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
As a Partner with Montana, Maxime brings more than 18 years of management experience in human resources and labour relations. A graduate in Industrial Relations from Université Laval, Max is a master trainer in both English and French. He relates well to any group, and brings warmth and enthusiasm to the many courses he has developed and taught.
Since joining Montana in 2009, Max has grown his client portfolio exponentially, allowing Montana to serve fully the francophone market. Max was formerly the New Brunswick Senior Manager of Human Resources for Grant Thornton LLP, and worked in industrial relations for major manufacturers in Québec.
He is also in charge of training licensed instructors for Montana’s proprietary courses such as Turnaround Interview® and works closely with other clients to develop programs that meet their needs.
Besides training, Max specializes in conflict resolution, workplace assessments, organizational transformation, and labour relations.
Originally from St-Rédempteur, QC, Max lives in Dieppe, NB with his wife Monique and his two children. He’s the president of the Dieppe Ringette Association and is involved in coaching his daughter’s ringette team and his son’s hockey team.
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.