Rachel Sumner is the Chief Executive Officer of TALENT (Ontario Tech Talent Inc.), a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of Ontario Tech University. She leads TALENT’s strategy and its exceptional team to deliver on their vision of a lifetime of meaningful employment for all through the execution of their mission to become Canada’s leading skills intelligence organization. Using skills first workforce transformation TALENT is tackling Canada’s talent shortages and skills gaps head on in partnership with employers in the regulated industries that TALENT serves.
Prior to TALENT, Rachel served as Pearson’s Regional Partnership Director, leading the development of their largest higher education digital-learning initiative focused on workforce development. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West of England in Bristol; a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from The Open University in Milton Keynes where her research focused on Curriculum, Training and the Future of Work. She is a three-time nominee of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award and a Certified Executive Coach and Mentor, with experience supporting both the professional women’s career empowerment organization Lean In Canada, and Futurpreneur Canada.