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Bissett Professor Rachael Pettigrew to present at conferences in Ottawa and Malta

Bissett School of Business  Assistant Professor Rachael Pettigrew is presenting research on how employers are adapting to the new parental leave policy extension on a panel discussing Work and Family Issues at the Vanier Institute of the Family,  Families in Canada Conference. The Conference takes place in Ottawa on March 27-28, 2019.

Rachael will also present a paper titled  “Transition to Parenthood: Time Off Work and Informal Leave Strategies for Employed Canadian Fathers” at 8th International Community, Work and Family (CWF) Conference, Community, Work and Family in Diverse Contexts and Changing Times in Malta 23rd-25th May 2019

Speaking engagements keeping Bissett Assistant Professor Rachael Pettigrew busy!

In addition to being a full-time Management and Human Resources Professor, Rachael Pettigrew is often a sought out speaker and panelist; current engagements include:

Oct 2- Rachael was invited to sit on a panel for the Deloitte 360 Conference held at BMO centre in Calgary. The session title was “Beyond Optics: Building an Inclusive Culture”.

On October 10th, Rachael has been invited to be a speaker at the  5th Annual North American Women in Energy Forum held at the Fairmont Palliser.  Rachael is one of 3 presenters in a workshop on Innovation. she will be discussing Organizational Innovation, specifically the business case for building inclusive organizational specifically the business case for building inclusive organizational cultures.

On November 6th, Rachael will be the keynote speaker at the “Business Leaders Breakfast” in Edmonton at the Art Gallery of Alberta;  this event will centre around various issues facing local business leaders with respect to the hiring, integrating and retaining immigrant and refugee professionals.  Rachael’s presentation is called “Building a Welcoming Organizational Culture for Professional Newcomers.”

“Rachael’s research focus is organizational policies and culture surrounding employees’ management of work and life responsibilities, with specific focus on both gender and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Rachael has managed several large research projects on newcomer settlement and employment sponsored by Immigration Research West and funded by IRCC.”


Uthpala Tennakoon has paper published in the South Asian Journal of Human Resource Management

Bissett wishes to congratulate, Associate Professor Uthpala Tennakoon  for  having her paper titled, Crossing the Work/Life Boundary with ICT: Moderating Effect of ICT Perception on the Relationship between Cross-domain ICT Use and Work/Life Conflict published in the South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management , 2018 Vol 5, Issue 2 pgs 1-23

  Information and communication technology (ICT) enables employees to seamlessly traverse work and life domains, and thus impacts employee work/life interactions. Employers today are mindful of employee work/life interactions as an important element in employee wellbeing. With ICT being an integral element of today’s workplace, the ICT implications on work/life interactions have great relevance for the employers and policymakers. Literature on ICT and work/ life interactions have focused on the Western and/or developed countries. Considering the rapid adaptation of ICTs in developing countries, it is important to understand whether the effect of ICT use on work/life interactions is universal. This study examined the impact of cross-domain ICT use on individual work/ life conflict using a sample of professionals/ managers from Sri Lanka. Next, the cognitive dissonance theory was used to examine whether individuals’ perception towards ICTs (positive or negative) has a moderating impact on the aforementioned relationship. The findings validated the literature by demonstrating that cross-domain ICT use positively relates to work/life conflict even in the Sri Lankan context. Next, the results empirically demonstrated that individuals with negative perception towards ICT tend to experience a stronger relationship between work ICT use beyond times and work-to-life conflict. The theoretical contribution together with the implications for employers, human resource practitioners and individuals are also discussed.

Associate Professor Melanie Peacock hosts workshop at HR Undefined Conference

Bissett School of business would like to congratulate Associate Professor, Melanie Peacock on her involvement with the conference HR Undefined 2018, recently held in Calgary. The HR Undefined Conference is CPHR Albera’s largest annual event.

Melanie hosted a pre-conference workshop, titled: The Human Resource Professional’s Practical Guide to Change Management.

