Office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

OFFICE OF THE

Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

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SPECIAL ADVISOR, JSPP

Al Orth, Special Advisor to the VP (Finance & Administration)

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Part-time special advisor to the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) on the project to design and implement a new Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan for Ontario universities.

E-mail: al.orth@queensu.ca

Profile

Al Orth is an accomplished human resources professional with an extensive background managing in complex union and non-union environments, within both private and public sectors.  During his senior HR management career, Al has held executive responsibility for the strategic and operational direction of all human resource and labour relations functions.  A seasoned negotiator, who has conducted over 100 contract negotiations involving over 20 different unions in 6 provinces, he has established a reputation as a skilled and innovative interest based problem-solver, who develops and builds relationships along with creative solutions.

Prior to joining Queen’s University in February of 2011 as Associate Vice-Principal Human Resources, Al maintained a management consulting practice specializing in team building, labour negotiations and conflict resolution.  His earlier background includes senior human resources and labour relations roles with Electrohome Ltd., J.M. Schneider Inc., Southam News Inc. and Torstar.

Al holds a BA (English) from the University of Waterloo, has attended the Harvard Negotiation School 'Getting to Yes' Program, The Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program through the University of Windsor Law School (SFH), and Queen's University Strategic HR Leadership Program.  He has served on the Board of Directors and as the Volunteer Campaign Chair for the Kitchener-Waterloo and Area United Way, as a Board Member of Waterloo Region Community Legal Services, Kitchener-Waterloo Counseling Services and the Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation.  He is a former part-time faculty member of the School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, where he designed and taught an MBA level course in negotiations and conflict management.