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 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.
Dr. Peacock was presented with HRD’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in the HR Industry at the Canadian HR Awards. As well, in 2022, 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 inaugural Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award (2014), and being presented with Western’s Distinguished Alumni award (2016).