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Gentil Mateus

Chief Executive Officer
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Appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in September 2011, Gentil Mateus joined CSSEA with over 20 years of multi-faceted experience in human resources, leadership, change management, collective bargaining and community engagement. Gentil came to CSSEA from the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) where he held a variety of positions, including Corporate Director of Employee and Labour Relations, Vice-President of Human Resources (interim) and Vice-President, Corporate Services & System Innovation.

Gentil was the lead negotiator at the Community Health table in 2010, the architect of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and led a number of provincial initiatives, including a $37 million Health and Safety in Action project. Gentil continues to work closely with government, unions and the social service membership, while being actively involved in the community.

He has served on the Advisory Board for Okanagan College, the board of the Occupational Health and Safety agency for health care (OHSAH) been a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna and the Rotary Club of Trail and is co-founder of the Friends of Children Foundation, a charitable organization committed to helping families with sick children in BC’s Kootenay region.


Eric Peraro

Executive Director, Finance, Research and Knowledge Management
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Eric Peraro rejoined the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) in December 2011 as Director of Research and Knowledge Management department. His team’s responsibilities include providing labour market and compensation data, analysis and costing support during collective bargaining, the joint job evaluation program (JJEP), information technology infrastructure and data systems. He previously held the role of Compensation and Benefits Coordinator at CSSEA from 2000 to 2003, in which he led the Employers’ team that developed the Community Social Services Joint Job Evaluation system and provincial wage schedule.

Before rejoining CSSEA, he was the Director of Research and Knowledge Management for six years at Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC). Prior to holding the position of Director, he was a Senior Physician Compensation Consultant at HEABC. Eric has significant experience with public sector bargaining, having been a member of the BC Government Physician Negotiations Team and various other bargaining teams for health care workers in HEABC.

Before moving to Canada, Eric was the Compensation Manager for Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. (CCBPI). Prior to joining Coca Cola, he worked for ten years in the telecommunication industry doing job evaluations, organization studies, business process reengineering and manpower planning. Eric holds a degree in B.S. Industrial Management Engineering.

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