Diana Elder is executive director of human resources at the University Health Network in Toronto. The University Health Network (UHN) is the largest healthcare organization in Ontario and is made up of the Toronto General Hospital, the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The organization has more than 15,000 employees, with four research institutes made up of over 3,500 researchers and scientist. In her capacity as executive director, Diana leads a team of employee relations and labour relations generalist and is responsible for talent acquisition, volunteer resources, payroll and HR administration. Diana recently returned to the UHN after spending four years with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton as their chief human resources officer where she successfully implemented a people strategy, championing employee engagement and wellness programs, that enabled the hospital to be ranked among Canada’s 100 Top Employers for the final three years of her term.
Diana has been a human resources professional for more than 25 years. Her experience runs the gamut of HR disciplines, including benefits and pension administration, compensation, recruitment, labour and employee relations, organizational and leadership development, and training. Diana has worked in the financial, information technology, and healthcare sectors.
Diana holds a BA in sociology from York University, an MIR from Queen’s University and an MBA from Royal Roads University.