Maxime Labbé, CPHR
Bringing more than 20 years of management experience in human resources and labour relations, Maxime is Montana's Managing Director. A graduate in Industrial Relations from Université Laval, he 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, Maxime has grown his client portfolio exponentially, allowing Montana to serve fully the francophone market. He 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, Maxime specializes in conflict resolution, workplace assessments, organizational transformation, and labour relations.
Originally from St-Rédempteur, Québec, Maxime lives in Dieppe, NB with his wife and his two children.
Philippe Morin, LL.M.
Philippe brings to his role as a consultant with Montana two decades of experience in legal research and legal writing. Holding a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, a bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B.), and a master’s degree in law (LL.M.), he has about 25 publications to his credit. He was also a part-time lecturer at Université de Moncton, where he taught Leisure’s Legal Framework, and the online course Introduction to Commercial Law.
For the past few years, he has worked as an editor/proofreader for a prominent labour arbitrator, gaining familiarity with the principles underpinning labour law and collective bargaining relationships. Over the years, he has developed a sense of thoroughness, legal comprehension, and attention to detail, valuable assets for investigatory work and policy analysis in business.
Before joining Montana in 2018, Philippe was a project officer at the International Observatory on Language Rights at Université de Moncton as well as the Executive Director for the Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick.
Mélissa has more than 15 years of experience in human resources management in the public sector, particularly in the health sector, in the community sector and in the private sector, with small and medium-sized businesses. Her career path has allowed her to develop expertise in both unionized and non-unionized environments. She has an excellent understanding of employment and organizational culture challenges.
Melissa is an insightful professional who is committed to achieving results. Her diverse background makes her a consultant who can quickly and easily build trust with the various members of an organization, regardless of their role. Her understanding of the business world, socio-cultural realities and human behaviours allows her to quickly identify the organizational, structural and relational challenges that our clients face and to offer creative and effective solutions.
Melissa lives in Campbellton, in northern New Brunswick. Since 2010, she has been supporting her partner with the management of his residential construction business. Mother of a son, Mélissa has been involved in her community, notably in sports associations, as a team manager, and in the school environment. When she is not at work, she can be found at the rink, in the mountains with her dog, kayaking on the Baie-des-Chaleurs or on the golf course.
George Raine, CPHR
George is widely recognized as one of Eastern Canada’s top HR experts. His 41 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.