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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



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Toronto Connects

Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Hot House Café, 35 Church St. Toronto  map
Speaker/Topic: Merle Ballaigues, President Thomas International Inc. - The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

The emotionally intelligent leader ignites our passion and inspires the best in us because leadership at its core is about engaging employees emotions. Emotional intelligence is a leadership competency that is both critical and relevant in the complex, global business culture we operate in today. Learn more about: the business case for emotional intelligence; models for assessing emotional intelligence; applying emotional intelligence to a business opportunity where there is growth, uncertainty and change.

Optional: Participants are invited to go through a complementary Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue), prior to the presentation to enhance their own learning and self-awareness. We will need first name, last name and email address for this to send out online invitations. If interested, please send information to: Savia Souza-Marques at before April 11, 2014 and Savia will send you an online invitation to take the TEIQue assessment. Once completed, Savia will return your confidential TEIQue report to you by email, prior to the event.

Members: $10, Non-Members: $20

Register here


Thursday, April 24, 2014 -
Wine Tasting

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: iYellow Wine Club, 243 Queen St W map
Details: Angela Aiello is on a mission to create global "Wine Confidence". She has been called 'The Robyn Hood of Wine' a 'Wine Evangelist' and is said to be bringing wine tasting into the 21st century by The Toronto Star. As a respected wine expert with over 14 years' experience in the wine industry, Angela is the Wine Columnist for Style At Home Magazine and is the resident wine expert on AM640's "Cravings". She is the founder of iYellow Wine Club, which is home to over 10,000 members and has been hailed by Toronto Life as "The Coolest Place to learn about wine!" She was awarded the prestigious OHI Top 30 Under 30 Award, and was also honoured with Business Link Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Award.

Members: $25, Non-Members: $50

Register here 

​​​Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Legalease Webinar: Immigration Issues in Labour and Employment

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Speaker/Topic: Learn about the latest developments in immigration law, including new Labour Market Opinion advertising rules -Role of HR professionals in facilitating business travel and international recruitment, and how you can help maintain employer compliance.

If you have any questions about this event please contact

Members: $20, Students: $10, Members in Transition (with promo code): $10

Register here​

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - Members in Transition: Networking 101

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Novotel Hotel North York, 3 Park Home Ave. Toronto map
Inviting all members in transition for an evening of networking and leveraging your power.

About the Event: This interactive presentation is designed to inspire anyone who needs to know how to build and stabilize their business relationships through a strategic and systematic process that will produce measurable results. Covering who-what-where-when and why to use leverage when you network; participants will leave with the tools they need to succeed.In this session participants will learn to maximize their strengths, recognize the importance of their social capital and learn to work within their communication style. Building and using your network to leverage effectively will provide human resource professionals with the roadmap they need to succeed.

About the SpeakerDonna Messer is an author of more than 4,000 articles. She is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands on three continents. She hosts both radio and television programs. “Take a human dynamo, add a whirlwind of ideas, a computer filled with contacts, and a dash of ‘Just Do It!’, and you have Donna Messer. In a world where each of us is only separated from what we want by six people, Donna Messer eliminates the middleman. Donna has a systematic process that generates measurable results. According to her, “When you Network, you get Work."

Members Only: Complimentary

Register here​


Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Dinner Series: HR Survivor - Dealing with Difficult Employee Situations

Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Ryerson Student Centre, Tecumseh Auditorium, 55 Gould St. Toronto map
Speaker/Topic: A great  opportunity to learn new tools to survive the HR jungle! In this fast-paced event, you'll have the opportunity to circulate from  table to table, meeting new subject matter experts to discuss a variety of difficult situations. This event is eligible for CPD hours for your CHRP recertification

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

Register here


Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - TO Connects: Managing Risk in Recruitment & Selection

Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Novotel Hotel North York, 3 Park Home Ave. Toronto map
Speaker/Topic: Did you know that a Facebook search of an employment candidate can give rise to possible legal liabilities?  Were you aware that verbal statements made in an effort to entice a prospective employee can create a legal headache down the road?  Do you truly know about the hidden legal consequences that may arise throughout the recruitment process?  By neglecting to recognize and understand these legal pitfalls, a recruiter will fail to be a genuine and effective business partner to an organization.

