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​​​Brenda Clark​ RN, MSc, CHRL, CHRE (Chair of the Board)​​

Brenda is Principle of Advanced Corporate Health Inc., a contemporary firm dedicated to assisting organizations optimize their employee contributions through innovative human resource programming. Brenda has considerable experience as a volunteer leader with HRPA, as a committee member, Director and President of the HRPA Ottawa Chapter. Under her leadership the Chapter was awarded the Chapter of Excellence and Innovation Award for its Leadership Challenge program for two years in a row. As a demonstration of Brenda's commitment to the community, she was awarded the 2010 Vision Award for "Outstanding Human Resources Volunteer".

​As a member of the HRPA Board of Directors, Brenda has been Vice Chair then Chair of the Appeals Committee. This year, Brenda is the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Philip Wilson, CHRL, CHRE​

Phil gained twenty-five years plus of progressively responsible experience in the Human Resources field. He has significant experience coaching executives and facilitating strategic planning and is currently a Vice President at Felix Global. He provided Global leadership as Vice President H.R. at Corel in his last role. As Senior Vice President of Central Services, H.R. at CIBC Phil led a global, multi-functional, shared services team of HR professionals responsible for CIBC’s Knowledge Network (leadership & training), Organizational Initiatives (organizational development), Executive Resourcing (talent management), Global Recruitment Strategies, and Business Process Outsourcing. Phil sponsored the successful implementation of PeopleSoft across CIBC. He also headed the HR function of CIBC World Markets, Canada.

Prior to joining CIBC in 1994, Phil spent 11 years with Northern Telecom in global strategic and operational HR roles within North America and Europe. His last position at Northern Telecom was Director Organizational Development. Phil began his career in H.R. with CAE Electronic, Montreal. He graduated from McGill University with a major degree in industrial relations and a minor in economics.

In 2004 Phil was honored with the Shared Services Leader Award. He is a founding board member of the Greater Toronto Human Resources Professional Association, a chapter of the HRPA. Phil serves as a board director on HRPA and chairs the Governance & Nominating Committee. He volunteered on the board of the York University Human Resources Advisory Council and in this capacity he also chaired the York University H.R. Research Committee). He served on the York University Atkinson Management School Dean’s Advisory Board. Phil is a guest lecturer for the Masters Human Resources Program at York University as well as Carleton University. He is active on the board of Career Edge and Chairs it’s Human Resources Committee. This organization is a private sector not-for-profit organization that was launched in 1996 to provide internships for graduates of all disciplines, graduates with disabilities and international qualified professionals.​​

Elizabeth (Liz) Black, CHRL​

Elizabeth (Liz) Black is a senior HR Professional with more than 20 years of HR leadership experience in the energy, financial and professional services sectors. Her strengths are in HR Policy, Employee Relations, Training, Workforce Planning, Organizational Design, Total Rewards and Systems Development. She was a Board Administrator with the GTA Rewards Association from the inception of the Board in 2006 to 2010.

Liz is a Faculty member for the World at Work, teaching Total Rewards Management for the past six years. She has been a member of HRPA since 1991 and will serve on the Discipline Committee.

Christina Brassard, CHRL​

Christina has worked in the HR field for over 20 years and is currently Manager, Business Services with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Previously, she’s held the role of Associate HR Business Partner with the Board, assisting several regional offices as well as partnering with management in various divisions in Toronto. Christina has specialized training and experience in several HR disciplines including health and safety and labour relations. She has held several positions with the Northwestern Ontario HRPA chapter, has participated on HRPA’s chapter management task force and is currently on the NKE item writing committee.

Christina volunteers for a number of different local charities in Thunder Bay including The Shelter House and Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre Foundation.

