Meet Our Express London Team

  • Christine Menard

    Franchisee and President

    Christine Menard is a Franchise Owner of Express Employment Professionals London and has an ownership stake in several other Express franchises in Ontario, British Columbia, and Minnesota. Christine founded Contact Human Resource Group in 1979 and evolved that business into the first Express Personnel Services franchise in Canada. Chris and her husband spend their free time traveling throughout the US and European countries.

     

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    Michael Elliott

    Franchisee and Operating Partner

    Michael Elliott is a Franchise Owner and Operating Partner for two Express Employment Professionals franchises located in London, ON and Kitchener, ON. Prior to becoming an Express franchisee, Michael held senior management positions with leading foreign currency and international payments companies. Under his leadership, Express London has won multiple awards and has consistently achieved a top performing status among the more than 850 franchises. 
     
    Michael thrives in a collaborative business environment, inspiring team members to achieve greater levels of success, while creating safe and supportive work environment. When not in the office, Michael enjoys the great outdoors with his family, coaching hockey, and getting as many rounds of golf in as possible.

    Contact Michael today and get valuable insights and advice to manage your staff.

     

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    James Norris

    Franchisee and Sales Manager

    James Norris is a Franchise Owner and Sales Manager of the Specialized Recruiting Group and Express Employment Professionals London office. With 12 years of sales experience including five in the staffing industry, James offers a consultative approach to clients and associates, offering advice and recommendations to achieve success. He has won numerous awards for his sales efforts, including top 50 honors with Express out of over 850 offices, for three consecutive years. James has provided sales training to Express colleagues and community partners and has led presentations on sales and business development. He keeps a close eye on the current job market in Southwestern Ontario, providing his clients with the most up to date information to help keep ahead of the competition when attracting and retaining top talent. 

    Outside of the office, James enjoys an active lifestyle, travelling with his wife Tamara, and cheering on the Toronto Raptors. 

    Contact James today to learn more about how we can help elevate your business to new heights.

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    Rachelle Nicholls

    Business Development Specialist

    Rachelle brought her energy and positivity to Express London in 2021, supporting the team as a Business Development Specialist. With 11 years of experience in the staffing industry and an extensive sales background, Rachelle knows that building and maintaining relationships is essential to her role. She regularly offers staffing solutions and helps her clients set up plans for successful employee retention. According to Rachelle, there is no better feeling than the one she gets changing someone's life, by providing them with employment choices. A self-described social butterfly, Rachelle loves spending time with family and friends and meeting new people.

    Contact Rachelle today and invest in your employees for continued business success.

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    Christina Naarden

    Employment Specialist, Office/Administrative Division

    Christina Naarden joined Express Employment Professionals in 2020 as a Recruiter. With over 19 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Christina supports the team as an Office Services Employment Specialist and Social Director, planning many of the team's fun events. Christina's warm and caring manner contributes to her success in building trusting business relationships and is recognized by clients, associates and colleagues alike. She has twice been selected as the internal Employee of the Month, for her strong work ethic, positivity and compassionate treatment of others. In her spare time, Christina likes to diamond paint and spend time with her family. 

    Connect with Christina to find solutions for your office service employment needs now!

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    Christine Sawyer

    Senior Employment Specialist, Industrial/Commercial Division

    Christine Sawyer began her career at Express London in 1998 and has been working as an Employment Specialist for the Light Industrial Services team for over 20 years. She brings to the office her friendly demeanor and extensive recruitment training and experience, complete with a diploma in Human Resources from Seneca College. Christine's main reason for coming into work each day is her passion for changing people's lives for the better. Outside the office, she is a closet America Idol contender, singing karaoke with friends whenever possible. She is also a keen golfer and enjoys travelling and watching true crime shows on Netflix.

