Vanessa Greco

Rising Stars 2019

HR generalist

Golden Boy Foods

Vanessa Greco started her HR career as a co-op student at Golden Boy Foods and was hired full-time as an HR coordinator after graduation. During her first year, she negotiated a CBA, completed a pay equity plan, navigated a change in ownership, managed implementation of Ontario’s ESA changes, took on difficult leave and WSIB cases, and led health and safety training for all employees, resulting in her swift promotion to HR generalist.

“All this was done with professionalism and at a time when there was a lot of restructuring going on,” says Irene Krupp, Greco’s former supervisor. “It’s not easy finding an outstanding HR newbie who moves into a role and takes it on without a hitch. The plant managers were deferring to her quickly, even when I was there. She hired an HR coordinator this year who now reports to her and is moving into the HR manager role quickly in my absence.”