Sincerely,
The Hamilton Chapter Board

Events

Keep up to date with the latest HRPA events.

Hamilton: 04.22.21 VIRTUAL Design Thinking for People and Culture

Hamilton: 04.22.21 VIRTUAL  Design Thinking for People and Culture Using design-thinking and creative problem solving principles for People and Culture...

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Hamilton: 05.19.21 Virtual ABM & Break the Mold of Negativity Around Policies

Hamilton: 05.19.21 Virtual ABM & Break the Mold of Negativity Around Policies Often organizations claim to hold "respect for others"...

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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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Valerie Henschel, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) with an extensive background in Human Resources. Val has worked in the private and not for profit sectors, with executive level leadership experience and a passion for employee relations and employment law. Currently Valerie is working as an Employment Standards Officer with the Ministry of Labour.

Valerie has many years of experience volunteering in her community and on various not for profit boards. Val is new to the Hamilton HRPA Board this year and is currently the Program Director.

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Alisha Mociak, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Programs Committee

Alisha is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and earned her BA in Psychology from Brock University and her Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Niagara College.

Alisha currently works as a Human Resources Advisor at a non-profit organization in Hamilton and has experience working in public and private sector industries such as healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and social services, in both union and non-union environments.

Alisha began volunteering as the Hamilton Chapter Program Director in mid-2020, amidst the pandemic, and has worked closely and creatively with her Chapter to deliver valuable virtual events to the Hamilton Chapter members.

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Jerry Velluto, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Liaison Committee

Jerry began his career in Information Technology over 30 years ago. He has a degree in Mathematics from McMaster University and recently completed his Certificate in Human Resources from Mohawk College. He joined Sun Life ten years ago as a Practice Manager. In this role, he works closely with the HR department and plays a key role in improving work-life balance. Recently, Jerry was recognized for implementing a 360-degree performance feedback process for his team, which was adopted by many business units within the company.

Jerry began to attend Hamilton Chapter events while still a student and joined the board in 2018 as the Regulatory Liaison Chair shortly after achieving his CHRP. He enjoys serving on the board and contributing to the growth of the Hamilton Chapter.

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Rosy Montini, CHRL

Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

Rosy has worked in the Human Resources field for 20+ years. Her broad experience includes Labour/Employee Relations, Compensations/benefits, WSIB, performance & case management, payroll, recruitment and management. Her experience has been in various industries including Non for Profit Sector, Food Manufacturing and Consumer Goods and Packaging Industry

She obtained her Diploma in Business Administration from Mohawk College and obtained her CHRL in 2006. She was member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for four years and Co-Chair of the Human Resources Committee. She worked with the Steering Committee in developing HR Topics, solicit speakers and arranged information sessions. She has been an active member of the HRPA since 2002.

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Leah Heywood, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

After beginning a career in Marketing, Leah found her way to Human Resources. Currently, she is a Human Resources Manager with a national retailer and enjoys playing a strategic role in an expanding business. Leah is a graduate of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce and also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Mohawk College.

Leah began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter in 2014 as a member of the Communications Committee and joined the Board in 2016 as Communications Director. As a member of the HR community, Leah co-chaired the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s HR Network from 2015-2017, which promotes HR best practices to the Hamilton business community. In 2018, she began her term as Chapter Chair and looks forward to providing leadership and support to the Hamilton Chapter!

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Reanna Klamot, CHRL

Chair, Communications Committee

Reanna Klamot is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and currently works as an HR Manager at McMaster University. She completed her Bachelor of Social Psychology at McMaster University in 2015 and went on to pursue Post-Graduate studies in Human Resources in 2016, where she gained experience working in public, private and not-for-profit sectors of employment.

Reanna began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter as a Program Committee volunteer where she helped plan, facilitate and host networking events for the chapter. In 2018, she joined the board as the Communications Director and has enjoyed working with the chapter board throughout the years, as well as seeing the amazing changes that HRPA has brought on!

