Board of Directors

Shannon Joly, CHRP

Shannon is the Director of Human Resources for School District 41 in Burnaby. Having worked in both the Post Secondary and Public Education sectors for several years, Shannon has earned a reputation for leadership, building relationships, creating innovative programs and fostering a positive labour relations environment. Shannon has also been a dedicated volunteer with BC HRMA since 1998 and has held leadership roles on regional Advisory Councils and volunteered for a variety of committee’s. Shannon represents BC HRMA on the Standards Advisory Committee for CCHRA. Having been a previous BC HRMA award recipient, Shannon is dedicated to giving back to a profession for which she is extremely passionate about.

Mike Cass, CHRP
Immediate Past President

Mike has recently been appointed Vice-President, Human Resources at Western Forest Products. He has over 30 years experience in the coastal forest industry covering all the major business groups – pulp and paper, timberlands, and manufacturing. He has a wide breadth of knowledge in human resources and safety, having been involved in key roles in both of these primary functions. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser in General Business Studies, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Royal Roads and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from University of Victoria and York Schulich.

Cameron MacKenzie, CHRP

Cameron is the Director, Professional Services, CGA-Canada. He brings 16 years of experience from the telecommunications industry and another 10 years from the Certified General Accountants Association. His experience includes executive and management education, professional development, labour relations, and accounting. Cameron has been recognized for improving member value and engagement by providing quality services important to members, providing strategic financial training to support business transformation and improve the labour negotiation process, and for leading a practice analysis which defines and defends certification requirements. He is a board member on the New York Institute of Technology Business Advisory Board and previously served on the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Accounting Advisory Committee. Cameron is a Certified General Accountant and earned his Teaching Certificate and Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.

Shaun Carpenter

Barb Bahry, CHRP

Barb is Vice President, Organizational Development at Odlum Brown Limited, a British Columbia based independent, full-service investment firm. In this role Barb is responsible for defining, aligning and executing the performance management, compensation and rewards, leadership development, and succession management strategies to align employees with the firm’s culture, vision and strategy. Her passion is in leadership, coaching and organizational effectiveness. Barb’s career mosaic comprises several different industries including both private and public companies in the technology, professional services, retail and management consulting sectors. Her volunteer history includes Ronald McDonald House, BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, United Way and Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Shaun Carpenter

Shaun Carpenter

Shaun is a Principal with Pinton Forrest & Madden Executive Search and has been involved with BC HRMA since 2007. He joined the Coastal Vancouver Advisory Council for the first time in September 2008. Shaun has worked in the executive search business for 12 years and is well respected in the industry for his aptitude in candidate development and client relations. His thorough, insightful approach gives clients confidence that their needs are being met in a professional, timely manner. Shaun also has past experience as Manager, Human Resources with a leading Canadian health insurance provider where he was responsible for recruitment, retention, coaching, performance management, and employee/labour relations. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, which included studies abroad at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gregory Conner

Gregory Conner, CHRP

Greg Conner is the Principal for Human Capital Dynamics, a local human resource consulting firm. Greg has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the practice of HR including employee engagement, union relations and performance planning in both public and private sector organizations. With his expertise in employee relations, Greg has created and been recognized for many innovative employee engagement programs and has made great progress in developing positive and progressive union relationships in a variety of environments. Greg is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s “Nine to Five” workplace advice column, and is a sessional faculty member teaching HR in the MBA program at the University of Victoria. Greg is also a strong proponent of corporate social responsibility and serves a number of charities including United Way, where he was the Campaign Chair for the 2011 Greater Victoria Campaign. Greg has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria.

Mike Desjardins

Mike Desjardins

A graduate of UBC’s Sauder School of Business with a Bachelors of Commerce, Mike has spent the past 18 years transforming businesses. From entrepreneurial business to large public companies and public-sector organizations, Mike and the team at ViRTUS focus on driving a return on investment in every engagement they work on in the areas of strategy planning and implementation, leadership development, change management, and succession planning, through to the full spectrum of organizational development. Mike was invited to join the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and was President of the Vancouver Chapter for 2007/8. In January 2006, Mike was the recipient of the BIV Top Forty Under 40 Award. In June 2010, Mike was the President of Purity Water Treatment Products, a company which manufactures and distributes water treatment products throughout North America with offices in Surrey, Oakville, and San Diego. Before Purity, Mike was the VP of Marketing and New Dealer Acquisitions for Beachcomber Hot Tubs Worldwide.

Lisa Fuller, CHRP

Lisa’s background includes working for large complex organizations within healthcare and gaming sectors in British Columbia providing strategic human resource management and project management on large organizational and change initiatives. She has 20 years progressive HR experience in all aspects of HR, within union and non-union environments. Lisa believes in fostering and building strong relationships with all stakeholders and partners she works with. She is committed to the growth of herself and her profession by being very involved with the BC Human Resource Management Association, volunteering in her community on multiple boards and committees, and traveling abroad to do philanthropic work. She enjoys all outdoor activities such as running, skiing, biking and hiking.

