Meet The MaxPeople Team

At MaxPeople we have a skilled and passionate team of Human Resource and Employment Law professionals who come from a wide range of backgrounds and industries, giving them the experience they need to provide expert Human Resource and Employment Law advice and support to our clients.

  • Julie Ruben Rodney
    Julie Ruben Rodney
    Founder & CEO
  • Jordan Rodney
    Jordan Rodney
    President
  • Miriam Anbar
    Miriam Anbar
    Legal Advisor
  • Lisa Cavuoti
    Lisa Cavuoti
    Legal & HR Assistant
  • Denise Mahoney
    Denise Mahoney
    Director, HR Services
  • Ilana Stern
    Ilana Stern
    HR Business Partner
  • Sarah Barkwill
    Sarah Barkwill
    HR Business Partner
  • Chen Sasson
    Chen Sasson
    HR Consultant
  • Erica Lusher
    Erica Lusher
    HR Consultant
  • Franca Fargione
    Franca Fargione
    HR Consultant
  • Nicole Mast Kusch
    Nicole Mast Kusch
    HR Consultant
  • Michelle Kaminski
    Michelle Kaminski
    HR Coordinator
  • Nadia Bowser
    Nadia Bowser
    HR Coordinator
  • Teresa Hoang
    Teresa Hoang
    Marketing Specialist & Office Manager
  • Daniel Kobrossi
    Daniel Kobrossi
    Client Relationship Manager
Julie Ruben Rodney
Founder & CEO

Phone: 905-709-1236 x 103      Email: julie@maxpeoplehr.com

Julie Ruben Rodney is  the Founder and CEO of MaxPeople , a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.  Julie is an experienced and dynamic facilitator and consultant in the areas of Interpersonal Communication, Teambuilding, Leadership Development and Creativity.

She leverages her expertise with a variety of assessments to help her clients improve their ability to work with others more effectively.  Some of the assessments she uses includes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), The McQuaig Word Survey®, Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument ® (HBDI®), Strategic Leadership Development™ (SLD)™, and DiSC Personal Profile System®.  She often incorporates these assessments to deliver high-impact programs that are tailored to meet the business objectives of her clients.

Julie is certified to deliver Dr. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats® program.  She applies the powerful Six Thinking Hats® framework to meeting facilitation, team brainstorming and consensus building. Julie is also a facilitator in the Advanced Health Leadership Program at Rotman School of Management.  Julie has also been quoted and published in The Globe and Mail, The HR Professional, Dialogue Magazine, The Lawyers Weekly and Leadership books such as Helping Others to Succeed and Blind Spots

Prior to starting her own people development organization, she spent ten years with MICA Consulting Partners, where she successfully facilitated hundreds of interactive workshops, designed programs, built deep client relationships through business development, and project managed large scale initiatives.

She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.  She further pursued Personnel and Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto.  She obtained her Certificate in Human Resource Management (CHRM) through the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), as well as, her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.  Julie is an active member of The Women’s Entrepreneurs of Canada (WEC ) and The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) .

Julie has a Masters in Adult Education (M.Ed.) specializing in Workplace Learning and Change from the University of Toronto.  She is passionate about engaging people to maximize their performance using a fun and positive approach.

Jordan Rodney
President

Phone: (905) 709-1236  x 102     Email: jordan@maxpeoplehr.com

Jordan Rodney is the President of MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

A sought-after speaker, Jordan has spoken to members of various groups including, among others, the International Customer Service Association (ICSA), the Canadian General Accountants (CGA), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI). Jordan has been published and quoted in the Globe and Mail, Canadian HR Reporter , the Voice magazine and Lawyers Weekly.

Jordan is a lawyer and a results-driven Human Resource professional with experience in employee and labour relations, negotiation, facilitation and change management. Jordan incorporates a variety of tools, assessments (The McQuaig System ®) and continuous improvement methodologies to help his clients improve their performance.

Prior to joining MaxPeople Jordan spent 15 plus years in the Human Resources field working in the Beverage, Broadcasting, Courier and Manufacturing industries. Within these diverse businesses, he successfully managed complex project initiatives, cultivated deep client relationships, negotiated multiple collective agreements, designed and delivered numerous training seminars and identified practical human resources solutions for companies.

Jordan was previously an instructor at the Schulich School of Business in the Organizational Studies Department and at George Brown in their Corporate Training Department. Jordan obtained a B.A. from York University, an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario, and is a member of the Ontario Bar. Jordan further specialized in Human Resources at Queen’s University obtaining a Master’s of Industrial Relations.

Jordan is focused on ensuring that organizations are equipped to handle workplace issues using innovative and cost-effective solutions. He enjoys coaching people to achieve their maximum potential while assisting organizations to achieve their objectives.

