Sara Maenhaut

Principal Consultant, North Star HR Solutions

Offering over 20 years experience in Human Resources Management and almost 10 years in consulting, I’ve worked in many industries including Financial, Professional Services, High Tech, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Employment Services.  I have experience in both small industry and large international matrix environments. My clients range from HVAC Contractors, Not-for-Profit, Retail, and Private Education, to Property Management, IT Managed Services, and Manufacturing.

I have a reputation for my ability to link business strategy to human resources requirements. I consider myself a sound project manager with strengths in employee relations, performance management, talent mapping, succession planning, compliance, employee engagement and development, and compensation.

My achievements include:

  • Coaching managers and senior leaders through sensitive employee relations issues including sexual harassment and performance improvement
  • Assisting clients through Ministry of Labour audits and Human Rights claims
  • Performing Workplace Investigations
  • Developing and facilitating training programs including Performance Management, Employment Standards Basics, Violence and Harassment in the Workplace, Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Creating compensation structures and bonus programs
  • Developing and implementing Pay Equity and Employment Equity programs
  • Implementing full health and safety policies and programs
  • Keynote speaker at Association events and client General Meetings

I hold an Honours BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources from the University of Waterloo and have successfully completed the post-diploma Human Resources Certificate program at Sheridan College. I’ve earned my Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designations, and am a Certified Personal Profile Analyst (PPA) through Thomas International Inc. I am a proud member of the Peel Chapter, HRPA having sat on their Board of Directors for 5 years.  I currently volunteer for Springboard, a not-for-profit organization that builds stronger communities by helping at risk and vulnerable youth and adults through critical transitions in their lives with a focus on community justice, employment and developmental disability services.

When not working, I enjoy cottaging with my family and sipping wine with good friends.

Sara can be reached by email at

Sara Maenhaut