Shriya Rishi, FVREB’s Manager of HR – Aligning workforce strategy with organizational goals  

As FVREB’s Human Resources Manager for the past three years, Shriya Rishi followed a unique path towards a rewarding career in Human Resources. Drawing her to the field of HR, Shriya is motivated by the ability to influence the big picture and lead organizational initiatives for the betterment of its most important resource – the Human Capital.

Gaining early work experience as an HR Assistant at Control Risks in London, UK, which specialized in risk consulting, Shriya later held the role of HR Business Partner at AFL Global, representing Canada at their Global HR Leaders Summit in North Carolina.

Shriya earned her MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Pune, a city that has been given the moniker “Oxford of the east”, and which consistently ranks among the top 10 “B Schools” of the country, further ranking among the top three for Human Resources. Prior to this she earned her Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Indraprastha College, Delhi University’s oldest women’s college, and a Diploma in Network Centered Computing from NIIT.

Of the major influences which helped to shape her professional success, Shriya says, “It really comes down to three key factors – an old school upbringing and work ethic; respect for hard work, regardless of geographical or industrial boundaries; and an entrepreneurial mindset – a fearlessness to take calculated risks, which is how I came to my decision to emigrate to a brand-new country at the age of 24!”

Shriya’s work satisfaction stems from the ability to align workforce strategy with FVREB’s organizational strategy. Shriya says, “The Board’s strategic plan focuses on efficient and effective operations and both attributes, efficiency and effectiveness, can only be delivered by a superior workforce – the people strategy is obviously vital to the success of FVREB.” Shriya’s vision for HR is to cultivate an environment where the most engaged and diverse workforce, among all the provincial real estate boards, continues to thrive. She adds, “Especially in a world full of uncertainty, the best bet you can make is on your people – it is your people, above all else, that help to differentiate you from your competitors.”

As far as dreams go, Shriya hopes to have the freedom at age 50 to divide her time equally between her home in Canada and India, six months at a time. During her personal time, Shriya enjoys English poetry, inspirational quotations, reading, driving and theatre. Among her most favourite poems is:    

No Enemies
by Charles MacKay

YOU have no enemies, you say? 
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;   
He who has mingled in the fray  
Of duty, that the brave endure,       
Must have made foes! If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.           
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,    
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,       
You’ve been a coward in the fight.

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