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    Stephanie Brockett

    Office Manager, Skilled Trades, Light Industrial and Office Services divisions

    Although Stephanie's Express Employment Professionals journey only began in late 2020, she has worked in the staffing industry for over 15 years. Stephanie previously held positions such as Light Industrial Employment Specialist, Certified Health and Safety Representative, Front Office Support and was a dedicated company trainer for newly hired Employment Specialists across Southwestern Ontario. Stephanie now successfully manages the Skilled Trades, Light Industrial and Office Services teams and is known for her compassionate and considerate treatment of associates and clients alike. A lover of animals and nature, Stephanie enjoys travelling with friends and family and exploring her creative side with crafting projects. 

    Connect with Stephanie today to find solutions to your employment needs!

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    Sarah Smith

    Employment Specialist, Skilled Trades

    Sarah Smith joined the Express London team in 2022, as Employment Specialist, Skilled Trades. A former Engineering Technologist, Sarah has a strong understanding of the Skilled Trades job market and the needs of her clients and associates alike. In her current role, Sarah recruits and fills roles for forklift operators, welders, brake press operators and skilled assemblers, among others. She is passionate about helping others succeed and knows the value of hard work and preparation to meet her goals.

    Outside of the office, Sarah shines both as an athlete and mother - playing soccer and hockey and both coaching and training her children's soccer and ringette teams. She is passionate about spending time with her family and also enjoys a good book when time allows.

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    Ashley Funke

    Employment Specialist, Industrial/Commercial Division

    Ashley Funke became part of the Express London team in 2021, when she joined the Light Industrial Division as an Employment Specialist. With an educational background in Psychology and Social Service Work, Ashley is a strong communicator, experienced in assessing a client's situation to determine their needs and goals. It is no surprise that she is passionate about community involvement and is keen on helping others improve their quality of life in the London area. Outside of the office, Ashley is a skilled boxer, adventurous cook, plays the cello and plays with her dog, Chevy.

    Contact Ashley to get access to a network of qualified associates for your light industrial employment needs now!

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    Jasmine Beamish

    Recruitment Specialist, Industrial/Commercial Division

    Jasmine Beamish started at Express London in 2022, as a Recruitment Specialist for the Light Industrial Division. She is a valued member of the team, using a kind and inclusive approach with candidates, when making initial assessments for job suitability. Jasmine supports the Light Industrial Division, by screening and selecting candidates for general labour and production jobs. She is skilled at recognizing and connecting talent with the right employment opportunities.

    A lover of the creative arts, Jasmine always has several craft projects on the go at home. She is a talented vocalist and musician, playing several instruments and singing at select venues upon request. She is also a fan of geocaching, playing board games and baking.

    Contact Jasmine now and get started on your employment journey with Express!

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    Sarah Zaheer, CHRP

    Professional Recruiter, Specialized Recruiting Group

    A certified Human Resources professional, Sarah Zaheer has been with the Specialized Recruiting Group division of Express Employment Professionals since 2017, working as a Professional Recruiter. She specializes in matching candidates to direct hire and long-term contract roles for Finance/Accounting, Human Resources, senior Sales/Marketing and Information Technology (IT) positions. Sarah's passion for building relationships and improving the lives of others is key to her success. For the past five years, she has consistently been in the Top 50 list for direct hire recruiters at Express Employment Professionals, selected from over 840 Express offices. In 2020 and 2021, she made the top ten list for direct hire recruiters and also won third place for the Accounting Gross Margin Award in the 2021 Sales Summit. Outside of the office, Sarah is a busy mom of three kids and enjoys cooking and travelling with her family.

    Connect with Sarah today today to find the next leader in your business!

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    Maggie Gram

    Professional Recruiter, Specialized Recruiting Group

    Maggie Gram became part of the Express London team as a Professional Recruiter for the Specialized Recruiting Group division in 2020. Her background in human resources and corporate training equips Maggie with the skills and knowledge to recruit and prepare suitable candidates for mid-senior level roles in the niche industries of Skilled Trades and Manufacturing Leadership. Maggie is passionate about treating all her clients and candidates with honesty and integrity. These business practices have allowed Maggie to build an outstanding network, resulting in Maggie being named the #5 Express Recruiter for Direct Hires in 2021 across over 850 locations in North America.

