Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors sets our strategy and direction and manages risk, allowing our association to continue to thrive and support our tech community.

We are grateful to have the following leaders volunteer their time and expertise as our Board of Directors:


Jan Laishley  (she / her)

Vice President, Human Resources


Jan has over 20 years of global human resources management experience in Vancouver’s high tech sector and is currently Vice President, Human Resources at Ballard Power Systems. Prior to her career at Ballard, Jan worked at two Vancouver based software firms, including five years with Pivotal Corporation. She has been involved with the HR Tech Group since 2002 and joined the Steering Committee in 2012. Jan also participated on the committee to plan and deliver the 2011 and 2013 Human Capital Symposiums.

Jan has a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership and a Certificate in Evidenced Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University in California. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology. 


Allison Rutherford  (she / her)

Board Director & Founder


Allison served as the first-ever Executive Director of the HR Tech Group, and was one of its founding members in 1990. She has been dedicated for more than 20 years championing the success of the BC tech industry, and promoting the strategic value of HR in these companies. Prior to leading the HR Tech Group, Allison held the positions of Director of Human Resources with Scientific Atlanta, at Nexus Engineering and the NEXUS Group of Companies, with responsibility in both Canada and the US. She also provided Human Resources consulting services to a variety of small to mid size technology companies.

Allison was the recipient of the HRMA 2007 Award of Excellence, which recognized the HR Professional of the Year in BC. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree from UBC, and a Diploma in HR from BCIT. 


Elizabeth Barnard  (she / her)

Vice President, People Operations


Elizabeth is the Vice President, People Operations at OSI Maritime Systems.      

She is a seasoned HR Professional with over 15 years of experience in many diverse industries. Prior to OSI Maritime, Elizabeth was Director of HR for D-Wave Systems, Director of Global HR at Blast Radius, and also worked for Inimex Pharmaceuticals and BC Research. She is a true generalist at heart; and brings with her expertise in Leadership and Organizational Development, Community Engagement, and Immigration.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BFA in Theater Management and has a Diploma in HR Management (Honors) from BCIT.


Daniel Berardo  (he / him) 

Director, Human Resources


Daniel is currently the Head of Human Resources at the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.  Previous to his current role, Daniel has held global executive-level HR positions at various Vancouver tech companies.  He was the VP, People at Hyperwallet, a PayPal Service for 4 years, and was the Head of HR for 4 ½ years at Absolute Software, a global software security company.  Daniel has also held senior HR roles with Activision at Radical Entertainment in Vancouver, and Sledgehammer Games in San Francisco. Daniel has been active in the HR Tech Group since 2006, including co-founding and Co-Chairing the HR Strategy SIG. He joined the Steering Committee in 2013, and worked in the programs and events portfolio for the association until 2018. Daniel has been a Board Member of the HR Tech Group since 2016.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Management Certificate in Human Resources (Honours) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


Terry Hibbert  (she / her)

Director of Human Resources


Terry has over 20 years of HR and Financial Operations experience in local high tech sector. She is currently the Director of HR at Talemetry, a cloud based talent attraction software solution.  Previously, Terry was the Director of HR at Intrinsyc Software. She started her 14 year career at MDA in Financial Operations and spent the last 2 years in HR. 


Stephanie Hollingshead  (she / her)



Stephanie is the CEO of HR Tech Group. She is a business executive with 20 years of international human resources experience with the technology and professional services industries and 15 years of board director experience with the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, Ms. Hollingshead was Vice President, Human Resources for Sierra Systems, a Canada-wide information technology and management consultant firm and Chair of the Board for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. She also held various HR positions at Creo Products Inc., a BC-based multi-national technology company. Ms. Hollingshead holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Serving as Chair of the HR Tech Group Steering Committee from 2007-2009, Stephanie has been a proud member of the association for the past 20 years.

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