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

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.”

A fun fact about Genevieve: If she could be any character on TV, she would be Dr. Yang from Grey’s Anatomy because, “she calls it as it is and never sugar coats the truth,” says Genevieve. That’s what her clients also love about her. When it comes to managing human resources, she tells it like it is — in a respectful way.

Genevieve has been in human resources for over 14 years. She holds a BComm with a major in Human Resources along with a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) 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 knows that by working together in a team of HR consultants who draw on each other’s strengths and experiences, Daeco is able to quickly diagnose a company’s HR issues and implement simple processes that make sense, all of which make for a truly unique human resources company in Edmonton.

Genevieve 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’s favourite quote is, “Do one thing a day that scares you,” by Eleanor Roosevelt. She likes to push her boundaries because it helps her grow and become a stronger person. Genevieve has six-year-old twin daughters and tries her best to let them work things through so they can learn to be self-sufficient. She believes in the concept of “support to independence” and likes to set up her clients for success with strategic human resources planning and practical HR solutions so they don’t have to rely on Daeco forever.

Her words of wisdom: “You never know what you’re fully capable of until you push yourself.”

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!