About Us

Who We Are

Soteria Policy Group Inc. was founded by leaders with significant expertise in the areas of Human Resources, Privacy, Governance, Risk Management and Information Technology. Soteria Policy is a Canadian-based company with operations in London, Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal, serving clients across Canada in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 

In Greek mythology, Soteria was the goddess of safety and preservation from harm. Like our namesake we strive to ensure that your organization is safe from current and potential policy and HR risks.

Our Values

Integrity – Upholding the highest ethical standards, promoting trust and respect

Initiative – Demonstrating passion and engagement, growing a culture of ownership

Innovation – Fostering creativity that challenges constraints and drives progress

Our Focus

Soteria Policy and HR’s purpose is to provide complete policy lifecycle management and Human Resources expertise to organizations without in-house resources or to augment an internal team. We aim to be the partner of choice for driving organizational objectives and mitigating risk.

Our Team

Our associates are highly experienced professionals with expertise in the field of policy and governance. Soteria has a network of policy professionals that span many industries across Canada. Our depth of knowledge and ability to determine direction and strategy for your organization is unmatched through these relationships and our capabilities will give you immediate value and confidence.

With our expertise, and through strategic partnerships, we are also able to offer full human resources consulting services including strategic and operational HR planning, talent management, total rewards and compensation, performance management, labour and employee relations, training and development, as well as payroll outsourcing services.

Soteria Policy and HR can meet the full spectrum of your Policy and HR needs.

our Team

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Laura Di Cesare

CHRE, CCP, CPM

President, Co-Founder 

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Laura Di Cesare is a strategic business leader specializing in human resources management and strategy. Laura’s professional achievements to date demonstrate a recognized ability to design, recommend and implement human resources solutions and initiatives to support her clients’ business goals and priorities. With a depth of experience in strategic planning, organizational design, process transformation and change management, policy, risk and governance, leadership development, employee wellness, benefits and compensation, labour and employee relations, training and development, as well as recruitment and retention, Laura brings a history of providing support, expertise and creative solutions to successful operational transformations.

EXPERTISE

  • More than 25 years of experience in the human resources field, with 15 years as a senior executive
  • Experience working in unionized and non-unionized environments, in both the private and public sectors, with particular emphasis in financial services and healthcare
  • Visionary leader in the development and implementation of business and human resources strategies
  • Skilled labour relations professional with specific experience in collective bargaining, and grievance and mediation procedures
  • Extensive experience in working with Boards of Directors regarding governance and administrative initiatives

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), HRPA
  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), World at Work
  • Certified Payroll Manager, (CPM), Canadian Payroll Association
  • Labour Relations Certificate, Queens IRC
  • Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace, Certificate, Queens University, IRC
  • Fact-Finding and Investigation, Certificate, Queens University, IRC
  • Human Resources Management Certificate, George Brown College
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Nicole Gauthier

MA, CIPP/C

Vice President, Privacy & Risk, Co-Founder

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Nicole Gauthier is a recognized policy expert and privacy professional. With nearly two decades of experience in the areas of policy, privacy, risk and organizational development, Nicole has applied her strong systems thinking and strategic focus to effectively address the unique policy needs of organizations. Nicole has demonstrated success leading large change initiatives to advance organizational vision and priorities and is respected for her commitment to the highest level of collaboration.

EXPERTISE

  • 19 years of health sector experience, including at one of Canada’s largest acute care teaching hospitals and most recently in public health
  • Strategic leader in the development and implementation of policy, with particular focus in the areas of privacy, human resources, occupational health and safety
  • Certified privacy professional with specific experience in privacy training and education, policy development and implementation, privacy impact assessment and controls, complaint and breach investigations
  • Knowledgeable of Canadian privacy laws, principles and practices in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, provincial and territorial levels

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Adult Education Certificate, Ontario Hospital Association
  • Crucial Conversations Trainer Certification, VitalSmarts
  • Master of Arts, Social Psychology, University of Guelph
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Jeff Cameron

MCP, SQL, ITIL

Vice President, Technology, Co-Founder

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Jeff Cameron is an entrepreneur and tech founder who has been involved in the IT industry as a CEO and leader for over 25 years. Jeff has led teams to deliver phenomenal profits, sustainable business growth, and the rapid launch of industry-leading new products, services and sales. He has a solid reputation for delivering high-quality, cost-efficient technological solutions and tools driving business development and drafting profitable IT strategies to support each organization’s unique objectives and goals.

Jeff brings a wealth of information and experience in the area of information technology policy and practices. From systems administration, cyber security, data science, software development, forensics and e-discovery, his rounded and successful career brings a unique and informed perspective to your organization.

