Award-Winning Human Resources Leader| Growth Coach for Start-ups| Keynote Speaker on AI, Future of Work, Employee Experience| Head of Talent for @MaRSDD Venture Services
Daneal’s fascination with tech began with her first leadership role in 1997 for Intel Corporation, China and strengthened during her last 15 years working for some of Toronto’s most innovative start-ups.
At MaRS (largest urban innovation hub) , Daneal is the Executive in Residence of MaRS Talent - mandated to serve entrepreneurs across all high-growth sectors in attracting & retaining the talent. Her team's on-demand HR advisory mitigates the risks commonly associated with scaling companies who don't invest in HR advisory early on such as bad cultural habits, employment risks, compensation inequities and diversity debt —and, if left unchecked employment lawsuits and reputational risks.
Daneal co-produced the inaugural #MoveTheDial event – on a mission to change the face of tech leadership in Canada. #MoveTheDial brought together the largest gathering of tech start-up female leaders in Canada including 100 founders and 40 venture capitalists.
Daneal is a sought-out expert, entrepreneur, mentor and speaker on leading HR thinking. She was named Top 25 HR Professionals in Canada (HR Reporter 2017), Canadian HR Awards Winner in the Category of Best Service Provider (2018) and Peerscale Leadership Initiative Award recipient (2017).
Daneal holds a Masters in International Management & Cross-Cultural, Advanced Program in Human Resource Management from Rotman School of Business and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
Co-author of a career survival guide for millennials.
"Hitting Stryde is a must read for an Millennials as they enter the workforce. A great collection of insightful tips, illustrated by real-life examples, to help new graduates get an edge in work and life." - David Stein, former exec at Salesforce and current Managing Partner at Leaders Fund.
Daneal has a Masters in Arts in International Leadership and is a Certified Co-Active Coach.
Fee Ranges: Up to $5000
Industry Expertise (6)
Information Technology and Services
Professional Training and Coaching
Staffing and Recruiting
Areas of Expertise (15)
Hr & Talent Management
Leadership Entreprenership Startups
Start Up Companies
Women in Tech
Innovation & Creativity
Future of Work
scaling tech software companies
AI for recruitment or HR
HR Strategy for Startups & Scaling companies
2018 Canadian HR Awards Winner (professional)
Reader's Choice Award for Best Service Provider
Top 25 Human Resource Professionals award - Canadian HR Reporter (professional)
Top 25 Human Resource Professionals award - Canadian HR Reporter
HR Awards 2016 Finalist in the category of Best Employer Branding (professional)
HR Awards 2016 Finalist in the category of Best Employer Branding
Peerscale - Leadership Initiative Awards (professional)
ACETech Ontario - Leadership Initiative Awards recognizes the expertise and thought leadership of members and provides a structure to share within the membership.
Hitting Stryde: A Generation Y Career Survival Guide (professional)
Co-author of a career survival guide for millennials. "Hitting Stryde is a must read for an Millennials as they enter the workforce. A great collection of insightful tips, illustrated by real-life examples, to help new graduates get an edge in work and life." - David Stein, former exec at Salesforce and current Managing Partner at Leaders Fund
Judge to shortlist the top 50 most innovative workspaces (professional)
The ELEVATED Awards: Most Innovative Workplaces The workforce of today has set the bar high. For a company to catch their eye and keep them engaged, it’s going to take more than beanbag chairs and ping pong tables. A workplace must foster innovation in every aspect. They must inspire with purpose and vision, include diverse voices, encourage passions, do good in the world... and have a killer space.
Rotman School of Management: Advanced Program in Human Resource Management, Business Acumen for HR Professionals, Human Resources 2012
- Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL)
Emma Scott, CSO & Co-founder | Talent Minded
Daneal has been a formidable force behind NexJ`s recognition as a career maker for new grads in enterprise software. It has been a pleasure partnering with her to bring in new people to NexJ.
Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director | TakingItGlobal
Daneal has offered incredible insight to our leadership team at TakingITGlobal in her capacity as a coach, workshop facilitator and consultant. She has help to develop the capacity of of staff to have courageous conversations and also played an instrumental role in supporting the development of some of our HR systems and processes. Daneal is also an incredible moderator for events and offers supportive approaches to problem solving with her clients.
Media Appearances (16)
Interview with Ben Zifkin, CEO of Hubba
Beta kit online
One-on-one interview with Hubba CEO Ben Zifkin on scaling his business, culture and himself as a leader.
Does HR Need AI?
HR Reporter print
HR Chat: Talent, Learning & Innovate Work with Daneal Charney
HR Gazette online
Interview on the consumerization of HR
HR in the Hotseat
Interviews with recognized HR. Leaders
Virtual teams - trend or fad
CBC Radio/Metro Morning radio
Virtual team - is this a trend or a fad?
