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RDC announces new Vice President Corporate

Red Deer, October 3, 2017 – Red Deer College will enhance its leadership team on October 16, when Shelley Ralston joins the College as the Vice President Corporate.

Since 2011, Ralston has been the Director of Talent and Culture with Xerox Canada, and her national-level portfolio included all aspects of sourcing, recruiting, learning and development, leadership development, strategic workforce planning and diversity and inclusion. With her extensive corporate experience and community contributions, including her input as a past member of the Provincial Task Force for Excellence in Teaching, Ralston brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at RDC.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for Red Deer College to have Shelley Ralston join our team,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “The Vice President Corporate has to have a broad base of knowledge and experience from the corporate world, as well as an understanding of the post-secondary sector. Shelley’s years of experience at the national corporate level and her knowledge and vision for post- secondary makes her the ideal candidate to complement our Vice President group.”

The Vice President Corporate position is new to the College, and RDC undertook a national search to fill the role. The position is part of the Vice President Model that was introduced July 1, 2017, which consists of a Vice President Academic, Vice President College Services and Vice President Corporate. In her role, Ralston’s portfolio will consist of Marketing & Communications, Strategic Planning & Analysis, Human Resources and, within this academic year, Community Relations.

Ralston looks forward to her diverse portfolio, which will allow her to integrate her experience into a new operational role. “Joining RDC in this capacity is a wonderful opportunity for me to further commit my passion and abilities to help prepare for our future. I have always been impressed with the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff at RDC and look forward to bringing new insights and perspectives to support our learners and the communities of central Alberta.”

While busy in her daily corporate life, Ralston also dedicates her time to high-level community initiatives that support central Alberta and beyond. She was part of RDC’s Board of Governors for six years and has also been on Boards for numerous community organizations. Currently, Ralston is a Board Member with Fortis Alberta and is the Volunteer Lead for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. She is a recipient of the Central Alberta Women of Excellence Award. A highlight from her community work includes her role as Co-Founder and Board member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation that raised over $4 million through the successful design and delivery of conferences and workshops.

“Through her corporate and community work, Shelley continually demonstrates her unwavering commitment to enhancing our region,” says Ward. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future filled with growth and opportunity, we know that her contributions as Vice President Corporate will be an incredible benefit to our College and to the learners we serve.”


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