Sandra Keyton, CHRP

Sandra Keyton is Vice President, Global Human Resources with Westport Innovations, Inc. She is responsible for leading the human resources function for Westport, a clean energy technology company with 950 employees and business operations in nine countries globally. As a member of Westport’s executive team Sandra is a champion of organizational and people development. She also works closely with the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors to ensure best practice in executive compensation and HR governance. Sandra began her career in human resources with Westcoast Energy, Inc. She has worked in both publicly traded and private companies in a number of sectors, particularly in the Technology industry, and has significant experience in International HR. Sandra graduated with Honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Human Resources Management and holds her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Sandra has held several volunteer positions, specifically with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, BC Children’s Hospital and BC HRMA.

Peggy O'Brien

Peggy O’Brien, LL.B

M.J. (Peggy) O’Brien is a partner in the Vancouver office of the business law firm of Lawson Lundell LLP, which also has offices in Yellowknife, NWT and Calgary, Alberta. Prior to attending the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Peggy was the Personnel Manager at Victoria General Hospital in Victoria, BC and the Director of Employee Relations at Lion’s Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, BC. Since her call to the BC Bar in 1986, she has practiced employment, labour, human rights, and occupational health and safety law at Lawson Lundell LLP. She is a member of the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Subsections of the Canadian Bar Association and a Director of the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association.

Len Posyniak

Len Posyniak, CHRP

Len Posyniak joined the Corix Group of Companies in 2013 and is the Executive Vice President, Human Resources He has over 25 years executive level experience in leading corporate HR strategy and service delivery in a wide variety of industries including insurance, consulting and business process outsourcing as well as agri-products and logistics. Len provides leadership to Corix in all areas of human resource management, compensation, organization design and development. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina, as well as a Certified Human Resources Professional designation and an Institute of Corporate Directors designation.

Susan Ryan

Sue has worked for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation as the Vice President & CFO for the past 10 years, since moving to BC from the Yukon in 2003. She previously held posts as Vice President & CFO of the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Board, and as Director, Finance, Systems, & Administration with the Government of Yukon, Department of Justice. She currently serves (since 2005) on the Board of Governors for Queen Margaret’s School on Vancouver Island as the Secretary, and as the Treasurer (since 2009) for Encore! Women’s Choir with whom she sings. Previous Board experience includes President, Certified Management Accountants Society of Yukon, Board Member, Certified Management Accountants Society of Canada, Board Member, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Treasurer, Whitehorse Minor Hockey, Board Member, Kaushee’s Place Women’s Transition Home, Yukon.

Peter Saulnier

Peter Saulnier, CHRP

Peter is a Partner with Logan HR Management. He has consulted in human resources for over 15 years, with experience in career transition, compensation, and organization development. Most recently he was VP & General Manager for Toombs KWA. Previously he was Practice Leader for Watson Wyatt’s Human Capital Group in western Canada. Peter has been interviewed by and published in numerous periodicals, including the Globe & Mail, ROB Magazine, BC Business, BusinessInVancouver, and He has consulted in the US, Europe and Asia, and speaks regularly on a wide range of HR and business issues. Peter is a past Chair of the BC region of WorldatWork, the international association of compensation professionals, and he holds an MBA with a specialization in Human Resources & Organization Development from the University of British Columbia.

Terrence Schmaltz, CHRP

TJ Schmaltz started his career as a labour and employment lawyer in Vancouver working with a variety of public and private sector clients before moving into the HR world. As an HR practitioner, TJ has worked in a variety of roles. These include working in maximum security jails with BC’s Adult Corrections Branch and as the Director of Labour Relations and Occupational Health and Safety at BC’s largest retailer. In 2009, he became the Executive Director of Human Resources and Payroll Services for the District of West Vancouver. He is also a regular speaker and a guest lecturer at Capilano University as well as a part-time instructor with BCIT’s Business School teaching a variety of business, law and HR courses. TJ also runs a management consulting firm that specializes in strategic human resource management practices. TJ is a proud and passionate BC HRMA member with a desire to help shape the future of the HR profession as an organization’s key strategic driver.

Simon Evans

Simon Evans, CHRP

CEO, Ex-OfficioSimon brings significant experience and capability in both association and corporate management roles. Before joining BC HRMA, Simon was the CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA), where he contributed to the association achieving a prominent position in its industry. He has contributed to many industry committees and was a key participant in a taskforce for tourism/hospitality human resources. Prior to his role with the BCRFA, he spent 17 years with 7-Eleven Canada, in business development, marketing, operations and human resources roles, eventually serving as Vice President, Human Resources.

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