Bert Phipps joined the IBA team following a 37-year career with the Government of BC including 9 years in the executive ranks as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for Corrections, Chief Operating Officer at Shared Services BC and ADM for Employee Relations at the Public Service Agency.
It was within this last role that Bert led Public Service labour negotiations and directed staff who successfully handled a range of difficult, time-bound and highly sensitive labour relations issues.
In recognition of his many Public Service career achievements, Bert was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, and was a 2013 Premier’s Awards Provincial Finalist in the Legacy category.
The central tenet of Bert’s leadership in organizational restructuring, employee engagement, and on employer bargaining committees, is his belief that people genuinely want to get along in the workplace and desire relationships built on a foundation of trust and mutual respect.
He believes as Maya Angelou did that “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
As an IBA Associate, Bert brings his reputation as a trusted adviser to whom teams and individuals can turn for leadership learning and mentoring to help them hone their self- and impact awareness. Using his trademark humour and ability to bring out cooperation, participation and performance, Bert offers both one-on-one sessions and team workshops using the Lumina Spark and Lumina Leader assessment tools.
Bert’s intuition, sensitivity, report writing, and investigative skills are well known. Since joining IBA, a major focus of Bert’s has been Narrative 360’s for public and private sector senior leaders.
Bert is an on-again/off-again runner and enjoys a good game of tennis.