Elise's legal experience, as well as her extensive experience in human capital management in complex environments, brings both depth and a strong business perspective to her work. This combined knowledge allowed her to develop competency in strategic planning, business transformation, human resources strategy, HR analytics, leadership development and communications. Her expertise covers both the public and private sectors including healthcare, aerospace, telecom, multimedia and finance sectors as well as human capital advisory work for one of the "big four" global consultancy firms. In addition to her university studies, Élise Saint-Aubin holds certification from the Reputation Institute and Barret Values Centre, as well as certification from Prosci© Change Management.
Her diverse expertise is complimented by a creative approach and a strong entrepreneurial mindset. Her practical approach to resolving issues, her discernment and knowledge help organizations enhance their human performance.
An elite athlete for most of her life, Anne Merklinger was a member of Canada's national swim team from 1977–1981. Anne earned a silver medal at the 1979 World University Games in the 200‐metre breaststroke.
After a distinguished swimming career, Anne focused on curling and since the early 1980's she competed with distinction at every major event she entered. She was consistently ranked as one of Canada's foremost curlers, winning the Ontario Women’s Curling Championships in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2000. She has twice led her team to the final of the Scott Tournament of Hearts (1998 and 2000).
A passionate, creative, and inspiring leader, Anne has more than 20 years of management experience with national sport organizations. Prior to becoming CEO Anne held the position of Director, Summer Sports with Own the Podium. She previously worked with CanoeKayak in the role of Director General, and has also worked with the Commission for Inclusion of Athletes with a Disability and the Canadian Federation of Sport Organization for the Disabled.
Anne’s life‐long experience in sport as an athlete and professional is complemented by extensive volunteer experience with a number of organizations including the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, Women’s Tour of Curling, CAAWS, and Special Olympics Canada.
Linda Croll Howell is the Director of Human Resources, Analytics for Cornell’s Division of Human Resources. Prior to this, she held Director roles including Diversity & Inclusion Metrics, Work Life Services, as well as Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Cornell Information Technologies. Linda actively engages with faculty in applied research projects on campus, most recently including a two-year study on remote workers in the workplace. Prior to joining Cornell 14 years ago, she held Human Resources roles for companies in NYC including JP Morgan Chase, MTV Networks, Young & Rubicam, and most recently was the SVP of Human Resources for Grey Global Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Research and Evaluation in Psychology from Hofstra University.
Paul Robinson is Associate Vice President of Credit Risk Management at Canadian Tire Bank. He is responsible for the oversight of sound risk management strategies and covers the entire credit lifecycle, including account origination, management, collections and fraud. Paul’s mandate also includes showcasing how Canadian Tire Corporation’s deep experience in data analytics extends to sports by helping Own the Podium identify future Olympic and Paralympic medallists.
Since joining Canadian Tire Bank in 1999, Paul held a number of progressively senior roles within various departments, including credit risk management, mortgage underwriting, modelling and fraud. Prior to his current role, Paul spent three years as an analyst with Dun & Bradstreet Canada where he was responsible for creating custom credit models.
Paul holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honours degree in Business Economics from Brock University.
Veronica Van is the People & Culture Strategist supporting the TELUS Digital team across Canada. In her current role, Veronica is focused on developing organizational culture and increasing employee engagement by evaluating each aspect of the Employee Lifecycle. She is an active member of the tech community in Toronto, volunteering with Ladies Learning Code and partnering with Culture Amp to host People Geekup earlier this year. Prior to joining TELUS, Veronica supported organizations in defining and evaluating their talent and reward programs with Willis Towers Watson and was a Director at the youth mental illness agency, YouthLink for 5 years. Veronica holds a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and studied at the Warwick Business School in the UK.
Prior to joining ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Roger Blaesz began his analytics career working as a Research Assistant at Queens Park in the Forecasting Division of Ministry of Treasury and Economics. After obtaining his MBA from York University he began a long career at a large Mutual Fund Company, where he spent several years as a Business Analyst in the Operations and Call Centre area. Since 2010, Roger has been involved in HR related metrics and analytics. He spent 2 years working in the HR department of a large toy manufacturer and most recently, worked in the HR department for the City of Burlington.
