Board of Directors


Suanne Nielsen - National President

Currently, and for the past three years, Suanne Nielsen has served as Volunteer President of the Strategic Capability Network, a 40-year old, national not-for-profit organization offering thought leadership and a community of peers for human resources executives.

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Edmond Mellina - Strategic Advisor

As President & Co-founder of ORCHANGO, Edmond is internationally respected for his expertise in nimble change management for the age of digital disruption.

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Brian Hughes - Strategic Advisor

Brian Hughes is Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Business Executive. Currently, he is Vice President, Human Resources with FirstOnSite Restoration.

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Brian Daly - Treasurer

Brian Daly, MBA, is a Certified Human Resource Executive (CHRE). Currently, he is the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) at Toronto Public Library.

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Mark Edgar - Programming Chair

Mark Edgar is founder of Goat Rodeo Project. He is a people-centric, strategic and innovative consultant, facilitator and coach with global experience developing and delivering impactful and business focused people strategies across a range of sectors.

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Lara Root - Member Marketing & Communications Chair

Lara is Chief People Officer at CBI Health and is a Certified Human Resources executive (CHRE) from the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and she is a certified executive coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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Deborah Jann - Strategic Advisor

Deborah is VP, Client Experience and Growth at Connective Intelligence Inc. and a trusted consultant to the HR community for over 25 years. She has supported individual, team and organizational growth by leveraging her expertise in diversity and inclusion, business ownership, innovation consulting, leadership development, team effectiveness and culture transformation.

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Michael Clark - Corporate Sponsor Engagement Lead

Michael Clark is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, at Forrest, a Toronto-based organizational-effectiveness consultancy. He has over 30 years of experience leading markets to the value of products and services.

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Joanne Rivard - Peer Forums Chair

For over 25 years, Joanne has held senior Human Resources roles in both corporate and consulting settings.  As Vice President of Human Resources for IPEX Management Inc, the North-American group of a global manufacturing company headquartered in Brussels, Joanne experienced first-hand, how a cultural transformation requires vision, transparency and a strong methodology.

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Stephanie Paquet - Calgary Chapter President

Stephanie Paquet, Ph.D., CPHR is a Senior Associate Consultant with LHH in Calgary, Alberta. For the past 7 years she has been the Chair of SCN’s Calgary chapter and a Director on the Board of SCN National. Over the past 15 years she has worked with organizational leaders and teams in a variety of industries.

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