HR Influencers

HRPA is proud to present world-class thought leadership from around the globe. The 2019 group of keynote speakers represent talent and expertise in each of their fields.  Learn more about our distinguished keynotes – and don’t forget to attend their sessions.

Alison DeMille, BA, MIR

By Lisa Gord


From her early years in a very traditional family environment to her current role as head of human resources at an iconic family-owned enterprise, Alison DeMille has come a long way.

As the chief human resources officer (CHRO) at McCain Foods Limited, DeMille oversees a matrix organization of 500 HR and communications professionals who deliver the full breadth of internal and external human resources to the company’s 21,000 employees.

When Doug Bowman was a young musician, he never suspected he’d go on to enjoy a 40-year career in human resources.

By: Lisa Gordon


Marla Allan didn’t plan on a career in human resources, but one of her early managers thought it would be a good fit.

By Lisa Gordon


Since 1991, Maura Richardson has been creating human resources strategy and driving execution for top consumer brands such as Estée Lauder, Shoppers Drug Mart, L Brands and Sephora.

For Mary Silverthorn, human resources is about ensuring front line employees have the support they need to do their jobs effectively.