Labour & Regulatory Services - Labour Board

Board members: Employer Representatives


Jim H. Baker
Elizabeth M. (Betty) Black
Christiane Y. Devlin
Tom Goodman
Colleen Johnston
Paul J. LaBossiere
Chris W. Lorenc
Harvey Miller
Yvette Milner
Brian Peto
Lloyd Schreyer
Darcy Strutinsky
Denis E. Sutton
Peter Wightman
Jim Witiuk

Jim H. Baker, C.A. click to open

Appointed in 2000, Jim Baker is president and chief executive officer of the Manitoba Hotel Association (MHA).  Prior to his employment with the MHA, he was a partner in a chartered accountancy firm for 20 years.  He is an executive member of the Hotel Association of Canada and past chairperson of the Manitoba Tourism Education Council.  He was co-chairperson of the athletes' villages during the 1999 Pan Am Games and has been active as a community volunteer. 




Elizabeth M. (Betty) Black click to open

Appointed in 1985, Betty Black is a Fellow Certified Human Resource Professional (FCHRP) and holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Manitoba. She has spent over 30 years in senior human resource management roles in the private and public sectors in both union and non-union environments in the areas of manufacturing, hospitality, financial services and consulting. She is a member and past president of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba and has instructed in the Human Resource Management Certificate program at the University of Manitoba. She has served in voluntary leadership roles with the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, the United Way of Winnipeg and numerous other community organizations.




Christiane Devlin click to open

Appointed in 2002, Christiane Devlin has held senior management positions in human resources, integrating human resources within the business needs of companies in the transportation, communication and printing, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, and retail co-operatives.  She is currently the manager, Human Resources with the Kleysen Group.  Ms. Devlin is bilingual and her human resource management experience includes unionized and non-unionized workplaces.  She also sits as a part-time Commissioner at the Appeal Commission.




Tom Goodman click to open

Appointed in 2013, Tom Goodman retired from Hudbay Minerals Inc. in June 2012 having served in a variety of senior executive roles for over 34 years both in Canada and internationally. These roles have included oversight and/or direct responsibility for human resources including labour relations for organizations of more than 1,500+ employees in both union and non-union environments. He is a past director and past chairman of the Mining Association of Manitoba. He is a member of the Mining Minister's Mining Council, chairman of the Hudbay Environment Health and Safety Committee, and a director of the Technical Committee and the Audit Committee. He is a member of the Governing Council of the University College of the North. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Hudbay Minerals Inc. upon his retirement in June 2012.




Colleen Johnston click to open

Appointed in 1993, Colleen Johnston is the director, Total Rewards, Health and Wellness for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and the president of Integre Human Resource Consulting.  She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education degree and is a Fellow, Certified Human Resource Professional (FCHRP). She is a past chair of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM), a founding director of the Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations and a former member of the Regulatory Review Committee of the Canada Labour Code in Ottawa.  She has represented Canadian employers at the United Nations in Geneva and is currently chair of the Board of Directors of CAA Manitoba and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.




Paul J. LaBossiere click to open

Appointed in 1999, Paul LaBossiere retired from the position of president and CEO of P.M.L. Maintenance Ltd. He is past co-chairperson of the Employers Task Force on Workers Compensation, a past executive member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, past president, parliamentarian, and government affairs advisor of the Building Owners and Managers Association, a member of the Manitoba Employers Council and is a frequent international speaker on issues pertaining to the maintenance and service industries. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Building Services Contractors Association International (37 countries). He is the past board president of the Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) and a past trustee of the PTE Foundation Trust. His past affiliations include vice-chairperson and treasurer of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Committee for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Manitoba. He is a past trustee of Opimian Vineyard Trust and vice-president of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.




Chris Lorenc, B.A., LL.B. click to open

Appointed in 2003, Chris Lorenc is president of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, president of the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, founding board member of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, chairperson of the Board of CentrePort Canada Inc, and member of the Blue Bomber Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.  He has an extensive background in public policy writing related to trade, transportation, infrastructure, workplace safety and health.  A lawyer by background, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees.  He is a former Winnipeg city councillor having served for nine years between 1983 and 1992.  During his tenure on council, he chaired a number of standing committees and held a variety of senior positions.  He has also served and continues to serve on a number of boards of business, cultural, community and hospital organizations.