Michelle Collier, CHRL​

Michelle Collier, CHRP, is a senior HR Professional with over 20 years of HR leadership experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, transportation, media and health care; providing Human Resources expertise in both start-ups and establishing Human Resources departments within organizations. Her experience encompasses union and non-union, private and not-for-profit, family-owned and corporate businesses. She has a solid background as a dedicated volunteer Board Member: Prior to being elected to the HRPA Board in 2011, Michelle was a Director on the York Region Chapter Board for seven years, where she headed a variety of portfolios. Under her development and leadership of the chapter’s Relationship Management portfolio, her committee successfully integrated an ongoing relationship between HRPYR and the York Region business community.

HRPA recognized the achievement and contribution of this portfolio by awarding the Chapter Innovation Award in 2009. Previously, Michelle volunteered on the Board of the Hotel Human Resource Professionals Association of Greater Toronto (HHRPA) including five years as President.

Currently on the HRPA Board, Michelle chairs two adjudicative committees – the Discipline Committee and the new Registration Committee.

Deidre Henne, MBA, CA​

Deidre Henne holds the positions of Director of Research for Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and Chief Operating Officer for the Population Health Research Institute. Deidre began working with Hamilton Health Sciences in 2002 as a Senior Financial Officer overseeing the hospital's research financial administration portfolio. Since then, she has held additional roles for HHS including financial accounting oversight for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Deidre graduated from McMaster University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Hon). She articled with Ernst & Young LLP in Hamilton and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2001. In 2009, Deidre was recognized as an Ivey Scholar, when she completed her executive Masters of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario.

She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Mervin Hillier, MBA, CPA, FCMA​

Mervin Hillier is a Senior Business Advisor & Executive Coach for Canadian based, Nuvision. He is also a Group Leader with CEO Global Network and a former President and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Mr. Hillier was the founding Chair of the Board for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and currently sits as a Public Interest Director with ICCRC and is also the Vice-Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He teaches Governance & Financial Accountability in the MFAc program at York University, is Associate Professor for the residency program of the University of Guelph Masters in Business Administration program and lectures for Directors College in Risk Management and Strategy. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Edinburgh Business School and a Master's Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance from the Schulich School of Business. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Consultant and holds the Chartered Director designation.

Alice Kubicek, MBA, CHRL, CMC, CHRE​

Alice is a bilingual certified management consultant,change agent, organization development specialist, relationship builder, analytical thinker,facilitator, and strategic visionary. Her passion is helping successful leaders, committed teams and worthy causes reach their ultimate goals. Applying a best practice process consultation approach, she works with Canadian, European and African organizations to facilitate their understanding and ownership of core factors detracting from optimal performance, feasible options to achieve desired outcomes,and appropriate steps to implement recommendations.

A published author on a variety of management topics, she has also presented at local and international conferences. Notable achievements in the Human Resources field include curriculum design and implementation of new college and university programs including the Fast Track Certificate program at Algonquin College, the Human Resources Certificate at Carleton University’s Professional Development Centre, and the Executive Certificate Program at Sprott School of Business. For this and other successes, she has been nominated and has received numerous awards and recognition in her 30+ years in the workforce, including a Distinguished Service Award, a Vision Award and an Honorary HRPA Membership.

Over the last 20 years, Alice has either chaired or been a member of all HRPA Board and Standing Committees. Now she is taking on the role as Chair of Appeals. She is currently President for Daybreak Non-Profit Housing Board, Director-at-large on the CMC-Canada National Board, Senior Fellow with the University of Ottawa's Centre on Governance, and Lead Judge at the annual Concordia University John Molson School of Business International MBA case competition. She teaches in the renowned Sommelier Program at Algonquin’s School of Hospitality and is keen to launch finally, her new business, Reggae Wines.

Barbara Mellman, B.A., J.D​.

Barbara Mellman is former Senior Legal Counsel with the Corporate Law Department of Manulife Financial Corporation. In that role, she provided legal advice to the Human Resources, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Secretarial Departments. She is also a former Associate Counsel with the U.S. Marketing Division of Manulife and a former Assistant Corporation Counsel with Wayne County, Michigan. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Counterpoint Community Orchestra, Food Allergy Canada, and Social Planning Toronto and past Vice-President of the Board of St. Stephen's Community House. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan. Ms. Mellman is licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario and the State of Michigan.

