Garth-Wayne Christopher

Garth-Wayne Christopher

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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About me:

It is my core belief that the main role of any employee is to add value to the organisation. I am cognizant of the impact non-value adding elements have on competitiveness, sustainable profitability and engagement.

A significant aspect of my work involved implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies and procedures. 

My major motivation is whether or not I can add value to the organisation. Challenges present an opportunity for innovation within myself and the Human Resource function. I am enthused by the ability to deliver value in a sustainable, responsible and ethical manner. New challenges are welcomed, and I identify keenly with the philosophy of promoting responsible management of our human resources. 

Education:

Master of Business Administration (Merit) _ Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom_                        2016.

M.Sc. Mediation Studies _ University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago                                      2012 (World Education Services 2019 – Canadian Equivalency – Master’s Degree). 

B.Sc. (Hons.) Economics and Management Studies _ University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago 2006.

Chartered Professional Human Resources (CPHR), November 12th, 2019 (Cert# 38011) {SHRM/CPHR Mutual Recognition Agreement 2018}

Senior Certified Professional (SCP), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), May 18th, 2018 (ID#01941908). 

Experience:

My past roles as an Industrial Relations Specialist and a Conciliation and Labour Relations Officer II afforded me the opportunity to gain unique understanding and insight into the Human Resource functions of the public service apparatus and business enterprises across multiple industry sectors. 

 

My last role as a Human Resource Business Partner at Yara gave me exposure to various international standards of the Human Resource function. I partnered with various employees, functional managers and trade/labour union representatives to map and realize the human resource needs of the organisation which included, but were not limited to the following: employee/industrial relations, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and management, and performance management. Additionally, I analysed and reviewed the costs associated with the Human Resource function generally, as well as, costs/risks associated with employee/industrial relations concerns. I was part of the team that negotiated settlements with respect to the foregoing on Yara’s behalf in the most cost-effective manner possible. 

 

My major achievements are:

Increased utilization of the performance management system from 30% to 85%.

80% Collective Agreement/Labour Contract Negotiations settled. 

40% reduction in new disputes/grievances.

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