In their 17 year career at their credit union, all within the HR department, this nominee has always been a highly reliable team member who displays a great amount of accountability and integrity. Over the last five years, they have established themselves as a highly respected leader in the organization, moving from a Professional Development Specialist, to Manager of HR, to VP of HR during this time. Many employees and peers look to them for guidance on leadership. They lead very effectively with a quiet mannerism that commands people to listen when they speak. They lead by example through active listening and dedication to formal and informal coaching. They have demonstrated on many occasions that they do not avoid the difficult conversation with their direct reports or other employees, but are also quick to provide appropriate recognition when warranted.
This nominee has managed their leadership journey in a very purposeful way and aligned it to leadership principles of “managing self, managing others and managing organizations.” They have built an effective leadership curriculum at their credit union, which consists of fundamental coaching and sales and service programs, and two steps of a concentrated leadership program. This program takes new and established leaders on a leadership development journey over several months, where leaders learn in cohorts and then put their learnings into action while receiving feedback and touch points along the way to refine and engrain the behaviours. The program has been very well received and is achieving strong results.
While focusing on developing themselves during the “Leading Others” stage of her leadership journey, they quickly established themselves for their confidence, knowledge and very sensible approach. This nominee’s approach and ability to execute on strategy within her team caught the attention of executive. They were invited to be an active participant at a senior management meeting for strategic financial management and risk. They have been active in establishing a core team of senior leadership in the organization tasked with executing on strategy. They took on the important role of Scrum Master within the team and is responsible for managing the Team’s priorities, workload and “board.” They are highly respected for their ability to communicate and effectively organize. Further to that, they have been formally identified as part of the Executive succession plan and invited by the CEO to be an active member of the Executive Team. They attend all regular meetings, strategy sessions and Board planning and meetings. They are an active participant bringing forward thoughtful challenge and innovative ideas.
This nominee has also established a high degree of respect at the Board level, being a standing invite at the Governance & People Committee where they present the HR report at each meeting. They have also actively presented at the Board level and participated in strategic planning. They are very well respected at this level for their knowledge and professionalism..
This nominee has spent much time building their leadership skills and sharing with others. They have a B. Comm, a Certificate in Adult Education, is a Graduate of the Rotman’s Strategic Human Resources Executive Program and is currently pursuing her diploma in Digital Marketing through Emeritus. They are an active mentor and mentee and a champion for personal development.
Their professionalism, high degree of integrity, accountability and passion make them a well respected and very effective leader and I believe an ideal candidate for this award.