TLS Associates bring a wide range of expertise to the firm’s projects. Whether the situation calls for knowledge of labour relations, management, human resources, harassment prevention, workplace violence, diversity or human rights, TLS Associates can provide the necessary experience and information to ensure professional results.
Each TLS team is tailored to meet the particular requirements of every TLS contract.
Beverly Suek is an associate of TLS Enterprises. Ms Suek has managed projects for organizations across Canada including workplace investigations, staffing investigations, organizational and administrative reviews and the development of healthy and respectful workplaces.
Ms Suek has work as a consultant to governments, businesses and non-profits, as well as Aboriginal organizations, for example, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Norway House First Nation, Community Health Representatives in First Nations communities and Sioux Valley Personal Care Home.
She has 30 years experience as a senior manager in the private and the public sector. Ms Suek was the CEO with the Women’s Enterprise Centre from 2002-2005, which assists women starting or expanding a business and provides business loans from a portfolio of 5 million dollars. In this role, she developed a human resources system that emphasized employee participation, wellness and respect. She developed a Governance manual and system for the organization.
From January 2000 until 2003, she was the Chair of the Board of Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, a Crown Corporation with over 2000 employees and gross income of 5 billion dollars. She oversaw a comprehensive organizational review of both finances and human resources and initiated the development of a governance system.
She was a Commissioner with the Provincial Civil Service Commission for 13 years, which is a quasi-judicial board hearing appeals on staffing, classification, dismissal and conflict of interest.
Ms Suek is a Chartered Arbitrator with the ADR Institute of Canada.
Ms Suek is also an active volunteer with community centres, human rights organizations and other community based organizations. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award for community service. She is the author of publications on human rights, housing, the future of work in Canada, quality of workplaces, and enterprise development.
Ms Ritchot joined TLS Enterprises Inc. as an Associate in 2008, prior to which she was the Regional Director of the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Prairie and Nunavut Region. During her 27 year career with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ms Ritchot investigated and mediated human rights complaints, developed and delivered Anti-Harassment, Anti-Racism, Employment Equity and Respectful Workplace training and contributed to the development of the Commission’s first Special Programs Policy.
Ms Ritchot is an active member of her community, having served on the Board of various organizations including the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, the St. Vital French Immersion Parents Association, and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. She is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors of Assiniboine Credit Union.
In 2002, in recognition of her commitment to the advancement of human and equality rights, Ms Ritchot was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Lorna Leader is an experienced consultant and investigator. She has conducted workplace investigations, including workplace violence and harassment, both independently and as an Associate with TLS. She participated in a number of organizational reviews, including a review of the corporate culture of eleven federal correctional institutions, making recommendations on harassment prevention.
She has also been employed as an investigator with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and was Manager of Employment Equity Programs with the Province of Manitoba.
Throughout over 25 years of employment and consulting, Ms Leader has presented many training sessions, primarily in the areas of human rights, equity issues and harassment prevention.
Peggy Barker has many years of experience as a manager in both the federal and provincial governments and in non-profit organizations.
She was previously a manager with Western Agri-Food Institute and was also a Consultant to Manitoba Agricultural Credit Corporation, developing training and strategic planning processes. As the Regional Manager, Consumer Services with the federal government, she was responsible for managing the work of inspectors in the three Prairie Provinces, which included investigating consumer complaints. She also was responsible for program development and evaluation skills for a variety of organizations.
She is presently an Associate with TLS in investigation including harassment and workplace violence as well as organizational reviews.
Ms Barker also has considerable experience in organizing projects and events as a volunteer with the Provincial Council of Women, the Consumers Association of Canada and the United Church.
Lynn Prosak has over 23 years experience as a manager within the Federal Government. She has particular expertise in human resources management and organizational development, as well as harassment prevention.
Ms Prosak has designed and developed training in staffing procedures and management skills and was recognized for her contributions in facilitating several workshops geared towards resolving conflicts between Management and Union.
Ms Prosak works with TLS in conducting investigations on workplace violence and harassment as well as organizational reviews.
Mike Styre spent 22 years working in progressively responsible management positions with the federal government. He served as the Regional Director General for the Canada Border Services Agency from August 1996 to October 2010. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing operations in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territory, managing a staff of 1200 persons and a budget of 100 million dollars.
Mr. Styre has conducted investigations with TLS on harassment and workplace violence. He has extensive knowledge of labour relations and, in 2010 received an award from the Customs and Immigration Union in recognition of the excellent working relationship with the union.
He is able to provide organizations with objective and independent advice and recommendations to improve work environments and create healthy and respectful workplaces. He has participated in investigations with his previous work and with TLS Enterprises.
Maryann is of Anishinaabe and Icelandic ancestry, and is a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation of Manitoba. She has been employed as a human rights and workplace investigator for close to eight years and has conducted over a 160 investigations.
In the past she has worked as a Human Rights Officer/Investigator at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, a Probation Officer with the Ministry of Safety and Correctional Services Ontario, and a Program Manager for the Government of Ontario. She has experience in both print and television journalism and has been employed by the Canadian Press Toronto and other media outlets.
Maryann is currently a board member with the Nine Circles Community Health Centre and has volunteered on boards with the Women’s Health Clinic and the Elizabeth Fry Society. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College in Halifax, NS.