Slate Biographies 2015-2016
Slate for 2015-‐2016 HRMAM Board of Directors Standing for re-‐election (alphabetical by last name) Jenna Buckley (1 year term) Robyn Normandale (2 year term) Kathy Randall (2 year term) Roma Thorlakson (2 year term) Standing for election (alphabetical by last name) Colleen Coates, CHRP (2 year term) Nadine Curtis, FCGA (2 year term) Janice Harper, CHRP (2 year term) Ryan Savage, LLP (1 year term) Biographies (alphabetical by last name) Jenna Buckley, CHRP Jenna Buckley has held progressively responsible positions in Human Resources in a Talent Acquisition, Operations and Leadership capacity for the last 8+ years. Jenna has spent nearly the last 2 years leading Talent Acquisition for Canada with a publicly traded multinational in the agricultural biotechnology space. Prior to that, Jenna spent over 6 years with an HR Consulting firm leading an HR recruitment practice and managing a team of Talent Sourcers. Jenna has served on the Board for HRMAM for 2 years and served on both the Membership and Audit Committees. In 2013, Jenna Chaired HRMAM's Excellence in Leadership Awards Gala and became a CHRP. She has previous Board experience including an Advisory Board Member for a Program at a Technical College, as well as as a Board Member for a Social Services organization where she served as Treasurer and Secretary. Colleen Coates, CHRP Colleen is the Senior Leader of Talent Acquisition and Compensation at Princess Auto, a national retailer with more than 2,300 team members coast to coast. She has more than 20 years of comprehensive human resources experience including senior leadership positions with The North West Company, The Dufresne Group, and Convergys Customer Management Canada. She also worked as the National Practice Leader for Total Rewards at People First HR Services where she consulted for organizations in the private, public and non-‐profit sectors. In addition to her CHRP, Colleen is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Accredited Executive Compensation Professional (AECP) and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Certificate in Human Resource Management as well as a Certificate in Business Administration through Red River College. Colleen has been a member of HRMAM’s Annual Conference Committee during four conferences, most recently as Chair in 2014. She was a member of the development team for HRMAM’s mentorship program and currently serves as a Mentor. She is active in her community having volunteered for three youth community Boards and was a published columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press. She is also an accomplished presenter invited to speak on Total Rewards for profit and non-‐profit organizations including the Manitoba Premier’s Economic Advisory Council Healthcare Task Group. Nadine Curtis, B.A., FCPA, FCGA Nadine Curtis is a project manager currently contracted with CPA Manitoba Joint Venture to support the merger of Manitoba’s three accounting bodies. Prior to moving into this role, and for the previous 14 years, Nadine was employed at the Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba in numerous capacities the most recent being the Senior Director of Finance, Administration and Membership. As a key member of the Senior Management Team she was accountable for the operations related to accounting and finance, information technology, office services and human resources. In addition, Nadine actively participated in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic business and performance goals, budgets and policies. Nadine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. Nadine earned her Certified General Accountants designation in 2005 and was nationally recognized with a Fellowship designation in 2013. Nadine has served on the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) of Manitoba Board as the Treasurer, Vice President and President. She was also a Board Member on the 2013 CSAE National Conference Committee. Nadine also served on the Aptify User Community Board as a Board Member, Vice President, and President. She chaired and founded the Aptify Innovation and Awards Committee, chaired the Aptify Business Relationship Committee and chaired the Aptify Conference Committee. Janice Harper, CHRP Janice Harper currently serves as Vice President Human Resources for New Flyer Industries. She is responsible for the people services function across a multi location and diverse cross border manufacturing and service organization in a public company environment. Janice has worked in progressive human resource and management roles in both the public and private sector. She has significant experience in labour and employee relations and has held Lead Negotiator roles in both the Canadian and US bargaining contexts. Her proven track record in organization culture, employee engagement development and safety and environmental systems management has lead to the creation of HR programs and services that have been key enablers in the achievement of business objectives. Janice’s recent background includes leading change management initiatives through business restructuring and acquisition and she has a special interest in the areas of organizational communication and talent management initiatives. Janice holds a Diploma in Creative Communications from Red River Community College and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Winnipeg. