A broadly-skilled HR professional with more than 30 years of experience in the financial and technology industries, Lee Rhodes is responsible for leading First West's strategic people practices. This includes guiding Envision Financial and Valley First's regional HR teams as well as providing overall leadership for recruitment and talent management, HR services and operations, compensation, benefits, rewards, learning and leadership development.
Over the course of his career, Lee has contributed to the success of several world-class organizations including Canada Trust, Royal Trust, Manulife Financial, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Research in Motion (RIM) and PMC-Sierra. He has extensive experience helping companies grow and successfully manage large-scale change initiatives, also developing a number of integrated HR solutions that in turn have yielded tangible business results. Some of Lee's past accomplishments include establishing the HR Deal Practice at HP, re-building RIM's recruitment function and also helping the company launch three new products in record time.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Concordia University as well as his CHRP designation.