Velda has more than 18 years’ experience in the field of talent, leadership and workplace learning. She holds a Master of Human Resources from York University, Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University and has a certificate in Developing Leadership Capacity from Queens University. Velda is also a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, Certified Speed of Trust Facilitator, a Certified Performance Coach and Certified 360 Voices 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 integrating and implementing all talent programs; including performance management and the organizations leadership capability model. Under Velda’s leadership her team have established and embedded best practices for talent and workplace learning, they have executed executive development, succession management, a new manager program, an experienced manager program, and an accelerated leadership development program. All of these initiatives are aligned to the workforce of the future, ensuring focused development of leaders; increasing bench strength, while developing capabilities to ensure leaders are confident executing strategy, implementing vision and purpose while driving business outcomes.
Velda and her team evolve the practice and profession of leadership and learning both inside and outside of the WSIB. They are the recipients of the Institute of Performance and Learning’s WOW Award for Training Excellence, the Award for Training Excellence for a Blended Learning Program and most recently WSIBs Experienced 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. Velda is a part-time Professor at York University in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, School of Human Resource Management and speaks at external engagements.