Canada's Bold Move to Attract Highly Skilled Talent Paying Off
Epoch News online
Global hiring is on the up and up in Canada
Tech Companies Need to Stand Up to Jerks in Their Midst
Globe & Mail online
Real cost of jerks
HRD Magazine print
Profiles HRD 2018 award winners
From Zero to IPO: People Due Diligence at Every Stage of Growth
Investors should do human due diligence as a standard part of their overall review of any potential opportunity. Every stage of the business necessitates a higher level of human due diligence to ensure you mitigate future costs and drive your desired business performance. If you are counting on future individual, executive or team capabilities to drive future business performance, don’t assume this will happen without a retention strategy. A seasoned HR pro is a key partner of this journey.
What is Your Best Remote Work Strategy? Treat Your Employees Like Customers.
With offices still shuttered thanks to COVID-19, Canadian startups are leading the work-from-home movement with a mix of agility and empathy.
The New Metrics for Scaling Tech Businesses—Part I
This is part one of a two part article detailing HR considerations for quarterly board reporting. This article is a contribution from Daneal Charney, Executive in Residence for MaRSDD Momentum companies, Top 25 Human Resource Winner and Certified Leadership Coach.
Letting employees work from anywhere is a risk worth taking
Refusing to meet workers where they are — even if that’s Barbados — means foregoing tremendous competitive advantage
Fireside Chat with Daneal Charney, Executive in Residence for Multiple companies
Expose magazine online
Because of the current economic climate our publication has started a series of discussions with professional individuals meant to engage our readers with relevant companies and their representatives in order to discuss about their involvement, what challenges they have had in the past and what they are looking forward to in the future. This sequence aims to present a series of experiences, recent developments, changes and downsides in terms of their business areas, as well as their goals, values, career history, the high-impact success outcomes and achievements. Daneal Charney is an an entrepreneurial Human Resources leader with a reputation for understanding the business, supporting business transformations (M&A, entering global markets, shifting business models, restructuring), providing creative solutions to key people issues and coaching founders and executive teams. Over the past 15 years, she’s had the opportunity to hone her expertise in: talent acquisition, employee experience, university/campus programs, employment branding, onboarding, leadership development, management coaching, performance management, workforce planning, change management, workplace culture and ultimately creating a great place to work.
Signing bonuses? Hybrid work? Toronto tech employees are increasingly calling the shots
Toronto Star online
With the world slowly reopening, the work landscape has changed, and employees, who have definitively proven they don’t need to be in an office to be productive, are suddenly in the driver’s seat. “It’s one of the most interesting, dynamic and complex talent markets that I have witnessed in years,” says Daneal Charney, an executive in residence at MaRS Discovery District.
Strong culture needed for remote work success
HR Reporter online
What’s made remote work hard is people don’t have those normal social interactions, and employers can’t really provide those right now. As a result, many employers are moving away from the face-to-face, “tribal” culture to more of a written, explicit culture, which is much more inclusive, says Daneal Charney, an executive in residence at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. “It’s less about if you’re in a physical environment in your headquarters, you have a lot more access to the network, you’re probably more likely to be promoted, you’re going to bump into that top executive and maybe share your ideas. This remote culture has been a more inclusive culture, location-agnostic, no matter where you are. So that’s been a positive.” Several companies have said that their non-headquarters employees are now participating more and recognized more “because these online mediums are more of an equalizer,” she says.
The Evolution of Talent Strategy in Canada
Canadian Business online
Gathering at the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, the panel was moderated by Jason Maghanoy, CB’s associate publisher and vice president of digital solutions and business development at SJC Media. The panelists were three exciting business leaders: Greg Dubejsky, the director of digital expansion at Amazon Canada; Fatima Zaidi, founder and CEO of production agency Quill; and Daneal Charney, the executive-in-residence at MaRS Discovery District.
Event Appearances (36)
How Start-ups Can Attract Talent in a Hot Job Market
Venture for Canada Lighthouse Labs
Cost of Brilliant Jerks
ACETech Ontario - Leadership Iniative Awards Downtown Toronto
"Conversation with Ben Zifkin, CEO of Hubba" -- Up Close & Personal Interview
Venture for Canada 77 King St W #500 Toronto, ON M5K 1A2
New Faces of Fintech - Key Organizer
MaRS Fintech MaRS Auditorium, 111 College Street
Sorry, Uber! How Canadian Gender Diversity Wins.
