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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



LegalEase Sessions: Building Your 'Legal Arsenal' of Best Practices
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
LegalEase Lunchtime Webinar - 'Gender Identity Myths'
Presenter: Ryan Edmonds started his own workplace law firm with the goal of making Bay S treet expertise available to both employers and employees at Main Street fare.
Having trained and practiced with Canada's most renowned management-side labour and employment law firm, Ryan has a proven track record of providing effective legal solutions to complex workplace problems. During his articles Ryan also clerked at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, where he helped the Board's Vice Chairs decide cases about termination pay, overtime, unpaid wages, and workplace harassment.
An academically-decorated graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Ryan has authored a number of award-winning law journal articles on labour and employment law, and frequently contributes to publications such as the Human Resources Professionals Association's HR Connected, CCH's Focus on Canadian Employment and Equality Rights, and Canadian Lawyer's Legal Feeds.
Ryan is active in the community. In addition to being a founding director of Out on Bay Street, he is also a section executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee. Ryan currently serves as a Dispute Resolution Adjudicator for World Pride 2014.​
Members/Non-Members: $20; Students: $10
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Managing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
While many human resource professionals are familiar with how to manage physical disabilities, the issue of medical management of "invisible" disabilities such as depression, anxiety and "stress" can be far more challenging. Further, these types of claims are becoming more and more common. This session will provide a practical overview of how to manage these types of issues in the workplace, both from a legal perspective and a benefits perspective.

Register here

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Year in Review: Top 10 Issues
As 2014 wraps up, we review the year's most essential labour and employment law topics. Join Danny Kastner to get the legal perspective on the issues most likely to alter the human resources landscape in 2015 and beyond.
Members: $30.00; Full-time Students: $15.00; Members in Transition: $15.00


TO Connects - September 16, 2014
Fall Meet Up - Social / Networking Event

Join your peers to network and reconnect after the summer break and help kick off the new year of Toronto Chapter events!

Share thoughts, ideas and mingle with other HR professionals over light refreshments at an amazing venue!
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Hot House Café (map)
35 Church Street
Toronto, ON
M5E 1T3
Members $10.00, Non-members (Guests) $20.00

New Member Orientation - September 30, 2014
Did you join the HRPA Toronto Chapter this year?

Come join us as we officially welcome you and your fellow new members to the Toronto Chapter with an evening of light refreshments, networking and fun. This is a great opportunity 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.

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One King West - Austin Gallery
1 King Street West (King & Yonge)
Toronto - map
M5H 1A1

Cost: Free to all members*
* A cancellation fee of $20.00 will apply if you cannot attend and fail to cancel without a minimum of 48 hours' notice.)

An event for members in transition - October 16, 2014
Your New Lenses are Ready for Pickup: Seeing Change in a New Light
Susan Stewart is a former stand-up comic turned Organizational Learning and Development Consultant turned author and professional speaker. In this light-hearted program, you will explore the freedom of choice you were born with and how carefully selecting the lenses through which you view things (being deliberate with your perceptions and thoughts) can help you quiet your mind and be present when change is unfolding around you. You will leave equipped, empowered, and inspired to change the way change changes you.
Time: 5:30-8:30
Novotel Hotel (map)
3 Park Home, North York

Professional Development Event - October 20, 2014
Coaching for High Performance with Dr. Peter Jensen, Queen's School of Business Instructor and Sports Psychologist for the Gold Medal-Winning Women's Hockey Team

DR. PETER JENSEN is the author of The Inside Edge and Ignite The Third Factor. A dynamic speaker with a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology, Peter has helped over 70 athletes win Olympic medals, attended 8 Olympics as a member of the Canadian Team, and is a longstanding instructor at Queen's School of Business.

Peter is the founder of Performance Coaching Inc., one of Canada's leading corporate training firms. As a speaker, he has the power to invigorate audiences through his compelling use of humour, personal experiences and concrete, actionable content. And, as a 'developer of people' his strength is in creating environments where people learn and grow. Peter's wealth of personal experiences in both the corporate and sports arenas allow him to communicate high-level concepts in an extremely accessible way through anecdotes, metaphors and true stories.

This event comprises both a networking opportunity as well as professional development.

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Novotel Toronto Centre
45 The Esplanade (map)
M5E 1W2

Members: $40; Non-Members: $60; Students: $20

This event is pre-approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

Register here​


Social Event - October 23, 2014
Social at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
288 Bremner Blvd. (map)
M5V 3L9
Members $30 ($35 with “behind the scenes tour”); Non-members: $40 ($45 with “behind the scenes tour”)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
You First: Toxic Teams and What to Do about Them

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto map​
Details: A successful team begins with personal accountability, and in this speech, Liane challenges you to find the ‘you’ in team. It’s not enough to point to everyone else on the team to explain your team’s dysfunctional behavior– you have to play a role in stopping it. Liane shows how to push your own team to healthier behavior and greater productivity. Do you know what it takes to build a healthy and productive team?

In this session you will discover how to:  

  • ​Spot team dysfunctions before it’s too late
  • Seize the opportunity to make your team healthier
  • Use the right words to engage in productive conflict 

About the Facilitator:

Liane Davey, PhD, is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of YOU FIRST: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done. As Vice President, Team Solutions at Knightsbridge, she is sought out by executives at some of North America’s leading financial services, consumer goods, high tech, and healthcare organizations.

Pricing: Members $40; Students $20; Non-Members $60​

Register here​

Breakfast Series Event - Sex, lies and mission statements: Making your company's mission matter more through better execution and engagement


Learn to connect the dots between engagement, mission statements and governance. Learn to create a mission driven organization and how to help execute "people strategies".

Dr. Chris Bart, FCPA is the world's leading researcher on organizational mission statements and how companies can use them more effectively to become a "mission driven" organization. He is dedicated to helping organizations excel in the execution of their strategies. He is the also the Founder of The Directors College where he served as its Lead Professor, educating countless board directors and business leaders.

A prolific writer, Dr. Bart has published over 170 articles, cases and reviews and is the author of five books (two best sellers). He recently retired from DeGroote Business School where he was an award winning MBA professor.

More information to follow.


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