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Spring 2003 Edition- April 2003 Volume 1

Shelly Druce: Regional Co-Chair, Ottawa

Shelly Druce, RPR
Shelley graduated from Algonquin College's School of Business in Ottawa in 1974 and immediately went to work for IBM until 1980. After a oneyear stint with a management consulting firm, she left the private sector for the voluntary sector where she has now worked for twenty years. Having worked as Director of Administration in a busy international education organization for more than 16 years, Shelley decided it was time for a change and for some reflection on future directions. She took a few months off and then made the decision to become self-employed. She worked as an HR consultant for the next year and a half and then accepted a part-time job as an employee with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), coordinating all human resource activities. She continued to consult through CCIC's for-profit arm, One World Inc. until a year ago when her part-time job transitioned into full-time work based on special projects.

The Council is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. CCIC seeks to end global poverty, and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. To achieve these objectives, the Council mobilizes public action in support of sustainable development, profiles best practices in development cooperation and creates opportunities for discussion and learning among its members.

CCIC is a unionized organization and had always used the traditional positions-based bargaining to negotiate its Collective Agreement. Shelley was able to introduce the problem-solving approach of interest based bargaining that focused on mutual gains and built on the collaborative way staff work at CCIC. Shelley has developed many new policies including diversity, gender equity and conflict of interest policies. She has worked on improving the professional development program by looking for new sources of funding and having Board and staff trained in new tools such as Appreciative Inquiry and Scenario Plan- ning that can be integrated into activities such as Strategic Planning.

As part of her commitment to life-long learning, Shelley has taken many university and college courses. In 1986, she completed her RPR accreditation. Shelley also graduated with a Certificate in Labour Management Relations from the University of Ottawa in 1997. She is currently working on the Canadian Management Professional's Accreditation program, as well as studying French and Spanish. She has recently joined the Speaker's Committee for the Ottawa Chapter of IPM. She has been a volunteer for the United Way for almost twenty years.

Shelley lives in the Gatineau Hills with her husband and dog and has an adult son living in the U.S. She enjoys country living, gardening and spending time at the family cottage. Your designation is a valuable credential. It signifies that you have completed your prescribed course of study from a recognized and accredited educational body and that you are a member in good standing with your professional association.

Lisa Rowe: Regional Co-Chair, Winnipeg

Lisa Rowe, RPR
Having owned a small restaurant franchise with her husband for six years, and worked for a number of different companies, Lisa found she had developed an interest in the human resources field. She felt she had a lot to offer both personally and professionally from her business and work experiences, and ultimately decided to enroll in the Human Resource Management Program at the University of Manitoba. She pursued her studies while working full-time and raising a young family, and graduated in 1999 with a Certificate in Human Resource Management.

Lisa's primary focus in entering the human resource field was to gain experience in the area of staffing, with the goal of branching off into other directions. She began her HR career in 1998 with New Flyer Industries as a Human Resources Assistant. New Flyer Industries is the largest manufacturer of urban transit buses, and leads the industry in innovative technology and bus designs.

Her responsibilities included coordinating and conducting employee orientations, administering employee benefits enrollments/changes, maintaining employee files, scheduling interviews, preparing employment offers, and conducting interviews for entry level positions. Lisa was able to gain some valuable handson experience and decided to specialize in the area of recruitment and selection, which tied in closely with her primary overall staffing focus. Thereafter, she obtained her Registered Professional Recruiter designation and she has been a member of the APRC since February 2000.

Lisa currently holds the position of Human Resources Coordinator with New Flyer Industries. Her primary responsibilities focus on recruitment and selection, compensation administration, employee relations, and various HR projects related to the areas of Employee Performance and Development, Job Descriptions, Employee Relations, HR Policies and Procedures, and Recruitment and Selection. She is also a member of the Anti-Harassment Committee.

New Flyer has three plant locations, the Corporate Head Office and main plant facility in Winnipeg, MB, a final assembly plant in Crookston, MN, and a full production facility in St. Cloud MN. New Flyer also has Service Centers in Winnipeg and New Jersey and a Service Parts area that provides after market parts to a variety of transportation industries. New Flyer employs nearly 1800 employees, whose backgrounds cover a wide range of professions and skills, in both Canada and the United States.

Lisa is committed to continuous learning in all aspects of human resources and has an interest in obtaining an education related to management, with the goal of moving into a leadership role in the future.

Lisa has been active in her community for many years in volunteer roles such as softball coach, softball commissioner, nursery school committee vice-president, executive secretary and member for a non-profit organization in support of children's sporting activities. She now joins the National Board of Directors in the position of Regional Co-Chair for Manitoba and is looking forward to working with the Winnipeg Chapter.

Alan Davis: Third Party Recruitment Specialist
Recruited Canadian Astronauts On Behalf Of The Canadian Space Agency.

Alan Davis, RPR
& Associates Inc.
Alan began his career in civil engineering as a Project Manager, specializing in the renovation of historic buildings. He then moved to the marketing side of the construction business and continued his studies in that area. Alan started recruiting in 1978 and has never looked back. He initially specialized in recruiting engineers and focused in the electronics, telecommunications and aerospace industries. He moved into the search business in 1982 and started his own search company in 1983. Alan's company works under the name of Alan Davis & Associates Inc., with offices in Ontario and Quebec. The head office in Hudson, Quebec, is a 100 hundred-year-old building, which started out in life as the village general store and has been converted to modern office premises.

Alan is driven by a high sense of personal values and ethics, combined with strategic vision and a philosophy of continuous improvement. His company is focused on recruiting, and offers services in executive search, "guru" search, consulting, training and program recruiting on a global basis. The highest profile mandate ever conducted was the recruitment of the Canadian Astronauts on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency.

Alan sees his job, first and foremost, as an innovator. The first major innovation was that of offering services on a fixed fee basis. This led to a wide range of diversified products and has allowed Alan to devise more innovative and long term recruiting solutions. Alan's second most important task is that of continuous improvement. Recruiting in Alan's world is a defined business process that can be modeled, measured, optimized.

Alan is a frequently published author on wide ranch of topics in and around the field of recruiting. He is a regular conference speaker and in the last two years has chaired two high level conferences in the field of recruiting and retention, and succession.

Having worked in the traditional third party recruiting environment, Alan did not consider that the current models represented a recruiting best practice, or a way of building long-term stable relationships with clients. Alan decided the best way to do it better was to do it yourself, so he opened up his company in 1983.

Alan's plans include creating a better awareness for the recruiting services that he provides, especially in the overseas recruiting area. He sees overseas recruiting as a key ingredient in solving many of the succession issues, which will be very apparent in the next five to ten years. His aim is to continue with a policy of diversification into sectors where there are talent shortages.

Alan's family represents his primary interest. He has been married for over thirty years and has four children between the ages of ten and eighteen. He has a passion for golf, and he has taken many golfing vacations with his family. Alan also enjoys learning about military history.


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