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Robert St Jacques

Experienced HR Professional and Labour Attorney


Accomplished serial intrapreneur, seasoned senior corporate executive in the area of human capital management, university professor, employment lawyer, and professional speaker delivering Keynote Speeches and Seminars on Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition, HR Metrics, and Talent Retention.

Work experience

May 2009Present

HR Director

Feb 2008Apr 2009

Group HR Director

Depa Limited
Depa Limited is the leading provider of interior contracting services in the Middle East, North Africa region and Asia, operating principally in the luxury fit-out sector, with a focus on the hospitality, residential, airport, retail, yacht, theming, and other specialist fit-out sectors. Depa operates in 16 countries, with over 8000 employees working in 24 divisions and subsidiaries
Dec 2006Jan 2008

HR Director

Parsons Brinckerhoff
Nov 2005Dec 2006

Head of HR Department

KOJ, Est.
Managed four separate functions: Human Resources, Legal, Administration and Learning and Development. Responsible for over 40 individuals spread out in two offices (Jeddah and Dubai).
Aug 2003May 2004

Regional HR Manager

Circuit City Stores, Inc.
� Managed human resource functions for an entire division, with nearly $800 million in annual turnover, 53 Superstores and 3200 employees. � Trained executives and managers in performance management, best hiring practices, recruiting, and employment law. � Developed and implemented change management training. � Served as strategic business partner and consultant to Regional Vice President. � Managed and developed two District Human Resource Managers.
Sep 2002Jun 2003

HR Manager

Comair/Delta Airlines
� Managed human resource function for non-union and unionized workforce located at the Cincinnati Airport. In only 9 months, I created and implemented programs that led to dramatic reductions in employee turnover, on-the-job injuries and absenteeism. � Trained executives and managers in performance management, best hiring practices, recruiting, investigations, drafting coaching and counseling memoranda and employment law. � Reviewed and approved all terminations. No charges or lawsuits arose during my tenure. � Served as strategic business partner and consultant to Vice President of Customer Services (Cincinnati Airport). � Served as consultant, trainer and advisor to the Employee Services group.
Jun 2000Sep 2002

HR Manager

Luxottica Retail
� Oversaw human resource function for an entire division, which consists of nearly 200 stores and 2500 employees located in the Northeast U.S. � Trained executives and managers in performance management, best hiring practices, recruiting, and employment law. � Served as strategic business partner and consultant to Group Vice President of region with over $160 million in sales. � Implemented programs and training that resulted in lower turnover, increased sales, profit, customer satisfaction and employee engagement levels.
Jul 1995May 2000

Labour and Employment Attorney

various firms
� Coordinated and directed employment litigation performed by local counsel in various jurisdictions. � Advised clients on post-acquisition employment issues and integration efforts. � Reviewed termination decisions, mediated internal disputes, investigated complaints, and aided management in making strategic and tactical personnel decisions. � Advised new start-ups on human resource related issues such as non-compete agreements, employee handbooks, trade secret protection, and compensation structures. � Counseled and advised senior executives, all levels of human resources practitioners and front-line management, on employment and labor issues arising under U.S. and foreign laws. � Litigated on behalf of employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including matters arising under European, Canadian, and American laws. � At any one time, I managed up to 30 cases for international, national and/or local clients.




Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School

Juris Doctor

Tulane Law School


Unversity of Ottawa

Deerfield Beach High School