Board of Directors

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

   

Stephanie Hollingshead

CEO

HR TECH GROUP  

shollingshead@hrtechgroup.com

Stephanie is the CEO of the 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.
Stephanie was recently named to HRM Canada’s Hot List 2017, recognizing high achievement within the
HR profession. 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.

 

 
       
 CHAIR OF THE BOARD
   

Jan Laishley

Director, Human Resources 
BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS
jan.laishley@ballard.com

Jan has over twenty years of global human resources management experience in Vancouver’s high tech sector and is currently a Human Resource Leader 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. 

 

BOARD DIRECTOR

   

 

Allison Rutherford

Board Director & Founder
HR TECH GROUP

arutherford@hrtechgroup.com

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. 


                     
   

 

 

BOARD DIRECTOR
   

Elizabeth Barnard

Director, Human Resources 

OSI MARITIME SYSTEMS

elizabeth.barnard@osimaritime.com

Elizabeth is the Director, HR 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 (Honours) from BCIT. 

       
 
BOARD DIRECTOR
   

Daniel Berardo

VP, People
HYPERWALLET
dberardo@hyperwallet.com
 

Daniel currently is the VP, People at HyperWallet, a global financial software company.  Previously, he was the head of HR for 4.5 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 with the programs and events portfolio for the association in 2016. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Management Certificate in Human Resources (Honours) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 
 
BOARD DIRECTOR
   

Terry Hibbert

Director of Human Resources
TALEMETRY

thibbert@talemetry.com

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.