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When an application is received by the Board, it is assigned to a Labour Relations Officer (LRO). The LRO is the point of contact for the parties and is responsible for the processing of the application from start to finish. This includes getting appropriate responses to the application, identifying issues in dispute, facilitating the exchange of documents, working with the parties to resolve issues and scheduling matters to resolution conferences and hearings. Even once the file has reached the adjudication stage, the LRO continues to work with the parties to narrow the issues, prepare for the hearing and resolve matters where possible.

There are 7 labour relations officers located in Edmonton and Calgary.  Direct phone numbers for Board staff can be found below our Staff member.  For information on roles and responsibilities for Administrative Staff see Information Bulletin #2.

 

Tannis Brown

(780) 422-3657

Tannis Brown - Director of Settlement
Tannis Brown is responsible for the processing and disposition of applications, complaints and other matters that come before the Board. She supervises the dispute resolution activities and investigations of the Board’s officers and directs the scheduling of hearings and informal pre-hearing settlement initiatives. Tannis previously served as a Labour Relations Officer with the Board from 2000 to 2004. Prior to returning to the Board as Director of Settlement in June of 2010, Tannis was the Director of Labour Relations Policy and Legislation with Employment and Immigration. Tannis is a graduate of the University of Alberta Business Faculty.

Aaron Padnivelan

(403) 297-4332
Aaron Padnivelan - Manager of Settlement - Calgary

Aaron is responsible for the operation of the Board’s Calgary office and management of the Board’s caseload in southern Alberta.  Based in Calgary, he also oversees the work of the Labour Relations Officers in both Edmonton and Calgary to ensure consistent application of the Board’s policies and procedures.  Aaron joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in 2003 and has expertise in almost all areas of the Board. Aaron has also worked for the Labour Relations Policy and Legislation unit for the Government of Alberta and has served as past President of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association – Northern Alberta Chapter.

Terri Susan Zurbrigg

(780) 644-5260

Terri Susan Zurbrigg - Legal Counsel
Terri Susan received her LL.B from the University of Alberta in 2008. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from McGill University.  After articling with the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, she practiced labour, employment, and human rights law in both the private and public sector for ten years before joining the Alberta Labour Relations Board as Legal Counsel in 2020.  Terri Susan is dedicated to legal education and has taught a number of courses at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, including labour law and human rights law.  Outside of the office, she is a wildlife artist and avid birder who enjoys travelling to far-flung places with her husband. 

Dan Galdamez

(780) 422-7345

Elena Lazar - Manager of Operations and Administrative Services - Edmonton
Elena first joined the Labour Relations Board as a Hearing Coordinator and Financial Clerk in 2016. In 2018, she went on a secondment with the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, as a Talent Acquisition Administrator. After being promoted to various roles within Talent Acquisition Services, including Team Lead, TAS Administration and TAS Consultant, Elena returned to the Board as a Manager of Operations and Administrative Services in 2021. Prior to working for Government of Alberta, Elena worked in private sector in different administrative and managerial roles. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Psychology (2003), Elena has completed a Bachelor of Human Resource and Labour Relations (2019) from which she graduated with great distinction.


Dan Galdamez

(780) 427-0067

Dan Galdamez - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Dan joined the Board in April 2008. With over 20 years of labour relations and human resources experience, Dan previously worked for the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) as a Labour Researcher and a Labour Relations Officer.  Prior to HSAA, Dan worked for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference as an Administrator, and a Technical/Human Resources Manager for All Weather Windows.  He has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Alberta, and a Management Studies Diploma/Human Resources Certificate from Grant MacEwan College.


Nailya Rakhmatulina, Labour Relations Officer

(403) 297-5887

Nailya Rakhmatulina, - Labour Relations Officer - Calgary
Nailya started her career with the Government of Alberta in 2004 after moving from Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the Board in September 2013 she worked as an Employment Standards Officer in Calgary for over six years. Nailya has completed two post graduate degrees, one in Public Administration, and the other in Business Administration. She has also obtained a PULSE Mediation Certificate after completing 40 hours of mediation training.

 

 

Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton

Vicki Lalonde, Labour Relations Officer

(403) 297-5888

Vicki Lalonde - Labour Relations Officer - Calgary
Vicki Lalonde joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in December 2019. Previously, she was with Alberta Employment Standards for 13 years, a contract Investigator with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, and a reporter for Canadian Lawyers Weekly. She is member of the Alberta Law Society, graduating from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in 2002 and recipient of the Dean Michael Wylie Social Responsibility Award.

Patricia Lafave, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 422-7378

Patricia Lafave - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Patricia was previously with the ATCO Group of Companies from 1999 until 2018. During her employment, she was a member of the Canadian Energy Workers Association (Chapter 101), and took roles as a Councillor, Director, and Vice President. Patricia was also a member of the bargaining team for two Collective Agreements and part of the Employee Relations Council. Patricia is a graduate of NAIT with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree focusing on Human Resources. Prior to joining the Board, Patricia was employed as a Human Resources Generalist with Sysco Foods (Edmonton).

Patricia Lafave, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 427-0907

Cynthia Agwo - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Cynthia joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in December 2021. Prior to joining the Board, she worked with Employment Standards in the Special Investigations and Inspections Unit. She has also previously worked in investigative roles for the Government of Canada within both the Employment Insurance and Temporary Foreign Worker programs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta. She has also obtained a Mediation Certificate from Herzing College.

Marlene Lesie

 

Marlene Leslie - Executive Assistant to the Chair - Edmonton
Marlene commenced her tenure with the Provincial Government on December 23, 1985 holding positions with the Public Affairs Bureau AV & Exhibit Services, Employment Standards as well as with the Labour Relations Board in Calgary prior to returning to Edmonton when she became the Executive Assistant to the Chair in May 2000.
Rita Ready

Rita Ready - Application Process Clerk - Calgary
Rita joined the Board in March 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge and most of her work history has been in Oil and Gas where she worked as a Regulatory Technician and later as an Office Manager. In her off time, Rita is a Reiki master and an artist. She has been running a figure painting group since 2010 and volunteers annually with her husband at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. She enjoys travelling all over the world and reading books with her book club.

 

Nicole Taslaoanu

Sheila Lavender - Database Business Analyst - Edmonton
Sheila joined the board as the Database Business Analyst in April 2020. Previously, she worked for 5 years as a CRM Dynamics Configurator and Business Analyst for the Ministry of Advanced Education. Sheila has a Computer Systems Diploma from NAIT and has a varied technical background which includes computer programming, technical support, business intelligence and business analysis.

 

Levika Deguzman - Correspondence Process Clerk - Edmonton

Pushpender Kaur

 

Pushpender Kaur - Application Process Clerk - Edmonton
Pushpender joined the Board as an Application Process Clerk in December 2021. She brings in a diverse administrative experience, mostly from the medical field. Prior to moving from India to Canada, Pushpender completed a Bachelor of Commerce, a Diploma in Website Designing  and a Diploma in Teacher’s Training. As Pushpender likes to quote, “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it” (Albert Einstein).

Nicole Taslaoanu Pam Treller - Hearing Coordinator, Financial Process Clerk - Calgary
Pam joined the Board as a Correspondence Clerk in July 2018. She is currently the Hearing Coordinator and Financial Clerk in the Calgary office.  Prior to joining the Board she worked in the regulatory field with an oil and gas company for 15 years.  She enjoys doing outside activities and spending time with family and friends.
 

Alicia Fontaine - Hearing Coordinator, Financial Process Clerk - Edmonton


 

 

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