Board of Directors
Vanessa has been an active member of the GTA Rewards Association. She is deeply committed to the ongoing development of the total rewards and human resources profession through fostering continuing learning, building networks of professionals and knowledge sharing.
Vanessa has extensive HR and Total Rewards experience, across the financial services and entertainment sectors. She has had progressive roles with responsibility for compensation, pensions, benefits, governance, market intelligence, workforce strategy and analytics enabling human capital management routines.
She also brings with her volunteer experience from a diverse range of professional and nonprofit agencies, including being an active member the Standards Council of Canada ISO 260, and board member of Durham Mental Health Services.
Vanessa is currently Director, Executive Compensation at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
Natalie started volunteering as an Event Writer for the GTA Rewards Association in 2016, and very quickly became the jovial voice of our association. Since then, she has taken on progressively more senior leadership roles, and has recently joined our Board as the portfolio lead for Communications and Social Media.
Natalie brings 10 years of global Total Rewards experience, having worked in the Retail and Consumer Goods industries. She is currently the Director of Total Rewards & HR Services at Holt Renfrew, where she plays a key role in driving the success of the company’s total rewards programs in alignment with broader organizational objectives. Most recently she held the position of Senior Manager, Global Compensation at one of Canada’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies. Prior to that, she led the M&A activities related to all total rewards programs and policies for Canada’s largest retailer following the largest acquisition made in Canadian history.
Natalie completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ryerson University, and holds the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.
Manny is the Market Leader and Principal with Normandin Beaudry in Toronto.
Nadia has been an active member of the GTA Rewards Association since 2014 and a volunteer with the Board since 2015, supporting the Events portfolio and most recently as Assistant Secretary. Currently in the role of Secretary, she plays a critical role in fostering communication and diligence through proper meeting minutes and adherence to the bylaws. Nadia is passionate about the Total Rewards profession and is excited to contribute to the Association by bringing people in the community together to network and learn from each other through the various offerings that the Association provides.
Her experience is predominantly in the financial services industry holding progressively more senior roles first at RBC and then most recently at TD Bank where she is currently a Manager in Compensation Advisory. Nadia holds a B.B.A from the Schulich School of Business where she specialized in Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior.
A member of the GTA Rewards Association since inception, Asuncion has been a volunteer on both the Membership and Communications Committees prior to joining the Board as Treasurer in 2012.
Janet has been an active member of the GTA Rewards Association since 2013 and a volunteer with the Board since 2017 supporting the Member Engagement portfolio. Janet is now leading this portfolio where she is focused on driving member engagement as well as overseeing the annual membership drive.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Janet has worked in compensation for different industries including consulting, telecommunication and financial services. Janet is currently a Senior Compensation Consultant at Sun Life.
Janet is passionate about building the Total Rewards community and growing the Association.
Rahim serves as the Managing Director of Principle Rewards Consulting, a boutique consulting firm he established to focus on the design, implementation and communication of compensation plans for executives as well as broad-based employees. In his role, Rahim focuses specifically on using technology and automation to enhance the ROI of the compensation function.