Founder & President
Lisa Taylor is a sought-after expert, speaker, and columnist on today’s changing world of work. As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers invaluable leadership and insights about the Future of Work—with a focus on how talent equity, demographics, the freelance economy, and new market dynamics present opportunities to gain strategic workforce and career advantage. She is the author of The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work and the Retain and Gain series of career management playbooks for small businesses and non-profits and charities.
After receiving her MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Lisa held progressive roles at Deloitte and Hewlett-Packard. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women for her work in leadership, employment, and city building. She was also recognized by the Career Professionals of Canada as their 2015 Outstanding Career Leader.
Lisa sits on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association and CERIC. She is a member of the Canadian Council for Career Development’s Standards and Guidelines stakeholder committee, and a representative for Team Canada with the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy.
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Taryn Blanchard, Ph.D.
Taryn Blanchard is Challenge Factory’s Research Coordinator. She works on human-based research projects that use applied ethnography and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Her passion and expertise is exploring ‘big idea’ questions about culture and society that have real impacts on people. She’s often a stickler for writing conventions and has a love-hate relationship with wordsmithing.
Taryn has previously worked in academia and the human rights sector on issues of free expression, press freedom, privacy and digital security, transnational NGO networks, humanitarian assistance, and the relationship between humans and technology. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, as well as an H.BA. in anthropology and linguistics, from the University of Toronto.
Marketing & Social
Jacqui is Challenge Factory’s Marketing and Social Specialist. Jacqui thrives on storytelling and design—from creative writing to in-print marketing, through website design and social media, and even to video editing and production. She’s thrilled to be telling stories with Challenge Factory in a way that makes a real difference in peoples’ lives.
Jacqui spent thirty years in professional theatre as a producer, director, teacher, and stage manager in Canada and the United States. She has helmed and been integral to staging and producing hundreds of shows and tours, with a particular affinity for shepherding new work to the stage. She left theatre about two years ago to pursue marketing and social clients full-time.
Analytics & Process Consultant
Katie Tingley is an analytics and data genious. She brings over 15 years of experience to improving the way her clients do business. From client services to managing in-house teams, her experience includes developing customer specific marketing programs, training human resources teams on evidence-based decision-making, and assisting growing teams to deliver actionable insights to executives and senior managers.
She has managed diverse analytics teams responsible for economics, business rules, metric development, and implementation. Katie is the President of The Tingley Advantage and holds an MBA from Dalhousie University, specializing in Marketing Informatics.
Suzanne Filiatrault, M.Ed.
Suzanne Filiatrault is a visualizer of organization systems who places people at the center of all growth and change. Her mission is to ignite the untapped potential of individuals, teams, and whole organizations.
As a Challenge Factory associate, Suzanne is a leader in creating the ideal conditions for executive level learning to help produce more mindful interaction, engaged problem solving, and effective innovation. With over ten years of experience building executive level skill capacity, Suzanne has developed a deep appreciation for the complexity of aligning people in organizational cultures to work together with purpose and passion. She holds a M.Ed. specializing in Workplace Learning and Change and is certified in a diverse range of organizational assessment tools.
Priya Bates, ABC, MC, CM
Org. Communication Expert
Priya is an award-winning professional communicator with a passion for driving strong performance from the inside out. As President and owner of Inner Strength Communication, Priya builds strategic internal communication, engagement, branding, and transformational change plans that help connect the dots between business strategy and employee delivery.
In her 20+ year career, Priya has led communication for organizations including Loblaw Companies Limited, HP Canada, and Compaq Canada. Priya is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and recently became one of the first Certified Communication Management Professionals (CMP) in the world. In 2010, she received the Master Communicator (MC) designation, the highest honour bestowed upon a communication professional from IABC Canada. Priya is also a passionate volunteer with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), most recently leading the organization’s global rebranding effort.
With a strategic focus on leadership development and alignment, Mike helps teams and organizations achieve results with the right people in place. With over 20 years of coaching experience across all sectors and industries, Mike has helped businesses of all sizes dissolve obstacles, build future-focused leadership pipelines, and develop winning teams. Mike is certified in several organizational and personal assessments tools.
Wayne Pagani, MCCS, MCIS, MCR
Career & Leadership Coach
Wayne possesses 15 years of experience providing in-depth career management and employment services to diverse clients. This is complemented by sound management experience in the corporate world. A seasoned professional offering extensive expertise, Wayne is a Master certified strategist in Resume, Interview, and Career strategy. An active leader within Career Professionals of Canada (CPC), Wayne currently serves as Senior Advisor, Regional Ambassador, and National Certification Chair.
Wayne is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious Award of Excellence from CPC and, in 2010, he was the recipient of the Canadian Career Leader Award. His contributions to the career development field have been recognized across North America, including a 2011 Career Management Alliance Mentor Award honouring those individuals who have guided others in tradecraft, entrepreneurship, and community building.
Nel Slater, B.Th., B.A., C.D.P.
Nel has post-graduate certification as a Career Development Practitioner and is a member of Career Professionals of Canada. She is also a certified Emotional Intelligence Facilitator (EQi 2.0 and EQi 360), MBTI® Facilitator, and a Job Development Professional. Nel brings over 15 years of experience to group facilitation, coaching, team building, public speaking, and administration.
With professional experience in post-secondary education and the not-for-profit sector, people often say that her workshops and coaching sessions bring out new ideas, solutions, and resources that they are delighted to discover.