Renée Caron has been a leader at the executive level in pay equity operations and policy for nearly 15 years. Recently, she played a key role in the development of the federal Pay Equity Act. She was recently appointed as the interim Equal Pay Commissioner of the Northwest Territories. She has more than 25 years’ experience in employment and labour relations, including at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Privy Council Office, the Canada Industrial Relations Board and in the private sector. She authored the seminal text, Employment in the Federal Public Service, published by Canada Law Book and cited by the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. Renée holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is fluently bilingual. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her family, their dog and their cat.
Jayna Koria is a Senior Principal Workforce Rewards consultant based out of Toronto. Jayna has been with Mercer for nearly 20 years. Jayna has extensive experience working with public and private organizations in conducting various rewards and compensation projects. From developing salary structures and designing job evaluation tools, to managing employee engagement surveys, reviewing HR programs and policies, specializing in pay equity reviews.
Jayna is the National Compliance Pay Equity Lead for Canada bringing together resources and specialists across the country to support our clients. Jayna has extensive experience with both Ontario and Quebec pay equity legislations working with many large multinational clients in ensuring compliance.
Jayna holds an honors degree in Economics and Management Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. Jayna is also currently enrolled in the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) program and has earned the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) designation. In addition, Jayna has completed the Canadian Securities Course
Meredith is a Senior Pay Equity and Compensation Consultant with over 20 years of experience in base and variable pay design and implementation, and job documentation and evaluation. Meredith is passionate about supporting businesses in aligning total rewards with organizational strategies and facilitating the path to pay equity, identifying risks and mitigation strategies as employers and committees work towards pay equity compliance.
Stephanie provides strategic and practical advice to public and private sector employers on a range of labour and employment issues, including hiring, discipline, policy drafting and implementation, accommodation and disability management, collective agreement interpretation, and workplace violence and harassment.
Stephanie represents clients in wrongful dismissal claims, disability benefits litigation, human rights complaints, and grievance arbitrations. Stephanie has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and in grievance arbitration. In addition, Stephanie regularly provides training on employment standards, litigation management, human rights and the duty to accommodate, and workplace investigations.
Stephanie also has a growing pay equity practice and advises employers in the provincial and federal sectors.
Jackie VanDerMeulen is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group at Fasken, where she practices all aspects of labour and employment law. She is a skilled advocate who regularly represents employers in labour arbitrations, interest arbitrations, federal and provincial labour board matters, human rights proceedings, employment litigation and applications for judicial review. Jackie is recognized by Lexpert in the category of Workplace Human Rights and has developed particular expertise in accessibility legislation and pay equity. She frequently assists federally and provincially regulated employers with their accessibility and pay equity programs, including any resulting litigation.