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Helen Handfield-Jones

Helen Handfield-Jones

Author, Educator, Consultant

Helen Handfield-Jones is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost authorities on the subject of CEO succession planning and executive talent management. Her years of experience, innovative ideas and deep understanding of the human dynamics involved in these important endeavours enable her to assist both boards and senior executives with these complex, often delicate, sometimes messy human resource challenges.

After graduating as the gold medallist from the Ivey School of Business’s MBA program in 1990, Helen was invited to join the ranks of McKinsey & Company, where she spent 12 years consulting on business strategy, performance management, and organization. In 1997, Helen spearheaded the company’s groundbreaking research on executive talent, which eventually lead her to co-write the book The War for Talent. The success of the book provided Helen with a springboard to launch her own consultancy in 2002, focused on leadership talent strategy.

Shortly after starting her own business, she was invited to teach a course on CEO evaluation and succession planning for the Directors Education Program, a joint venture between the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management. Helen continues to teach this program every year in five cities across Canada, and has had the privilege of teaching many Canadian corporate leaders.

Over the years, Helen has worked with more than 70 companies around the globe on executive talent management including organizations such as Bell Canada, CN Rail, the Government of Ontario and SNC-Lavalin. On CEO succession planning she has advised boards such as Cadillac Fairview, Bridgepoint Health, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Hydrogenics to name a few.

She is often invited to deliver speeches and has talked at high profile events such as the Human Capital Institute’s Annual Summit, the Conference Board, and the Baltic Management conference.

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