2017 Talent Conference Speakers

Speakers

 

Stacy Donovan Zapar
Founder, Tenfold

Stacy Donovan Zapar is a 20-year recruiting veteran for Fortune 500 tech companies and Founder of Tenfold, a boutique recruiting consultancy, training & search firm that works with top brand employers including Zappos, TripAdvisor, Amazon, Netflix, Booking.com and Best Buy to build strong talent attraction and recruiting teams. The Talent Agency (a Tenfold company) is a niche search firm that specializes in talent acquisition placements.

Stacy is the Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn since 2008 with more than 135,000 followers. She was named 2015 Trendsetter of the Year for Talent Acquisition by SHRM’s HR Magazine and has been featured in The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune and many other publications. Her own blog has more than a million views.

She is an advisory board member for multiple HR tech companies, served as Technical Editor for Wiley's LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day, is #6 on Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social HR Experts and #5 on LinkedIn’s 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers. Feel free to connect with Stacy on LinkedIn and Twitter at @StacyZapar.

Stacy Donovan Zapar is a 20-year recruiting veteran for Fortune 500 tech companies and Founder of Tenfold, a boutique recruiting consultancy, training & search firm that works with top brand employers including Zappos, TripAdvisor, Amazon, Netflix, Booking.com and Best Buy to build strong talent attraction and recruiting teams. The Talent Agency (a Tenfold company) is a niche search firm that specializes in talent acquisition placements.

Stacy is the Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn since 2008 with more than 135,000 followers. She was named 2015 Trendsetter of the Year for Talent Acquisition by SHRM’s HR Magazine and has been featured in The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune and many other publications. Her own blog has more than a million views.

She is an advisory board member for multiple HR tech companies, served as Technical Editor for Wiley's LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day, is #6 on Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social HR Experts and #5 on LinkedIn’s 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers. Feel free to connect with Stacy on LinkedIn and Twitter at @StacyZapar.

Janelle Acker, VP
 Leadership Development & Training, Lululemon athletica

Janelle Aaker is the VP, Leadership & Development at lululemon athletica where she has responsibility for leading all talent-related development activities including leadership programs, global learning, and Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to joining lululemon in 2015, Janelle spent 9 years at Nike, Inc where she held various roles in HR, including Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, HR Operations and HR Generalist.  She also spent 3 years working in Global Sales and Brand Marketing at Nike.  

A passionate advocate for diversity, Janelle held numerous leadership roles in Nike’s employee resource groups including the Asia Pacific Network and the Native American Network.  She is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Asian MBAs (US-based non-profit) and is on NAAMBA’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Virginia Nguyen

Virginia Nguyen spent 8 years as Director Diversity & Inclusion at Nike, Inc. In this role, Virginia developed and implemented creative strategies and programs that leverage diversity and inclusion to amplify a culture of innovation. By experimenting with new frameworks for collaboration and engagement, Virginia’s work helped ignite dialogue, inquiry and behavioral shifts that inspired connections and new ideas in surprising ways.

Currently, Virginia provides strategic and creative management consulting services in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management, Organizational Effectiveness and Culture, Change & Transition Management, Creative Communications and Design Thinking.

In addition, Virginia has worked with nationally recognized non-profit arts organization, Sojourn Theatre, a company committed to community-engaged work and arts-based civic dialogue.

Virginia is a graduate of Virginia Tech University with a B.A. in International Relations.

Lisa Martin
Founder, Lisa Martin International

Lisa Martin has made it her mission to help companies keep and cultivate leaders.She’s the creator of the Lead + Live Better™ leadership programs, author of 5 books (including the bestselling Briefcase Moms), and a seasoned speaker, facilitator and executive coach.

For the past 15 years Lisa has designed and delivered leadership programs for PwC, Time Warner Cable, HSBC, TELUS, Vancouver Canucks, Rogers Communications, UBC … and many others.

Her powerful, easy-to-use Lead + Live Better™ turnkey leadership licensing solutions   empowers organizations to cultivate amazing leaders at every level.

She’s coached thousands of people on the art of thriving as a leader and in life and counseled companies on creating leadership capacity.

