HR Proactive associates are responsible for investigating complaints of harassment and discrimination; developing and implementing human rights related training and supportive human resource management policies; conflict resolution; facilitation and mediation and for the design of conflict management systems. The HR Proactive team has developed a comprehensive line of human resource management training products for today's diverse workplace with a focus on creating respectful and safe workplaces.
Diane E. Mason is the President and Founder of HR Proactive Inc.
Diane has a wealth of experience in the field of human rights having practiced extensively as an investigator, fact finder and mediator. Diane has investigated and/or mediated hundreds of cases since 1990 both for the Ontario Human Rights Commission and in private practice. Diane has handled cases involving all prohibited grounds of discrimination and harassment under the Human Rights Code. Diane has worked in the specialized area of intranet and email investigations. Diane is a member in good standing with the ADR Institute of Ontario, and has a background in Social Services and has received a certificate in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Diane's 20 plus years of experience in various employment settings across Ontario assisting employers with workplace disputes and her commitments to work excellence and quick turn-around time is why her firm is highly recommended by school boards across Ontario and Canadian businesses as being the best firm to train their employees and manage their workplace disputes.
Currently, Diane oversees new product development for the North American market.
David practiced employment law in Toronto for over 37 years and was counsel in many of the leading employment law decisions of the Ontario Superior Court. In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of the reporting series ‘Canadian Cases on Employment Law’ for over twenty years, he is the author of several leading authoritative textbooks on various aspects of employment law, including:
David has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Economics) and LL.B. from the University of Toronto. He has taught on an ad hoc basis at the University of Toronto Law School and that of Western University. He has delivered countless lectures on employment law to professional associations across Canada.
David brings his specialized knowledge of employment law and human rights issues to HR Proactive as a writer and researcher. His strong background in these fields will enable HR Proactive to respond effectively and quickly to any client questions and issues of concern requiring HR advice. David will also be providing leading insight and development of new training programs on all current and developing issues in employment law.
Look for David on HR Proactive’s websites and social media accounts to read his posts, blogs, and briefs on topics related to workplace sexual harassment, workplace investigations, employment law and issues related to human rights.
Chris brings over thirty years of experience with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) to his position as Investigator and Trainer with HR Proactive. His background includes corrections, probation and parole, criminal law enforcement, human rights investigation/mediation, and regulatory law enforcement in occupational health and safety, and employment standards. Chris was a Probation & Parole Officer, a Human Rights Officer, and a manager at both the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Labour.
Chris was involved in a number of criminal matters, swore charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, worked with crown attorneys and judges, wrote reports, and testified in court. He directly investigated and/or mediated hundreds of human rights complaints of discrimination and harassment, including those related to the grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, marital/family status, age, and disability. He also supervised and approved the work of a team of investigators from across the province of Ontario. At the Ministry of Labour, Chris supervised the investigation work of Employment Standards Officers and Health and Safety Inspectors, and had approving authority for reports recommending charges related to the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Chris also conducted internal investigations for the government of Ontario pursuant to its Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Policy.
Workplace investigations are Chris’ specialty. Where the process permitted, he had significant success in leading workplace parties to resolutions during the course of an investigation. He is trained in mediation.
As a trainer, Chris is experienced in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings. He can provide training in Workplace Harassment and Human Rights; AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act); Bill 168; Occupational Health and Safety; Workplace Sensitivity; and Workplace Harassment Policies and Programs required in Ontario under Bill 132. Chris can train investigators or trainers to enable workplaces to have internal expertise in the areas noted above.
As a Trainer and Investigator with HR Proactive, Tony Belisario brings with him 32 years of experience in Policing, Interviewing & Investigations, Adult Training Principles, Curriculum Development, Recruitment, Hiring, and Labour Relations Management. As a member of the HR Proactive team, Tony is able to provide clients with a number of HR functions, specializing in training, investigations and recruitment.
Tony can deliver large or small group training, or one-to-one training, in a number of areas, including: Workplace Harassment and Human Rights; AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act); Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act; Workplace Sensitivity, and Workplace Harassment Policies and Programs required by employers under the recently passed Bill 132 which includes investigation of any incidents or complaints.
As a Police Trainer and Manager of the Training and Recruiting Branch, Tony was involved in the assessment and planning for the design, development and delivery of numerous training curriculums. Tony can assist in providing clients with a cost effective, specialized training solution(s) specific to their workplace training needs, with the long-term goal of improving workplace cohesion and, ultimately, organizational performance.
In addition to his training experience, Tony can provide HR Proactive clients with services in: Workplace Harassment and Human Rights investigations; Workplace violence risk assessments; Pre-employment background and reference checks.
As a Police Investigator and Manager, Tony gained extensive investigative experience in criminal, provincial and municipal matters, including internal investigations. This experience will ensure that HR Proactive clients receive professional and thorough investigations thus giving them the confidence to make sound employment decisions while minimizing legal risks.
Tony has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Labour Studies from McMaster University. He has also completed numerous courses in Adult Education, Investigative Techniques and Human Resources Management from prominent learning institutions including; St. Francis Xavier University, the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, the Department of Defense, the Canadian Police College and the Ontario Police College.
