The Canadian Aboriginal Human Resources Management Association is led by qualified directors. All come to their position with the education and experiences that make them well suited to lead CAHRMA.
Ken Sanderson BSc
Ken has 15 years professional experience in consulting, research and analysis, public speaking, group facilitation and organizational development. Ken’s past experience includes: Management Consultant in the private and public sectors; first President (then called coordinator) of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce; Aboriginal Economic Development lead with the Manitoba Government. Over the years, Ken has delivered presentations to dozens of conferences and events with crowds up to 1,000 people and has facilitated discussions, workshops and planning sessions with groups from the private sector, public sector, and non-profit sector.
Ken was also responsible for the creation of a widely used Community Economic Development Capacity Self-Assessment tool. Ken’s professional networking activities have led him to create and manage the Indigenous Economic Development group on LinkedIn, currently with over 4,000 members, and the Aboriginal Human Resources group with over 3000 members. Ken is the co-founder and one of the consultants with the Swift Wind Knowledge Group.
Robbyn Rempel, CHRP, ABCP
Robbyn graduated from Red River College in 2002, with a Human Resources Management certificate, and in 2003, with a certificate in Management Principles. Robbyn completed the Associate Business Continuity Management certificate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and a Business Continuity Auditor certificate from the Disaster Recovery Institute. Robbyn is a Certified Professional Human Resources (CPHR) and an Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP).
Robbyn has more than twelve years of experience in human resources. She started with the Metis Child and Family Services Authority as the Human Resources Officer in 2007 and was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer in 2010. In this role, Robbyn was responsible for the overall planning, coordination and continuous development of the Metis and Inuit Child and Family Services system of Manitoba with regard to its Human Resources, Business Continuity, Governance and Administration sectors.
Prior to working with the Metis Authority, Robbyn worked within the human resources department of the Manitoba Metis Federation, as well as spending time in the private sector, providing human resources support services in a consulting capacity.
Trina Maher is a seasoned adult educator and Indigenous inclusion workplace strategist with over seventeen years of experience providing customized solutions for her clients. Trina has provided her services to federal and provincial government departments, corporate Canada, post secondary institutions, Indigenous community organizations, non-profit agencies, as well as industry organizations. She works with her clients to reach their goals through a highly customized client focused approach. Trina has advised on numerous Indigenous career development and labour market projects for many key industries in Canada to help develop opportunities for Indigenous youth to gain meaningful employment. She is an experienced keynote and workshop speaker having spoken at over 100+ events in her career for groups of 50 to 2000 on topics of Indigenous diversity, career & wellness, and personal leadership across Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
Currently, her company Bridging Concepts has been a catalyst for ‘helping people & ideas connect’ since 2011. Prior to this Trina was the National Director of Inclusion Strategies for the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, now Indigenous Works. She began her career supporting the Aboriginal Employment Skills & Training programs specializing in apprenticeship education and employer engagement for three Tribal Councils in Northern Ontario.
Trina holds a Certification as a Classroom Technical Trainer from Comptia International, a Certificate of Adult Education from Brock University, and is a Certified Essential Skills Analyst & Profiler from Bow Valley College. She is a Global Classroom Facilitator and Partner for ‘Lead Without Title’ System, a Robin Sharma International leadership program. She is an True Colours Facilitator, and is the only Master Level Trainer of the Guiding Circles/Active Engagement/Hope-Filled Engagement career pathing approach; of which she has trained over 1200 community practitioners since 2005. She has professional development across a number of studies including project management, advanced facilitation, personal leadership, organizational development, and human resources. She is a member of Mattagami First Nation, Ontario. She is based in the Toronto region.
Diane Carriere, BA, CPHR, THRP
Diane is a member of Norway House First Nation in Manitoba and has a Bachelor of Arts Undergraduate Degree from the University of Winnipeg, a Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Manitoba and a Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) from the National Native American Human Resource Association (NNAHRA).
Diane is Certified Professional Human Resources both in her region and in tribal areas in the United States of America. Diane’s achievements have been recognized with the Bill Hanson Award for Aboriginal employment and the Certified Professional Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Mb) Platinum Award for creating outstanding Aboriginal employment initiatives.
Diane had a vision of creating a national Human Resource Association called the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association (CAHRMA). This association is dedicated to the development of human resources for our aboriginal communities, including the development of an aboriginal HR certification program.