EVP People and Communications, Corus Entertainment Inc.
As Executive Vice President, People and Communications for Canada’s leading pure play media and content company, Cheryl joined Corus at a pivotal time in 2015 spearheading efforts to merge two distinctly separate organizations together during the acquisition of Shaw Media to define and create a new high-performance culture at Corus.
With a clear vision and creative approach, Cheryl has been instrumental in developing a focused people strategy centered on the need for a values and beliefs system that celebrates what makes people unique in order to create an innovative company where people thrive.
Cheryl leads the People and Communications team who oversee facets of the business including talent development, recruitment, total rewards, learning and development, internal and external communications programs as well as the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.
Cheryl is dedicated to deepening Corus’ partnerships on a local level and strengthening the connections between the people of Corus and their communities. She has been a key architect in the development and execution the company’s charitable, environmental, community and employee support efforts including the highly successful Corus Cares program which has raised over $27 million for over 200 charitable organizations across Canada through PSA airtime, in-kind support and fundraising in 2019.
Cheryl’s authentic, genuine and compassionate leadership style has fostered a diverse and inclusive culture that champions well-being initiatives, employee engagement opportunities, volunteerism, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a result, Corus has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, and by Waterstone as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.
As an active advocate and mentor for women in the industry, Cheryl sits on the board of Women in Communications & Technology and is an avid supporter of industry organizations focused on continuing education such as Corus Media Management Accelerator Program jointly developed by Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT-T) and Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. As a Board Community member, Cheryl also proudly supports Covenant House Toronto, a not-for-profit organization that serves youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk.
Cheryl is a strong voice and supportive mentor within the Human Resources community. She is a member of the HR Professional magazine Editorial Advisory Board and the CHRO Advisory Council of the HR Professional Association, and holds the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude and an HRCCC designation from McMaster University.