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George Smith, recipient of the Fall 2006 Don Wood Visiting Lectureship in Industrial Relations, is Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Organization at CBC/Radio-Canada. He was appointed Vice-President, Human Resources, on July 1, 1996 and in May 2001, he was named Senior Vice- President, Human Resources and Organization.
Prior to joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Smith was Vice-President, Industrial Relations, with CP Rail System, where he was responsible for collective agreement negotiation and administration for multiple bargaining units in Canada and the United States, and for its Employment Equity Program, its Occupational Environmental Health Program and the administration of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Prior to joining CP Rail, Mr. Smith held a variety of human resources positions in the Canadian transportation industry, most notably that of Senior Director of Employee Relations at Air Canada for ten years.
Mr. Smith has an Honours degree in Commerce from Queen’s University and a Master’s of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto. He has taught a course on “The Strategic Management of Industrial Relations” in the Executive MBA program at Concordia University in Montréal for eight years. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at various other university and corporate groups including the Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre and the Conference Board of Canada. In 1998, Mr. Smith received the Morley Gunderson Award from the University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations in recognition of his achievements in the field of industrial relations.
Mr. Smith is currently Chair of the Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communication (FETCO), a federal employers group which interacts with Canadian government politicians and policy makers particularly as it relates to laws and regulations impacting industrial relations, employment standards and health and safety.