Steering Committee





Stephanie Hollingshead



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.



Nikol Hensler

Member Specialist 

Nikol joined HR Tech Group in January 2019,  and has worked in HR for more than 10 years. As Member Specialist, she is responsible for managing and coordinating member events, mini-surveys, sponsorships, general membership communications and website admin.  She is currently working towards a Master of Arts Degree, at Royal Roads University, with a concentration in Strategic HRM, Professional Communications, and Leadership.  Nikol is a Chartered Professional in HR (CPHR) and holds her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Honours), from Kingston University, London.


Jan Laishley, Board Director

Director, Human Resources 

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. 





Allison Rutherford

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. 





Kelli Forster

VP, Human Resources 


Kelli is an HR executive with 20 years of international human resources experience in technology and manufacturing industries. Currently, Kelli is Vice President, Human Resources for Dynamic Attractions, a global provider of innovative theme park rides. Previously, she has lead or been a member of HR teams at Endurance Wind Power, Schneider Electric, Xantrex Technology and Creo Products Inc. Kelli holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a certificate of Strategic HR Leadership from Cornell and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Kelli has been a member of the HR Tech Group for 20 years and has held various roles on the steering committee, special interest groups and conference committee.


Monica Tsai

Director, Human Resources 


Monica is currently the head of HR at Kabam Inc., a free-to-play mobile gaming company specializing in creating high quality games for the whole world to play together. With over 10 years of HR and Talent Acquisition experience, Monica has spent most of her career in the tech sector including companies like MDA and Disney Interactive Studios. After joining the HR Tech Group in 2012, Monica co-chaired the Recruitment SIG from 2014 to 2016. Monica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from SFU, a Management Certificate in HR Management from BCIT, and is also a Certified Professional Co-active Coach from the Coach Training Institute. To further develop herself, Monica is currently doing her Masters of Arts degree in Leadership through the Royal Roads University. 



Martha Carscadden

Employee Experience Manager


Martha is the Employee Experience Manager at ACL, a global GRC software company founded and headquartered in Vancouver. She has 6 years of progressive HR experience, at ACL and Vision Critical. Martha has been active in the HR Tech Group since 2016 as member of the Social Media team, the portfolio she joins the Steering Committee to oversee in 2017. She is passionate about advocating for innovative people and culture practices and has been a featured speaker at the Campus Recruiting Forum. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Simon Fraser University. 

Lindsay Jongbloed

Human Resources Generalist

Lindsay is currently an HR Generalist at Zaber Technologies, an employee-owned company that designs, manufactures, and sells precision motion control equipment for high tech markets around the world. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of fields, including libraries, universities, event planning, and governance.  She has a Certificate in Organizational Coaching from UBC and enjoys bringing a coach approach to her working relationships. Lindsay joined the HR Tech Group with Zaber in 2018 and since then has been enthusiastically participating in all the great resources it has to offer. She's looking forward to supporting the Special Interest Groups in 2019.


Phyllis Bowman

Human Resources Manager


Phyllis has extensive experience in a variety of tech sectors in BC, including HR roles at ACL Services, Backbone Entertainment, Open Solutions, Ballard Power, and for the last 2.5 years has been and HR Manager with the team at Electronic Arts.  Phyllis has been an active member and supporter of the HR Tech Group during these roles, and she served on the Steering Committee from 2007-2009.  She is re-joining the Steering Committee in 2017 to focus on programs & events.


Mimi Cranwill

Human Resources Program Manager

Sierra Systems, an NTT DATA Company

Mimi is currently the HR Program Manager at Sierra Systems, a division of NTT DATA Services. Over the past 7 years, she has held progressive HR roles at Sierra and in the restaurant industry with McDonald’s Canada. Mimi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing major) from Simon Fraser University, a Management Certificate in HR Management from BCIT (with honours), a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation as well as a SHRM Senior Certified Practitioner (SHRM-SCP) designation. Mimi has been a member of HR Tech Group since she joined Sierra Systems in 2014 and she looks forward to being a part of the steering committee. 



Natasha Gordon

Director of Human Resources

Natasha Gordon is the Director, Human Resources at Hostway where she has led the human resources and corporate administration functions since 2012. Prior to Hostway, Natasha worked in the new media industry at Threewave Software, a video game development company, and Coast Capital Savings, the largest credit union in Canada, where she held positions in human resources, financial services and accounting.

Natasha has been an active member of HR Tech Group since 2006, and was previously on the Steering Committee from 2011 to 2017. She is re-joining the Steering Committee in 2019 to co-chair the Compensation and Benefits portfolio.  Natasha is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and SHRM-SCP, and earned her BA from the University of British Columbia.


Laurie Murdoch

VP, People & Operations

Laurie has over 25 years of Human Resources and Operations experience, 18 of which have been in an HR leadership role. 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 here in Vancouver 12 years ago.  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 her CHRP Designation through the CPHR, is a Registered Immigration Consultant and received her Human Resource Management Certificate thru BCIT.  Laurie has also successfully completed many of the Conflict Resolution and Leadership courses at the Justice Institute of BC.  Laurie is a past council member at CPHR.



Christina Gerow

Senior HR Business Partner

Christina is passionate about start-up communities, helping young companies grow and empowering others to start careers in technology. She is the founder of PeopleOps - a network of people operations and HR professionals who share advice, resources and lessons learned to help inspire others build and grow their respective companies. 
In 2012 she joined MediaCore, a ed-tech start-up company, leading all aspects of people operations, recruitment and growth. During that time MediaCore was recognized as VIATeC's Employer of the Year. More recently, MediaCore was successfully acquired by Workday, an on‑demand financial management and human capital management software company.