Jackson has always worked closely with people. “You could say I grew up in human resources,” she jokes. She has been with the VFPA—formerly known as Port Metro Vancouver—for 25 years.
“I’m responsible for providing effective and proactive advice on human resources capacity building activities,” says Jackson. “That would include labour relations, employee relations, talent management, employee programs and HR processes.”
In 2012, as part of its professional development offerings, VFPA teamed up with the UBC Sauder School of Business to develop a business certificate for the company’s emerging leaders.
“It’s what we call a UBC Sauder VFPA co-branded Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, and it’s designed to be completed over a four-to-six year period,” details Jackson.
The certificate is comprised of three core courses, including Essential Management Skills, and two electives to help give a well-rounded approach to leadership.
“It’s tailored to an employee’s individual development needs, and we feel this certificate will help them develop the key competencies needed for managerial success,” she says.