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Sherry Scully Director, Learning & Organizational Development for the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise

Sherry Scully is the Director, Learning & Organizational Development for the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise.  In this role, Sherry leads initiatives under the mandate of the Marine People Partnership relating to human resources development. This mandate was derived to fulfill the human capital component of the value proposition for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).  Sherry is partnering with numerous interested stakeholders in government, academia, and the private sector, to pursue the core objective of this initiative; to attract, train, and retain highly qualified people in order to sustain the competitiveness and growth of the Canadian shipbuilding and marine industry.

This coast to coast to coast initiative is intended to benefit the national marine industry through enriched training programs, new marine-focused institutions, and increased connectivity to the marine industry. Greater integration of research and education will result in a skilled, highly capable, and adaptable workforce available to meet the demands of an innovative industry.

Sherry brings broad working experience in organizational development within public and private sector organizations. Her areas of focus over the past 20 years have included learning & development, performance management, succession planning, and change management. Sherry is passionate about finding people-focused solutions to change and talent management challenges and initiatives.

Sherry holds an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology and management from Dalhousie University. She completed her doctoral research examining social cohesion resistance amongst knowledge workers during a merger or acquisition. Sherry strives to combine scholarly insight and research with practical advice based on real world experience.

A strong advocate for learning, Sherry volunteers with educational development efforts internationally.

Having moved from Toronto to the Maritimes in 2009, Sherry is proud to call Nova Scotia home. She resides in Hammonds Plains with her two small children, Haley and Ty. She enjoys traveling and hiking abroad, backcountry kayaking and camping, puttering in her many gardens, or cooking for her friends and family.

“I joined the Board of LearnSphere because it presents an interesting model for connecting organizations to the learning and development opportunities that they need.   I bring experience in education, organizational development, and business which provides a holistic perspective on the organization’s activities. I view my individual role as contributing to ongoing growth of LearnSphere across the Atlantic region.”

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