Kelly Davis

Chief People Officer, Sunwing

Kelly Davis is the Chief People Officer for Sunwing Travel Group, North America’s largest vertically-integrated travel company with approximately 20,000 employees across several countries. The group is made up of several businesses including a leisure charter airline with a modern fleet of 40 planes, a luxury charter service with access to private jets to suit all clients, two major North American tour operators, two renowned travel retailers, a hotel division with over 14,500 rooms (Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Eastern Caribbean, Cuba and Costa Rica), a vacation club, a luxury wedding business and an international destination management company. Prior to this role, Kelly was the Senior Vice President of HR, Customer Service and Communications for Town Shoes Limited (Town Shoes, The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse and DSW Canada). She led these three functions for the company’s 4 banners and 4000+ associates. Prior to joining Town Shoes Limited, she was the Vice President of People Development at Cara Operations (Milestones, Kelsey’s, Harvey’s, Montana’s and Swiss Chalet) where she worked with the corporate office and franchise partners to deliver HR services to the company’s 700+ restaurants and 30,000 associates. Kelly spent most of her career prior to joining Cara Operations with the Hudson’s Bay Company where she worked for over 12 years in a variety of progressive HR roles including leading the HR function for all Bay and Home Outfitters stores across Canada. Her last role with the Hudson’s Bay Company was in a more specialist function where she led Compensation, Benefits, Associate Relations and Services for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S. Kelly holds her B.A. from McGill University and her CHRE, CHRL and H.R.C.C.C. (Human Resources & Compensation Committee Certification) designations. Kelly speaks frequently at various HR events and panels including most recently, the annual CHRO Conference held in Toronto in December 2018. Kelly is a member of the Strategic Capability Network and the HR Advisory Council for the Human Resources Professionals Association. In 2018, Kelly was named on the “HR Hot List” as one of Canada’s top 27 HR professionals shaping the future of HR in HRD magazine. Kelly is passionate about supporting not for profit organizations. In the past, she has actively contributed to the HR Committee of the Board of Directors for Eva’s Initiatives and to the Leadership Committee of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada. Currently she serves as a Board Director and Chair of the HR & Governance Committee for White Ribbon (the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, girls and people of all genders). Kelly is married with two sons and lives in Toronto.