We are excited to continue Humans of Human Resources as part of Benefits FYI. Our next ‘human’ is the delightful and philanthropic Mark Trowell, Senior Manager with UBC Faculty Relations.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I grew up on our family farm near Saltcoats in southeastern Saskatchewan. Following high school, I moved to Saskatoon to attend the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation, I participated in a traineeship program at SwissAir in Zurich before returning to Regina, where I started my Human Resources career at the City of Regina. The call to the west coast was strong, and 18 years ago I made the move to Vancouver. I worked with TELUS for 12 years and then joined the UBC team in Faculty Relations six years ago. Today, my husband Scott and I live in a condo near Lost Lagoon in Vancouver’s West End.
What do you do in HR?
I provide employee and labour relations advice and support to UBC’s academic leaders and faculty members over the scope of their academic career on topics ranging from recruitment, to tenure and promotion to retirement.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Scott and I love to travel with highlights always including good friends, good food and good wine. Our favourite travel destinations include our respective homelands – Saskatchewan and Norfolk Island (a small island in the South Pacific). A little closer to home, I’m an avid curler (and have been all my life) and an active volunteer in our community. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the boards of UBC’s CampOUT, Junior Achievement, the McLaren Housing Society, and the Vancouver Curling Club. 18 years ago, a group of fellow Saskatchewan transplants and I formed a new charity, the Fillmore Family Foundation, which among other activities, annually hosts a turkey dinner for 700 people raising funds for a number of local charities.