Speakers

Helen Berry

Helen Berry

Legal Counsel, Representation and Legal Services Branch

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

I joined the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) as a Classification and Equal Pay Specialist over 18 years ago. I have represented PSAC members as a technical expert and team-lead on numerous joint union/management job evaluation projects for private-sector federally-regulated employers. I represented PSAC in pre-legislation consultations and as a witness before the Standing Committee on Pay Equity in 2016, appeared as a witness before the Senate and House committee hearings into the Pay Equity Act (PEA), and as the PSAC representative for the PEA regulation consultations.  In June 2020, I was appointed by PSAC as its representative to the Pay Equity Commissioners Tri-Partite Pay Equity Committee.

Colby Briggs

Colby Briggs

Team Lead, Compensation Team

Professional Institute of Public Service Canada (PIPSC)

Colby Briggs is an advocate for bringing labour and management together to solve shared problems as equal partners. As Compensation Team Lead at the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, he and his team are responsible for issues which, under federal law, generally do not have recourse to independent third-party adjudication. This means that, to advance the rights of membership, a focus on win-win outcomes is critical to obtaining employer buy-in. Colby has also worked as a policy design and pay equity consultant to progressive employers in the non-profit and technology sectors. He is the President of the PIPSC Staff Association (UNIFOR) and previously served as a Vice President of the McGill University Administrative Staff Union (PSAC). His HR interests include inclusive workplace design, collective leadership, organisational architecture, and anti-bias policy development.

Wendy Glaser

Wendy Glaser

Director, Pay Equity, Employment & Labour Law

KPMG Law LLP

Wendy Glaser is a Human Resources consultant with a deep expertise in pay equity compliance across Ontario and Quebec. Currently the Director, Pay Equity at KPMG Canada, Wendy has over 15 years of experience assisting companies from a wide array of industries in complying with pay equity legislation. She has spearheaded numerous Human Resources mandates with a focus on compensation structure development and management. Wendy holds a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Human Resources Management from McGill University as well as an M.Sc. in Administration from the John Molson School of Business. She is a certified member of the Human Resources Professional Association and a member of the Board of Directors at JVS Toronto, a not-for-profit organization.

Sandra Haydon

Sandra Haydon & Associates

Sandra Haydon brings over 20 years of experience working with clients in both the public and private sectors under both federal and provincial pay equity legislation.  She has worked with both unionized and non-unionized workforces on dozens of job evaluation / pay equity projects.  Prior to starting Sandra Haydon & Associates in 2014, Sandra worked for a global consulting firm where she held a number of leadership roles in the firm’s human capital practice.

Sandra has provided advice and support to organizations to create project plans and supporting communications; develop terms of reference for committees; create pay equity compliant customized job evaluation tools and support implementation of recognized off-the -shelf plans; undertake job content data collection through both questionnaires and interview processes; and train and facilitate job evaluation committees.  Over the course of her career Sandra has evaluated thousands of jobs across various occupations, levels and sectors.  Sandra has completed multiple pay equity plans including all underlying mathematical analysis covering classification and compensation design (base and performance/incentive pay), pay equity and internal equity.

Sandra is currently working with multiple organizations to support the analysis and project planning for the implementation of the new pay equity requirements under the federal legislation.  These clients include both public and provide sector organizations across the aviation, finance, and broader public service with and focus on crown corporations and agencies.  Working with these clients, Sandra has supported the development of processes and materials to support the work ahead including Notices, Communication Plans, Project Plans, and analytic tools to test current state.

Jennifer Hodgins

Jennifer Hodgins

Partner

Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada LLP

Jennifer Hodgins practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights, pay equity, employment standards, labour and employee relations, grievance arbitration, wrongful dismissal and health and safety matters. Jennifer has acted on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights tribunal proceedings, wrongful dismissal claims, judicial review proceedings and federal and provincial labour board matters. She also regularly provides proactive and strategic advice to employers relating to workplace issues and labour relations, including collective bargaining.

Prior to joining our Toronto office, Jennifer practised labour and employment law at a management-side labour and employment boutique firm and completed a clerkship at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She has also worked as in-house labour counsel at a large regional hospital.

Related services

  • Employment and labour
  • Human rights

Key industry sectors

  • Financial institutions
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Transport

Education
B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2006
LL.B., Dalhousie University, 2010

Admissions

  • Ontario 2011

Speaking engagements

  • “Proactive pay equity legislation for the federal sector,” Norton Rose Fulbright Canada client webinar, June 12, 2019.
  • “Ontario’s New Pay Transparency Legislation,” HR Masterclass, Human Resources Directorate, September 10, 2018.
  • “Update on Workplace Investigations,” The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada,  June 7, 2017.
  • “The Right to Strike and Other Musings from the Supremes” (co-presenter with Richard Charney), client seminar, May 2015.
  • “Update on Employment Standards: Protected Leaves, Frustration, and More” (co-presenter), client seminar, September 2014.
  • “The Canada Labour Code: A Primer for Federally Regulated Employers,” HR Reporter webinar, Thomson Reuters, April 10, 2014.

Memberships and activities

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

Jayna Koria

Senior Principal, National Pay Equity Compliance Lead

Mercer

Cynthia MacFarlane

Cynthia MacFarlane

Principal

Mercer

Cynthia is a Principal in the Ottawa office of Mercer and specializes in total rewards, classification strategy, pay equity, and performance management. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and a B.A. (Honours) degree, both from Queen’s University.

She is a human resources professional with a decade of experience in industry where she worked as Director of Total Compensation at Export Development Canada, and Director of Compensation at Canada Post Corporation. Cynthia also worked as a human capital consultant in Ottawa and Western Europe. While with Canada Post and EDC, she was an active member of the Compensation Research Centre at the Conference Board of Canada and regularly provides an overview of the strategic role of compensation to the CHRP class at Carleton University.