We believe in hiring the best HR experts.
Our Strength is in Our People
Terry J Gillis
CPC, MBA, MASc
President & CEO
Terry has cultivated over 20 years of progressive experience in the field of talent management with expertise in attracting, retaining, managing, and transitioning talent in both private and public sector settings. He possesses an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped foster the growth of our consulting firm. Terry is a certified professional coach bringing his expertise in executive & leadership coaching, career transition, leadership development, workshop facilitation, and organizational effectiveness.
Kelly J Gillis
CPC, MBA, MA
Vice President & Managing Partner
Kelly is a strategic, values-based executive leader and certified professional coach with strong leadership, relationship development, and change management skills. She has a proven track record of leading organizations in the establishment of strategic directions, transformational change strategies, implementation of quality improvement initiatives, and development of new systems and processes. Kelly’s professional expertise and services include leadership coaching & development, team effectiveness, change management, strategy development & execution, and organizational effectiveness.
Senior Director, HR Advisory Services
Michael is an innovative learning and human resources professional known for his consultative approach and success at delivering effective talent management strategies to solve complex business challenges, supporting legendary employee experiences and driving organizational business results.
As a certified coach, Michael is able to leverage his expertise to support and guide the career success of employees and business leaders. His professional expertise and services include talent management, strategic human resource planning, human resources compliance, team effectiveness, recruitment, and organizational culture.
Philippa A O’Brien
Philippa is a seasoned business and education professional with extensive HR experience at local, national, and international levels. Combining a strategic consultative approach with operational implementation skills, she is able to deliver business solutions to address a wide spectrum of HR issues. Philippa is a certified coach who’s professional expertise includes career transition, leadership coaching & development, employee engagement, and workplace investigations.
Sarah is a marketing and career development professional with over 10 years of customer relations management experience spanning over multiple industries and disciplines. Combining Sarah’s marketing and communications background with her love of helping others, she helps individuals find what makes them stand out in a crowd and confidently and effectively market themselves during Career Transition. Sarah provides candidates with the tools they need to find new opportunities that match their values and skills.
B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., RSW, CHRP
Emily is a human resource, health and safety professional, and experienced Psychotherapist with extensive experience in all facets of employee relations. She is a Certified Human Resource professional who welcomes complex challenges in all sectors and enjoys aligning work site culture with business goals. Emily is solution focused and does everything with empathy. Emily’s vast and eclectic platform of expertise includes, HR Strategic Planning, Employee Relations, Policy and Program Development, Legislative Compliance, Health and Safety as well as Effective Communication.
Julia is an experienced Business and Human Resources practitioner with more than 30 years experience in professional, high paced environments. Julia’s strengths come from being an HR generalist, customer centric driven and a natural problem solver. Julia has a love for people, their well-being at work and thrives in areas that require problem solving, advice and counsel and strategic people decisions. Julia’s professional expertise and services include human resource compliance, health and safety, employee relations, employee engagement, change management and communications.
Shelly K Pickering
Shelly is a human resources professional who has helped organizations develop and manage a variety of programs. She has implemented several new systems and processes including performance management and recognition. Shelly has her designation as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association. Her professional expertise and services include human resources compliance, health and safety, policy development, HR strategy, recruiting, employee relations, team effectiveness, and recognition
HR, B.A., CHRP Candidate
Marissa is a passionate and experienced professional with expertise and background in marketing, communications and strategy. She holds a B.A., a Post-Graduate Certificate in Communications/Public Relations and most recently, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. Marissa has worked with both large and small clients across a number of sectors, including retail, non-profit, and B2B. She specializes in getting to the heart of client issues, building strong relationships, generating business-building strategies and detailed execution. Marissa is excited to utilize her marketing and communications background to provide a unique and progressive perspective on human resources challenges.
Darlene is an enthusiastic and energetic individual who oversees the administrative functions at Ahria Consulting. She handles financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, and general accounting procedures. Darlene synchronizes all client information and is at our reception with her friendly nature to welcome any visitors to our office.
CHRL, Post-Grad Certificate in HR, BCom
Sakshi is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with more than 12 years of experience in diverse industries. She has helped organizations to take talent related decisions to successfully execute business strategies. She is creative at developing and implementing various processes and policies including Learning and Development, Competency Modeling, Succession Planning, Performance Management and Onboarding programs.
Kaitlyn is an accomplished HR professional with tremendous depth and breadth of experience. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader with almost a decade of experience in a variety of sectors helping organizations to address HR challenges and be at the forefront of best practice HR approaches. Kaitlyn has a love for people and their well-being at work, and thrives in areas that require strategic people decisions. Kaitlyn’s professional experience and services include HR strategy, compensation planning, leadership development, HR policy development and recruitment.
