People on the Move: HR expert Caroline-Anne Tylko to join executive team at ADGA Group

Caroline-Anne Tylko
Caroline-Anne Tylko is the vice-president of human resources at ADGA Group.
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Human resources dynamo Caroline-Anne Tylko wasn’t looking to change jobs when a colleague contacted her out of the blue about an executive management position that had opened up, thinking it might be of interest to her. 

She was very happy where she was and with the work that she was doing. She did agree, however, to have a conversation with the hiring company, which led to some initial meetings, which led to her accepting the new role offered to her as vice-president of human resources at ADGA Group.

The Ottawa-based company provides technology solutions in defence, professional services and security. It’s grown to more than 800 employees and independent consultants since Françoise Gagnon became CEO in 2014, taking over the leadership of the company.

“I was really taken by their vision for the business and HR’s role in that vision, and their focus on people and on the overall work experience,” said Tylko, who was formerly with General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada for seven years as director of global total rewards, mobility and systems. 

Tylko has worked in her field for 25-plus years for a range of companies, including Reader’s Digest, IWK Health Centre, Newbridge Networks, Spirent Communications and General Dynamics. She considers herself lucky to have been with some world-class organizations with progressive views toward HR.

The job offer from ADGA came at an interesting point in Tylko’s life. At 58 years old, she had to ask herself whether she was up to switching to one more company.

She was.

“It’s exciting to be making a change at this point in my career,” said Tylko, who’s originally from Montreal, has a degree in communications from Concordia University, and is also fluent in French and Spanish.

“I saw this as an opportunity to bring all the experience that I had gathered over all these years and apply it to a much broader position. It’s about bringing everything I have to the table, to work with a great team in a new environment. 

With a start date of July 5, Tylko says she’s feeling motivated and inspired.

“I want to get in there, I want to learn about the organization, I want to meet people,” she said.

Her passion for human resources is obvious when she speaks about the constantly evolving field. HR appeals to Tylko’s analytical side by requiring her to examine trends, predict future work environments and build a business strategy with executive management. There’s also the satisfaction she gets from influencing people’s progress in their careers through programs, initiatives and policies.

“One of the things that’s very, very important to me as a leader of people is that my primary job is their development and, if I’ve done a good job, they’re going to surpass me, they’re going to achieve way more than I was able to by the end of my career.”

In HR, no two days are the same, she continued. That’s been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has turned the office environment upside down.

“My view is, we’re going to have to be even more agile as HR and as organizations," she said.

In Ottawa, there’s a wonderful community of progressive HR professionals shaping the future of human resources, said Tylko, who has accrued a long list of people whom she respects and admires. 

“There are so many really great people out there,” she stressed. “I am who I am by virtue of having had incredible mentors, incredible colleagues and a network of incredible HR folk. To me, I’m not where I am without all of these people.”

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