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Chief People & Culture Officer – Yardstick


In 2002, Chris LaBossiere and Don Riep took their pilot exams. Handwritten and supported with only paper-based textbook training materials, it felt like an ordeal from the 1970s. Why wasn’t the training and testing online? Why wasn’t it better? They looked up at the sky, then down at the new licenses in their hands. They had an idea that soared far beyond flying, an idea that would transform industries.

In our cities and neighbourhoods, on job sites, hospitals, precincts, roads, and offices around the world, we trust millions of people to keep us safe. We trust them to protect our interests and to make good decisions. These people, in return, rely on us to train them, verify their skills, and collect meaningful and reliable evidence. So much depends on how well-informed people are, how ready they are to work in regulated and public-serving industries.

We build everything at Yardstick with trust in mind. We start with secure and easy-to-use software, built in-house or outsourced from proven technology partners. At Yardstick Training, we draw on decades of experience to develop meaningful and engaging training. Subject matter experts and instructional designers ensure that every course, whether an off-the-shelf offering or part of a fully-customized eLearning program, is competency-based and defensible. Yardstick Assessment Strategies designs, delivers, and interprets high-stakes testing and research. Guided by psychometric science and rigorous standards, their mission is to generate smart and actionable results, about a candidate, product, or program. Together, we provide answers that shape hundreds of industries and affect millions of people every day.

A lot has changed since our humble beginning as a small practice exam company. Yardstick has grown, evolved, and acquired to emerge as a $30 million revenue business that employs over 100 people across five offices. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to innovation, customer delight, and excellence. As we’ve grown, our employees have become our most valuable resource. Our corporate culture was designed to empower staff, to inspire them to embrace the bold and entrepreneurial spirit that gave rise to the company back in 2002, and which will fuel the next 20 years of success.

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Job Title: Chief People & Culture Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Direct Reports: 2 – People Operations Coordinator & Creative Director

Indirect Reports: 3

Location: Edmonton, Alberta



The Chief People & Culture Officer provides strategic leadership in planning, evaluating, and implementing Yardstick’s Human Resources, branding and corporate communication strategies, initiatives, processes, policies and procedures.

The Chief People & Culture Officer is responsible for the overall leadership of Yardstick’s Human Resource practice. This encompasses the areas of compensation, litigation, termination, compliance, benefits, policies, recruitment, performance review, skill analysis, learning and development, payroll, as well as rewards and recognition. In addition to HR oversight the Chief People & Culture Officer is also responsible for Yardstick’s creative team which oversees brand, design and corporate communications.

Yardstick has an award winning and strong workplace culture that they are proud of. The Chief People & Culture Officer will work to become a part of, maintain and enhance this culture.

Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Proactively anticipate outcomes and their impact on the organization; ensure necessary HR & communication initiatives are in place to enable organizational success in all four offices (Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa);
  • Maintain and enhance an already strong ‘work hard, play hard’ culture and strive to bring out the best in people;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of HR best practices and thought leadership relating to:
    • Talent Management including assessment, high potential management, leadership development and succession planning;
    • Total Rewards & Compensation Strategy;
    • Learning & Development;
    • Talent Acquisition;
    • Diversity & Equity; and
    • Organizational Development.
  • Develop strong internal relationships with the senior executive leadership team and be a trusted advisor with respect to people and strategy issues;
  • Collaborate with other members of the Yardstick senior leadership team to maintain the desired culture, consistently working to reinforce that culture across the organization;
  • Coach, mentor, and support the learning, development, and growth of existing HR staff
  • Manage and improve the employee performance management system;
  • Maintain and build upon Yardstick’s brand and image both internally and externally; and
  • Accountable for the delivery of strategic corporate communications programs.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Build strong relationships with the senior leadership team, along with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Develop a strong understanding of the corporate culture and ensure that new policies, procedures and programs build upon that culture;
  • Continue building Yardstick’s talent brand across all markets in which they operate;
  • Further enhance an already strong culture;
  • Complete a gap analysis of the people & culture function within Yardstick and identify potential areas of improvement; and
  • Build out a formalized performance management program.



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • University degree in Business or equivalent degree in Human Resources and a CPHR designation or equivalent demonstrable industry experience.


  • Minimum of 5-7 years relevant Human Resources generalist experience with at least 3 years in a senior HR-leadership capacity;
  • Has written a broad range of employee policies;
  • Familiarity with both Alberta and Ontario HR legislation
  • Experience having successfully managed HR requirements in a growing organization;
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, corporate communications strategy;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with key stakeholders at every level of the organization;
  • Experience and demonstrated competency in compensation design, structure and administration, including experience with job evaluation; and
  • Experience building effective performance management programs.

Competencies and Attributes

  • A “grounded” personality, driven by analytics;
  • Desires and embodies an open and direct communication approach;
  • A determined listener with a strong sense of urgency and a mentor to others;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a particular emphasis on leadership and relationship building;
  • Driven and high-performing thought-leader within HR;
  • Superior business acumen and strategic orientation;
  • Strong organizational, planning and analytical skills;
  • Strength of character and presence with the ability to gain the respect of and influence both the executive leadership team and employees at large;
  • Proven aptitudes in breaking down silos, working effectively as “one team”, and modelling collaboration;
  • Thrives in a work-hard, play-hard environment;
  • Ability to effectively manage and support a team by encouraging and promoting a culture of collaboration, transparency and openness while building positive working relationships both internally and externally; and
  • Can evaluate and identify gaps in human resource programs and practices.


  • It will be required that the successful incumbent is comfortable and able to travel to each of Yardstick’s offices which are located in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Toronto.



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.


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