Miriam Anbar
Legal Advisor

Phone: (905) 695-5995     Email: miriam@rodneyemploymentlaw.com

Miriam Anbar is a legal advisor for MaxPeople and an associate at Rodney Employment Law.  In her practice, Miriam handles a broad spectrum of employment and labour matters, including but not limited to wrongful dismissals, employment standards, employment contracts, human resources law, workplace safety and insurance, human rights, and occupational health and safety.  Miriam assists both employers and employees, and she strives to provide practical strategies to solve complex workplace issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Miriam worked with a boutique employment law firm in Toronto, where she gained deep experience in both civil litigation and labour and employment law.

Miriam volunteered as a Caseworker and Litigator at Community Legal Aid, a poverty-law training clinic based at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law, where she represented clients on a wide range of civil and criminal matters.  Miriam negotiated with Assistant Crown Attorneys and Provincial Prosecutors, taking matters through the court system to their conclusion.

Prior to her legal career, Miriam worked as an HR Manager in a busy dental practice, which allowed her to gain valuable experience in human resources and employee relations.  Miriam acquired significant insight into the needs of both employers and employees, which allows her to better understand what her clients are looking for.

Miriam has a passion for public speaking.  She has participated in and won several advocacy competitions and received a number of academic awards.

Miriam completed her law degree at the University of Windsor and obtained an undergraduate degree from York University.  She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment section) and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In her spare time, Miriam enjoys taking hot yoga classes, learning new languages, and spending time with her family.

Lisa Cavuoti
Legal & HR Assistant

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 114     Email: lisa@rodneyemploymentlaw.com

Lisa Cavuoti is the Legal and HR Assistant at Rodney Employment Law.  Lisa plays a versatile role by providing the team with support in both a legal and HR administrative capacity.

Lisa graduated from York University with a B.A. in Psychology and continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she obtained a Certificate in Criminology. Lisa recently furthered her education with a post-graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College where she graduated with Honours.  Lisa is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

Lisa has spent many years working in an administrative capacity for her family-owned business where she performed a wide range of duties such as coordinating HR policies, processes and relevant documents.  In addition to daily administrative duties, Lisa also gained experience drafting legal documents such as Franchise Agreements and Disclosure Documents. In her recent part-time administrative roles (at both Lemonberry Boutique and Re/Max Realtron TurnKey Realty Brokerage), Lisa played an integral role in building the companies’ social media presence and helped increase business by use of branding, coordination of special events/client appreciation events and overall unsurpassed client experiences and service.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys DIY crafts and home improvement projects, and spending time with her children and family.  She also dedicates time to volunteer for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and fundraising efforts such as 100 Women Who Care.

Denise Mahoney
Director, HR Services

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 116     Email: denise@maxpeoplehr.com

Denise Mahoney is the Director, HR Services with MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Prior to joining the MaxPeople team, Denise has worked with a diverse range of industries over the last 15 years including manufacturing/distribution, professional services, retail and most recently a global architectural and engineering firm.  These experiences enabled her  to hone her skills in cultivating employee engagement initiatives, developing innovative policies and procedures and implementing Canadian HR infrastructure for the businesses.

Denise has extensive experience in employee relations and believes in the importance of fostering a strong employee culture which contributes to a productive organization. Denise has been viewed as a trusted business advisor and has dealt with highly sensitive and confidential information always seeking to achieve win-win solutions with her stakeholders. Denise also has extensive experience in full cycle recruitment, training and development, management/leadership development and health and safety.

Denise obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Sociology from U of T, and furthered her education with a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College. Denise is currently a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

Denise is passionate about creating great work environments and helping her clients be successful by hiring and training the right people to produce the best results. Her honesty and integrity drive her as an HR professional, and her positive and ‘can-do’ attitude allow her to quickly build relationships and add value to her clients.

Ilana Stern
HR Business Partner

Phone: (905) 709-1236  ext 108     Email: ilana@maxpeoplehr.com

Ilana Stern is an HR Business Partner at MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house. As an experienced generalist, she provides our HRessentials clients with a full range of recommendations and support in all aspects of human resources.

Prior to joining the MaxPeople team, Ilana gained broad HR experience while working in manufacturing, not for profit and retail industries.  Most recently, Ilana worked for a large Canadian retailer where she gained extensive exposure to a wide variety of employee relations issues and organizational development initiatives.

Ilana has delivered training programs to employees at all levels in an organization.  She has a true passion for facilitation and enjoys passing on her knowledge and tips to her participants. Ilana has written extensive course materials including case studies for managers to work through as part of leadership training sessions. What’s really important to her as part of facilitation is the interaction and engagement of the audience.

Ilana obtained a B.A. from York University, following which she earned a post-graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.  Ilana is also a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) candidate with the Human Resources Professional Association.