Anna Filice is the Director of HR Systems & Operations at the City of Hamilton. She brings experience in a wide range of HR functions to her current responsibilities which include leadership of HR technology systems, HR analytics, total rewards, administration and service delivery transformation. Since coming to the organization she has worked hard to cultivate an environment of data driven decision making within HR space. Prior to this role, Anna was the Manager of HR Shared Services for a Canadian Manufacturing Organization.
Zac Nichol is a Metric Analyst at the City of Hamilton, where he is responsible for arming the business and HR team with data-driven insights through analytics to identify critical HR priorities and drive optimal decisions about our people. He ensures that relevant, actionable and insightful metrics and trends are identified and reported accordingly, serving as the technical liaison for HR data/information. Also responsible for ensuring that human resources information is presented accurately, consistently and in a clear, concise, and business-relevant manner. Prior to joining the city, Zac held various roles with Arcelor Mittal.
With more than 15 years of experience, Kimberley Snage has a background in business, a PMP designation and has led technology, enterprise change and analytical functions within diverse industries.
As Director of HR Projects, Technology and Analytics at the University of Waterloo, Kimberley leads a team that defines evidence-based talent analytics, while overseeing the HR Project portfolio, HR technology and the execution of continuous improvements on campus.
With more than 25 years of experience in various industries and multiple disciplines, Kenton is an expert in the field of Human Resources and an ICF Professional Certified Coach.
As Executive Director of Human Resources with the University of Waterloo, Kenton leads a group of 60 Human Resource professionals, supporting over 9000 full-time and part-time employees. Prior to this role, Kenton worked for 13 years with both Nestle Purina and Nestle Canada in progressively more senior roles.
Kenton prides himself on creating environments that are professional, but fun; easygoing, but focused. He believes in a culture where people feel trusted, supported and relevant, and are comfortable being their authentic selves.
Alexander Uborcev, PhD, GEMBA
Senior Manager, Integrated People Management in Strategic Workforce Management team with Royal Bank of Canada
Position and Responsibilities:
A Strategic, financial, risk, and people decision making advisor.
Areas of Specialization:
A highly skilled professional who leverages experience in
•People strategy, benchmarking, predictive modeling and analytics, problem solving, and re-design/optimization policies and processes to achieve sustainability and affordability, providing decision making, and strategy development assistance.
•Economic, financial, and risk analysis, financial, economic, and system dynamic modeling and projections, optimization and decision making assistance, business development and strategic planning to drive strong gains in revenue, profit, cost reduction, and competitive advantage.
Alexander has worked in a senior capacity of financial management and business development for organizations in both Canada and Europe for 22 years. His achievements span from achieving impressive revenue and profit gains for companies, to maximizing ROI among product lines, to developing effective workforce programs, to providing optimal solutions from economic, operational, and financial modeling of complex, stochastic and dynamic systems.
He is a lecturer and the author of several industry publications.
Alexander earned his GEMBA from Duke University. In addition, he has achieved a Ph.D. in mathematics and physics, and a B.Sc. in radio-physics and information technology.
Kelly Allder is an experienced human resources consultant and dynamic facilitator. As Vice President of People Programs, Kelly is responsible for HR technology and HR programs that enhance the effectiveness of employees and managers, and increase engagement.
Kelly recently completed the global implementation of Dayforce HCM for Ceridian – all modules (HR, payroll, workforce management, benefits, recruiting, and performance) for 5000 employees in 4 countries, in 2 languages, with 46 interfaces. She is now working on a global succession management and talent development program.
Kelly is also Executive Director of Ceridian Cares, Ceridian’s very own charity, where she oversees the daily operations and national committees that give grants to people in need. To-date, Ceridian Cares has granted close to $1.5 million to families across Canada.
Kelly holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University, and she drives a MINI Cooper. Kelly has four children, all of whom can fit into her car, plus 1 hockey bag.
Holder of a Business Administration Bachelor with an HR major, as well as a communication certificate, Julie is a passionate of efficient business processes, Global HR systems architecture and data integrity strategy. She started her career at Deloitte evolving through different HR roles across the organization and eventually joined the HR Technologies practice as a certified Workday consultant. Since January 2017, she leads the HR Systems team at Shopify, a growing Canadian tech company taking over the e-commerce world and helping make commerce better for everyone. Her teams Big Rocks includes but aren’t limited to system architecture, data integrity strategy, workflow configuration and system user experience & support. Eager to learn, Julie is currently pursuing her PMP designation.