Kirk Merrett, CHRL​

Kirk Merrett is the National Manager, Human Resources for Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. Prior to joining Hyundai, Kirk was Director, HR & General Affairs at Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Director of HR at Eddie Bauer of Canada, and held various roles at the Hudson's Bay Company.

Kirk has been a member of HRPA since 1993 and was awarded the CHRP in 1996. He has been active at the chapter level having served on the York Region Chapter board for 6 years as it grew from 100 members to over 500. Kirk also sits on the board of AURA, a Canadian charitable organization assisting in the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees in Canada.

​Murray Odesse, CHRL​

Murray is a senior HR leader and strong generalist practitioner with over 15 years of experience. Currently the Vice President, Human Resources for Baffinland Iron Mines, he focuses on building partnerships as means to identify and implement positive change and has done so throughout his career with a wide variety of stakeholders including employees, community groups, government agencies, boards, management and underrepresented groups.

Murray also has a solid understanding and experience with Board related activities/governance, having served on HRPA Boards in the past (both Chapter and Provincial) as well as serving for several years with a local social services agency. Past experiences include work with a large multinational, diversified private family owned companies, non-profit entities and academia.

Bonnie Seidman, CHRL​

Bonnie Seidman, Chief People Officer and Director of People Services and Organizational Development at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, oversees the broad portfolio of human resources programs and services that underpin its strategic goals.  A CHRP and Concordia and Queens Business alumnus, Bonnie has over 25 years of extensive experience in the area of strategic and operational human resources services, conflict resolution, coaching and amalgamations. 

Karen Stone, CHRE​

Karen Stone is Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities Redevelopment for St. Joseph's Health Care London, a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 140 years. She supports a portfolio encompassing human resources, organizational development & learning and occupational health and safety as well as facilities planning and engineering. Providing services to over 4,500 employees, she is a member of the executive team with specific accountability for strategic human resource planning and maintaining a special interest in leadership development of health care professionals.

She holds an honours degree in Labour Studies from McMaster University and a Master’s degree in Continuing Education from the University of Calgary where she had a specific focus on workplace leadership & development. Karen’s Master’s degree research focused on workplace spirituality and the development of a conceptual model of workplace wellness for Ontario hospitals. Karen achieved the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation in 2010.

Bob Thompson, BSc, LLB, MBA, LLM, CHRL​

Bob Thompson is a Professor of Human Resources in the Faculty of Business at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Bob also teaches courses at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto and at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Prior to joining academia, Bob was Senior Employment Law Counsel at Canada’s largest financial institution, Manager of Labour Relations at Canada’s largest grocery retailer, articling lawyer at Canada’s largest litigation law firm, and co-op engineering student at Canada’s largest automotive manufacturer.

Bob received his engineering degree at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, his law degree and an MBA at the University of Ottawa, an MBA at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and his Master of Laws degree at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

William (Bill) Greenhalgh, BSc (Hons), MBA, C. Dir.​

Bill Greenhalgh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in April 2006.

His previous positions include President of the Globe and Mail; CEO of Thomson’s Western Canada Newspaper Group; President of Cinram International; and COO of Shred it International as well as various line and staff positions in general management, operations, marketing and finance with Nortel Networks. He was born in Derry in Northern Ireland and holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the London Business School, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University, certificates from the Senior Executive Programs in both Manufacturing and Marketing from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of both The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and the Directors College at McMaster University.

Bill also serves as HRPA Board Secretary and is a member of the boards of the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI), the North American Human Resources Management Association (NAHRMA), the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA) and the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario. He is a past member of the boards of the Toronto Symphony, the Commonwealth Games Club and the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Treasures.

In 2012, Bill was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution as a member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association's Champion's Council.​