​Northwestern Ontario Chapter Executive Board

Anna-Grassia Anna Grassia, CHRL - Chapter Chair

Anna is a life-long resident of Northwestern Ontario.  She is the Human Resources Generalist at Resolute Forest Products Inc. Anna has worked in Human Resources for 14 years and holds her C.H.R.L designation. Her HR expertise encompasses benefit and pension administration, recruitment and retention, onboarding, HRIS and metrics management.  Anna feels very fortunate and proud of her 25 years of employment in the forest product industry, a cornerstone of Canada's manufacturing sector. She also had the pleasure of facilitating courses for Confederation College. Anna began volunteering with the HRPA Northwestern Ontario in 2012 when she joined the Chapter Executive.  Her past positions were Secretary, Membership Director and Vice Chair. She currently holds the position of Chapter Chair.


Jill-SymingtonJill Symington, CHRL - Past Chair

Jill holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Lakehead University and has been working in the public sector as an HR professional for over twenty years.  She joined the Chapter Board in 2014 as President Elect, served as President from 2015 to 2017, and is currently in the Past Chair role.

Since 2015, Jill has been employed as an Human Resources Business Partner at Ontario Power Generation, Northwest Operations.  She is passionate about the value that HR Professionals provide to leaders and employees in our dynamic and complex employment world and is proud to be part of the Northwest region’s HR community. 


Brandon-DoveBrandon Dove - Chair | Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Brandon has an advanced diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources from Confederation College. Upon completion of his diploma, Brandon’s career path started with the Ontario Region of Superior Propane, first as Human Resources Coordinator followed by a promotion to Human Resources Advisor based in Mississauga. Brandon returned to Thunder Bay to assume the role of Human Resources Coordinator with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, as well as Human Resources Officer for North American Palladium at the Lac Des Iles Mine. Since 2017, Brandon has been employed as a Human Resources Officer for Contact North | Contact Nord based out of the Thunder Bay Operations Centre. He is excited to help promote and support the Human Resources profession in Northwestern Ontario. 


Karolane-BlaisKarolane Blais - Chair | Student Liaison

My name is Karolane Blais, I am from Red Lake ON, and I am in my 3rd year in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Lakehead University, majoring in Human Resources & Industrial Relations. For the past 2 summers, I have had the opportunity to work as a Human Resources student at Newmont Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines, where I assisted with recruitment related tasks (interviews, reference checks, leading orientation sessions, etc.). This is my second year as the Chair of the Student Liaison Committee, and I look forward to organizing more events in order to help students from Lakehead University and Confederation College learn more about the HR industry.



Karen-Ball Karen Ball, CHRL - Chair | Secretary-Treasurer

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Karen earned her Diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources at Confederation College. Along with her education, Karen holds her CHRL designation and has over 14 years of experience in the Human Resources field. In her current role as Human Resources Advisor at Tbaytel, she provides guidance and support in many areas such as performance management, policy development, recruitment and selection,  psychological health and safety, leadership and employee training, as well as employment equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Karen is passionate about fostering respect, fairness and equity in the workplace. In support of this, she is chair of the Employment Equity Committee, sits on the Respect Committee as secretary, and has volunteered in, and organized events for, employee led initiatives for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the United Way.   


Anna-Grassia Anna Grassia, CHRL - Chapter Chair

Anna is a life-long resident of Northwestern Ontario.  She is the Human Resources Generalist at Resolute Forest Products Inc. Anna has worked in Human Resources for 14 years and holds her C.H.R.L designation. Her HR expertise encompasses benefit and pension administration, recruitment and retention, onboarding, HRIS and metrics management.  Anna feels very fortunate and proud of her 25 years of employment in the forest product industry, a cornerstone of Canada's manufacturing sector. She also had the pleasure of facilitating courses for Confederation College. Anna began volunteering with the HRPA Northwestern Ontario in 2012 when she joined the Chapter Executive.  Her past positions were Secretary, Membership Director and Vice Chair. She currently holds the position of Chapter Chair.


Jill-SymingtonJill Symington, CHRL - Past Chair

Jill holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Lakehead University and has been working in the public sector as an HR professional for over twenty years.  She joined the Chapter Board in 2014 as President Elect, served as President from 2015 to 2017, and is currently in the Past Chair role.

Since 2015, Jill has been employed as an Human Resources Business Partner at Ontario Power Generation, Northwest Operations.  She is passionate about the value that HR Professionals provide to leaders and employees in our dynamic and complex employment world and is proud to be part of the Northwest region’s HR community. 


Brandon-DoveBrandon Dove - Chair | Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Brandon has an advanced diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources from Confederation College. Upon completion of his diploma, Brandon’s career path started with the Ontario Region of Superior Propane, first as Human Resources Coordinator followed by a promotion to Human Resources Advisor based in Mississauga. Brandon returned to Thunder Bay to assume the role of Human Resources Coordinator with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, as well as Human Resources Officer for North American Palladium at the Lac Des Iles Mine. Since 2017, Brandon has been employed as a Human Resources Officer for Contact North | Contact Nord based out of the Thunder Bay Operations Centre. He is excited to help promote and support the Human Resources profession in Northwestern Ontario. 


Karolane-BlaisKarolane Blais - Chair | Student Liaison

My name is Karolane Blais, I am from Red Lake ON, and I am in my 3rd year in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Lakehead University, majoring in Human Resources & Industrial Relations. For the past 2 summers, I have had the opportunity to work as a Human Resources student at Newmont Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines, where I assisted with recruitment related tasks (interviews, reference checks, leading orientation sessions, etc.). This is my second year as the Chair of the Student Liaison Committee, and I look forward to organizing more events in order to help students from Lakehead University and Confederation College learn more about the HR industry.



Karen-Ball Karen Ball, CHRL - Chair | Secretary-Treasurer

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Karen earned her Diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources at Confederation College. Along with her education, Karen holds her CHRL designation and has over 14 years of experience in the Human Resources field. In her current role as Human Resources Advisor at Tbaytel, she provides guidance and support in many areas such as performance management, policy development, recruitment and selection,  psychological health and safety, leadership and employee training, as well as employment equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Karen is passionate about fostering respect, fairness and equity in the workplace. In support of this, she is chair of the Employment Equity Committee, sits on the Respect Committee as secretary, and has volunteered in, and organized events for, employee led initiatives for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the United Way.   


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