Les P. Dakens
Les P. Dakens
Partner and Managing Director
Les Dakens is widely recognized for his leadership in developing best practices as one of North America’s top human resources professionals. After more than thirty years working in human resources for top-tier companies, Les began his own next season in 2016 when he partnered with Dr. Leslie Braksick and Mark Linsz to launch MyNextSeason Canada, where he serves as Managing Director and Partner. In his role Les positively impacts the lives of transitioning executives, the companies they have served, and the communities in which they live.
Before joining MyNextSeason Canada, Les was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Prior to that he held the executive position of Senior Vice President, People with Canadian National Railway (CN), which he joined in 2001. Earlier in his career he worked at Cadbury Beverages and as the North American Vice President of Human Resources at H.J. Heinz Company.
At the 2016 Canadian HR Awards, Les received the SAP Successfactors Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry. His expertise is showcased in his three successful business books: SwitchPoints: Culture Change on the Fast Track to Business Success; Employee Performance Scorecards: Creating a Win-Win Formula for Your Organization; and The Real Deal on People: Straight Talk on How the CHRO Creates Business Value. Les serves as a Board Director with Equitable Life of Canada, Axiom Audio, Walden House, the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and the Human Resources Professional Association.