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 7 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.

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.

Terri Susan Zurbrigg

(780) 644-5260

Terri Susan Zurbrigg - Legal Counsel
Terri Susan received her LL.B from the University of Alberta in 2008. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from McGill University.  After articling with the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, she practiced labour, employment, and human rights law in both the private and public sector for ten years before joining the Alberta Labour Relations Board as Legal Counsel in 2020.  Terri Susan is dedicated to legal education and has taught a number of courses at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, including labour law and human rights law.  Outside of the office, she is a wildlife artist and avid birder who enjoys travelling to far-flung places with her husband. 

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. With over 20 years of labour relations and human resources experience, Dan previously 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, and a Technical/Human Resources Manager for All Weather Windows.  He has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Alberta, and a Management Studies Diploma/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.

Vicki Lalonde, Labour Relations Officer

(403) 297-5888

Vicki Lalonde - Labour Relations Officer - Calgary
Vicki Lalonde joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in December 2019. Previously, she was with Alberta Employment Standards for 13 years, a contract Investigator with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, and a reporter for Canadian Lawyers Weekly. She is member of the Alberta Law Society, graduating from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in 2002 and recipient of the Dean Michael Wylie Social Responsibility Award.

Kent Nelson, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 415-2714

Kent Nelson - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Kent Nelson joined the Alberta Labour Relations Board in March 2020. Previously, he was with Alberta Employment Standards resolving employment disputes, Alberta Finance resolving tax disputes, and a practicing lawyer in Alberta.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Industrial Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta.

Patricia Lafave, Labour Relations Officer

(780) 422-7378

Patricia Lafave - Labour Relations Officer - Edmonton
Patricia was previously with the ATCO Group of Companies from 1999 until 2018. During her employment, she was a member of the Canadian Energy Workers Association (Chapter 101), and took roles as a Councillor, Director, and Vice President. Patricia was also a member of the bargaining team for two Collective Agreements and part of the Employee Relations Council. Patricia is a graduate of NAIT with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree focusing on Human Resources. Prior to joining the Board, Patricia was employed as a Human Resources Generalist with Sysco Foods (Edmonton).

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, 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.
Nicole Taslaoanu

Nicole Taslaoanu - Hearing Coordinator / Financial Clerk
Nicole joined the Board as a Hearing Coordinator in January 2017. During this time, she also spent one year as the Correspondence Clerk supporting the Labour Relations Officers. She is currently the Hearing Coordinator and the Financial Clerk in the Edmonton Office.  Prior to joining the Board, Nicole worked for over eight years as a Corporate Account Manager in the banking industry and  five years as a Guest Service Manager and Event Planner in the tourism industry. Nicole has completed two post-graduate  degrees – a Bachelor of Commerce and Tourism Diploma.


Nicole Taslaoanu

Sheila Lavender - Database Business Analyst
Sheila joined the board as the Database Business Analyst in April 2020. Previously, she worked for 5 years as a CRM Dynamics Configurator and Business Analyst for the Ministry of Advanced Education. Sheila has a Computer Systems Diploma from NAIT and has a varied technical background which includes computer programming, technical support, business intelligence and business analysis.




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