February 15, 2017
Halifax, NS - Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is pleased to welcome Catherine J. Woodman to the Firm’s Human Resource Consulting practice as a Senior Consultant focused on Leadership Solutions.
“Catherine is a well-respected leader. Her diverse background in human resource management and public relations, combined with her own leadership experience, offers valuable perspective to our clients,” stated Jeff Forbes, President & Managing Partner, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. “She has a track record achieving results by building teams, creating and communicating vision, forging partnerships and meeting critical challenges through transformational change. We believe her skills and insight will be a significant asset to our team as we strengthen organizations through leadership and talent development.”
Catherine has extensive experience in leadership roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She began her career with the IWK Children’s Hospital where she held progressive roles including Vice President, Allied Health / Public Relations, before accepting a secondment as Acting Chief of Protocol to manage the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Nova Scotia. Following this, Catherine joined Maritime Life Assurance Company where, over a period of 10 years, her role evolved from Director, Corporate and Public Affairs to Vice President of Human Resources. She then served as the President and CEO, Halifax United Way for 10 years, before taking on the role of Deputy Minister, Department of Business, Province of Nova Scotia.
Catherine joins a diverse team of skilled professionals who comprise the Firm’s HR Consulting practice, including Jennifer Berry, HR Practice Leader; April Howe, Partner; and Senior Consultants Tony Case PhD, Sonya Smithers, Joe Moore, Wendy Jones, Ada Shave, Heather Peters, Lloyd Powell and Michelle Fitzgerald. Together, they address a wide array of challenges through leadership coaching and development, talent assessment, strategic planning, change management, compensation consulting and contract HR consulting services – to name a few specialties.
Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is also a part of Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) Knightsbridge, a global leader in career transition, talent development and recruitment, with over 300 offices in more than 60 countries, including 29 offices across Canada. Catherine is one of several facilitators with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette certified to deliver LHH Knightsbridge’s proprietary leadership workshops including Coaching for Results™, Change Management, and Personal Resilience.
”It’s a joy and honour to join Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette to further my keen interest to make a difference in the capability of professional Nova Scotians. I relish this purpose,” stated Woodman. “I know resilience, leadership, and strategy are important game changers, and I'm excited to be part of this talented team in supporting leaders to achieve their goals.”
Last August Catherine became a part-time faculty in the Department of Communications Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). She is a passionate and committed contributor to important community initiatives. Currently Catherine is Chair, MSVU President Legacy Committee; Incoming Chair, Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS); Board Member, 2b Theatre; and a member of the Governance Committee, Halifax Partnership.
An established community leader, she was recognized as Women of the Year by Leger Marketing Halifax poll on community impact, one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine and a Woman of Excellence by Halifax Progress Club. She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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About Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette
Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is Atlantic Canada’s leading HR consulting and recruitment firm. Established in 1975, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette has offices and practices in Halifax, St. John’s, Toronto, Edmonton and Moncton and employs over 60 professionals practicing in the areas of executive search, academic search, contingency recruitment and contract staffing (through Meridia Recruitment Solutions), HR consulting and career transition. While independently owned in Atlantic Canada, the Firm is a part of Canada’s leading integrated human capital company, a global leader in career transition, talent development and recruitment – LHH Knightsbridge, with over 300 offices in more than 60 countries, including 29 offices across Canada.
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