I am a senior executive with broad experience in business operations, strategic human resources, manufacturing, sales and marketing functions with an emphasis on meeting the unique demands of large private and family businesses. Beyond executive Human Resource leadership roles for diverse firms such as Mattamy Homes, Fidelity Investments, Palliser Furniture and Noma Industries, I have also led operating and marketing functions including fulfillment of a dual role at Mattamy as President of Commercial Centres with accountability for the development, construction, leasing and management of a portfolio of commercial and retail centers. Accredited and experienced in Human Resource leadership throughout North America and globally and a Certified Director through the Institute of Corporate Directors, I currently serve on the boards of West Park Healthcare Centre, The Salvation Army (Ontario) as well as having been an active Director or advisor for organizations such as the Halton Learning Foundation, Burlington Art Centre, Storytellers School of Toronto, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Special Olympics Manitoba and Boy & Girls Clubs of Ontario. Professionally, I am a former instructor on Strategic Human Resource Management at Ryerson University, a past Director of the Human Resource Professionals Association, a past member of the Special Experts Panel on Employee Relations for the U.S.-based Society of Human Resource Management, a chair & speaker at conferences and a commentator on Human Resources for CBC Radio.
Jul 2009 - Present
Gibson House is a strategic consulting firm focused on serving the needs of private and family-owned enterprises. The firm provides specialized assessment and change management services with an emphasis on business strategy, organizational effectiveness and human capital management. Services include succession planning, executive coaching, compensation alignment, family and non-family manager development, recruitment, and a wide range of human resource execution services.
Jun 2009 - Present
West Park Healthcare Centre
West Park provides specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing and long-term care services, helping individuals manage difficult health challenges like lung disease, diabetes, stroke, amputation and musculoskeletal issues arising from a life-changing event or illness.
May 2009 - Present
The Salvation Army (Ontario)
Advisory boards are The Salvation Army's critical link to the communities in which they serve. Board member responsibilities include: participating in raising funds and resources to assist the Army in carrying out its work; advising on long-term planning; observing the management of the affairs of the Army and ascertaining that it is done in a businesslike, responsible and efficient manner; and assisting in the promotion of the Army through the media to the community.
Sep 2005 - Feb 2010
EVP & Chief Human Resource Officer
Mattamy Homes Ltd.
Recruited to provide leadership at the executive level to the HR function with focus on talent management and achieving leading market status. Created succession, development and talent management programs, compensation systems, internal and external communications programs and acted in a coach/advisor capacity for executive team and CEO.
May 2006 - Dec 2009
Special Expertise Panel Member
Society for Human Resource Management
The panel is comprised of up to 15 professionals from across North America. Members are identified by SHRM staff for their expertise and approved by the SHRM Board. Members provide subject matter expertise to the organization and produce research and other strategic documents and guidance for 250,000 members in over 140 countries.
Jun 2008 - Dec 2009
Halton Learning Foundation
The Halton Learning Foundation raises charitable funds to remove economic barriers to learning for students in need and support school initiatives and programs in the Halton District School Board. The Halton District School Board has over 50,000 students and 95 schools in Halton Region http://programs.hdsb.ca/hlf/
Apr 2006 - Apr 2009
Burlington Art Centre
The Burlington Art Centre is a champion of visual art and fine craft in Burlington. We engage the community in the appreciation and creation of visual arts and are home to our art and fine craft guilds. We provide opportunities for discovery and ‘hands-on’ learning, as well as mentoring and showcasing visual artists at all skill levels. BAC is dedicated to building and promoting its collection of Canadian contemporary ceramics.
Mar 2007 - Feb 2009
Mattamy Commercial Centres
Headed the development of commercial sites and the construction & operation of retail plazas. P&L accountable for major projects and a growing portfolio of properties, integrating land development, design, leasing, construction and property management.
Mar 2003 - Sep 2005
VP Human Resources
Utilized extensive family enterprise & human capital experience to structure the functional operations of HR and initiate cultural shift in performance, accountability and leadership styles. Led initiatives relating to succession, leadership development and talent acquisition / retention while addressing generational issues in family and related groups.
Mar 2002 - Jun 2003
Human Resource Professional Association
The Human Resources Professionals Association regulates the HR profession in Ontario. It is committed to protecting the public and advancing its members careers and professional capabilities.
Mar 1999 - Mar 2003
VP Human Resources
Fidelity Investments Canada Ltd.
Offered role to build the $2.8 million “engine” of Human Resources, ensuring efficient and effective delivery of operational function including payroll, benefits, compensation and information systems. Promoted to Vice President during new business start-up to support on-line back office system. Built leadership team through recruitment and promotions and developed integrated business strategies to address talent needs. Gallup Q12 employee engagement score for the HR team was in the top five of over 100 Canadian managers and top ten of approximately 200 Fidelity HR managers.
2001 - 2003
Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario is a strategic partnership of strong community clubs committed to developing the potential of Ontario’s children, youth and families by developing Ontario specific programs, enriching member clubs by providing and seeking funding, and promoting the values of the Boys and Girls Club movement.