Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.54
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
EN-9: Staff Professional Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Gerry McCune
Director, Organizational Development, Equity and Health
Human Resource Services
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year?:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of employee participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:

Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training that is either provided or supported by the institution (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more):

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to staff:


The university's Organizational Health and Effectiveness (OHE) team, within Human Resource Services, offers professional development workshops to all levels of staff in the institution. Organizational Health and Effectiveness offers leadership development programs for senior administrative academics (deans, chairs, directors, administrative professional officers, and supervisors). Topics related to human rights, employment equity, and healthy workplaces are significant components of the programs, with the provision of at least a half-day of theory and opportunities for discussion. In addition to the leadership programs, OHE offers a number of employment equity, human rights, and diversity-related information sessions and workshops. A sample of the many sessions includes: duty to accommodate, employment equity and human rights in recruitment, working within diverse work teams, welcoming newcomers, and communication during conflict.

A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution(e.g. through payment, reimbursement, or subsidy):


This program assists participants to become sustainability champions in their workplace by providing them opportunity to develop skills, increase knowledge and understanding of sustainability, and cultivate sustainability leadership qualities. Reimbursement of the tuition fee after completion of the course is available.


The university provides opportunities for staff to receive funding via the Human Resource Development Fund for support staff, the Central Professional Development Fund for administrative professional officers, and the Professional Expense Reimbursement Program for academic staff, and tuition remission for all staff.

Estimated percentage of regular staff (full-time and part-time) for which sustainability is included in performance reviews (0, 1-24%, 25-49%, 50-74%, 75% or more) :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:


Catherine Anley
Employment Equity Advisor
Human Resource Services

Victor Shewchuk B.A., B.Ed., CHRP
Senior Advisor
Organizational Health and Effectiveness

Monica Chahal
Program Lead
Office of Sustainability

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