Pierre Thibodeau joined McGill as Director, Staffing in January 2011. Reporting to Lynne B. Gervais, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), Pierre will provide HR expertise and high-level support by promoting an environment that attracts, retains and motivates employees and allows them to realize their full potential. “One of my priorities will be to ensure visibility of McGill as a top employer. Like all academic institutions, we must constantly be on the lookout for talented contributors. It is equally important to set our priorities on identifying and grooming internal talent, as this is an important retention factor,” he insisted.
Pierre is a seasoned HR practitioner who will contribute to the University’s strategic direction, plans and objectives by identifying staffing and human resources administration issues and opportunities. Pierre holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Relations and a Certificate in Sociology.
Pierre replaces Jane Bracewell who is taking on a new part-time role as a Senior Staffing Advisor as part of a phased retirement plan. Jane will also be working in close collaboration with Pierre during the transition period.
A chat with Pierre Thibodeau
How did you come across this position?
As a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, I constantly receive job offers. I saw an ad for the position of Director, Staffing at McGill, which caught my attention. In doing some research to find out more about McGill, I was surprised by the scope of McGill as an employer.
Were you aware that McGill is among Canada’s Top 100 Employers?
No, and perhaps I am not alone. McGill is generally associated with students and academics. Many people don’t realize that McGill has such a wide range of administrative, professional and managerial positions that support students and faculties.
Although you are still new on the job, what are your first impressions of McGill?
Very positive – people here refer to McGill as a community. The word “McGillian” is often used, which connotes a strong sense of pride, history and loyalty to the organization. I am thrilled about the level of expertise within HR. I am fortunate to join such a group of people who are truly engaged in their work.
Have you identified what priorities you will tackle first?
I find the posting process a bit complicated and time-consuming. I would like to implement an applicant tracking system and take advantage of more automated systems and less manual processes. This would allow my team to work on other value-added tasks that sometimes get neglected because there is not enough time.
Is there anything you would like to add?
These days I am busy learning the ropes, but I am eager to make a contribution. I am proud to be associated with an institution with such a powerful brand. Following in Jane Bracewell’s footsteps, I plan to continue to build on that asset, both within McGill and in attracting and retaining the best talent from outside the University.