Session Speakers

Lisa Medeiros

Lisa Medeiros

Presenting Session A1

About Lisa

Senior Executive Relationship Manager; ADP Canada

Lisa Medeiros has over 24 years of Executive Human Resources experience, and currently services some of ADP’s largest National clients. Lisa offers an overall strategy for HR program management to clients within industries ranging in automotive, manufacturing, health care, retail, technology, and education. She brings knowledge and expertise in Payroll, Project Management, and Human Resources – spanning various areas such as Employee Relations, Training & Development, and Policies & Procedures. Lisa specializes in working with leaders to engage employees, working with and mentoring teams, while utilizing strategic approaches to deliver value and ensuring alignment to the operations and business priorities.

Jeff Livingston

Jeff Livingston

Presenting Sessions A1, C1

About Jeff

National Marketing, Communications and Brand Manager; ADP Canada

With a knack for sharing stories and engaging audiences across North America, Jeff Livingston has helped grow some of the world’s biggest and brightest brands. He now hosts the “Insights@Work” podcast, one of North America’s most popular HR podcasts. Before returning to the HR and payroll sector in 2018, Jeff led the communications, stakeholder and fundraising activities for Canada’s most recognized not-for-profits, raising hundreds of millions of dollars for life-saving medical research and launching innovative programs to improve the lives of thousands of Canadian families. The recipient of 3 Canadian Public Relations Society awards as well as a webby Marketing Award, Jeff’s passion for communication clearly shines through. Jeff holds two degrees, as a graduate from Trent University and Dalhousie University and regularly lectures on marketing and communications in some of Canada’s top business programs. His proudest achievements include his role as President, Cota Health Services, one of Canada’s largest supportive housing and mental health agencies and his family, who call Toronto home.

Carmen Grayson, CPM

Carmen Grayson, CPM

Presenting Sessions A4, D5

About Carmen

Owner/Manager of Superior Payroll Services 

Carmen served on the CPA’s Board of Directors and is also a ‘Fellow’ of the Association. Carmen was honored in 2016 with the Town of Beaumont’s Volunteer of the Year Award for volunteerism and continuing services in and around her community in Alberta and shares her passion for payroll by her involvement in the payroll community. She has been a Con-Ed instructor at NAIT for over 15 years and is a facilitator of many payroll seminars throughout the prairies and the territories. One of Carmen’s record accomplishment was the positive establishment of Lunch & Learn sessions in the prairies or as we call them today Network & Share events.

Aaron Fuchs

Aaron Fuchs

Presenting Session A5

About Aaron

Commercial Vice President of Dayforce Wallet division, Ceridian

Aaron is responsible for the sales and go-to-market strategy of Dayforce Wallet in North America, an on-demand pay solution that empowers employees with accelerated access to their earned wages. Aaron regularly engages with Ceridian’s largest enterprise partners to connect Dayforce Wallet’s unique solution for on-demand pay to critical business objectives that include talent attraction, retention and financial wellness.

Before joining Ceridian, Aaron was Vice President, Data & Analytics Solutions at Wells Fargo. Previous to Wells Fargo, he held three roles at American Express, overseeing client engagement activities across several products and services.

Aaron earned an MBA from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

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Sandrine Lafleur, PCP

Sandrine Lafleur, PCP

Sessions A6, B7, D4, F7 and V4

About Sandrine

Director of Regulatory and Compliance, Global Inclusion Equity and Diversity Champion, Alight Solutions

Sandrine nears two decades of hands-on experience in the leadership and delivery of complex global HRIS / payroll solutions / pension and benefits administration. Of direct relevance to the 2022 National Conference, Sandrine is an industry acclaimed leader and recognized payroll subject matter expert within the Canadian and International legislative space. Sandrine is well versed in risk management, is a cultural mentor and strategic client relationship contributor. Sandrine has also been engaged to lead efforts in the areas of business transformation, functional and process enhancement, change management; and has earned stakeholders trust for her natural leadership qualities.

