Antoinette Blunt, MPA, CHRL, CHRE, FHRPA
President, Ironside Consulting Services Inc.
Antoinette is the President of Ironside Consulting Services Inc. (ICS Inc.), a company specializing in the provision of a variety of human resources, labour relations and management services for employers primarily in Northern Ontario, since 2000. Her company offers a variety of services including organizational review and design, governance review and strategic planning, workplace investigations, mediation, re-design and development of policies and procedures, compensation system review and design including pay equity services, early stage grievance management, collective bargaining for employers, nominee services for employers, performance management system design; coaching and training in numerous areas including relationship management, communication, team building and leadership.
ICS Inc. is licenced to engage in the business of selling the services of Private Investigators under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, and its regulations. Antoinette Blunt is a licenced Private Investigator with extensive experience in undertaking workplace investigations related to allegations of violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bullying, Harassment and Violence in the Workplace), and allegations of violations of the Human Rights Code.
Antoinette’s educational background includes a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration, B.A. and BScN.. Antoinette also has over 15 years’ experience providing consultative services to employers and over 20 years’ experience in management in the health care industry.
Antoinette is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Research Institute, a national not-for-profit organization that is focused on human resources research and educational scholarships. Antoinette has led the development of the Research Institute as it seeks to become a human resources thought leader, advancing centres of excellence by funding awards, scholarships and empirical research projects which have clear application to human resources practice and advancing the profession.
Antoinette is also a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association Professional Regulations and Standards Committee and in 2014, she lead a Task Force comprised of senior human resources executives to oversee the development of the human resources competency framework for the profession in Ontario. Antoinette is also a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), the provincial association for HR professionals. HRPA represents about 22,000 members across the province and internationally.
Up until May of 2014, Antoinette was an External Director of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and Vice Chair of CCHRA’s Standards Advisory Committee, where she oversaw the development of policies, architecture, guidelines and potential assessment tools for human resources certification that addressed the strategic plan of the CCHRA and supported the Provincial Member Association human resources certification processes.
In 2013, Antoinette was awarded the Fellow Designation by the Human Resources Professionals Association. This is considered to be “a prestigious title and designation awarded within the human resources profession to an individual that promotes best practices and continually enhances the reputation of the profession.” Outstanding contributions are in the five key areas of strategic positioning of the human resources professions; advocacy on behalf of the HR profession to government policy makers; development, sharing and promotion of innovative HR ideas, policies and practices; service to local, provincial and/or national HR associations and service to the broader community/social responsibility. At the same time, she was also awarded a Honourary Life Membership in the Human Resources Professionals Association “Recognizing Extraordinary Volunteer and Leadership Contributions at HRPA”.
In June of 2011, Antoinette received the Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University which included modules in Employment and Labour Law Statutes, Labour Relations and Dealing with Unions, Occupational Health and Safety Law in Ontario, Conducting Workplace Investigations, Equity, Diversity and Accommodation: Human Rights at Work and Terminating the Employment relationship: Minimizing Your Legal Exposure. In the past two years Antoinette has conducted a number of Workplace Investigations.
In 2005, Antoinette was named by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce as the winner of the Athena Award, an internationally recognized award honouring exceptional women leaders, who inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
Ironside Consulting Services Inc. has provided services to employers in both private and public sectors. Some industries services have been provided to include: