George Raine, CHRP. President
George is widely recognized as one of Eastern Canada’s top HR experts. His nearly 35 years in human resources has included work in all areas of the field.
His background prior to founding Montana in 2004 includes working as Corporate VP of Human Resources -- Irving Group Moncton, Corporate Director of HR for Frigidaire Canada, and HR Manager for Stelco Inc. He also held senior positions in health care. He was seconded to the Department of Health of Nova Scotia to provide high-level direction in labour relations, change management, governance, and organizational effectiveness to the Minister of Health during the mid-1990’s health care reform. Previously he was Director of HR for the 2000-employee Victoria General Hospital and coordinated labour relations for the transition of civil servants into the newly-created QEII Health Sciences Centre.
George played a pivotal role in the creation of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and the establishment of a national standard for the CHRP designation. He was twice President of CCHRA, which represents more than 30,000 HR professionals across the country.
Raised in Canada, India, and Switzerland, he is a graduate of Queen's University, and began his career in public relations and communications before entering the HR field. He has instructed and lectured at UNB, Mount Allison University, St. Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, and in many labour law, human resources, and human rights conferences.
George is creator of the Turnaround Interview®, a highly effective method for coaching employees to break bad workplace habits without discipline. He is the recipient of the Atlantic Canada Human Resources Award [ACHRA] for Excellence in Human Resources, given by the HR associations of the Atlantic Provinces.
Maxime Labbé, Business Consultant
Max brings more than 15 years of management experience in human resources and labour relations in Québec and the Maritimes. He has advised companies of all sizes and types and coached managers in both official languages. He developed expertise in leadership coaching while working with a major national accounting firm and with their clients. His professional approach and understanding of what it takes to build high engagement workplaces marks him as an HR leader.
A native of Québec City, he leads the francophone consulting practice and holds a Bachelor of Industrial Relations from Université Laval.
Solange Gagnon is a bilingual administrative resource who has been working in this field for the past seven years. She is currently doing work for the Human Resources Association of New Brunswick along with supporting the consultants at Montana Consulting Group.
Prior to this, Solange had been employed with NBTel / Aliant for ten years. During that time, she had been in the following roles: account management, management and planning.
Solange holds a Business Administration bachelor’s degree from l’Université de Moncton and is very active in her community. She has and continues to volunteer at the schools her children attend, teaches catechism and is always willing to lend a helping hand.