Canadian HR Awards Judge Talene Palvetzian

Talene Palvetzian
Corporate Manager, Strategic Employment Programs

Ontario Public Service


Talene Palvetzian leads workplace renewal initiatives to attract, develop and retain youth and new professionals to the Ontario Public Service. She has held roles with increasing responsibilities since joining the Ontario Public Service in 2006.


Recent achievements:

  • Oversaw internal and external teams to deliver 30+ leadership initiatives for pre-managers through to Deputy Minister’s government-wide building modern public service leadership capacity
  • Oversaw the design, development and delivery of accelerated corporate leadership development programming to assess and develop talent for leadership succession
  • In 2016-17, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) received an impressive 90% overall quality satisfaction rating and Advancing into Management (AIM) received 85%
  • Designed the first outcome-focused government-wide talent management strategy (2014-16) building OPS human capital capacity, culture, and connections
  • Led the evaluation and renewal of government-wide strategic employment programs to attract, develop and retain post-secondary graduates and internationally-trained professionals to the Ontario Public Service
  • Oversaw three research studies to explore systemic barriers to employment for racialized and Indigenous youth and persons with disabilities
  • Led the continuous development of the OPS Learn and Work Co-op Program to increase high-school graduation rates among Priority Youth
  • Led the evaluation and renewal of the OPS Executive Fellowships Program, improving business relevance and experiential opportunities for executive development


Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Talene consulted at the national and international level for the National Judicial Institute, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Universalia Management Group.


Talene is active in local capacity building initiatives. She is an Advisory Council member for the Ted Rogers School of Business Management, the Chair of a School Advisory Council (TDSB), a founding team member of the Amethyst Award-winning employee network ‘Women in Government’, and a member of the CivicAction Emerging Leaders Network (ELN).


Talene is a trusted advisor, skilled facilitator, mentor, and coach. She holds a MA in Education from McGill University and a combined honours bachelor degree from Western University where she was awarded the Gold Medal for top academic standing.

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