Position Title:
Director, Labour Relations
Employment Status: Full Time Permanent
Category: Non-Union
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Closing Date: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM


Headquartered in Calgary, with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge, AltaLink is Alberta's largest electricity transmission provider. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, AltaLink is part of a global group of companies that delivers sustainable electricity and utility services to customers worldwide. At AltaLink, we do everything in our power to attract and keep top-notch professionals. We are proud of our collaborative culture, expertise and world-class safety record. We offer work with meaning, incredible opportunities for development, work life balance and opportunities to contribute to your community. Join our team! AltaLink is seeking a Director, Labour Relations. In addition to leading all matters related to Labour Relations, this position will be responsible for the Human Resources portion of the General Tariff Application, (GTA), and involvement in non-union compensation. This position will report to the SVP Human Resources. As the successful candidate you will have significant depth in Labour Relations including lead role in multiple negotiations. You are both a strategic thinker and a problem-solver, always on the lookout for solutions to complex grievance and bargaining issues. You have a collaborative approach and focus on building positive and respectful relationships with Union Leadership, union and non-union employees, and Management. You are able to ensure union agreements provide Management the provisions and flexibility to meet customer needs for safe, reliable and cost effective Transmission, while enabling a positive work environment and supportive labour relations. Experience and understanding of the GTA process and non-union compensation is an asset.


  • Provide strategic leadership/direction and lead negotiations with two Unions, the United Utility Workers Association (UUWA), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
  • Ensure company-wide compliance with all applicable labour laws, regulations, and collective agreements.
  • Actively build and maintain collaborative, effective relationships with union leadership, union employees, and Management.
  • Lead the grievance process, arbitration and Labour Board hearings.
  • Lead or manage employee relations, investigations and disciplinary process.
  • Ensure that management throughout the organization is provided with the right tools to manage employee issues that are governed by collective agreements.
  • Providing expert advice and guidance related to employment legislation, collective agreements, grievances, human resources policies and workplace issues in general.
  • Lead and/or assist in development of HR policies.
  • Lead the Human Resource section of the General Tariff Application including justification of staffing levels, base pay, incentive pay, pension and benefits. This includes creating the application, responding to intervenor Information requests, acting as the HR witness in oral hearings, and creating the HR section of argument and reply argument.
  • Work with the Manager Compensation on the strategy, development and execution of non-union compensation.

  • Qualifications

  • A degree in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Law, Business or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in Business or Human Resources, including a minimum of 5 years in labour and employee relations.
  • Proven ability/experience in the above noted responsibilities.
  • Strong leadership capability with proven ability to effectively lead labour negotiations.
  • Proven track record of relationship building with all levels of management, employees, and union organizations.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills, able to respond professionally in emotionally charged situations.
  • Demonstrated skills in dispute resolution, discipline, mediation, grievance, arbitration, investigation processes and other labour matters.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to engage effectively and professionally with a wide range of groups and personalities at all levels in the organization.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, decision making, and change management skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with integrity and professionalism.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all relevant legislation including but not limited to the Alberta Labour Relations Code, Alberta Employment Standards Code and Alberta Human Rights Act.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with a variety of software packages including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in the GTA process and non-union compensation are definite assets.
  • Previous experience as a hearing witness or with similar regulatory proceedings.
  • Proven track record of good performance and attendance. Notes: AltaLink employees should be aware that we may contact your manager during the selection process. Please note, some positions may require job specific assessments, regular criminal record checks, additional AltaLink training, medical assessments, annual drivers abstracts, and drug tests. Please contact the Hiring Manager or Recruiter for further clarification if required. We thank all candidates for their interest in a career with AltaLink, however, only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.

  • Only the candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.