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HR Consulting

Fairwinds will help develop in-house Human Resources Systems such as recruiting, performance management and succession planning. Online and computer-based HR systems are also available through Fairwinds.


Fairwinds Training and Development provides full service hiring for both large and small companies. Companies can choose to use our services from start to finish or for individual services listed below.

  • Ad development and placement
  • Resume reception
  • Resume screening
  • Initial interviews (alone or with client)
  • Short-listing
  • Job fit assessments
  • Second and final interviews (alone or with client)
  • Job offer and contract negotiation/signing

Fairwinds does not charge a per-placement fee as recruiting firms do. These fees reach well into the thousands. We charge on a per-hour basis and are able to provide exceptional, customized service for a fraction of the cost.

In working with individual clients, we become familiar with the specific needs of the company, the culture, the expectations, and the type of person needed to fit the particular role.

We understand the high cost of turnover, both in the hiring process and in the training invested in the recruit. Our main objective is to lower these turnover costs by matching the right person to the right job. Our Prevue Assessments enable us to do this in a cost-effective way.

We see Fairwinds as a virtual “branch” or “department” of your company. We take care of the legwork which saves you time and allows you to do the things that have a higher return on investment.

Fairwinds believes that this partnership approach is a win-win for both parties. Because Fairwinds is a Training and Development solution provider, we are also able to provide in-house, customized training for your new recruits as well as your existing team.

Fairwinds Training and Development - Recruiting
Job descriptions and role definitions
Performance Management System Development

Performance Management System Development

Fairwinds will work with internal management to assess the current system, develop a new system or implement improvements in any or all of the following areas:

  • Job descriptions and role definitions
  • Skill inventories
  • Individual performance agreements
  • Performance review forms
  • Career development plans
  • Performance management process implementation
  • Online performance management system implementation

As part of this process, Fairwinds will also provide training for HR managers in the process implementation, and training for management staff on how to conduct yearly reviews, as well as ongoing coaching and monitoring.

Succession Planning

Fairwinds will help organizations determine how to manage a changing workforce. Preparing for the future is beneficial not only for the organization, but for the individuals as well.

Succession planning should be tied as closely as possible to the Strategic Plan of an organization, ensuring that there will be sufficient human resources to carry out the vision for the future.

Fairwinds will help the organization benchmark positions and determine who in the organization has the best fit to move into that role. Through the benchmarking and matching process, skill gaps are identified and career development plans can be developed.

Click here for a sample succession planning report.

In addition to the Prevue Assessment process, Fairwinds will work with the management team to identify top performers and develop core competency frameworks.

Succession Planning
Standards of Conduct
Human Resources Policy Development

Human Resources Policy Development

While many people shudder at the utterance of the “policy” word, there is a huge benefit to every organization in having the policies relating to their people clearly defined and communicated. Some policies are governed by Provincial and Federal laws, while others are specific to the needs of the organization. Fairwinds assists organizations by identifying the necessary guidelines and creating policies that suit their needs.

A completed Policy Manual typically includes policies relating to:

  • Employment relationship
  • Standards of conduct
  • Wages and salary
  • Benefits and services
  • Communication
  • OH&S policies

It may also include other company-specific policies required due to the nature of the industry or additional regulations.

"I have personally used a number of the services offered by Fairwinds Training and Development in 5 different organizations and with their assistance have witnessed substantial improvement in each organization."

"Fairwinds is now providing direction & structure in Alpha's succession planning process. We have experienced exceptional support and trust Fairwinds in providing sound advice."

Eric Efford, President and CEO
Alpha Chemical

"I have relied on Sylvie for almost 10 years for my translation requirements and never once have I experienced a problem or missed a deadline."

Andrew J. Enns, President
NRG Research Group

“Rick Fair heads up the training for my staff, with great detail focusing on working as a team, completing the job 100% and on time, taking responsibility for your job and the others around you.”

"We definitely recommend Fairwinds Training to anyone looking for a highly effective, customized training program!"

Heather Hines - Human Resources Manager
Tirecraft (Atlantic Canada)

"We will continue to partner with Fairwinds Training Development with a shared goal of enhancing the skills and programs within the workplace."

Trevor Bent, Human Resource & Risk Manager
Eassons Transport Limited

"Sylvie is a master facilitator who provides her participants with the ability to transfer skills directly to their workplace thus impacting the culture of the organization."

Renette Muise, Workplace Education Coordinator
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education

"The results have been heralded by staff as amazing. As well as being great trainers Brenda and Rick provide that special touch with follow up and helpful input."

Chuck Bezanson, Divisional Chief Training
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency

"We would highly recommend her services to anyone at any stage of their business, from start-up to mature, they would benefit from the experience."

Pam Murray and Peter Andresen
Invisible Fence Brand of Annapolis Valley

"Everyone who participated in training with her was enthusiastic about the experience."

Peter MacInnes, Quality and Training Supervisor
Minas Basin Pulp and Power

"Sylvie was able to offer engaging and relevant material that had the additional benefit of bonding the participants during the challenging time of a plant closure."

Alice MacDonald, HR Manager
Larsen-Maple Leaf

"At HBM we have had successful partnerships with Fairwinds on HR, Corporate Strategy and Sales initiatives over the last 15 years."

"Rick Fair’s session with us was very informative and best of all lots of fun!"

Bonnie Boyd Reid
United Way Halifax

"Rick has helped me understand and excel in sales and service."

Paul MacKinnon, Sales Representative
Bluewave Energy

"The leadership program that they were instrumental in implementing will ensure that our employees are developing the necessary competencies and skills required to thrive in a highly competitive marketplace."

Janet Sutherland Tam, Human Resources Manager
Peter Kohler - Windows and Entrance Systems

"Brenda is a skilled facilitator with a solid background of experience and accreditations. Participants tell us that she has a winning combination - knowledgeable, engaging and organized."

"I have relied on Sylvie for almost 10 years for my translation requirements and never once have I experienced a problem or missed a deadline."

Andrew J. Enns, President
NRG Research Group

"We have recommended Fairwinds to other organizations which have had great results from their planning work."

Gordon Stewart, Executive Director
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

"Mr. Fair has a way in his teaching technique that easily draws the participants into discussion on the subject at hand."

Linwood Hupman, Executive Director
NB Merit Contractors Association

Our Clients

Halifax Chamber of Commerce
United Way Halifax
Port Authority
Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited
Casino Nova Scotia
Heritage Gas
Medavie EMS
Sport Nova Scotia
NSCC Kingstec
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Domaine de Grand Pré
Tii Network Technologies
Green Imaging Technology
Atlantic Lottery Corporation
Invisible Fence
Durty Nellys
Saint Mary's University
centre for women in business
Bluewave Energy
JW Lindsay
minas basin
Recreation Nova Scotia
Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Jetco Contracting
Property Valuation Services Corporation
Premiere Entertainment Group
Infinity Employment Solutions
Sport Centre Atlantic
Merit New Brunswick
Alpha Chemical
Russell House Marketing
Graybar Canada
Royal K9
Miller Tirecraft
EMC Canada

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