Leading Through Change

Keynote Speaker & Facilitator Bios

Keynote Speaker

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson is Executive Director of Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre and has worked in government, hospital, supportive housing, and drop-in sectors. Angela recently led the merger of the former Parkdale and Queen West Community Health Centres to become Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre effective April 1, 2017.

Angela is currently a Board member of Stephen Lewis Foundation and has been a volunteer and board member of Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and past board member of Houselink Community Homes. Angela is also an activist working with black, women’s, LGBTQ and low-income communities.

Angela has published works on homelessness, race and women’s issues. She is the Coordinator of Sistering’s Drop In Centre’s community-based research report ‘Common Occurrence: The Impact of Homelessness on Women’s Health (2002). She is co-editor of the book, ‘Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought (1999) published by Women’s Educational Press.

Angela was honoured by York University in 2017 with an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree for her social justice work. She has also been recognized for her social change and justice work by the YWCA, Fred Victor Centre, Urban Alliance on Race Relations and NOW magazine.


Workshops and Facilitators

Marcella Kowalchuk – The Human Resources Side of Change

Marcella Kowalchuk provides expert advice and guidance to help leaders solve their human resource dilemmas.  In compliance with employment legislation and management principles, Marcella shares practical insights to guide clients’ understanding of human resource matters.

Marcella has over 10 years of experience in providing strategic and operational advice on all aspects of human resources to leaders from various sectors.  She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) and holds the designation of a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).

Her other credentials include a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, training in workplace investigations, organizational dynamics and management development. Marcella’s expertise also includes conflict resolution and mediation, performance management, workplace accommodations, leadership consulting and career counselling.

To learn more about Marcella’s workshop, The Human Resources Side of Change, click HERE.

Heather MacNeil – Managing and Implementing Change

Heather is a results-driven Human Resources professional with over 30 years of progressive corporate experience, 25 of which were with Bank of Montreal. Heather is an exemplary leader who has served as an integral part of Senior Management Teams and has successfully led major Human Resources projects and program initiatives – from the business up to the enterprise level.

A strategic thinker, she has supported corporate clients on all aspects of Human Resources but her passion is in both Facilitation and Coaching disciplines.  Since setting up her own consulting practice she has supported a wide variety of personal and corporate clients including Loblaw Group of Companies, Bell Canada, Blackberry, Bank of Montreal, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Mohawk College Enterprise and McMaster University to name a few.

Giving back to her community is very important to Heather.  With almost 30 years of experience in the Not For Profit sector, she currently sits on the Board of ART for Cancer Foundation. Other previous board memberships include the International Institute of Business Analysts, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Community Outreach for Persons with Addictions. She has also served in an advisory capacity with numerous boards, councils and charities, including Junior Achievement of Ontario, Junior Achievement of Canada and The Learning Partnership and has found time to mentor students at Dalhousie, Ryerson and McMaster Universities.

Heather received her BA and BEd from the University of Western Ontario in London.

To learn more about Heather’s workshop, Managing and Implementing Change, click HERE.

Mary Ann Archer – Productive Conversations in a Change Process

Mary Ann Archer has over 30 years experience in developing learning systems, structures and processes in the areas of communication, team development, leadership development and change management. As principal in Archer/Henderson and Associates, and a partner in Nxknowledge Corporation, Mary Ann has focused on working with executives and leadership teams to develop collaborative and communication processes to enhance organizational results for such clients as Humewood House, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, Fife House, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, The Ontario Public Service, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Markham Stouffville Hospital, CIBC, RBC Financial, Peel Region and the Ontario Science Centre.

Mary Ann holds a Doctorate in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research involved working with an executive team to facilitate their ability to have more candid, productive conversations around critical organizational issues.

To learn more about Mary Ann’s workshop, Productive Conversations in a Change Process, click HERE.


Jan Campbell – Mindfulness Exercise Facilitator

Jan is a highly regarded strategy execution and change specialist with over 20 years of experience working with leaders across hundreds of organizations around the world to bring about transformative change in non-profit, government, education, and corporate sectors. Jan’s areas of expertise include strategy, organizational restructuring and effectiveness, mergers and strategic alliances, stakeholder management, change management and leadership effectiveness.

Jan’s core work focuses on supporting leaders to expand their ability to lead change and build an adaptive organizational culture. She works with global leaders to build upon their toolkits with proven techniques for building the case for change, engaging stakeholders, challenging the status quo and sustaining momentum to get results.

Jan has held a number of progressive management roles in senior management and has led her own entrepreneurial ventures. Jan has a proven ability to collaborate with client stakeholders, senior executive teams and business partners in large national and global companies undergoing significant change and transformation by designing and delivering programs that provide exceptional value. She has also served on numerous local, municipal, and provincial committees and boards.

Jan has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Business Administration. As a complement to Jan’s consulting skills and experience, she has formal training and extensive experience with change leadership and team development, organizational reviews and performance management and is a certified leadership and executive coach with the International Coaches Federation. Jan is certified to deliver a number of psychometric and organizational culture assessment tools and learning and development methodology. She has practiced yoga and meditation for the past 15 years and integrates this learning into her daily activities.

To learn more about Jan’s mindfulness exercise, click HERE.

To register for TIME OUT – Leading Through Change, click HERE.

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