    Maggie is a huge music enthusiast, attending concerts and listening a variety of musical genres whenever she can. She also enjoys reading, writing, boating, hiking and playing video games in her spare time.

    Contact Maggie today to help increase your company's productivity by filling those gaps in your business. 

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    Andressa Franceschett

    Professional Recruiter, Specialized Recruiting Group

    Andressa Franceschett joined Express Employment Services in 2022, as a Professional Recruiter in the Specialized Recruiting Group division. Her recruiting experience began in 2013, when she was responsible for hiring, training and onboarding employees at Coca-Cola in Brazil and continued in St. Catharines ON at a leading venue management company, where she managed a team of over 250 employees. At Express London, Andressa connects with candidates to fill mid-senior level positions in Marketing and Sales and Construction and Engineering. She is passionate about learning - everything from making home-made vinegar to photography. A Culinary Management program graduate, Andressa is a skilled cook and baker, making nutritious meals from scratch. She also loves to read, travel and play with her puppy, Chase.

    Contact Andressa now and take the next step in your career.

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    Andrew English

    Professional Recruitment Specialist, Specialized Recruiting Services

    A former university lecturer in Sociology, Andrew English came to the Express London team in 2022. His start in the recruiting industry dates back to his undergraduate days, when he spent a summer working for Investors' Group. Andrew continued to recruit, hire and train new education consultants as a Quality Control Moderator at OneClass post-graduation. As a Professional Recruitment Specialist, Andrew proactively searches for candidates, internally and externally, manages job postings and mines data, using market insights to identify potential candidates. He is passionate about helping others and supports Maggie Gram with recruiting licensed tradespeople, skilled laborers, and candidates in manufacturing logistics, production leadership and construction. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys golfing, playing with his three kids and travelling.

    Connect with Andrew now to move ahead with your career goals!

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    Kaylea Fearnley

    Retention Specialist

    Kaylea Fearnley joined Express in 2022, as Retention Specialist, and has a strong background in customer service and in the hospitality industry. Among her many talents, she is a trained hairstylist, who understands how to engage with people, assess their needs and give them an unparalleled experience. Her patience and strong worth ethic stem from her passion for family - Kaylea knows you need both of these traits to forge strong connections with others. As Retention Specialist, she is the unique position to ensure the welfare and continued engagement of our associates, and she approaches every day with positivity and optimism. 

    In her spare time, Kaylea loves spending time outdoors with her family, going to the cottage and making one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes for her family. She loves themed parties and strongly believes Halloween should be a holiday!

    Contact Kaylea with any questions or concerns you may have about job placements!




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    Beverly Unger

    Director of First Impressions, Front Office Coordinator

    Beverly Unger began with Express Employments professionals in 2004, as a contract Front Office Coordinator in the St. Thomas office. She was hired as a full-time Front Office Coordinator at Express London a few years, where she assists clients and associates on incoming calls and inquiries, produces records of employment, distributes invoices among her administrative duties. A former event caterer, Beverly loves baking, pickling and gardening in her spare time. Beverly is passionate about her family and enjoys spending time with her husband, David, her four grandchildren, and her two children and their spouses.

    Connect with Beverly and get your general Express questions answered now!

     

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    Sonia Hota

    Digital Marketing Specialist

    Sonia Hota joined Express Employment Professionals in 2022 as the Digital Marketing Specialist. With a strong background in marketing, communications, research and customer service, Sonia supports the team by promoting jobs, candidates, team and community events and initiatives and building relationships online. She recognizes the importance of connecting with the Express London community virtually, in a transparent, approachable and caring manner. A certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, Sonia is passionate about the well-being of others and this is reflected in all her interactions with clients, associates and team members in the digital environment. When not at work, Sonia can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book, or spending time with friends and family.

    Contact Sonia to see how you can work with Express to form strong digital partnerships and expand your online presence!

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    Kelly Spehar

    After Hours Customer Service Coordinator

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