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and has obtained the Human Resources Compensation Committee designation from the Director’s College at McMaster University (HRCC). She is strongly committed to lifelong learning and is currently completing her BA in Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Robyn Normandale, BA, CHRP Robyn Normandale has her B.A. in Psychology, her Human Resource Management Certificate (both from the University of Manitoba), and 10 years of Human Resource Management experience. She has been a proud holder of the CHRP designation since 2007. Robyn has worked in both the private and public sectors, and has had a broad exposure to all aspects of the human resource function, including employee/labour relations, staffing, training and development, compensation and benefits, and workplace health and safety. She is currently the Manager, Organization and People Development at Innovair Group, a proudly Canadian, Winnipeg-‐based independent distributor of industrial and medical compressed gases and supplies. Prior to Innovair Group, she was with Manitoba Hydro, a crown corporation and the province’s major energy utility. An engaged and passionate HR practitioner, Robyn has served as a Director at Large on the HRMAM board since 2013, and has supported its strategic plan as an active contributor on the Governance, Professional Standards, and Self-‐Regulation Task Force Committees. Kathy Randall, CHRP As the Director, Human Resources for Maxim Truck & Trailer since August 2011, Kathy specializes in cultivating genuine connections and rapport with employees and managers which promote the successful building of long term business relationships. With the innate ability to identify areas of improvement or challenge within an organization Kathy leads the collaboration and implementation of Human Resource strategies to achieve organizational goals. She is a highly motivated Human Resources Executive who is customer centric and is an action-‐oriented problem solver who thrives on innovative challenges. With 17 years’ experience specializing in HR, Kathy is a Certified Human Resources Professional, a graduate from the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba in Management Studies and Human Resources and holds her Registered Professional Recruiter and Canadian Management Professional designations. Kathy is a member of the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, and is currently on the board of directors in the position of Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. Ryan Savage, B.A., LLP Ryan Savage is a partner with Taylor McCaffrey LLP in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with his LL.B. in 2002, and was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 2003. Ryan's primary area of practice is labour and employment, however he also has extensive experience in the fields of litigation, administrative law, collection, and sports-‐related disputes. Ryan has been a member of several not-‐for-‐profit organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association, Manitoba Bar Association, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Manitoba, ADR Institute of Canada Inc., Employment Law Alliance and Canadian Legal Education Association. Ryan is also a former instructor of Human Resources Legislation (Continuing Education) at the University of Manitoba. Ryan is an accomplished former Olympic-‐style boxer, having represented Canada as a member of the Canadian National Boxing Team for seven years. Ryan is now head coach and president of United Boxing Club, a not for profit organization located in downtown Winnipeg, and Vice President of Boxing Canada. Ryan has been a member of the board of directors of Boxing Canada since 2000 and is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as Vice President. Roma Thorlakson, CHRP Roma’s career focus is on helping companies grow and compete by recruiting the best senior managers, executives and technical leaders. Through her extensive experience in career management, leadership assessment, coaching and training in the private, public and non-‐profit sectors, she brings her consultative approach and broad business and human resources expertise to develop effective attraction and engagement strategies for her clients at The Ian Martin Group.
Serving the HRMAM Board since 2011, Roma assumed the Chair role in 2014. She also chairs a key committee in leading the next steps in the evolution of the Human Resources profession towards self-‐
regulation. She was recently elected this spring as Chair of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) whose mandate is to elevate the human resources profession, both nationally and globally.
She also sits on the Success Skills Centre board sharing their values of unleashing technical talent by helping professional immigrants integrate into the workplace. Her commitment to the community has been evident throughout her career including several volunteer leadership roles with non-‐profit organizations and committees.
Roma was a founding student and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with distinction at St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick and is a Certified Human Resources Professional.