Lisa is a frequent  speaker     for corporations, international conferences, and universities. She’s known for her fun, straight-shooting speaking style and her intuitive sense for her audience.

She does all this as the founder of Lisa Martin International, a boutique leadership development firm with global scope, which equips organizations to deliver powerful leadership development in-house.

Kathy Enros
VP Talent, ACL

Kathy Enros, has over 20 years of human resources experience in the software, consulting, alcohol beverage, and retail industries.

Kathy is currently the Vice President of Talent, overseeing the people initiative for ACL.  In her two+ years at ACL, her team has recruited over 200 new staff members, increased our employee satisfaction rate by over 100%, and has decreased turnover by 26%.  Prior to ACL, Kathy was the senior vice president at Vision Critical for more than eight years. In this role, she was a key leader in building Vision Critical from 60 to 700 employees across the globe, established all employee programs, and was key in creating the VC culture and making it a top employer in BC. Her other human resources experience includes performing as the director of HR for the Mark Anthony Group, the director of HR for Ipsos, and HR manager for Costco Canada.

She holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is an avid foodie and marathon runner.

Dr. Gervase Bushe
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development, Beedie School of Business, SFU
Gervase (pronounced Jervis) Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the  Beedie School of Business at  Simon Fraser University   in Vancouver, Canada, one of the top 100 management research schools in the world. Gervase’s career spans over four decades of transforming organizational structures, culture, and processes away from command and control toward more collaborative work systems.  He is an award-winning author of over 80 papers and three books on organizational change, leadership, teams, and teamwork.   Clear Leadership  (2009) has been translated into 6 languages and he has won the prestigious Douglas McGregor Award twice for his research papers.  In 2016 the UK-based HR Magazine added him to their list of the  30 most influential HR thinkers  in the world.
  Rolanda Chen
Senior Director of HR, EA

Rolanda Chen is a Sr. Director, Human Resources with Electronic Arts, and currently leads the global HR function for EA’s game engine technology and central art teams. She is also the co-chair for the 2017 Talent Conference. Rolanda has spent most of her career in the tech sector, working across a variety of industries including interactive entertainment, alternative energy and telecommunications. Past employers include Activision, Hydrogenics, Scientific-Atlanta (Cisco) and Rogers Communications. Rolanda is passionate about coaching and developing leaders, increasing organizational capabilities, and telling stories with spreadsheets and data. Outside of work, you can find her hanging out with family, wandering around farmers markets, obsessing about food and baked goods, and making feeble attempts at gardening and golf.

Angela Wright
Senior Director, Global Total Rewards,  Hootsuite
Angela Wright is the Senior Director, Global Total Rewards for Hootsuite, based in Vancouver, and has over 18 years of Human Resources experience. Hootsuite is the world's most widely used social media relationship platform and currently has employees in 15 offices across 11 countries. In her role, Angela is accountable for the creation and implementation of the total rewards strategy and portfolio for Hootsuite's global organization including base, variable, sales, and equity compensation; health, retirement, and wellness benefits; and the mobility and immigration function. Prior to joining Hootsuite, Angela worked in the HR consulting industry specializing in performance and reward program design for clients across a variety of industries and sectors. She has lived and worked in Vancouver, Calgary, London, and Sydney enabling a global perspective to her approach. Angela holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's of Business Administration, and the CHRP designation. Outside of work, Angela enjoys spending time with her growing family, being outdoors, and volunteering in her community. She aspires to champion work-life integration in all she does and is passionate about the role of flexible workplaces and their important roles in our personal and professional lives. 
Penny Chong
Director HR, Microsoft
Penny Chong is the HR Director for Microsoft Vancouver with its two downtown facilities focused on development for Xbox, Skype, OneNote, MSN and mixed world computing. Penny started her professional HR career in the resource sector working with Norske Skoog (now Catalyst) before branching into interactive entertainment at Electronic Arts Canada and BigPark Studios. In 2009, BigPark was acquired by Microsoft, and Penny transitioned over and has been leading the company's Vancouver HR programs for the past eight years.

