Meet Katie Renaud.

Director of Governance and Human Resource Administration

Windsor, ON



What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

I'm motivated by helping others thrive, and human resources is a field where I get to do just that. My role is all about problem solving to help create an amazing employee experience that in turn makes for happy, healthy workers who can do their best work for the organization.

How did you come to be in this position?

I actually started out with a Bachelor's education in International Relations and Development, which is strangely a good foundation for HR since you learn critical thinking, problem solving, and empathy. I then moved into a workforce development research role working with employers to help solve talent issues, which sparked my interest in HR. From there, I pivoted into an HR and marketing role with a controls engineering firm and simultaneously did my Master's in Education concentrated in Human Resource Development online. That led me into a role in community capacity-building, but the COVID-19 pandemic began almost immediately after I began that role, so the organization started asking me to take on HR tasks like addressing employee wellness, and I was eventually offered the role of Director of Governance and Human Resource Administration, which is my current role. I've always been a people person who loves to help others, so I was inspired to get into HR to be able to do this professionally.

What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

Talk to other HR professionals about their experience, and ask questions that help you get some guidance on how to get to where you want to be. But most importantly, there's a great quote I keep in mind: "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." Be brave, and don't let fear hold you back from your dream. You are good enough, and it's better to fail trying and learn so you can succeed the next time than to not try at all.