work.
Jay Zaidi is currently the Head of Talent at Rangle.io, where he oversees talent acquisition strategy and operations, including international expansion.
Previously Jay was Head of Talent Acquisition for RSA Group, a 300-year old global insurance company and Head of Recruitment for TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange). In both roles, Jay oversaw strategy & operations in highly regulated, financially critical environment.
Jay draws inspiration and direction from over 20 years of experience, starting early in his career as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, specializing in communication before launching his tech career at IBM and several venture-funded tech companies.
It was a tap on the shoulder from a friend that lead Jay into the recruiting industry, where he spent many years at an IT recruiting firm before turning his eye towards solving complex corporate recruitment challenges.
Jay is uniquely positioned to tackle technical, business and people challenges with the ability to pivot all three skills to develop and create exceptional experiences.
Farah Zafar is the Global Talent Acquisition Manager for Canadian Standards Association. In her current role, she is responsible for creating and executing strategic talent acquisition plans, developing and implementing global talent acquisition systems and programs, ensuring the CSA Talent agenda is aligned with it’s strategic business plans globally.
In her prior role, Farah was the Lead Recruiter for Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies, where she managed end to end recruiting and sourcing for J&J’s medical device companies. She has also led J&J’s enterprise wide campus recruitment efforts in her time there.
With over 20 years of experience in Talent Acquisition, HR Management, Change management and Business Process Redesign, she has held various HR and Talent Acquisition roles with Manulife Financial, Royal and SunAlliance and Novopharm. Farah enjoys working with a variety of recruitments systems and social media tools.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Master in Business Administration.
Maria began her Talent Acquisition career in 2007. And in her 10 year career, she has been successful volume recruitment, executive searches, remote living recruitment, Talent Acquisition strategy and implementation and has worked across a broad spectrum of industries. In her current role as a Director, Talent Acquisition with EllisDon, where she joined in November 2014, Maria is responsible for the strategy and execution of Global and national Employer Branding, Talent Attraction and Talent acquisition team.
Maria graduated in 2006 from York University with a BHRM, In 2016 she was featured on the Rising Stars list that showcases the spotlight on the up and coming HR practitioners already making waves in the industry.
Dustin brings with him a diverse array of marketing and communications experience in the sectors of Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Creative Agency. In his current role as Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications with EllisDon, where he joined in October 2010, Dustin is responsible for collaborating with internal stakeholders to produce business development tools, oversee external communications, such as the corporate website, social media and public relations, the EllisDon brand and crisis communications.
Dustin obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with focus on Communications from Western University, followed up by a Post-graduate diploma from Fanshawe College in Corporate Communications and Public Relations.
Amar Grewal is a Global Director of Talent Acquisition at Hatch with teams in Australia, Africa, Canada, Latin America and USA. Amar and his teams lead the development and execution of talent acquisition strategies to proactively source and recruit top talent in a fast changing world of metals, energy, infrastructure, digital and investment markets. With 13 years of experience in the Talent Acquisition practice, Amar has been able to impact and influence how organizations structure and implement employment branding, talent attraction and selection methodology to build high performance teams.
Amar is a graduate from York University, where he earned a degree in Sociology, he went on to do a Post Graduate HR Management Program at Sheridan College. Amar believes that high performing organizations need to get the best, grow the best, and keep the best talent to be the best in all that they do.
Alina has developed a passion for building strategies to attract human capital to the organizations. It began in the start-up space while in University and transitioned to the Recruitment Agency supporting the digitization of major Canadian banks and consulting companies. While successful in the agency space, Alina was recruited to the biggest telco-media company to build their digital media department for many brands that included: Chatelaine, Hello! Canada, Citytv, The Shopping Channel, Today’s Parent, Game Center Live-NHL, Fido, Rogers and Texture. She managed Talent Acquisition in multiple areas for Loblaw Companies Ltd. such as E-commerce, Analytics and Joe Fresh.
Most recently she has joined Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing and HR services, as their Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity. In her role she will instrumental in contributing to Randstad’s mission of being a trusted human partner in the technology driven world of talent.
Sylvie Leclerc is the Director of Operations for RITA, a unique online recruitment marketing solution created in 2004. RITA has continued reinventing itself ever since.
Sylvie describes herself as a “hybrid product” with an educational background in communications and web marketing and a professional background in recruitment, technology and employment. As such, Sylvie and “recruitment marketing” are a love story that has been going on for over 15 years!
Sylvie has had the privilege of helping large companies develop their employer brand, enabling her to dive into the unique DNA of organizations and their human capital.
Each experience has afforded her the opportunity to learn and to understand, further fueling her desire to develop and grow.
For Sylvie, meeting and sharing is often what drives inspiration.
Christine is a Global Talent Acquisition leader, having had extensive talent acquisition and talent management experience across a variety of industries and around the world, including Canada, US, UK, Asia and the Middle East.
Christine joined CGI as the Head of Talent Acquisition for Canada. She joined CGI after completing 2 years at Aviva Investors, as the Head of Talent, based in London, England. Prior to that Christine held positions such as Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Spinmasters and was the Americas Head of Resourcing at AMD/ATI. In both these roles, she managed the implementation of global applicant tracking tools and managed the annual talent performance and management programmes. She started her career in a boutique executive search firm and has brought the consultative and business acumen style with her throughout her career.
Christine has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.
Arun is the Global HR Insights & People Analytics Lead HR Insights lead for Xerox, where he leads a talented team of data ninjas. With 10+ years of experience, he has a proven track record for delivering quantitative business outcomes by leveraging and driving the adoption of analytics. Arun is passionate about fuelling the development of innovative, novel approaches to analytics with a firm rooting in corporate strategy.