Sandrine’s close relationship with the Association nears the span of her career; she is an alumni Certification instructor with Seneca College. Sandrine remains the managing partner of Lafleur Consulting Services Inc.; a consultancy firm engaged by the likes of AON Hewitt, ADP, Ceridian, AOM, KPMG, Deloitte, IBM, BMO and Redbull Canada to name a few, leading extensive multiple phases projects in the areas of compliance and regulatory, workforce management, corporate audit and business process / system implementation. Sandrine is bilingual, and is an accredited professional conference key note speaker and a corporate professional development facilitator.

Nathalie Syratt, PCP

Nathalie Syratt, PCP

Sessions A7, B3 and V6

About Nathalie

Bilingual Payroll Compliance Advisor, Compliance Services and Professional Development Department

Nathalie has a general accounting background and worked in this field for over 20 years at which point she steered her career specifically towards payroll. She has extensive experience in processing large-scale payroll for salaried and unionized employees and well as payroll system implementations.

Nathalie is one of our bilingual speakers that participates in the delivery of seminars and webinars all across Canada.

Jamil Jamal

Jamil Jamal

Presenting Session B1

About Jamil

Benefits Consultant, People Corporation

With over 10 years of experience, Jamil’s role is to work with key stakeholders to align corporate benefit strategies that support an organization’s business objectives to attract, retain and reward employees with innovative benefit solutions. Jamil is supported by a team of professionals that together deliver the guidance, knowledge, technical support, and customer service that clients can rely on today, and in the future. Clients can rely on Jamil’s experience, best practice and industry experience to set their organization apart. Jamil helps organizations achieve cost sustainability, while delivering positive employee outcomes.

Jamil holds an Honours in Bachelors of Commerce, Business Management from University of Ottawa – Telfer School of Management and is an instructor for the Canadian Payroll Association’s course on Best Practices for Employee Benefits.

He also sits on the Advisor Council for one of Canada’s leading insurance carriers.

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Steven Van Alstine, CPM

Steven Van Alstine, CPM

Presenting Sessions B4, F4

About Steven

Vice-President, Education 

Steven is considered one of Canada’s foremost subject matter experts in Canadian payroll legislation, training and education.

As VP, Education, Steven currently oversees the Certification, Compliance Services and Programs and Events and Regional Programs teams. The education programs include over 15,000 certification course enrolments per year, close to 400 professional development seminars, online sessions and webinars annually, as well as the Certification Recognition Events, National Conference, and National Payroll Week. In addition, our most valued education member service, InfoLine, fields over 40,000 inquiries annually.

He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from Wilfrid Laurier University and the Certified Association Executive certification from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Presenting Sessions B5, E5

About Michael

Managing Director, Michael Lewis Training, Movtivation and Development

Michael Lewis Training, Motivation and Development is a London, Ontario based training and development firm founded in 1994 that specializes in developing and delivering personal and professional development presentations, seminars, and workshops to business, non-profit groups, and associations and the public sector. He graduated from Western University with a B.A. in 1983, began a career in training in the corporate world and eventually started his own training and development firm in 1994.

Julie Develin

Julie Develin

Presenting Session B6

About Julie

Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory UKG

An expert on employee relations, workplace flexibility, and workforce development, Julie Develin is a Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory at UKG, a global leader in workforce cloud solutions. With over 17 years of experience as an HR executive focused on improving workplace culture and enhancing the employee experience, Develin helps organizations worldwide implement strategic employee technology and workplace initiatives to enhance productivity, improve communication, and increase satisfaction across the workforce. Develin holds an M.S. in human resources development from McDaniel College, where she continues to work today as an adjunct professor in the human resources management and human services management programs.

