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Vince Di Ruzza

HRM Program Director/Lecturer

Vince Di Ruzza

Vince Di Ruzza was appointed Director for the Human Resources Management Program in 2011 and has  lectured at Waterloo since 1999. He has played a key role in the development of the HRM program and continues to provide academic leadership and career counseling to students. Outside of the classroom, Vince collaborates with local industry in developing and directing initiatives related to the success of the HRM program. 

With nearly 30 years of diverse business experience, Vince has solidified a track record of success in the areas of human capital management, leadership and organizational development, staff relations, staff development and quality client service improvements. Vince is also a leadership and career coach with a passion for setting people up for professional success.

A respected leader in his field, Vince has created, implemented, and facilitated award winning programs in leadership and career development (LIIC Life and Health Insurance Industry). His recent work involves a leadership and quality service model known as CAP (Culture, Attitude, Partnership).

Vince is a graduate of the University of Guelph and holds his Certified Human Resources Professional / Leader (CHRP/L) designation.

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Vince teaches HRM 301 (Strategic HR Planning), HRM 303 (Compensation), HRM 400 (Honours Seminar in HR), and PSYCH 465/467 (Applied and HR Apprenticeships).


Dean Bulloch


Dean Bulloch

Dean Bulloch brings 30+ years of experience in management and human resources, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Economical Insurance.  At Economical Dean was responsible for executing the company’s strategic-level human resource management initiatives, including organizational effectiveness, talent identification, and leadership formation.  He also lead the organization’s focus on employee engagement and corporate social responsibility and had oversight and leadership of corporate services, corporate marketing, and corporate communications.  Under Dean’s leadership the company achieved the following awards: 13th on the prestigious Top 125 ranking of companies that excel at human capital development; United Way Leadership Award; APEX Award for Pandemic Planning Excellence; and the Workplace Wellness by Who’s Who in Workplace Health. 

Dean is now pursuing his passion for teaching and is a full time Professor at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where he teaches in the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate Program.  He is also the Program Coordinator of the Green Management Graduate Certificate Program.

Dean is a certified human resources professional (CHRP) and has also been awarded the certified human resources executive (CHRE) designation from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).  He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Royal Roads University. 

Dean is active in the community as a volunteer with the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and previously was a volunteer Director at the Sunbeam Residential Development Centre, and President of the Heart and Stroke foundation in Cambridge.  Dean joined the HR Professional Editorial Advisory Board in September 2015.

Dean teaches HRM 200 (Basic Human Resources Management) and HRM 301 Strategic Human Resources Planning.                                                                                                                                          

Katrina Di Gravio

LecturerKatrina Di Gravio

Katrina has been with the University of Waterloo for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of Organizational and Human Development and is well known and respected within the campus community. She has been the primary university resource for training and development for over 15 years. Katrina was a member of the Human Resources department since 1980 and was one of the senior Staff Relations Coordinators. She has a Master Trainer certification from Achieve Global and is a member of the Leadership for Results Training team. Katrina also designs, delivers, and develops training programs for students, staff, and faculty. 

Katrina teaches HRM 200 (Basic Human Resources Management).

Mark GernonMark Gernon


Mark has over 20 years experience working in management and human resources, with a focus on labour relations. Mark began his career working with Canadian Airlines and has worked in aviation security, construction, the Ontario Government and is currently a Senior Human Resources Manager with Kiewit, a Fortune 500 construction and engineering company. Mark also has his own consulting practice where he offers guidance and support in a number of Human Resource areas including upsizing, downsizing, human rights, employment standards, workplace safety and insurance, progressive discipline, union collective bargaining, union relations, labour grievances and arbitrations.

Mark  is a certified human resources professional / leader (CHRP/L), volunteers with the Toronto Police and is a First Aid Instructor.

Mark teaches HRM 307 (Labour Relations).


Derek Morgan

LecturerDerek Morgan

Derek recently joined the Human Resource Management program in 2013. Derek began his career in health and safety providing ergonomic support in manufacturing and office settings.  In 2007, Derek began working with the Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare (OSACH), providing general health and safety advice and ergonomic support to health and community care organizations and their workers.  Currently, Derek is employed by the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) as a Health & Safety Consultant where he continues to work closely with various organizations and their workers to reduce workplace injuries and illness.  Derek holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology & Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor.

Derek teaches HRM 305 (Health and Safety).

Neil Murray

Neil Murray


Neil Murray received his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo (BSc ’77) and began a 35 year career in the Human Resources field. He has extensive experience in employment and labour relations in both the private and public sector.

Neil spent 10 years in the private sector during which time he assisted with labour relations issues such as grievance mediation, arbitration and collective bargaining. In 1987 he began a 25 year career with the University of Waterloo in the Human Resources department. Neil began his Waterloo career as a Staff Relations Coordinator and retired in 2012 from the University of Waterloo as Director of Human Resources. During his time at Waterloo, Neil served on a number of important university level committees including the Staff Relations, Staff Compensation, Union/Management and Staff Training and Development Committees. Neil was also a long standing facilitator for the University’s Staff Training and Development programs.

In his capacity of Director Human Resources, Neil represented the University in all labour relations issues and processes including 25 years’ experience in collective bargaining, conciliation, arbitration and mediation. He also was responsible for representing the University in legislative forums including Employment Standards, Labour Relations and Human Rights issues. As a result, he has an in-depth knowledge of the Ministry of Labour and its practices and processes. 

Neil teaches HRM 307 (Labour Relations).


William Peckham

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William Peckham’s passion for HRM began when he himself attended the University of Waterloo many years ago. Currently, William is employed by Kiewit, which is a large, privately owned construction company with over 30,000 employees. Will’s current role at Kiewit is as the HR Operations Manager.

Will has worked in a variety of educational organizations including the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, Ryerson University, Conestoga College, and now the University of Waterloo. Will taught HRM 8130, Human Resources Management at Conestoga College and is now a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Will is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts with an HRM Option from the University of Waterloo as well as a Master's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto.

Will teaches HRM 200 (Basic Human Resources Management).


Faculty members in the Psychology department teaching HRM courses:

Wendi Adair

James Beck

Ramona Bobocel

Doug Brown

John Michela

Winny Shen

Revised: February 20, 2015


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