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Burney Consulting


Sema Burney is a bilingual HR consultant specializing in the areas of diversity, inclusion and leadership development. Born and raised in Quebec, Sema has always had a keen interest in diversity and has witnessed firsthand the changing face of our population. Armed with over 20 years of experience in human resources and accounting, Sema is the founder of Burney Consulting, a boutique-style firm offering training and consulting services to Quebec and Canadian organizations struggling to keep up with these changing demographics.

As a Chartered Accountant and MBA from McGill University, Sema brings instant credibility to her training sessions with her keen business sense and her solid understanding of the bottom line. She has worked for both large multinational companies as well as small privately owned businesses. The largest portion of her professional experience comes from the National Bank, Quebec’s leading financial institution, where she worked for five years in various Human Resources functions including Employment Equity and Diversity, Sourcing and Corporate Recruitment.

Throughout her career, Sema has been renowned for her positive attitude, her energy and her passion for people.  As an experienced corporate trainer and an inspiring speaker, she can relate to employees at all levels within an organization. She prides herself on her ability to combine her knowledge of human resources and finance into HR strategies that bring business results.

Sema is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).


President, Burney Consulting Ltd



  • Bilingual facilitation of over 300 hours of training covering topics of diversity & inclusion, anti-racism, unconscious bias, LGBTQ2+ awareness and bystander training across several industries, such as:

    • Legal Services

    • Financial Services

    • Advertising

    • Arts

    • Government

    • Healthcare

    • Retail

    • Education

    • Transportation

    • Other


  • Conference speaker and moderator for several panels

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Emilie Mauroy-Bressier
Project Coordinator
Karen Diaz, M.ed
Senior Facilitator and IDI Coach
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Laura Nigrelli
Bilingual Facilitator
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Julie Savaria, M.Sc, MBA
Bilingual Facilitator and IDI Coach
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Maher Najari, M.Sc
Bilingual Facilitator and IDI Coach
Stella Riggi, CHRA
Bilingual Facilitator and IDI Coach
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