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The Durham Chapter Board

Events

Keep up to date with the latest HRPA events.

Durham - Hamilton: 12.01.20 *Virtual* December Social, Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour

Durham and Hamilton Chapters are pleased to present: Guest speaker Judy Croon -   Relieving Work Related Stress with HumourStress is a major...

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Durham: 01.20.21 *Virtual*The Workplace During and Post Pandemic: Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Durham: 01.20.21 The Workplace During and Post Pandemic: Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace This 90 minute session will outline...

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Durham: 02.10.21 *Virtual*A Reality Check: Your Employee Engagement is only a reflection of your Employee Experience.

Durham: 02.10.21 A Reality Check: Your Employee Engagement is only a reflection of your Employee Experience.Employee engagement is an overused...

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Durham - Chatham-Kent: 03.24.2021 *Virtual* Policies in the Workplace - Breaking the Mold of Negativity Around Rules

Durham & Chatham-Kent Chapters Co-Hosting: 03.24.2021 Policies in the Workplace - Breaking the Mold of Negativity Around Rules In this two speaker...

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Durham: 09.29.21 Mental Health First Aid Certificate Program

Durham: 09.29.21 Mental Health First Aid CertificateHRPA Durham Chapter are pleased to offer this unique training opportunity. Ontario Shores, MHFA will provide...

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Membership

At the Human Resources Professionals Association, we believe that better HR makes business better. Our goal is to ensure human resources professionals are recognized as an essential part of business success, and that our profession is as valued by organizations as those of other major professional associations.

We do this by equipping our members and students with the knowledge and tools that allow them to be specialized strategic thinkers relied upon to safeguard and futureproof Ontario businesses.

Interested in becoming an HRPA Member or joining as a Student? Learn more about member and student benefits and how to register.

Mentoring

Mentoring: The HRPA Mentorship Program encourages career growth and development by providing students – and HR Professionals who are early in their careers – with the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching from more experienced Human Resources Professionals

Learn more about our HRPA Mentoring Programs

Volunteering

Volunteering at HRPA is a rewarding membership experience and volunteers are critical to the association’s continued success.

With the expertise and involvement of members, we create awareness of workplace issues, promote excellence in human resources management practices and provide services that support the HR community, knowledge-sharing and continuous professional development.

HRPA members and students are involved in a variety of volunteer service opportunities including:

  • Board of Directors
  • Committees
  • Annual Conference & Trade Show
  • Mentoring
  • Local HRPA Chapter Board’s and Chapter Committees

Register as a Volunteer:
The first step to volunteering at HRPA is registering in our volunteer services database. If your registration is accepted, you receive a notification. When an opportunity that matches your preferences and/or skills becomes available, you may be contacted directly with more information about the available volunteer role.

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About Leadership

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Catherine Claridge, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

A member since 2004, Catherine has been volunteering with HRPA since 2011 when she was selected to join the Communications committee of the reformed Toronto Chapter. She joined the Durham Chapter Board of Directors in August 2015 as the Director of Communications, and revived the chapter’s quarterly publication, Resource, as its editor for two years. In 2016 she transitioned to the role of Membership Director, and led the committee that was integral in achieving the chapter Member Retention Award for three years running.

Catherine’s HR expertise is focused on Learning & Development and Recruitment. She obtained certification in Adult Learning at Durham College in 2003, and went back to pursue her CHRP designation, obtaining it in 2009. She currently works at CIBC in downtown Toronto supporting the learning and development initiatives of the organization’s Technology portfolio, which supports end users in the use of new and existing technology in their roles.

Catherine was the 2017 winner of the Durham Chapter Outstanding CHRL Award for her contributions to the chapter and the local HR industry. She was born and raised in Durham Region, and has deep ties to the community. She currently lives in east Toronto with her two sons.

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Gladys Saenz

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

Gladys is strategic results-oriented Human Resources leader with solid experience and background in diverse industries who has served in senior roles in both the private and public sectors including in unionized environments.

She is motivated and resourceful but also a catalyst for positive change creating progressive work environments to inspire superior performance from all team members.

