Keynote Plenary Sessions

David Usher 


Conference Opening Keynote: HOW TO UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY

Speaker Bio:

A winner of 5 Juno awards, internationally acclaimed musician David Usher has performed at sold-out venues around the world. Believing that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill open to everyone, his unique and dynamic presentations include music and video to demonstrate the steps we can take to stimulate the creative process at home and at work. As David says… “Ideas don’t mean anything alone….brainstorming over beers is all fine and good; it’s what comes next that really counts”. 

David’s new book Let the Elephants Run, has been described as an enthralling exploration of the creative process

Scott Wintrip


Plenary Keynote: JUST IN TIME TALENT

Speaker Bio:

Scott Wintrip is the author ofHigh Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant, was named a must-read book by SHRM’s HR Magazine. Over the past 20 years, Scott has led the Wintrip Consulting Group, a global consultancy that has helped more than 23,000 organizations build talent rich companies that have eliminated the stress and overwhelm of recruiting and hiring. For five consecutive years, Staffing Industry Analysts, a Crain Communications company, awarded Scott a place on the “Staffing 100,” a list of the world’s 100 most influential leaders. He’s also an award-winning blogger, a member of the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Staffing 100 Hall of Fame.

Sébastien Sasseville



Speaker Bio:

An endurance athlete, Sébastien’s extraordinary accomplishments—which include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and running across Canada—are made all the more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Having held diverse sales roles in Fortune 500 companies, Sébastien blends his extensive business experience with his inspirational achievements to deliver dynamic messaging on change management, teamwork, peak performance and leadership. Whether in the elements or in business, he stresses the power of agility when it comes to being open to change and transformation. To quote Sébastien “successful businesses and individuals innovate. They embrace resistance and create energy out of complex challenges. Organizations where everyone can “fail successfully” always win!”


Panel Presentations & Concurrent Sessions

Carol Allain


Conférencier international

Speaker Bio:

  • Ex-chargé de cours à l’Université d’Ottawa et à l’Université du Québec.
  • Depuis 1986, il donne plus de 200 conférences chaque année dans nombre d’entreprises, d’institutions, d’associations et d’organisations au Canada, en France, en Suisse, en Belgique, en Allemagne, en Martinique, en Guadeloupe, au Portugal et dans d’autres pays.
  • Parmi ses ouvrages : Le choc des générations, Du je triomphant au nous rassembleur (Éditions Château d’encre, 2017, 9e Édition, vendu à plus de 60 000 exemplaires) a été réédité neuf fois et son succès ne se dément pas au fil des ans. Plus récemment, Génération Z, L’humanité numérique en marche (3e Édition, Éditions Château d’encre, 2018).


  • Former teacher at the University of Ottawa and the University of Quebec.
  • Since 1986, Carol Allain has presented at more than 200 conferences each year for companies, institutions, and associations  in Canada, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Portugal and other countries.
  • Among his books: The shock of the Generations (Château d'encre, 2017, 9th Edition,) has sold more than 60, 000 copies and has been reissued nine times. Its great success does not decline with time. His more recent books include Generation Z, Digital Humanity on the Move (3rd Edition, Château d'encre ,Publishing, 2018).

Steve Jones


President, Steve Jones Business Leadership Corp.

Speaker Bio:

One of the most recognized names in Canadian staffing, Steve has helped Canadian companies succeed through performance management, leadership development, and selection of the right people for 34 years.

Steve is a professional speaker, executive coach, trainer and consultant. He is also a multiple franchise owner of Qualicare Home Care, owner of Socialite Internet Marketing and sits on several corporate and charity boards. He is a past national president of ACSESS and a member of the Association’s Circle of Excellence. 

Marc-Etienne Julien


Chef d'entreprise, Global Ressources Humaines

Speaker Bio:

As CEO of Randstad Canada, Marc-Etienne is responsible for the strategic oversight of the Canadian business operations of the company. He works with a team of more than 800 caring and talented employees across the country and is dedicated to helping people and organizations achieve their full potential. 

Marc-Etienne is passionate about driving the digital transformation of the human capital space by embracing technology and innovation to create an experience that is inherently more human for all Canadian job seekers and employers.  

In 2014, Marc-Etienne founded the Ride for Myriam, a charitable bike ride created to honour one Randstad employee’s fight against cancer. Since then, Randstad and its employees have raised more than $250 000 to benefit the Princess Margaret Foundation and the American Cancer Society. 

In 2018, Randstad Canada was awarded one of the best workplaces in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute Canada for the 12th consecutive year

Mary McIninch


Executive Director, Government Relations/Directrice Générale, ACSESS

Speaker Bio:

Mary holds an LL.B. and Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours in Political Science) from the Universities of Ottawa and McGill, respectively, and is a member of the Quebec Bar Association. Mary joined ACSESS in 2000, where she works closely with staff and elected leaders to develop ACSESS as a leading industry association, and provides comprehensive government relations services representing members’ interests in jurisdictions across Canada.

Rhéaume Perreault


Partner, Fasken Matineua DuMoulin LLP

Speaker Bio:

Rhéaume focuses his practice on labour and employment law in Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Montréal office.

