Steering Committee


Allison Rutherford

Executive Director

Allison is the 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. 

Sarah Cranfield

Member Specialist 

Sarah joined the HR Tech Group in 2016. She is responsible for managing and co-ordinating member events, the HR metrics program, mini-surveys, and general membership and website admin.  She is also co-chairing the 2017 Talent Conference for the Tech Industry.  Prior to this, Sarah was an HR Manager and Recruiter for Sierra Systems, an IT consulting firm with multiple offices across Canada. Earlier roles have included work with a non-profit employment resource centre, and as the lead technical recruiter for Holloway Schulz & Partners. Sarah's tech career began with entrepreneurial roots. She was a founder of one of the first dial up Internet Service Providers in Vancouver, which spawned into one of the first wholesale hosting services companies in BC. Sarah holds a health informatics degree from UVic, and a Management Certificate in Human Resources from Royal Roads.

Jan Laishley

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. 


Elizabeth Barnard

Director, Human Resources 


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. She is very excited about joining the steering committee and is looking forward to contributing to the HRTech Group.


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. 

Daniel Berardo

VP, People

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 will continue in 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.


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.

Megan Richardson

Human Resources Generalist and Recruiter


Megan is an HR generalist and recruiter with D-Wave Systems where she’s been since 2013. She’s been a member of the HR tech group for the bulk of that time, and is very excited to be involved with the steering committee. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Diploma in Human Resources from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Terry Hibbert

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. Terry is a new addition to the steering committee an will co-chair the compensation and benefits portfolio.


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 Seargeant

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.