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Laureta Berisha, CHRP

Chair, Student Liaison Committee

Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at McMaster University, Laureta went on to pursue a career in HR. She completed the postgraduate certificate program at Mohawk College and has experience as an HR assistant in the retail industry. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is excited to be on the Hamilton Chapter Board as the new Student Liaison Chair. Laureta is looking forward to working with the student members of the chapter and supporting them as they become human resources professionals.

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Valerie Henschel, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) with an extensive background in Human Resources. Val has worked in the private and not for profit sectors, with executive level leadership experience and a passion for employee relations and employment law. Currently Valerie is working as an Employment Standards Officer with the Ministry of Labour.

Valerie has many years of experience volunteering in her community and on various not for profit boards. Val is new to the Hamilton HRPA Board this year and is currently the Program Director.

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Alisha Mociak, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Programs Committee

Alisha is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and earned her BA in Psychology from Brock University and her Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Niagara College.

Alisha currently works as a Human Resources Advisor at a non-profit organization in Hamilton and has experience working in public and private sector industries such as healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, retail and social services, in both union and non-union environments.

Alisha began volunteering as the Hamilton Chapter Program Director in mid-2020, amidst the pandemic, and has worked closely and creatively with her Chapter to deliver valuable virtual events to the Hamilton Chapter members.

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Jerry Velluto, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Liaison Committee

Jerry began his career in Information Technology over 30 years ago. He has a degree in Mathematics from McMaster University and recently completed his Certificate in Human Resources from Mohawk College. He joined Sun Life ten years ago as a Practice Manager. In this role, he works closely with the HR department and plays a key role in improving work-life balance. Recently, Jerry was recognized for implementing a 360-degree performance feedback process for his team, which was adopted by many business units within the company.

Jerry began to attend Hamilton Chapter events while still a student and joined the board in 2018 as the Regulatory Liaison Chair shortly after achieving his CHRP. He enjoys serving on the board and contributing to the growth of the Hamilton Chapter.

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Rosy Montini, CHRL

Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

Rosy has worked in the Human Resources field for 20+ years. Her broad experience includes Labour/Employee Relations, Compensations/benefits, WSIB, performance & case management, payroll, recruitment and management. Her experience has been in various industries including Non for Profit Sector, Food Manufacturing and Consumer Goods and Packaging Industry

She obtained her Diploma in Business Administration from Mohawk College and obtained her CHRL in 2006. She was member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for four years and Co-Chair of the Human Resources Committee. She worked with the Steering Committee in developing HR Topics, solicit speakers and arranged information sessions. She has been an active member of the HRPA since 2002.

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Leah Heywood, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

After beginning a career in Marketing, Leah found her way to Human Resources. Currently, she is a Human Resources Manager with a national retailer and enjoys playing a strategic role in an expanding business. Leah is a graduate of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce and also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Mohawk College.

Leah began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter in 2014 as a member of the Communications Committee and joined the Board in 2016 as Communications Director. As a member of the HR community, Leah co-chaired the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s HR Network from 2015-2017, which promotes HR best practices to the Hamilton business community. In 2018, she began her term as Chapter Chair and looks forward to providing leadership and support to the Hamilton Chapter!

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Reanna Klamot, CHRL

Chair, Communications Committee

Reanna Klamot is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and currently works as an HR Manager at McMaster University. She completed her Bachelor of Social Psychology at McMaster University in 2015 and went on to pursue Post-Graduate studies in Human Resources in 2016, where she gained experience working in public, private and not-for-profit sectors of employment.

Reanna began volunteering with the Hamilton Chapter as a Program Committee volunteer where she helped plan, facilitate and host networking events for the chapter. In 2018, she joined the board as the Communications Director and has enjoyed working with the chapter board throughout the years, as well as seeing the amazing changes that HRPA has brought on!

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Laureta Berisha, CHRP

Chair, Student Liaison Committee

Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at McMaster University, Laureta went on to pursue a career in HR. She completed the postgraduate certificate program at Mohawk College and has experience as an HR assistant in the retail industry. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is excited to be on the Hamilton Chapter Board as the new Student Liaison Chair. Laureta is looking forward to working with the student members of the chapter and supporting them as they become human resources professionals.

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