Emma Horgan is Vice President Human Resources at Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a $3 billion Canadian consumer packaged meats company with 11,000 employees, leading brands and market shares in Canada, and strong export markets. Maple Leaf Foods has an award winning values-based culture and has a high focus on employee engagement, development, and continuous improvement.
Emma and her team develop and implement high impact performance and talent management processes, create leadership and learning programs to cultivate strong leaders and skill sets to generate organizational success, and to provide business partnering across the organization. This includes working with leaders to ensure the HR strategy is aligned and effective in helping drive the overall business strategy.
Originally from the UK, Emma has an Msc in Strategic Human Resources Management from the University of Hull, and 15 years of progressive experience with the full range of Human Resources responsibilities including, strategy development, organizational design, talent acquisition, talent and succession management, engagement, employee relations, legal matters, policy, labour relations and change management etc. She moved to Canada with Maple Leaf Foods in 2005.
Anuj has been with Google, in data-based HR teams, for 8 years. Prior to joining Google, he taught in the area of Accounting & Finance at the Richard Ivey School of Business and also consulted with Mercer HR Consulting. He has MBA and HBA degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Terry Lashyn is the Director of People Intelligence at ATB Financial – and is responsible for the definition, analysis and oversight of People Intelligence and Analytics for use by management throughout ATB in attainment of becoming THE place to work and achieving ATB’s strategic goals.
Terry has had major parts in large projects over his career at ATB. He has been involved in General Ledger conversions, helped establish the Business Intelligence area at ATB and was involved in the Core Banking replacement project that was considered the largest one time bank conversion in North America. Over the past year he led a project that saw ATB implement a people analytics software across the organization - allowing people leaders the ability to see the people trends in their areas in relation to the rest of the company. Terry was also deeply involved with IBM on a developmental project which involved helping take Talent Insights – Kenexa to the next level.
Terry is based out of Edmonton, Alberta and enjoys to travel, keeping active and supporting the Edmonton Oilers. He is also a volunteer for the Edmonton Rock and Roll Society and enjoys their annual outdoor concerts.
Kerry Colpitts is the Director of Strategic Planning and Reporting for the Human Resources Branch of the Canada Revenue Agency. She is responsible for workforce planning, demographics, performance measurement, and HR functional oversight and modernization.
Mike is a co-founder and one of the principal consultants at Talent Metrics. He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University and a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from Dowling College.
In his career, Mike has worked for large Fortune 500 organizations managing client relationships, providing actionable analytics, impacting the design of global surveys and influencing program evaluation strategies. His efforts in corporate centers of excellence directly partnered with senior level executives have ensured alignment of metrics across organizations and geared towards the company’s overall strategy. Mike’s areas of expertise include survey design and implementation, employee engagement, customer loyalty, linkage research, and statistical analyses.
Mike is also an adjunct faculty member at Touro College in the Graduate IO Psychology program, where he teaches courses such as Assessment and Selection, Organizational Design and Behavior, and Practicum/Internship.
Anthony Auriemmo is the People Analytics Manager at Sleepy’s LLC where he is responsible for all employee survey initiatives including pre-employment, new hire, engagement and post-separation inquiries. Other projects that he has worked on include the analysis of yearly employee engagement data, adverse impact testing to ensure compliance during an organizational restructure, and building a compensation structure. Currently, Anthony is a doctoral student in Applied Organizational Psychology at Hofstra University. Prior to his experience at Sleepy’s, Anthony worked as a researcher and professor at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.
Dr. Steele is the Senior Manager of Human Capital Analytics for Best Buy, responsible for leading a team of data scientists to drive data-driven talent decisions. Specifically, Dr. Steele’s team has enterprise responsibility (140k+ employees; 400k+ applicants) for everyday employee engagement including the annual Employee Engagement survey, pre-employment selection assessments, performance management tables, 360-degree feedback, exit surveys, HR reporting and analytics, and adhoc surveys.
Dr. Steele has been with Best Buy for four years. Previously he was the Director of Research for a consulting firm, and prior to that, worked for the Army for five years, ending with the position of Senior Research Psychologist in the Center for Army Leadership. Dr. Steele’s applied research has been presented at many national conferences and has been published in the Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied and numerous newspapers including the Washington Post.
Dr. Steele received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University, as well as his graduate certificate in conflict resolution. He and his wife Emily have two sons: Landon, age 4 and Jackson, age 8.
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.
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.
Oana leads the HR Operations and Analytics team for CPP Investment Board. The team is responsible for the strategy, implementation and administration of four areas: HR Information Systems, HR metrics and Analytics, Payroll and Business Management supporting HR worldwide.
Prior to joining CPPIB in 2005, Oana held various roles in process design and re-engineering and project/ program management, both as a consultant and practitioner.
Oana earned a Masters in Business Administration from Schulich School of Business (York University) , as well as a Masters in Civil Engineering from Romania.
Arun is a senior leader at AMD, leading a talented team of analysts and data scientists. 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 fueling the development of innovative, novel approaches to analytics with a firm rooting in corporate strategy. He drives the Workforce Planning analytics roadmap and leads the delivery of key workforce business initiatives. Arun graduated from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering Science.
