MEET EVALEEN JAAGER ROY BBA, MBA, LLD (Hons)
Evaleen Jaager Roy advises CEOs and organizations on strategy and leadership. Her clients include some of the most successful companies and non-profits in technology, architecture, medical research, impact investment and sustainability. Prior to starting her own company she served as Vice President of Human Resources for Electronic Arts – leading the function in its high growth years in Canada, across Europe and for a global division. She also held director level roles in the energy and US auto sectors. She brings over 25 years of experience gained in multiple industries and geographies to her consulting work.
Evaleen is an active Board member, serving on both the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Banff Centre Boards – the latter being the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator. She was elected Chair of the Board at Emily Carr University of Art + Design for five years and also served as Chair of the Board at Simon Fraser University, the first alumnus to do so. She is also on the board of Curatio, named one of Canada’s hottest tech start ups in 2015. In 2016, Evaleen was asked to Co-Chair Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Advisory Council – co-chairing a group of top tech and innovation leaders who are helping to guide and shape the University’s innovation agenda.
She is recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus from Simon Fraser University, is a Vancouver Influential Business Woman Award winner as well as recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Evaleen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA (Hons) from Simon Fraser. In 2015, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University.
In 2016, Evaleen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa) from Simon Fraser University, her alma mater, for contributions to the community. The convocation ceremony and her address can be viewed here.
I started my own company in 2010, leveraging the global, diverse experience gained at the executive level at Electronic Arts. There I built and led top performing HR teams during the high growth years in Canada, US and Europe, helping EA to execute its growth and business goals. I also acted as coach and advisor to top executives in line roles across the world and mentored young talent as they grew their careers. I am now proud to work with a roster of top clients in sectors ranging from architecture and technology to medical research and mission driven investing.
I work closely with CEOs and top executives to achieve business results through people – this includes executive recruitment, top team alignment for high performance results, coaching, organizational restructuring, team building, and business expansion. I collaborate closely with my business partner Patricia York of York HR Solutions and with Carol Robinson at Harbour West Consulting, and we have quickly built a robust and growing business, based solely on referral – a testimony to our delivery of business results. We love what we do and we are privileged to work with amazing and successful clients.
- CEO and Executive Coaching
- Executive Recruitment
- Succession Planning
- Top Team Alignment and Building
- Vision and Strategy
- Leader Development
- Talent Management
- Organizational Structure
My love of governance and board work that impacts the community, began at an early age when I was elected as a student rep to the Simon Fraser University board back in my undergrad years.
Fifteen years later, I was back – this time as Chair of the Simon Fraser University Board (elected as Chair before the age of 40, the first alumnus to be elected to this role). During my tenure as Chair, the University established the Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver and laid out the plans for the exciting UniverCity development on campus. Simon Fraser University is still ranked as Canada’s #1 Comprehensive University. I was later elected to lead the Emily Carr University of Art + Design Board of Governors as Chair for a period of five historic years – 2010 to 2015 – culminating in our successful project to build an iconic new campus at Great Northern Way, which will open in 2017. I have also served on the board of the YWCA in Vancouver and the board of BC Lotteries.
In 2010, I wrote Four Chefs One Garden – a lush, colorful book about Vancouver cooking and gardening – featuring my chef friends Umberto Menghi, Michel Jacob of Le Crocodile, Tojo, and Vikram Vij.
The book sold really well at over 50 BC retailers and won the Surrey Writer’s Festival 2011 Griffin Prize. Umberto and I were guests on Fanny Keifer’s show, and Vikram and I guests on Urban Rush. I also received wonderful coverage from Global TV and CBC’s North by Northwest radio show and it was great fun to work with the amazing chefs. Remarkably, the book is still selling and I have treasured the reader and reviewer feedback – there are a lot of passionate cooks and gardeners out there! Through book sales, we made a sizable donation to the YWCA’s Crabtree Corner, which helps to feed Downtown Eastside kids and families.
A second creative project – this time a novel set in the seaside lanes of West Vancouver as well as the sunlit medieval towers of Estonia – is currently under development. For me, writing enables full creative expression and is a wonderful counterpoint to the boardroom and business table that I also love.
Evaleen brings a wealth of international executive experience. She is a valuable CEO coach and advisor. At Kasian, she has helped me restructure the top team in alignment with business priorities, and worked with me to enhance accountability and leadership team performance. She is unique in being able to easily deliver both strategic thinking and vision, but also delves into the details to help execute. She is also using her broad international HR experience to coach and guide our HR function.
President, Kasian Architechture, Interior Design and Planning Ltd
Evaleen brings a sophisticated expertise to her assignments. She has an ability to grasp issues from the client’s perspective and to work collaboratively on both strategy and execution. Her extensive background in working at the executive level with global organizations in different business lines allows her to bring a comprehensive solutions based approach to almost any type of challenge or opportunity facing an organization.
CEO. Mobile Inc, and Past CEO, Calgary Health Region, Former Deputy Minister, Government of Alberta
Evaleen provided expertise, energy, creativity and vision to our project on refocusing the role, strategy and structure of our Board of Advisors at University of Victoria. She quickly identified the issues and helped clarify what needed to be addressed. She worked collaboratively with us and the team to develop a practical plan and recommendations. We were able to implement the recommendations and move forward with the plan. She brought great insights, innovation and knowledge from her extensive experience. Additionally, she was a pleasure to work with.
Dr. ALI DASTMALCHIAN
Dean, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Former Dean, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
Evaleen is one of the best consultants I have worked with. She has been enormously helpful to the leadership team and all of the staff at MSFHR. Her broad business experience, depth of knowledge and strategic approach has been instrumental to our transformation into a high performing organization.
Former President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Evaleen is a creative, determined and accomplished person. My experience with her spans some 30 years, from Simon Fraser University to her present consulting business.
JOSEPH SEGAL C.M., O.B.C., C.B.H.F., O.ST.J., LL.D. (HON)
President & CEO of Kingswood Capital Corp.
Evaleen has been instrumental in helping us grow and develop the Renewal Funds team by leading effective sessions that have helped the team get clear on goals, strategies and better team communication. She is also a pleasure to work with and very effective as a 1:1 CEO Coach. I would highly recommend her.
CEO of Renewal Funds
For more information about my strategic consulting services and governance work, or if you are interested in collaborating with me on future projects, please contact me on:firstname.lastname@example.org