HR Influencers

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. 

Dr. Parbudyal Singh is used to being a trailblazer.

As a professor of human resources management at York University, a published author and a renowned academic, Singh is also the very first recipient of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)’s highest honour.

It’s been said many times that we are a product of our environment.

This may be particularly true of the university experience, when young people are exposed to exciting new ideas and possibilities they’ve never considered before.

Such was the case for Amato Della Vecchia, whose chance enrolment in a university labour relations course was the catalyst that sparked a lifelong passion for human resources.