Our Team

Sandra Cassios, Human Resources Consultant

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Sandra entered the HR world, soon obtaining her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

With years of experience working as a Human Resources Business Partner in the Construction and Oil & Gas industry, Sandra brings knowledge in many aspects of the profession. From recruitment, to employee relations & union relationship management (plus everything in between) she has worked with many client groups to make a difference.

In addition to her “can do” attitude, clients will love Sandra because of her collaborative and logical approach to HR. Her motto when assessing and recommending solutions is, “If it doesn’t add value, why do it?”.  She is a firm believer that working together, whether it is with clients or co-workers, is how the best results are achieved.

Why does she love working with Daeco? Sharing the same values and approach to HR with other like-minded and intelligent women wanting to challenge the status-quo. The schedule flexibility, allowing her plenty of time to raise her daughter and spend time with her husband is also a big bonus!

When she is not tackling her HR client needs or spending time with her family, Sandra can be found planning weddings, teaching Zumba or spending her life-savings at Homesense. Who doesn’t love a good throw pillow?

Elizabeth Disman, Managing Partner

Why do clients love Elizabeth? “She is not afraid to address that ‘elephant in the room’ that always seems to hold us back — even if it creates some short-term tension. It gets us to our goals faster and with much better results. Elizabeth always does a very good job in facilitating those hard discussions.”

Elizabeth is the founder of Daeco HR Consulting and is the ultimate black sheep of human resources in Edmonton. She has over 25 years of experience as a human resources consultant, helping companies uncover their HR issues and discover the secrets of success. She has a BA and a Human Resources Certificate, but to her, it’s not about the education — it’s about the way things are done. She has worked with many small and medium companies managing human resources. She doesn’t simply come up with off-the-shelf human resources solutions, but instead customizes her approach for each client to find practical and simple solutions to their problems.

What does Elizabeth love about Daeco? It’s all about the people. She believes in her team of extremely talented individuals who come together and use their experience and skills to give the clients real human resources solutions that work.

Her life mantra is “infinite possibilities” and she is a fan of one of her husband’s favourite quotes, “It will always work out.” She is one to push the boundaries. Not an avid TV watcher (other than HGTV and The Food Network), Elizabeth enjoys TED Talks because they leave her feeling inspired and ready to take on anything. Elizabeth reads tons of fiction and non-fiction books and loves authors such as Daniel Pink and Malcolm Gladwell. If you are ever looking for a present for her, a book is best!

Words of advice from Elizabeth’s 11-year-old daughter, Morgan: “If nothing is right, turn left!”

Genevieve Primus, Managing Partner

Genevieve is one of the Managing Partners at Daeco HR Consulting. Genevieve has been in human resources for over 18 years. She holds a BComm with a major in Human Resources along with a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Her background in corporate retail has served her well as a human resources consultant because it allows her to come up with practical human resources solutions that fit in today’s busy, fast-paced world. Genevieve is able to quickly diagnose a company’s HR issues and implement simple processes that make sense. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, performance management, leadership accountability and succession planning.

Why do clients love Genevieve? “We have talked for years about writing a policy and procedures manual, but kept putting it off. Genevieve helped us do it. She remembers the important things and gently reminds us about where we are going.” She is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to getting things done. That’s what makes her a Black Sheep.

Genevieve coaches employees and business leaders using her unique combination of approachability, attention to detail and strong follow up to keep them on track and moving towards their goals.

She loves working at Daeco because it really is different from any other firm offering HR consulting in Edmonton. Instead of just a cookie-cutter approach to a client’s problem, Daeco gets to the root of their client’s concerns with customized solutions that work.

Genevieve is also a mentor with the University of Alberta’s Venture Mentoring Service. She really enjoys giving back by coaching new entrepreneurs and helping them make positive changes in their business.

She has twin daughters and wants to be the best role model to show them you can have a successful career and be a great mom. For Genevieve, the greatest impact she can make in the world is raising strong, kind girls.

Kelly vanOuwererk, Human Resources Consultant

Kelly has been in human resources for over 10 years. She holds a BComm with a major in Human Resources along with a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Kelly’s ability to act as a business partner allows her to support corporate strategy by molding HR practices to fit the business needs and deliver results.  Her goal is to help clients receive the HR services they need, when they need it, and in an approach that provides sustainable value.

Clients will love Kelly because of her experience in dealing with a number of complex issues and areas of HR.  She’s a straight-shooter that informs her clients about their options with the pros and cons of each.

Kelly loves working for Daeco because she’s valued and respected for her experience as an HR professional. Also, working with Daeco allows her what every mom wants – flexibility!