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The Yukon Advisory Council handles the planning and implementation of local CPHR BC & Yukon activities and is made up of members representing a broad range of HR experience levels and areas of practice.

To see upcoming activities, please view our calendar.

Your Yukon Advisory Council:

Chair – Roxane Larouche, CPHR

Roxane was one of the first Yukoners to get her CPHR designation and has over 25 years experience in the Human Resources field in both private and public sectors. She retired as Director, Human Resources at Yukon Hospital Corporation in 2017 and is currently the President of RJ People Consulting, a human resources consulting company in Whitehorse, Yukon. Roxane is also the Co-chair of the Recruitment & Employee Retention Committee. She also serves as an adjudicator for the Yukon Human Rights Commission Panel of Adjudicators.

Gary Adams

Gary Adams is currently the Director, Labour Relations at the Public Service Commission. Gary is new to Whitehorse, Yukon. Gary hails from southwestern Ontario and found his way to Whitehorse via Vancouver Island where we resided the past 3 years. Gary has been in the Labour Relations arena for over 25 years. He has worked several years in the Ontario Public Service before going to work with a public service union. In 2007, he joined the company side of Labour Relations at York University. Then returned to the public service as Manager of Labour Negotiations for Ontario and then as Manager of Labour Relations with Atomic Energy of Canada.


Sharlaina Bain, CPHR Candidate

Sharlaina is an HR Consultant for the Yukon Government who has a passion for improving corporate culture, employee performance and indigenous development. She believes qualified HR professionals offer expertise in establishing a more inspired, productive and sustainable workforce by contributing strategic guidance, tools and best practices for talent and leadership development, succession planning, and employee engagement. Her ultimate goal is to assist organizations become sought-after employers with a cost-effective, committed and motivated workforce.

Lisa Beck, CPHR

Lisa is the Director of Human Resources at Northwestel, she has a BA in Liberal and Business Studies from SFU with a focus on post graduate studies in Strategic HR Management and Values Based Leadership. She has a diverse background in both public and private sector companies globally. Lisa is excited about continuing to enhance professional development opportunities that deliver results for the HR community in the Yukon.


Charmaine Cheung, CPHR

Charmaine joined the Advisory Council in 2016.  As one of the newest members of the team, she is excited about the opportunity to contribute to human resources professional development in the Yukon.  Charmaine is the Director of Human Resources Department of Economic Development, Yukon Government.  Prior to moving to the Yukon, Charmaine was a Recruitment Consultant for an international executive search firm in Shanghai, China.  Charmaine holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a graduate certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management.  She obtained her CPHR designation in 2011.

Katie Gilson

Katie is an HR Advisor for Challenge Disability Resource Group. With over 10 years of experience, Katie has a passion for building resilient teams and sourcing and developing talent. Prior to moving to the Great White North, Katie worked in Training and Development and Recruitment at Sears Holdings Corp and PetSmart in the United States. As a Human Resources professional, Katie is committed to being actively engaged with her teams, promoting mental health and inclusion in the workplace, and providing strategic advice that meets the business needs.

Jillian Hardie

Jillian Hardie is the Executive Director and CEO for Challenge Disability Resource Group and Career Industries. She has a background in Special Education from Okanagan University and Human Resource Management and Labour Relations from Athabasca University and is passionate about coming in the two fields. Overseeing the operations of Yukon’s largest NGO dedicated to supporting persons with a variety of disabilities gives Jillian an unique perspective on disability management, staff training and development and Policy implementation.

Kirk Malach, CPHR

Kirk is a Human Resources Consultant with the Department of Education in the Yukon Government. He has been working in the Human Resources field since 2012 in a variety of capacities including Recruitment, Disability Management and Labour Relations. Kirk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan and obtained his CPHR designation in 2016. He has been a member the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan (formerly Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals) since 2008 and recently became a member of the CPHR BC & Yukon chapter after moving to Whitehorse in 2017. Kirk looks forward to bringing his experiences and ideas to the Yukon Advisory Council.


Sandy Watson, CPHR

Gordon A. (Sandy) Watson is a CPHR and has been an active member of Human Resource Management associations for over two decades.  Sandy moved to Whitehorse in 2014 and is currently the Senior Business Analyst for the Yukon RCMP. He was the Human Resources and Administration Manager at Canada’s largest military-industrial complex. He is currently Lieutenant-Colonel and the Liaison Officer to all three Territories with the Canadian Armed Forces Liaison Council.  Sandy is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and holds a BA in Economics and a MBA and a Master’s of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Please contact Rita Koeller, CPHR for more information regarding the Yukon Advisory Council.