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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:

Elizabeth Barnard (she / her)

Board Chair

Vice President, People Operations

OSI MARITIME SYSTEMS

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.

Allison Rutherford (she / her)

Board Director & Founder

HR TECH GROUP

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. 

Daniel Berardo (he / him)

Director, Human Resources

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS of BC 

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

TALEMETRY

Terry has over 20 years of HR and Financial Operations experience in local high tech sector. She is currently the Director of Human Resources at Talemetry, a cloud based talent attraction software solution.  Previously, Terry was the Director of Human Resources at Intrinsyc Software. Prior to that she started a 14-year career at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates within Financial Operations and spent the last 2 years of it in Human Resources. For many years Terry participated in HR Tech Group's Steering Committee, leading the Compensation and Benefits portfolio.  

 

Lindsay Chan (she / her)

Vice President 

NATIONAL Public Relations

Lindsay is a strategic, passionate and results-oriented communicator with more than 15 years of experience in BC's technology, government and non-profit sectors. At NATIONAL PR, she is a trusted adviser and dynamic storyteller, known for her collaborative nature and ability to help her clients achieve their goals through effective, integrated communications strategies.

Prior to NATIONAL, Lindsay led communications, marketing and events, including the #BCTECH Summit, at Innovate BC where she was responsible for the delivery of strategic marketing and communications programs, government and stakeholder relations and industry partnerships.

A Vancouver native, Lindsay has deep roots in BC's technology and innovation community and is an advocate for opportunities for women in technology and leadership roles. Lindsay is a graduate of UBC's Sauder School of Business. In her spare time, you can find her trying to keep up with her two young sons, chasing a soccer ball or hanging upside down with her favourite yogis.

 

Robert Lewis (he / him)

Founder 

Tech Talent Canada & Techcouver

Rob is an experienced and entrepreneurial founder with a demonstrated expertise of implementing engaging products and platforms for traditional and digital media industries. He is keenly focused on bringing communities of people together to share knowledge, content and capabilities to advance their careers. To that end, Rob founded two new online communities in 2019. Tech Talent Canada connects Canada's fastest-growing companies with top tech talent from around the world. Techcouver provides real-time reporting and analysis of emerging technology news in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.

Previously, Rob was Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes from 2007 until the technology news site was acquired in 2018.

When he's not plugging tech talent into opportunities, Rob can be found chasing pucks around the ice, climbing Grouse Mountain, and relishing his hometown Vancouver with wife, daughter and son.

 

Tammy Carlin (she / her)

Director, Talent Operations

DHX Media dba Wildbrain 

In Tammy's position as Director Talent Operations at WildBrain, a global entertainment organization 'Inspiring Imaginations to Run Wild in Animation', she creates technical talent processes and practices to support workforce management and employee experience.

Prior to her position at WildBrain, Tammy was the Director of Human Resources and Communications at Vancouver Native Housing Society and has also held roles supporting technology in the energy sectors within both British Columbia and Alberta.

A BC Native (Interior Salish), Tammy has deep roots in BC's indigenous community having mentored students, women and those returning to the workforce, partnering with non-profit, social enterprise, government and private organizations that support non-barriered equal opportunities.

 

Raj Chahal (she / her)

Director, Human Resources 

Sophos Canada

Raj has over 20 years' experience in Human Resources, serving public and private sectors in various industries including high-tech. In her current role as a Human Resources Director at Sophos Canada, a global leader in software security, Raj works in partnership with global senior management to implement and facilitate HR programs in areas such as organizational effectiveness, performance management, and employee engagement.

Prior to Sophos, Raj has held various HR positions in public health, transportation, call center, and high-tech industries. Her drive is to empower team members to achieve career and business objectives.

Raj holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Management Certificate in Human Resources. Raj has been a proud member and active participant of HR Tech Group for the past 15 years.

Laurie Murdoch (she / her)

VP, People & Organization

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

Laurie is an executive leader in the VFX and Animation industry with over 25 years of Human Resources and Operations experience. Laurie joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2015 as the Vice President of People & Organization (HR).  Previously she was the Director of Human Resources and Recruiting at Digital Domain and was also instrumental in the opening of the Moving Picture Company in Vancouver in 2005.  Her focus and strengths are in the areas of immigration, recruitment, employee relations, leadership, employee development, training, compensation and benefits. She currently provides Human Resources services to the Film/Television and Entertainment sector.

Laurie has a CHRP Designation and received her Human Resource Management Certificate thru BCIT. She is also a Registered Immigration Consultant and has completed the Diversity and Inclusion Award of Achievement Program at the University of British Columbia.  Laurie has been a long-term volunteer with HR Tech Group and is a past council member at CPHR BC & Yukon.

 

Stephanie Hollingshead (she / her)

CEO 

HR TECH GROUP

 

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. Prior to her role with HR Tech Group, 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. In 2021 Stephanie was awarded  Women of the Year Award: Community Builder from BC Business.  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 25 years.

 

 

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