Executive Team

With the collaborative support of a large number of industry members and Partner Organizations, the sector council operates with a very small, but highly-experienced executive team, reporting to a Board of Directors made up of industry professionals.

Michael Montgomery, Executive Director

Michael Montgomery has more than 25 years of experience as the executive officer of community, economic and industry development organizations in Atlantic Canada. He is recognized as a visionary leader, strategic planner and problem solver and a highly skilled communicator.

Michael has served as Executive Director of the AHBRSC since 2007 advancing the organization’s campaign for mandatory licensing and certification while researching and planning for the current and future labour market needs of the industry.

He is a strong advocate for enhanced professionalization and a vocal supporter of improvements to apprenticeship systems, including specialization within the carpentry trade in order to make apprenticeship more adaptive and responsive to the needs of workers and industry and increase enrollments and completions.

Michael is a graduate and valedictorian of Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Economics and has completed studies at the graduate and certificate levels in business and economic development at Simon Fraser University and the University of Waterloo.

Mary Kenny, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Mary Kenny has more than 30 years experience as a senior executive in the development of human resources in Canada – as a partner in an architectural and community planning practice, a director and educator in a number of housing sectors, and researcher/developer of trades skills frameworks and occupational standards. She is recognized for her commitment to building collaboration among governments, industry, educators and other partners for the resolution of increasingly complex issues around human resources development.

Most recently, Mary was CEO of the Residential Construction Industry Training Organization (RCITO) in British Columbia from 2008 to 2012, leading one of seven ITOs providing direction for the province’s innovative industry-based trades apprenticeship and workforce training system.

In 2013, with the Prior Learning Centre in Halifax, she co-led a review of Nova Scotia’s RPL Policy Framework and was responsible for consultations with governments, training providers, sector councils, regulatory bodies, and communities and non-profits. The focus was emerging competency approaches to occupational standards development to better identify transferable skills and credential prior learning.

Her activities with the AHBRSC include the development and implementation of a multi-year strategic action plan to centre the Council’s human resources activities within a competency framework of occupational standards for key trades.

Each of these projects address genuine engagement of all partners as key supports for recruitment and retention strategies, with increasing recognition of the need to more effectively accommodate new immigrants.

Her work in the Atlantic Region, Alberta, British Columbia, as well as nationally, provides important context for re-thinking traditional approaches to human resources development in ways that can mutually benefit both the career aspirations and mobility of employees, and new business development opportunities.

Mary, a BA graduate of Dalhousie University has completed studies at the graduate and certificate levels in housing and community/regional planning, architecture, PLAR and competency-based assessment.