T: (604) 546 - 7674
Kevin is the founder of HR West. He is regarded as a leader in human resources and labour relations with more than twenty years of senior level experience. Kevin has tackled HR problems from the smallest (two employee start-ups) to the largest (Fortune 500) firms across Western Canada in a range of industries (manufacturing, hospitality, retail, distribution, pharmaceutical, education, social services, petro-chemical, mining, trades, transportation and more).
Kevin works effectively with employees, supervisors, managers, executives and ownership to integrate human resources solutions into broader business needs and driving solution-based human resource/labour relations strategies to build individual and organizational cultural change that focus on business priorities.
In labour relations, Kevin has represented employers at the bargaining table in all western provinces and one territory negotiating collective agreements with over thirty different unions and locals with employee groups ranging from 5 to over 3000 employees. Kevin also represents employers at arbitrations, mediation, and other quasi-judicial forums.
Kevin has a BA and MBA and always consuming new learning opportunities. He is particularly proud of how much he has learned (and integrated into his consulting) from his aboriginal clients across BC.
Kevin calls the lower mainland home but enjoys travelling with wife and two children. He is on sabbatical from competing in Ironman (he is a four time finisher) and is much more likely to be on the water, in the mountains or in the kitchen when not on assignment.
T: (604) 546 - 7673
Veronica Lyver brings years of in-depth senior human resources management experience to her work with HR West Consulting. A seasoned human resources professional with a broad range of expertise, Veronica’s background includes more than two decades in the hospitality industry. Over the years, she has worked with respected brands such as Canadian Pacific Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotel & Resorts, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Mayfield Dinner Theatre and River Cree Resort and Casino, helping them develop and implement strategies to address their multifaceted human resources needs.
Skilled in all aspects of HR management, including training and development, Veronica is particularly adept at helping clients navigate complex issues. As part of her work, she facilitates interactions and liaises with the various parties to develop agreements that address key needs and priorities. Her belief in creating mutually beneficial solutions, and her commitment to building respectful, non-adversarial relationships has proven highly successful. Most recently, she was a key member of the bargaining committee that helped facilitate the negotiation of the master Hospitality Industrial Relations (HIR) agreement, representing 46 employers with over 1200 employees across BC. Veronica is also well-versed in occupational health and safety issues, and has led several initiatives related to improving workplace health and safety.
Veronica holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation from the Human Resources Management Association, as well as a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Alberta. A tireless learner, she is currently completing the Executive Path Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at BCIT, honing skills that will allow her to offer clients enhanced insights to help them better navigate business development. As a Senior Consultant at HR West, Veronica is comfortable leading projects or in assisting in-house HR specialists as needed.
Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Veronica has spent much of her HR career in Western Canada and is passionate about giving back to the places she calls home. An ardent animal lover, she was a long-time volunteer with the Edmonton Humane Society’s Pets in the Park Annual Fundraiser and has lent her time to both Habitat for Humanity and the United Way. She is also an avid participant in the annual Kidney Run/Walk for the Kidney Foundation of Canada and in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure.
T: (604) 283 – 6433
Heather is a seasoned former People & Culture executive equally as comfortable in the boardroom as on the shop floor. Heather has been contributing as the top human resources leader in industries ranging from financial to food manufacturing, third party logistics, retail and warehousing and distribution for the past 30 years. She is most effective in organizations that are undergoing major organizational transformation.
A true senior generalist, Heather’s approach is to understand the business and develop solutions to align people, culture and change programs with business goals, strategies and plans. Heather can facilitate strategy, planning, teambuilding and conflict resolution sessions. She can also assist in developing practical programs in most areas of human resources, particularly employee engagement, talent management and talent development, labour relations and compensation & benefits. Heather has hands-on experience with mergers & acquisitions as well as organizational restructuring.
Heather holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, as well as a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina. She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) HR & Compensation Committee Effectiveness course, and the Sauder School of Business Responsible Trustee Program. Holding a Human Capital Strategist (HCS) Certification, Heather applies this model in strategic planning. Heather has rounded out her organizational development toolkit with certifications in True Colors and Lominger competencies, as well as through a lifelong pursuit of understanding trends in leadership and organizational culture.
