By Drew Railton, CPHR
Drew Railton, CPHR is a managing partner in our Western Canada offices. He has an ongoing interview series in PeopleTalk, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon’s quarterly magazine.
Kim Toews took on her current role as executive vice-president of HR for HSBC Canada in 2017. Prior to this she held a range of roles both in Canada and globally with HSBC. HSBC is the leading international bank in Canada and the only major bank headquartered in BC. Canada is a priority market for HSBC and has been a top contributor to Group profits for many years. In Canada, HSBC has approximately 130 branches and 5,700 employees from coast-to-coast.
Why did you choose HR or how did it choose you?
I didn’t really have a master plan but I did know I wanted to work in a company that offered a lot of career opportunities to keep me challenged and motivated. I was working in a branch moving through a variety of roles with a focus on banking processes and people so I spoke with HR quite a bit. I tripped into the HR field by circumstance as they had an open role in Vancouver and this was where I needed to move to as I was recently engaged to my now husband who lived in Vancouver. I am a big extrovert so seeing the impact this role has on people really drew me to the profession and has kept me engaged ever since.
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