Avery Francis, Head of talent, League

Avery Francis of League is part of Human Resources Director Canada's Hot List 2018

Hot List 2018

Head of talent

Always looking to what’s next, Avery Francis works with leading startups to navigate the world of talent, drive diversity initiatives and develop a creative culture.

Francis is passionate about building inclusive work environments and often speaks at industry events. Her 30 speaking engagements over the past year included a talk at the DisruptHR conference, where she shared her experience with sexual harassment in the workplace. “Although it was difficult, it was an important step in my journey to recovery,” she says. “The amount of support I received that evening was overwhelming and so moving … I’m hoping that by sharing my experience, it will encourage other people to do the same.”

Francis believes it’s imperative for leading talent professionals at all levels to embrace the challenging landscape in HR today, lean into difficult and complicated conversations, and strive to do better by the constantly growing and evolving workforce. Not surprisingly, given that her company specializes in insurance and health benefits, a major focus for Francis in 2018 is a new initiative called Jumpstart, which will offer wellness programs for employers to help keep their employees active and healthy.