Tactics for Founders from our HR Leaders. Virtual Open Forum
Cost of Brilliant Jerks
TorontoHR Meetup hosted by Tembo Social Toronto
Recruitment Marketing - Presenter
Grow Camp MaRS Discovery District
HR Tech Summit Canada International Centre
Consumerization of HR
InnovateWork Downtown Toronto
Venture for Canada - BDC Series Lighthouse Labs
Dealing with Brilliant Jerks
Toronto CTO Downtown Toronto
Recruiting is sales and marketing
AceTech CTO Roundtable Spoke Club
Life is Short, Join a Startup
Venture for Canada Downtown Toronto
AI, HR, AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORKPLACE
HR Leadership Summit Downtown Toronto
AI, Data and the Workplace
Elevate Toronto We Work, Downtown Toronto
Building a Culture That Attracts Top Talent
CIX Conference Toronto
Mastering Growth Webinar: Building Brand Identity for Culture & Customer
Mastering Growth Webinar Series MaRS Discovery District
Co-founders & Where to Find Them
Webinar Queens Masters of Entrepreneurship Program
Talent Fuels Tech announcement/panel MaRS Discovery
MaRS Tech Disrupters - The Tech Enabled CHRO MaRS
Standing Out Above the Crowd - Building an Employer Advantage
Grow Camp MaRS Discovery District
Preparing HR for Hyper-Growth - Panel Moderator
HR Tech Summit Toronto
Addressing Tech’s Ethical Dark Side: How Can we Ensure that AI is Used for the Good? - Panel Moderator
HR Tech Summit
Fireside chat - Why AI Needs Human Resources
Hospital conference SickKids, UHN and Holland Bloorview
League WebEx series
Innovative ways to propel your talen acquisition strategy WebEx
Redesigning the Employee Experience Leveraging Data
4th Annual People Analytics Conference Toronto, ON
From Corporate to Startup - Pivoting Your Role
Elevate Talent Toronto, ON
HR's Role in Creating a Great Employee Experience
CHRO Roundtable series MaRS Discovery District
Technology, Disruption and what AI Means to You
Recharge 2018 Conference
Cannabis in the Workplace Panel
Peerscale Power Session Toronto, ON
Mastering Talent series
Startup Compensation MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
Mastering Talent Series
Planning for Growth - Co-organizer/panel moderator MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
Mastering Talent Series
Building Your Employer Value Proposition MaRS Discovery District, Toronto
Remote-First Work - Are Your Ready for the Long Haul?
Momentum P2P Series VIrtual webex
6 Key People Metrics that Matter to Scaling Tech Businesses
CIX Conference Toronto, Ontario
Venture for Canada conference - moderator
Leveraging People Data to make data informed decisions Virtual
Sample Talks (3)
Developing a compelling EVP that answers the question, "why should I work for you?
Can be done as keynote, presentation or panel topic
Recruitment Marketing 101: a required discipline for HR leaders
Can be done as keynote, presentation or panel topic
The Total Cost of Jerks (TCJ) in the workplace #NoAssholeRule
Can be done as keynote, presentation or panel topics
- Workshop Leader
- Author Appearance
Research Focus (1)
2022 People Benchmarking Report for High Growth SaaS Companies
The 2021 People benchmark report: High-growth SaaS companies was launched to help CEOs and executive teams of privately-held tech companies make more informed talent-related decisions. This report enables high-growth companies globally to compare themselves against their peers in the key HR metrics that matter most to their businesses. These same metrics should be part of a company’s internal quarterly review to enable better talent-related decisions and to avoid scaling unsustainably.
Tech Companies Need to stand up to Jerks in their MidstGlobe & Mail
Provocative article to caution tech companies against being enablers to brilliant jerks. The worst behaviour in your culture becomes the new normal.
Overdue Welcome to Foreign TalentTech Vibes
June 12th was the launch of the Global Skills Strategy promising an expedited visa process for highly skilled talent.
Generation Y at WorkGreat Place to Work
What will generation Y be like as managers? Some argue they will adapt the same behaviors and practices as the rest of us. “Wait till they grow up and have real responsibility!. That will teach ‘em”. While this line of thinking seems to make sense because GenY will be in the same life stage as the managers before them, it doesn’t take into account the tremendous shifts in workplace culture.
Canada's Startups are Noticing US Headlines About Sexism in TechIT Business
Guest contributor for this article
HR in the Hot Seat: Daneal Charney, MaRS Discovery DistrictHRM Magazine
Personal career profile
Employment Brand is the New Killer AppCBRE FORWARD
Daneal Charney & Manda Cuthbertson
Fast-growing employers are building great brands around their talent offering and MaRS Talent is helping them do it. Competitive compensation may be the price of admission when it comes to building a supercharged team, but employer brand is the “killer app” companies are using to become a magnet for talent and drive measurable results. “As a scaling company, we don’t have time to get it wrong. The scarcity of talent means you have to invest in your talent brand, because if you don’t have the best people, you don’t have the best company.” – Axle Davids, VP Brand @ Swift Medical