Meet our Canadian Leadership team
Meet our 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, technology, accounting and finance, human resources, property and real estate, DE&I, to name only a few.
Our leaders are available for interview by request.
Travis O'Rourke | President of Hays Canada, COO of Americas
Travis is a Marketing graduate from Fanshawe College and was the 2023 recipient of their Distinguished Alumni Award. He joined Hays 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.
Outside of work, you’ll find Travis playing golf and spending time with his wife and two children. He is also a liver transplant donor and a Big Brother Big Sister Mentor.
Louisa Benedicto | SVP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Americas
Louisa is Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability at Hays – covering the Americas region including Canada, the U.S., and Latin American Countries. She specializes in DE&I, enabling our clients to implement best practices that ensure everyone gets a fair opportunity in the recruitment process. Louisa spends her time partnering with clients to help them reach their ED&I goals, by ensuring they are familiar with current market trends, and techniques that will enable them to find the best talent. Louisa is also a graduate from the Inclusive Leadership program at Centennial College.
Louisa began her career with Hays in the UK in 2002 and moved to Japan in 2008 to help lead an acquisition. She then moved to Canada in 2013 where she currently lives with her wife and two children. Additionally, Louisa is fluent in Spanish and Japanese, and was certified as a coach in 2016. As an expert in recruitment and hiring trends, Louisa has also been featured in a variety of publications including CBC’s On The Money, Huffington Post Canada, and the Canadian HR Reporter.
Jackie Burns | SVP, Enterprise Solutions
Jackie is responsible for leading the Canadian Enterprise Solutions account management and service delivery for our RPO, MSP and enterprise accounts. She holds her CPHR designation and has participated in our International Leadership & Management Program and is a member of the Canadian Management Board.
Starting with Hays Scotland in April 2000 she emigrated to Canada in August 2004 to open our Vancouver office, recruiting for Senior Accounting & Finance professionals. She was promoted to VP, Western Canada in January 2010 to oversee multiple specialisms for both permanent and contract contingent recruitment.
In March 2016, Jackie was appointed Director, People & Culture (Americas) to support the integration of a newly acquired Hays business in the USA and worked 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 and continues to have a passion for developing others in her current role.
Outside of work, you’ll find Jackie in the mountains hiking or snowboarding, attending a yoga class, checking out live music or tracking down the latest BC craft brewery with her husband Russ and beagle Otis.
Ellisa Monk | SVP, Western Canada
Ellisa Monk has worked for Hays since 2006, working her way up from Recruitment Consultant to her present position. Ellisa initially joined Hays in the UK, and after working there for 4 years, she moved to Calgary, Alberta in August 2010. Calgary is where Ellisa currently resides with her husband and two children.
During Ellisa’s career, she has built and developed recruitment teams across various industries, business units and geographies. She is passionate about people’s careers and continuously improving performance, processes, and efficiencies. Presently, Ellisa’s job as Senior Vice President, West Region involves overseeing highly talented recruitment teams in Calgary and Vancouver. She is also responsible for the contract business strategy nationally and is a member of the Canadian Management Board.
Outside of work, Ellisa makes the most of the Canadian lifestyle living close to the Rockies; skiing, hiking, kayaking, or camping are regular activities for her and her family.
Katja Ash | SVP, People & Culture
Prior to joining Hays, Katja spent 15+ years in the financial services, legal and fintech industries leading regional and global P&C teams. She has extensive experience building, developing and leading high performing P&C functions across companies of various sizes and maturities. Katja holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto/Rotman and was granted the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation by the Human Resources Professional Association.
Katja joined Hays as the Senior Vice President of People & Culture. Under Katja’s leadership – rooted in people enablement, the P&C team is responsible for all elements of the people function across Canada. This includes organizational development, talent acquisition, talent management, total rewards, and the learning & development strategy.
Outside of work, Katja lives in Toronto with her husband, their two boys and dog. She enjoys spending time outdoors with the family, including various kids’ sports activities and paddle boarding.
Dean Jesuvant | SVP, Operations
Dean Jesuvant joined Hays in 2003 and has worked for Hays in 3 countries including the United Kingdom, Australia and now Hays Canada since 2017. Dean has extensive experience in senior and executive accounting and finance recruitment. Dean progressed to director during his time in the UK and Australian businesses and has held multiple roles in the Canadian business. Originally brought over to lead the Vancouver office in 2017, Dean progressed to oversee the entire Western region in 2018 and then switched to the East coast to run the GTA region in 2021. Dean is currently the VP of Operations for Canada, leading our permanent and contract business nationally.
Dean is passionate about leading and developing people. He has also attended the International Leadership & Management Program and is a member of the Canadian Management Board. Outside of work you will find Dean hanging out with his wife Elly, spending as much time as they can outdoors.
Julien Clement | VP, Eastern Canada
Julien has a Master in Finance and started his career at EY France. He joined Hays in Lyon, France in 2011 to help develop the Accounting & Finance desk. Then in 2015 he transferred to Canada, opening the Montreal office in Property and Construction. Julien went on to launch the A&F division in 2017, as well as other specialties including Manufacturing and Logistics, HR, etc. The following year Julien managed the permanent desk for Montreal and in 2020 for both Montreal and Ottawa. In August 2021 he got promoted to Regional Director for the Eastern Region and currently manages and leads our Montreal and Ottawa offices. He also has a strong background in Accounting and Finance, Property, Construction, and IT.
Outside of work, you can find Julien as a coach or player of basketball, and spending time hiking and skiing.
Gillian Grand | VP, Delivery Center
Gillian started her career at Hays in 2014 as an Account Manager on a contract desk. She quickly saw an area for high volume work and was able to develop our Corporate Accounts team specializing in contract projects. Our sourcing team joined the Delivery center in 2019 and developed into an 80+ team of sourcing partners that deliver into Technology, Contract Professionals, Enterprise Solutions and Strategic Accounts in Canada. The Delivery Center also delivers into Enterprise Solutions and Direct Sourcing in the USA. Gillian has an expertise in MSP, RPO, VMS, Direct Sourcing, Executive Search.
Outside of work, you can find Gillian cooking and trying new recipes on her husband and daughter and exploring Toronto.