After recent mediation, the University, UGFA, USW and the PSA (along with OANUE) are moving forward with the University Pension Plan. The next phase of this project is the educational phase which will be followed by the consent process in March 2019.

The University is granting pension plan members (P&M) the necessary time to attend.

Friday, December 14th at 12:00 pm, Peter Clark Hall, University Centre - Central Campus

Please RSVP to

For more information, read the UPP material and consult the PSA website (, the University website ( or the UPP website (

"The Art of Negotiation" Oct 2, 12:00-1:00 pm Science Complex #1511

Cherolyn R. Knapp - Nelson, Watson LLP, Guelph, Ontario

Success as a leader requires you to negotiate with team members, stakeholders, clients, lenders, suppliers and superiors. Yet many of us lack confidence in how negotiation works and how to negotiate competently for desired results. As a litigation lawyer, Cherolyn Knapp has built a career around negotiating successfully on behalf of clients and advising clients on conducting their own fruitful negotiations.

Here’s what you will learn in this dynamic workshop:

  • 1. Surprising truths about the cost of failing to negotiate
  • 2. Insights into misperceptions and barriers that prevent us from entering the negotiation arena
  • 3. Practical tips for building on your own strengths to develop negotiation strategies

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RSVP now for the annnual PSA Kick Off Lunch!

All P&M invited to attend.

Join us for P&M networking, buffet lunch & PSA updates 2018/19

Peter Clark Hall, UC 11:45 – 1:15 pm

vegetarian & gluten-free options available

Please RSVP for catering #’s by Friday Sept 20

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The Professional Staff Association has been working with HR Learning & Development to bring a session to learn about GOAL 2.0 - a simpler, more impactful and evidence-based framework for supporting employee success.

June 25th, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rozanski 103 - Please note room change!
If you cannot attend in person the session will be available through Adobe at:
Linda Watt , Director of Learning and Development will provide a brief overview of GOAL 2.0 including the many resources available for you to learn and practice this new approach. This will be followed by an open Q&A.
The University of Guelph is committed to improve life. This valuable commitment necessitates the nurturing of a learning and work environment that inspires people to do their best work. Consistent and effective leadership and management practices that support performance success is critical. For this purpose, the UofG has modernized its performance success framework.

 If you would like to learn more please register at


Congratulations to our AGM Door Prize Winners!

July 22 Alumni Event, Blue Jays tickets - Sascha Tuuha, Program Manager, Animal Ethics and Compliance, Animal Care Services

TFC tickets July 1 - Caroline Duvieusart-Dery – Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at CESI (Community Engaged Scholarship Institute)

PSA membership ($120.00 gift card of choice) - Geoffrey Quan - Business Development Advisor at University of Guelph, Laboratory Services Division, Agriculture and Food Laboratory

TFC jersey - Larry Banks from Dept. of Math and Stats,  Manager, Scientific Computing Systems  

Now Free!
The PSA is hosting an outdoor movie at the Arboretum for PSA Members!
The people's choice is E.T. the Extra-Terestrial !
June 16 on the Arboretum West Lawn, rain location Arboretum Auditorium, "Doors Open" at 8:00 pm.
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, favourite movie friends and kids!
Please let us know if you are coming. Use this Eventbrite Link with the Password psamovie:
Or Contact the PSA Office
One ticket holder in your group must be a PSA Member. Limit of 10 Tickets per Member.
Please bring:
  • Something to sit on
  • Something to drink. Beverages will not be available or provided.
  • Dress for the outdoor weather (rain location is Arboretum Auditorium)
  • Bug repellent
  • Your friends and family, all Adults must have a ticket (please let us know of any children under 12 attending)



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an Adult.

One person in the group must be a PSA member.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free, please park in designated parking areas close to the Arboretum Centre. Access parking lot from College Avenue, last entrance on the south side before Victoria Road if coming from the East. Or first entrance on the south side of College if coming from Victoria Road.

What can I bring into the event?

No Alcoholic Beverages.

Please Bring; something to drink (no beverages available), something to sit on, dress for the weather, only food available is popcorn, bug repellent.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


call 519-824-4120 ext. 56994


What's the refund policy?

Anyone who bought a ticket at $5.00 will be refunded.

In case of rain, movie will be shown in the Arboretum Auditorium.


The Professional Staff Association would like to welcome all non-represented employees to an open session to discuss the University Pension Plan Project (UPP). The PSA is represented in the UPP discussion by the Ontario Association of Non-Unionized Employees (OANUE).  The OANUE legal counsel and actuary will be on hand for this important presentation.

Join us at noon on Tuesday, May 15th at War Memorial Hall.

Doors will open at 11:30, Presentation starts at 12:00 anticipated end time is 1:00 pm, may run over depending on Q&A.

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PSA AGM June 7, 10:30 am Peter Clark Hall.
BBQ in the Conservatory Garden.
Committee Reports & Agenda available in the Members Area (log in to access)
RSVP if you plan to attend.
Please Note this is also the Ontario Election day.
Polls will be open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm with the option of voting at an advance poll.
See Elections Ontario for more information on voting.
Please plan accordingly.
PSA Member Event, PSA Problem Resolution Committee
Presented by: Cherolyn R. Knapp - Nelson, Watson LLP
Conflict in the workplace and in family are a reality most people have in common. Yet how people deal with conflicts can vary widely and have a major impact on productivity at work and happiness at home. 
In the western world, we have a tradition of placing disputes before a neutral third party to hear all the evidence and decide an outcome based on the law. However, the legal process can be time consuming, costly and very stressful. Systems of “alternative dispute resolution” have emerged to provide a different way to look at and resolve disputes.
As a litigation lawyer, Cherolyn Knapp has built a career around advocating in courts and tribunals on behalf of clients as well as engaging in private mediations and negotiations to achieve desired outcomes for clients.
Here’s what you will learn in this dynamic workshop:
1. Insight into the elements and types of disputes,
2. Traps and pitfalls that keep us stuck in conflict,
3. Strategies for dispute resolution that can be used in the workplace and in your personal life.
OVC Lifetime Learning Centre 1715  12:00 - 1:15 pm
Bring your lunch, dessert, coffee/tea provided.
PSA Members,
We hope you can join us for a Coffee Break at the Brass Taps Lounge.
If you think you can make it please RSVP so we have an idea of how many to expect.


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