Andrea Garson has over 25 years of HR experience with Tier 1 organizations, practicing values based leadership. She is a leading authority on culture, engagement, leadership development and attracting and retaining key talent. A seasoned presenter, Andrea has spoken across Canada at conferences, seminars, universities and colleges for groups as small as 20 and as large as 500. She also teaches part time at York University in the Human Resource Management Program.
In her leadership roles, Andrea was responsible for driving strategy and supporting initiatives to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent to support her organization’s objectives. She has been a driving force in leading employee engagement initiatives that build a foundation of increased retention. During her tenure as Vice President Human Resources at Workopolis, the company was recognized with numerous awards. Workopolis was chosen as the first company to be given the Best Emerging Organization distinction as part of the Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures program and was named one of I Love Rewards’ 50 Most Engaged Workplaces,™ an award recognizing top employers that display leadership and innovation for engaging their workforce.
Andrea’s expertise in the field of career management, employee engagement and retention is highly regarded, having been featured in a number of media outlets including: Toronto Star, Canadian HR Reporter, Benefits Canada, Metro News and on CBC, CTV, and CP24. Andrea’s expertise was gained through working with in a variety of top tier companies including Cardinal Health Canada, Roy Foss Motors, Workopolis, Dell Canada Inc., The Pepsi Bottling Group, Loblaw Companies Limited, and The Halifax Herald Ltd. The Halifax native holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from Dalhousie University. She is a member of The Human Resources Association of Ontario, holding their highest designation of CHRL. Andrea currently resides in Thornhill, ON and is a supporter of a variety of causes including one close to her heart, the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association.