Brian Macdonald is in his second season as the Panthers Director of Hockey Analytics. He previously spent six years as an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. While at West Point, his research interests included using mathematics and statistics for the purposes of player evaluation and decision-making in sports, and especially in hockey. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
David’s experience growing people and business units has included dramatic client successes as a Global Manager within Financial Services at Microsoft in Seattle, WA and Toronto, ON. Seven years ago, David left Microsoft as a member of the Microsoft President’s Club and their Circle of Excellence for North America and founded Predictive Success Corporation. In 2013 and 2014, Predictive Success was awarded by Profit Magazine: 500 Fastest Growing Companies for five year growth. David is passionate about community development and giving back. He provides executive coaching to the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada. David also provides Pro Bono consulting to the HR department of the Canadian Breast Cancer Association.
Ian Cook is a recognized expert in the field of workforce analytics and planning. For the last 10 years Ian has been involved in driving forward the datafication of HR and is a frequent speaker and blogger on the subject. Prior to joining Visier, Ian built Canada’s leading source of HR benchmark data. His expertise has also been developed through years of international experience solving strategic HR problems for leading brands in the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100. Ian heads up the workforce domain for Visier and in this role is committed to delivering workforce intelligence that impacts business results.
Sean Fitzpatrick is President and founder of TalentMap. Sean has garnered a wealth of experience developing and implementing employee engagement solutions. Over the past 20 years, Sean has worked with across Canada and around North America with firms in the financial, healthcare, municipal, educational and energy sectors. Previously, Sean was Vice President of Internet Services at a survey research firm, and he worked as a management consultant implementing the Balance Scorecard for a large energy company.
Sean has authored a number of articles on employee engagement, he writes a popular blog on the topic and has just completed a book titled `Employee Engagement for Dummies: Taking Action`. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and he is completing his Doctorate in human resources management at Cranfield University in the UK.
Jackie Ryan is the Director of Offering Management for IBM’s Smarter Workforce portfolio responsible for the strategy, solutions, and overall workforce analytics business. With over 20 years’ experience in information management, analytics, and big data technologies, Jackie has led worldwide software development, product management, and marketing teams that have led the market in client value and innovation.
Software solutions she has led include pioneering first-generation releases, new era technologies, and groundbreaking products that have been instrumental in multi-million-dollar acquisitions, and recognized for technical innovation. Most recently she has led innovations in cloud SaaS workforce analytics solutions that enable HR professionals to interact with self-learning cognitive analytics systems through natural language.
Jackie is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, INFORMS, and the Product Management Association. She is a frequent speaker at external events and has contributed to several publications on the topic of cognitive workforce analytics. Jackie is based at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California.
Ed is a seasoned organizational strategy Management Consultant with a demonstrated history of client satisfaction, organizational capacity building, executive leadership advancement and general management development. He is a polished and insightful agent for change and renewal with an affinity for designing and implementing managerial systems.
His approach to working with clients is highly collaborative, which helps him in his lifelong pursuit of creating effective teams at every level.
Ed’s consulting sensibilities are informed and augmented by years of first-hand experience with business unit and general management, providing him with real-life insights that hone his analysis of strategy and organizational structure, inform his design of new organizations that instil accountability at all levels, and inspire him to manage change through implementation.
His consulting and general management experience ranges from small and medium enterprises (including startups and turnarounds), to Canadian divisions of global corporations.
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Prior to joining COREinternational, Ed held consulting management positions with Watson Wyatt & Company Canada, where he was a National Practice Director; marchFIRST, a global Internet consultancy; and Deloitte Consulting and KPMG. He is the author of Bricks to Clicks: e-strategies that will transform your business, a Financial Post best-selling business book.
Founder and CEO of ENGAGE Talent, a predictive recruiting platform designed for active recruiters to source, watch, and engage with passive candidates.
Joe has over 22 years of global experience in enterprise applications and analytics. He has established and successfully led the growth of a number of businesses focused on ERP, HCM, CRM, and predictive solutions. He held key executive positions with a number of global companies including Oracle and CSC in addition to a number of mid-size firms including Toronto based Tenzing and Angoss. He is a published author with articles appearing in publications like Globalization Today, Oracle Magazine, and Profit Magazine. Joe is also a competitive sailor who enjoys long range ocean races and offshore navigation.
Joe holds an MBA degree from Duke University where he was named a Fuqua Scholar and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Sciences from Alexandria University, Egypt where he graduated with honors.
Geoff is a Senior Manager and Behavioral Scientist using research and analytics to shape Rogers' management strategy for its 30,000 employees. Prior to joining Rogers, Geoff worked at Google's People Analytics team and 4 Fortune/Forbes Global 1000 Companies, received a PhD specializing in Organizational Behavior at UCLA, and obtained both a Master of Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. His award-winning research has shaped government legislation and organizational policies, been published in prestigious academic journals and best-selling books, and received global media coverage.