Advancing Tech Women (ATW) Advisory Committee
ATW is aimed at supporting four main sectors in which women are underrepresented in technology and STEM related roles: manufacturing, natural resources, construction and trades. Through collaboration with organizations and individuals, ICTC is aiming to understand the current gender balance in the industries, create awareness, and develop practices and initiatives that address business needs while promoting an inclusive and competitive workforce
We would like to thank our ATW Advisory Committee Members:
Heidi Hauver, NAC Chair
Managing Director, Harrison O’Sullivan Consulting
Heidi Hauver is an experienced Human Resources leader who has worked in multiple industries, including a decade in technology. She creates positive, innovative, and progressive HR programs that attracts, retains, and engages stellar employees. Heidi holds Applied Management & Human Resource Management Certificates from Algonquin College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources & Labour Relations with Athabasca University. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP).
Founder & CEO, emergiTEL
Aneela is the Founder and CEO of emergiTEL, a growing recruitment agency that has become the go-to source for hard-to-find skills in the telecommunications and IT industries. emergiTEL has been ranked twice in PROFIT 500 as Canada’s fastest growing companies.
In 2014 & 2015 Aneela was ranked 43rd & 51st respectively on the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs list. Aneela has won “Winning Women Doing Business” award twice by WBE Canada and more recently she was recognized by Ernst & Young as one of North America’s Top Women Entrepreneurs via “Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTMAward”.
Aneela has been consistently featured as a top Canadian Woman Entrepreneur to watch for with many nominations from different organizations. She has also been recognized for being a trailblazer in integrating skilled immigrants into the Canadian workforce.
Vice-President – Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.
Anna Tudela has more than 30 years of experience working with public companies in the securities and corporate finance areas, both in the United States and Canada. In her role as the Vice-President of Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Goldcorp Inc., she ensures that Goldcorp is in compliance with all securities filing requirements. In her role as Corporate Secretary she ensures that the Board has the proper advice and resources for discharging its fiduciary duty under corporate law, and ensures that all records for Goldcorp and its subsidiaries are in order. Anna leads a team of corporate services coordinators, long-term incentive plan administrators and paralegals. She joined Goldcorp in 2005 and was actively involved in the subsequent acquisitions and/or mergers with Wheaton River Minerals and Goldcorp Inc. in 2005; Placer Dome Canada, May 2006; and Glamis Gold Ltd. in November, 2006 and other post acquisitions. In 2013, Anna was the recipient of the Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award and recently she was named one of the Women In Mining (UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016. Anna’s work to advance women in leadership has also been recognized by the Association of Women in Finance, awarding her the honour of Champion at the 2016 PEAK Awards.
Anna is a driving force for diversity, and in particular increasing opportunities for women. In 2010 Anna founded Creating Choices, a program unique in the global mining industry and which recognizes the value in nurturing a culture of diversity within Goldcorp and promoting the advancement of women in particular. More than symbolic, Creating Choices is diversity in action. The Program was designed for the very specific purpose of assisting women in advancing their careers within the organization, through education, skills training and mentorship, to enable them to assume greater responsibility for their work, their opportunities for advancement and to thereby improve their lives and those of their families and communities where Goldcorp operates. To-date over 1,550 women at Goldcorp has graduated from the Creating Choices and subsequent Growing Choices Programs. They will serve as role models to other women who will follow in their footsteps, who will go on to assume ever greater positions of responsibility and leadership at Goldcorp.
Prior to joining Goldcorp, Anna worked at the law firm of Davis LLP in the Securities and Corporate Finance Department, working in mergers and acquisitions, and related general corporate and commercial transactions, working with junior companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and for senior companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Anna also worked as the Corporate Secretary of Diamond Fields Resources Inc. in 1995-1996, at the time of the Inco/Falconbridge bidding war for Voisey’s Bay nickel deposits and the subsequent plan of arrangement with Inco Ltd.
Corporate Director of Talent Management, Kruger Products
Lucie is an HR professional who has been involved in every aspect of Human Resources during her 30+ year career, and is currently responsible for defining, implementing and driving the Corporate Talent strategy for Kruger Products. In addition, along with her team, they provide HR expertise, advice and support to the various sites at KPLP. Her main focus revolves around attraction and retention which requires developing and continuously improving all aspects of the HR function. This role and the Kruger organization provide her with the challenges and the action and results oriented environment in which she can thrive. Leading, supporting or encouraging internal development and progression make it all worthwhile.
Pratima Gokula Chandra
Marketing & Branding, McCain Foods
Pratima Gokula Chandra is a consumer focused marketer with extensive experience in Asia and Canada. She has a passion for organization building, with particular interest in developing more engaged marketing teams to deliver outstanding results. She champions the cause of diversity, to keep more women in the workforce through their life stages, with vision of improving diversity at the executive level.