Harvey Miller click to open

Appointed in 2010, Harvey Miller is the past president of the Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria.  He has extensive senior management experience in both public and not-for-profit agencies, including the Workers Advisor Office and the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.  He has served on numerous volunteer boards, and is a past president of the Winnipeg Mental Health Association and the Manitoba Biathlon Association.




Yvette Milner click to open

Appointed in 1996, Yvette Milner is president of Merit Contractors Association an industry association providing services to open shop contractors in Manitoba.  She also owns a consulting company specializing in assisting companies to manage injury and illness in the workplace.  Ms. Milner’s background is in human resources, safety and disability management.  Active in the Manitoba business community, she is involved with the Manitoba Employers Council, and the Manitoba and Winnipeg Chambers of Commerce.




Brian Peto click to open

Appointed in 2011, Brian Peto has extensive senior human resource experience in the retail, manufacturing and financial services sectors. He has served on the board of directors of one Canada's largest defined contribution pension plans. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and Red River Community College. Mr. Peto is a former cabinet member of the United Way of Winnipeg and past president of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba.


Lloyd Schreyer click to open

Appointed in 2015, Lloyd Schreyer has had a lengthy career in human resources and labour relations.  From 2000 until his retirement in 2014, he was secretary to the Compensation Committee of Cabinet, Government of Manitoba, where he was responsible for liaision with employers and unions in the Manitoba public sector regarding collective bargaining and labour relations.  From 1978 to 2000, he was employed in human resources at the University of Manitoba, where he progressed to director of the department.   He began his career in 1972 as a business agent with the Operating Engineers Union.  He has served on the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee, the Board of Directors of Manfor Ltd., Selkirk Mental Health Centre and Red River College.  He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba.




Darcy Strutinsky click to open

Appointed in 2008, Darcy Strutinsky concluded a lengthy career in senior healthcare human resource leadership positions in 2012. He now provides independent human resource, labour relations and respectful workplace consulting services to employers in the private and public sectors. He is a member of the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee and is a board member of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and the Riverview Health Centre.




Denis E. Sutton click to open

Appointed in 1983, Denis Sutton has had extensive training in business administration and human resource management and has extensive experience in labour relations in both the private and public sectors. He has served as chairperson of the Industrial Relations Committee, Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Manufacturers Association, chairperson of the Western Grain Elevator Association Human Resource Committee, chairperson of the Conference Board of Canada, Council of Human Resource Executives (West) and is an active member of many labour relations committees and associations. He is presently employed as vice-president Human Resources at Motor Coach Industries International.


Peter Wightman click to open

Appointed in 2013, Peter Wightman is the executive director of the Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba, a position he has held since 1996. Previously, he was Manitoba Health Organization's senior labour relations negotiator/consultant providing collective bargaining and other labour relations services to all of Manitoba's health care employers and prior to that was a senior labour relations officer at the corporate headquarters of the Canada Post Corporation in Ottawa. Mr. Wightman chairs the employer caucus of the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee, is a founding member of the Government of Manitoba's ongoing Construction Industry Wages Act Review Committee, and chairs a Provincial Trade Advisory Committee for the Manitoba Apprenticeship Branch. Mr. Wightman is also chairman of eight Manitoba Construction Industry Pension and Health and Welfare Benefit Trust Funds and is a Canadian director on the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Board of Directors. A graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, he holds a bachelor's degree in economics and law and has been engaged in the field of labour relations for over 25 years.


Jim Witiuk click to open

Appointed in 2004, Jim Witiuk is the former director of labour relations for Sobeys West Inc. with responsibility for labour relations matters in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario.  He retired in 2016.  He sits on a number of trusteed health and welfare and pension plans as a management trustee and is a member of and sits on the Canadian Board of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.  He is a past member of the Employment and Immigration Board of Referees.  He serves on the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee, serves on that group's Arbitration Advisory Sub-Committee and is an active member of the Manitoba Employers Council.  Mr. Witiuk is also on the Board of Directors of MEBCO (Multi Employee Benefit Plan Council of Canada).  He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa.



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