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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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Rabi Mostafa

Chapter Chair

Rabi is a seasoned HR professional (CHRP) with over 15 years experience in 3 main sectors Education, NGO’s and Financial Services. Rabi has obtained a Bsc. in Business, Msc. in HR Development and an HR diploma from Sheridan college.

Rabi possess experience in HR areas including training and development, compensation, benefits, employee relations and more recently talent acquisition and volunteer experience in communications, JA and United Way. As an employment networking director, Rabi has an active pulse on the current job market and strives to help HR professionals in making connections and gaining skills that facilitate gainful employment.

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Lynn Besse​​, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Lynn is a long standing member of HRPA, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).   Lynn is a graduate of the Human Resources Management Executive Program at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.  Lynn has over 20 years of experience working in the human resources industry, in health care and in the HR Outsourcing field.  Lynn’s experience spans HR, Labour Relations, Recruitment, HR Project Management, and Client Services.  Currently, Lynn is a Client Service Manager for a Canadian HR Outsourcing organization, overseeing Customer contracts and relationships, and working internally with Operational and Technology teams to drive excellence in Service Delivery.

Lynn has volunteered with HRPA since 2014, where she served on the Hamilton Chapter Board of Directors as President until May 2017.  In August 2017, Lynn joined the Halton Chapter Board of Directors as President.  Lynn’s passion for giving back to her HR community is evident in her enthusiastic support of Board Activities and Programming, plus through her involvement with Mentor City and her mentor/mentee relationships.

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Adam Szabo

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee 

Adam Szabo has over 12 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources specializing in: Payroll, Health and Safety, Training and Labour Standards.  For the last 6 years Adam has worked with CEOs of large international companies wishing to enter the Canadian market as a trusted consultant.  He has an excellent reputation has a go-to person for international businesses navigating Canadian Labour and Payroll regulations.  Having worked extensively with European and Asian companies, Adam is also able to assist and interpret various cultural assumptions and expectations effectively.

Adam completed his degree in Business and Economics at the University of Windsor in 2000.  He completed his Post Graduate training in HR at Niagara College in 2006.  In addition to a CHRP he is also a Certified Payroll Manager designation.

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Nadia Jamal​​

Chair, Chapter Programs/ Professional Development Committee

Nadia is a human Resource Practitioner working towards CHRL with more than 5 years of experience in Human Resource Management. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Sheridan College. She has worked as generalist for various industries including Pharmaceutical, Not-For-Profit, manufacturing and Utilities. Nadia believes in commitment to timely and responsive HR services with confidentiality etiquette.​

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Ilona Gonsalves, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

As a senior HR professional with over 16 years of experience in the field, Ilona is a creative thinker with the ability to see things from different perspectives.  A Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), she has experienced the world of HR from the perspective of a large, established public organization as well as through the lens of a small and growing start-up operation.  Through her career, she has made conscious career decisions to build a strong foundation across various HR disciplines (talent acquisition, employee relations, employee communications, total rewards, mergers & acquisitions, labour relations and culture/employee engagement).  Having recently moved from a large bank to a small, global company to build their HR function, facing different HR challenges in a new work environment and structure has made Ilona truly value the experience of other HR professionals in the Chapter.   As the Communications Director, Ilona will ensure that members are aware of activities within the Chapter, receive value-added information, and are tapped into all that HRPA has to offer.

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Adam Walsh - Chair

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison Committee

Adam is a local business leader, he is the President and founder of Elby Professional Recruitment. Elby is a regional recruiting firm with offices in Mississauga, Kitchener and Burlington that works with local business and candidates. As a professional recruiter Adam works with mid-sized private and public companies and specializes in the recruitment of Accounting and Finance as well as HR professionals in the West end of the GTA.

 Adam started his recruiting career in 2001 working in Mississauga with an international recruiting firm that specializes in the permanent placement of accounting and finance professionals and has been recognized locally and internationally for his achievements in the industry. Adam has been involved in thousands of searches and placements since 2001 and is passionate about the importance of local networking and local businesses.

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Nancy Klassen

Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

As a human resources leader, Nancy is a strong business partner and advisor to the senior management team at Kerr’s. She has a broad base of knowledge and experience across several human resources disciplines, including training, recruiting, health & safety, performance management and employee relations. Nancy is a twice graduate of the University of Guelph, with a B. Comm and MBA. She completed her diploma in Human Resources Management through McMaster University, and successfully achieved her CHRP designation, now holding the CHRL designation.

Nancy has volunteered on food industry advisory committees, including the Youth Into Food Processing training program through TDSB, the Food Processing Human Resources Council (now FPSC), and has been Chair of Women in Food Industry Management (WFIM). Nancy enjoys volunteering with Second Harvest Food Rescue as a Team Lead for the annual Turkey Drive. Nancy has been a mentor three times, and has enjoyed the experience of helping a junior HR leader grow, and sharing her HR experiences with them.

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Tanya Cox 

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Liaison Committee

Tanya has over 12 years of experience in Human Resources specializing in Project Management. Her background includes a mix of HR roles as a generalist and in recruitment, as well as I.T. project management before moving into her current role leading large scale HR projects. The mix of experience and project work has allowed Tanya to build a solid foundation across various HR Disciplines (recruitment, policy, total rewards and employee engagement).

Tanya also brings Chapter Board experience from 3 years as part of the HRPA Hamilton Board. Having recently moved to the Burlington area, Tanya is looking forward to getting to know and value the experiences of the HR professionals

rabi-mostafa
Rabi Mostafa

Chapter Chair

Rabi is a seasoned HR professional (CHRP) with over 15 years experience in 3 main sectors Education, NGO’s and Financial Services. Rabi has obtained a Bsc. in Business, Msc. in HR Development and an HR diploma from Sheridan college.

