​Committees & Volunteers

HRPA members are involved in a variety of volunteer opportunities, including charting the direction for the Association and the Profession by:

  • ​Serving on HRPA's Board of Directors;

  • Regulating the profession through the work of our Statutory and Standing Committees; and

  • Supporting the HR Community through local Chapters and committees as well as steering professional development and conference design and support.

Individuals volunteering their time and expertise, provide an important service to HRPA, they are helping the regulatory professional Association further its mission of, setting the standards of learning, competence and conduct for members to enhance the standing of the human resources profession while protecting the public.

In turn, volunteers obtain valuable work and social experiences as well as acquire a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction. Volunteering at HRPA is a rewarding and fun experience. Volunteers are critical to achieving the Associations mandate and its continued success. 

The Associations governance, including its volunteer structure is enabled through the Act and defined in the Associations' by-laws. The general structure is outlined below.

HRPA members are involved in a variety of volunteer opportunities, including charting the direction for the Association and the Profession by:

  • ​Serving on HRPA's Board of Directors;

  • Regulating the profession through the work of our Statutory and Standing Committees; and

  • Supporting the HR Community through local Chapters and committees as well as steering professional development and conference design and support.

Individuals volunteering their time and expertise, provide an important service to HRPA, they are helping the regulatory professional Association further its mission of, setting the standards of learning, competence and conduct for members to enhance the standing of the human resources profession while protecting the public.

In turn, volunteers obtain valuable work and social experiences as well as acquire a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction. Volunteering at HRPA is a rewarding and fun experience. Volunteers are critical to achieving the Associations mandate and its continued success. 

The Associations governance, including its volunteer structure is enabled through the Act and defined in the Associations' by-laws. The general structure is outlined below.

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HRPA Board and Board Committees Statutory Committees Standing Committees ​Ad hoc Committees, Special Task
Forces or Groups of Volunteers

HRPA Board of Directors

Appeal

Academic Standards

Annual Conference

​Audit and Finance

Capacity

Awards

Chapter Boards

​Governance and Nominating

Complaints

Board Nominating Committee    

Chapter Volunteers

​Human Resources and Compensation

Discipline

CHRE Review Committee

Special Focus Groups

Review

CHRL Exam Validation Committee


 

CHRP Exam Validation Committee
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee

​​Experience Assessment Committee

​Professional Standards Committee (PSC)

​Registration Committee

Composed solely of Board Directors. One Order in Council Appointee is assigned to each Board Committee.

These are independent committees whose mandate is derived from the Act. The committees are composed of HRPA Members and the Public.

These are independent committees whose mandate is derived from the Associations bylaws.  The committees are composed of HRPA Members and the Public.

​​​​The Board or CEO may appoint additional groups and/or ad hoc task groups as they deem advisable.

HRPA's committees also may hold the title of "Adjudicative Committees". HRPA defines the term adjudicative as the process of making a decision about an individual case which requires the application of some rule (guideline, framework or policy) to set facts and which requires the application of discretion. ​ ​ ​ ​

 

Board and Board Committees

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HRPA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Association shall manage and administer the Association's affairs in accordance with this Act and the by-laws. The primary role of the HRPA Board Directors is to protect the public interest by regulating the practice of the Human Resources Profession.

 

Audit and Finance

The Audit & Finance Committee (AFC) is a Committee of the Board.  The AFC's mandate is to monitor financial reporting and disclosure, ensure appropriate financial and investment management, ensure that the appropriate indemnification coverage is in place for Board Members and Officers, and ensure the appointment and effective functioning of the Auditor in relation to the books, accounting records and financial matters of the Association. 

 

Governance and Nominating Committee

The purpose of the Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) is to maximize Board effectiveness through the development and maintenance of appropriate governance principles and practices.

 

Human Resources and Compensation

The Human Resources & Compensation Committee (HRCC) is responsible to the Board in fulfilling its overall responsibilities regarding the selection, retention, compensation, performance assessment and succession planning for the position of CEO; to review on an annual basis the succession plans for key organizational positions; to review as required the human resources policies and practices of the organization and to receive management assurance annually that those policies are consistently and fairly applied; request an external auditor to audit specific aspects of policies/programs as necessary; and if required and when requested by the CEO, provide Human Resources advice, assistance and support to the CEO or his/her designate. 

 

Statutory Committees

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Appeal Committee

The Appeal Committee shall review every appeal filed under the Act and the By-laws by registrants of HRPA or members of the public to determine whether there was a denial of natural justice or an error on the record of the decision of the committee or the Registrar and to exercise any of the powers granted to it under the Act and Section 21.10 of the By-laws.

 

Capacity

The Capacity Committee shall hear every matter referred to it by the Association under Section 47 of the Act to determine whether the member is incapacitated, and if the Committee finds a member is incapacitated, to exercise any of the powers granted to it under Subsection 47(8) of the Act.

 

Complaints and Investigations Committee

The Complaints Committee shall review every complaint referred to it under Section 31 of the Act regarding the conduct of a member of the Association or a firm and, if the complaint contains information suggesting that the member or firm may be guilty of professional misconduct as defined in the by-laws, the committee shall investigate the matter. Following the investigation pf a complaint, the complaints committee may direct that the matter be referred, in whole or in part, to the discipline committee; direct that the matter not be referred to the discipline committee; negotiate a settlement agreement between the Association and the member or firm and refer the agreement to the discipline committee for approval; or take any action that it considers appropriate in the circumstances and that is not inconsistent with the Act or the by-laws, including cautioning or admonishing the member or firm.