A strong collaborator with superior analytical skills, Gladys possesses a unique style to solve difficult and complex challenges in a diverse group.  She has a passion for learning, which combined, with her extensive knowledge of all the HR functional areas, Payroll and Health and Safety, have been instrumental in her career progression.  She has competently developed comprehensive HR strategies and executable operational plans to meet organizational objectives.

Gladys has been a member of the Durham Chapter Board of Directors since 2017.  She is eager to continue serving the Board and the chapter members.

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Jenn Janca, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Jenn Janca discovered a passion and skill for human resources working in retail in 2007 and enrolled in Durham College’s Business Administration – Human Resources three-year diploma program that same year. She was a member of Durham College’s Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) as the HRPA Durham Chapter representative in 2010 and has been a member of the HRPA Durham since 2008.

To gain experience, Jenn worked in various contract-based HR administrative roles which eventually led to a position as the sole HR Manager for a large pool company in Toronto where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources. Specifically, she recruited upwards of 250 seasonal staff per season and decreased payroll costs by 2.34% in one year by designing and developing a co-op program with local colleges, and other cost control measures.

She obtained a full CHRP designation in 2014 and subsequently received a CHRL designation in May 2015.

In February 2016, Jenn became the Project Officer and HR Specialist with the Durham Workforce Authority. Leading the expansion from two full time staff and one part-time administrator to six and growing, Jenn has also re-developed the Employee Handbook and completed the updating, revising and implementing of all AODA requirements. Additionally, Jenn is overseeing the HR Alliance, a unique engagement with local HR Professionals to assist with recruitment and retention of a skilled an adaptable workforce, specific to the needs of small and medium sized businesses in the Durham Region.

For the past two years, Jenn volunteered as a member of the HR Panel for upNext Ajax (now upNext Durham), allowing the participants to ask questions of HR professionals about a variety of topics.

Born and raised in the Durham Region, Jenn now resides in Oshawa with her husband and two boys and multitude of pets.

leyland-a-muss
Leyland A Muss, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee

Leyland’s industry experience has been in manufacturing, food and hospitality, retail, mining, professional service, education and healthcare. I was Manager Human Resources, Demerara Tobacco Company, Guyana and was seconded to the corporate head office in the United Kingdom as Asst. Personnel Advisor with British American Tobacco Co. based in Millbank London.  I was responsible for advising the B.A.T. companies in Central and Latin America and the Caribbean on Human Resources issues. In Canada, I was Vice President, Human Resources for a Food and Hospitality Company with responsibility for Canada and the eastern seaboard of the United States.

I was a participant in the Management Training Program, the Administrative Staff College, Henley England and received the Certificate in Personnel and Labour Relations and the Diploma in the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management from the University of Toronto.

During my H.R. Chapter membership career I was Co-Chair, General Topics Group, Toronto Chapter, chaired the Mentor Program and the Recognition and Awards Committees, Durham Chapter. I was recently elected Director of the Chapter with responsibility for the Mentorship Committee.

I have been involved in a number of business and community committees. In terms of business, I served on the Council of Human Resources Executives, Conference Board of Canada, the International Society for Strategic Management and Planning and the Business Consortium Committee on Employment Equity. I was appointed a member of the Employer Committee on Healthcare to study and make recommendations to the Ontario Government on reducing total health care costs to businesses in the province and was also a member of the Canadian Compensation Association and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

My community involvement included President Jaycees South Georgetown, President Kaiteur Lions Club and District Zone Chairman, Toronto. I received the District Governor’s Awards for Leadership Development, International Relations and the USA-Canada Forum. I was also the recipient of three International President’s Awards in recognition of Exemplary Humanitarian Service, Leadership Development and International Relations.

I was the Past Chairman and member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Kennedy House Youth Services, a not-for-profit organization. I am the Senior Principal of L.A. Muss and Associates, a Human Resources Consulting Company offering H.R. services to start up, small and medium sized companies.

I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 by the Durham Chapter in recognition of demonstrated excellence in leadership and contribution to the Human Resources profession.

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Candice McAlister, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Liaison Committee

Candice McAlister is a Human Resources professional with 12 years of experience in all areas of HR including talent acquisition, employee and labour relations, compensation and health and safety. As an HR Specialist for Durham Regional Police Service, her responsibilities include providing HR advice and support to the organization.

