Joan Andersen

MA, C.H.R.P., C.H.R.L. (retired)

Alumni Ambassador and Executive in Residence (volunteer position)

My role is to create and implement programs/initiatives to connect with alumni, work with students on job search skills and initiate contact with German companies in the GTA.

Contact info

Phone 705-534-1243



I am an Alumna of the University of Toronto. I graduated in 1976 with my Honours BA from Victoria College, with a German major and French minor. Thereafter, I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Toronto in 1977 in German and accepted a position as a Teaching Assistant with the Department.

I have been working in the human resources and human resource development field for over 25 years. I have extensive background in automotive, general merchandise and food retail and wholesale sectors. During my business career, I obtained my Certified Human Resources Professional (C.H.R.P.) designation at the Human Resources Leader level. I also held advanced certification from the Canadian Society for Training and Development. I have a certificate in Labour Relations from Queen’s University. My specific area of expertise is in designing programs and processes aimed at developing high performance and resilient corporations, business teams and individual employees.

I joined Honda Canada Inc.’s head office sales and marketing group in Markham in 1999. I retired as Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Administration in 2013. Prior to that, I spent 20 years with the Oshawa Group Limited (now part of the Sobeys organisation) working in all areas of human resources management. My last assignment was Senior Director, Human Resources, responsible directly for all national departments. I have also been the Canadian representative on the Cornell University International Distance Education Advisory Board and past Chair of the Canadian wing of this Board. I have also been a frequent speaker at numerous Human Resources, Training Symposia and professional organisations.

Throughout my professional career and into retirement, I have continued to pursue my passion for helping others to grow and develop by teaching management and leadership courses at local community colleges. I have been a part-time instructor at Humber College for over 20 years.