Gerlinde Herrmann, CHRP, GPHR, C. Dir. Gerlinde Herrmann is the founder and President of The Herrmann Group, a consulting firm that provides services to support Human Resources strategies and talent management initiatives. Prior to founding The Herrmann Group, Gerlinde worked with leading organizations such as Nortel, Federal Express, and Domtar in the Human Resources and Labour Relations areas. A graduate of Concordia University, Gerlinde holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics, a Certificate in Industrial Relations and holds the Certified Human Resources Professional, (CHRP) designation, the Global Professional Human Resources, (GPHR) designation as well as the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation from The Director College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada). Currently, Gerlinde is serving on the SHRM Foundation board of Directors and recently the SHRM-HRCI Board; and is vice-chair of the Complaints Committee for the CMA. She also served almost three years as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and as past Chair, she also held the portfolio of HRPA’s Chair of Strategic and Global Alliances for two years. Gerlinde has also been actively involved in industry-related and outreach initiatives such as: Global Experts and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Panels of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Youth Employment Service (YES) Advisory Board, Career Edge diversity Board, Canadian Government Private Sector Working group on Pandemic Influenza Planning, was the Canadian representative on the Board of Frontplaces, France (a global diversity think tank), Director on the Canadian Council of Human Resources Association, Director of NAHRMA (North American Human Resources Management Association), Advisor for George Brown’s Human Resources program, Director of the Provincial Partnership (Passport to Prosperity, focused on youth employment issues), and Founder and Director of the Toronto Chapter of HRPA. A sought-after public speaker, Gerlinde frequently guest speaks at national and international events, is a regularly published author of articles and editorials, and has participated on TV programs such as ROB TV, CTV, and Goldhawk Live. The Herrmann Group provides human capital management solutions through talent attraction and retention programs and services, HR and HR governance consulting.