Arshbir Malandra is currently employed in the telecommunications industry leading the HR Reporting and Analytics team at Rogers Communications. Arshbir supports the Rogers People and Culture plan and is a proven leader with a track record of helping the team deliver actionable analytics to establish a data-informed and data-driven culture. She is passionate about data and, more importantly, the insights that can be translated to help drive the company strategy. She discovered her passion for data and numbers through various roles in her career beginning with XM/Sirius Canada, followed by Unilever.
Clint Philp likes to introduce himself as the only marketer in HR, although he believes every recruiter is a marketer. For over 18 years, he has worked as a digital and social media marketer, specializing in employer branding and recruitment marketing, helping talent acquisition leaders and recruiters apply marketing principles and tactics for recruiting's benefit.
Clint started his career on the ad agency side, helping to position companies from industries like retail, healthcare, finance, telecom, manufacturing and high-tech as employers of choice to their target candidates. He has most recently worked client side for major Canadian brands like RIM (BlackBerry), Rogers, Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw Companies Limited.
Clint is currently under contract through Procom as a Senior Advisor of Recruitment Marketing with BMO
With a strong passion for all things Talent Acquisition, Leadership and Organizational Development, Patricia Kabongo has a decade of experience leading Talent Acquisition teams to achieve extraordinary success while delivering an outstanding candidate experience.
Patricia recently joined TD Bank Group – ranked the #1 place to work by LinkedIn – as a Senior Manager overseeing the Technology recruiting team which recruits more than 2100+ in top talent.
A graduate of York University, Patricia studied Human Rights and Equity as well as Human Resources Management at Humber College.
A result of her strong relationship building skills, drive for efficiency and excellence, Patricia has developed a reputation for affectionately engineering winning teams by re-engineering processes, driving innovation and efficiency and ultimately reducing the number of days required to onboard talent.
Having fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to war as a child with her family, Patricia holds a strong passion for inclusivity and equality and actively volunteers on an employer board that focuses on helping newcomers to Canada.
An advocate for Women in Leadership, Patricia is also a member of TD's Women in Technology committee which works collectively to ensure that diversity and inclusion remain strategic objectives for TD's technology pillars.
As a trusted resource and partner, Theresa Casarin, Creative Niche's VP, Talent, has a knack for understanding her clients’ needs, and meeting them by effectively sourcing the right talent.
Specializing in creative and digital industries, she has an extensive network of qualified candidates in UX/UI, Data and Analytics, Content, Innovation, Design and Development. Theresa thrives on ensuring her candidates and clients receive industry-leading service through a simple and seamless hiring process. Theresa loves being involved in the future of the city's talent and participates in presentations and advisory committees for schools / organizations like Humber, Sheridan, Ryerson, RGD, and RED Academy.
Passionate about candidate experience, optimizing recruitment processes and strengthening employer brands by finding the right talent!
Leah Wilson brings 18 years of recruiting experience building and leading local and global teams that deliver recruiting solutions for high growth Canadian organizations. Her background includes agency, client and corporate sides of recruiting with domain experience in full-cycle talent management, candidate sourcing, employee on boarding, recruiter/hiring manager training, employment brand, recruitment marketing and campus recruiting.
Leah started her career on the agency side hiring technology professionals and has been responsible for the overall recruitment strategy, operations, workforce planning and delivery of value added recruitment services for several large Canadian brands including Sobeys, CIBC, BlackBerry (RIM) and Rogers.
Cindy aims to shine a light on the human aspect of the workplace by inspiring purpose-driven outcomes that align with business goals. She is currently VP of People at Policygenius, a digital insurance marketplace helping people get the coverage they need and making them feel good about it. Previously, Cindy was Head of People at Oscar--scaling the company from 80 to 545 FTEs in 1.5 years. She spent 10+ years at McKinsey in roles spanning HR/benefits, recruiting, and professional development. In her spare time, she runs a fashion-consulting biz and takes orders from her ferocious Yorkie-poo, Bert.
Twitter handle is @lilcinllc
Jan is Head of Talent at Sidewalk Labs where his team and he search and recruit specialized talent across a wide range of fields. Prior to joining Sidewalk in 2016, Jan was focused on scaling startup teams and recruiting functions in the USA, U.K., and Germany.
He's enabled hundreds of hires, and is obsessed with making talent teams true business partners. Originally from Germany, Jan studied International Affairs in Switzerland. He enjoys photography and travel, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
Dave Wilkin, Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com (10KCoffees), is helping organizations match and build diverse relationships between colleagues to drive high performing and happy teams. An international and award winning speaker and expert in multi-generational workforces, innovation, mentoring, and networking.
Wilkin and his team are at the forefront of the mentoring and networking movement. Their thesis is simple: employees with diverse networks and relationships are more innovative, higher performing, happier, and better leaders. 10KCoffees is relied upon by the largest organizations and schools to help their employees and students build diverse networks - from Pepsico, UPenn, Hearst, Royal Bank of Canada, and hundreds of other leading organizations.
Wilkin and his team are helping organizations - from companies to schools - to help everyone build the diverse networks they need to be innovative, successful, and happy.
Twitter handle: @dwilkin // @10kcoffees
Steven Huang left his career as an actuary to join Facebook as their first HR analyst. As an early pioneer of bringing advanced quantitative discipline to the HR field, he built the people analytics strategies at both Facebook and Square. Ever since, he has become a champion of using data modeling to solve HR's most pressing problems. Steven joined Culture Amp, an employee feedback platform, as an early employee in 2015 to advises customers on a wide-range of topics including organizational design, performance management strategies, and talent acquisition metrics.
He currently holds the position of Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Culture Amp. He has designed and deployed an internal D&I function, as well as open-source tools to contribute to the D&I movement, such as the Culture Amp and Paradigm Inclusion Survey. He has a B.S. in Business from Babson College.