Jorge Lasso brings 35 years' experience across the gamut of police work - investigations (including homicide, domestic violence and child abuse), prosecutions, supervision, management, mediation, policy development, course design and training on anti-racism and inclusivity in the workplace - to the HR Proactive team. Jorge's wealth of experience, rich skill set and insight into the work of removing barriers to employment and services for women, minorities and aboriginal persons, make him a valuable addition to HR Proactive's roster of workplace equity professionals.
Jorge was appointed his police service's first Race Relations Officer in 1987, and has established wide contacts in aboriginal, ethnic, racialized and LGBT communities. Jorge also has years of experience as a trainer and lecturer, both at the Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College and more widely at McMaster University and Brock University, lecturing on anti-racism and policing. His pioneer work in police anti-racism work has led to several honours and awards, including for innovations in investigative techniques.
Since joining HR Proactive Inc. as a trainer and investigator in 2013, Jorge has conducted numerous workplace harassment investigations as well as delivered dozens of group and individual (One to One) training sessions. One-to-one sessions deal with the Respectful Workplace, covering a wide range of topics: anger management, bullying, abuse of authority, sexual harassment, inappropriate comments or conduct in the workplace, conduct that extends beyond the workplace and related issues that arise. Sessions also cover Bill 132, new legislation that took effect in September 2016 which requires employers to implement specific workplace harassment policies and programs.
Jorge's real-world experience in police work, combined with his understanding of vulnerable individuals and communities, make him a valuable asset to the HR Proactive roster.
Greg’s policing background of thirty-four years provides his HR Proactive clients with thorough and detailed workplace investigations involving complaints of harassment and discrimination. During his career, Greg led high profile and complex multi-jurisdictional investigations in Ontario and across Canada. He was a major case manager for numerous large-scale police operations as well as high profile corruption and misconduct investigations. Recently, as a Police Force Adjudicator, Greg conducted hearings into alleged police misconduct.
Greg also held positions with the Ontario Homicide Investigator’s Association, receiving the ‘Mike Matthews’ Award which is presented to the homicide investigator who has “displayed courage, tenacity and compassion that are hallmarks of Mike Matthews’ legacy.”
Greg’s career in policing also included human resource management which involved mentorship, performance management, labour relations, negotiation, and training. He also managed and enhanced programs by implementing positive change through the setting of standards, procedures and guidelines, utilization of new initiatives, techniques and technology to ensure integrity, efficiency and cost-effective management. Greg has extensive experience in engagement and fostering of effective relationships, and modelled professionalism through ethically based behaviour. This comprehensive experience enables Greg to conduct in-depth culture reviews and workplace audits for our clients to ensure an equitable and inclusive environment for all workers.
As a trainer, Greg can provide large or small group sessions on preventing workplace harassment, discrimination and violence. He was a regular presenter at the Ontario Police College and delivered technical and operational leadership to investigators assigned to all facets of major criminal investigations at municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. Greg is a focused, dedicated and skilled investigator and trainer with HR Proactive ensuring our clients receive sound and complete results.
As a Trainer and Investigator, Karen Bridgman-Acker brings with her over 30 years of experience in social work practice including, Interviewing, Investigations & Assessments, Curriculum Development & Delivery, Supervision & Management, and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. As a member of the HR Proactive team, Karen is able to provide clients with a number of HR functions, specializing in training, investigations and mediating disputes.
Karen can deliver large and small group or individual training, in a number of areas, including: preventing workplace harassment, discrimination and violence required by employers which includes investigation of any incidents or complaints. Karen has conducted a number of internal file reviews, complaints and serious occurrence investigations and assessments in the social service field. She has assisted organizations in drafting and reviewing workplace HR and practice policies and procedures.
As an independent practitioner, Karen has been involved in planning the design, development and delivery of numerous training curriculums. Karen can assist in providing clients with cost effective, specialized training options specific to their workplace training needs, with the long-term goal of improving workplace safety, comfort and, ultimately, organizational performance and compliance with required policies, standards and legislation.
In addition to her training experience, Karen can provide HR Proactive clients with services in: Workplace Harassment and Human Rights investigations; Workplace violence risk assessments; producing sound reports with recommendations as requested.
As a Registered Social Worker, Karen has gained extensive assessment and investigative experience in a variety of settings with diverse populations and professions. This experience will ensure that HR Proactive clients receive objective, professional and thorough investigations thus giving them the confidence to make sound employment decisions while minimizing legal risks.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from McMaster University. She has completed numerous courses in, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Forensic Interviewing, Investigative Techniques, Facilitation, and Supervision and Management. Karen is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Dr. Anita Jack-Davies is a cross-cultural expert specializing in equity and diversity in the workplace. She earned her doctorate in Education, with concentration in Cultural and Policy Studies, from Queen’s University in 2011. Anita has extensive experience conducting human rights cases and the dispute resolution process. In 2007 Anita worked as a Human Rights Advisor with the Queen’s Human Rights Office. Her clients include private and public corporations, including school boards, universities and colleges, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Anita partners with HR Proactive to conduct human resources investigations, workplace harassment and discrimination cases, workplace interventions, human resource audits, human resource remedial training, and domestic violence in the workplace. Anita also provides expertise with cross-cultural communications for media interviews, news releases, and text copy for websites.
