I am currently a full-time, permanent faculty member of the School of Business at the University of Alberta and serve as an Associate Executive Professor. I teach on the MBA and B Com programs in a number of areas including Leadership, Ethics, Culture, Human Resources, Change Management, Government Policy Development, and Project Management. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.
Prior to my retirement from government service about six years ago, I was the Executive Director of Human Resources (HR) for Alberta Health and Wellness [the Ministry of Health]. In that role, I was accountable for providing the full range of transactional and strategic HR services for that Government department. I reported directly to the Deputy Minister and was a member of the Department’s Executive Committee as well as the provincial governments’ Human Resources Council.
I worked in the HR field for over 30 years including at a Director level with the Federal, Municipal and Provincial levels of government. I am experienced in all HR disciplines having worked as an HR generalist/manager during my career. In addition to general HR certifications, I am certified in the HR disciplines of staffing/recruitment, labour relations, and training.
Education and life-long learning have always been important to me and I completed my MBA in 2001 with Royal Roads University in Victoria. I have been a faculty member of the University of Alberta for over twelve years. I also was on the business faculty at Grant MacEwan University before starting full-time work with UofA.
I strongly believe in the value of professional association. In addition to being a member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta (CPHR AB) and the International Personnel Management Association of Canada (IPMA-Canada), I belong to various other organizations such as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). I hold HR certification from both Canadian associations [i.e. CPHR and IPMA-ACP] and am certified to practice HR in the United States [i.e. SHRM-SCP]. I have served on numerous boards and committees including as the National President of IPMA Canada, one of the two national HR certification bodies in Canada. Finally, I hold certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
In my free time, I serve as a member of the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Federal Retirees (NAFR). I was honoured to be elected by affirmation to a second 3-year term in that role in June 2021. NAFR represents over 175,000 largely former members of the federal government, RCMP, Canadian military, and federally appointed judges. NAFR has some 79 Branches representing members in all Canadian provinces and territories as well as outside Canada.
This course explores the ethical challenges facing business leaders today, and how individuals and firms can address those challenges. The course aims to enhance the skills and expertise of students through combining examination of ethical and managerial theory with discussion of common ethical problems in context. Contemporary ethical and social issues will be examined through the use of case studies, class discussions and debates. Course material includes individual ethical theory, the development of ethical organizational culture, the development of ethical management systems designed to respond to ethical challenges, and wide-ranging discussion regarding major trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of ethical business.
Provides an understanding of the behavior of individuals in organizations. Draws from psychology, sociology, organization theory and covers topics such as personality, motivation, leadership, communication, conflict, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Not open to students in the Faculty of Business. Open only to students from other faculties where the course is a requirement. Not to be taken by students with credit in SEM 200, 201 or 310.
The purpose of this course is to increase understanding of leadership roles and skill in exercising those roles. These include team building, mentoring, managing conflict, delegating, managing participative decision making, creative problem solving, and time and stress management. Prerequisite: SEM 201, 301 or 310. Open to third- and fourth-year students.
This is a comprehensive study of rights in the work place. It examines principles of human resource management as guided by statutes and case law by courts and administrative tribunals. Prerequisite: SEM 201, 301 or 310. Open to third- and fourth-year students.
Introduces students to organizational behavior (OB) and human resource management (HRM), and how to generate energy and commitment in employees. Examines options relevant to staffing, performance management, reward systems, leadership, motivation, decision making, communication, labor relations, and current issues in the field of management. Credit will not be given for SEM 500 when ORG A 500 or 503 or 504 have been completed.
Examines how public policy is implemented in organizations. Topic areas will include: using new knowledge to develop policy; influencing policy; and the role of managers in effectively implementing policy. There will be a strong focus on how public sector managers can effectively design and implement change strategies that take into consideration the organizational structure, systems, leadership, culture and politics. Combines classroom discussion of theoretical concepts with practical application in organizational settings.
The purpose of this course is to increase the student's understanding of leadership roles and skill in exercising those roles. These include team building, mentoring, managing conflict, delegating, managing participative decision making, creative problem solving, and time and stress management.
Topics may vary from year to year. Students should check with the MBA Office for pre/corequisites of specific sections.