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The Thousand Islands Chapter Board

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About Leadership

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Maggie O’Connor, CHRP

Chapter Chair

Maggie O’Connor is the Human Resources Manager at Canadian Tire Store 417 in Kingston. Providing services to over 150 employees, she is a member of the senior management team responsible for recruitment, training, total compensation, occupational health and safety and performance management.

She holds a joint Honours degree in Anthropology and History from the University of New Brunswick and a post-grad Diploma in Human Resources form St. Lawrence College. Maggie successfully completed her CHRP designation in 2018 and is working toward her CHRL designation.

Maggie has been a board member for the past four years and looks forward to continuing to help bring a meaningful program to the Thousand Islands Chapter in the upcoming year.

Michael-Naz
Michael Nazarewycz

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

Michael has been working in the Human Resources field for over 10 years.  After graduating from the Human Resources program at Seneca College, he started working as a Human Resources Coordinator in the hospitality industry.  While in the industry, Michael achieved the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in 2009, and he made his way to become a Human Resource Manager.   Subsequently, Michael began to work in the public sector, focussing on payroll and compensation at the Toronto Zoo.  In 2014, Michael attained the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).  In 2016, Michael became an Employment Standards Officer, enforcing employment standards legislation in the province.  Most recently, in 2021/2022 he accepted an acting Regional Program Coordinator position, providing legislative and policy guidance to a team of Employment Standards Officers.

Ken Cross - Thousand Islands
Ken Cross

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development

Ken Cross is a Human Resources Leader with over twenty (20) years of experience in the Transportation, Supply Chain, Retail, and Food Manufacturing industries. Ken has led and delivered strategic people and culture programs as well as a variety of other programs designed to drive performance, unleash leadership potential and improve overall business performance and employee engagement.

Ken is currently the Regional Human Resources Business Partner with  Dentalcorp Ltd, with prior positions consisting of HR Business Partner with Redpath Sugar Ltd, and Senior HR Manager with SLH Transport Inc and Sears Canada Inc. In 2016, Ken was the inaugural recipient of the HR Leader of the Year award, presented by TruckingHR Canada to someone who exemplifies human resources practices within their organization and who serves as an effective role model for other HR professionals in the trucking industry.

Ken also is a passionate volunteer and advocate for childhood cancer charities, guest speaking, hosting and participating in many events in Kingston and the surrounding area, but also across Canada as a 7 time Sears National Kids Cancer Ride Cyclist. Since 2009, Ken continues to be a guest speaker

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Gail MacAllister

Chair, Chapter Communications

Gail has been a member of the Kingston Chapter HRPA since 2016 and achieved her CHRP in 2017.  She has completed two masters level degrees from Queen’s University, Theology (2011) and Industrial Relations (2015), and will graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School with the Master of Law specializing in Dispute Resolution in June 2020. Her current professional role is with the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University where she serves as the Department Manager, Program Director and Adjunct Lecturer.  She also loves teaching at St. Lawrence College in programs offered by the School of Business.

She has enjoyed attending the many learning opportunities and dinners hosted by the Kingston Chapter of the HRPA and is very excited to give back to the community in the role of Communications Chair.

Tracey Bickle, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Tracey has been working in the Human Resources field for 10 years. She is a graduate of the Trent University Bachelors of Business Administration Program. After completing her degree she continued to work towards achieving her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation which she received in 2013. Since then she has worked mostly in the manufacturing field but also has experience in the construction, administration, healthcare and not for profit industries.

Meghan Swerdgager
Meghan Swerdfager

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison & Communications

My name is Meghan Swerdfager, I am the Chapter Chair, Student Liaison for the Thousand Islands Chapter. I grew up in the small town of Merrickville, ON and attended St. Lawrence College to take the three year Business Administration – Human Resources program. I am now continuing my education through Laurentian University to achieve my Bachelors in Business Administration.

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Maggie O’Connor, CHRP

Chapter Chair

Maggie O’Connor is the Human Resources Manager at Canadian Tire Store 417 in Kingston. Providing services to over 150 employees, she is a member of the senior management team responsible for recruitment, training, total compensation, occupational health and safety and performance management.

She holds a joint Honours degree in Anthropology and History from the University of New Brunswick and a post-grad Diploma in Human Resources form St. Lawrence College. Maggie successfully completed her CHRP designation in 2018 and is working toward her CHRL designation.

Maggie has been a board member for the past four years and looks forward to continuing to help bring a meaningful program to the Thousand Islands Chapter in the upcoming year.

Michael-Naz
Michael Nazarewycz

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

Michael has been working in the Human Resources field for over 10 years.  After graduating from the Human Resources program at Seneca College, he started working as a Human Resources Coordinator in the hospitality industry.  While in the industry, Michael achieved the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in 2009, and he made his way to become a Human Resource Manager.   Subsequently, Michael began to work in the public sector, focussing on payroll and compensation at the Toronto Zoo.  In 2014, Michael attained the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).  In 2016, Michael became an Employment Standards Officer, enforcing employment standards legislation in the province.  Most recently, in 2021/2022 he accepted an acting Regional Program Coordinator position, providing legislative and policy guidance to a team of Employment Standards Officers.

Ken Cross - Thousand Islands
Ken Cross

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development

Ken Cross is a Human Resources Leader with over twenty (20) years of experience in the Transportation, Supply Chain, Retail, and Food Manufacturing industries. Ken has led and delivered strategic people and culture programs as well as a variety of other programs designed to drive performance, unleash leadership potential and improve overall business performance and employee engagement.

Ken is currently the Regional Human Resources Business Partner with  Dentalcorp Ltd, with prior positions consisting of HR Business Partner with Redpath Sugar Ltd, and Senior HR Manager with SLH Transport Inc and Sears Canada Inc. In 2016, Ken was the inaugural recipient of the HR Leader of the Year award, presented by TruckingHR Canada to someone who exemplifies human resources practices within their organization and who serves as an effective role model for other HR professionals in the trucking industry.

Ken also is a passionate volunteer and advocate for childhood cancer charities, guest speaking, hosting and participating in many events in Kingston and the surrounding area, but also across Canada as a 7 time Sears National Kids Cancer Ride Cyclist. Since 2009, Ken continues to be a guest speaker

gail-mcallister
Gail MacAllister

Chair, Chapter Communications

Gail has been a member of the Kingston Chapter HRPA since 2016 and achieved her CHRP in 2017.  She has completed two masters level degrees from Queen’s University, Theology (2011) and Industrial Relations (2015), and will graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School with the Master of Law specializing in Dispute Resolution in June 2020. Her current professional role is with the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University where she serves as the Department Manager, Program Director and Adjunct Lecturer.  She also loves teaching at St. Lawrence College in programs offered by the School of Business.

She has enjoyed attending the many learning opportunities and dinners hosted by the Kingston Chapter of the HRPA and is very excited to give back to the community in the role of Communications Chair.

Tracey Bickle, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Tracey has been working in the Human Resources field for 10 years. She is a graduate of the Trent University Bachelors of Business Administration Program. After completing her degree she continued to work towards achieving her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation which she received in 2013. Since then she has worked mostly in the manufacturing field but also has experience in the construction, administration, healthcare and not for profit industries.

Meghan Swerdgager
Meghan Swerdfager

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison & Communications

My name is Meghan Swerdfager, I am the Chapter Chair, Student Liaison for the Thousand Islands Chapter. I grew up in the small town of Merrickville, ON and attended St. Lawrence College to take the three year Business Administration – Human Resources program. I am now continuing my education through Laurentian University to achieve my Bachelors in Business Administration.

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