HR Influencers

Alison DeMille, BA, MIR

By Lisa Gord


From her early years in a very traditional family environment to her current role as head of human resources at an iconic family-owned enterprise, Alison DeMille has come a long way.

As the chief human resources officer (CHRO) at McCain Foods Limited, DeMille oversees a matrix organization of 500 HR and communications professionals who deliver the full breadth of internal and external human resources to the company’s 21,000 employees.

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.