Our team

Allan Sperling (Partner)

Allan is one of those lucky people who discovered a field he loved early on – Human Resources – and has devoted his entire career to working in it. After graduating from the University of Toronto with an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and a Masters degree in International Relations, he began working at a small human resources consulting firm. “I soon realized that Human Resources was exactly where I wanted to spend my career.”

Thirty years later, Allan has gained experience as an HR Executive, Consultant, Coach and small business owner, working with leading organizations, in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. He has partnered with clients of all sizes, in many sectors of the economy from major financial institutions to specialized small businesses, professional services firms and not-for-profits.

Allan’s down to earth approach recently helped a professional services client understand its employee cost structure and significant performance issues. He designed a new job ladder and job descriptions, created and rolled out a performance management program, and updated their compensation structure.

With another client in the financial services sector, his interventions led to a dramatic change in the company culture and a major reduction in employee turnover from 60% to 12%.

“I have worked in all the key areas of Human Resources and enjoy them all: organization assessment, change management; employee relations, the design and delivery of programs to improve company and individual performance; hiring and orienting new staff, succession planning, compensation.”

In addition, Allan has facilitated workshops and spoken about various leadership, people management and change topics for corporate clients, at professional associations and conferences in Canada and abroad, and teaches people management skills to the next generation of HR practitioners and business leaders at the college level.

Karen Todd (Partner)

With almost 20 years experience in senior Human Resources consulting roles in financial services, Karen’s last corporate role was Vice-President, Human Resources, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Canada where she led the change from a “command and control” culture to one focused on customer service and employee engagement. The troubled business returned to profitability.

Earlier in her career, Karen had a life defining experience after accepting a promotion to a leadership role at the same time as her husband’s four boys aged 4 to 21 moved in – three of whom have learning disabilities. As she struggled to balance the demands of career and family, a wise Vice President told her, “Karen, if I had to report to you, I’d be on the first train out of here. No one can live up to your expectations, not even you.”

“He held a mirror up, forcing me to realize it wasn’t ‘others’ who needed to change – it was ‘me.’”

9 years later, just when Karen thought her child rearing days were over, a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome arrived. Karen now speaks regularly with 3rd year Toronto University medical students, at the Hospital for Sick Kids, about prenatal testing and parenting children with special needs.   She spent three years as a volunteer Director on the board of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and chaired both the Fund Development and Conference Committees 

For over a decade, Karen has provided a range of consulting services to small businesses, not-for-profits and healthcare organizations in addition to large manufacturing and retail organizations.

Karen doesn’t shy away from the tough discussions and giving people the feedback they really need to hear. “I know from personal experience that honest feedback, given from the heart, is truly a gift. Leaders who are able to recognize, unleash and leverage the full potential of their people, will always reach their goals!”

Dave Dorward (Associate)

As a valued MyHRdepartment Associate, David K. Dorward is a seasoned human resource professional with extensive private and public sector experience in such diverse companies as CIBC, Municipal Electric Association (MEA), Ontario Hydro (now Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation), Canadian Industries Limited (CIL), Nova Scotia Power and Ross Memorial Hospital in progressively more responsible positions. 

David has taught at the University of Toronto, York University, Human Resource Professional Association (HRPA), Humber and George Brown Colleges and has covered such diverse subjects as Compensation, Health and Safety, Labour Relations, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources for Small Business, always taking a practical, “hands on” approach.

David holds a Masters degree in Labour Relations from the University of Toronto, and has taken  numerous courses and participated in other ongoing education activities in all aspects of labour relations and project management.  He consults extensively to organizations large and small in all aspects of human resources to help ensure they are effective and focused.


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