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Sean Carberry (Principal Consultant at Clareagh HR Business Partners)

Sean Carberry

Principal Consultant at Clareagh HR Business Partners

I am a Principal Consultant and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with over 25 years of leadership experience in client service environments. I provide fractional HR support and strategic guidance to small and medium-sized businesses who may not have the resources for a permanent HR presence. I work across various industries, such as telecommunications, retail, and health care.

Heather Gherman (Dir. Of Human Resources at City of Mission)

Heather Gherman

Dir. Of Human Resources at City of Mission

Experienced Human Resources professional with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Talent Management, Compensation, Employee Benefits Design, Strategic Planning, and Employee Engagement.

Jay Nadler (Chief Philosopher at Naviguide)

Jay Nadler

Chief Philosopher at Naviguide

As founder and owner of Naviguide, Jay has had many careers. Jay has managed retail stores and movie theatres, worked with a circus, drove courier trucks, ran the commercial sales department for MEC (when it was growing 40% per year) and spent many years selling enterprise level IT systems and support services. Jay was also an elementary school teacher.

Jay found the world of insurance in 2002 following the diagnosis of his wife’s brain tumor when she was just 29 years old. As a family, they got to experience the emotional toll and the financial reality that illness brings. Entering the world of insurance professionally became an obvious next step to help others avoid those financial pitfalls and their associated emotional toll.

The experience with his wife’s illness motivates Jay to select the best processes and products to help his clients achieve a life as free of financial risk as possible. His business background enables him to find, understand and explain those products. As a result, Jay has become more like a consultant. He helps his clients best determine benefit-plan designs that work best to achieve their goals.

Dave Patriarche (Mainstay Insurance Brokerage)

Dave Patriarche

Mainstay Insurance Brokerage

Dave Patriarche founded Mainstay Insurance Brokerage in 1996 as a one-person shop specializing in providing employee benefits to small and mid-sized businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.

Dave is a strong believer in continuing education and recognized the need for the group insurance industry to broaden its efforts in this area. In 2003 he started a small networking group, which evolved into regular breakfast meetings across the GTA, then into regular educational seminars beginning in 2009.

Dave is recognized as a leader in the group benefits industry, an accomplished speaker at industry events and a contributor to various industry publications. He mentors and acts as an informal resource to benefit brokers, participates in industry think tank groups as well as panels such as; the Benefits Advisors’ Drug Plan Outlook, the Canadian Leadership Council on Drug Plan Partnerships.

Dave spends his spare time with his family and also enjoys taking groups sailing on Lake Ontario, the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas and has even crossed the Atlantic ocean in 2019.

Joanne Patriarche (VP Human Resources at Mainstay Insurance Brokerage inc.)

Joanne Patriarche

VP Human Resources at Mainstay Insurance Brokerage inc.

Joanne has over 30 years experience working as a Human Resources professional in manufacturing and financial services organizations. In her most recent role, she was the Vice President, Human Resources, for Apotex, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical company. Joanne held a variety of HR roles over her career including managing the health and benefits programs for over 6,000 employees. She has an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), an HR Management Diploma from Seneca College and has completed a variety of professional development including in coaching, employment law, employee relations and as a Certified Compensation Professional. Joanne is a big believer in supporting and learning through volunteering. She is currently a Director with Hands Across the Nations charity, and prior to that was a Crisis Support Volunteer with Victim Services of York Region. She has recently retired and is a proud first time Grandma.