Human Resource Management Instructor Bios
Todd Bassett | Katherine Bilson | Jenny Cruickshank | Adam Czarnecki | Leah Eggen | Alia Azim Garcia | Sunny Ghali | Rina Guerrero
Tacita Lewars | Hugh McGeary | Maria Raimondi | Lorraine Wiercinski | Mary-Jo Williams
Todd Bassett MBA
Todd Bassett brings over 20 years' experience in human resources and business management. He is a business-oriented HR leader and has led and/or contributed to all aspects of human resources. Todd combines his business acumen with a systems thinking approach to build HR strategy to contribute to business results. Todd has extensive experience in labour relations, employee development, leadership and management practices, change management, conflict management, performance and behaviour management, communication, HR analytics and compensation analysis. He has worked in the private and public sector and achieved his MBA from Dalhousie University. Todd is currently a director on the HRIA board and for the past couple of years has participated on the Advisory Committee for MRU's Human Resource Management program. Throughout his career Todd has mentored people individually and in groups, and is continually encouraged and inspired by interactions with fellow HR practitioners and leaders of all levels of experience and disciplines.
Katherine Bilson BA(Hons), LL.B, LL.M
Katherine Bilson is Senior Legal Counsel – HR and Immigration Law for TransCanada before which she worked in-house for a national railway for a number of years. Katherine specializes in the areas of employment and labour law, pensions law and privacy law. Prior to moving in-house at in 2005, Katherine worked in private practice in Saskatoon, where she focused on aboriginal law, labour and employment law, and some civil litigation. In addition, Katherine practiced immigration law, much of which she did on a pro bono basis. Through her legal practice, Katherine has developed a keen interest in human rights.
Currently, Katherine is a Section Coordinator for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) for Alberta (South) and a member of the Editorial Committee and the Equity Committee for the CBA (Alberta). In addition, she sits on the executive for the Privacy and Access to Information Law section and is a member of the Labour and Employment Law, Pension and Benefits, and Corporate Counsel sections for Alberta (South). She has also co-chaired the Young Lawyers’ section for Saskatchewan (North).
In addition to her professional involvement, Katherine has been involved in her community. During her time in Saskatchewan, she sat on the Board of Directors for the Saskatoon Co-Operative Association, as well as the the Saskatchewan Action Committee on the Status of Women and the Global Gathering Place. Today, Katherine sits on the Legal Advisory Committee and the Human Resources Committee for the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC) and is also a volunteer leader with Scouts Canada. She has also participated in the Administrative Procedures Committee for the Calgary French and International School.
Katherine is a graduate of the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London, England where she earned a Certificate of Dance Studies in 1991, and the University of Saskatchewan, where she earned a BA (Hons) with High Honours in Psychology in 1995 and an LL.B. in 2000. In 2008, Katherine earned an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. She is a member of the Bar in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Katherine teaches labour relations in MRU's Human Resource Management program and has been a guest lecturer on labour relations and a mock arbitrator at the UofC's Haskayne School of Business.
Jenny Cruickshank BA, CHRP
Jenny Cruickshank is a human resources professional who is passionate about advancing the profession. She is a dynamic presenter who facilitates learning from the real-world experience of her students. She has Canadian and international human resources experience including complex investigations, strategic planning, leadership and coaching.
Jenny earned her BA from the University of Toronto, HR Diploma from Fanshawe College and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). She has extensive experience in public sector, retail, manufacturing, agriculture and recruitment. She has specialized for over 15 years in leadership, human resources, strategic operations and team development.
Jenny is a strategic business partner who understands the service model to build relationships and influence positive outcomes for organizations. She is a recipient of the HRIA Award of Excellence, 2010. In addition, she is an active HRIA member and served on the organizing committee for the annual HRIA Conference in 2014 and 2012. She was a member of the Alberta Marketing Committee, Retail Council of Canada, 2008 – 2010.
Adam Czarnecki CHRP
Adam Czarnecki is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and a recipient of the HRIA Award of Excellence. He is a member of the senior management team of a heavy duty truck dealership group in Alberta where he is responsible for human resources, health and safety, and information technology.
Adam is a human resources instructor at MRU and UofC, and is Chair of MRU's Advanced HR Curriculum Committee.
Adam is an avid contributor to industry webinars, conferences and expert panel discussions related to human resources, trades and the Alberta employment pool, including a role as technology columnist for HRIA’s quarterly magazine HUMANCapital.
He volunteers with SAIT, Bow Valley College, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society as a speaker on employment, corporate readiness and as a resume advisor to students.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Calgary with a concentration in crime and deviance.
Leah Eggen BA, MEd
Leah Eggen is a senior organizational development professional with over 15 years’ experience in developing learning programs, change management, coaching, facilitation, talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness and employee relations. She has extensive experience working in oil and gas, transportation, technology and telecommunications.
Leah has a graduate degree in adult education and is certified in ProSci Change Management (ADKAR), Myers Briggs and Executive Coaching.
Leah has been an HR instructor at Mount Royal university since 2009, teaching the Organizational Effectiveness course as well as a Change Management workshop and a HR Strategy course.
