HR Insider Experts

Glenn Demby, Editor-in-Chief,

Glenn Demby is an attorney and award winning journalist specializing in many aspects of Canadian law. Glenn has a track record of developing plain English products that tell business professionals who aren’t lawyers how to comply with the parts of the law that affect their day-to-day operations.

Paula Santonocito, Contributing Editor,

Paula Santonocito, a business journalist specializing in employment issues, is the author of more than 1,000 articles on a wide range of human resource and career topics. Paula holds a Workforce Career Coach Facilitator (WCCF) certificate, and has been awarded the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) designation.

Sheryl Smolkin, Contributing Author,

Sheryl Smolkin, LLB. LLM., is a lawyer and journalist with expertise in Canadian pension and benefits honed by over 20 years in the consulting industry. In addition to the articles and video interviews she contributes to, Sheryl writes a blog, “Eye on Benefits,” which is a regular feature at the Toronto Star’s

Alan McEwen, Payroll Consultant and Author

Alan McEwen is one of the leading payroll consultants in Canada, having spent almost 20 years working in all facets of the industry. He has consulted with many organizations, public and private, on HR/payroll process re-engineering and strategic systems decisions.

Tara Orchard, Consultant, Coach, and Trainer

Tara Orchard, MA., is a Canadian social media networking consultant, career performance coach, trainer, and Wikinomics facilitator. She is founder and principal consultant at Career-Coach Canada and principal coach and leader of learning at Careeradex LLC.

Leigh Branham, Consultant and Author

Leigh Branham is principal and founder of Keeping the People, Inc., a consulting firm that helps organizations analyze the root causes of employee disengagement and turnover, and develop and implement strategies to become “employers-of-choice.” Leigh is co-author, with Mark Hirschfeld, of “Re-Engage: How America’s Best Places to Work Inspire Extra Effort in Extraordinary Times” and author of “The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It’s Too Late.”

Rita Ashley, Executive Coach

Rita Ashley is an executive coach who supports clients in their branding, networking, job search, and leadership efforts. Her clients benefit from her experiences as a company board member, Silicon Valley executive, and former recruiter with education in counseling, psychology, and technology.

Michael Kublin, President, PeopleTek

Michael Kublin is president of PeopleTek, a leadership coaching firm focused on leadership development, team development, organizational development, and personal excellence. He is co-author, with Jan Mayer-Rodriguez, of the book, “12 Steps for Courageous Leadership.”

Jan Mayer-Rodriguez, VP of Infrastructure, PeopleTek

Jan Mayer-Rodriguez is vice president of infrastructure at PeopleTek, a leadership coaching firm focused on leadership development, team development, organizational development, and personal excellence. She is co-author, with Michael Kublin, of the book, “12 Steps for Courageous Leadership.”

Andrew Sobel, Consultant and Author

Andrew Sobel helps companies and individuals build clients for life. He is the most widely published author in the world on client loyalty and the capabilities required to build trusted business relationships. His books include the bestselling “Clients for Life”; “Power Questions”; Making Rain”; and the award-winning “All for One.”

Scott Erker, Senior Vice President, DDI

Scott Erker, Ph.D., is senior vice president of DDI’s Selection Solutions. Scott’s global perspective of workforce selection comes from his work with organizations around the world on talent acquisition strategies ranging from large-volume hiring for start-ups to steady-state selection system operations. Scott has developed extensive international experience defining competencies, developing and implementing assessment programs, and measuring program return on investment.

Evan Sinar, Manager, Assessment and Selection Analytics, DDI

Evan Sinar, Ph.D., is manager for assessment and selection analytics at DDI and serves as a thought leader regarding topics such as technology-delivered testing, legal defensibility, and candidate reactions. His screening and testing implementations provide accurate, efficient, and fair application opportunities for more than 10,000 job candidates each day.

Benjamin Kranc, Principal, Kranc Associates

Benjamin Kranc, LL.B., is a Canadian corporate immigration lawyer, securing status for foreign skilled workers to work and live in Canada. He serves as principal of Kranc Associates, a Canadian immigration law firm, as well as president of Emigra Canada (with which Kranc Associates is affiliated), a subsidiary of Emigra Group.

Maggie Fox, CEO, Social Media Group

Maggie Fox is founder, CEO, and chief marketing officer of Social Media Group, established in 2006 and one of the world’s most highly respected independent agencies helping business navigate the socially engaged Web. Pioneers in their field, Social Media Group has helped some of the best-known brands in Europe and North America get social, including Ford Motor Company, SAP, RBC, 3M, and Thomson Reuters.