Rabi possess experience in HR areas including training and development, compensation, benefits, employee relations and more recently talent acquisition and volunteer experience in communications, JA and United Way. As an employment networking director, Rabi has an active pulse on the current job market and strives to help HR professionals in making connections and gaining skills that facilitate gainful employment.

lynn-besse
Lynn Besse​​, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Lynn is a long standing member of HRPA, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).   Lynn is a graduate of the Human Resources Management Executive Program at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.  Lynn has over 20 years of experience working in the human resources industry, in health care and in the HR Outsourcing field.  Lynn’s experience spans HR, Labour Relations, Recruitment, HR Project Management, and Client Services.  Currently, Lynn is a Client Service Manager for a Canadian HR Outsourcing organization, overseeing Customer contracts and relationships, and working internally with Operational and Technology teams to drive excellence in Service Delivery.

Lynn has volunteered with HRPA since 2014, where she served on the Hamilton Chapter Board of Directors as President until May 2017.  In August 2017, Lynn joined the Halton Chapter Board of Directors as President.  Lynn’s passion for giving back to her HR community is evident in her enthusiastic support of Board Activities and Programming, plus through her involvement with Mentor City and her mentor/mentee relationships.

adam-szabo
Adam Szabo

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee 

Adam Szabo has over 12 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources specializing in: Payroll, Health and Safety, Training and Labour Standards.  For the last 6 years Adam has worked with CEOs of large international companies wishing to enter the Canadian market as a trusted consultant.  He has an excellent reputation has a go-to person for international businesses navigating Canadian Labour and Payroll regulations.  Having worked extensively with European and Asian companies, Adam is also able to assist and interpret various cultural assumptions and expectations effectively.

Adam completed his degree in Business and Economics at the University of Windsor in 2000.  He completed his Post Graduate training in HR at Niagara College in 2006.  In addition to a CHRP he is also a Certified Payroll Manager designation.

nadia-jamal
Nadia Jamal​​

Chair, Chapter Programs/ Professional Development Committee

Nadia is a human Resource Practitioner working towards CHRL with more than 5 years of experience in Human Resource Management. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Sheridan College. She has worked as generalist for various industries including Pharmaceutical, Not-For-Profit, manufacturing and Utilities. Nadia believes in commitment to timely and responsive HR services with confidentiality etiquette.​

ilona-gonsalves
Ilona Gonsalves, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

As a senior HR professional with over 16 years of experience in the field, Ilona is a creative thinker with the ability to see things from different perspectives.  A Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), she has experienced the world of HR from the perspective of a large, established public organization as well as through the lens of a small and growing start-up operation.  Through her career, she has made conscious career decisions to build a strong foundation across various HR disciplines (talent acquisition, employee relations, employee communications, total rewards, mergers & acquisitions, labour relations and culture/employee engagement).  Having recently moved from a large bank to a small, global company to build their HR function, facing different HR challenges in a new work environment and structure has made Ilona truly value the experience of other HR professionals in the Chapter.   As the Communications Director, Ilona will ensure that members are aware of activities within the Chapter, receive value-added information, and are tapped into all that HRPA has to offer.

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Adam Walsh - Chair

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison Committee

Adam is a local business leader, he is the President and founder of Elby Professional Recruitment. Elby is a regional recruiting firm with offices in Mississauga, Kitchener and Burlington that works with local business and candidates. As a professional recruiter Adam works with mid-sized private and public companies and specializes in the recruitment of Accounting and Finance as well as HR professionals in the West end of the GTA.

 Adam started his recruiting career in 2001 working in Mississauga with an international recruiting firm that specializes in the permanent placement of accounting and finance professionals and has been recognized locally and internationally for his achievements in the industry. Adam has been involved in thousands of searches and placements since 2001 and is passionate about the importance of local networking and local businesses.

nancy-klassen
Nancy Klassen

Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

As a human resources leader, Nancy is a strong business partner and advisor to the senior management team at Kerr’s. She has a broad base of knowledge and experience across several human resources disciplines, including training, recruiting, health & safety, performance management and employee relations. Nancy is a twice graduate of the University of Guelph, with a B. Comm and MBA. She completed her diploma in Human Resources Management through McMaster University, and successfully achieved her CHRP designation, now holding the CHRL designation.

Nancy has volunteered on food industry advisory committees, including the Youth Into Food Processing training program through TDSB, the Food Processing Human Resources Council (now FPSC), and has been Chair of Women in Food Industry Management (WFIM). Nancy enjoys volunteering with Second Harvest Food Rescue as a Team Lead for the annual Turkey Drive. Nancy has been a mentor three times, and has enjoyed the experience of helping a junior HR leader grow, and sharing her HR experiences with them.

tanya-cox
Tanya Cox 

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Liaison Committee

Tanya has over 12 years of experience in Human Resources specializing in Project Management. Her background includes a mix of HR roles as a generalist and in recruitment, as well as I.T. project management before moving into her current role leading large scale HR projects. The mix of experience and project work has allowed Tanya to build a solid foundation across various HR Disciplines (recruitment, policy, total rewards and employee engagement).

Tanya also brings Chapter Board experience from 3 years as part of the HRPA Hamilton Board. Having recently moved to the Burlington area, Tanya is looking forward to getting to know and value the experiences of the HR professionals

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