About the Authors

Melanie Peacock, PhD, CHRP

Peacock,Melanie_colour_Oct06Melanie Peacock is an associate professor at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University and president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association. Melanie has been extensively involved in professional HR initiatives as a senior manager, independent consultant, and educator.
She obtained her bachelor of commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University), and her PhD through the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary.

As a senior manager and consultant, Dr. Peacock has led HR initiatives that create systems, processes, and policies that enable organizations to engage their employees and achieve strong results. With almost 30 years of experience, she has worked for industries including telecommunications, oil and case, medical research, financial management, and not-for-profit entities and continues to work as an independent consultant. Due to her extensive knowledge and competencies, Dr. Peacock is a sought-after media contributor and commentator at the municipal, provincial, and national levels. In addition to this text, Dr. Peacock has authored books regarding training and development and change management.

Dr. Peacock enthusiastically promotes the value of an HR designation and has served on the board of directors for CPHR Alberta (formerly the Human Resources Institute of  Alberta). As testimony to her exceptional work within the HR profession, Dr. Peacock was presented with the CPHR Alberta Distinguished Career Award in 2014 and was named to HRD Canada magazine’s 2017 list of top 30 HR professionals across Canada. As well, in recognition of her passion for and dedication to teaching, Dr. Peacock was awarded the first Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. Furthermore, as testament to her accomplishments, Western University presented her with the Distinguished Alumni award in 2016.

Eileen B. Stewart

Eileen Stewart taught both full-time and part-time for many years at the British Columbia
Institute of Technology (BCIT), where she was program head, Human Resource Management 
Programs. She is a senior human resources professional with extensive experience in all areas of human resources management (HRM), including labour relations in both the public and private sectors. As the HR executive, she has managed human resources units in several of British Columbia’s large public sector organizations. With a diverse background that includes mining, banking, education, and municipal government, Ms. Stewart has a
strong overall business orientation.

After receiving a BA in economics and commerce from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, she joined Teck Mining as its first personnel manager. She then moved to BCIT, where she specialized in labour relations. She obtained her senior management experience at BCIT, as director of personnel and labour relations; the University of British Columbia, as director of human resources; and the City of Vancouver, as general manager of human resources.

While working full-time, Ms. Stewart completed her MBA at Simon Fraser University. She continues to provide consulting services to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Stewart is active in the HR community through her continued involvement with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon). She was recognized by CPHR BC & Yukon in 2012 with the Award of Excellence for the HR Professional of the Year and became an Honorary Life Member in 2015. She has also served as president of the CPHR BC & Yukon’s predecessor, the Human Resources Management Association, as well as in other executive roles, for several years. In addition to her professional involvement, she is vice-chair, Board of Directors, B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation; sits on the Board of Directors, Community Living BC, where she chairs the Governance and Human Resources Committee; and is vice chair, Board of Directors, Douglas College. Previously, she was chair of the Board of Directors, YWCA of Vancouver and sat on its board for many years.