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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. As a seasoned negotiator who has conducted over 100 contract negotiations involving over 2 dozen 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. In February 2016 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Vice-Principal Finance and Administration.
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, and 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. He is an ardent lacrosse fan and founder of the Cobourg Kodiaks lacrosse club, which competes in Ontario’s premier major league.