Kirsi Maharaj

Rising Stars 2019

Talent and culture coordinator

Invest Ottawa

As a commerce student at the University of Ottawa, Kirsi Maharaj won the Telfer Internal Case Competition in Human Resources and completed a successful stint as co-op student with the federal government, where she was asked to stay on and extend her work term throughout the school year on a part-time basis. After graduation, she joined global IT professional services firm Pythian, where she took the initiative to condense the company’s onboarding process and reinvent it to benefit Pythian’s active student base. She coordinated welcome lunches, highlighted students through social media, conducted exit interviews and check-ins throughout their terms, and added a farewell lunch to the program.

Within her first six months of joining Invest Ottawa as an HR coordinator, Maharaj was promoted to a talent and culture coordinator. She has helped the HR team roll out KPIs, launch a new HRIS and implement an applicant talent system and performance management program. She also leads Invest Ottawa’s balanced teams committee and building reconfiguration taskforce, and was recently promoted to employee co-chair for its joint health and safety team.