Anita’s reputation as a knowledgeable, efficient, and diligent consultant has resulted in positive referrals and welcoming references for all new clients. She has extensive volunteer experience in her community and currently sits on the Board of the Kingston YMCA.
John graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 1995. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998, following which he practiced civil litigation, primarily in the areas of Personal Injury, Long Term Disability Insurance, Employment and Landlord/Tennant.
John’s career has been anything but conventional, although successful in multiple dimensions. After earning a degree in philosophy and prior to attending Law School he was a Member of the Canadian Sailing Team for four years. During this time, he set his sights on representing Canada in sailing at the Olympics, and only narrowly missed qualification for the Barcelona Games in 1992.
After two years in the practice of law, it became clear for John that mediation was frequently a much better way to manage conflict than the traditional legal approach. In 1998 John completed his formal mediation training with courses offered by CDR Associates of Boulder Colorado and The Conflict Consensus Institute in Barrie, Ontario.
In parallel with this new career direction, John felt the call to give the Olympic dream another chance. With several years of sustained high-level effort and training he got that opportunity, representing Canada in Sailing at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
After the Olympics, John accepted a one year position as High Performance Manager and General Counsel to the Canadian Yachting Association – the national governing body for the sport of Sailing. This was an excellent window into the world of Sport Administration, allowing him to develop a specialization in the area of Sport Law. He has continued his work in this field as a legal consultant for several National Sport Organizations and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
John has recently added the practice of Conflict Coaching to his ADR repertoire. He now applies many of the same conflict resolution skills and his mediation experience to the one-to-one context of Conflict Coaching.
John has delivered a course on Conflict Resolution at the Canadian Forces Base Kingston, and many workshops for teachers and students in the local high schools and University Clubs. He continues his teaching activities as one of the regular instructors for the Courses in Negotiation and Mediation Skills offered by The Mediation Centre of Southeastern Ontario. John is currently teaching a course in Negotiation at the Queen’s University Law School.
Combining his skills as a lawyer, mediator and coach with the discipline, dedication and passion that established him as an Olympian, John now helps organizations enhance their own success through training, mediation, coaching and legal consulting.
Owen assists employers with workplace investigations, conducts training, and develops customized training modules for HR Proactive clients.
Owen Mahoney served for 16 years as a human rights investigator with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, specializing in complex cases in the area of disability and systemic discrimination. In addition to his duties as an investigator, Owen worked on a number of Commission policy initiatives, including AIDS, the impact of changes to credentials in the nursing profession, mandatory retirement, accommodation for post-secondary students with learning disabilities, and access for women to non-traditional work. He was also responsible for coordinating the Commission’s initiative that led to an agreement with the government to provide barrier-free access to the province’s courts for persons with disabilities. Owen also has extensive experience speaking to employer and other stakeholder groups on a wide range of human rights issues, and has written a number of articles and speeches on human rights. Owen has also been interviewed for a number of radio shows, discussing harassment and human rights in the workplace.
Owen’s formal education includes a B.A Hons. from Concordia University in Montreal, and an M.A. from McMaster University in Hamilton, in English and a Ph.D (all but dissertation). He also taught English for three years at the University of British Columbia, before moving on to work in curriculum development with the Hamilton Board of Education prior to his work with the Commission. While at the Commission, Owen completed studies in investigation at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, and mediation at Stitt Feld Handy Houston, affiliated with the University of Windsor.
Paul spent over 20 years employed as the Chief Administrative Officer of a large Police Association in Ontario. He has vast experience in collective bargaining, workplace disputes, rights arbitration and conciliation/mediation. Paul has also been involved in formal complaints by the members he represented under Bill 168. His involvement in such complaints involved dispute resolution including negotiating and mediating satisfactory agreements between complainants, respondents and the employer. Much of this involved one-to-one conciliation discussions with the complainants, respondents along with confidential discussions with management representatives. Paul's expertise in working collectively with his members has made him a perfect fit for HR Proactive's One-to-One Sensitivity training workshops/services. HR Proactive clients receive customized training from Paul that is an effective and respectful way of addressing inappropriate workplace behaviours, taking corrective action, and minimizing disruption to their workforces. At the same time, it affords our clients an opportunity to retain experienced, long-term employees in whom they have invested much effort and expense.
Paul has a good working knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act, WSIB, Bill 168, changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act with the passing of Bill 132, along with other relevant legislation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Association of Ontario, which represented police personnel across the province. During his time on the Board, Paul met with elected representatives of the Ontario Legislature on a variety of police and public safety matters.
He has also made several representations and submissions to government committees pertaining to public safety and labour matters. Paul is highly regarded and respected by his colleagues, the members he represented, management representatives, government officials at all levels, and members of the public.
Paul will be supporting the training team and office administration at HR Proactive and is a founding supporter of the business.