Deon Blyan (VP, Global Talent Development – Sunwing) [Gathering Podcast ep.1]

October 24, 2022

Deon Blyan, the Vice President of Global Talent Development at Sunwing, joins us in studio for the first episode of ‘Gathering’ – a series for people who bring teams together (which includes an annual conference in April.)

In this episode, you’ll hear how the Deon:

  • Came to work in People/Culture.
  • Brings 20,000 staff of North America’s largest travel group together around common value set and purpose.
  • Is thinking about hybridized workplace culture.
  • Values in-person time with colleagues in order for teams to built rapport and trust.

About Deon:

Driven to help people thrive in dynamic organizational cultures, Deon spent 17 years in corporate retail operations in roles focused within learning, development and people initiatives. After completing his Masters of Arts in Leadership in 2015, Deon aligned his career focus by officially joining the People & Culture side of business through a relocation from Calgary Alberta to Toronto Ontario over 6 years ago.

Now within North America’s largest vertically integrated travel group, Deon oversees a unique portfolio that brings talent acquisition, learning and development, and culture engagement teams under one umbrella within the People & Culture department. With one lens and a global view to a complex and diverse multi-divisional, multi-national company, Deon is responsible for bringing aligned methods of support and a collaborative approach while maintaining divisional uniqueness where necessary while leading global company strategies for diversity, equity & inclusion and violence and harassment prevention and response.