ACSESS Champion Program
Promoting inspiring stories of success from our over 1000 members
The ACSESS Champion program promotes inspiring stories of success from our over 1,000 members in the Canadian staffing industry. Our members offer their candidates more than a job. Every year our members change lives by opening doors for Canadians looking for employment to help them reach their goals, support their families and build an exciting future.
ACSESS CHAMPION: ADECCO Canada
It took a leap of faith for Gilbert Boileau, President of Adecco Canada, to swing open the doors of his office for a month.
That’s exactly what he did. In June, Gilbert invited Alana Couvrette, (pictured above with Gilbert) a 22-year-old student studying public administration and political science at the University of Ottawa, to job shadow him, as part of his company’s CEO for One Month program. As part of the process, she would also share her journey along the way on social media.
Boileau is big believer in giving everyone at all levels a chance to excel but had some reservations. “I questioned how it would come together, yet was intrigued to see the outcome. I would need to allow someone in ‘my bubble,’” explains Gilbert, “but for the program to work effectively, Alana needed to be able to shadow me as I carried out my day. Her job shadowing covered everything, including confidential meetings with other colleagues, events and client meetings. You name it. In the end it was a huge success and I would sincerely recommend it to any CEO.”
This experience was also enlightening for Gilbert. “It was so interesting to share my experience with a young person and fascinating to see things through Alana’s eyes. It forces you to think about things you haven’t considered in years. She is impressive on so many levels. Her energy and enthusiasm was felt by the many teams. Armed with her political background, she was inquisitive, probing and asked me some tough questions. I had to explain so many things to Alana because she has very little background in our industry. It made me reflect on the way I do things...”
Alana was chosen from more than 2,300 applicants to become Adecco Canada’s first ever CEO for One Month, a global program that is part of the company’s Way To Work initiative. Gilbert’s passion for the program and willingness to participate sparked after hearing the global CEO for One Month speak at an international company conference.
“This program is positioning us as an industry leader in attracting the next generation of leaders with our flexible, open and inclusive work environment,” says Christine Marinho, Adecco Canada’s Director of Marketing for The Adecco Group in Canada. “The Millennials represent 37 per cent of the Canadian workforce with 28 per cent of them in managerial roles. The Baby Boom generation is transitioning out of the workforce and we want to foster a supportive environment where we develop leadership talents, encourage the sharing of ideas and provide mentorship at all levels. Our CEO for One Month program allows us to ‘walk the walk’ and provide access to one exceptional leader who will share their experience in real-time with employees and potential candidates via social media.”
What was it like for Alana to be given this extraordinary opportunity?
“It was overwhelming and inspiring in every possible way. I never realized you could get so much done with so little sleep,” she says jokingly. “Yet, I would wake up every morning, excited to be able to do it all again. I had no idea what a CEO does and I wasn’t very familiar with the staffing and employment industry. I’ve had a total of five jobs in my life and now I was working with the CEO.” Watch one of Alana’s Day in the Life video updates.
She and Gilbert instantly clicked. “He treated me as an equal, as we leapt head first into his jam-packed schedule, where we met with amazing Adecco clients, discussed their needs and worked with employees from every function across the organization. Everyone was so committed and excited.”
Alana found Adecco employees to be very special. “They are ‘people’, people, so warm and welcoming. I really enjoyed travelling to meet with clients at their offices and learning about the services Adecco offers. I saw firsthand how fascinating the staffing industry is and how much Adecco cares for its clients and candidates. There are so many myths about the industry. I was in so many meetings about placing candidates and I saw how hard they work to get candidates the best benefits and compensation.”
Some of Gilbert and Alana’s favourite moments were driving to client meetings together and discussing industry issues. It’s where they discovered how the generational divide sparks great debate and fosters understanding. “Both Gilbert and I like to be challenged, to be proven wrong and be shown the faults in our reasoning,” says Alana. “It made for many lively conversations between the two of us. He has a fascinating background and it’s rare for me to have the full attention of someone with his experience. I think we pushed each other to see the world from each other’s eyes.” Alana shares her thoughts on how Millennials and Baby Boomers can help each other enhance their leadership skills in this blog post
Adds Gilbert: “I enjoyed our debates. I think it’s so important for Alana to not only challenge me, but everyone she is working with. There were some interesting debates and I am glad I created a haven for her to share her insights, which was eye opening for us both. This program is meant to benefit Alana but I learned so much as well. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to have someone sitting beside you and observing how you work. She helped me see myself in a different angle, from the viewpoint of someone looking from the outside in.”