 

 

Taryn Mackie
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Taryn Mackie advises clients on all aspects of workplace law in unionized and non-unionized environments, including with respect to human rights, occupational health and safety, workplace accommodations, disability management, and attendance management.  Ms. Mackie regularly prepares and advises on employment agreements and workplace policies, including privacy policies, leave policies, harassment policies, and employment equity policies.  She assists clients with and has conducted on behalf of clients, a variety of workplace related investigations, including disciplinary investigations and bullying and harassment investigations.  Ms. Mackie has appeared before, in other courts and tribunals, the Labour Relations Board, Employment Standards Branch and Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal, British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, WorkSafeBC, and the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal on a variety of matters.
Carols Davidovich
Optimum Talent

For over fifteen years, Carlos has been coaching internationally supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike. Originally from Argentina, he has been living in Toronto, Canada and working with Optimum Talent since 2013, working as an executive coach, facilitator, and is certified in Optimum Talent’s SuccessFinder Career System. Carlos has expertise in NeuroManagement and NeuroMarketing. He draws on his skills as a medical doctor plus his twenty years of experience as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry to deliver insights to both organizations and executives about neuroscience and leadership.   Carlos received a psychology degree in Spain, a medical degree in Argentina, an MBA in Switzerland (Roche internal program) and coaching credentials from the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP) and a guest lecturer for the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. He is also a member of the Neuroleadership Institute, the NMSBA (NeuroMarketing Science & Business Association) and faculty of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Jordan Bower
Strategic Storytelling Consultant

Jordan Bower’s career as a storyteller began with a decade of world travel that culminated with a 316 day walking trip from Canada to Mexico.  Along with this journey, Jordan learned the art of emotionally powerful storytelling as a mechanism of creating connections and inspiring his own personal change. Today, as the founder of Transformational Storytelling, Jordan applies what he learned while walking with businesses, organizations, and individuals. He leads Storytelling Trainings, guides organizational messaging through Storytelling Consulting and, as a professional speaker, offers thought leadership on the Future of Storytelling in the connected world.

Jordan has spoken at marketing conferences like Social Media Camp and ideas festivals like Thinklandia. In 2015, he was a workshop facilitator at the Future of Storytelling Summit in New York City, which also featured Al Gore, Margaret Atwood and Edward Snowden.

Dave MacLeod
CEO, Thought Exchange

As the CEO of Thoughtexchange, Dave provides product vision, team leadership and well-timed jokes. He’s focused on supporting his team as they continue to grow the company to help more and more organizations around the world bring people together by leading challenging conversations about things that matter.

Arthur Docherty

CPHR, HR Manager, Reid Jones Christofferson Ltd. 

Arthur Docherty has been an HR practitioner for more than 40 years since he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 1975.
During his career, Arthur has operated in both domestic and global HR environments with the bulk of his experience gained in non-union private sector organizations in the professional services, telecommunications, mining and oil and gas industries. He has recruited and selected people for firms ranging in size from 5 to 27,000. In addition, Arthur has been CEO of 2 successful start-ups raising more than $1.5 M in start up capital.


Arthur is currently the HR Manager for Read Jones Christoffersen, the largest privately held, structural engineering consulting organization in Canada with a staff of more than 500 and offices across Canada.  Arthur has successfully built and operated his consulting practice, HR1STOP Inc. where he currently assists small and medium sized clients identifying and leveraging the potential of their human capital for organizational success. In addition, he leads and facilitates executive teams - assisting them with setting strategy, team building and various organizational development initiatives.

Rachel Lewis

COO, Vancouver Whitecaps

Rachel Lewis has been in the field of sports management for over 15 years, joining Whitecaps FC in 2003 as director of event management and stadium development. In 2007, she assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Lewis spent three years with Vancouver's PGA Tour stop - the Air
Canada Championship. As tournament director, she was responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations. Lewis also represented BMO Financial Group in their sponsorship of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. She holds a BA (honours) from the University of Victoria and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.


Lewis has a strong passion for sport and community. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Covenant House Vancouver. Previous board appointments include the Gastown Business Improvement Society, KidSport Canada, Sport BC and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.  Lewis also volunteered as a member of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Steering Committee and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.


