Antoinette is the President of Ironside Consulting Services Inc., a company specializing in the provision of a variety of human resources, labour relations and management services for employers in Northern Ontario. Her company offers a variety of services including organizational review and design, governance review and strategic planning,; workplace investigations, 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 and training in numerous areas including relationship management, communication, team building and leadership.
Antoinette's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Diploma in Health and Human Service Management and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Most recently 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'.
Antoinette is also a Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP); being the first human resources professional in Northern Ontario and one of the first in the province of Ontario, to be granted the SHRP. The SHRP designation is reserved for senior HR executives that have made significant impact on organizations and the profession. Individuals who hold a SHRP designation share six common attributes: leadership, trusted advisor, strategic orientation, breadth of knowledge (not just in HR, but management generally), the ability to build HR strategy that aligns to business, and most importantly, the ability to have significant impact and influence across their organizations.
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.
Antoinette is 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 lead 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 hr practice and advancing the profession.
Antoinette is also an External Director of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and chair of CCHRA's Standards Advisory Committee, where she oversees the development of policies, architecture, guidelines and potential assessment tools for human resources certification that address the strategic plan of the CCHRA and support the Provincial Member Association human resources certification processes.
Antoinette is also the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), the provincial association for HR professionals. HRPA represents about 20,000 members across the province and internationally.
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.
Antoinette also has over 20 years experience in management in the health care industry including Branch Executive Director, Victorian Order of Nurses Algoma and a term position as Provincial Director of Labour Relations, VON (Ontario).
Ironside Consulting Services Inc. has provided services to employers in both private and public sectors. Some industries services have been provided to include: