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Kenton Needham

Executive Director, Human Resources

Photo of Kenton NeedhamAs Executive Director of Human Resources, Kenton leads a group of more than 60 HR professionals, supporting over 7600 employees at the University. Before joining the University of Waterloo in 2010, Kenton worked for Nestle Canada where he led the establishment of the HR shared service model.  Kenton studied at Leeds Beckett University in his native England, has his Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach. Kenton is also certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution and change management (ADKAR model). Kenton prides himself on creating environments that are professional, but fun; easygoing, but focused. He believes in a culture where people feel trusted, supported and relevant, and are comfortable being their authentic selves. A believer in continuous education, Kenton is currently completing his Masters focusing on Organizational Transformation, Change and Leadership. Outside of work Kenton enjoys long distance walking and spending time with his family and dogs.

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