Arielle Meloul-Wechsler

Vice president of human resources
Air Canada

Air Canada has one of the most highly esteemed HR functions in North America, and for good reason – the airline makes a huge effort to ensure that its employees are not only engaged and motivated, but that they take great pride in working for an iconic Canadian brand. Meloul-Wechsler helped develop this mentality through a culture of recognition, empowerment, collaboration and two-way communication.

In fact, in addition to daily and weekly newsletters, a monthly magazine and frequent discussion on Yammer, Air Canada also offers an online forum called Creative Juices that allows employees to suggest ideas on improved customer service, some of which have been implemented organization-wide. Air Canada also places a significant emphasis on philanthropy, and provides extensive support for employees who enjoy volunteering or fundraising in their communities.