EXPERTISE

  • More than 25 years of experience as a senior leader in the information technology field
  • Successful entrepreneur who has built and sold multiple technology services and application development companies
  • Leader in computer forensics and e-discovery who is considered a qualified expert witness for internet and database technologies
  • Expert in Azure-based application development, Microsoft SQL Server and data transformation/management

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • 21 years as a volunteer County Firefighter, including Fire Prevention
  • Owned and Operated London Historical School of Defense (Western Martial Arts)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), SQL Administration
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Gina Roberts

CHRL (Candidate), BA

Vice President, Human Resources

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As a bilingual Human Resources Executive with a generalist and entrepreneurial background, Gina has extensive expertise developing and implementing organizational best practices. Gina focuses on creating environments that support management in defining and successfully implementing change management processes that enhance overall organizational performance. In her consulting work, Gina can be relied on to champion the needs of the employees while serving the best interests of the organization. She has an innate enthusiasm for seizing challenges and driving projects to successful completion.

EXPERTISE

  • Over 25 years’ experience achieving organizational alignment through effective assessment, development, and execution of Human Resources strategies.  
  • With strengths in people strategy, organizational design, benefits and compensation, employee relations, training and development, recruitment and retention.
  • Worked in a wide variety of industries including financial, healthcare, entertainment, travel, legal and not-for-profit sectors. 

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Board Chair, Brain Injury Association of Durham Region (BIAD)
  • Associate of Arts, Business Administration, Cégep du Vieux Montreal
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Claudio Gardonio

CRHA, BA

Senior Consultant

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Claudio Gardonio specializes in executive compensation and is based in Montreal. He designs and implements compensation policies and strategies, strategic organizational guidelines and performance metrics for senior executives.

Recognized for his analytical skills, Claudio has extensive expertise in compensation to assist directors in making critical decisions regarding executive compensation, performance and governance.

Prior to consulting, Claudio worked as an executive compensation consultant for three major compensation firms.

EXPERTISE

  • More than twenty-five years of experience in compensation and human resources management as a consultant or senior executive
  • Trusted advisor to boards of directors and top management of major Canadian corporations
  • Expert in the design and implementation of corporate governance and compensation programs that support the organization's strategy and objectives, as well as the interests of shareholders
  • Public speaker on compensation issues

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Specialized MBA in financial services from ESG UQÀM
  • Member of the Institute of Canadian Bankers
  • CHRP Accredited (Quebec)
  • CEBS Accredited from Dalhousie University
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Réseau ESG UQÀM and Fondation Santé Urbaine
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Jean-François Thibault

CRHA, MBA

Senior Consultant

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Jean-François Thibault is an expert in talent and compensation management and is based in Montreal. He advises HR managers and senior management. His goal: to support stakeholder value through effective HR and compensation practices adapted to business strategies.

Prior to his management consulting role, Jean-François was Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer at Dundee Wealth in Toronto. He also worked as an executive compensation consultant for Towers Perrin and as an HR and compensation consultant for 21st Avenue Partner.

EXPERTISE

  • Eight years of consulting experience assisting clients in the development and implementation of compensation, business and human resources strategies
  • More than 15 years of experience in the human resources field as a senior executive
  • Extensive experience working with SMEs with specific expertise in the financial services sector

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Specialized bachelor's degree in accounting from UQAM University (with honours)
  • M.B.A. from UQAM University (with honours)
  • CHRP Accredited (Quebec)
  • CHRP Accredited (Ontario)
  • Active member of the Development Committee for Women in Governance and actively involved in several environmental, animal welfare and medical causes
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Sarah Pilote-Henry

LL.B, MBA

Senior Consultant

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Sarah specializes in marketing, employer branding, innovative recruitment campaigns and communication. She is based in Montreal. Sarah is known for her creative thinking, her ability to find innovative solutions and her networking and public relations skills.

Prior to consulting, Sarah held senior management positions in marketing and business development in major law firms. She has also worked as a political advisor and press secretary for the Government of Quebec, as well as a lawyer.

EXPERTISE

  • 7 years of marketing, communications and business development strategies in renowned professional services companies
  • Design and implementation of various employer branding and recruitment campaigns and strategies
  • 3 years of communications and political experience combined with legal training

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, AND INVOLVEMENT

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sherbrooke University with specialization in International Management from the Middleburry Institute of International Studies in Monterey
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Montréal
  • Member of the Quebec Bar since February 2008
  • Active member of various committees and boards of directors in the fields of theatre and law (Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, Théâtre Point d'Orgue, Productions Quitte ou Double, Justice Pro Bono), volunteer MC for the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean since 2007, involvement with Women in Governance and active participation in municipal, provincial and federal political campaigns

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