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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, Suite 200 (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)

New Member Orientation - November 17, 2015
Membership Event
Learn what your Chapter can do for you 

Come join us as we officially welcome new members to the Toronto Chapter with an evening of light refreshments, networking and fun. This is a great opportunity for members new and old to learn more about the Toronto Chapter, meet the Board, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn about the benefits of being a member of the largest chapter in HRPA.
Bring your business cards, network, have fun. Hope to see you there.
Who should attend: Anyone who wants to learn more about what your local chapter does for you and who the key players are 

Location: Yorkville Conference Centre (HRPA offices) at 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200 (corner of Avenue Road and Bloor St) in Toronto
Time: 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Pricing: Members - complimentary; Non-members - $10

What Your CFO Really Wants From HR - November 18, 2015
Dinner Event
Join us for this great conversation, and learn "What Your CFO Really Wants from HR". For most companies, people are the single biggest line item on the balance sheet, yet CFOs have little insight into the costs, ROI and competitiveness of their workforce. HR leaders who want to be part of the strategic planning conversation in their organizations need to be able to bring these and other metrics to the table. In this entertaining and accessible presentation, Russ Wong talks about what CFOs wish their HR counterparts would help them understand. 
Attendees will take away the key metrics organizations require about their people, the implications and opportunities of big data and the growing importance of a cohesive talent management strategy for organizations of all sizes.

About the Speaker: Russell Wong, CMA, MBA 

Russ Wong joined ADP Canada as its Chief Financial Officer in 2013, and in July 2015, was named Interim President. Prior to ADP, Russ was Chief Financial Officer of Chubb Edwards, where he helped integrate an acquisition that doubled the size of the business.
From 2001 to 2009, Russ was the Chief Financial Officer of Lexmark Canada, with overall responsibility for financial matters, supply chain and logistics, information technology and call centres.
Russ is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Russ is the past President of Financial Executives Institute of Canada - Toronto Chapter and serves on its Board of Directors.
Location: Novotel Hotel - 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Pricing: Members - $40; Non-members - $60; Students - $20

This event is pre-approved for one (1) CPD hour

Holiday Social - Monopoly Winter Social – November 24, 2015
Social Event

DateTuesday, November 24th

Time5:30 - 11:00 PM

Location:  The Trump Hotel - 325 Bay St, Toronto, ON

Pricing: HRPA Members - $20+HST; Non-Members - $35+HST ​

Keep an eye out for your invitation. More information to be added here soon....

Occupational Health & Safety and WSIB – November 25, 2015
LegalEase Breakfast
In this session you will learn about the Ministry of Labour, the WSIB and your legal obligations. The program will discuss what needs to be done after a workplace accident and will include the following topics:
1.       OHSA and WSIB reporting requirements
2.       Ministry of Labour and internal investigations
3.       Order compliance
4.       Return to work obligations and accommodation
5.       Achieving due diligence
6.       Safety violation consequences
The program will include practical tips and discuss case examples.
About the Speakers:
Carissa N. Tanzola is Chair of the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, Carissa is a skilled advocate whose practice is focused on the representation of management in several areas of employment and labour law with particular emphasis on occupational health and safety, workplace safety and insurance and disability management.
Carolyn Savoury is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Construction and Infrastructure, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation, and Young Lawyers); Carolyn provides advice and representation to employers in several areas of labour and employment law.
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 AM
Location: CMA Ontario, 25 York Street, Suite 1100
Pricing: Members: $30.00; Members in Transition: $15.00; Students: $15.00

This event is pre-approved for two (2) CPD hours

Wine Tasting – November 26, 2015
Social Event
Expand your wine horizons alongside Toronto Chapter colleagues. Good wine, good conversation.... 

This event will sell out, so register soon to avoid disappointment.
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 AM
Location: iYellow Wine Club - 243 Queen Street West
Pricing: Members: $25; Members in Transition: $35


 HRPA Events Calendar