Iman Masud

Iman Masud

Presenting Session C1

About Iman

Executive Human Resources Relationship Manager at ADP Canada

Iman partners strategically with clients towards building their continued HR business success. Prior to joining ADP, Iman worked in consulting facilitating cultural transformation projects, leadership development, and organizational development interventions. She’s worked in various corporate HR and OD roles delivering People Strategy, HR Functional Effectiveness and Design, Workforce Planning, and People Analytics and Insight. Iman has a keen interest in systemic change, mindfulness, psychometric instruments and the theory and practice of coaching. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader(CHRL, HRPA) as well a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR, HRCI- USA). Iman is a former board member of the Asia Pacific Federation for Human Resource Management (APFHRM) and has been a speaker at several large-scale international HR conferences.

Tina Beauchamp, CPM

Tina Beauchamp, CPM

Presenting Sessions C4, V1

About Tina

Education Content Development Specialist 

When she’s not writing and updating material for the our education programs, Tina also facilitates several of our professional development seminars and has written articles for payroll and financial publications, including Dialogue magazine, The Bottom Line and Canadian Payroll Reporter.

Before joining us in 2010, Tina spent 20 years managing both Canadian and U.S. payrolls for organizations in the retail, manufacturing and service industries.

Bianca Mueller

Bianca Mueller

Presenting Sessions C5, V11

About Bianca

Community Manager; Wagepoint

Bianca Mueller is an award-winning Certified Professional Bookkeeper with 14 years’ experience as a respected thought leader and social influencer in the Canadian Bookkeeping Industry. She is an early adopter of cloud technologies which enables her to excel in the fintech industry and surround herself with a trusted community of like-minded accounting professionals.

As the Community Manager at Wagepoint, her pledge to all payroll professionals is to be their ambassador and voice. As a trusted industry expert, she is committed to helping accounting and bookkeeping professionals grow their practice with Wagepoint.

Edward Nagel

Edward Nagel

Presenting Session C6

About Edward

Principal and founder of nagel + associates inc

Edward Nagel is a seasoned forensic accountant who since 1998, has focused exclusively on providing forensic and investigative accounting services to corporations, individuals, public sector and not-for-profit organizations and their legal advisors/boards, primarily in the area of corporate fraud. Mr. Nagel is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), designated specialist in investigative and forensic accounting (IFA) and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Mr. Nagel is also a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). He has testified before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, where he was recognized as an expert in the area of forensic accounting.

In addition to his client responsibilities, Mr. Nagel has lectured extensively, has authored several articles and has been referenced by many leading newspapers and other publications on various topics surrounding fraud and forensic accounting. He also serves on the Executive, Board and several committees of a charitable organization in Toronto. Mr. Nagel is the Principal and founder of nagel + associates inc. (nagel-forensics.com), a Toronto-based boutique forensic accounting firm that specializes exclusively in forensic investigations, anti-fraud consulting, anti-fraud training and crypto advisory. Mr. Nagel can be reached directly by email at edward@nagel-forensics.com or by phone 416-594-NSIC (6742).

Dr. Jarik Conrad

Dr. Jarik Conrad

Presenting Session D1

About Dr. Jarik

Dr. Jarik Conrad, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the VP of the Human Insights at UKG and the Executive Director of the UKG-sponsored Equity at Work Council.

Dr. Conrad has held human resources leadership roles in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is a sought-after speaker in the areas of leadership, health & wellness, emotional intelligence, and diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging and has been recognized as one of the world’s top people practitioners on HRD’s Global 100 and Engagedly’s Top 100 HR influencers. He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Fragile Mind.

Bruce E. Phipps, CPP

Bruce E. Phipps, CPP

Presenting Sessions D3, E3

About Bruce

President – American Payroll Association
2011 American Payroll Association, Payroll Man of the Year

Bruce has more than 45 years of payroll compliance, system upgrades and implementations, and mergers/acquisitions experience in industries including healthcare, retail, service industries, television retailers, and manufacturing.

