Speakers

Yetunde Adeniyi

Yetunde Adeniyi

HR Advisor, HR Reporting & Analytics

WorkSafeBC

Yetunde Adeniyi is an Analytics & Reporting Advisor at WorkSafeBC. Yetunde’s over 10 years’ experience in Human Resources spans across the financial services, telecoms, technology, retail and public sector in Canada and in Nigeria. In her current role in the People Analytics team at WorkSafeBC, she is focused on enabling data driven decisions of HR programs, processes and services.

Yetunde is passionate about educating and empowering HR teams on leveraging analytics, insights and storytelling to drive positive change in the organization.

Arjun Asokakumar

Arjun Asokakumar

Director, Data Science & People Analytics

RBC

Arjun is the Director of Data Science for the enterprise People Analytics practice at RBC. In this role, he leads a team of data scientists tackling the bank’s most important people related challenges through the use of advanced analytics, machine learning and AI. Arjun is a certified HR leader (CHRL) and brings 13 years of experience in the HR field. His previous roles include leading a People Analytics practice at BMO, Capacity and Workforce planning in technology consulting, and various other people operations functions. Arjun is a graduate of Queen’s University in Engineering and Economics. He also holds a Masters in Management Analytics (MMA) from the Smith School of Business.

Tony Bennett

Executive Director, HR Analytics & Planning

Alberta Health Services

Jill Birch

Jill Birch

CEO and Founder

BirchGrove Inc.

Dr. Jill Birch is a leadership and strategic advisor, researcher, and author. Jill is Founder and CEO of BirchGrove Inc.,  where she helps organizations develop individual leaders and teams to realize their strategic imperatives

Jill has held CEO roles as well as having been a member of several C-Suites in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. She  has deep experience in retail, broadcasting, publishing, and marketing and has worked in sectors including finance,  energy, health, digital, charities and government. She worked at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the Schulich  School of Business, where she launched their in-company leadership practice.

In addition to providing customized leadership development services, Jill has spoken to 1,000s of leaders around the  world. Her presentations reflect the human capital concerns we all have today: to achieve organizational goals through  greater self-awareness, team alignment and development of innovative strategies.

Jill holds a Doctorate from Griffith University in Australia where she studied relational leadership and a Master’s from  OISE/UT where she researched how CEOs learn to lead and how they learn to learn. She is also a Certified Association  Executive.

Rob Catalano

Rob Catalano

Chief Engagement Officer

WorkTango

Rob is the Chief Engagement Officer at WorkTango, and has spent the last 18 years consulting organizations and building HR technology and advisory companies… all with a lifelong passion to “improve (work) lives.” He is the Canadian Chairperson for The Enterprise Engagement Alliance, with a mandate to lead and help educate corporate, government and not-for-profit management on a formal process for implementing engagement across the enterprise community, and was recently named one of the 100 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencers in 2020. Rob is an Official Member of the Forbes Human Resources Council and when he isn’t speaking or writing about improving the workplace, he is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveler, used to play guitar in a metal band, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points  for everything and anything!

Mei Kim

Global Leader, Strategic Workforce Planning & Workforce Insights

Eaton

Jason Lawson

Jason Lawson

Director, Experimentation and Partnerships

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Since joining the public service in 2007, Jason Lawson has focused his energy and efforts on data, innovation, and organisational culture change. In his current role as the Director for Experimentation and Partnerships in the Office of the Chief Human Resource Officer of the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Jason leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, human-centred designers, behavioural scientists, and policy analysts who are working together to drive experimentation, innovation, and research in HR.  Together, they are building an evidence base that will inform key decisions that will improve the work experiences of all federal public servants while preparing the Federal Government for the Future of Work.

Prior to working at TBS-OCHRO, Jason held a variety of positions at the Public Health Agency of Canada and at the Canada Revenue Agency, leading teams focused on data science, strategy, and partnerships.  He remains passionate about all things data and hopes to continue to increase data literacy across the public service.

Jason currently lives in Ottawa with his partner and two young children. He never says no to delicious food and tries to spend time outdoors in and around the city.

Ilia Maor

Ilia Maor

Manager, HR Technology & Analytics

The Regional Municipality of York

Ilia Maor is the Manager of HR Technology and Analytics at the Regional Municipality of York. His background combines practitioner experience with enterprise technology and analytics, research & advisory services, and professional services spanning across public and private sectors in Canada and the US.

Zac Nichol

Continuous Improvement & Data Analytics Specialist

Ankit Singh

Ankit Singh

Senior Analyst, People Analytics

Rogers Communication

Ankit is a Talent, Equity and Workforce Analytics specialist with Rogers. Ankit has a vast amount of experience within Human Resources spanning over 11 years and across industries like Auto, Financial Services and Technology. In his current role, he has played an integral part in redefining and streamlining Talent, Performance and Equity Analytics for Rogers by introducing ideas that have reshaped the discussions and messaging across the board.

Patrick Joseph Tuason

Patrick Joseph Tuason

Manager, HR Reporting & Analytics

HydroOne

Patrick is a People Analytics Leader who has built and led HR reporting and analytics teams for the last 8 years across banking, telecom, and currently, the utilities industry. Prior to people analytics, Patrick was in consulting supporting large-scale transformation and integration projects for over 10 years spanning the Philippines, Singapore and Canada. At Hydro One, Patrick is leading HR Reporting and Analytics where he is tasked to drive efficiency and value in reporting as well as lead the charge in building an analytics capability that will support material business outcomes.