Karen Sargeant, Partner, Fasken Martineau

Karen Sargeant is a partner in Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group. She carries on a general employment and labour law practice acting on behalf of large and small employers in both the public and private sectors. This includes employment contracts, wrongful dismissal, human rights, employment standards, workplace safety and insurance, union relations, labour arbitrations, and pay equity.

Sooky Lee, Vice President, Human Resources, ADP Canada

Sooky Lee is vice president of human resources for ADP Canada, the leading Canadian provider of comprehensive HR outsourcing services. Prior to joining ADP, Sooky was the managing director of human resources for GE Energy Financial Services.

Andrew Langille, Attorney

Andrew Langille, L.LM, is a lawyer in private practice focused on the areas of labour, employment, administrative, and human rights.

Dan Michaluk, Partner, Hicks, Morley

Dan Michaluk is a partner at Hicks, Morley, Hamilton, Stewart, Storie LLP, Canada’s largest human resources law and advocacy firm, where he chairs the information management and privacy practice group. His practice areas include information and privacy, regulatory, and employment and human rights.

Pamela Walaski, President, JC Safety & Environmental

Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM is an experienced health and safety professional with a varied background in comprehensive management of health and safety needs. Specialties include program evaluation and development, program audits, risk and crisis communications, employee training, OSHA compliance, and emergency preparedness.

Greg McGinnis, Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP

Greg McGinnis is a partner in the Toronto Labour and Employment Law group of Heenan Blaikie. Greg has a varied practice encompassing all areas of labour and employment law, with considerable experience in labour-management negotiations, work stoppages, union certification, OLRB litigation, and construction industry matters.

Norm Keith, Partner, Gowlings LLP

Norm Keith is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office and leader of the firm’s National Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Group. His practice specializes in corporate crime, health and safety, environmental, workers’ compensation and workplace risk management litigation, and workers’ compensation. He also advises on matters including privacy law, labour and employment law, and alternate dispute resolution.

Ryan Conlin, Partner, Stringer LLP

Ryan Conlin is a partner at Stringer LLP where he co-chairs the firm’s Occupational Health and Safety Practice Group. Ryan is a frequent speaker and writer and has given speeches to a number of employers, safe workplace associations, and human resource groups on a wide range of occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation issues.

Vicki Giles, Partner, McLennan Ross LLP

Vicki Giles is a partner at McLennan Ross where she focuses on the areas of employment, human rights, privacy, labour, and administrative law. She advises employers on a wide variety of employment, personnel, and labour issues (including collective bargaining) and has experience before all levels of court, arbitrators, and the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

Sharone Bar-David, President, Bar-David Consulting

Sharone Bar-David provides workplace consulting, training, and coaching services. Over the past 21 years, she has worked with more than 25,000 people through training sessions, consulting, coaching, and keynote speeches.

Jeremy Warning, Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP

Jeremy Warning is a partner in Heenan Blaikie’s Labour and Employment Law group. He advises the firm’s provincial, national, and international clients on a full range of labour and employment matters. He also provides representation to the firm’s clients before the provincial and federal courts, administrative tribunals, and before boards of arbitration.

Maria McDonald, Lawyer, Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP

Maria McDonald provides advice to hospitals, family health teams and other employers operating in union and non-union settings. She frequently acts as counsel in arbitrations, before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and in relation to wrongful dismissals, and employment standards matters.

Frank DiBernardino, Managing Principal, Vienna Human Capital Advisors

Frank DiBernardino, a thought leader in the evolving field of human capital analytics, has developed and patented a business intelligence, human capital analytics tool that precisely measures the financial performance of an organization’s total human capital investment.

Eldeen Pozniak, Director, Pozniak Safety Associates

Eldeen Pozniak provides a broad and flexible range of occupational health and safety services, programs, and consulting that help provide solutions to health, safety, and environmental challenges.

Henry Chang, Attorney, Blaney McMurtry

Henry Chang, an attorney with Blaney McMurtry, is co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Business Group and a member of its Immigration Law Group. A recognized authority in the field of United States and Canadian immigration law, he lectures extensively on the subject in both the United States and Canada.

Peter Papadogiannis

Peter Papadogiannis, Ph.D. is a partner at the Performance Psychology Group (PPG), an organization dedicated to helping performers achieve enhanced performance in business and in sport. Peter is also co-author of the Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment Training Program published by Pfeiffer and an adjunct faculty member of psychology at York University, the University of Guelph-Humber, and Sheridan College.

Kevin Burns

Kevin Burns, workplace expert, is a speaker, management consultant and seven-time author who works with middle-managers, front-line supervisors, and the people they manage to improve workplace communication, management, hiring/Human Resources, safety, and employee engagement. Kevin’s vision is “to transform workplaces, one by one by one, to make them Radically Functional.”