Bruce earned his Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation in 1989. He serves on the APA’s Hotline Referral Service, Electronic Payments Committee, Government Relations Task Force Payroll Cards Subcommittee, Government Relations Task Force Child Support and Other Garnishments Subcommittee, Government Relations Task Force Retirement Accounts Subcommittee, Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force Emerging Technologies Subcommittee, and on the National Speakers Bureau.

Bruce speaks at numerous APA events, including Congress, chapter meetings, and statewide conferences. He is one of the original co-authors to the first edition of APA’s “A Successful Guide to Direct Deposit”. Bruce serves as the President of a local chapter and has held various officer positions over the last 18 years.

Jordan Rodney

Jordan Rodney

Presenting Sessions D6, E6

About Jordan

President of MaxPeople and Founder of Rodney Employment Law

A lawyer who brings a unique HR perspective to every issue and case he takes on, Jordan’s true passion has, and always will be helping people. A risk-taker at heart, he left the corporate world nearly 11 years ago to team up with his wife to provide in-house employment law services as part of the MaxPeople service offering. His combined passion for HR and law give him a unique perspective and he is grateful for the opportunity to continue sharing that with everyone that works with the Rodney Employment Law and MaxPeople teams.

Faith Wood

Faith Wood

Presenting Sessions D7, E7, V3

About Faith

Communication and conflict consultant, award winning novelist and expert storyteller only begin to tell the story of Faith Wood.

Going a little deeper, you find a former Peace Officer and certified mediator, who mastered the power of influential communication firsthand in the field. Since 2004, she has captivated audiences in government and service-based organizations in over 7 countries.

Whether speaking virtually or in person, audiences are raving about her ability to hold their attention while sharing relevant and practical advice. The vitally important underlying thread of ‘building collaborators around you’ is woven throughout her keynotes and workshop trainings.

Erin Wood, CPM

Erin Wood, CPM

Presenting Session E1

About Erin

Erin Wood has been involved with us for over 20 years. Working at the CPA and Ceridian ignited a passion for payroll and gave her an important foundation for becoming a subject matter expert in payroll compliance and legislation. As a Professional Development Speaker and Online Instructor, she has been responsible for instructing participants and students on a variety of topics and platforms with a focus on taxable benefits, employment standards, and getting ready for year end. After 15 years of being a self-employed bookkeeper specializing in small to medium sized businesses around the greater Toronto area, she currently works at the cloud-based accounting software company Xero as the Payroll Product Compliance Lead for Canada.

Karima Balfoul, CPM

Karima Balfoul, CPM

Presenting Sessions C7, E4, V2

About Karima

Bilingual Payroll Compliance Advisor

Karima holds a CPM Certificate, a Master’s Degree in Economic Diagnosis, and a Certificate in Instructing Adults. She has more than 23 years of experience as a payroll professional. She has processed and managed payrolls for organizations in different industries, with diverse complexities, including union and non-union environments across Canada.

Karima is one of our bilingual speakers who deliver seminars and webinars all across Canada, teaching CPM online French courses.

John Wunderlich

John Wunderlich

Presenting Session F1

About John

John Wunderlich is a data protection professional and expert witness who has worked and consulted about privacy, data protection, and security for over 20 years in multiple jurisdictions. He has provided advice and consulting services to multiple public and private sector organizations in Canada, the United States and abroad. He is a participant and leader in international privacy standards including the ISO, IEEE, and the Kantara Initiative. He serves as the Chief Privacy Officer for JLINC Labs, a Bay Area start-up that has developed protocols and software for data governance and accountability that addresses multiple privacy standards and regulations. Before launching his consulting practice, he designed and implemented process improvement, security & privacy programs and was a senior policy advisor to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

Amin Lalani

Amin Lalani

Presenting Session F3

About Amin

co-CEO of Avanti Software

In 2016, Amin Lalani found an opportunity in 36-year-old Avanti Software and acquired the company. Soon after, David Owen Cord joined as co-CEO and together the duo has transformed Avanti into a leading Canadian mid-sized HRIS provider. Avanti’s robust cloud-based software empowers professionals with the in-house payroll & HCM capabilities they need to make their jobs easier. Like any great partnership, Amin’s background in finance and entrepreneurship is complemented by David’s experience in finance and operations. Driven by the desire to make a positive impact, David and Amin, alongside the entire Avanti team, are dedicated to building better workplaces through innovative products and great people.

