HR Leaders Connected

Building the skills and careers of HR leaders at SMB tech companies

Learn, Network, Build Community and Take Your Career to the Next Level

Many HR leaders at SMB tech companies feel like they’re standing alone on an island trying to navigate complex business and people challenges that regularly get thrown their way. They may struggle with their confidence or obtaining buy-in and respect from other members of the senior leadership team. They crave learning opportunities and the ability to connect with other HR leaders who are dealing with the same challenges they are. Does this sound like you? If yes, then HR Leaders Connected is the solution for you. 

HR Leaders Connected is for HR leaders in the Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo tech communities. 

The Program That Helps Create a Trusted Network

HR Leaders Connected is an annual cohort-based program that provides learning, career development and networking opportunities to HR leaders using both virtual and in-person methods. Cohorts will be created in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto or Kitchener-Waterloo and are designed for mid-level HR leaders who are leading HR for their companies, self-driven and courageous, and are looking to develop their careers.

Each “city-based” cohort is led by a facilitator who is a senior HR leader in tech and have lived in the shoes of each participant. Facilitated sessions occur every 4-6 weeks and session topics are crowdsourced on a cohort-basis. Program participants will have the ability to chart their own learning paths while learning from each other and industry experts.

HR Leaders Connected enables participants to gain invaluable learning, build their confidence, develop a close and trusted network and take their careers to the next level.

Unlock Your HR Leadership Journey

Each HR Leaders Connected cohort is for 8-12 HR leaders working in the SMB tech space. The all-in cost of the program is $2,000 – this includes 8 city-based facilitated sessions, 2 national facilitated sessions and 1 complimentary ticket to HR Leaders Collective in your city. 

If you work and live in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto or Kitchener-Waterloo, and you lead HR for an SMB tech company, we would love to hear from you. Express interest in our inaugural cohort that starts in April 2024

The Facilitators

Our facilitators are former HR leaders in Canadian tech and have unique expertise in coaching, facilitation and training. Simply put, they’re awesome!

Elaine McAnally - Vancouver

Elaine is a former HR Executive who has been building, scaling and transforming people cultures for the past 20 years. She created With Intention Partners to help companies build and transform with intention. Elaine has worked with some of the greatest companies, including EA Sports, Roxy/Quiksilver, Aritzia, Hootsuite, Finning Digital and Pure Sunfarms (Cannabis) - all during pivotal periods of change in their respective businesses.

Elaine is driven by solving complex people problems and building purpose-led cultures and employment brands that attract today's changing talent landscape.

Vanessa Ribreau - Montreal

Vanessa is an accomplished HR executive with a proven track record of driving growth, fostering high-performing teams and scaling for organizational success. Recognized for her grit, impact and care, Vanessa brings a unique blend of leadership qualities to her work. Vanessa has led HR at many tech companies such as BenchSci, AlayaCare, Shopify, and more, where she led organizational growth, built strong teams, led mergers and acquisitions and drove business scalability.

Vanessa obtained her MBA and Masters in Psychology, which she leverages to coach executives to grow in their careers.

Laura Goodridge - Toronto

Laura is an HR leader turned Executive and Manager Coach with over a decade of HR and Culture experience. Laura is known for her ability to build human centric cultures and HR strategies that drive business results and high retention rates. Laura has led high speed growth at tech startups, built growth-minded cultures and facilitated cultural redesign during merger and acquisition initiatives.

Laura has always been passionate about building human centric organizations that enable human development. in her spare time, Laura delivers podcasts on human design in business.

Susy Martins - Kitchener-Waterloo

Susy is an international business executive and executive coach, having worked and led teams in 20+ countires. As CHRO, Susy has worked in rapidly scaling/rightsizing companies; coaching all levels; and leadership across multiple functional areas. Susy has led transformation/automation projects, global expansion and developed strategic initiatives at many copmanies - ApplyBoard and Clearco.

Susy holds an MBA from Western University and coaching designations - Harvard Coaching Strategies certificiate and a NeuroCoaching ICC designation.

Our Experience

ScaleHR has successfully worked with hundreds of HR and Recruitment startup tech companies around the world. We know exactly what a successful HR team platform looks like, how it should operate, the value it provides its customers, and how to sell it. We are also very selective with who we work with.

Why? Because we know what customers are looking for and we can easily decipher between the contenders and pretenders.

What We Do


Leadership Activated

8-module leadership training for SMB


On-Demand Advisory

Expertise at your fingertips when you need it


Thought Leadership

Conference and event keynote, break-out, and workshops


Bespoke Training & Facilitation

Training and
facilitation for growing SMBs

Upskilling HR

Upskilling HR Leaders & Practitioners

Virtual and in-person HR training, workshops and coaching

Upskilling HR

HR Leaders Advisory

Expertise at your fingertips when you need it

Upskilling HR


Conference and event keynote, break-out, and workshops

Upskilling HR

Bespoke Training & Facilitation

Training and
facilitation for growing SMBs

our partners

Our Friends Are Blooming

Over the years, we’ve partnered with these fine companies (and more!) to grow their teams, develop fantastic employee experiences, and scale their people practices. You’d be in good company.

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Unmuted Podcast

“Unmuted,” an engaging and unscripted podcast from ScaleHR Founder Jeff Waldman, explores all things HR and talent with global leaders, practitioners, HR tech vendors, and thought-leaders. Topics range from attracting talent to employee engagement and retention, with insightful conversations aimed at educating and inspiring listeners. Episodes are released weekly on the ScaleHR YouTube channel and the upcoming ScaleHR website page.

Simply click on the image below to watch the episode of your choice. 

Unmuted with Angie Verros: Sourcing With a Purpose

In this episode, Angie Verros, a renowned sourcing and recruiting expert, discusses “Sourcing with a Purpose.”

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Calling for Nominations!

We are looking to shine a huge light on the top HR leaders who lead HR at Canadian tech SMBs. What’s an SMB? An SMB employs fewer than 500 employees. The only other condition is that your nomination leads the HR function. If you have any questions please email us at We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to fill out this short questionnaire.