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Board of Directors

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Sharon McLaughlin

President

Sharon McLaughlin is an accomplished human resource and change management professional with a track record leading transformational change in complex and dynamic environments. With a diverse skillset that encompassing HR strategy, talent development, shared services, payroll and leading transformational change, Sharon’s career in municipal government has been marked by her innovative approach to human resources and the employee experience.  In past roles, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills driving large-scale technology modernization projects, engaging stakeholders, and driving successful outcomes.

Sharon’s involvement with the ACMP – Ontario Chapter began as Treasurer of the Board of Directors.  Her engagement in the ACMP Board and previous board experience as Associate Director of Education for the International Human Resources Information Management Association (IHRIM) exemplifies her dedication to professional growth and advocacy.


Armed with certification as a Certified Change Management Professional (ACMP), Certified Human Resources Professional (HRPA) and Certified Career Strategist (CPC), Sharon is well-equipped to champion change management initiatives, promote professional development within ACMP Ontario and guide the chapter’s plans for growth.  She brings with her a reputation for innovation, dedication, and empathic leadership.


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Jennifer Ferguson

Secretary / Treasurer

Jennifer is an advocate of change management and a certified project manager. She has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry in various roles within call centres, compliance, marketing operations, project office, and marketing execution. She currently facilitates and oversees change management activities related to the execution and ongoing maintenance of bank marketing campaigns.


Jennifer has a First Class Honours degree from Brock University with a double major in psychology and sociology. She has a passion for leading initiatives and guiding and influencing people.

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Tara-Lee Ainsworth

Director, Membership

Tara-Lee is a bilingual executive consultant with over 25 years’ experience in leading and managing people across numerous industries in small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies.


She is an engaged leader, passionate about people development who believes in providing coaching and training to support leadership development and achieve outstanding results for both individual growth and business objectives. She is a results-driven individual with extensive experience in operations leading initiatives in the areas of people, process, and technology transformation projects.


Tara-Lee is an active volunteer with ACMP, she was the Secretary in the transformational project in the creation of ACMP Ontario Chapter (2B) and a committee member in the Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Charter.

ise-wide business, people, and IT challenges, Nancy is pleased to serve the ACMP and advance digital communications objectives. 

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Samantha Murray

Director, Professional Development / Events

Samantha Murray is a Change Management (certified in the Prosci methodology) and Strategic Initiatives Advisor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Samantha is passionate about change and dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizational units navigate their unique change journeys. Building on more than 20 years of experience in higher education, she has held a variety of roles giving her direct experience with both student facing and Academic Support Units. A strategic problem solver, Samantha’s expertise focuses on the implementation of enterprise-wide change initiatives, the development and application of change champion networks, and roll out of campus wide education and training. Samantha co-founded the University of Waterloo Continuous Improvement (CI) and Change Management (CM) Community of Practice, a growing community of like-minded individuals eager to learn about CI and CM tools and practices.

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Sylvana Catalano

Past President

Sylvana Catalano is an accomplished Human Capital Strategist and Change Enablement Leader, passionate about building great organizations and leading the way to change.

With 20+ years of Human Capital Consulting and Corporate experience in leading people, process, and technology transformations, she is a self-starter with a forward-thinking approach to problem-solving, and scaling solutions globally.

She has deep expertise in Enterprise Strategy, Change Management, Organizational Effectiveness & Culture, Leadership Development, Performance & Learning, Program Management, and Corporate Communications across Finance, Technology, Energy, and Government sectors.

Sylvana thrives in an environment that challenges the status quo, advocates continuous improvement initiatives and creates a workplace that energizes employees.

As a trusted advisor, she counsels and partners with a diverse range of Executive Leaders to help organizations seamlessly transition from a current state of People & Culture, Process, and Technology changes to a desired future state.

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