Memorial appoints new director of HR
By Jeff Green
The Department of Human Resources has a new director. Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen has announced the appointment of Lisa Hollett to the position.
Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the appointment at its Feb. 2 meeting. She succeeds Gerard McDonald.
Ms. Hollett has 15 years of progressively responsible human resources management experience with private and public sector organizations in both unionized and non-unionized environments.
As director of Human Resources, Ms. Hollett’s mandate will be to continue to build an outstanding working environment for all Memorial University employees. She will be responsible for human resource policies and their implementation for both academic and administrative departments at the university.
Ms. Hollett holds a bachelor of arts degree in labour studies from McMaster University (1987), as well as a master of industrial relations from the University of Toronto (1989).
She is also a certified Canadian Human Resource Professional (2004).
She comes to Memorial from Labatt Breweries Newfoundland where she was the human resources manager. She was responsible for, among other things, providing leadership to the local business as a member of the management team; leading negotiations for collective agreement renewals with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE); and implementing a coaching and performance management process for hourly employees. In her position with Labatt, she was well-respected by management and union alike.
Prior to working with Labatt Breweries, Ms. Hollett worked as human resources manager with both DuPont Canada Inc. and Cargill Foods Ltd. in Ontario. As well, she was a labour relations consultant /human resources officer with Ontario Hydro; a staffing and employment officer with the Municipality of Metro Toronto; and an education and research officer with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union in Toronto.
Ms. Hollett is currently a volunteer representative for the Avalon region with the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council’s board of directors, and is also a member of the 2006 executive.
Memorial University was the co-recipient of the 2005 Employer of Distinction Award in the large employer category from the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council.