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The Events Committee: Where the good stuff happens!  

Who we are
The Events Committee creates a medium for HR professionals to come together to network and learn, and hopefully have some fun in the process.  We seek to identify and host insightful and informative industry leaders and experts so that members can enhance their professional competencies and network in an engaging setting.

Visit our volunteer section to view our list of Committee Members.​

How you can help
We welcome your suggestions and feedback regarding topics and speakers of interest, and the support of sponsors who make it possible to run these events. Please contact us at 

The Employment Networking Group (ENG) - twice a month on Mondays

The Toronto Chapter - HRPA holds twice monthly Employment Networking Group (ENG) sessions for members in transition. On Mondays when the sessions are held, there are two meetings - one from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM for senior members in transition (10+ years of experience) and the second meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM for junior to intermediate members (0-9 years of experience). Meetings are facilitated by Meagan White.
If you are in career transition, not currently employed and actively searching for work, you might find these sessions useful. Volunteer speakers and experts from the business community present to both groups and speak on a variety of topics related to job search in the current environment. If you would like to suggest a potential guest speaker (including yourself) please email There will be 2-3 times per year when both groups will meet together to network, learn and coach. 
Location: HRPA offices at 150 Bloor Street West, 2nd FL, Suite 100 (corner of Avenue Road and Bloor St) in Toronto
Pricing: Complimentary (Registration required - registration links are included in the update emails that are sent out and via Twitter)

June 6th Topic: A New Approach to Resume Writing to Beat HR Robots

Do you know how to beat the HR robot and get your resume noticed by a human being? Most candidates don't, and lay on the bottom of the virtual HR pile not getting calls. If you apply for jobs online, you need to know how to beat Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) with an online resume and effective personal branding.  In this highly informative seminar with international bestselling author Pamela Paterson, you will learn how to get your resume in top shape so that it stands out amongst the crowd.  

Learning Outcomes 


  • Deconstruct a job posting for the important elements needed to beat HR robots
  • Separate the critical words from the "fluff" in job postings and company collateral
  • Identify issues with your resume that are barriers to getting top-ranked
  • Position your skills and qualifications to best present your candidacy
  • Incorporate personal branding in your resume to best position your skills  

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JR Session (0-9 years)

SR Session (10+ years)​​

Understanding Pensions Made Easy – June 16, 2016


Understanding which pension plan to pick for your company can be a difficult decision. Join us for a panel discussion with Peter Demangos, Managing Director at PDF Financial Group Inc. and Eric Soehner, Principal with Mercer. They will help make the decision easier for you as they discuss pensions, the differences between the plans and how to choose the best plan for both your company and employees. 


Marriott Hotel – Downtown Eaton Centre

525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON (map​


Thursday, June 16, 2016


7:00 – 10:00 am


Members: $25

Non-members: $35

Student members and Members in Transition: $15 


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This event is pre-approved for 1.5 CPD hours  



The Power of Civility – June 21, 2016

PDX (Professional Development eXchange) EVENT 

Civility matters! Research has demonstrated the key role of civility in building a positive workplace. When disrespectful words and behaviours occur, they significantly impact our capacity to effectively work together and perform at a high level. Speaker Craig Dowden (Ph.D.) is the President and Founder of Craig Dowden & Associates, a firm focused on supporting their clients in achieving leadership and organization excellence by leveraging the science of peak performance.  

All HR Professional can benefit from this workshop that will highlight how individuals can contribute to create an engaging environment, it’s objectives include:


  • Defining incivility and talk about its prevalence within our workplaces
  • Raising awareness around the causes of disrespectful behaviour
  • Evidence-informed strategies that participants can immediately apply within their workplaces to inspire engagement and peak performance 


The Hothouse Café

35 Church Street (map​)


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


5:30 – 8:30 pm


Members: $10

Members in Transition: $10 (email for details)

Non-members: $20 

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This event is pre-approved for 1 hour CPD​

What Exactly is Workplace Culture and Why is Everyone Talking About It? – June 22, 2016


The term culture is being used in our workplaces more often than ever and people are wondering why it is so important. Culture is described as the character and personality of an organization. It encompasses the values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours, and attitudes of a work environment. 

Join us when our panelists (Beth Corcoran, Karen Hare and Brennan McEachran) help to define: 


  • Why is workplace culture important?
  • What affects workplace culture?
  • How do you setup a culture and how does the implementation work? 



Yorkville Conference Centre

150 Bloor Street W, 2nd FL, Suite 201, Toronto, ON (map


Wednesday June 22, 2016


5:00 – 8:00 pm


$20 for Student members

$40 for members

$60 for non-members

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Pre-approved 1.5 CPD points


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