Joanne Brown

Halifax, NS - KBRS is pleased to welcome Joanne Brown to the Firm’s Human Resource Consulting practice. As an Associate, Joanne’s focus is on working with organizations to design, develop and implement HR systems and processes to achieve their goals. 

Joanne has more than two decades of HR leadership experience within prominent Nova Scotia organizations. She began her career with Farmers Cooperative Dairy where she held progressively senior roles including VP of Human Resources. She later joined High Liner Foods Inc. where she became the Executive Vice President of HR and led numerous strategic HR initiatives during a period of rapid growth. Most recently, Joanne was Head of HR, Shared Services for Pepper Financial Services Group, a fast-growing global financial services organization.

“Joanne has extensive experience working with complex multinational organizations and unionized workforces. Yet she has a practical approach to HR strategy that is appreciated by HR professionals and business leaders alike,” stated Jeff Forbes, President & Managing Partner, KBRS. “She knows what it takes to develop and lead high performance teams and how to support organizations to do the same. She is a welcome addition to our practice.”

Joanne joins a diverse team of skilled professionals who comprise the Firm’s HR Consulting practice including Consultants Tony Case PhD, Catherine J. Woodman, Sonya Smithers, Michelle Fitzgerald, Heather Peters, Wendy Jones, Ada Shave and Lloyd Powell. Together, they help organizations optimize the performance of their teams through a wide array of specialities including: leadership coaching and development, talent assessment, strategic planning, change management, compensation consulting, employee and labour relations, and HR policy design and development.  

“We understand many organizations are not able to have a full time HR professional on their team. And even when they do, HR needs can often outpace internal capacity,” says Forbes. “That’s when our team of consultants, like Joanne, are able to help.”

Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources from Saint Mary’s University. She has a Certificate in Organizational Development from Queen’s University and she completed the Driving Performance Through Talent Management program with Harvard Executive Education. Joanne is a certified Leadership Coach through The Coach Training Academy working towards her ICF designation. She is also certified in Myers Briggs and Fibro B assessment tools.

About KBRS 
KBRS (formerly known as Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette) is Atlantic Canada’s leading HR consulting and recruitment firm. We help our clients recruit, develop and transform their leaders and workforce to create competitive advantages, improve performance and achieve organizational goals. Established in 1975, KBRS has offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Toronto, Edmonton and Moncton and employs a team of over 60 professionals practicing in the areas of executive search, academic search, contingency recruitment and contract staffing (through Meridia Recruitment Solutions), HR consulting and career transition. While independently owned in Atlantic Canada, KBRS is a part of LHH Knightsbridge, Canada’s leading integrated human capital company and a global leader in career solutions and talent development with over 380 offices in 71 countries, including 28 offices across Canada. 

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