Centres of Expertise

Our Centres of Expertise (COE) are small, highly specialized teams that provide deep subject matter expertise and are responsible for designing, developing, evaluating and monitoring policies, practices, programs and initiatives.

The Centres of Expertise work collaboratively with other HR teams to support clients.

  1. Talent Acquisition

    Our talent acquisition team is responsible for the design and implementation of talent attraction programs and strategies, including

    • end-to-end full service recruitment for senior and hard-to-fill roles,
    • development and implementation of training and resources to support hiring managers and management with recruitment and selection,
    • development of equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous engagement recruitment initiatives.
  2. Talent Development

    Our talent development team is responsible for the design and implementation of talent retention and development programs for our faculty and staff, including:

    • internal learning and leadership development programs
    • performance management
    • employee engagement
    • organizational effectiveness
    • organizational development
    • facilitation
    • team effectiveness
    • change management services
  1. Benefits

    The benefits team is involved in the management and oversight of group insurance contracts and the tuition support program. Our specialists interpret, communicate and educate all university staff groups on the group benefit programs, including:

    • financial oversight,
    • resolving complex eligibility, disability and claim issues,
    • development of program design and administrative improvements.
  2. Compensation

    The compensation team provides specialized technical, analytical and consultative support for the delivery of compensation and job evaluation practices, including:

    • development of various reports,
    • conducting complex data analyses,
    • development and distribution of communication tools, resources and training.
  3. Retirement programs

    The retirement programs team leads the interpretation, communication, and education of the pension programs for all university staff groups, including:

    • oversight of plan rules to ensure compliance,
    • audits,
    • delivery of specialized pension services such as buybacks and retirements,
    • delivery of educational sessions.
  4. Recognition

    Recognition is responsible for planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating university-wide formal and informal recognition strategies, programs, and initiatives, including the promotion and enhancement of a strong culture of recognition across the university.

The Staff Wellness team leads a number of programs, resources and services, to help promote, support and sustain the health and wellness of faculty and staff at the university. This team manages:

  • wellbeing and work life programming (employee and family assistance plan, mental health resources and wellness workshops),
  • illness and injury programs (sick leaves, Workers’ Compensation Board claims),
  • occupational health programming (ergonomics, immunization, occupational health assessment, training).