Education

• Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation - Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA)
• Certified Facilitator of Voices ® 360 Assessments and Feedback - Lominger International
• Bachelor of Commerce degree – University of Alberta

Experience

Vista HR Associates Ltd.

June 2012 – Owner
Provide a broad range of strategic Human Resources support to employers in private sector, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Services include:

  • Strategic Human Resources planning
  • Organizational and job design
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Recruitment advice and support for a variety of roles including executive, management, trades, technical and administrative roles
  • Design and implementation of on-boarding and orientation programs
  • Competency-based 360° feedback and development plans for individuals, managers and executives
  • Employee development and training
  • Performance management advice
  • Collective agreement negotiation and interpretation
  • Investigation of issues, concerns and complaints – including Employment Standards and Human Rights complaints
  • Assistance to enhance employee retention
  • Mediation and facilitation

Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC)

July 2006 to June 2012 – Executive Director, Human Resources
GPRC is a comprehensive community college providing non-credit courses, academic upgrading, diploma programs, pre-employment trades training, apprenticeship training, and brokered degree programs to northwestern Alberta, at campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie. Employee groups included Academic Staff certified under the Post-Secondary Learning Act; support staff certified by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE); support staff in a non-certified Employees’ Association; Management and excluded staff; and casual employees.
Responsibilities included:

  • Reported to the President and CEO, and served on GPRC’s Executive Team.
  • Internal HR Advisor to the Board of Governors – assisting them in hiring the President and CEO, and provide advice on the President’s compensation and benefits.
  • Lead the Human Resources (HR) Department in Grande Prairie and Fairview. Staff included four HR Advisors and three support staff.
  • Provided advice and assistance to employees, supervisors, Executive and the Board concerning three collective agreements, Terms and Conditions of employment for exempt staff, individual employment contracts, college policies and procedures, and relevant legislation.
  • Provided advice to resolve employee issues, including harassment issues.
  • Provided advice in employee assessment, discipline and termination.
  • Negotiated and resolved grievances and disputes.
  • Investigated harassment complaints.
  • Served as a member of the Board Negotiating teams, and chaired teams when requested.
  • Administered the recruitment of College employees – Faculty, support staff, excluded employees and senior Administration.
  • Coordinated the College’s job evaluation, benefits and compensation systems.
  • Coordinated professional development programs, including the ALFA training program for supervisors, Instructional Skills workshops, employee orientations and other events as required.
  • Past co-chair and member of Partners Bridging Native Employment community initiative. Coordinated the implementation of the Aboriginal Job Shadow program for the various community partners. Served as co-chair for the Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative, which includes the City of Grande Prairie, Peace Country Health, Ainsworth, Government and Aboriginal Agencies, and other local employers.
  • Coordinated the transition of approximately 200 employees in Fairview and Grande Prairie from NAIT to GPRC effective July 1, 2009. Coordinated the transition of support staff in Grande Cache in 2010, and West Yellowhead (Edson, Hinton and Jasper) support staff in 2012, from union representation to inclusion in the Employees’ Association.

Significant Accomplishments and Projects:

  • Chaired selection committees for senior positions, including President and CEO; Vice-President, Academic; Vice-President, Administration and Vice-President, Fairview College Campus.
  • Developed ALFA (Advanced Leadership Fundamentals for Application) – an internal program of mandatory and elective courses for supervisors. Delivery of the program was transferred to the Continuing Education Department, and is now a revenue generating product for GPRC.
  • GPRC liaison for Aboriginal Job Shadow program, a summer mentoring program with employer, government and Aboriginal community partners. The program was recognized by the Alberta Chamber of Resources with the 2010 Aboriginal Rewarding Partnerships award.

Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor)

June 2003 to June 2006 – HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR – Grande Prairie Operations
The Grande Prairie Operations includes a large sawmill and forestry operations with a workforce of 220. Hourly sawmill employees are certified by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP).
Responsibilities included:

  • Providing a full range of human resources services including: recruitment; administration of the collective agreement; grievance handling; collective bargaining; employee relations; recognition; training; attendance management; administration of wages, salaries and benefits; and advice and consultation on health and safety issues. Grande Prairie’s collective agreement is a stand-alone agreement, and as a result many contract interpretation and grievance issues are unique to the operation.
  • Ensure the proper and appropriate development of policies and procedures, particularly in the areas of human resources, health and safety, emergency preparedness and environmental compliance.
  • Represent Canfor in community relations activities.
  • Represent Canfor on Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) Health and Safety, and Environment committees.
  • Conduct and coordinate training.
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives in human resources and safety.
  • For the corporation, liaise with the University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and coordinate all Co-op student recruitment for Canfor’s President’s Student Program.

Significant Accomplishments and Projects:

  • Established a productive and cooperative working relationship with the local union employees. Their relationship had deteriorated significantly with the previous management team and we worked diligently to create a more open and pro-active relationship.
  • Negotiated a six-year agreement collective agreement with the CEP, including pay and benefits changes, in March 2005. This included an industry pattern 0% in year one, in a hot local market, without no labour disruption.
  • Member of organizing committee for “Outlook on Northern Employment” conference in Grande Prairie.
  • Grande Prairie Operations was the winner of Canfor’s President’s Safety Award for safety results achieved in 2004. This was achieved after the operation had the worst safety record in the corporation in 2003.
  • With the Plant Manager, the Union and Management Safety Committee Co-Chair, Presented to the Canfor Board of Directors in April 2005, how we transformed our safety record “From Worst to First”. On behalf of the plant, presented the information at Canfor’s annual Safety Conference in February 2006.
  • Selected to develop and deliver Incident Investigation course to Supervisors and Safety Committee members across the company – March 2004 to October 2005.
  • Canfor Alberta Operations (Grande Prairie and Hines Creek) listed on Alberta Labour’s Workplace Alberta Best Safety Performer list in 2004 and 2005.
  • Canfor Alberta Operations awarded the Alberta Forest Products Association Presidents Award for Health and Safety Performance for the period of 2005 to 2007. The award is given to the company that has demonstrated overall, unsurpassed performance during the past three years.

Prince George Sawmill

September 1995 to June 2003 – HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR 
The operation includes a large sawmill of approximately 170 hourly employees and 20 management and staff; and a separate Chipping Plant of 13 hourly employees and one Supervisor. The operations were previously owned by Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited, and purchased by Canfor in November 1999.
Responsibilities included:

  • Providing a full range of human resources services including: recruitment; administration of the collective agreement and each plant’s letters of understanding (local issues); grievance handling; bargaining of local issues; employee relations; recognition; training; attendance management; administration of wages, salaries and benefits; and advice and consultation on health and safety issues.
  • Ensure the proper and appropriate development of policies and procedures, particularly in the areas of human resources, health and safety, emergency preparedness and environmental compliance.
  • Represent Canfor in community relations activities.
  • Conduct and coordinate training.
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives in human resources and safety.
  • For the corporation, liaise with the University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and coordinate all Co-op student recruitment for Canfor’s President’s Student Program.
  • Significant Accomplishments and Projects:
  • Maintained a productive and cooperative working relationship with the plant committees of Prince George Sawmill and PG Chip Plant.
  • Elected as Director of Prince George Chamber of Commerce from 1998 to 1999, and 1999 to 2002. Chair of Trade Show committee for two years.

Alberta Family and Social Services – McLennan, Alberta

April 1990 to August 1995 – REGIONAL PERSONNEL MANAGER, Northwest Region
June 1988 to April 1990 – PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATOR, Northwest Region
Responsibilities included:

  • Provided full range of Human Resources Services to 300 employees in 13 offices in northwestern Alberta. Offices included seven District Offices, four Northern Alberta Job Corps, a Youth Assessment Centre and the Regional Office.