 

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee shall hear every matter referred to it by the Complaints Committee under Section 34 of the Act to determine whether the member or firm is guilty of professional misconduct as defined in the by-laws and if the Committee finds a member or firm guilty of professional misconduct, to exercise any of the powers granted to it under Subsection 34(4) of the Act.

 

Review Committee

The Review Committee shall review every matter referred to it by the Registrar under Section 40 of the Act to determine whether the member or firm's bankruptcy or insolvency event may pose a risk of harm to any person; to direct the Registrar to investigate the matter; to determine whether a hearing is warranted; to conduct hearings when warranted to determine whether the member or firm's bankruptcy or insolvency event poses a risk of harm to any person; and upon a determination that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the member or firm's bankruptcy or insolvency event poses or may pose a risk of harm to any person following a hearing, to exercise any of the powers granted to it under Subsection 41(8) of the Act.


 

Standing Committees

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Academic Standards Committee

The Academic Standards Committee shall review every course outline(s) and any accompanying, relevant, supplementary material submitted by eligible post-secondary educational institutions, professional associations and individual members seeking to have one or more courses approved or re-approved in the fulfillment of HRPA's coursework requirement (course approval), making a decision pertaining thereto, and providing rationale in accordance with the criteria as established by the Board.

 

Awards

The HRPA Awards Committee (Judges Panel) is responsible for the review and selection and recommendations for awards presented by HRPA including the fellow and honorary life membership awards which are approved by the Board of HRPA.  Members with experience in the evaluation of candidates are encouraged to apply. 


Board Nominations Committee

A subcommittee of the GNC, Board Nominations Committee is responsible for ensuring that qualified members are identified and presented to the membership for election to the HRPA Board of Directors, while bearing in mind the need for a board that is balanced as to gender, regional representations and diversity. 


CHRE Review Committee

The CHRE Review Committee shall review every application referred to it by the Registrar to determine whether an applicant meets the criteria for the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) as established by the Board.  


CHRL Exam Validation Committee

The CHRL-Examination Validation Committee is mandated to approve all examination content related to the both the CKE 2 and the CHRL Employment Law Exam that is used to assess future CHRLs, and to set defensible standards to use in determining success on those examinations. The Committee is also responsible for approving examination blueprints and for providing advice on policies related to the examinations.



CHRP Exam Validation Committee

The CHRP-Exam Validation Committee is mandated to approve all examination content used to assess future CHRPs, which includes the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE 1) and the CHRP Employment Law Exam and to set defensible standards to use in determining success on those examinations. The Committee is also responsible for approving examination blueprints and for providing advice on policies related to the examinations.



Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee

The Continuing Professional Development Committee shall audit every continuing professional development log referred to it by the Registrar to determine whether the continuing professional development requirement has been met in accordance with the criteria as established by the Board.  The Committee shall also review every extension request for a member's continuing professional development period referred to it by the Registrar to determine whether there are valid grounds to grant an extension in accordance with the Continuing Professional Development Extension Policy.

 

Experience Assessment Committee

The Experience Assessment Committee shall review every application referred to it by the Registrar to determine the appropriateness and adequacy of the experience of each applicant for the purpose of meeting the experience requirement for the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation or for the purpose of meeting the coursework requirement for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) or the CHRL designation via the Alternate Route in accordance with the criteria as established by the Board.  

 

Professional Standards Committee (PSC)

The Professional Regulation and Standards Committee is a standing committee of the Board.  The Professional Regulation and Standards Committee has a policy and oversight mandate to ensure that HRPA has in place processes and policies necessary for HRPA top carry out its regulatory objects under the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013.  It oversees the activities various adjudicative committees including the Experience Assessment Committee, the Continuing Professional Development Committee, the Academic Standards Committee, and the CHRE Review Committee.  Members with experience in professional certification and professional regulation are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee shall review every application referred to it by the Registrar to determine the suitability of an applicant for registration or the appropriateness of the category of registration being applied for. The Registration Committee also considers applications for removal or modification of any term, condition or limitation previously imposed on a registrant's registration with HRPA.

The Registration Committee does not have the authority to deem that an applicant has met the requirements for registration where the registration requirement is prescribed as non-exemptible. 


Ad hoc Committees, Special Task Forces or Groups of Volunteers

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Annual Conference

The committee is an advisory committee for developing the conference content and on site volunteer assistance. 

 

Chapter Boards

The membership of the Association is divided into local Chapters.  The purpose of the Chapter Board as defined by the Associations Operating Terms is to fulfill the chapter mandate, which is to inform, educate and mentor chapter members and create a sense of professional community at the local level in order to achieve continuous improvement in member engagement.

 

Chapter Volunteers

Each chapter may recruit volunteers and establish committees or ad hoc groups to achieve the chapter mandate. 

 

Focus Groups

The Association occasionally reaches out to members and the public to participate in special focus groups.  Topics range from determining future professional development to consultations on future designations and exams.

 

View a detailed list of HRPA's current volunteer posting. Please sign in to iVolunteer. Any questions related to volunteering at HRPA should be directed to ivolunteer@hrpa.ca.​

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