HR LeadersTalk: Donna Wilson Strives for HR Gold

By Drew Railton, CPHR
Drew Railton, CPHR is a managing partner in our Western Canada offices. He has an ongoing interview series in PeopleTalk, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon’s quarterly magazine. 

Donna Wilson has held executive level positions since 2001 in both the public and private sectors. Having always given her best, she also served on the Olympics Organizing Committee. Most recently, she transitioned into a new role as vice president of people, performance and Lower Mainland Medical Laboratories at Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Prior to this she was senior vice president of people, community and strategy with Lifelabs, where she was responsible for leading their HR, labour and government relations and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Why did you choose HR or how did it choose you?
When I was at university, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. However, after a short practicum, I realized that I wanted to work with people, but in an office environment. This drew me towards human resources. I didn’t know a lot about HR at the time and my interest really evolved based on my interest in the human mind and related behaviours. I took psychology in University and working with people and people behaviours was important to me.

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