About Debby

Debby Carreau, CEO and Founder



“When I started Inspired HR in 2007 it was all about taking a fresh approach to human resources. Through my years as a business owner and as a vice president of human resources in large corporations, I knew that people issues were often what kept leaders up at night and yet most organizations don’t do a great job of managing their HR programs and practices. My unwavering belief is people are the key differentiator in business performance and in order to perform they must be engaged and productive. Over the years HR has gotten a bad rap for being inefficient, expensive and all too often ineffective. We have taken a different approach by focusing on driving business performance through supporting the business, not getting in the way.” –Debby

Debby Carreau is a proven leader helping businesses become inspired workplaces. She is highly regarded globally as a human capital thought leader. In 2007 she founded Inspired HR, which has been recognized as Canada’s Top HR Consultancy.

Debby is proud to be one of Canada’s TOP 25 HR Leaders. She is often asked to speak and write about workplace issues and developing talent for organizations. Debby is a highly sought after speaker presenting on topics such as workplace trends, optimizing human capital, women in the workplace, board governance and the importance of diversity.

Debby is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine and the popular TV show The Social. Other recent media coverage includes: CNBC, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, INC. magazine, Fortune, BBC and many others. Her focus is on women in the workplace and optimizing workplace effectiveness. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a CPHR designation.

Debby was recently honoured for a fourth consecutive year as one of Women’s Executive Network’s, Canada’s Most Powerful Women, marking Debby’s induction into Canada’s Top 100 Hall of Fame as the youngest inductee in history.

Debby is a premier partner with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation and sits on numerous boards including Young Presidents Organization, Elevation Group, and Women’s Executive Network Advisory board.

Find out more about Debby on her personal website.