Lewis has received numerous accolades:
- Named to the CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport) ‘Most Influential Women’ list (2014)
-Recipient of Sports Business Journal’s ‘Game Changers’ recognizing the  ntersection of women and sports (2013)
- Recognized as one of the ‘5 To Watch’ at the first ever ‘Celebration of Leadership in Canadian Sport Business Awards’ (2012)
- Named one of ‘BC's 100 Women of Influence’ by The Vancouver Sun (2011)
- Business in Vancouver’s ‘40 Under 40’ award (2008)


She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two young sons.

Susan Steeves
Principal, SSDG Interiors

Susan is co-owner of Vancouver-based SSDG Interiors, one of BC’s top interior design firms with a client base spanning across office, retail, restaurant and hotel sectors. She specializes in workplace strategy for clients that are motivated to create great working environments for their people. She believes that engaging people in the design process and a strong communication plan are essential to creating successful work environments.


Susan is a co-author of the book ‘Co-create’, a book published by Teknion, which explores various forms of collaboration in the workplace.  She is a past president of the Interior Design Institute of B.C., currently Co-Chairs the IDIBCRegulatory Process Committee and has been an active member for over 25 years.


Her degrees include a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba and a MBA from Simon Fraser University.

Anthony Rotoli
Director of Talent, Karat
I'm energized by two things, about equally: The tech industry, and recruiting fantastic talent. Fortunately, these two worlds collide perfectly for me! I love finding the very best and watching our industry change the world every day.

I'm currently leading talent at Karat and helping develop our network of Expert Technical Interviewers. We're on a mission to engineer the world's most predictive technical interview and help our partners hire more efficiently and intelligently. Previously I was a technical recruiter at Microsoft.
Teresa Duke
Head of Recruitment,  Unbounce
Teresa Duke is more than just your typical People and Culture pro. She’s a recruiter, coach, trainer, facilitator, and business partner for technology companies currently working with the delightful team at Unbounce.

In her early days of HR, most people thought it was “common sense” to finish a degree and it will get you “x” job. Teresa decided to ignore her degree and, much to her surprise, (and everyone else’s) she used a waitressing gig and info interviews to pivot into the world of in-house recruitment at Electronic Arts. EA was followed by a number of roles working in the videogames industry at companies such as Blizzard, Bungie, and Vivendi Games. Tackling the full cycle of HR along with Talent Acquisition was the next challenge at Venture Media. In this local Vancouver tech incubator, Teresa was always trying new ways of engaging staff and with some successful collaboration, they were able to enjoy zero attrition rates for nearly three years.Today, she is back with a larger People and Culture Team heading up Recruitment efforts and having way too much fun helping the company to grow well, enjoy more, learn, coach, and up-level their efforts. When not at work, you can find her with her two little boys and husband stopping to smell the flowers and riding bikes.
Stephanie Redivo
Senior Program Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion Office, SAP

Within the Global Diversity and Inclusion Office at SAP, Stephanie is responsible for projects across all the focus areas (Gender Intelligence, Cross-Generational Intelligence, Culture and Identity and Differently Abled People).  She was also responsible for the execution of the Global EDGE certification where SAP became the first multinational technology company to receive this certification.

Stephanie’s passions include mentorship and inspiring girls to explore technology. Since 2011, Stephanie has been a mentor for the UBC Executive Mentorship, YWIB and SAP Intern mentorship programs. In 2014, she took on the role of project sponsor for the first ever GIRLsmarts4tech Grade 7 workshop held at SAP.  In February 2017, SAP and UBC held their 9th event in Vancouver with 16 events run globally. To date, over 800 girls have participated in the program worldwide.

Veronica Finch
Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Microsoft
Veronica Finch is a Human Resources leader with a focus in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). Veronica currently supports Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group as a Global D&I Manager where she partners with senior executives and HR leaders to build D&I strategies in support of business goals and cultural transformation. As a manager, consultant and development professional, Veronica has a proven track record of creating excellence in organizations and fostering long-term relationships.

A former Army officer, Veronica worked for 5 years as a Human Resource Officer managing domestic and global HR teams. 

