Kirsten Hayne

Director of People, Culture & Communications, Ryfan Electric


As an experienced labour and employment lawyer with Brownlee LLP, Kirsten works with employers across Western Canada to support them in developing and implementing sound human resource, volunteer management, change management and leadership strategies. Her legal background is supplemented by “in the trenches” executive experience.

In 2011, Kirsten was recruited to support organizational re-visioning and transformation at Northlands, one of Alberta’s oldest not-for-profit agricultural societies. As Vice President of People Services & General Counsel, Kirsten was privileged to support 2,200 employees, 1,500 volunteers and 300 shareholders in their work to provide brilliant experiences for those in the greater Edmonton area, Northern Alberta and beyond.

Kirsten’s time at Northlands was turbulent and rewarding. She is seasoned in complex regulatory regimes including racing, gaming, privacy, security licensing, alcohol licensing and labour relations among others. She oversaw the development of three governance restructurings, built right-sizing and wind-up plans from both the Human Resource and Legal perspectives, renegotiated leases and licenses with the Edmonton Oilers and the City of Edmonton, and implemented several software tools including a new HR/Payroll system for which her team won the 2016 Project of the Year (Information Technology) from the Project Management Institute of Northern Alberta. In her spare time, Kirsten is honored to serve her community on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Police Foundation.

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