The PSA Annual General Meeting is Thursday June 8th.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in OVC LLC room 1714

All Professional & Managerial employees are invited to attend and stay for the lunch social.
Bring your "I am reusable" card, green containers will be on hand for members of this program.

Standing Committee Reports and AGM Agenda

The Day of Mourning offers us the opportunity to stand together with the country's workers to remember those who have lost their lies or been injured on the job, and to reflect on what needs to be done to prevent further workplace deaths and injuries.

Please see Joint Proclomation signed by all Univeristy of Guelph employee Groups



The PSA has partnered with Hospice Waterloo Region & Hospice Wellington to present information to PSA members on Advance Care Planning covering topics and issues such as:

  • Making health care and financial decisions for parents, spouses or others
  • Who will make health care and financial decisions for you when you are not able
  • Advance Care Planning, Power of Attorney for Personal Care, Substitute Decision Making

List of resource links:

Link to Advance Care Planning Waterloo Wellington:

Government of Ontario, information on Powers of Attorney and Living Wills:

Government of Ontario, information on making substitute health care decisions:

The Advance Care Planning sesson that was scheduled for February 15, in Peter Clark Hall 5:00 - 6:30 pm has been cancelled.
 Due to factors beyond our control this session is being re-scheduled for later in the semester.  The PSA apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mental Health in the Workplace

The conversation continues…due to feedback from last year’s 3 part series for managers and supervisors, Continuing the Conversation on Mental Health for Leaders, the PSA has arranged a 3 hour workshop to review, role-play, discuss and ask questions about the topics that were previously presented.

Open to all PSA members on a limited space basis.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm February 2, UC 441

Presented by:  Homewood Health & the PSA Problem Resolution Committee.

Register at:

The PSA Employment Terms & Conditions (ETC) Committee has been hard at work this fall with preparations for negotiations with the University. The current Compact with the University will expire April 30th, 2017 and a large amount of work needs to be completed before we begin negotiations with Staff Relations.

On Tuesday, January 17th, the PSA will launch a negotiations preparation survey to gather input from PSA members on terms and conditions of employment. This survey will be open for two weeks and it is our hope that as many members as possible complete this survey.

The ETC Committee plans to host focus groups in March of 2017 to delve into complex or key issues in more detail. A call for participants will be send out in late February 2017.

Both the survey and the focus groups are only open to PSA members, as such, we are encouraging all P&M staff who are not members to consider joining now. As an incentive, all P&M staff that sign up to become members of the PSA between now and January 9th, 2017, will have their name entered into a draw for a $50 Hospitality Services gift card.

To become a member, contact the PSA Office at or click "Become a Member" on the homepage of this website.

Become a member today and have a say in setting priorities for the next round of bargaining!


On behalf of the PSA Executive and the ETC Committee, thank you for your support.

Kelly Bertrand

PSA Vice-Chair (2016/2017)

Chair ETC Committee

The PSA Executive is pleased to announce that the following PSA Members applied and were chosen to participate on the joint C-Band review committee:

Joel Best, Jill Rogers, Peter Routledge and Mark Torcoletti.

Thank you to all of the members who showed interest in volunteering.

Joint C-Band Committee Background:

As part of the 2014 – 2015 PSA Compact, the University and the PSA agreed to establish a joint committee, comprised of representatives of the University and the PSA, to examine the relevance of the “C-band grid" as a separate structure of the compensation framework. The joint Committee’s purpose will be to review the current P&M wage structure along with external wage bench-marking data, and to make non-binding recommendations to inform the IT Professional wage structure going forward. The University and the PSA have agreed to solicit the assistance of an external compensation benchmarking firm, Willis Towers Watson, to assist the Committee in this process.

Congratulations to PSA member Lindsey Thomson who was selected to be sponsored by the Professional Staff Associaiton for the Young Professionals on Board program.

Young Professionals on Board is a new initiative of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, whereby a member of the PSA will be trained in board governance and mentored by community leaders to sit on boards of local community organizations. This program is modelled on a program called Youth on Board that included such organizations as Family and Children’s Services, The Children’s Foundation, the Guelph Community Health Centre and Focus on Nature. In this pilot year, the Volunteer Centre is looking for a total of 5 young professionals from among local employers including, the Co-operators, the Meridian Credit Union and Skyline Inc.  This is an opportunity to join other young professionals in Guelph to build the leadership capacity of our community while gaining valuable skills and connections to add to your professional portfolio.

The PSA sees this as an opportunity for both personal and professional growth and as a way to develop leadership capacity both within the University community and the community at large.  See pdf for more detail.  Young Professionals On Board.pdf



Nov 17: Dealing with Perfectionism in the Workplace

  • What is perfectionism? 
  • How do we deal with our own perfectionism and our coworkers’ perfectionism?
  • At this session we will discuss what perfectionism is and strategies for dealing with it

November 17th, UC 441 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Bring your lunch, dessert and coffee provided.

Presented by: Joannah O’Hatnick & the PSA Professional Development Committee.

Register for Nov 17 Perfectionism Brown Bag:

Advance Care Planning presented by Conversations Worth Having of Hospice Waterloo Region & Hospice Wellington

  • Are you caring for aging parents, an ill spouse or other family member?
  • Have you had to make health care decisions for them (or may have to in the future)?
  • Want to learn more about Advance Care Planning, Power of Attorney for Personal Care, Substitute Decision Making?
  • Visit for more details about Advance Care Planning

A brown bag lunch presentation for all P&M employees.

Peter Clark Hall 11:45 - 1:15 pm, bring your lunch dessert and beverages provided



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