Administrative Staff








Administrative Staff

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The Board is made up of 22 staff members. 

When an application is received by the Board, it is assigned to a Labour Relations Officer (LRO). The LRO is the point of contact for the parties and is responsible for the processing of the application from start to finish. This includes getting appropriate responses to the application, identifying issues in dispute, facilitating the exchange of documents, working with the parties to resolve issues and scheduling matters to resolution conferences and hearings. Even once the file has reached the adjudication stage, the LRO continues to work with the parties to narrow the issues, prepare for the hearing and resolve matters where possible.

There are 6 labour relations officers located in Edmonton and Calgary.  Direct phone numbers for Board staff can be found below our Staff member.  For information on roles and responsibilities for Administrative Staff see Information Bulletin #2.


Tannis Brown

(780) 422-3657

Tannis Brown - Director of Settlement
Tannis Brown is responsible for the processing and disposition of applications, complaints and other matters that come before the Board. She supervises the dispute resolution activities and investigations of the Board’s officers and directs the scheduling of hearings and informal pre-hearing settlement initiatives. Tannis previously served as a Labour Relations Officer with the Board from 2000 to 2004. Prior to returning to the Board as Director of Settlement in June of 2010, Tannis was the Director of Labour Relations Policy and Legislation with Employment and Immigration. Tannis is a graduate of the University of Alberta Business Faculty.

Jeremy Schick, Legal Counsel

(780) 644-5260

Jeremy Schick - Legal Counsel
Jeremy Schick joined the Board as Legal Counsel in September, 2013. He practiced labour and employment law, administrative law, and civil litigation, with the Alberta School Boards Association and the law firm of Lucas Bowker & White/Davis & Company. He also previously taught legal research, writing and advocacy as a Belzberg Lecturer with the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta.  Jeremy is a graduate of the  University of Alberta law school, receiving the Judges Bronze Medal, and articled to the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench before being called to the bar in 2000. 
Aaron Padnivelan

(403) 297-4332
Aaron Padnivelan - Manager of Settlement - Calgary

Aaron is responsible for the operation of the Board’s Calgary office and management of the Board’s caseload in southern Alberta.  Based in Calgary, he also oversees the work of the Labour Relations Officers in both Edmonton and Calgary to ensure consistent application of the Board’s policies and procedures.  Aaron joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in 2003 and has expertise in almost all areas of the Board. Aaron has also worked for the Labour Relations Policy and Legislation unit for the Government of Alberta and has served as past President of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association – Northern Alberta Chapter.

Janice Smith

(780) 422-7345

Janice Smith - Manager of Administration
Janice re-joins the Board after a 20 year absence.  She first joined the Board in 1989 as Trade Union Records Officer and then spent three years as the Director of Administration.  Since then she has spent time working in both private industry and government.  This includes teaching networking in the IT field, facilitating focus groups, managing the law firm of Ackroyd LLP for 9 years and 8 years at the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation as the Manager of Operations.   She also served for 5 years as a Board Member of the City of Edmonton Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities, sitting on the executive and chairing various committees.

Dan Galdamez

(780) 427-0067

Dan Galdamez - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Dan joined the Board in April 2008. Previously, Dan worked for the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) as a Labour Researcher and a Labour Relations Officer.  Prior to HSAA, Dan worked for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference as an Administrator.  Dan has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Alberta, and a Management Studies Diploma and a Human Resources Certificate from Grant MacEwan College. 

Chuck Toth

(780) 427-0709

Chuck Toth - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Chuck joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board as a Labour Relations Officer in March, 2009.  In a Human Resources career that spans three decades, Chuck has held several HR roles in a variety of industrial sectors.  Chuck graduated from Royal Roads University in 2004 with a Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and is also a Certified Human Resources Practitioner.

Nailya Rakhmatulina, Labour Relations Officer

(403) 297-5887

Nailya Rakhmatulina, - Labour Relations Officer - Calgary
Nailya started her career with the Government of Alberta in 2004 after moving from Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the Board in September 2013 she worked as an Employment Standards Officer in Calgary for over six years. Nailya has completed two post graduate degrees, one in Public Administration, and the other in Business Administration. She has also obtained a PULSE Mediation Certificate after completing 40 hours of mediation training.

Fenton Corey, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 422-8259

Fenton Corey - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Fenton joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board as the Hearing Coordinator in 2014 and was promoted to an LRO position in January, 2016. A graduate of Mount Allison University’s Bachelor of Music program, he also serves as a military musician in the Canadian Forces. Prior to the Board, Fenton worked as a manager for Abercrombie and Fitch Co.

Jamie Robinson, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 415-2714

Jamie Robinson - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Jamie joined the Board in April, 2016.  Jamie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and has a wealth of human resources/labour relations experience at both the provincial and municipal levels of government.  Most recently Jamie was an Employee Relations Specialist with the Government of Alberta.

Gary Boim, Labour Relations Officer

(403) 297-5888

Gary Boim - Labour Relations Officer - Calgary
Gary completed a one-year secondment at the Alberta Labour Relations Board in 2015 and is now working on a permanent basis. Gary graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Human Justice degree. Gary commenced working for the Government of Alberta in 2001 and came to the Board after working for over ten years at the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Andrea Balon, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 427-8553

Andrea Balon - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Andrea joined the Labour Relations Board in October 2018. Prior to joining the Board, she worked as Manager of Labour Relations Research and Analysis with Treasury Board and Finance to support the coordination of collective bargaining across the public sector. Andrea also has extensive workplace policy and legislation experience, working for both the Labour Relations Policy and Legislation and Employment Standards Policy and Legislation units in Alberta Labour.  Andrea graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Carleton University.


Pauline Briggs

Pauline Briggs - Administrative Officer - Edmonton
Pauline Briggs joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in 1981 and has served in all administative roles at the Board. She is currently the Assistant to the Legal Counsel and the Board's Webmaster and Publications Officer.

Marlene Lesie


Marlene Leslie - Executive Assistant to the Chair - Edmonton
Marlene commenced her tenure with the Provincial Government on December 23, 1985 holding positions with the Public Affairs Bureau AV & Exhibit Services, Employment Standards as well as with the Labour Relations Board in Calgary prior to returning to Edmonton when she became the Executive Assistant to the Chair in May 2000.

Chandra Sarafinchen


Chandra Sarafinchen - Correspondence Process Clerk - Edmonton
Chandra joined the Board initially in 2012, left in 2016 and returned to us in April of 2018. She is currently the Correspondence Clerk supporting the Labour Relations Officer’s. Chandra has over 20 years administrative experience in the labour relations, finance, real estate, legal and insurance industries and sits on the Board of Directors for St. Albert Victim Services.



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