NICOLE BURKE

HR manager
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

As HR manager at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Nicole Burke understands that compensation is always a top concern for employees, but this is a significant benchmarking challenge for HR given the numerous unique roles (over 200) in the organization. In response, Burke and her team reviewed all existing compensation plans and market data, and sourced compensation information from similar organizations for benchmarking. Then she helped design a communication plan to help employees understand how rates are determined. Burke acknowledges the challenge of labour shortages as well, and is looking to implement more creative recruitment methods that emphasize the uniqueness of her organization.

She also has mentored college and university students and others through the Human Resources Management Association mentoring program. “My advice to them is always the same: Look for a role that is more generalist in nature to learn the ins and outs of HR, and if they still want to specialize in something [afterwards], do it!”