What’s next for Alana now that’s she’s helped lead the Canadian group of a multi-million dollar organization for one month? She is being considered along with 48 finalists from around the world for the honour of acting as Adecco’s Global CEO for One Month, shadowing Alain Dehaze, The Adecco Group’s Global CEO. The Global CEO for One Month selected will also receive a salary of 15,000 Euros. You can help Alana achieve her dream of becoming Adecco’s global CEO FOR ONE MONTH. Anyone can rate the candidates. Visit here and scroll to the bottom to choose your top ten candidates. It just takes a moment.
“I am so proud of Alana,” says Gilbert. “She was thrown in the water and swam so impressively. She had more of a theoretical view of the business world and she was able to see it in practice. It was amazing how poised she was considering everything she went through, meeting so many different stakeholders and engaging in real world discussions. To be able to work with the CEO at a macro level, at her age, is remarkable.”
Marley Filiptseva – ACSESS Champion
Havana, Karli Timpano (left), Marley Filiptseva and Devon.
Marley Filiptseva (in photo at right) has two passions: human resources (HR) and horses. She wants to succeed in HR shared services and dreams of representing Canada at global equestrian competitions. Until six months ago, both these goals sadly seemed beyond her reach. Her fate turned when she contacted Karli Timpano, Talent Placement Specialist, Skilled Trades/Automation/Sales Recruiter, at Manpower Canada (pictured above left).
Watch video of Marley and Karli telling their story.
“My family and I decided we would stay at our Alliston farm long term and build an indoor horse-back-riding facility so I could train in all weather,” Marley explained. “Nothing too large, just enough for myself and my horses,” she added.
As an avid competitive dressage rider for more than 25 years, this was going to be Marley’s dream come true. Unfortunately, the couple faced so many stumbling blocks. “The bank felt that the investment was too high for our current combined income,” said Marley. “After a few calculations, they said we needed to earn a higher level income to qualify comfortably.” This news came on the heels of a candid discussion Marley had with her boss. He had bluntly told her there were no growth opportunities for her.
She had to look elsewhere. This was a challenge because her rural community had few opportunities in her field. “Believing my equestrian dream wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, we put plans aside,” she explained. “I couldn’t have been more disappointed. I have a loving family who fully support my dreams but finances stood in our way.”
In frustration, she reached out to Karli, a long-time client who had always helped her find great candidates. Karli was incredibly supportive. A week and a half later, she told Marley that Glueckler Metal Inc. (GMI), a Canadian turned parts supplier, had an opening for an HR manager. Within three weeks, Marley moved to a challenging new position in a leadership role working with Warren Collier, Operations Manager who is delighted to have Marley as part of his team and is excited to provide the growth opportunities she needs with GMI. “When I met Marley, I instantly knew she was the perfect fit for us. She’s extremely bright, such a great communicator and so sharp when it comes to determining our needs.” Not only has this new position created the professional challenges Marley was seeking but it’s also provided an enhance compensation package that will support her equestrian dreams!
“I cannot thank Karli and Manpower Canada enough for making this happen. Karli was an absolute joy. She took time to get to know what I wanted and believed I had potential to be more,” explains Marley. “Some things in life are meant to be. You just have to connect with the right people, like Karli, to make it happen. Not only do I now have a rewarding career with abundant opportunity for growth and development, I’m also able to realize my dream of developing my own dressage facility. To have both my professional and personal goals met in such a short time is phenomenal gift.”
Adds Karli: “When I called to offer Marley her job at GMI, I almost started to cry. She told me, ‘You don’t understand how much this has changed my life.’ Marley was so anxious to move her career forward. She is so talented and would be an asset to any organization. We are delighted we could help her move her life in a new direction and we’ll cheer her on as she competes at the highest level in her HR career and on her horses.”
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