Merit Facilitator Biographies
- Tim Williams
- Michelle Devlin
- Carly Iwaasa
Carly Iwaasa, P. Eng., LEED AP, is a Project Manager with EllisDon Construction Services in Calgary, Alberta. Carly holds a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. She has over sixteen years of experience in project management, construction consulting and structural design. Her career has primarily been focused on project management of commercial construction projects but has also branched into other areas such as the electrical power industry in both structural design and project management. Her current role at EllisDon as Project Manager of major commercial projects includes establishing and coordinating effective lines of communication within the project team, establishing and monitoring project resource requirements for project teams, accurately projecting total job costs, establishing and managing CPM schedules, conducting project meetings with clients, subtrades and internal project teams on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis, preparing various levels of reporting (progress, financial, environmental, safety and quality), preparing and negotiating client and subcontractor contracts, preparing regular, timely and accurate billings for clients and ensuring timely payment of subcontractor billings, and implementing on-site quality control programs and procedures. Other responsibilities include effectively allocating contract risk in both the Pre-Construction and Construction stages of various projects. Carly has also been in various other roles outside of Project Management such as a Quality Assurance, Field Engineering and Civil Design. Carly facilitates a number of courses offered through Merit Contractor's Association including Change Order Management, Project Scheduling and Environmental Responsibility.
- Martin Valkenburg
- Rita Wilcox
Rita is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CHRP) who’s career has been within the construction, food service and horticulture industries. In her career, Rita partners with all levels of management to support their efforts in leading people and their enterprise.
More recently she has earned an Adult Education Certificate from St. Francis Xavier University. She is passionate about aligning the right people with the right opportunities and to equip both the people and the organization with the right tools to achieve their goals. She has witnessed and has been an active participant in how this focus and the right training can result in inspired workplaces, engaged team members and effective teams (not groups) which strive for performance.
Frequently, the leaders in the trades often enter these roles without the training required to lead people. The programs and courses that Merit offers equip the present and future construction and trades’ leaders to deliver the best of themselves and be the conduits to improving their workplaces, which has a direct impact on the bottom line.
Rita is excited to be partnering with Merit and looks forward to either meeting you at an upcoming session or to help increase your “people leaders” effectiveness.
- Corby Furrow
“Awaken Possibilities. Opportunities Arise.” As a Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University) and EFT Practitioner, Corby integrates these two modalities allowing her clients experience a more rounded approach to their future focused goals. She is able to help them tap into beliefs and behaviours that hold back or accelerate their individual success. This allows clients to transform their beliefs and visions into long-term sustainable success.
She has extensive experience in senior human resources roles (25+ years), specializing in employee and labour relations, employee engagement, employee behaviour and accountability. She has experience in training and safety, which meshes seamlessly with her passion for people and problem solving. Corby is a trusted advisor who helps to create strong teams within an organization.
- Carolyn Bennet
She is a strong believer that awareness of the Employment Standards Code and a proactive approach to employment policies and practices will earn you recognition as an employer of choice and the loyalty of your employees.
Carolyn is an expert in helping to dispel common myths of workplace legislation, providing realities of the minimums of the Employment Standards Code of Alberta and challenging others to learn employer’s policies.
Under Carolyn’s expertise and guidance, supervisors will gain a better understand of their rights and responsibilities, and the tools to build a better and more effective workplace
Managing people is difficult, but believes it’s much easier if you know the laws and how to live by them.
- Adam Czarnecki
Adam Czarnecki is a Charter Professional in Human Resources Professional (CPHR) and a recipient of the HRIA Award of Excellence. He is a member of the Senior Management team of a heavy duty truck dealership group in Alberta where he is responsible for Human Resources, Health and Safety and Information Technology. He is also an HR Instructor at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and was the Chair of their Advanced HR Curriculum Committee. Adam holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from the University of Calgary with a concentration in Crime and Deviance.
Adam is an avid contributor to industry webinars, conferences and expert panel discussions related to human resources, trades and the Alberta employment pool, including a role as technology columnist for HRIA’s quarterly magazine, HUMANCapital. Adam is a past HRIA Member of the Board, and volunteers with various not for profits as a speaker on employment, corporate readiness and as a resume advisor to students.
“I truly believe the MCC programs set up future leaders for success. So many times we promote our best trades people into positions of leadership expecting them to succeed without providing them the tools or guidance to do so. Apprenticeship programs are mandatory for the trades, why not management programs? Paraphrasing Mitch Hedberg, it’s like expecting a great farmer to be a great cook. The MCC programs close that leadership and skill gap with practical, hands-on modules specifically design with the construction trades in mind. These modules provide strategies on handling personnel, meetings, projects and effectively using their time which benefits everyone from the employee to the organization’s bottom line.”