The recruitment process involves various stages, all of which have legal aspects which must be given consideration by recruiters.  This presentation aims to shed light on some of these legal considerations, paying particular attention to the selection process, the interview process, reference checks, the verbal offer as well as the formal offer.  Issues such as social media background checks, human rights considerations, privacy, and the enforceability of verbal and written contracts will be discussed.

Leeora Avrahami is a lawyer who works as a service provider at e2R Solutions, a leading and unique organization specializing in human resources and employment/labour law support for Canadian businesses. Leeora’s practice focuses on providing clients with practical, solution driven advice in connection with human resources issues, employment and labour law. Ms. Avrahami graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor in 2008 and was called to the Bar in 2009. Prior to joining e2R Solutions, Leeora practiced employment and labour law at an international full service firm.

Members: $10; Non-Members: $20


Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Annual Business Meeting

Time: 5:15pm - 8:00pm
Location: ​Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto map
Details: Toronto Chapter Annual Meeting

Members only event - no cost to attend


Register here

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Breakfast Series: LinkedIn

Time: 7:30am - 10:30am
Location: ​Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1A7 map​

Members: Non-Members


LegalEase Sessions: Building Your 'Legal Arsenal' of Best Practices

Location: CMA, 25 York St, Suite 1100, Toronto map
Continental breakfast & registration 7:30am - 8:00am | Presentations 8:00am - 9:30am | Questions 9:30am – 10:00am
Members: $30, Students: $15, Members in Transition (w/promo code): $15

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Top 5 OH&S Updates and Issues  Register

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Managing Mental Health in the Workplace  Register

Wednesday, December 8, 2014 - Year in Review: Top 10 Issues  Register


Register for all 3 and save 20%​ - Members: $72, Students: $36, Members in Transition w/promo code: $36

To obtain the promo code and/or for more information contact Frank Tancredi at

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Golf Tournament


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - Summer Paradise Party

Time: 5:30 - 9:00pm
Location: C Lounge, 456 Wellington St., Toronto map​
Details: Join us for an end of the year celebration and to acknowledge our newest SHRP/CHRP members!

Members: Complimentary **, Non-Members: $25
** A cancellation fee of $25 will apply if you cannot attend and fail to cancel within 48 hours of the event

Register here

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Innovation in Pension & Benefits


Time: 7:00am - 10:30am
Location: The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd, Toronto map
Details: The Toronto Chapter of the HRPA is proud to present three innovative perspectives on pension and benefits. Learn how to manage the rising costs of benefits. Understand the growing debate about generic versus brand name drugs and solutions to handle this benefit challenge. Hear how the TTC keeps administration costs low while keeping their defined benefit plan affordable and sustainable.

About the Speakers: Peter Demangos is the Founder and Managing Director of PDF Financial Group Inc., an employee benefits brokerage specializing in helping companies gain control of rising benefit costs. Peter also teaches the Pension & Benefits course at Humber College within the Human Resources Post-Graduate program. He has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). 

Mike Sullivan is President and Cofounder of Cubic Health Inc, an independent health plan analytics and prescription drug plan management company based in Toronto. Mike began his career as a community pharmacist in Saskatoon, and continues to maintain an active license to practice with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Mike is a member of Benefits Canada’s Online Expert Panel, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches in the areas of Personal & New Venture Financial Management. 

Cheryl Uroda is the Director of Pension Administration at the TTC and has over 30 years of DB pension plan administration experience. Cheryl is on the TTC Pension Fund Society Board of Directors and is an influential member of the TTC Pension Fund Plans investments and administration.

Members: $30, Non-Members: $40​


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