National Director, Leadership & Strategy 

Dr. Jill Birch is a leadership advisor, author and senior executive. She is Founder and CEO of BirchGrove Inc., where she helps organizations develop individual leaders and teams and supports human resource partners to realize their strategic imperatives. She supports Phelps as National Director, Leadership & Strategy. She has been a CEO and member of several C-Suites in the not-for-profit and for profit sectors and worked at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the Schulich School of Business where she launched their in-company leadership practices. Dr. Birch has worked extensively to build employee retention strategies in complex organizations ranging from Atomic Energy of Canada to American Express and the Canadian Art Foundation.

Dr. Birch has deep experience working with educational institutions such as York University, OCAD University and Sheridan College. She’s held senior leadership roles with some of Canada’s most prestigious not-for-profit organizations in retail, broadcasting, publishing and marketing.

Dr. Birch has spoken to 1,000s of leaders around the world. Her presentations reflect the human capital concerns we all have today: to achieve organizational goals through employee engagement, development of innovative strategies, and creation of the right metrics to measure success. 

Jill holds a Doctorate from Griffith University in Australia where she studied relational leadership and a Master’s from OISE/UT where she researched how CEOs learn to lead and how they learn to learn. She is also a Certified Association Executive.