Debra Finlayson is an HR and adult learning consultant who has provided human resources and business services for more than 14 years to companies such as Simply Computing, Telus Corporation, Aldeasa, YVR and Gateway Casinos.
A former member relations manager for Human Resources Management Association, she is designated as a (CPHR) Chartered Professional in Human Resources, Canada, and (SHRM-CP) Society of Human Resources Certified Professional, U.S., and she taught the CHRP (CPHR) exam preparatory workshop in 2016.
In her interactive classes, she integrates both business and HR perspectives drawing on her BBA in entrepreneurial leadership, HR Management Post Baccalaureate Diploma, and MA (with Merit) in leadership and change from Exeter University, U.K., as well as her years of experience as an HR and project manager, corporate recruiter and consultant.
In 2016, Debra co-published a global book titled, Followership in Action: Cases and Commentaries (Emerald Group, U.K.), which led to her being chosen as a 2016 finalist in the Women in Business Awards - Social Trailblazer category at the Surrey Board of Trade.
In 2017, Debra was chosen to represent Canada as an HR SME for the global team of exam developers for the SHRM-CP designation in Virginia, and was invited back for 2018.
A recognized community and people advocate, Debra has facilitated the design of a new mentorship program for the Surrey Board of Trade. She also offers her time to speak at employment centres to support individuals with barriers to employment.