David Owen Cord

David Owen Cord

Presenting Session F3

About David

co-CEO of Avanti Software

In 2016, Amin Lalani found an opportunity in 36-year-old Avanti Software and acquired the company. Soon after, David Owen Cord joined as co-CEO and together the duo has transformed Avanti into a leading Canadian mid-sized HRIS provider. Avanti’s robust cloud-based software empowers professionals with the in-house payroll & HCM capabilities they need to make their jobs easier. Like any great partnership, Amin’s background in finance and entrepreneurship is complemented by David’s experience in finance and operations. Driven by the desire to make a positive impact, David and Amin, alongside the entire Avanti team, are dedicated to building better workplaces through innovative products and great people.

Ilana Stern

Ilana Stern

Presenting Sessions F5, V7

About Ilana

Director of HR & Training Services for MaxPeople

Ilana has delivered training programs to employees at all levels in an organization. She has a true passion for facilitation and enjoys passing on her knowledge and tips to her participants. Ilana has written extensive course materials including case studies for managers to work through as part of leadership training sessions. What’s really important to her as part of facilitation is the interaction and engagement of the audience.

Ilana is a results-driven and passionate Human Resources Professional with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. She is energetic and dedicated with a strong focus on cultivating deep relationships with her clients while implementing practical solutions for the business.

Michael French

Michael French

Presenting Session F6

About Michael

Regional Vice President with Robert Half

Based in Toronto, Michael oversees several markets and practice groups across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). He has been with Robert Half for over 15 years and has helped support the growth and success of countless businesses and careers in that time.

Mike has witnessed all phases of the job market cycle, first-hand. He is thoroughly familiar with the staffing skills that are currently in demand and is an expert in employment trends, particularly within the accounting field. Prior to joining Robert Half, Mike worked within the construction equipment financing industry.

Mike graduated from Lakehead University, Confederation College in business administration and is actively involved in professional associations and educational institutions. Mike is a leading presenter of Robert Half’s professional development courses and has played a key role in the career advancement and growth of job seekers across the GTA.

Max van der Klis-Busink

Max van der Klis-Busink

Presenting Session V5

About Max

Max has over 15 years of Global Payroll experience, and has a true passion for payroll; he is not afraid to show it. He is an active member of the community and regularly contributes with webinars, articles, posts and other engaging sessions.

GLA Team

GLA Team

Presenting Advocacy Update

About GLA

The Government and Legislative Affairs team; Rachel Dorbin-DeGrace, Catherine Robert–Frigon, Gaetano Gagliardi, Fatima Balfoul

The GLA team facilitates meaningful discussions with government and key stakeholders to ensure we are advocating for payroll professionals and employers, and bringing forward ideas to improve payroll legislation, regulations and administration. As the voice of payroll to the government, the GLA team shares the unique perspective of payroll from you, our members. Raising the voice of payroll professionals from coast to coast elevates your value in your organization.

Heather Haslam

Heather Haslam

Presenting Session V9

About Heather

Heather Haslam, VP Marketing, ADP

Heather leads the Marketing mandate to support businesses across all segments in Canada. In her role, Heather provides strategic direction for planning, product marketing, campaign management, branding, and employee communications. Heather has more than 20 year’s experience in the Canadian technology Market. She is a proven, accomplished and dynamic leader specializing in motivating people for change and increased productivity with successes across Marketing, Sales Channel Development, Product Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions. She is a passionate and intuitive leader who leverages persuasive reasoning to drive change, engage and build alignment with leaders/teams across functional areas. Prior to joining ADP in early 2016, she held various roles at BCE, primarily in Bell Business Markets, across Sales, Marketing and M&A.