With very diverse interests, Heather is a curler, a long time member of a book club, an avid cyclist and participant in water-sports, and an active volunteer dedicated to building better communities. Heather is currently on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and actively mentors and participates with CPHR BC & Yukon, including being the co-founder of the Fraser Valley Senior Leaders Forum.
T: (604) 546 - 7505
Tim Dolinski’s diverse career spans all aspects of the employment spectrum. From a unionized plant employee and full time union representative, to a senior management professional in human resources/labour relations with solid experience in operations, Tim brings with him invaluable hands on experience in a multitude of employment settings. As a life-long learner and a senior labour relations and human resources strategist, he evaluates the practical realities of every situation and has an aptitude for finding successful innovative problem solving strategies. Tim listens to understand versus listening with the intent to respond. He quickly analyzes the scope of the problem, brings a sense of order to any chaotic situation and moves toward identifying multiple solutions.
Tim has experience from coast to coast with unionized, non-union and blended labour environments as well as businesses that vary in size from a few individuals to national responsibilities for thousands of employees. In bargaining and hearings, he is a skilled, experienced chief spokesperson. Understanding and factoring in the core function of the business is an important approach for Tim providing human resource/labour relations advice that fits. His senior management roles have been in the food and beverage and manufacturing and distribution sector with well-known companies.
Most recently, Tim is extremely proud to have been providing human resources guidance in the non-profit sector for a social services and child protection agency for Aboriginal children and families in the Fraser Valley.
Tim lives with his wife Lisa, their two children Kate and Liam along with Matix the dog in historic Fort Langley, Tim enjoys the daily seven kilometer walk through the Village and his nightly workouts on the rowing machine or stationary bike. Grocery shopping and cooking for the family is a pleasurable, unintended hobby for him. The family supports “Sport for Life” with their children playing competitive softball, hockey and rugby.
T: (604) 546 - 7675
Dorothy is the first employee of HR West. She is regarded as an engaging and witty teacher that drives employee engagement and buy in. She has over 6 years combined experience in hospitality, social services, and banking. She does not shy away from the tough conversations and provides an unbiased point of view.
Dorothy drives engagement through a collaborative approach between management and employees to identify broader issues in a solution and outcome focused manner. She doesn’t just ask the questions, she creates a solution focused environment that allows for employees to become part of the solution.
In labour relations, Dorothy provides grievance response and meeting support for employers to resolve outstanding issues prior to more expensive formal proceedings. She also conducts investigations into a variety of issues such as bullying, harassment, discipline, and much more.
Sometimes called a computer whiz, she is happy to help with spreadsheet, databases, and visually appealing presentations. Dorothy also regularly completes social media presence analysis for your company and/or your employees.
Dorothy completed her BBA at the University of the Fraser Valley. While there she spent a year abroad in Sweden at Mälardalen University studying International Business Management. Her professional and educational background gives her a fresh perspective on management and problem solving.
Dorothy calls the Fraser Valley home and spends her time off the clock playing volleyball, snowboarding, or trials biking. She loves to explore local and international locations, whether its 100 or 8000 kilometers it’s just an adventure waiting to begin!
T: (604) 546 - 7660
Robyn is a forward-thinking Human Resource practitioner with the goal of making a difference in the people-side of business. Robyn believes in working proactively, simplifying processes and always ensuring that HR initiatives link back to big picture goals.
With fourteen years professional experience, Robyn has practiced in a variety of business sectors, including financial services, insurance, small enterprise, hospitality, retirement and non-profit. As a human resources generalist, Robyn has experience dealing with a wide scope of people topics, from full-cycle recruitment and performance management to change management and communication strategy. Robyn is a change advocate, believing that strong leadership, awareness and transparent communication are key to sustainable change.
Robyn holds a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management, and Organization Design and Development from Royal Roads University and is certified in ProSci Change Management Methodology. In the final stages of completing her Masters Degree, Robyn is focusing on Project Management and change leadership.
When she’s not buried in books, you might find Robyn exploring the abundant lakes, rivers, mountains and trails of the beautiful British Columbia interior, with her husband, and three little boys.