Kelly Smyth | HRM CA Hotlist 2014

Kelly Smyth | HRM CA Hotlist 2014

Kelly Smyth | HRM CA Hotlist 2014 Kelly SmithKelly Smyth
Learning and Development Lead


Gone are the days of showing up for a training session to simply check a box on an attendance sheet. Cisco, which topped Aon Hewitt’s best employers list in 2013, is focused on changing the conversation about the value and impact of workplace learning. In December 2014, the organization announced it would be investing up to $4 billion in research and development facilities in Ontario, potentially seeing 1,700 jobs created. Smyth, who joined Cisco last year, is spearheading the company’s move to a blended strategic learning approach that includes experiential and collaborative learning as well as simulation and gaming.

The organization has tailored its leadership and high-potential programs to the individual, with critical input from business leaders. Cisco is also using technology such as collaborative applications to enable our national employee base to learn and share together. Virtual learning can be just as valuable as a classroom situation, with the benefit of less downtime, reduced travel, and the building of stronger relationships across its business.

See who else made it on our Hot List.

Program Manager, Cisco Systems Canada (2013)
  • Photographer, SNAP Newspaper Group Inc. (2009-2011)
  • Human Resources Manager, MTS Allstream (2004-2006)
  • Application Service Provider (ASP) Training Manager, TELUS (1997-2002)
Years of Experience:
  • Girl Guides of Canada 
  • Canadian Society for Training and Development 
  • Canadian Women in Communications
  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Certified Human Resources Professional Certificate, C.H.R.P. (in progress)
  • Ontario Teacher's College Certificate, 2013 in good standings
  • B.Ed., F.S.L., Education, The University of Calgary (1995-1997)
  • Programme Internationale de Français, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1995)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology & French, Brock University (1992-1995)
Current Town Toronto

To read the full feature, click on the following link HRM Online Canada's Hot list of 2014.