As Canada’s largest private mortgage insurer, Genworth
Canada specializes in helping people achieve the dream
of home ownership.
It’s a worthy pursuit, and it’s one reason Mary-Jo
Hewat decided to come on board as the company’s senior vicepresident,
HR and facilities, in May 2016.
Fresh from a senior human resources role at OMERS, the
Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, Hewat was
ready for her next professional challenge.
It’s a decision she’s never regretted.
A public company based in Oakville, Ont., Genworth employs
273 people across Canada. Two hundred of them work in the
head office, while another 18 are based in the company’s Montreal
office. Members of the regional sales team are spread out across
nine provinces, along with regionally-based underwriters who
provide local expertise.
The smaller company offers a unique workplace culture and a
supportive environment for HR initiatives. Today, Hewat and her
team of six HR professionals manage all aspects of Genworth’s
human resources function and enjoy the ability to influence business
outcomes through carefully constructed strategies that focus
on the human element.
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