Janelle Aaker

Chief Equity and People Officer


As Vancity’s Chief Equity and People Officer, Janelle leads the organization’s Human Resources team, with a focus on its diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism strategies.

Janelle is known as a driving force in creating diversity and equity and has experience with global companies such as Lululemon and Nike. She is highly regarded for her thoughtful and values-driven leadership of human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies and teams. As VP of Global Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff for People & Culture at Lululemon, Janelle led the organization's first global roadmap to advance diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining lululemon in 2015, Janelle spent 9 years at Nike, Inc where she held various roles in HR, including Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, HR Operations and HR Generalist. She also spent 3 years working in Global Sales and Brand Marketing at Nike.