Candice has a BA in Sociology and English from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2018, she received her CHRL. Candice has been a member of the Durham HRPA Chapter since 2016, and has been a  member of the Student Liaison Committee.

Candice lives in Bowmanville with her husband and 7-year-old son. She is enthusiastic about HR and enjoys meeting other HR professionals and discussing new arising issues in the HR field.

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Hazel-Ann Scriver, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Hazel has been a member of the HRPA since 2014. She is an HR Generalist with 8 years of experience. She has spent time in various functions of HRM including strategic recruitment, training and development, labour and employee relations, and project management. She currently works for a Global HVAC & Energy Company. Since 2017, her time spent at the Durham Chapter has been with the Professional Development committee and she has been a part of bringing engaging speakers and relevant content to our chapter. When she is not at work or volunteering, Hazel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

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Rathika Jaysinghe , B.Sc, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison Committee

Rathika is an experienced HR professional with international management experience with multi-national companies. As National Human Resources Manager, she led the company to Canada-wide operations. Currently, she is Global Human Resources Lead and will soon move to a new role as Director, Human Resources, with a company specializing in innovative research products.

Rathika holds B.Sc, Mumbai University, Certificate in Human Resources Management, Seneca College and Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program, Cornell University. Rathika is CHRP, CHRL and is a CHRE candidate.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Rathika mentors new Canadian professionals with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

catherine-claridge
Catherine Claridge, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

A member since 2004, Catherine has been volunteering with HRPA since 2011 when she was selected to join the Communications committee of the reformed Toronto Chapter. She joined the Durham Chapter Board of Directors in August 2015 as the Director of Communications, and revived the chapter’s quarterly publication, Resource, as its editor for two years. In 2016 she transitioned to the role of Membership Director, and led the committee that was integral in achieving the chapter Member Retention Award for three years running.

Catherine’s HR expertise is focused on Learning & Development and Recruitment. She obtained certification in Adult Learning at Durham College in 2003, and went back to pursue her CHRP designation, obtaining it in 2009. She currently works at CIBC in downtown Toronto supporting the learning and development initiatives of the organization’s Technology portfolio, which supports end users in the use of new and existing technology in their roles.

Catherine was the 2017 winner of the Durham Chapter Outstanding CHRL Award for her contributions to the chapter and the local HR industry. She was born and raised in Durham Region, and has deep ties to the community. She currently lives in east Toronto with her two sons.

gladys-saenz
Gladys Saenz

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

Gladys is strategic results-oriented Human Resources leader with solid experience and background in diverse industries who has served in senior roles in both the private and public sectors including in unionized environments.

She is motivated and resourceful but also a catalyst for positive change creating progressive work environments to inspire superior performance from all team members.

A strong collaborator with superior analytical skills, Gladys possesses a unique style to solve difficult and complex challenges in a diverse group.  She has a passion for learning, which combined, with her extensive knowledge of all the HR functional areas, Payroll and Health and Safety, have been instrumental in her career progression.  She has competently developed comprehensive HR strategies and executable operational plans to meet organizational objectives.

Gladys has been a member of the Durham Chapter Board of Directors since 2017.  She is eager to continue serving the Board and the chapter members.

jenn-janca
Jenn Janca, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Jenn Janca discovered a passion and skill for human resources working in retail in 2007 and enrolled in Durham College’s Business Administration – Human Resources three-year diploma program that same year. She was a member of Durham College’s Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) as the HRPA Durham Chapter representative in 2010 and has been a member of the HRPA Durham since 2008.

To gain experience, Jenn worked in various contract-based HR administrative roles which eventually led to a position as the sole HR Manager for a large pool company in Toronto where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources. Specifically, she recruited upwards of 250 seasonal staff per season and decreased payroll costs by 2.34% in one year by designing and developing a co-op program with local colleges, and other cost control measures.

She obtained a full CHRP designation in 2014 and subsequently received a CHRL designation in May 2015.

In February 2016, Jenn became the Project Officer and HR Specialist with the Durham Workforce Authority. Leading the expansion from two full time staff and one part-time administrator to six and growing, Jenn has also re-developed the Employee Handbook and completed the updating, revising and implementing of all AODA requirements. Additionally, Jenn is overseeing the HR Alliance, a unique engagement with local HR Professionals to assist with recruitment and retention of a skilled an adaptable workforce, specific to the needs of small and medium sized businesses in the Durham Region.

For the past two years, Jenn volunteered as a member of the HR Panel for upNext Ajax (now upNext Durham), allowing the participants to ask questions of HR professionals about a variety of topics.

Born and raised in the Durham Region, Jenn now resides in Oshawa with her husband and two boys and multitude of pets.

leyland-a-muss
Leyland A Muss, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee

Leyland’s industry experience has been in manufacturing, food and hospitality, retail, mining, professional service, education and healthcare. I was Manager Human Resources, Demerara Tobacco Company, Guyana and was seconded to the corporate head office in the United Kingdom as Asst. Personnel Advisor with British American Tobacco Co. based in Millbank London.  I was responsible for advising the B.A.T. companies in Central and Latin America and the Caribbean on Human Resources issues. In Canada, I was Vice President, Human Resources for a Food and Hospitality Company with responsibility for Canada and the eastern seaboard of the United States.

I was a participant in the Management Training Program, the Administrative Staff College, Henley England and received the Certificate in Personnel and Labour Relations and the Diploma in the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management from the University of Toronto.

During my H.R. Chapter membership career I was Co-Chair, General Topics Group, Toronto Chapter, chaired the Mentor Program and the Recognition and Awards Committees, Durham Chapter. I was recently elected Director of the Chapter with responsibility for the Mentorship Committee.

I have been involved in a number of business and community committees. In terms of business, I served on the Council of Human Resources Executives, Conference Board of Canada, the International Society for Strategic Management and Planning and the Business Consortium Committee on Employment Equity. I was appointed a member of the Employer Committee on Healthcare to study and make recommendations to the Ontario Government on reducing total health care costs to businesses in the province and was also a member of the Canadian Compensation Association and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

My community involvement included President Jaycees South Georgetown, President Kaiteur Lions Club and District Zone Chairman, Toronto. I received the District Governor’s Awards for Leadership Development, International Relations and the USA-Canada Forum. I was also the recipient of three International President’s Awards in recognition of Exemplary Humanitarian Service, Leadership Development and International Relations.

I was the Past Chairman and member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Kennedy House Youth Services, a not-for-profit organization. I am the Senior Principal of L.A. Muss and Associates, a Human Resources Consulting Company offering H.R. services to start up, small and medium sized companies.

I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 by the Durham Chapter in recognition of demonstrated excellence in leadership and contribution to the Human Resources profession.

candice-mcalister
Candice McAlister, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Liaison Committee

Candice McAlister is a Human Resources professional with 12 years of experience in all areas of HR including talent acquisition, employee and labour relations, compensation and health and safety. As an HR Specialist for Durham Regional Police Service, her responsibilities include providing HR advice and support to the organization.

Candice has a BA in Sociology and English from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2018, she received her CHRL. Candice has been a member of the Durham HRPA Chapter since 2016, and has been a  member of the Student Liaison Committee.

Candice lives in Bowmanville with her husband and 7-year-old son. She is enthusiastic about HR and enjoys meeting other HR professionals and discussing new arising issues in the HR field.

hazel-ann-scriver
Hazel-Ann Scriver, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Hazel has been a member of the HRPA since 2014. She is an HR Generalist with 8 years of experience. She has spent time in various functions of HRM including strategic recruitment, training and development, labour and employee relations, and project management. She currently works for a Global HVAC & Energy Company. Since 2017, her time spent at the Durham Chapter has been with the Professional Development committee and she has been a part of bringing engaging speakers and relevant content to our chapter. When she is not at work or volunteering, Hazel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

rathika-jaysinghe
Rathika Jaysinghe , B.Sc, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison Committee

Rathika is an experienced HR professional with international management experience with multi-national companies. As National Human Resources Manager, she led the company to Canada-wide operations. Currently, she is Global Human Resources Lead and will soon move to a new role as Director, Human Resources, with a company specializing in innovative research products.

Rathika holds B.Sc, Mumbai University, Certificate in Human Resources Management, Seneca College and Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program, Cornell University. Rathika is CHRP, CHRL and is a CHRE candidate.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Rathika mentors new Canadian professionals with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

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