Melanie will be attending the SHRM18 conference this coming June in Chicago. Melanie will be hosting a conference session: Learning from HR in Canada;  touted as an opportunity to “learn about the innovative practices and emerging HR trends in Canada so you can incorporate leading-edge ideas into your organization.” Melanie has also been appointed as an official conference blogger.

Congratulations Melanie and good luck in Chicago!


Bissett HR Student Society hosts successful case competition

Bissett Associate Professor, Dr. Melanie Peacock, is pleased to announce that through the diligence and organization of the Bissett Human Resources Students Society, the inaugural HRSS Case competition was a huge success! Comprised of two member teams, over 40 students took part, each team applying their analytical skills to a case written by Angela Champ.
The group was fortunate to have the input of volunteer industry judges:   Mr. Darin Markwart from Intact Insurance and a  Bissett Alumni; Mr. Tom McNerney from Nexen and Ms. Jackie Ross from STARS.
Winning Team: Stephanie Gallant and Paula Higgins

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Assistant Professor, Rachael Pettigrew, Guest Speaker for GeoWomen

Rachael most recently spoke to the Geo Women group on November 14, 2016 at the University of Calgary. Rachael’s presentation, Weighing your options: The Potential Impacts of Different Work Arrangements for Women, is a timely discussion of how different work arrangements impact the career and work-life balance, with a focus in male-dominated professions.

Rachael’s research work focuses on gender issues in the workplace, policies that support work/life balance and organizational culture.


Melanie Peacock wins Professional Achievement Award

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for our very own Dr. Melanie Peacock on being awarded the of Western University alumni award for Professional Achievement.
We all know that Melanie to be a very valuable member of our team, an accomplished teacher, author, speaker and is held in high regard by the HR profession. She has received several teaching and professional accolades and now she is being recognized by her alma mater for another well-deserved award.
You can read more about the award at

Bissett School Of Business HR program shares successes

Leon Cygman. Simone Malik, Gillian Dunlop, Alex Lefter, Melanie Peacock, Ravi Chung, Eric Myers

HRC West – Case Competition

On March 4 – 5, 2016,  NAIT hosted the 3rd annual HRC West, a human resources (HR) case competition championed by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) and designed to showcase students’ skills through an academic contest among post-secondary institutions from across Western Canada. Ten teams participated in the competition this year, representing nine institutions from Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. Although the Bissett’s HR student team did not podium this year, they did an outstanding job and made all of us very proud. Many thanks to Alex Lefter for his great coaching and to the HR faculty team and Program Chair for their support throughout the process.
Congratulations to our Bissett HR student team: Ravi Chung, Gillian Dunlop, Simone Malik, and Eric Myers. Also, a big thank you to our HR Partnership Council who contributed funds raised at the annual HR Breakfast to sponsor the Bissett HR team’s participation in this year’s competition.

Annual HR Student Networking Event – March 15, 2016  (Summary written by Alex Lefter):

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, The HR faculty at the Bissett School of Business in collaboration with the HR Co-op Education team at Career Services organized the 12th Annual HR Student Networking Event. The event was generously sponsored by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), and gave students an opportunity to interact with numerous HR professionals from a variety of industries. 22 HR professionals and 43 students participated in this year’s event. Many thanks to the HRIA and the wonderful group of HR professionals for ensuring the continued success of the event!
Congratulations to Bissett Associate Professor, Melanie Peacock on her appointment to  the HRIA’s Post-Secondary Accreditation Committee.
As well, Melanie continued with her media work:
2016, March 7. In Canadian HR Reporter, by Dobson, S. Accreditation program allows for bypass of NKE.
2016, March 7, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Keeping “still employed” workers engaged.
2016, March 2, on Newstalk 770: Corus Entertainment, by Smith, D. Innovative work arrangements.
2016, February 26, on Newstalk 770: Corus Entertainment, by Kingkade, R. & Breakenridge, R. Dealing with irksome coworkers.