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
Will Maurer is currently living his dream as a Sourcing Leader for General Motors. His philosophies are firmly rooted in his belief that Talent Acquisition is the ultimate team sport. Before taking on a leadership role, Will spent several years as a full cycle recruiter and sourcer in both an agency and corporate setting. He will be the first to tell you that he has a healthy love of Talent Acquisition and an unhealthy love of tacos. Will has been a featured speaker at several conferences including SourceCon, ERE, and LinkedIn Talent Connect. You can find his random thoughts at www.therecruitingnerd.com
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 Co-operative Education (CAFCE) where he serves as the voice of employers for and within the association. He promotes the vision and mission of CAFCE in support of co-operative education 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.
Sarah joined Shopify's Talent Acquisition as the first Recruiting Researcher in October 2014. She used her internet sleuthing skills for good, finding great people for Shopify to hire. Since then she's built out a team of intrepid researchers who help fill senior and niche roles. She now leads a new team working to increase efficiency and improve how the Talent Acquisition team hires by leveraging tools, systems, and data. Before joining Shopify, Sarah completed an MA in Art History at Carleton University and worked at the Carleton University Art Gallery.
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.
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.
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.
Surina is a Senior Talent Acquisition Leader with a genuine passion for connecting top talent with exciting career opportunities. She has 15+ years of experience in recruitment for a variety of fields including Marketing, Software, Retail, Government and most recently in Financial Services at TD.
She uses creative sourcing techniques including social media, closely partnering with businesses to host external recruitment events and connecting with external partners in order to build a strong pipeline. She has developed a record for hiring top talent in the industry for roles in Technology, Digital and Data & Analytics.
Surina has a passion for practicing Bikram Hot Yoga, Orange Theory, kickboxing and more to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle