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Laura Tait, RPR - Maritimes Regional Director
Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Ltd., Dartmouth, NS

Laura Tait is currently the Director, Operations & Human Resources at Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Ltd. Based in Dartmouth, NS, Laura provides support to Pinchin LeBlanc’s four offices in Atlantic Canada. Since completing her Bachelor of Commerce and earning her Certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University, Laura has focused her career to date on HR and operations management in small to medium sized companies and enjoys navigating growth and change in these entrepreneurial environments. Laura completed the Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) program in 2003 through IPM and also holds the CHRP designation.


Patricia McKay, RPR - Maritimes Regional Co-Chair
P McKay Consulting, Shelburne, NS

Patricia McKay is presently an independent HR Consultant having recently retired after 30 years with the Nova Scotia Community College. She was previously Employee Services Advisor with NSCC Shelburne Campus. She works in a number of areas including payroll, recruitment, benefits and training. Pat has a generalist background. She holds a Business Administration Certificate from Mount Saint Vincent University. Pat also has the following Certificates from St. Mary's University: Managing in a Unionized Work Environment, Compensation Planning Basics for HR Professionals, Essentials Skills for the Human Resource Professional, Legal and Human Rights Issues at Work, Power Interviewing and Managing in a Workplace. She also holds her RPR (Registered Professional Recruiter) designation through IPM.

Brandi Babando, RPR - Maritimes Regional Co-Chair
Bell, Bedford, NS

Brandi Babando is currently a Senior Specialist, Human Resources for Bell in Atlantic Canada. Based in Bedford, NS, Brandi provides support to her client group in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick. Brandi returned to school in her 20’s to earn her Certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University in order to focus her career to date on HR and operations management. Brandi completed the Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) program in 2004 through IPM and also holds the CPHR designation.


Jaime Moore, RPT - Ottawa Regional Director
Canadian Commercial Corporation, Ottawa, ON

Jaime Moore is currently HR Advisor at the Canadian Commercial Corporation. Jaime deals in a number of areas including recruitment and selection, health and safety, work description writing and classification, as well as some labour relations and HR policy development. Jaime holds a B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College. Jaime has her Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) designation as well as her CHRP designation. Jaime has a generalist background and has held a variety positions in the past with organizations such as Nestlé Canada, The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa and McConnell HR Consulting.

Diane Johnson, RPR, CMP - Ottawa Regional Co-Chair
Johnson Executive Search Inc., Ottawa, ON

Diane Johnson has been President of Johnson Executive Search Inc., a successful executive search firm specializing in sales and marketing roles for over fifteen years. She previously spent several years in high tech and telecommunications in a variety of management and sales positions. Diane has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton University. Since 2004, she completed her Canadian Management Professional and her Registered Professional Recruiter certifications with IPM- Institute of Professional Management. Diane is listed in the 2000 edition of International Who’s Who of Professionals and the winner of the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Customer Service in 2002. She co-founded the Sales Professionals of Ottawa in 2009 and sits on the Management and Marketing Advisory Committee of Algonquin College. In the past, she has held positions on the Boards of the Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce, the Association for Services Management International, Canadian Telecommunications Consultants Association and Business Networks International.

Cindy Ziobrowski, RPR - Calgary Regional Director
Repsol Sport Centre, Calgary, AB

Cindy Ziobrowski is the Director of Human Resources for Repsol Sport Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Repsol Sport Centre is a not for profit organization and is Canada’s largest multi-sport complex. As key member of the senior leadership team, Cindy is responsible for providing direction and support to the Human Resources and Payroll and Benefits team, identifying organizational needs and the strategic development and delivery of all core human resources and payroll functions. In addition to her Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) and Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) designations through IPM, she has completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dmetri Berko, RPR - Calgary Regional Co-Chair
Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, AB

Dmetri Berko is the Student Recruitment Manager for the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary. Having spent the past 5 years in professional agency recruiting, he applies his proactive project management and planning skills in creative ways to help the college exceed application and enrolment targets. He has a Masters in Project Management from Keller Graduate School (DeVry University) and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Calgary. Since 2011, Dmetri has completed the Project Management Professional (PMP), the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and the Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) designations. He is currently working towards the Canadian Management Professional (CMP) designation through IPM. Dmetri commits his volunteer time to working on community boards in executive positions from the Calgary Saracens Rugby Football Club to the Calgary Boys' Choir.

Kristin Krause Reed, RPR - Calgary Regional Co-Chair
GE Canada, Calgary, AB

Kristin Krause Reed is the Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist for GE, General Electric Canada. In her role, Kristin supports all GE businesses in Western Canada, using her industry expertise and strong network to help GE recruit top talent. She has 11 years experience in recruitment in Calgary, 3 years working for an agency and 9 years at GE Canada. Kristin has been an RPR (Registered Professional Recruiter) through IPM since 2006 and has a Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge. Kristin also commits her volunteer time to the Junior Chamber of Calgary.

Linda Kellett - Toronto Regional Director
L Kellett Consulting, Markham, ON

Linda Kellett is an independent HR Consultant. She has over twenty five years' HR experience, twenty of those with BDO Dunwoody LLP. She was a Director of Human Resources in BDO's National Office in Toronto. Linda has extensive expertise in the areas of recruitment, compensation, performance management and project management. Linda was responsible for the update and development of BDO policies and procedures. In 1995, Linda completed the requirements for her Certified Administrative Management (C.A.M.) designation, and in 2002 obtained her Canadian Personnel Professional (CPP) designation which recognizes human resource management skills. Linda has participated in "Real Time Coaching" and is a member of the Canadian Management Professionals Association and HRPA Ontario.

Reeshma Jassani, RPT, CMP - Toronto Regional Co-Chair
CN Rail, Toronto, ON

Reeshma Jassani is currently the Director of Human Resources/Labour Relations working for CN Rail. With over 15 years of experience in employment law and human resources, she oversees the HR strategy and planning for the organization including: implementing HR best practices, addressing the strategic needs of the business, performance management and compensation decisions, execution of organizational effectiveness, workforce and succession planning, disability case management and return to work programs, managing complex employee relations issues, analyzing and coaching senior leaders on legal risks relative to Human Rights and Employment Standards matters. She possesses strong knowledge and expertise of employment legislation and guides business leaders across Canada in fostering a development, coaching and mentoring culture within the organization. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University, and has both her Canadian Management Professional (CMP) and Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) designations through IPM.

Shawn Nesseth, RPT - Toronto Regional Co-Chair
407 ETR Concession Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON

Shawn Nesseth is the Training Developer at 407 ETR Concession Company Limited in Woodbridge, Ontario. Shawn earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a specialization in Sports Administration from Laurentian University and his Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) designation through IPM. Shawn is a Langevin Learning Services Master Trainer with specialty certifications as a Training Manager/Director, Training Generalist, and e-Learning Specialist. Shawn is dedicated to the design, development, and delivery of high-quality training initiatives, including Health and Safety, Compliance, Technical Skills, Soft Skills, and Customer Service. Shawn embraces “Lifelong Learning” and is committed to supporting the success of his colleagues through training and development.


Connie Olson, RPR, CMP - Edmonton Regional Director

C Olson Consulting, Edmonton, AB

Connie Olson is a Human Resources professional with over fifteen years’ experience in Senior HR Leadership roles. Working collaboratively with key stakeholders, Connie recognizes the importance of building strong HR programs and initiatives that support and sustain an organization’s performance. Connie has an HR Manager and Generalist background and has held positions at various organizations such as Independent Electric & Controls Ltd., Derk’s Formals & Menswear where she also managed the Bridal Fantasy Event Office, Goodwill Industries of Alberta and CCS Corporation (Tervita) where she was awarded the Werklund Leadership Award. Connie has also completed the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Program and holds her Registered Professional Recruiters (RPR) designation as well as her Canadian Management Professional (CMP) designation through IPM.

Jacalyn Appelt - Edmonton Regional Co-Chair
Edmonton, AB

Jacalyn (Jackie) Appelt is a career Human Resources Generalist with comprehensive broad-based experience. She has a passion for HR Management and a penchant for labour/employee relations. She has extensive experience as a leader, manager and professional within public and private sector organizations including post-secondary institutions, healthcare, libraries, municipal government, industrial camp & catering, trucking and public education. Jackie brings integrity, teamwork and a collaborative, interest based approach while demonstrating sound judgment, due diligence, dedication and determination to her profession. Jackie has CHRP, IPMA-CP designations, a Human Resources Management certificate and numerous professional development training courses.

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