The Executive Director of HSAS is accountable for the administration of the union and represents the interests of HSAS at all times. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the labour relations services provided to the membership, the supervision of the Labour Relations Officers and Out of Scope staff, as well as assuming the role of Lead Negotiator for the Provincial Negotiating Committee and HSAS staff contracts.
In April 2011 after fifteen years of elected service as a Union Executive in Quebec, Dean decided it was time to move towards a staff position within the labour field and accepted a Labour Relations Officer position with the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees. In early 2012, after working less than a year as an LRO for NBUPPE, Dean was asked to take on the duties of Director of Labour Relations for the organization managing all aspects related to servicing the membership and remained in this position until his hiring as Executive Director of HSAS in May 2015.
The Office Manager of HSAS manages the administrative business affairs of the union, and leads the planning, organizing and managing of the offices and participates in the overall planning of the Union. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Finance Committee the Office Manager proposes an annual budget for office operations, and guides the organization to meet its financial goals.
Mark Jagoe started at HSAS in June, 2014. Previously Mark worked at the University of Saskatchewan for 20 years; 14 years as a Manager and 2 years as a Director.
Mark holds a B.A. Public Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently working towards the Canadian Certified Human Resource Professional designation.
Located in either Regina or Saskatoon and reporting to the Executive Director, Labour Relations Officers (LROs) are responsible for the provision of labour relations services and general advocacy for the union’s membership.
When members seek the help of Labour Relations Services, our LROs advocate on behalf of those members. Resolving issues can lead to positive changes in a member’s workplace.
LRO Duties include:
Jennifer began working in the labour relations field in 2013 as a Union Representative with United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400. During that time she represented members in the private sector across cooperative, service, industrial, and food divisions. She Jennifer spent several years working for the provincial government with the Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing as well as with the Ministry of Social Services.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Queen’s University, and began work with HSAS as a Labour Relations Office in 2014.
Russell Dixon has been a Labour Relations Officer with HSAS for three and a half years. Russell believes that Health care is an essential piece of our society. His goal is to assist HSAS members in maintaining an enjoyable and professional working environment. He has been focusing on learning more about the benefits programs offered to HSAS Members, particularly the Disability Income Protection Plan (DIPP).
Prior to HSAS Russell was the President of the City of Saskatoon’s Civic Middle Management Association (SCMMA) for three years and also served two terms as the Labour Relation rep on SCMMA’s executive council.
Russell holds OHS levels I & II in Saskatchewan and completed the Leadership Development Program at the Edwards Schools of Business, University of Saskatchewan. He has also completed the Pacific Institute Facilitator Course
Kevin Glass joined HSAS in 1998. During his time with the Union Kevin has organized La Ronge EMS and have negotiated three Collective Agreements for Members working for this private service. Kevin held the lead role in organizing Midwives employed with Saskatchewan Health Regions. He has also attended and instructed Counsel before the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board when the Employer opposed the HSAS application to unionize Midwives. He was successful in representing HSAS before the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board in relation to HSAS application to represent Employees working in the Northern Regions against SGEU in July 7, 1999. Kevin Represented HSAS at Arbitration in a Job Competition Grievance before Arbitrator Hood May 12, 2014 and oversaw the Market Supplement Program from its inception in 2002 until approximately 2012.
Prior to joining HSAS Kevin was employed with the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission as a Para Legal. Conducted a wide variety of Summary Conviction Trails for matters such as DWI, Assault, Sexual Assault, Theft under $5000.00 etc. During his time with Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commissions he also took the lead role in Child Protection Hearings representing parents in child apprehension cases and was deemed an expert in this field.
Kevin has been a member of CUPE Local 1949 (which represented workers employed by the Legal Aid Commission) and held Executive Positions of Shop Steward, Chief Shop Steward, Vice President and President. He acted as lead Negotiator for Local 1949 in three rounds of bargaining.
Mario Kijkowski immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1981. Solidarnosc, a large trade union movement in Poland gave back Poles many democratic rights including right to free association as well freedom of mobility, rights that often get taken for granted. While Mario worked for the City of Regina (1989 to 1999) as a facility operator in the evenings, he also studied at the University of Regina during the daytime. He graduated in 1997 with a Master of Arts (Political Science).
Mario’s thesis focused on the 1994 Saskatchewan Government reforms of industrial relations public policy. This academic area of interest was originally sparked by his practical experience as an elected grievance chairperson for CUPE Local 21 representing many of Regina’s municipal employees.
For the last 15 years, Mario has worked with HSAS and feels that the Union has given him fantastic opportunities to develop as a professional labour relations officer. He has developed a very broad range of experience and knowledge on a variety of work related issues, from negotiations to occupational health and safety. However, Mario’s main interest is workplace conflict resolution advocacy on behalf of a group or individual union members. Mario is married to Rae Lynn and has a daughter, Vanessa.
Chris Wright is new to the HSAS Labour Relations team after serving over 18 years in both Quebec and Ontario in various Union roles. During his 16 years in Quebec, Chris worked within the largest labour organization in the province, holding various Union positions from Organizing to Vice President of Grievances, advocating and servicing health care workers in many different job classifications. In the past two years, Chris worked for the largest health care sector Union in Ontario, honing his bargaining and negotiating skills, once again advocating for health care workers in various classifications, travelling throughout the province and working closely with the members.
Chris prides himself on understanding the needs of and protecting the professionals that he represents, using his experience to move the labour movement forward and is always a team player. Chris looks forward to helping out the members of the HSAS, learning and moving forward with the organization.
The Administrative Staff of HSAS provides reception, administrative and secretarial support to the Office Manager, Executive Director, Labour Relations staff, Executive Council and various Committees of the Union.
Samantha is currently on leave.
In July of 2013 Samantha completed the Medical Administrative Assistant program at Saskatoon Business College, and has been working at HSAS since February 2014. Previous to that, she completed the Veterinary Office Assistant program at McKay Career Training in 2010. She has worked in the customer service field for 11 years, with 3 of those years being in an office setting. In September 2014, she acquired her Nail Enhancement diploma at Can-West and now does this from home in her spare time.
She has a passion for animals and has her own little zoo at home (or so her husband tells her). They recently adopted their first puppy from We All Need a Rescue. When she manages to squeeze in some time for herself she enjoys reading books, playing video games, and going to the lake.
Brandi Kinzel received her Business Office Specialist Diploma from Saskatoon Business College in December of 2012 and began working for the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan at the end of January of 2013. Since starting at HSAS Brandi has learned what it means both to be part of a union and to serve the union. She has also had the opportunity to be able to plan and/or attend events such as our Annual Convention and MLA Holiday Reception during her time with HSAS.
Kira is currently on leave.
Kira Kosteroski joined HSAS in the fall of 2014. She has a Cosmetology diploma and is close to completing her Human Resources Management certificate through Sask Polytechnic. She has worked customer service, sales, and administration for over 13 years. In that time she has managed a children’s store; has entered and documented residential and commercial contracts; has assisted in Health Canada Audits; as well as created letters and memos while also being involved in various committees (e.g. OH&S, Social committee chair). In her spare time she volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and CIBC’s Run for the Cure Committee.