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Philip Wilson, CHRP, SHRP (Chair of the Board) 

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.


Daphne FitzGerald, CHRP, SHRP (Past Chair)

Since 2002, she has been President of Pension Puzzle Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Capital G Consulting Inc., providing specialized HR consulting services (Capital G) and retirement education seminars (Pension Puzzle) to Canadian employers.

Between 1974 and 2002, Daphne held a number of executive positions with Zurich Financial Services, including SVP of Corporate Development, managing all facets of Human Resources, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Prior to retirement, Daphne was the President of PeoplePlus insurance, a strategic business unit of Zurich Canada.
Daphne has been a member of HRPA and its predecessor organizations since 1976.  She has been a board member since 2005 and has chaired the Governance & Nominating Committee, the Government Relations Committee, the Audit & Finance Committee and the Human Resources & Compensation Committee.  She served as Chair of the HRPA board from May, 2011 to May 2013 and in June, 2013 assumed the position of Chair of the Board of the Canadian Council of Human Resources (CCHRA). In addition to her board work on behalf of the Human Resources profession, Daphne also sits on the board of Parkinson's Society Canada and is a member of the Insurance Committee of the board of the Ontario Medical Association.

In 2002, Daphne was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 1992 was a nominee of the Women Who Make a Difference Award (1992). 


Jo Ann Ball, CHRP

Jo-Ann Ball is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Magellan Aerospace Corporation a Canadian multi-national with fourteen divisions in four countries on three continents.  Prior to joining Magellan she held progressively senior appointments in the retail, medical and the financial services sector.  Jo-Ann’s areas of expertise are pension and benefit governance and financial oversight, labour relations, executive recruitment,  executive compensation and HR planning.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University; and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Columbia University and the Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from Columbia University. 

As a Board member with HRPA since 2009, Jo-Ann has served on the Audit & Finance Committee, Chair of the HRCC and a Board Director with HRRI since 2012.  Last year she was a member of the Practice Analysis Study for the HR Profession with CCHRA.   She strongly believes in volunteering and has served as Executive Development Chair for the Ontario Aerospace Council, and Vice Chair for the Toronto Board of Trade’s Labour Law Committee, and has participated on several advisory committees in the aerospace sector.  She has also been a speaker at functions for the Canadian Manufacturers Association, Ryerson Polytechnic University and Nova Scotia Technology Group. 


Elizabeth (Liz) Black, CHRP

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.


Janet Brooks, MBA, CHRP, SHRP

Janet is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance and has over 30 years experience in the HR profession.

Janet has worked in both private and public sectors including health care, financial services, manufacturing with international operations and municipal government. This broad based experience has provided Janet with a well-rounded perspective on the HR profession and its’ role in organizations. Additionally, Janet has taught Human Resources at the undergraduate level at Wilfrid Laurier University. Janet received an MBA from Laurier in 1998.

Janet serves on the Professional Regulation and Standards Committee and the Governance and Nominating committee.


Brenda Clark RN, MSc, CHRP, SHRP

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. 


Michelle Collier, CHRP

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.


Alice Kubicek, MBA, CHRP, CMC, SHRP

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.


Kirk Merrett, CHRP 

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.  

Kirk 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.


Geoff Ramey, CHRP, SHRP

Geoff Ramey is Vice President, Human Resources & Business Technology Solutions at St Andrew Goldfields Ltd.

Geoff has worked as a HR professional across a variety of private and public companies in several different industry sectors, including several years at LoyaltyOne (formerly The Loyalty Group), Xstrata (formerly Falconbridge) and was recently a senior Human Resources Consultant supporting Yahoo! Canada. Mr. Ramey provides HR consultative services on a volunteer basis to the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and is a regular speaker and conference chair at domestic and international seminars. In additional his Board responsibilities as a Director, he serves as a member of the SHRP certification committee, vice-chair of the CHRP certification committee, Chair of the HRPA HR & Compensation Committee as well as Vice-Chair of the HRPA Complaints & Investigations Committee.


Karen Stone, SHRP

Karen Stone is Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development at  St. Joseph's Health Care in London where she oversees a portfolio encompassing human resources, organizational development & learning and occupational health and safety. She provides services to over 5,500 employees and is a member of the executive senior team with specific accountability for strategic human resource planning and maintaining a special interest in leadership development of health care professionals. 

Karen served as a director of the board for Mission Services of London for the past eight years and is an active volunteer for Autism Speaks Canada.


Melinda Sutcliffe, MBA, CHRP, CAHRI

Melinda Sutcliffe is an independent consultant who drives business performance through strategic people practices.  For over 20 years, Melinda has crossed the globe and built a reputation for creating innovative and practical solutions that give high value and sustainable returns.  Melinda has worked in diverse industries, including high-tech and broad-based engineering, creative design, professional services, manufacturing, hospitality, and transport, amongst others.

Melinda has a degree in Organizational Psychology and Technology, and an MBA focused upon global strategy and international HR.  She is an active member of SHRM, AHRI and HRPA, and represents Ontario on the CCHRA standards committee.  A frequent conference speaker and trainer, Melinda has published papers on performance management systems, succession management, and recruitment and selection.  She is experienced with a wide variety of assessment tools, and accredited in DiSC, MBTI, LEA 360, 6 Thinking Hats, and the McQuaig suite.


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 he is a member of the boards of the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI), the North American Human Resources Association (NAHRMA), the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA) and the Scarborough Hospital where he chairs the Human Resources Committee and 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.