About Me

Short Bio

Dr. Tim Vanderpyl is a leadership consultant, business professor, HR Professional and host of the Recruitment Now podcast. Before becoming a professor, he worked in executive positions in the social services, healthcare, oil/gas and government sectors. Tim teaches HR, Organizational Behaviour and Marketing courses at Ambrose University and also teaches business courses at Trinity Western University and at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He is the founding editor of Western Talent & Innovation Review and has published more than 20 articles on business and leadership related topics. Tim holds a Master of Arts in Leadership, a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children.

Long Bio

I started my HR career in a social service agency that built programs for people with severe brain injuries and disabilities. I recruited high performing staff for minimum wage positions and completely revamped the organization’s talent strategy. I then led the HR services for the Southern Alberta facilities of one of Canada’s largest healthcare organizations. Together, we built one of the top healthcare leadership teams in Canada. I specifically built an all star HR team with the resources entrusted to me. I later took on a business development / innovation role as we opened new facilities across Canada and designed and implemented an innovative internal customer service review of the corporate services of Covenant Health.

In 2014, I joined the HR team of Saipem Canada. I played a key role in turning one of the most dysfunctional HR departments in recent history into one of the top HR departments in Alberta. We were recognized by the HRIA as being the top HR team in the province in 2015. I led the talent acquisition efforts in 2014 as we hired more than 3,000 people that year. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn the company ran out of construction projects. After laying off more than 500 people, I laid myself off and took on an exciting role in municipal government.

In 2017, I joined the faculty of Ambrose University where I teach undergraduate business courses. I also teach Organizational Behaviour in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, Advanced Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary, and am a Sessional Instructor at Trinity Western University.

I hold a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Trinity Western University. I completed my Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in 2012. For my Doctoral Major Project, I studied the HR departments of eleven Top Employers in Alberta (including Westjet, ATB Financial, Enbridge and Alberta Blue Cross) and proposed a servant leadership philosophy of HR that is both scalable and effective. This project won Regent University’s Most outstanding Doctoral project award and was a finalist for the Ram Charan Essay Contest.

My career has been diverse, but it has given me insight into what leaders really struggle with day-to-day. I bring an evidence based approach to my facilitation and keynotes, but I have also lived the daily struggles that leaders face. I am both a scholar AND a leader.

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