Senior Leadership Development Lead, Human Resources, WSIB
Velda has more than 17 years experience in the field of leadership and workplace learning. She holds a Master of Human Resources Management from York University, Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University and has a certificate in Developing Leadership Capacity from Queen’s University. Velda also has the following certifications: Emotional Intelligence Coach, Speed of Trust facilitator, performance coach and Voices 360 coach.
Velda believes that through effective relationships, leaders empower and develop others to become leaders in their own right. Keys to successful leadership include: leading change, facilitating growth in team members and establishing trust to help others achieve their full potential to maximize their performance.
Velda is currently in the process of implementing WSIBs Leadership Strategy which includes the organizations Leadership Capability Model. Under Velda’s leadership her team has established and embedded best practices for workplace learning and leadership development. The team has implemented the following programs: Succession Management, the New Manager Program, Manager Program for experienced managers, the Accelerated Leadership Development Program, and is in the process of implementing the Executive Leadership Development Program. All of these initiatives are aligned to the workforce of the future, ensuring focused development of leaders. This results in increased bench strength, while developing capabilities to ensure leaders are confident executing strategy, implementing vision and purpose while driving business outcomes.
Velda and her team are the recipients of the Institute for Performance and Learning’s (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development) WOW Award for Training Excellence, the Award for Training Excellence for a Blended Learning Program and most recently WSIBs Manager Program has won an Award of Excellence. Velda has published an article in the Fall Issue of the HREdge Magazine, a magazine that aims to maintain the bridge between the academic and professional business environments. It is a professional forum for the exchange of information and insights regarding the diversity of HR issues.