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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 


 Breakfast Series Event - Sex, lies and mission statements: Making your company's mission matter more through better execution and engagement – October 16, 2014

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.
Arcadian Loft
401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower - 8th Floor

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m

Pricing: Members: $25; Non-Members: $40

This event is pre-approved for 2 CPD hours.

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

Power of Networking and Effective Strategies to Follow up (live webinar) - October 17, 2014
In a journey of success we Learn, Share and Socialize. We are constantly evolving and growing and the act of learning (listening) to mentors, sharing (through conversation) and socialized through (social media) and events will create synergistic relationship that will grow and become effective networks.
This webinar examines online and offline networking strategies--from being part of the networking crowd to having the ability to create effective and ongoing online connections.
Learning Objectives:
    • Networking strategies that work
    • Understanding social media and various platforms
    • Engagement strategies that work
    • The power of follow-up
    • Strategies on how to leverage online connections
    About the Speaker:
    Jim Pagiamtzis is the Founder of 21 Connections; he shares Learn, Speak and Social strategies that work!
    Jim became a professional speaker in 2007 and is currently the Director of Public Speakers Association in Toronto. Jim has spoken to corporate organizations, small business groups, and college audiences across Ontario, delivering both keynote presentations and learning seminars in a dynamic speaking style, empowering and inspiring his audiences to apply his simple and effective systems.
    Event Type: Live Webinar
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Members: $20
    Non-Members: $30

    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​

    TO Connects – October 21, 2014
    Charismatic Speaking - Win over your audience!

    Conventional wisdom suggests that exceptional communication skills are innate. You either have it or you don’t – and if you’re in the latter camp, tough luck, there’s no saving you!

    Thankfully, that premise is completely wrong. Anyone can learn to be a charismatic, exceptional communicator, even if they’re not naturally charismatic. With the right strategies and techniques, and a lot of practice, people who were once forgettable communicators, unable to capture the attention of an audience can become compelling and present a persuasive persona, able to work a room from start to finish.
    Accomplished communicator Kenneth Evans will present the techniques and strategies needed to develop into an effective and powerful communicator, including a sample of best practices.

    In this session you will learn techniques and strategies to develop your own personal charisma and communication style.

    About the Speaker

    A seasoned corporate communications specialist and media trainer, Kenneth Evans has worked with a diverse range of communicators – from reality TV hosts to several of Canada’s top 100 CEOs. A 14 year veteran of APEX Public Relations, Kenneth leads the agency’s corporate communications and training divisions, working with individual leaders and corporations in enhancing their business development and reputations through strategic story telling.

    Time: 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM
    Hot House Café (map)
    35 Church Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5E 1T3

    Members $10.00, Non-members (Guests) $20.00
    This event is pre-approved for 1.25 CPD hours.

    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”)

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Managing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace (LegalEase)
    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.
    Registration: 7:30am – 8:00am
    Presentation: 8:00am – 9:30am
    Questions: 9:30am – 10:00am
    CMA – 25 York Street, Suite 1100
    Members: $30.00
    Full-time Students: $15.00
    Members in Transition: $15.00 (kindly contact for promo code before registering)

    Register here


    New Member Orientation – November 3, 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
    Sheraton Centre Hotel
    123 Queen Street West
    Toronto - map
    M5H 2M9
    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.)

     Register here


    TO Connects – November 12, 2014
    Do Performance Reviews Really Improve Performance?

     Learn the human performance review secrets of elite level athletes with Paul Boston.

    There is a lot of controversy in the business world on the value of performance reviews and management systems. Some suggest these types of systems should be removed completely or new, and sometimes more complex and expensive systems be introduced with the hopes that they will improve performance. The reality is, HR professionals need to be innovative and strategic in their approach towards improving performance management in order to retain and develop great talent within their organizations.
    Paul’s topic “Elite-Level Performance Reviews for Today’s Modern Business World,” comes from his years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies and being an elite-level athlete. Paul has developed a proven methodology called the Human High-Performance Model™ (HHPM) that makes great workplace performance rewarding and enjoyable. This workshop outlines his step-by-step performance review methodology and uses stories and examples from Paul’s business and athletic background, leaving his audiences with great insights and strategies that they can apply within their organizations. You will leave the presentation inspired and motivated to take your performance management programs into the 21st century.
    This workshop will cover the following:
    ·         Why traditional performance management systems don’t work
    ·         Why performance review frequency is important
    ·         Developing high-performing teams through 21st century performance reviews
    ·         The new human performance manager
    ·         How to implement a new performance management system Redefining and Elevating Human Performance
    About the Speaker
    Paul Boston
    Paul Boston is the president of Actus Performance Inc., a human high-performance development firm. With an undergraduate degree in consumer behavior, Paul started his professional career working in the fast-paced and demanding world of marketing and advertising with Fortune 500 companies and organizations around the globe. At the same time, he started racing at the elite level of triathlons and qualified four times for the World Triathlon Championships and started to discover performance similarities between his athletic and professional career.
    Inspired by this insight and passionate about improving the performance of his clients, Paul went back to school to study adult training and development, specializing in workplace performance. As an organizational high-performance development specialist, Paul works with clients to help them understand the fundamental performance values, attitudes and skills people, teams and organizations need in our ever-changing modern-day work world. Paul has published numerous articles and spoken to professional organizations across North America on 21st century workplace performance skills.
    For more information, please visit
    Registration & Networking: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Speaker: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Q&A: 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM
    Wrap-Up: 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM


    Bâton Rouge
    520 Progress Avenue
    Scarborough, ON
    M1P 2K2
    This event is pre-approved for 1.25 CPD hours.


    A Winter Masquerade (Holiday Social) – November 19, 2014

    It’s that time of year again! The HRPA Toronto Chapter invites you to our annual Holiday Social – A Winter Masquerade. Come celebrate another successful year, with your colleagues and friends in a magical castle. Mix and mingle at this magical event with dinner, drinks and holiday cheer.
    ·         Registration: 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    ·         Food/Beverages: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    ·         Speeches: 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    ·         Ends: 9:00 pm - TBD
    Location: Casa Loma - 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
    Cost: $10 for members; $25 for non-members


    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​

     Wine Tasting – December 10, 2014
    Save the date. Details coming soon.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    Year in Review: Top 10 Issues (LegalEase)
    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
    Registration: 7:30am – 8:00am
    Presentation: 8:00am – 9:30am
    Questions: 9:30am – 10:00am
    CMA – 25 York Street, Suite 1100
    Members: $30.00
    Full-time Students: $15.00
    Members in Transition: $15.00 (kindly contact for promo code before registering)


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