Pratima worked for over a decade with Procter and Gamble in Asia, before moving to Canada in 2014. She has been working with McCain Foods since 2015, where she works on defining the future of food innovation, and designing products to deliver this vision.
Director, Digital Transformation, Goldcorp Inc.
Tracey Greason was appointed the Director of Digital Transformation at Goldcorp in January 2014. In this role Tracey manages all IT capital programs and is responsible for providing leadership, vision and direction on key IT initiates. She oversees a team that provides project management, enterprise architecture, change management and business readiness, analytics and innovation in partnership with the business.
Tracey brings over 20 years’ experience in business process re-engineering. Prior to joining Goldcorp, she worked as a Global Business Systems Leader with Talisman Energy Corporation in Calgary, Alberta. She has held several senior positions with PwC and IBM where she managed complex, multifunctional projects in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, and manufacturing.
Tracey is a champion of diversity in the workplace and advocates for female leadership in IT and the mining industry.
Vice President – Human Resources, New Flyer Industries
Janice Harper is currently the Vice President Human Resources for New Flyer Industries and is responsible for the people services function across a multi-location and diverse cross border manufacturing and service sectors in a public company environment. Janice has worked in progressive human resource and management roles in the public and private sector with Westfair Foods and New Flyer. She has significant experience in labour relations holding Chief Negotiator roles in both the Canadian and US bargaining environments. Janice has a proven track record in organization culture and employee engagement development and safety and environmental systems management.
Janice’s recent background includes leading change management initiatives and she has demonstrated experience in organizational communication methods and training and development systems.
Janice holds a Diploma in Creative Communications from Red River Community College and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Winnipeg. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and has obtained the Human Resources Compensation Committee designation from the Director’s College at McMaster University (HRCCC). She is strongly committed to lifelong learning and is currently completing her BA in Communications at the University of Winnipeg.
Director – Human Resource Programs, PCL Constructor Inc.
An experienced leader and consultant, Kathryn is currently responsible for strategic Human Resource programs for PCL Constructors. Here, she is building the new foundation for talent with a focus on technology, branding, social media, onboarding and organizational efficiencies. Past experience includes corporate tenure at EPCOR (energy sector), providing leadership and strategic direction for talent acquisition, onboarding, branding, and talent management. Project Lead of Korn Ferry/ Futurestep’s largest Canadian RPO (energy sector), Recruitment Manager with a national technical recruitment firm and Executive Recruiter, achieving both public and private sector experience in recruiting at the executive level. Kathryn is a seasoned professional, comfortable engaging with leadership and c-suite to provide strategic solutions for their business, as well as an engaged and motivated leader, able to drive successful results with diverse teams.
Kathryn trail blazed Alberta’s advanced technology recruitment as the first biotechnology recruitment specialist with her own project: The Camire Group. As a seasoned search consultant, she specialized in the advanced technology arena with a successful track record within executive search and professional recruitment. Her focus provided talent consulting to start-ups and small companies with biotech, medical devices, NHP focus as well as technology commercialization.
Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and an executive certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University.
President and CEO, Seafair Capital Inc.
Anne Whelan is President and CEO of Seafair Capital Inc., a growth-focused private investment company that provides strategic leadership and shared services to its group of operating companies. Seafair Capital’s businesses employ more than 700 people and operate within three main divisions: home and community care, residential care, and safety/industrial. A prominent business leader in her home province, Whelan has received numerous awards and recognitions, being named Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2014. Anne serves as a director on the board of CSA Group, a standards organization with global operations in testing, inspection and certification, as well as on the board of Newfoundland Power, a regulated electric utility in Newfoundland and Labrador. Additionally, Anne chairs the governance committee of NOIA – the province’s oil and gas industry association. Anne volunteers as regional vice-chair of the board of directors of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, as well as with a number of local charities and community service initiatives. She earned her BA and MBA from Memorial University, and her Advanced Studies in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. She completed the Directors’ Education Program at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Vice-President – Human Resources, Talent, Suncor Energy
Pat White is the VP Human Resources, Talent for Suncor Energy, which includes Leadership Development, Learning & Capability and Talent Management portfolios.
Pat White has been with Suncor’s HR team for 6+ years, taking on numerous leadership roles within Human Resources, bringing with her extensive experience in Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness within the oil and gas industry. Her roles as an internal advisor and leader and an external consultant, as well as her experience in operational effectiveness, learning, change management and leadership effectiveness have helped her build a strong HR Talent team.
During Pat’s time at Suncor, she has had several challenging and rewarding opportunities to contribute to significant change initiatives and programs, including the merger with Petro-Canada 2009, improving process effectiveness, implementation and adoption of Operational Excellence Management System and Operational Discipline.