CMP®, BBC®, RTC®, IOM-ML®
Carlie is a passionate change agent with a unique breadth and depth of cross-disciplinary business, leadership, psycho-social, process/ system and research acumen. Expanding from an award-winning academic career, Carlie combines her knowledge, experience, curiosity and obstacle-overcoming grit with her concern for people to assist organizations in cultivating innovative, continuous improvement-oriented, people-centric change initiatives at all levels. A lifelong learning & development professional, Carlie pursued a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems, is a Certified Change Management Practitioner®, a Certified Brain-Based and Results Trained Coach® and holds a Mindful Leadership Certification®. Carlie’s professional expertise and services include change management, leadership development & coaching, learning & training / facilitation development & delivery, program management, cross-functional alignment, strategy development & execution, and communications
Jocelyn is a dedicated professional striving to help organizations improve through advice grounded in best practices. She is an experienced researcher with developed expertise in a variety of work psychology topics such as teams, leadership, and motivation. Her research addresses individual differences within the workplace, with past projects investigating conflict and mistreatment. Jocelyn is currently pursuing an MSc in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology at Western University.
Linda is a Human Resource professional with a diverse experience practicing in Automotive, Aviation, and Agriculture, unionized and non-unionized, industries. Linda helps organizations to address HR challenges and is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association. Linda’s areas of professional services include HR Policy and Procedure Development, Recruitment, Employee Engagement/ Positive Employee Relations, as well as helping organizations facilitate orientation and training.
CHRE, BA (Honours)
Steve is an experienced business executive with more than 30 years in human resources management, coaching, change leadership and organizational development in the public, not for profit and private sectors. He brings a strong management and leadership background through his extensive experience in Health Care, Automotive, and Retail Service Sectors.
Steve was educated at McGill University and holds a CHRE designation (Certified Human Resources Executive, Rte.). He is also a Certified Coach through CTI International.
As a senior associate with Ahria Consulting, Gloria conveys the conceptual and practical aspects of successful career management to a large and diverse client base. She does this through resource development, one-on-one coaching and group workshop facilitation. Gloria’s expertise is in career transition, adult education, instructional design, strengths-based performance management, and team-building.
As an HR consultant, Kim has a diverse background in Automotive, Food and Agricultural Manufacturing being the face for HR in the corporate office and the field. With expertise in HR policy development, Compensation, Training and Development and recruitment. Kim shares her insights to help develop growing businesses that are customed to the client and sustainable.
Afa utilises her people focused and relational approach to support organizations with talent management and employee engagement. As a Career Development Practitioner, Afa is passionate about supporting individuals in reaching their full potential by identifying their strengths and values and achieving personal and professional goals through preparation and strategic planning. Afa holds a Masters in Management and Human Resources from the University of Bath, U.K. Her professional expertise and services include 1-on-1 career coaching, career transitions, group facilitation, and recruiting.
BA, MSc, PhD
Sarah has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Western University. Her graduate research investigated the formation of discriminatory attitudes toward LGBTQ individuals, and she continues to maintain interests in equity and diversity, attitude formation, and behaviour change.
Sarah currently works in program evaluation at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and provides assessment expertise to Ahria Consulting. Her skills include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, scientific writing, and assessment in educational and workplace settings. She also has experience as a university instructor and enjoys teaching and mentoring others.
Katie is a passionate, action-focused HR Professional with more than 10 years of experience. Katie’s natural inclination towards process improvement and employee engagement has made a positive impact in the many organizations she has supported. Katie is a change champion and has managed projects spanning Learning and Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, and many others. Katie has experience supporting B2B, as well as not-for-profit organizations, in both union and non-union environments.
Norman H Tiffin
Norm brings his business acumen, love of people, and broad experience, to provide a unique perspective to solve problems and provide solutions for our clients. His strengths come from building teams, growing organizations, and solving problems that require a different approach. Norm’s professional expertise and services include recruitment & hiring, team leadership, new initiative plans & execution, strategy development & execution.
B.Sc., B.Ed., Post Graduate Certificate HR Management
Valerie is a seasoned HR professional with an impressive track record of success in HR strategy, team leadership, and operational execution. She has extensive HR experience in private sector businesses -- from small start-ups to larger, established companies undergoing structural and cultural change – as well as in the not-for-profit sector.
Valerie’s approach is to collaborate and partner with clients to design and execute HR programs and processes that are precisely fit-for-purpose with the organization’s goals and culture, resulting in much improved employee engagement, performance, and retention.