Les Dakens has more than 30 years of experience working in human resources, and is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Prior to joining Maple Leaf in 2011, Les was the principal of a human resources consulting firm through which he provided executive-level coaching to human resources leaders of many leading Canadian companies. Previously, he held senior-level human resources roles at various top-tier organizations.

Les currently serves on several boards of directors, including the boards of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the Alzheimer's Society of Toronto, the Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Walden House.

Les holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors' Directors Education Program. He is also the author of two successful business books: Switchpoints, Culture Change on the Fast Track to Business Success and Employee Performance Scorecards.