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Board members: Employer Representatives

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 as President and CEO 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. Most recently he was a term lecturer at Red River College on industrial relations and human resource management. He is currently the Chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Accessibility, which is charged with developing and recommending the Standards required by the Act, and is past chair and current treasurer of The Friends of Elmwood Cemetery.

Elizabeth M. (Betty) Black click to open

Appointed in 1985, Betty Black is a Fellow Certified Professional Human Resource Professional (FCPHR) 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.

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.

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 Commissioner for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and a board member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

Andrea Thomson click to open

Appointed in 2019, she is a director of human resources and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Ms. Thomson has been working in human resources for over eleven years and has extensive experience in labour/management relations, including collective bargaining, negotiations, strategic planning, employment policy, health and safety and employment training.  She has experience working in construction, manufacturing and non-profit industries and is a member of Client Advisory Council with Manitoba Blue Cross.

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.

Jane MacKay click to open

Appointed in 2020, she is currently chief human resources officer at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg. Prior to working in healthcare, she held senior leadership roles in HR and Labour Relations in diverse industries including manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and oil and gas. She was a member of the WCB Board of Directors from 2008 to 2018 and is a current part-time commissioner representing employers on the WCB Appeal Commission.

René Ouellette click to open

Appointed in 2020, René Ouellette is currently the Vice President Human, Resources for Southern Health-Santé Sud and has experience in labour relations including collective bargaining, collective agreement interpretation, investigations and other labour relations matters. He was previously employed with the Province of Manitoba in various human resource roles and with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. His educational background is from Brandon University and the University of Manitoba.

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