He acts as a strategic adviser for many employers in small, medium and large-sized enterprises, helping them with the planning and reorganization of their HR. Rhéaume also frequently serves as a negotiator in connection with collective bargaining agreements and represents clients, in particular, before the Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal and various administrative tribunals.

Rhéaume works with employers from the private and public sectors, as well as with non-profit organizations. He has provided professional advice to ACSESS on a number of industry files. He frequently takes part in specialized conferences and provides substantial corporate training on various topics including: the workplace in the social media age; pre-employment traps; the duty to accommodate; drug and alcohol screening, privacy laws in the private and public sectors; and employment contracts.


Marc-André Robert


Associé, Global Ressources Humaines

Speaker Bio:

Me Marc-André Robert, CRIA holds a Law degree from the Université de Montréal, and was called to the Quebec Bar in December 1999. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and practiced labour and employment law in major national law firms before leaping into the business world. He has held many positions in human resources, notably as Vice-President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at a well-known multinational company. He was also President of a human resources management and labour relations consulting firm before founding Global Human Resources. In addition to acting as Lecturer in Employment Law in the Faculty of Legal Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Mr. Robert sits on the Disciplinary Revision Committee of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec (CHRP), of which he is a member. Mr. Robert is also a Certified management consultant (CMC). Mr. Robert is President of the Quebec chapter of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS), and is regularly invited to give speeches on various aspects of labour relations and human resources management.

Me Marc-André Robert, CRIA est diplômé en droit de l’Université de Montréal et a été admis au Barreau du Québec en décembre 1999. Il est également détenteur d’un baccalauréat en relations industrielles et a pratiqué le droit du travail et de l’emploi dans de grands cabinets d’avocats nationaux avant de faire le saut en entreprise. Il a occupé plusieurs fonctions au niveau des ressources humaines dont notamment la vice-présidence des ressources humaines et des affaires juridiques d’une multinationale reconnue. Il a également été président d’une firme de consultation en matière de gestion des ressources humaines et des relations de travail avant de fonder Global Ressources Humaines. En plus d’être chargé de cours en droit de l’emploi à la faculté des Sciences juridiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Me Robert siège sur le comité de révision en matière disciplinaire de l’Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec (CRHA) dont il est membre. Me Robert est également membre des administrateurs agréés du Québec (Adm.A.). Me Robert est président de l’Association nationale des entreprises en recrutement et placement de personnel (ACSESS) pour le chapitre du Québec et il est régulièrement invité à prononcer des conférences sur divers sujets reliés aux relations de travail et à la gestion des ressources humaines.

David Searns


CEO, Haley Marketing

Speaker Bio:

When it comes to marketing a staffing firm, few people know the industry like David. He literally grew up in the business (his Mom and Dad ran a very successful staffing and executive recruiting firm in upstate New York). Mix in a degree in information systems from Clarkson University, an MBA from The Wharton School, and more than 20 years of marketing and consulting in the staffing industry, and you have someone with the rare ability to combine high-level strategic thinking with real entrepreneurial ingenuity.

Tricia Tamkin


Moore eSSentials

Speaker Bio:

Tricia has started eight successful companies, one of which she has been running since phones had cords. Among the Executive Search community she has been known for years and quoted in multiple magazines, trade journals and by other trainers and career coaches. In the 1990s, when most in the industry still didn’t have a computer on their desk, she started combining Boolean logic and search strings with strong phone techniques and became a very successful recruiter. Her deep experience in business over the last 20 years enables her to see the big picture for virtually anyone’s needs. 

Jason Thibeault


Moore eSSentials

Speaker Bio:

Jason started teaching logic in college, due to what he suspects was a prank from his professor. Twenty years later, he still does that. Along the way he’s been a USAF officer, manufacturing plant manager, and now recruits and trains with Moore eSSentials. With his downtime, Jason is working on his second degree Black Belt, is a published horror author, and solves mysteries with his Great Dane! 

Richard Wahlquist


President & CEO, American Staffing Association

Speaker Bio:

Richard is a frequently interviewed spokesperson on industry issues and trends, and speaks regularly before business and government organizations on labor market issues and trends in the United States and internationally. He is a member of the board of directors of the World Employment Confederation, representing the employment industry at the global level, and Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national organization that has helped more than one million at risk students graduate and go on to success in careers and in their lives. 

Richard is part of Staffing Industry Analysts’ Hall of Fame. He has been recognized by SIA as one of the top 100 staffing industry leaders, Human Resources Outsourcing Today magazine as one of the 100 Superstars of HR Outsourcing, and by Recruiter magazine as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the staffing and recruiting industry.  

Paul Wells


Senior Editor, McLean's Magazine

Speaker Bio:

Nobody knows Ottawa better than Paul Wells, the senior editor of Maclean’s magazine and former national affairs columnist at The Toronto Star. In more than two decades on the Hill, Paul has covered seven federal elections, three prime ministers, and a big piece of Canada’s history. Fresh, funny and authoritative, Wells speaks in both official languages on all of the matters of the day, from the nation’s position in the global economy, to the inside scoop on what’s really happening inside the Parliament buildings and beyond. In the opening session on Thursday, May 9th, Paul will share with ACSESS members his insight on the most topical subjects of 2019.  

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May 7-9, 2019
ACSESS 2019 National Conference
Québec City, Québec