Introducing the new Director of Human Resources

Carleton University Vice-President (Finance and Administration), Duncan Watt, is pleased to welcome Carolina (Lina) Willsher as Carleton’s new Director of Human Resources. Her appointment was effective February 23.

“The University community will benefit from her broad-based knowledge and experience in human resources, her enthusiasm, leadership skills, and commitment to collaborative working relationships,” says Watt.

“Carleton seems to have changed direction and the way it presents itself,” says Willsher, explaining that to be one of the reasons she was attracted to the University. “It seemed to be a dynamic and exciting place.”

Willsher brings to her new job extensive experience in both the private and public sector. Most recently, she served as Director, Human Resources for St. Joseph Digital Solutions, the largest privately owned print and communications company in Canada.

She also served as the Director of Human Resources for the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Roman Catholic Separate School Board from 1991-1998, where she led the negotiation process with seven unions in both the French and English sections of the board.

A graduate of McGill University, she is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.

“It sounds as though (Carleton’s Human Resources Department) has made huge strides…my goal is to continue with that,” says Willsher. But first and foremost, she adds, she wants to ensure “the department is approachable and accessible.”

The first step in the process is to try to understand the culture, mission, and values of the Carleton community, and how the Human Resources Department contributes to those objectives, she says.

Next, is to discover Carleton’s organizational structure, to determine if it is laid out in the best possible way, all within the context of the University’s strategic plan and values.

Carleton has close to 1,700 full-time faculty and staff, and of those she has met so far, “I say this without exception – they all think Carleton is a great place to work – across campus, there is a sense of community,” says Willsher. “I’m so impressed with the welcome I’ve received across campus.”

Willsher recognizes, however, there will still be challenges ahead. “You are working with people to find solutions all the time, to move conversations and issues forward.”

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