Canadian leadership team
The Hays Canada leadership team bring together decades of recruitment experience. As well-known thought leaders in the field, they provide insight and advice into the Canadian job market, specializing in key industries and sectors such as construction and property, information technology, accounting and finance, HR and real estate, to name only a few.
Our leaders are available for interview by request.
Travis O'Rourke, President of Hays Canada
Travis O’Rourke joined Hays 9 years ago after holding various leadership roles elsewhere in the Canadian staffing industry. Travis setup and established Hays' outsourced talent solutions business and played an integral role in building Hays’ temporary and contract divisions throughout Canada. Initially joining Hays with a deep background in Technology, he holds extensive cross functional knowledge to provide clients with talent solutions in Financial Services, Energy, Mining, Manufacturing, Retail, and the Public Sector.
Travis is the Toronto President of ACSESS (Association of Canadian Search, Employment, & Staffing Services) and sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses (NACCB). He has been featured in segments with CBC On the Money, BNN The Open, CTV National and other news outlets. Like Hays, Travis is also passionate about corporate social responsibility and is an avid supporter for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
Louisa Benedicto, Vice President - ISC Americas
As Hays Canada Vice President of the GTA, Louisa Benedicto oversees more than 70 recruitment consultants in both permanent and temporary/contract hiring, covering 12 specialisms including accounting and finance, construction and property, and IT. Louisa began her career with Hays in the UK in 2002 and moved to Japan in 2008 to help lead an acquisition, eventually being promoted to Business Director in 2012. Louisa moved to Canada in 2013 and was appointed VP in 2016. She is fluent in Spanish and Japanese, and was certified as a coach in 2016. As an expert in recruitment and hiring trends, Louisa has been featured on CBC On The Money, Huffington Post Canada, and in Canadian HR Reporter.
Jackie Burns, VP, Strategic Accounts & Service Delivery
Before Jackie emigrated to Canada in August 2004, she recruited for Accounting & Finance professionals in both the UK and then British Columbia, from entry level to Senior appointments for eight years. She was promoted to VP, Western Canada in January 2010 overseeing multiple specialisms in both the perm and contract recruitment space. In March 2016, Jackie was appointed Director, People & Culture (Americas) to support the integration of a newly acquired Hays business in the USA and working closely with the operations teams in Canada and LatAm. She has contributed to the continuous improvement of our hiring, L&D, internal employee experience programs and is one of our Change Methodology mentors across the region.
Jackie holds her CPHR designation and in 2021 returned to the Canadian business to lead the service delivery of our Hays Talent Solutions in the capacity of VP, Strategic Accounts & Service Delivery. Additionally, Jackie recently participated in our International Leadership & Management Program and is a member of the Hays Global ED&I Council. Outside of work you’ll find Jackie in the mountains hiking or snowboarding. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Russ and beagle Otis checking out a concert or the latest BC craft brewery.