Human Resources Advisor - Labour / Acquisition Specialist

Burlington, Ontario
June 26, 2018
August 25, 2018
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

About Terrapure

Terrapure Environmental is a leading Canadian provider of professional, cost-effective environmental services and recycling solutions that help address industry’s complex environmental challenges. Headquartered in Burlington, Ont., Terrapure employs 1,000 people and operates an integrated network of over 30 government-regulated facilities from coast to coast.

With an unwavering focus on health and safety excellence, the company provides services that minimize waste and maximize the recovery or recycling of valuable industrial by-products through its facility network and on customer sites. This includes a used lubricating oil re-refinery in North Vancouver, B.C.; Canada’s largest lead-acid battery recycling facility in Ville Ste-Catherine, Que.; an engineered non-hazardous industrial waste landfill in Stoney Creek, Ont.; as well as operations that reduce costs and enhance the environmental sustainability of industry sectors, including automotive, chemical and petro-chemical, manufacturing, marine, mining, municipal, pulp and paper, and transportation.

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Position Description

We are currently seeking a dynamic and experienced HR Advisor to join our team. Reporting to the department Manager, the HR Advisor will have a strong background in labour relations and experience with merger and acquisition integration.  Key responsibilities will include defining overall labour strategy and offering advice and counsel on complex labour matters. In addition, this individual will provide leadership on merger and acquisition integrations from a human resources and labour relations perspective.  Working closely with the HR team, this role will act as a subject matter expert providing timely and knowledgeable support to other HR Advisors and the organization’s management team.  The ideal candidate will have strong business sense allowing them to anticipate, understand and provide business solutions, while building collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.      

Key Accountabilities

Labour Relations

  • Provide consultation and assistance to HR Advisors for grievances, conciliation, mediation and arbitration
  • Monitor negotiation schedule and create collective bargaining mandates for approval by the executive leadership team
  • Working with the compensation team, determine appropriate monetary negotiation strategy for bargaining units
  • Support collective bargaining, participating in person where required
  • Working with the HR management team and Operations, assist in labour disruption and contingency planning
  • Draft or review Memorandums of Settlement / Letters of Understanding
  • Complete research and gather information in preparation for conducting mediation and/or arbitration
  • Ensure the HR management team is informed of risk and significant labour relations matters
  • Prepare briefing memos and summaries that inform executive team on labour relations matters
  • In conjunction with HR Advisors, ensure operations management has the knowledge and skills to manage within an unionized environment
  • Assist the HR Advisors in grievance meetings and union termination process as required
  • Integrate acquisition company bargaining units as required
  • Conduct research regarding labour relations issues, trends and best practices including research to support the collective bargaining process
  • Interpret and administer advice and guidance with respect to employment legislation, employment standards and human rights across Canada as it relates to bargaining units

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Lead the HR M&A team in HR due diligence, integration planning and execution
  • In conjunction with the HR and payroll teams, develop acquisition-specific project plans to achieve implementation of consistent HR services and effective onboarding of acquired organization
  • Review confidential employee demographic data, conducting analysis and reporting as required
  • Work closely and collaboratively with members of the broader M&A Integration team
  • Develop HR process related training and organize and/or facilitate delivery to acquisition company managers and employees
  • Be present, as required, at new offices / locations during initial conversion
  • Conduct post-acquisition evaluation to continually improve HR integration framework and resources

Experience, Qualifications & Education

  • Post-secondary education with a focus in Human Resources or Industrial Relations. CHRL designation preferred
  • Minimum 5-7 years of progressively responsible HR experience in a unionized environment; with at least three (3) years related experience specializing in Labour Relations and M&A activities
  • National experience and exposure ideal
  • Previous exposure to negotiations that include Union representatives
  • Previous experience in administering labour contracts, grievance resolution and preparation for arbitrations preferred
  • Comprehensive understanding and demonstrated working knowledge of relevant legislation, including Employment Standards, Labour Relations Act, Human Rights Code
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching, influencing, mentoring, consulting and problem solving
  • Skilled at writing correspondence for management regrading complex matters
  • Ability to exhibit tact and sound professional judgement when responding to matters concerning sensitive information
  • Excellent analytical and interpretation skills in order to create consistency between collective agreements and internal policies and procedures
  • Positive approach to customer service and relationship building
  • Ability to lead project management of expansion projects related to new geographies and/or business
  • Proficiency in project planning methodologies, tools and leading change through data-driven solutions
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and discretion through ambiguous phases of expansion project development
  • Flexible to account for both “big picture” and details of a situation
  • Comfortable with deadline oriented tasks and changing priorities
  • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change
  • Bilingual English/French an asset
  • Ability to travel within Canada up to 50% of the time; with up to one week away per trip 

Inclusion Statement

Terrapure Environmental is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing an environment without discrimination and employ personnel without regard to race, age, gender, or any other protected ground.  Our philosophy is to provide fair and equal employment and development opportunities for our employees based on skills and capability.

Terrapure Environmental provides applicants and employees with reasonable accommodation upon request, as may be required.

How to Apply

Please submit your application on-line under Careers at

Thank you for your interest but only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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