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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)

May 2nd Topic: Social Media Job Search Without Wasting Your Time (or losing��your identity)

It’s all the rage to talk about LinkedIn, Facebook, and the 500+ other social networks that exist. And if you are like most, you already have a profile on at least one. But how do you use these tools to find your next role, without wasting your time? How can you avoid identity theft? And what can you do to avoid getting disqualified? Randall Craig provides practical advice and specific, actionable ideas. In this fast-paced presentation, learn:  

  • How an Anchor and Outpost strategy can significantly increase your profile - and reduce your maintenance time.
  • How to prevent others from hijacking your identity on aggregator sites.
  • Five advanced techniques to get the most from LinkedIn - and one technique that you should never use.
  • Proactive Social Media strategies to improve your chances of success... before and after the interview.​


Mental Health Awareness for HR Professionals – May 2, 2016

PDX (Professional Development eXchange) EVENT 

Addressing the signs of mental health issues in the workplace can be challenging – especially for people leaders and human resources professionals. This session will provide key information about the various stages of mental health and help HR professionals to recognize the common signs associated with each stage. 

Speaker Jackie Delfosse will discuss: 

  • The impacts of mental illness on employees
  • The importance of support from the workplace
  • Strategies for helping employees 


Hot House Cafe

35 Church Street (at Front)

Toronto – map


Monday, May 2, 2016 


5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 


Members: $10

Non-members: $20

Click​ for more information 


This event is pre-approved for 1 hour CPD    


"Wisdom at Work: Building Resilience and Engagement with Mindfulness" – May 5, 2016 


Come find out why companies like Google, Apple, Aetna and General Mills are embracing mindfulness. Mindfulness strengthens focus and engagement, increases self-awareness and cognitive effectiveness, and builds emotional intelligence. In this powerful candid talk, Kate Kerr shows you how to build your own resilience and better prepare for the inevitable crises that are coming your way and in turn how to build more resilient teams that can perform at the highest levels. 

In this session we will: 

  • Explore how to stay focused at work independent of circumstances 
  • Learn how to deal with workplace conflict, build stronger peer to peer, direct report, and interdepartmental relationships. 
  • Discover the one thing that you can control during organizational change 
  • Experience two short guided practices firsthand  ​


Novotel Esplanade - 45 The Esplanade

Toronto – map


Thursday, May 5, 2016 


5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 


Members: $40

Non-members: $60

Student members: $20 

Click​ here for more information 


​Workplace Investigations – May 25, 2016


A poorly planned and executed investigation can result in a finding the investigation was unlawful, attract damages against the employer or result in an employer being unable to rely on the results of the investigation. Conversely, an organized and well thought out investigation will bolster the credibility of its findings if and when those findings are brought before an adjudicator.  This session will explore when you need to investigation, how to avoid common investigation pitfalls, and how to deal with the outcome of the investigation in order to put your organization in the best position possible. 


CPA Ontario

25 York Street, Suite 1100, Toronto, ON (map


Wednesday May 25, 2016


8:00 – 10:00 am


Members: $30

Students: $15

Members in Transition: $15 (contact for more information)


This event is pre-approved for 2 hours CPD  


Annual Business Meeting (ABM) – May 26, 2016



  • Approving the minutes of the previous Annual Business Meeting
  • Introduction of newly elected Directors

Yorkville Conference Centre

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


Thursday, May 26, 2016


6:00 – 8:00 pm





Understanding Pensions Made Easy – June 16, 2016



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 


This event is pre-approved for 1.5 CPD hours 


 HRPA Events Calendar