Ilana is a results-driven and passionate Human Resources Professional with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. She is energetic and dedicated with a strong focus on cultivating deep relationships with her clients while implementing practical solutions for the business.

Sarah Barkwill
HR Business Partner

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 104     Email: sarah@maxpeoplehr.com

Sarah Barkwill is an HR Business Partner at MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Prior to joining the MaxPeople team, Sarah has worked with a diverse range of industries over the last 17 years including within professional financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospitality.  These experiences enabled her to hone her skills as strategic business advisor to clients, cultivating employee engagement and developing innovative practices to drive HR best practices for the business.

Sarah has extensive experience in complex employee relations issues, change management initiatives including organizational redesign, restructuring, and major transformations, workplace investigations, compensation, training and facilitation, talent acquisition, employee engagement strategies, and performance management.  Sarah has an ability to see the big picture, include the “human” element of any decision and drive the business forward with calculated actions ensuring results.

Sarah obtained an Honours B.A. degree from Queen’s University, and furthered her education with a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University.

Sarah possess a consultative style of relationship management, driven by quality and integrity, leveraging people and processes to drive business results.  Sarah is passionate about creating great work environments and helping her clients achieve their business objectives by maximizing their people talent.  Sarah thrives on solving problems for her clients.  Her honesty and integrity drive her as an HR professional, and her positive attitude allows her to quickly build relationships with all of her stakeholders.

Chen Sasson
HR Consultant

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 106     Email: chen@maxpeoplehr.com

Chen Sasson is an HR Consultant with MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house. Chen applies her knowledge and exceptional multi-tasking skills to support all HR activities and business lines.

Prior to joining the MaxPeople team, Chen worked at Zylog Systems Canada Ltd. as an HR Assistant. Her time with this organization helped her gain HR experience in areas such as Recruitment and Selection, On-boarding and Training, Employment Standards, and managing Health and Safety practices.

Chen graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Business Management degree with an Honors Specialization in Human Resources Management. She  has obtained her  HR Professional Certification (CHRP).

Chen’s goal-oriented approach to her work, along with her excellent communication and interpersonal skills, allows for the best possible outcome when providing support to her clients. Chen is diligent and always ready to contribute to her coworkers’ and clients successes. Her passion for HR drives her eagerness to learn and grow every day.

Erica Lusher
HR Consultant

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 112     Email: erica@maxpeoplehr.com

Erica Lusher is an HR Consultant at MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Erica obtained her BA in Human Resources Management from York University during which time she also attended the University of Laval to enhance her French skills. Throughout her career Erica has worked with a variety of sectors including mining, healthcare, construction, professional services, manufacturing, and hospitality, acting as a trusted advisor for business owners and leaders helping them build an HR foundation that positions them for future growth.

Erica is truly passionate about the ‘power of people’ and partners with leaders to understand their people needs and develop strategies that keep their teams sharp, engaged and productive. Erica’s ability to identify the skillsets necessary to elevate teams has driven her to create and execute large scale recruitment strategies that have equipped businesses with the tools and skills to attract and retain top talent.

Erica also has extensive experience in handling challenging employee relations issues, helping businesses foster an engaged culture that is unique to their business. She has worked extensively with Canadian and international businesses to lay a framework of HR policies and procedures, ensuring compliance and helping them navigate the Canadian employment environment.

Erica’s end objective is to ensure that the right people are in the right places at the right time. Her results-oriented personality has fueled her passion to work with entrepreneurial businesses and her commitment to delivering excellence and quality is evident in the work she produces.

Franca Fargione
HR Consultant

Phone: (905) 709-1236  ext 105     Email: franca@maxpeoplehr.com

Franca Fargione is an HR Consultant with MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Franca’s experience includes full cycle recruitment and onboarding, compliance, policy design and implementation, employee relations, performance management, learning and development, health and safety, disability claims management and benefits administration.

Dissecting complex issues into simple easy to understand concepts, the ability to see the ‘big picture’ and to identify and interpret risk, anticipating business needs within the human resources framework to ensure company objectives are met, and relating to people at all levels and backgrounds within an organization, are a few of the essential skills and abilities Franca offers to the clients she serves.

Prior to joining MaxPeople as an HR Consultant, Franca worked across a variety of different industries including Financial Services, IT, Retail, Supply Chain, and Professional Services. Her diverse experience within the rapidly evolving corporate sector as an HR Generalist, along with her legal background, equips her with key HR and business skills, allowing her to direct her passion and drive to supporting clients’ corporate values through organizational initiatives within the Human Resources context.