Veronica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in French with a focus in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. 
Gavin Marshall
Partner, Roper Greyell

Gavin is a partner at Roper Greyell where he practices labour, employment and human rights with an emphasis on building lasting client relationships. 

Gavin regularly advises and represents clients in employment litigation, injunctive relief, collective bargaining and strategic advice and is highly sought after for wrongful dismissal and other workplace legal disputes, including enforcement of restrictive covenants and post-employment obligations, workplace human rights, and administrative law and labour relations issues, including contract negotiation. Gavin has effectively represented clients in every level of court in British Columbia and all British Columbia workplace administrative tribunals, as well as the federal Human Right’s Tribunal and Canada Labour Relations Board. Gavin is a frequent and sought-after speaker, offering continuing legal education and professional development seminars for a variety of professions.

Ian Cook
Head of Workforce Solutions, Visier
Ian Cook is head of workforce solutions for Visier, where he leads the research, design, and implementation of applied analytics for HR. Over the last 15 years Ian has pioneered the use of data to drive people strategy and is recognized for his thought-leadership in this area. As an experienced executive Ian is able to cut through the complexities of the technology to focus on the practices and processes through which analytics drives business value.
Ceil Tilney
Talent Management Principal, Right Management

With over 25 years of industry experience in leadership development, learning, high-impact culture, and integrated human capital management, Ceil Tilney is a Talent Management Principal at Right Management. There, she leads teams that work with clients to transform leaders and organizations, achieve high levels of engagement, improve retention, and sustain strong cultures. She has led talent transformation as an internal practitioner and external consultants for organizations in high technology, financial services, healthcare, and professional services, among others. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MBA, and MAs in English and in Organization Systems. She has been certified as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and MBTI facilitator.

  Ailsa Forsgren
Partner, Mercer

Ailsa is Partner in Mercer’s Vancouver office and leads the Career line of business. For almost 20 years, Ailsa has been helping clients to assess, realign, and reinvigorate their total rewards programs to enable the attraction, retention, and engagement of a diverse workforce using data-driven methodologies and tools. Recent speaking engagements of note include ACETECH CEO Forum – Compensation Fundamentals Now and As You Grow and Mercer’s marquee annual fall compensation planning event – 2016 theme was Getting It Right: Salary Planning and Performance Management Re-Boot. Ailsa is proud to be Mercer’s Engagement Manager on the HR Tech Group’s annual compensation survey.

Will Ferguson
Senior Partner, Mercer

Will is a Senior Partner with Mercer’s Career business, located in Los Angeles. With nearly 30 years of consulting experience, Will has extensive experience advising senior management and Boards of Directors on how to create shareholder value through integrated rewards, talent, workforce analytics, and communications solutions. His consulting experience covers a range of industries with a focus on the global technology sector (software, hardware, services). His clients range from Fortune 100 and Global 500 companies to pre-IPO startups, with clients in the US, Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has been a presenter on various topics for The Conference Board and WorldatWork along with contributing to a variety of Mercer publications. Recent speaking engagements include several events for the Silicon Valley Compensation Association, keynote speaker for the 100 Best Companies to Work For – Seattle, and Mercer’s Japanese Multinational Client Forum in Palo Alto, CA

Kai Scott
Principal Partner, Transfocus

Kai enjoys exploring and solving organizational challenges related to gender. He applies his inquisitive nature and skills developed from over 10 years as a social scientist, educated in the field of International Development, to solve and address these issues. He does this through exploratory, evidence-based approaches using a range of quantitative and qualitative tools, including innovative assembly of user-generated information, stakeholder engagements, and/or spatial analyses. These data are used to get an accurate picture of what is happening, what is possible, and how to move to the next level.  Much of the process entails meeting organizations where they are at and engaging in transparent decision-making processes that allow diverse stakeholders to follow along to maximize buy-in and cooperation at all levels of the organization. This results in the unlocking of some of the organization’s fundamental and persistent issues. And best of all, he helps de-mystify the often seemingly unapproachable or anxiety-provoking topic of gender diversity in a reassuring manner, inspiring confidence, new insights, and excitement in clients and their customers and employees alike.

