An experienced, strategic Human Resources Leader with a proactive and human-centric approach to creating collaborative environments that nurture high performance, employee engagement, growth and sustainability.
With her background of over twenty years of progressive Human Resources leadership, Sandra has played a critical role in advocating People and Culture strategies that redefined the relationships between organizational stakeholders. In environments of uncertainty, labour unrest and competitive markets, she has successfully introduced respect-based solutions that ensure delivery of critical HR services aligned with the business’ strategic framework. She is known for her initiative and collaborative approach in working with management teams, union executives and employees to transform businesses into sustainable entities.
Sandra offers insightful perspectives gleaned from her decades of experience as an HR leader, negotiator and facilitator with global organizations including Siemens, Domtar, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and ArcelorMittal Long Products. In senior HR roles with Canadian and US scope, she has collaborated with leadership colleagues to develop and support initiatives in all functional disciplines of HR. Her acute best-practice focus has driven results such as a financial performance improvement of 150%; a title of Benchmark for Health & Safety; and cost reductions of $2.5 M in a 3-year period through Kaizen implementation.
A Certified Human Resources Leader, Sandra is a Kaizen Facilitator and holds advanced certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has studied Industrial Relations at Queen’s University and Labour Relations at Athabasca University. Among her extensive ongoing professional development credits are Coaching for High Performance and Play to Win – Leadership and Team Building through AM Dofasco.
Sandra has worked in corporate and consulting roles with major organizations including Siemens, Domtar, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and ArcelorMittal Long Products. She brings well-rounded generalist expertise to support talent acquisition, performance management and workforce planning.
Recent successes include:
- Executive-level Recruitment: Designed innovative, break-through strategies and tactics to source, attract and onboard sought-after specialists – from seasoned single-skill technicians to multi-disciplined leaders
- Skilled Trades and Engineers: Specialized recruitment including under-represented demographic sourcing in technically competitive disciplines. Created a trades recruitment plan agreement supported by USW through term amendments to the collective agreement to target skilled trade shortfall
- Strategic Talent Deployment: Partnered with leadership colleagues to plan for future skills needs, competency assessment, training needs analysis, performance management and retention programs. Led the implementation of the plan during peak recruitment drives as well as skill redistribution in times of temporary or permanent downsizing
“Sandra was the inspiration and innovative force behind the development and management of our Job Transition Program. We are honoured that the program was recognized by the Niagara HRDC as one of the most successful programs in the history of the Region.”
Industry & Sector Knowledge
- Engineering and Electronics
- Healthcare Technology
- Steel and Mining
- Pulp and Paper