Labour & Regulatory Services - Labour Board

Board members: Employer Representatives


Jim H. Baker, C.A.
Elizabeth M. (Betty) Black
Christiane Y. Devlin
Tom Goodman
Colleen Johnston
Paul J. LaBossiere
Harvey Miller
Yvette Milner
Jason Peterson
Brian Peto
Darcy Strutinsky
Peter Wightman
Jim Witiuk


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

Appointed in 2000, Jim Baker has served on several not for profit boards and government agencies during and following a career spanning partnership in a regional chartered accountancy firm; and most recently as president of the Manitoba Hotel Association. He was co-chair of the Athletes Villages committee for the 1999 Pan Am games and has been on the mission staff at the Canada and Western Canada Games. Mr. Baker is also a past director of the Winnipeg Convention Centre. He has lectured at Red River College on industrial relations and human resource Management and been a sessional lecturer in Accounting at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Baker is currently is the chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Accessibility and past chair of the Friends of Elmwood Cemetery.




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 owner of Integre Human Resources Consulting and the former director, Total Rewards, Health and Wellness for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education degree and is a Fellow, Chartered Professional in Human Resources (FCPHR). 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, is a past chair of the Board of Directors of CAA Manitoba and is currently chair of the Manitoba Advisory Committee of CAA Club Group.




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 past vice-president of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.




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 Worker 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.




Jason Peterson click to open

Appointed in 2018, Jason Peterson is the labour relations lead for Manitoba Hydro’s major capital projects and managing director of the Hydro Projects Management Association, which represents all unionized contractors performing work for Manitoba Hydro under the Burntwood Nelson River Agreement. He was the past co-chair of the Wuskwatim project safety and health committee and provides in-line advice to both the Keeyask and Keewatinohk project safety committees and Manitoba Hydro’s construction safety teams. Mr. Peterson sits as a board member of the Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba, BuildForce Canada, is a member of the Manitoba Employers Council, and has held various management leadership roles since 1990.




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 of 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.




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.




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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