“We have called on Antoinette and her professional services on several occasions over the past 15 years.
Most recently, in August (2018), Antoinette assisted us in the negotiation of a new four-year contract
with our union. She also assisted us in negotiations in 2015, 2012, 2009/2010 and in 2005. In 2005, I
had the pleasure of working closely with Antoinette while we negotiated a 4-year contract with our
union. I represented the domestic automobile dealers at the table, while Antoinette was our team
leader. Since then, she has helped us through a number of grievances.
During our 10 days of negotiations, I came to realize how efficient and professional Antoinette is and
what a smart decision our dealer group made having her at the table. We intend to maintain our
relationship with Antoinette simply because we obtain full value from her and Ironside Consulting
Services regarding labour matters. This is why we have retained her to help us through any grievances
filed on behalf of the union. She is never more than a phone call or E-mail away and responds to our
requests in a timely fashion. First and foremost, Antoinette is a people person. She enjoys interacting
with other people. Appropriate questions are always asked to identify and understand the problem.
Empathy is always shown, and Antoinette’s ability to remain calm, even when union representatives are
confrontational is an admirable trait. Any response from Antoinette is well thought out and very
pragmatic. She stands firm when necessary and will not be intimidated. She insures she knows the
Collective Agreement before entering any meeting and is fully versed on the latest and relevant
legislation. With her immediate access to legal assistance there are never any questions left
unanswered. With Antoinette’s advice, I have always been able to make an informed decision. I take
great pleasure in supporting Antoinette and invite you to call me at any time should you have any
Robert Prouse, President
Prouse Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd.
“It is with great pleasure that we offer you the following client endorsement in relation to the ongoing work that has been done by your firm for our organization. Anishinabek Police Service has utilized Ironside Consulting for our compensation matters, performance management systems and human resource policy development.
Antoinette’s high level of expertise has also assisted our Police Governing Authority in developing and implementing standards for our senior management team. We have also relied on her presentation skill and experience to assist in our disclosure requirements in this area to both provincial & federal government officials.
Antoinette is highly experienced and skilled in human resource trends that allow us the ability to tap into new developments or changes as they occur. She possesses a wealth of information and we have come to depend on her knowledge, professionalism and accessibility in responding to our needs.
It is without hesitation that we recommend the services of Antoinette and her firm as it relates to accessing quality cost effective human resource services.”
John W. Syrette
Anishinabek Police Service
“As a smaller organization without in-house Human Resource services, Antoinette Blunt has been invaluable in developing many of our critical documents and practices from comprehensive policies to job descriptions and performance appraisal tools including the process of evaluating the CEO. Her knowledge, support and skill in enabling us to complete our pay equity requirements have ensured that we have met our obligations to our staff today and in the future.
Antoinette has effectively transferred knowledge to our leadership team, leading training and discussions related to leadership skills, coaching others, supporting performance improvement and HR specifics such as attendance management. Her information sharing is always framed by current best practices and always delivered in an engaging and interactive manner.
Antoinette has been a respected advisor and coach both to myself and members of our leadership team for many years, offering objective support related to inter-personal matters and system dynamics. Through her professionalism and calm demeanor, she also serves as a role model for strong leadership.
Today, we are a strong and progressive organization, as a result of Antoinette’s support in all matters related to Human Resources. I know that our HR practices are in keeping with those of any organization with a full HR department! I whole-heartedly endorse and recommend Ironside Consulting and specifically Antoinette Blunt’s services in the provision of cost-effective and quality Human Resource services."
THRIVE Child Development Centre
“As CEO of HRPA, I worked with Antoinette for almost a decade where she has held positions as Chair of various committees and task forces, including four where she was the Vice-Chair, and then Chair of the Board.
In every position, she demonstrated exceptional understanding of the importance of Strategy in our organisation's evolution; by understanding the importance of Vision, Mission, Values, she led a highly effective strategic planning process to identify the key priorities faced by the association in challenging times; and she exhibited great leadership skills in creating the essential change agenda that got support and buy in from both the board and organisation.
HRPA today is hugely respected by Government; it’s role is now one as a professional regulator and public protector; the Association has had major impact in influencing new legislation that is relevant to members; there was a complete upgrade of internal governance policies and procedures; core designations have been accredited as among the best in the world; and it is an organisation where members and volunteers are highly committed; staff have a record high in engagement and finances are in excellent shape.
Without Antoinette's leadership and strategic perspectives, none of these would have happened. Today, HRPA is a fundamentally different, better and more effective association.”
William (Bill) Greenhalgh, Former Chief Executive Officer (Retired Sept. 2017)
Human Resources Professionals Association
President and Chief Executive Officer
"Community Living Parry Sound has had the pleasure of working with Antoinette Blunt for the past eleven years. During this time Antoinette has fulfilled a range of human resources requirements for Community Living Parry Sound, from labour negotiations to assisting in the resolution of difficult employee matters to the development of our policies and procedures. Her work has always reflected her integrity and passion that she has for this field. The development of the policies and procedures included working with the management team to define the roles of all employees in relation to the organizational structure of the agency. From this, job descriptions with relevant performance appraisals were developed.
Antoinette worked with both the management team and our employees with the implementation of the Developmental Services Human Resources Strategy Core Competencies project, including coaching for competencies and behavioural-based interviewing. Antoinette revised all job descriptions to include the relevant competencies, as well as developed interview tools based on both the core and threshold competencies.
One of Antoinette’s greatest assets is her ability to empower others through her coaching and mentoring while working with the organization. Ironside Consulting Services Inc. provides a responsive, comprehensive, professional HR service which has always surpassed our expectations in meeting the organizational needs of Community Living Parry Sound and I would be very pleased to recommend their services."
Community Living Parry Sound
"I very much appreciate all the work that has been done by you on our behalf, both the work we have contracted with you ourselves and as part of the amalgamated Pay Equity review you provided for the area Municipalities. Having dealt with numerous consultants in my municipal career, I must say I am most impressed with your services. Your turn around time on our projects, the detail you provided and the follow up you offered to assist us in interpreting, delivering and understanding the work is to be commended. I certainly needed your guidance in the development of our job descriptions and evaluations and in getting our pay equity compliant, you brought it together for us and made it work very well. Most notable is the guidance you provided during the very difficult times we face during the Harassment Complaint filed by an employee. Your investigation and handling of a very sensitive matter, along with the spot-on outcome you recommended has made this a much better work place for all. Personally, I appreciated the confidence and assistance you gave me in dealing with Council and being so accessible every time I needed any clarifications. Everyday there are new challenges and I am confident facing them knowing I have Ironside Consulting Services available to assist me."
The Corporation of the Township of Tarbutt and Tarbutt Additional