Franca attended University of Toronto where she obtained her Honors, B.A. in Sociology and Political Science. She went on to complete her LL.B. at the University of Western Ontario as well as a Human Resources Management Certificate at Sheridan College. She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

A collaborative, diplomatic and results driven advisor who builds and maintains strong interpersonal working relationships with clients, Franca strives to provide strategic HR program leadership and implementation to ensure the alignment of people with clients’ business initiatives.

Nicole Mast Kusch
HR Consultant

Phone: (905) 709-1236  ext 119     Email: nicole@maxpeoplehr.com

Nicole Mast Kusch is an HR Consultant with MaxPeople,  a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house

Nicole attended York University where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at York, she discovered her passion for Human Resources while working in the School of Human Resource Management. Upon graduation, Nicole attended Ryerson University to further her studies in Human Resource Management. Her passions lie in full cycle talent management, as well as HRIS systems and benefits.

Prior to joining MaxPeople, Nicole worked at a large Canadian manufacturing and distribution company, where she played a key role in the implementation of the company’s HRIS system. Within this role, she gained hands-on experience in training, talent management and employee relations. Nicole also has experience working in the digital advertising industry.

Nicole is a strong team-player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Nicole brings a high level of energy to work each day, allowing her to foster long-lasting relationships with clients and coworkers alike.  Her hands-on approach to HR allows her to make a meaningful difference in any organization.

Michelle Kaminski
HR Coordinator

Phone: (905) 709-1236 x 117     Email: michelle@maxpeoplehr.com

Michelle is an HR Coordinator with MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Michelle attended Western University, where she obtained a B.A. in the Honours Specialization Sociology program. Prior to joining the MaxPeople team, Michelle worked at a leading marketing and advertising agency in New York, where she had the opportunity to work closely with the Director of Human Resources.

Michelle’s strong passion for a career in Human Resources led her to attend the Human Resources Management program at Seneca College.  The program’s combined hands on, pragmatic and theoretical approach to learning allowed Michelle to develop a strategic skill-set to help others in the business world.

Michelle is passionate about her work and a valued member of the MaxPeople team. Utilizing her effective communication, analytical and organizational skills, Michelle’s focus is supporting her clients and the MaxPeople team.

Nadia Bowser
HR Coordinator

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 107     Email: nadia@maxpeoplehr.com

Nadia Bowser is an HR Coordinator at MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Prior to joining MaxPeople, Nadia worked in Client Services where she assisted with onboarding and training new hires. From this role she recognized the value in effectively attracting, engaging and nurturing the right talent at the right time.

Nadia leverages her interpersonal skills with her organizational and problem-solving skills to achieve the best results for the clients she supports. Nadia does not hesitate to take initiative and take on new tasks when supporting the consulting team.

Nadia discovered her passion for working in Human Resources while shadowing the HR Manager in a manufacturing facility. Her curiosity to become an expert in areas such as human potential and organizational behaviour led her to attend Trent University where she obtained an Honours B.A. in Psychology. Following this she earned a post-graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College. Nadia is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and member with the Human Resources Professional Association.

 

 

 

 

Teresa Hoang
Marketing Specialist & Office Manager

Phone: (905) 709-1236  ext 101     Email: teresa@maxpeoplehr.com

Teresa Hoang is the Marketing Specialist and Office Manager with MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Teresa is a graduate of Ryerson University where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Management Degree.  She began her career with a giftware company where she managed various administrative functions, client care relations and marketing initiatives.   Prior to joining MaxPeople, Teresa also worked for a non-profit organization where her contributions centered on leading the development and delivery of the certification program to building and maintaining key client accounts.  Teresa was instrumental in the improvement of the company’s online presence that resulted in increased productivity and customer care.

Teresa is distinguished by her passion for business, her focus on collaborative team-building and her dedication to meeting the strategic goals of the organization.  She is also known for her strong work ethic and commitment to developing programs to improve office systems, workflows and processes. Throughout her career she approached every job as opportunities for career growth and discovery, she hopes to bring the same entrepreneurial mindset and vision to MaxPeople.

Daniel Kobrossi
Client Relationship Manager

Phone: (905) 709-1236 ext. 113    Email: daniel@maxpeoplehr.com

Daniel Kobrossi is a Client Relationship Manager with MaxPeople, a firm offering premium on-site HR services and Employment Law support to organizations who understand and care about the power of people and do not have HR expertise in-house.

Prior to joining MaxPeople, Daniel gained extensive experience as a  Business Development Manager with various Recruitment firms where he helped clients secure top talent in areas such as accounting/finance, Human Resources, and IT. Daniel is a graduate of York University where he obtained his B.A. in Economics.

Daniel’s customer centric approach to listening and understanding clients’ needs before discussing and recommending solutions has allowed him to develop and sustain long standing business relationships with his clients, who trust and value his expertise. With a true passion for helping organizations grow talent, Daniel is looking forward to helping MaxPeople build upon existing relationships and developing new partnerships.

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