DEBRA HUGHES, PH.D.
Dr. Debra Hughes is a partner with RHR International LLP (Toronto). Diverse experiences
gained from a 25-year career enable her to work with CEOs and senior leaders to ensure
they are developing the leadership behaviours that drive career and organizational success.
Whether working with boards to manage the inherent risks in CEO succession or assisting
leaders in new roles to get up to speed quickly and avoid pitfalls, she provides a challenging
yet supportive experience that stretches executives to achieve greater success. Dr. Hughes
has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the
University of Calgary. In the last of a three-part series of leadership articles, she continues
discussing how to best integrate executives into an organization to optimize their chances of
success – for this article, she focuses on a new executive in a pioneer role within a company.
Read the article, starting on page 35.
Hena Singh is one of the founding partners of Singh Lamarche LLP. She assists with workplace
issues of all types – from the contemplation of an employment relationship, to assisting
in its continuation as well as termination. She also has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations
for companies of all types and sizes. Co-author of Law of Termination in Ontario
and a frequent presenter on various employment law, human rights and workplace investigation
issues, Singh is recognized for providing her clients with practical and tailored solutions to
employment and human rights issues. Read Singh’s article about the benefits of hiring an external
investigator, starting on page 15.
MARY ANN BAYNTON
Mary Ann Baynton is the program director for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental
Health in the Workplace, as well as the executive director of Mindful Employer Canada,
a not-for-profit that supports positive workplace mental health. She is also the principal
of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates, where she provides consultation services to all levels
of government and a diverse range of organizations, unions, associations and institutions
across the country. For this issue of HR Professional, Baynton focused on raising awareness
of workplace bullying in order to facilitate its prevention. Read the feature article, starting
on page 28.
Bronwen Hundley is a strategic director for Seven Step RPO. She has more than 10
years of experience in the RPO industry, and currently oversees multiple client accounts
while providing strategic consulting to client stakeholders. Her expertise includes client
relationship development, process compliance, transitions and operational delivery.
Previously, Hundley worked for staffing agencies serving Fortune 50 companies and within
IBM’s HRO division. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and lives in
Boston. To read the article she wrote for The Last Word column about more effective oncampus
recruiting, flip to page 56.
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