Alumicor People to know: Denise Duarte

Q: Tell me about your job

A: As a human resources supervisor, I perform multiple roles in the effective management of human resources and in achieving good people relations in the organization. Having this opportunity allows me to wear many hats: from establishing policies and developing a welcoming and conducive workplace atmosphere that can improve employee satisfaction to conflict resolution and other operative and managerial functions. Our team and I, we are the “go to” department for all employee-related issues, promoting company values and shaping a positive culture.

Q: What did you do prior to Alumicor?

A: My career has always been focused on human resources. I spent my earlier years as a corporate recruiter. I later transitioned into learning and development. I’ve spent the past eight years as an HR Business Partner.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: The job is both influential and versatile in nature, helping the company and employees develop and reach their goals. This gives me a sense of pride. I demonstrate leadership and cultivate a positive workplace culture. In addition, it’s supporting employee wellbeing. People are our most important asset and I’m proud of the trust and confidence employees have in me to support them. I’ve had a lot of great laughs, connections and memorable moments.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: Employee engagement

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: This year, I’m challenging myself to try new experiences and be a little more adventurous.

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: Not today, but as a child, I collected bottle caps and marbles.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I enjoy music of all genres! I was always involved with music growing up: from playing piano and singing in an acapella school choir to dancing in school musicals and playing the keyboard in my high school jazz band.

Q: If Alumicor gave you a surprise three-day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?

A: One day to spring clean. One day to binge-watch something on Netflix. One day to try something new (paddle boarding or treetop trekking).

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Roasted chicken, Parisienne potatoes, buttered green beans with a side of cranberry sauce and gravy. Poutine would be a close second!

Q: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: My daughter


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