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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.

Bissett Associate Professors, Peacock and Finch have paper published in Education + Training

 Congratulations to Bissett Associate Professors,  Melanie Peacock and David Finch on their most recent publication:
Finch, D. J., Peacock, M.J., Foster, W., & Levallet, N. (2016). A dynamic capabilities view of employability: Exploring the drivers of competitive advantage for university graduates, Education and Training, 58(1), 61-81. Emerald Insight.
On behalf of the Bissett School of Business, we extend congratulations to David and Melanie for their success.
For more information regarding this  research paper, please follow the link:
Dr. Melanie Peacock continues to share her expertise in the HR field, most recently as the keynote speaker at the HRIA Calgary Chapter evening event on January 19th where she addressed the topic of “Sustaining & Growing the HR Profession” as well as hr continued media contributions:
2016, January 28, on CKYE 93.1 RED FM South Asian Broadcasting Corp. Surrey, British Columbia, by Thind, H. Changing faces of workplaces.
2016, January 26, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Taking a step down on the career ladder.
2016, January 13, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Working from home and flexibility for the workforce.

Bissett School of Business and the HR Partnership Council presented the 12th Annual HR Breakfast

The 12th annual HR breakfast was held at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Thursday, November 19th.  With over 180 people in attendance including industry participants, students and MRU representatives, the event provided an opportunity for networking and lively discussions via the analysis of 3 case scenarios.  Through the planning and efforts of the HR Partnership Council this phenomenal event continues to provide funding for HR student initiatives and the HR Partnership Council Legacy Scholarship.
Congratulations to the committee on their hard work and continued success. For more information on the breakfast, our industry partnerships and HR Partnership Council Legacy Scholarship, please follow the link:

To have or have not? The Company Holiday Party Dilemma with Melanie Peacock, CBC News Calgary

With the economic downturn impacting jobs and employee morale across industries, the big extravagant holiday party appears to be a “thing of the past”. Associate Professor, Melanie Peacock discusses with CBC News Calgary, how ignoring the holiday season can have further detrimental consequences on employee morale and that there are other options to show employee appreciation during the holiday season:

To read more on Melanie Peacock’s professional advice, please follow the link:

Melanie Peacock continues her work as a media commentator, contributing to the following:

Interview with Bruce Kenyon (November 26, 2015), on NewsTalk 770: Corus Entertainment – The politics of office holiday celebrations.

Interview with Donna McElligot and fielding of listeners’ calls (November 20, 2015) on CBC’s Alberta@Noon – Holiday parties in tough economic times.

Podcast with Jim Kerr (November 2, 2015), Alberta Venture – Celebrating excellence and building a distinguished HR career.

HR Partnership Council’s subcommittee engage fellow students through the use of You Tube

The student volunteers who sit on the HR Partnership Council’s breakfast planning sub-committee decided to find a different, creative and fun way to reach their fellow students and as such created two short videos.  To see our students in action, follow the link below:

12th Annual Human Resources Breakfast
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
7 – 9:30 a.m.
Calgary Petroleum Club

  • Individual ticket: $50
  • Students: $40 (non MRU)
  • Purchase a table of eight and you will sponsor two Mount Royal students to join your table (your 6 guests + two Mount Royal students): $350