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Human Resource Management Instructor Bios

  Alia Azim GarciaRina Guerrero | Tacita Lewars | Hugh McGeary 
Maria Raimondi | Mary-Jo Williams

ce_bio_hr_alia_azim_garciaAlia Azim Garcia  BComm, MIR
Alia Azim Garcia is the author of the newly released book You Did What?! A Reality Check on Human Resources Practices.

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.

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ce_bio_hr_rina_guerreroRina Guerrero CHRP, MBA
Rina 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.

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Tacita Lewars CHRP, GMS, GPHR
In addition to her professional practice as a Global Workforce Strategist, Tacita is facilitator of the HR Book Club, an initiative wherein members read one management book per month and meet to discuss strategies for application in their various work environments. As a Global Editorial Advisory Committee member for MOBILITY magazine, Tacita both researches trends and writes articles to assist practitioners in the management of human resources worldwide. As president of Canada's first People to People International chapter, she leads the nonprofit board and members in their focus on education, humanitarian initiatives and international travel opportunities.

In addition to a degree in Psychology, Tacita is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) and is the first woman in Canada to be designated as a Global Professional in Human Resource Management (GPHR ®).

Tacita was awarded the Human Resource Association of Calgary’s Award of Excellence in June 2010.

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ce_bio_hr_hugh_mcgearyHugh G. McGeary BSW, MSW, GDSA
Hugh 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.

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ce_bio_hr_maria_raimondiMaria Raimondi MCE, CHRP
Maria 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.

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ce_bio_hr_mary-jo_williamsMary-Jo Williams CHRP
Mary-Jo is an instructor for the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. She obtained her education in human resources through Mount Royal University and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

As an independent consultant, Mary-Jo partners with business and HR leaders in the Calgary community to identify strategies and implement customized leadership and organizational development solutions that align corporate objectives and maximize engagement, productivity, efficiency and profit. Mary-Jo has enjoyed a diverse 20 year career in a variety of industries, building and leading teams at the frontline, middle and senior levels in sales, operations, human resources, training, and leadership and organizational development. Throughout her career, Mary-Jo has provided training and coaching to leaders at all organizational levels. Her primary areas of expertise are human resources management, management and leadership skills, performance development and management, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, and customer service and sales.

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