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Linda Shay, RPT

Linda Shay has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Psychology from Dalhousie University, a Certificate in Negotiation, Mediation & Conflict Resolution from St. Mary’s University, and is a Certified Human Resources Professional through the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia. She obtained a Certificate in French as a Second Language from the Stratford Career Institute in 2002 and received her Registered Professional Trainer from the Institute of Professional Management in 2007. Linda spent several years in the field of Labour Relations in the healthcare system of Nova Scotia, and worked as a Labour Relations Consultant with the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Linda Shay
Halifax Regional
Linda is currently employed with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. HRM was created in April 1996 through a merger of the former City of Halifax, City of Dartmouth, Town of Bedford and the Municipality of Halifax. The regional municipal government provides services to approximately 360,000 residents in the municipality. The paid staff of the municipality include a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), two Deputy CAOs and Directors of various business units, as well as the staff who report to them at the various levels of management. HRM is a unionized environment with five different bargaining agents representing front line staff members.

Linda’s current role in HRM is a Research and Technical Development Consultant in the Transportation and Public Works (TPW) business unit. She is responsible for leadership development, technical and equipment training and other adult learning strategies required for business unit needs. In this role she has conducted needs assessments and developed training programs to address identified skills gaps, identified long term training needs for succession planning purposes, analyzed the quality of existing training systems in the organization and their interconnections with each other, and evaluated the long-term viability of current training systems. She partners with public and private institutions, other levels of government, and internal client groups to identify and deliver relevant skills enhancement opportunities.

The Director of the TPW business unit identified a gap in the technical equipment training opportunities being offered to unionized staff during the most recent round of collective bargaining with one unionized group of employees. Also identified was a need for leadership development of the management staff at the various levels of the organization. Linda had worked with the Director for three years as a Labour Relations Consultant and was offered the opportunity by the Director to assume the role based on her skills, abilities, qualifications and background.

Linda’s future plans include finishing her MBA and obtaining her Canadian Management Professional designation through IPM. She is looking forward to brushing up on her French language skills and is excited at the opportunity to work as a volunteer member of the Maritime Regional Executive of IPM.

Linda is an avid genealogist and has been doing research for almost 30 years. She has a database of over ten thousand names and is constantly looking for more. Her hobbies include knitting, sewing, gardening and reading. She is happiest when she is spending time with her husband, her four children and her friends.

Jane McDonald, RPR, CMP

Jane’s path to a career in human resources was built on a solid foundation of varied experience, beginning in telecommunications and moving into a professional engineering environment before leading her to Alberta’s active oil and gas industry in 1990. During nearly 20 years in oil and gas, her role rapidly expanded from office administration to that of a true Human Resources Generalist, with ever-increasing responsibility encompassing pay and benefits, employee development and discipline, compensation management, position descriptions, recruitment and selection, policy development and administration, education and training, employee relations and performance management.

In order to keep pace with her increasing responsibility, Jane began to actively pursue professional development activities that would support her expanding role, earning her RPR and CHRP designations in 1999, and her CMP in 2004. She also holds a Continuing Education Certificate in Employee Benefits Planning and Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Jane McDonald
Jane continues in her role as a Senior Generalist, having accepted a position in April 2007 in Alberta’s information technology industry, as the Human Resources Manager with CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc. in Edmonton. In this newly-created role, Jane is responsible for providing human resource professional guidance, expertise and consultation to managers and members, ensuring consistency and competency in human resource processes, including compliance with provincial and legal requirements and CGI’s corporate standards for security and quality. She leads strong team of HR professionals responsible for a full range of services, and is a member of the Senior HR Team for the Western Business Unit, working in a collaborative relationship with the senior HR group.

With 25,000 professionals, CGI is one of the largest independent information technology services firms in North America, providing end-to-end IT services and business solutions to clients worldwide. CGI provides a full range of IT services, including consulting, systems integration, and the management of business and IT functions.

Passionate about her chosen field and thriving on variety and challenge, Jane embraces the generalist role. Having previously functioned as Director of Breakout Speakers for the Provincial Human Resources Conferences hosted in Edmonton in 2001 and 2003, she strives to maintain an active role in the local human resources community, and holds a place on the Membership Team for the Human Resources Management Association of Edmonton. Most recently, Jane is very excited to have accepted the role as Regional Co-Chair for the Institute of Professional Management’s growing Edmonton Chapter, and looks forward to playing a part in the success of this dynamic organization.

Down time finds Jane relaxing with her family and her dogs. An enthusiastic amateur photographer, her camera is an always-present fixture on long walks. She also spends time at the computer, digitally enhancing and restoring a growing collection of family photographs tracing the history of five generations from Scotland to Canada.

Lynn Besse, RPR

Lynn is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a Registered Professional Recruiter. She is a graduate of Lambton College and obtained her HR Certificate from the Human Resources Management Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business. Lynn brings over 12 years of Human Resources experience, both from the private and public sectors to her role as Recruitment Associate.

Building on a wealth of experience and world class leadership, TELUS Sourcing Solutions is Canada’s first company dedicated exclusively to providing Alternative Service Delivery solutions for human resources and technology support to clients across Canada.

TSS specializes in large, complex, multi-site, multi-union environments and offers solutions that include end-to-end delivery of compensation, benefits, pension, HR systems and systems administration, recruitment, payroll and occupational health and safety services.

Lynn Besse,
In her role as Recruitment Associate, Lynn oversees the Recruitment Service that is delivered to TSS’ foundation client, Hamilton Health Sciences, as well as other clients. Lynn is involved in both the strategic and operational aspects of the recruitment systems and processes. Working within a project team environment, Lynn was the functional lead in the recent efforts to implement the first E-Recruitment system at Hamilton Health Sciences. These enhancements to the hospital's career website and the implementation of the Peoplesoft Recruitment module helped to position Hamilton Health Sciences as a recruitment leader in the healthcare field.
Lynn’s work takes her into the community through the various partnerships she has developed with the school boards and community organizations. You will also find Lynn representing Hamilton Health Sciences at career-related events such as job fairs and career awareness school events.
One of the accomplishments Lynn is most proud of is the development and delivery of the “Explore the HHYPE” program. This event originated in 2003 and, since that time, Lynn has led 3 events. “Explore the HHYPE” is an extraordinary event designed to educate, inspire and motivate students to consider a career in healthcare. Lynn feels that this event will have a great impact on a number of young people choosing a health care career.

Lynn started in the field of Human Resources very early on in her working life. Starting her career within the private sector, and being introduced to Human Resources almost immediately, Lynn had the opportunity to work alongside a few key HR professionals who provided mentorship and encouraged her to develop her HR skills. Lynn gained experience in the areas of Compensation and Benefits, and worked on many special projects. Her desire to help people is satisfied through her work in Human Resources. With her current focus on recruitment, Lynn has an opportunity to source candidates and introduce them to their potential employer. Lynn takes great pride in being an ambassador for the organization. She also believes that her career in HR has inspired her to take on new challenges and to always find new ways for personal growth.

Professionally, Lynn is committed to the enhancement and development of the recruitment service and will work with her team to move the entire Human Resource service forward. Being a dedicated HR professional, Lynn recognizes the importance of staying current with the best HR practices and trends. She will continue to attend HR courses and conferences to expand her breadth of knowledge.

Lynn and her husband are both active with their young family and she continues to find ways to achieve balance in her life. With 3 children, ranging in ages from 2 – 12, life is hectic at times, though Lynn finds great pleasure in being involved with her children’s activities and striving for a healthy lifestyle. To her, every day is a wonderful new adventure.


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