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Michelle Pedzich

Michelle Pedzich is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Canandaigua National Bank and Trust. Michelle is responsible for managing all aspects of Human Resources, including developing strategic initiatives and communicating and executing human resources throughout all levels of the organization. Michelle was previously the Director of Compliance and Training for HR Works. She has an extensive business background with over twenty years of experience focusing on delivering optimal business, compliance, and human resource “best practice” solutions that take into consideration legal requirements and budgetary constraints. Michelle has participated in several public speaking engagements and conferences and has written several articles covering a wide range of human resources topics.


Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree in Human Resources Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She serves as the Chair of the Ontario County Chamber of Commerce, is the Chair of the New York Banking Association’s HR Committee and serves on the Levine Center to End Hate's Corporate Council. In addition, she is an active mentor in the National Human Resource Association’s mentorship program. Michelle is also a Leadership Rochester alumnus, a 2020 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence Award, a 2008 recipient of the Rochester 40 under 40 award, a 2021 National Human Resource Association’s HR Executive of the Year nominee, and was nominated for the Canandaigua Athena Award in 2016 and 2022.