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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)

The "Magic" of Employee Engagement, Collaboration and Retention - February 18, 2016
Partnership Event

Offered by our friends at Meeting Professionals International (MPI), HRPA members have been extended the MPI Member rate (by using the code HRPAO).

The sessions for this exciting event are:

      1.     Creating Retention Cultures through Recognition

      2.     Relationship and Collaboration in Action – A Solution Focused Leadership Approach both by Sarah McVanel,                 President & Principal, Greatness Magnified; and

      3.  ​Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement presented by Dee Byrnes, Owner, the Dee Byrnes Group Inc. and Contract      Program Facilitator, The Walt Disney Company.​


The Westin Prince, The Prince Ballroom

900 York Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3B 3H2


Tuesday, February 18, 2016

NB* Cancellations must be re​ceived in writing​​​g by 5:00 February 12, 2016. No refund after February 12, 2016. 

No show – Full Fee

Click here for more information and to register​ 

Marijuana in the Workplace – February 25, 2016
LegalEase Breakfast E​vent
In this session you will learn about medical marijuana, human rights, accommodation and your legal obligations. The program will discuss what employers need to know when an employee requests accommodation for treatment involving medical marijuana use and will provide practical tips and discuss case examples, and include the following topics:

              1. Responding to accommodation requests for medical marijuana treatment;

              2. Questions to ask as well as questions to avoid;

              3. The extent to which an employee needs to disclose medical information and


              4. Potential forms of accommodating;

              5. What employers can do in cases of suspected abuse of medical marijuana.

About the Speaker Stuart E. Rudner is a founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, a leading law firm specializing in Canadian Employment Law. Stuart provides senior counsel in all aspects of the employment relationship including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline and termination. 

Stuart works with employees and employers, helping them to understand their legal rights and obligations and providing the strategic advice they need to pursue goals. At every stage, Stuart's focus is on achieving practical, cost effective solutions for his client. 

Date & Time

February 25, 2016

Registration: 7:30 to 8:00 AM

Presentation: 8:00 to 9:30 AM

Questions: 9:30 to 10:00 AM 

NEW Location: Yorkville Conference Centre (HRPA Office), 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Toronto ON 

Pricing: Members: $30.00; Members in Transition: $15.00; Students: $15.00. 

If you  have any questions kindly contact,


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



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