Linda Ward O'Farrell, CHRP, SCERP

Linda Ward O'Farrell - Ward O'Farrell Consultants Inc.Linda Ward O'Farrell has over 20 years experience analyzing, designing and implementing relocation policies. Prior to launching this consulting firm, Linda was Director Human Resources Services for Canadian Pacific Railway. She managed one of the largest group moves in Canada, designed its comprehensive cross-border relocation policy, and effected changes to the relocation policy, enhancing value to employees while reducing costs. She has published many articles on mobility issues and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and seminars.

Linda is fluently bilingual and has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations from Université Laval. Linda is an active member of CERC (Canadian Employee Relocation Council), has served on the Board of Directors in a variety of positions, including as Chairperson. Linda received the CERP professional designation from CERC and was awarded the CERC President's Award in 2005 for her outstanding contribution to the relocation industry. She is also a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec) and holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

John O'Brien

John O'Brien - Ward O'Farrell Consultants Inc.As Managing Partner with Ward O'Farrell Consultants Inc. since 2004, John O'Brien has conducted policy benchmarking studies, written and managed Request for Proposals processes for corporations, assisting clients in sourcing both relocation policy and moving service providers. John has over 20 years experience within the transportation industry, including operations management, client relations, training & development, quality improvement, government relations, and sales & account development. Prior to joining Ward O'Farrell Consultants, John was on the executive team as Vice President of two Van Lines in Canada. John has held strategic positions with several moving companies and contributed to the success of three of the four major Van Lines servicing North America.

His depth of expertise and proven ability to champion strategic initiatives has resulted in significantly reducing moving costs for corporations, increasing the efficiency of critical processes, and enhancing the value of clients' alliances with suppliers. John holds an Accounting and Financial Management Diploma from Centennial College, has written articles on relocation policy and moving issues, and has been actively involved in several industry associations.