It’s our pleasure to introduce the people who help set the direction and tone of the magazine:
Nancy joined Desire2Learn, an e-learning company, from Princeton Holdings where she was Vice-President, Human Resources. There she was focused on the development of a high performance culture, talent management, high potential development and succession planning. Nancy has also held a number of Executive HR positions at Manulife Financial Corporation. As Vice-President, Global Talent Management, she was responsible Executive and Pipeline Talent Management, Succession Planning and Executive Development and for designing both an integrated global talent management model and a global Leadership Development strategy.
Nancy’s background spans all strategic areas of HR – Recruiting, Employee Relations, Learning and Development, HR Consulting and Talent Management. She has held roles at the business unit, divisional, corporate and global levels. Nancy is a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and holds SHRP, CHRP and HRPS designations, as well as FLMI and ACS (Life Insurance) designations.
Sandra has responsibility for providing strategic leadership for Human Resources; Labour Relations; Learning & Leadership; Organizational Effectiveness; Spiritual Health, Mission & Ethics; Occupational Health & Safety; Infection Control; Staff Scheduling; Library Services and Volunteer Services. As a graduate from the University of Western Ontario and St. Lawrence College, Sandra has worked in progressive roles in healthcare organizations for over twenty years. Sandra is an advocate for life-long learning.
Sandra views her role as ultimately being accountable for implementing systems and processes that promote and enhance a culture of trust within the organization—to create a place where staff want to work. Sandra strongly believes that by supporting and valuing our staff and treating everyone with respect, dignity and compassion, we can create a work environment where staff thrive, are productive, healthy and happy.
Craig Dowden, a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, has a Doctorate in Psychology, with a concentration in Business. An engaging and inspiring coach, Craig partners with leaders and executives from diverse industries and sectors to work on their most important challenges. In his role as a trusted advisor, Craig integrates the latest findings in the science of leadership, team, and organizational excellence into his coaching and consulting work.
Steve has enjoyed 23 years of employment at the Ontario WSIB holding a number of different positions predominantly in the field of human resources. Steve spent many of his HR years in the field of labour relations where he was involved in numerous collective bargaining efforts. In 2003 Steve became Vice-President, Human Resources and he held that position until late 2007 when he assumed the role of Vice-President, Prevention where he was able to further enhance his knowledge of the health and safety system. In 2010 Steve returned to the role of Vice-President, Human Resources where he looks forward to preparing the organization and its employees for the many challenges ahead.
In addition to his duties with the WSIB, Steve has been an active member of the Workforce Advisory Committee which is one of eight Committees reporting into the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Kim, BBA, CHRP, CEC is a Leadership coach and Business consultant working with individuals and SME organizations. She provides coaching services to individuals and organizations that allow them to Discover, Define, Shift and Act, allowing them to fully realize their personal and professional growth and impact.
We’d also like to introduce the members of our Conference Advisory Council.
Camille is a creator of successful marketing strategies that increase brand awareness, enable business development and galvanize customer engagement and loyalty. Leadership of cross-functional teams in the healthcare, wealth management and financial services sectors.
Julie helps the BBD team to reach their full potential. The belief held by BBD that HR is about enhancing and supporting talent directly relates to Julie’s extensive work experience in higher and international education. An everyday adventurer, Julie operates on many channels. She enjoys hobbies that range from gardening and fitness pursuits to binge-reading and travel, and her sense of humour is matched by her ability to be enthusiastic about… just about everything.
Caterina Sanders has a diverse background. Her former role as Vice-President combined dual responsibilities for operations and employee experience. Under her employee experience leadership Habanero received numerous awards and is now nationally recognized as a top Canadian workplace. She is also a skilled consultant with a background in interaction design and account management. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia.