Melanie Peacock

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Dr. Melanie Peacock has over 30 years’ experience as a Human Resources Management professional and is an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University and past president of the Faculty Association. Dr. Peacock was the first woman of colour and the first woman in over 28 years to hold this position. As well, Dr. Peacock is the incoming president of Western University’s Alumni Board.

Dr. Peacock has been extensively involved in professional HR initiatives as a senior manager, independent consultant, and educator. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University), and her PhD through the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Due to her extensive knowledge and competencies, Dr. Peacock is a sought-after media contributor and commentator at the municipal, provincial, and national levels. In addition to this text, Dr. Peacock has authored books regarding training and development and change management.

Dr. Peacock was presented with HRD’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in the HR Industry at the Canadian HR Awards. As well, in 2021 and 2020 she was named to HRD magazine’s list of the top 100 HR global professionals and was acknowledged in HRD magazine’s 2017 Hot List as one of the top 30 most influential HR practitioners in Canada. Dr. Peacock’s other recognition includes being named to the Most Inclusive HR Influencer List (2021 & 2020) as one of the top 250 global HR social media influencers, being given the Fellowship Award (2021) and Distinguished Career Award (2014) by CPHR Alberta, being awarded the first Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award (2014), and being presented with Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2016).



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Articles by Melanie Peacock PhD, MBA, CPHR

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

June 20, 2022

The butterfly effect can be described as an insect flapping its wings in one part of the world and due to the associated minute alteration in air pressure, eventually causing a monumental weather event in a location across the globe. A choice made now, an action taken, words spoken – all will alter, in unforeseen ways, outcomes that are far beyond immediate circumstances. According to this phenomenon, we can never truly know which specific actions actually have consequences. (Deaton, 2020). Some will and some won’t and we have to accept this uncertainty.

January 18, 2022

When recently visiting my Dad in his long-term care facility I noticed a new addition to his floor. A big cage with a lovely bird in it was sitting just outside his room. As I was looking at this, the head nurse wandered by and told me that the bird had a mate for many years and when she passed away the bird stopped making any noises. He was completely silent. If you will pardon the poetic license, we both knew why the caged bird didn’t sing. Grief.

May 20, 2021

September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. 

Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. 

We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories. 

September 26, 2019


“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

February 1, 2019



The 2018 SHRM conference is over and as usual, after this type of experience I take time to review my notes and reflect on what I learned. The entire program was fantastic, including an array of keynotes, session speakers, a SMART stage and the opportunity to learn about leading edge HR products and services at the exposition hall.

June 25, 2018


What is one of the key HR lessons from Canada? A key learning is that the future is bright and in good hands. Check out this video of students from Mount Royal University, commenting on why they love HR, what HR means to them, and what they see for their future. 





June 23, 2018