She is a Director of Labour Relations at Canadian Pacific Railway and has represented management in forums such as negotiations and arbitrations, and in the administration of the collective agreements.
Alia also teaches Labour Relations at the University of Calgary and at Mount Royal University.
Sunny Ghali BSc, MCE, CHRP
Sunny Ghali is currently serving as Director, Human Resources for the Jayman Group of Companies. With close to 20 years of professional experience, Sunny’s areas of responsibilities have included human resources, organizational development, payroll, benefits, internal communications, information technology, and health and safety.
Sunny has built a results-driven track record. As an external consultant, he has completed projects for both public and private clients, including Department of National Defense, Marsh Canada, Nexen, Boardwalk Equities and Canexus. As an internal consultant, Sunny has been a Corporate Project Manager and Regional Human Resources Manager for Purolator Courier Ltd. and was part of the senior executive team as Director, Human Resources for Bridge Brand, a Gordon Food Service company.
Sunny is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with a Master in Continuing Education (specializing in leadership development) and a Bachelor of Science degree (major in psychology), both from the University of Calgary.
He is also a Green Belt equivalent in Lean Six Sigma. Currently, Sunny is a doctoral candidate at the International School of Management.
Rina Guerrero CHRP, MBA
Rina Guerrero was born in Cebu City, Philippines and migrated to Canada with her family in 1998. Rina has over 15 years' human resources management experience and has worked in the retail, manufacturing, banking and hospitality industries. Rina specializes in change management, workforce planning, talent management (recruitment, retention, training and development), employee relations, project management and performance management.
Rina is passionate about giving back to the community and volunteers at YMCA and local community events on a regular basis.
Tacita Lewars CHRP, GMS, GPHR
Tacita Lewars is a passionate human resources management practitioner. Working in HR for the past 13 years, Tacita is currently the Director of People Development (North America) and Training (North and South America) for CGG. For the past eight years she has also been the Employee Relations course instructor for the Human Resource Management program at MRU.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Tacita holds professional designations of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). Tacita has received the Human Resources Association of Calgary’s Rising Star Award and Award of Excellence. In 2014, Tacita was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from MRU.
On a personal level, Tacita supports causes and initiatives focused on encouraging personal and team empowerment, growth and excellence. Tacita is an avid reader, loves to bake and cook, and enjoys spending time with friends, family and church community.
Hugh G. McGeary BSW, MSW, GDSA
Hugh McGeary is drawn to teaching, appreciating the opportunity to bring his expansive knowledge and experience into rich conversations and interactions with adult learners from diverse fields and backgrounds. Hugh works with individuals, couples, families, groups, teams and organizations as a counsellor in private practice. He is also a manager, coach, teacher and consultant. He brings the knowledge from this varied background into the classroom for students to apply to their own worlds.
Maria Raimondi MCE, CHRP
Maria Raimondi is a Safety Consulting Manager for TELUS Communications Inc. TELUS has approximately 35,000 employees across Canada. Maria delivers a full complement of human resource services, specializing in occupational health and safety, training and policy development. She provides advisory services to the organization for safety/risk assessment and management compliance. This includes interpreting legislation, policies, codes and standards to ensure safety compliance through liaison with workplace partners. Maria acts as a subject matter expert and technical advisor on OHS related matters.
Maria is a designated Certified Human ResourcesProfessional and holds a Master's in Continuing Education from the University of Calgary. She also has a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Alberta and a Business Administration and Accounting Certificate from SAIT.
To stay current with the latest developments in occupational health and safety, Maria is an active member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers. Maria is also a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and Human Resources Association of Calgary.
Lorraine Wiercinski MBA, CEC, ACC
Lorraine Wiercinski’s areas of teaching include human resources, compensation and effective communications. She believes that students learn through interaction with others and creates a classroom that supports joint learning.
Throughout her career Lorraine has focused on strategic sales methodology. Over the past 30 years she has worked in areas of strategy development, leadership, management, strategic alliances and partnerships, sales, marketing, customer service, organizational design and labour relations. Her career has encompassed all aspects of human resource management including compensation, performance management, recruitment, optimization and rebalancing.
Lorraine has worked at the corporate level in multiple industries such as management consulting, education, telecommunications, health care, finance, IT, manufacturing and transportation, oil and gas, media and advertising.
Lorraine has an MBA from the University of Calgary. She is a graduate of the Executive Coaching Program from Royal Roads University. She is a Certified Executive coach through the International Coaching Federation.
Mary-Jo Williams CHRP
Mary-Jo Williams is an independent leadership and organizational development consultant, facilitator and coach who partners with her clients to define, design and deliver practical learning and performance solutions that maximize engagement, productivity, efficiency and results.
Throughout her 28-year career, Mary-Jo has engaged, enabled and empowered leaders and individual contributors to turn talent into peak performance. Her clients and students say the secret to her success comes from her ability to leverage the lessons learned from her real-world experience building and leading teams in front-line, mid and senior level management roles in sales, operations, human resources and leadership / organizational learning and development.
Mary-Jo is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). An alumnus of the Human Resources program at Mount Royal University, she values the opportunity to give back to the community.