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I N T ERV I EW W I T H AN HR HERO BY KIM SHIFFMAN SHEILA RIDER: CHANNEL YOUR PASSION INTO YOUR CAREER W IN A NUTSHELL hat do you do when, just short of graduating with an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Toronto, you realize you don’t actually want to be a psychologist? If you’re Sheila Rider, you channel your fascination with people’s behaviour towards the study of human resources. Rider enrolled in an HR post-graduate diploma program, and has since worked her way up to the role of senior vice-president of human resources of Hudson’s Bay Company, leading the HR team at the Bay, Canada’s leading department store with 91 stores in eight provinces, as well as Lord & Taylor, HBC’s recent acquisition. We asked Rider to reveal how she got where she is, and what it takes to get to the executive’s table in HR. First Job: I was a dog sitter at age 10. It was black lab that a neighbour had that couldn’t be left alone. Childhood ambition: I wanted to be a judge. I figured you got to tell people what to do. Best boss and why: I’ve had so many fantastic bosses. My current boss is probably my best because I’ve never learned so much and felt so continually challenged to do my best work, even after three years. Mentor: I have a ton of mentors, but the mentor from whom I continually get the best advice is actually a peer as opposed to someone at a senior level. Source of current inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my daughter, who is 7. I want her to be proud of me and I think it’s important that she sees that I do what brings me joy. Best piece of advice I even got: A teacher once told me, “You don’t need to know everything; you just need to know where to find the information.” Next big goal: I’m on the fundraising board for Jake’s House, which supports families with autism. They are looking to start a mentor program that would be groundbreaking in Canada. So my goal is to help raise funds so we are able to do that. Ideal vacation destination: We have a 7-year-old, so we are in the Disney years. So ideal would be anywhere warm and relaxing without Mickey. Last music download: It’s all about my daughter, so we’re big into Glee. We download all the albums and listen every morning. Favourite author: Robertson Davies. He’s a masterful storyteller. My favourite book is Fifth Business; the characters are so compelling. I reread it every five years. HRPROMAG . c om J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 1 2 45

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - July/August 2012

Editor's Letter
Leadership Matters
The End of Reviews as We Know Them
Coaching: Blazing Your Own Trail
Mentoring the Future
HR 101
Interview with an HR Hero: Sheila Rider
Off The Shelf
Technology & Privacy
The Last Word

HR Professional - July/August 2012