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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 



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.
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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
Members $10.00, Non-members (Guests) $20.00
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
Mixed Wine Tasting featuring European and Canadian red and white wines.
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
    Registration: 5:30 PM
    Wine Tasting: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
    Refreshments & Networking: 8:00 – 8:30 PM
    Ends: 8:30 PM
Location: University Club of Toronto - 380 University Avenue (map). Please note there isn’t any parking at the venue.
Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members

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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