Contact Centre Nova Scotia Board of Directors 2019–2020
Marco Colaiacovo, HGS
Marco has been in the contact center industry for the past 25 years in senior operations and client-facing roles with multiple-site responsibility. Marco began his career with Convergys where he moved from operations to client services overseeing the aggressive expansion into Canada. Marco then moved to Register.com where he oversaw the global corporate division and brought a full spectrum of functionality into one operational site, from sales to account management to back office to invoicing to collections.
In his current role with HGS, Marco has developed and is growing a global Work@Home solution that has enabled HGS to enter global strategic locations otherwise not available in traditional B&M
Shane Maguiness, Group Elite
Shane Maguiness is the Vice President of Sales for Group Elite Communications Inc. and has specialized in workforce optimization technology for more than 15 years. Shane works with contact centres across North America to uncover opportunities to increase sales, improve operational efficiency, and reduce costs through the implementation of solutions and processes. Previously, Shane has spent time as a Supervisor for an Inbound/Outbound Software Sales department and as an agent in an inbound contact centre environment. Shane has been a board member at CCNS since 2010 and participates in other associations across North America.
Lucian Jurko, Xerox
Lucian Jurko is a Global Business Manager with Xerox Canada. He has grown his professional career in the contact centre industry for the past 15 years. From agent through change management, systems and business development to his current role in transforming the global customer service delivery, his focus remains on the customer and employee experience.
Lucian resides in Dartmouth with his wife, where they are active members in their church community.
Anita Swamy, VP Operations
Anita is an Executive with over 19 years of progressive experience in business transformation, operations, complex project management and process optimization. She is consistently recognized as an influential leader who creates high performing teams through establishing a clear vision, collaborative partnerships, and effective communication.
As Vice President of Operations at Medavie Blue Cross, Anita provides strategic leadership and oversight in key functional areas including individual and group administration, claims and contact centre to deliver a superior customer experience as defined by shifting customer demand.
Before joining Medavie Blue Cross, Anita was a Vice President in Customer Experience at Manulife, where she led the transformation of the retail insurance and wealth management Operations and the Canadian Contact Centres. She has also consulted in the Financial Services, technology, utilities and telecommunications space on business transformation, M&A integration and project management.
A graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce she holds the designations of Project Management Professional (PMP) and Project Management Institute’s Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP). She holds Board positions on the Contact Centre Association of Nova Scotia (CCNS) and De-Cell Technologies.
Carla White, Medavie Blue Cross
Carla is an innovative and inspirational Team Leader with Medavie Blue Cross. She started her Contact Centre Career over 20 years ago and has gained a solid background as an established Leader, Coach, and expert Facilitator.
A graduate from St Mary’s University and a degree from the Canadian Society of Training and Development as a Certified training and development Professional, she is driven by passion, customer service excellence and success. Carla has strong competencies in strategic influence, team focus, employee engagement and collaboration and strives to make sure we all have a little fun at work.
Before joining Medavie Blue Cross in 2017, she worked in the financial industry for Scotiabank for over 28 years and held such roles as Assistant Manager, Staff Development Officer, Retail Loans Officer, Mortgage Specialist and Customer Service Officer.
Carla resides in Lawrencetown with her husband Kevin and loves singing in a local rock and blues band called, “Flipside”. Carla has two adult Children, Glenn and Shea-Lynn and 2 fur babies Mickey and Minnie.
Nathan Laird, Program Manager, Halifax Partnership’s Connector
Nathan Laird has an extensive background in the Fortune 500 contact center industry. Nathan began his career in 2004 as an agent with Convergys in Truro, and spent time as a Trainer, Sales Coach, Sales Manager and Operations Manager with the organization.
After moving to Halifax in 2010, Nathan worked with Xerox performing Inside Sales and Account Management, before moving to ADP to work in Business Development and Consulting.
In 2015, Nathan began working in the recruiting industry as a Business Development Manager for Kelly Services and and in 2016 became the Branch Manager for Adecco. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys kayaking, woodworking, and spending time with his 14-year-old son Jaegar.
Wendy Boutilier, BScN, RN, Operations & Clinical Service Manager, 811 EMC-TeleHealth
Wendy is the Manager of Operations and Clinical services with 811 Telecare. She has been with this service for the last 10 years, starting her employment as a Registered Nurse and building on this experience into leadership positions.
Wendy graduated from Dalhousie University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, starting her career at the IWK Health Centre, working with the Medical Surgical Unit, then transitioning to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Wendy join the Telecare 811 service at its inception in 2009, and has been a part of its positive growth ever since. Wendy has since obtained a certificate in Business Management from Dalhousie University.
811 Telecare is intended to promote appropriate access to the right resource in the health system at the right time. The service has many staff in its contact center environment that consists of front line, non-clinical staff members (TeleHealth Associates) who take the calls for a callback by RN if all RNs are currently assisting other callers, Registered Nurses, Care counselors and Clinical Therapists. This is a unique call centre environment, with a hybrid of call centre and an offsite working model.
Jennifer has been in the Contact Centre Industry since 1999. Starting as a salesperson at a BPO company, she quickly transitioned into management learning the importance of training, positive leadership skills, and trusting her instincts.
She made the Web.com family her home in 2008 and has since worked her way up to Director of Sales, Retail Division. Her passion lies in cultivating a creative and positive work environment that promotes excellence through education and professional development.
Jennifer attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland and has pursued additional study in the areas of Finance, Customer Service, and Marketing. Among her numerous professional recognitions, her most coveted is the Innovation Award from the 2015 CCNS Awards Gala.
Dana MacMaster, Project Manager, Staples
Dana MacMaster is currently a Sr Project manager as Staples. She has grown her professional career in the contact center industry for the past 18 years.
Previously Dana spent time as an agent within customer service, a manager, and trainer within this department to her current position. She currently is involved in opportunities to improve the customer and agent experience. Dana has been a board member since 2018.
Dana enjoys playing Soccer, reading, and spending time with her fur babies in her spare time.
Kerem Eyupoglu, Team Manager, Staples Call Centre
Kerem has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majored in Global Business Management. He has over 10 years of work experience as a Team Manager at Staples Call Centre. He was awarded the "Leader of the Year Award" in 2018 at Staples. He was part of implementing a live chat pilot program.
He is a lifelong learner. He is very passionate about professional development. He regularly attends workshops, seminars, and training sessions. Some of them are Developing Your Associates, Conflict Resolution, Practical Coaching, Performance Counseling, Understanding the Differences, Managing Multigenerational Workforce.
Kerem enjoys traveling, playing soccer, cycling, and outdoor activities.