Maria works closely with the FSA Board of Directors, the President, and Executive Director assisting them with the overall operations of the FSA office and providing resources and support to ensure effective and efficient governance. Over her career, Maria has experience supporting senior level executive teams in commercial real estate and retail industries and has contributed to the improvement of the FSA’s internal systems and administrative practices. Maria draws upon her professional photography and design experience and knowledge to support the FSA’s brand identity and communications work. As a long-standing employee at the FSA, Maria brings extensive organization history to her work.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking and reading with his twin toddlers at his home on the Sunshine Coast.
As for my career and education, I have a strong background in law, having graduated with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Leicester, with a year of study abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I have worked as a Paralegal in various areas of law, most recently in healthcare and public law at Hill Dickinson LLP and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. I have gained valuable experience in debt recovery, legal research and drafting, inquest law, Court of Protection matters, compliance, and have handled complex and sensitive cases with professionalism and diligence. I enjoy the way that I am able to use the law to help people find solutions.
In my spare time, I was also a Director of Artist Management. My role involved me overseeing the talent acquisition and development of emerging and established artists for Elusive Festival, an ongoing event that I co-created in March 2020 in Kent, England. I collaborated with a diverse and dynamic team of festival organizers, promoters, and performers, and leveraged my interpersonal and organizational skills to ensure the smooth and successful execution of the festival. I still support the team from Canada when I can.
While articling for a boutique labour and employment law firm, George was an activist with the Council of Canadian’s Ottawa chapter, and later became the Council’s head of human resources. In the past, George has written freelance articles, mostly in the area of labour law and labour relations, for publishers such as Canada Law Book, Lancaster House, and Workforce magazine. As a result of his experiences, he became a founding member of the C.E.P.’s Canadian Freelance Union, now part of Unifor.
Prior to joining the FSA, George spent more than a decade with the national non-profit that owns and operates Canada’s air navigation system, where he was responsible for developing harmonious labour relations with B.C.’s air traffic controllers, and five other federal public-sector unions. While there he served on two national bargaining teams.
Advising organizations in the non-profit, private, and public sectors, George’s repertoire includes collective agreement interpretation, investigations, conflict resolution, training, collective bargaining, legal drafting and research. He is a member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, BC & Yukon and of the Law Society of Ontario.