Since Christina Sass-Kortsak arrived at the University of Toronto almost 10 years ago, she has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to enhancing the work experience of staff at all levels. It is, therefore, with mixed feelings that I am writing to advise you that, effective July 12, Christina will be leaving U of T to head up the HR function at Ryerson University as Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources.
Christina has led or contributed to a number of important initiatives including: the development of new policies for Confidential, Professional & Managerial Staff and Research Associates; the introduction of succession planning programs, the move to on-line recruitment, the implementation of a number of key recommendations from the Deloitte HR Review; the launch of a new HR & Equity website and supporting the USW job evaluation system implementation.
Drawing on the feedback from the ‘Speaking Up’ surveys, Christina led the revamping of our orientation and onboarding programs and the development of new professional development programs for managers.
Christina’s training as a lawyer and her commitment to positive work environments has informed the development and implementation of our Guidelines on Civil Conduct, Harassment and Discrimination.
In more recent years, Christina assumed leadership for the Early Learning Centre and has worked extensively to ensure that the Centre is a on a better and more sustainable financial footing.
Christina worked closely with the Equity Officers and the Divisional HR Managers, encouraging a climate of greater collaboration. In particular, she has invited Divisional HR Managers to play an expanded role in the development and implementation of University-wide initiatives.
Christina’s warmth, dedication and commitment to enhancing the work experience of our employees have characterized her leadership. Her empathy and team spirit have also created many friendships along the way. I am sure many will miss her warm and generous counsel and support.
We are in the process of organizing a reception in Christina’s honour and my office will be back in touch with the details soon. In the meantime, please join me in wishing Christina every success at Ryerson.
Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity