Diversity-and-Inclusion-Speaker Margaret-McBeath

Margaret McBeath

Assistant Program Manager, Human Resources, Amec Foster Wheeler, Nuclear Canada

Margaret McBeath is a Human Resources Specialist at Kinectrics with close to 10 years’ experience in leading the developing and implementing programs for talent management, organizational effectiveness, diversity, and gender equality. In recent years she has led the successful implementation of a diversity and inclusion program within Kinectrics. This program, which was nominated for an “Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion” Award (2016 & 2017 Canadian HR Awards), involved developing and executing a comprehensive diversity and inclusion action plan – including an executive sponsorship program, peer mentorship initiative, career development sessions, and enhanced succession planning tools. Margaret has also leads recruitment initiatives for Kinectrics, more recently involving the implementation of improvements to the recruitment process to increase gender diversity and to give potential candidates a more realistic understanding of the work we do at Kinectrics. In 2017 Margaret was a finalist for the “Rising Star Award” at the Canadian HR Awards.

Margaret is also a researcher and PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo in the field of Public Health and Health systems – with a specialization in Work and Health. Her research examines school to work transitions and how variables such as learning environments, skill acquisitions, learning outcomes, and overall mental health lead to or impede success in the labour market. Margaret has presented her academic research at numerous conferences, had her work published in many scholarly journals such as Higher Education, Skills, and Work-Based Learning and is the recipient of several research awards and honours. Additionally, she is a Board Member for the World Association for Cooperative and Work- Integrated Education (WACE) Research Group, which advances research on work-integrated education and school to work transitions. In 2016 Margaret was the co-recipient of a received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to design and develop an e-mental health solution to address workplace stress and wellbeing. Finally, Margaret helped to establish and currently co-leads a research lab at the University of Waterloo dedicated to mental health and school-to- work transitions (https://www.sju.ca/MHSWTLab).