James Phillips
VP, People & Culture, Domain7

James Phillips is VP, People and Culture at Domain7, a people-centered technology and design firm serving international clients from the west coast of Canada. James has worked in the general technology space for over 20 years in a wide range of contexts, from global consulting firm to smaller digital agency.

James brings an extensive background in project management to his current role, having to work with clients such as BC Hydro, Terasen, BC Ministry of Forests, BC Children’s Hospital, and National University. In addition to being a Project Management Professional (PMP), James also holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. He is also a Certified Trainer for the Organization Workshop, an experiential learning event designed by Barry Oshry to provide deep insight and understanding into how human systems work, and equip leaders to develop robust human systems.

Saeed Sadooghi
Recruitment Evangelist, Indeed.com

As a Recruitment Evangelist for Indeed.com, Saeed brings industry trends and data to Canadian recruiters to help propel their strategies. As a product & platform expert, he consults organizations on how to best leverage Indeed for finding the right talent and optimize their recruiting practices and performance. He has over 14 years of experience and has previously held global roles in North America & Asia.

Manu Varma
VP HR, Traction on Demand

Manu Varma is an HR professional with over 20 years of experience in high tech, utilities, and finance. He strongly believes in building innovative and socially conscious people practices and using technology to make it happen. While he has worked around the world, Manu has found a home at Traction on Demand and has been instrumental in helping the company grow organically to over 300 people across North America since 2010. Most recently he has shared his experience and thought leadership at this year’s HR Tech Summit and the B Corp Leadership Summit.

Asa Nerelius
People & Culture Specialist, Traction on Demand

Åsa Nerelius has gained a breadth of People and Culture experience as an entrepreneur in the training & development space and through roles in higher education and the tech industry. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, “people first” has been a lifelong belief that drives her to challenge the way businesses do business. Today Åsa considers herself an intrapreneur at Traction on Demand, creating innovative programs that bring Traction’s culture to life, build leadership capacity, and reinforce values as a guide to business decisions. She has also been central in landing Traction in the Top 10 of the Best Workplaces in Canada list four years in a row.

Sheila Snyder

Partner, PwC Law LLP

Sheila is a Partner of PwC Law LLP, an immigration and tax law firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. She is a US immigration attorney, licensed in New York State, and has been practicing in the field of immigration law for over 13 years. She has managed some of the largest US immigration programs and spent 6 years working in immigration in Washington, DC.

Sheila has assisted some of the largest US technology clients in modernizing their mobility programs for talent acquisition and retention purposes. She has been an active member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) for over a decade, and serves as an AILA liaison for both the US Consulate and US Customs and Border Protection. She is also called to the Bar of Ontario and is a Practitioner of Foreign Law in BC.

Susan Martyn

Senior Lawyer & Director, PwC Law LLP

Susan is a Senior Lawyer and Director with PwC Law LLP based in Vancouver, B.C. She has over a decade of experience advising corporate clients on a range of immigration matters, including complex immigration scenarios, workforce planning, and immigration compliance. Susan has published numerous articles on Canadian immigration law and is a frequent speaker at industry and professional events, including this year’s BCTECH Summit.  

Susan holds a B.A. in Political Science (Honours, First Class) from UBC, and B.C.L and LL.B (with Distinction) from McGill University. She is a member of the Law Society of BC. She is also a member of the executive of both the Canadian Bar Association – Immigration Section and the Canadian Employee Relocation Council – Pacific Region, as well as a member of the BC Business Council’s Employee Relations Committee.

Aireen Luney

Manager, Program Development and Promotion, BC Provincial Nominee Program

Aireen Luney is currently the Manager, Program Development and Promotion for the BC PNP,  Aireen leads the development and implementation of outreach and promotion strategies, and manages the BC PNP’s marketing plan to promote B.C.’s immigration programs. Aireen also leads strategic program development and planning initiatives to monitor and report on trends and opportunities impacting the branch in order to develop and recommend strategies and implement solutions. 
Prior to joining the BC PNP, Aireen had extensive experience in all aspects of human resource management with the BC Public Service Agency. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Victoria and speaks four languages.

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