Disrupt HR YVR Speakers Announced!

Disrupt HR YVR Speakers Announced!

We are so excited to be hosting Disrupt HR YVR this year! We’ll be taking over Performance Works on March 8, 2017 for a night of community, conversation, and some serious disruption.

In case you aren’t familiar with the event, Disrupt HR is an information exchange designed to energize, inform, and empower people in the HR field. This isn’t your typical HR event though. We’ll be bringing 8 speakers to the stage (+ a surprise guest), who have 5 minutes to share their thoughts about how to move talent thinking forward.

Without further ado, here are our speakers for the evening:

Christina Disler – Founder @ Werklab

A born and raised Vancouverite, Christina is a social being; a connector of sorts. At Western University, her passion for understanding “why humans do the things they do” drew her to Psychology. Her professional career began in her family business, Action BMS, a telecommunications and security integration business which her father had solely grown to 100 employees by the time Christina joined. When widening dysfunctional cracks due to rapid growth exposed themselves, she initiated the development of the businesses HR department, seeking education, mentorship and membership in groups and organizations to equip her with the skills and insight to effectively grow the people side of the business. Upon completing her UBC Organizational Coaching Certificate in 2014, she found a calling in assisting others in reaching their goals and potential.

In early 2016, Christina opened Werklab, a mindful members-only work club designed to offer community and support to small businesses, freelancers, sole proprietors and contractors. Some people call it a coworking space, but she prefers to call it a mindful space to do good work. Through curating its members, Werklab’s intention is to create a safe environment that fosters trust, creating room for vulnerability in everyone’s independent path of growth and allowing the community to grow organically (with the help of our Community Development Manager as the fertilizer).

You can connect with Christina on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram (@cdisler + @werklab)

Dana Ramnarine –  Senior Recruiter @ Electronic Arts

Dana has been helping build amazing teams in tech for over eight  years, spending considerable time in both startups and large organizations. Currently a Senior Recruiter at Electronic Arts, Dana has recruited top talent all over the world by leveraging her ability to embrace and celebrate diversity in business to partner closely with her teams to find, engage and hire amazing people.

You can connect with Dana on LinkedIn and Twitter.




Kelsy Trigg – VP and Global Head, HR Project Office @ SAP

Kelsy Trigg is an ultrarunner, Race Director for the KneeKnacker, and VP @ SAP where she leads a global team that delivers HR projects for SAP’s ~80,000 employees. Self-described as “intentionally stubborn in her pursuit of excellence,” Kelsy has a knack for seeing & fostering strengths in those around her.

Kelsy brings her love of the mountains and the lessons she’s learned there to everything she does. She is an avid champion of inclusion and the value of sport in developing leadership. This combined with her broad business background including roles in Professional Services, Development, Customer Support, Maintenance Sales, Finance, Operations & HR gives her a unique perspective.

Kelsy previously ran her own consulting company of one, holds an Honours Diploma in Computer Systems Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is an MBA mentor with the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

You can connect with Kelsy on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Matt Brown &  Julie Robertson – SVP People & Communications Specialist @ Credential Financial

Matt Brown is the Senior Vice-President, People and Culture at Credential Financial, where his mission is to create a highly engaging environment that attracts and retains top talent from across the country. Matt’s focus on building HR programs that reinforce Credential’s values of Partnership, Innovation and Community is a key enabler to ensuring that Credential’s culture embodies continuous improvement and customer-centric thinking.

Prior to Credential, Matt spent 11 years in the high-tech sector with Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, and SAP. During this time, he held a diverse range of roles including Senior Director of HR for Asia Pacific, Vice President, Global Recruiting and Talent Management, and Vice-President, North American HR.

Matt currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Sanford Housing Foundation — an organization dedicated to building and operating affordable social housing in Vancouver. Matt and his wife have 3 daughters and he is an avid triathlete, completing Ironman Canada in 2013.

You can connect with Matt on LinkedIn.

Building engaged communities, creating authentic connections, inspiring positive change – Julie Robertson believes in the power of a socially conscious business. Through innovative social leadership initiatives, she drives success for organizations that are out to do good in the world.

By day, Julie is Communications Specialist at Credential Financial, where she supports a highly engaged workforce through impactful internal communications and effective corporate citizenship. Previously, she worked in the environmental sector, leading public education programs at ReGeneration and Recycling Council of B.C.

Julie is President and Co-Founder of Voice My Vote, a non-partisan voter engagement campaign launching in 2017. She sits on advisory committees for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and the Association of Women in Finance, and holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from UBC.

You can connect with Julie on Twitter and Instagram.

Steve Rio – CEO @ BriteWeb

Steve Rio is Founder and CEO of Briteweb, an agency and innovation lab transforming the role of brand in the social sector, with offices in Vancouver and New York. Steve is a 15 year veteran in design, brand strategy and technology with a specific focus on social impact organizations. He has presented or lectured at NYU, SFU and UBC as well as dozens of private engagements. Steve works with leaders to reimagine their organizational strategies, systems and company cultures in order to effectively scale at the rate of technology and compete in today’s information economy. He’s a futurist and digital visionary who splits his time between his small hobby farm on Bowen Island, British Columbia and high-rise in downtown Brooklyn.

You can connect with Steve on LinkedIn and Twitter.



Reanna Sidhu – BCOM student @ UBC

Reanna is embracing her final year at the Sauder School of Business as an HR and Marketing enthusiast. Throughout her UBC journey, Reanna has taught emerging entrepreneurs in Kenya, organized over six community initiatives, and is currently working as the Co-President of UBC’s Young Women in Business. As an ongoing mission, Reanna seeks opportunities to connect, share, and grow.

You can connect with Reanna on LinkedIn.




Victoria Shannon –  President @ Hansbraun Investments Ltd.

Hansbraun Investments is a locally-owned, Victoria firm that owns and operates shopping centres and commercial development properties, in business since 1965.

Victoria has been with Hansbraun Investments since 1998, working in every position from accounting clerk to president; and she holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management. She is deeply grateful for and driven by the opportunity to work with and lead an organization that values people above all else – creating competitive advantage through team and relationship building.

Victoria is a two-time Ironman (so far) and big believer in realizing our potential through chasing gigantic goals. She is a wife, mom, grandma, artist and adventurer.

You can connect with Victoria on LinkedIn and Twitter.


We are all sold out for this round of DisruptHR YVR, but you can get on the waitlist here.

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