Martin Poupart

Martin Poupart

Presenting Session V12

About Martin

Directeur de succursales et de divisions, Robert Half

Martin Poupart est un directeur de succursales et de divisions chez Robert Half, la première et la plus grande entreprise de solutions de gestion des talents spécialisées au monde. Dans son rôle, Martin supervise les régions de l’Ouest-de-l’Île et de Laval au Québec, et gère des équipes dans les groupes de pratique de finance et de comptabilité, de soutien administratif et à la clientèle et des ressources de gestion. Martin s’est joint à Robert Half en 2007 en tant que gestionnaire du recrutement en finance et comptabilité et a depuis été promu directeur de division et directeur de succursale avant d’assumer son rôle actuel. Martin apporte plus de 14 ans d’expertise dans l’industrie et une compréhension approfondie du paysage national et local de l’embauche et du recrutement.

Martin est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en comptabilité et a obtenu des cours supplémentaires en RH et en leadership de l’École de gestion de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Avant de rejoindre Robert Half, il travaillait en tant que contrôleur financier. Martin est passionné par le domaine du recrutement. Il aime servir de partenaire stratégique à la fois pour les clients et les candidats, et aider à bâtir une culture interne pour soutenir la croissance, le développement et la réussite de ses équipes.

Audrey Anderson

Audrey Anderson

Presenting Session C3

About Audrey

Manager, Employer Services, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

Joining the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in 2011, Audrey currently manages a team of Account Specialists who are responsible for registering, updating and classifying employer accounts. In the past, she has managed Account Representatives in the Employer Services’ contact centre. She has over 25 years’ corporate experience in Fortune 500 firms, mainly in contract management and procurement, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about coaching and inspiring people to excel in their work, while enabling an excellent customer experience.

Suzanne McClelland

Suzanne McClelland

Presenting Session C3

About Suzanne

Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

Joining the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in 2001, Suzanne currently works with stakeholders across the province, proactively educating them about WSIB programs and helping to resolve issues. In previous positions, she managed Case Managers and Nurse Consultants who were responsible for claims management and the facilitation of return to work. Suzanne holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Western University and is passionate about customer service excellence, problem solving and information sharing, to provide people with the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Laura Angelo

Laura Angelo

Presenting Session D2

About Laura

Payroll Consultant, National Payroll Institute

Laura Angelo, CPM has achieved her Certified Payroll Manager designation from the National Payroll Institute and has been a proud member of the Institute since 1991!

Laura is one of nine subject matter experts in payroll legislation, research and training with the Compliance Services and Professional Development team at the National Payroll Institute.  When Laura is not busy assisting members with their payroll inquiries through InfoLine, she is reviewing and updating materials for the Institute’s professional development seminars and reviewing employer guides for the federal and provincial governments.  Laura also facilitates  the Institute’s Professional Development seminars and webinars.

Laura has over 20 years’ experience in both public and private sector with a diverse range of industries.  She has processed and managed payrolls under 500 employees to managing complex payroll in high volume environments.

Jodie-Ann Green

Jodie-Ann Green

Presenting Session E2

About Jodie-Ann

Payroll Consultant, National Payroll Institute

Jodie-Ann, CPM, holds her Certified Payroll Manager certification from the National Payroll Institute since 2010 and an Accounting and Payroll Diploma from Seneca College since 2012 and has a great deal of experience with some of Canada’s largest Payroll Service Providers.

Jodie-Ann is one of nine subject matter experts in payroll legislation, research and training with the Compliance Services and Programs team at the National Payroll Institute. 

She teaches many of the Insitute’s professional development seminars and has many years of payroll, and training experience. Jodie-Ann enjoys helping payroll professionals do their work more efficiently and timely.

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