Renee Lodge

Director of Talent Acquisition & HR

20 years of Retail Leadership in Sales and Human Resources developing high performance teams for major retailers ( HBC/Future Shop/Best Buy and Henrys Camera

What do you like to do for fun on your spare time?

 

In my spare time, I love spending time with family, either going out to dinner, a movie, a hike or just hanging out. This would include my immediate family of my husband and 2 boys as well as my parents and my 2 brothers and their families. I also have quite a large extended family as well so there are always lots of family functions on the go.

 

Walk us through your career progression. What roles did you have and what did you learn along the way?

 

I started out in Retail at the The Bay in my first year of University. I worked as a part time sales associate in the Linen Dept. I worked in pretty much every department there was at The Bay. After I finished my degree, the store manager approached me about joining the Management Trainee program. Not quite knowing what I wanted to do, I decided to proceed and with that, I worked in many stores with many great leaders. Once I graduated that program, there was a prestigious CHRM program through UBC that they only offered to 10 people across the company. I applied for this and got into the first and only CHRM program at The Bay through UBC. Once I completed this program, I became a HR manager at several stores. Although HR is my passion, I also love sales. After being at The Bay for 15 years, I moved onto Michel Germain Parfums as a National Account Manager for North America, then I moved back to HR as a District Human Resources Manager for Future Shop and then Best Buy. Feeling the sales itch once again, I then moved onto Henrys Camera and became the Eastern Regional Sales Manager. But alas, HR is my passion and always has been, and here I am! I have learned that People are my passion and I am most happy when I am positively impacting people and changing their lives for the better. Change is good and I welcome any challenge that comes my way as it makes me a stronger leader and person.

 

What are your core strengths?

 

My strengths are my People Skills which include listening, developing, engaging and motivating. I learned at a very young age that I have a strong ability to empathize with people and this coupled with an innate drive for positivity provides a great support pillar for my team and people in my life.

 

What do you love about your job?

 

I love supporting people. I love being the person that has the ability to fix something or support whether that be in sales, execution or work environment. Impacting culture and positively impacting a person’s experience or life is what drives me.