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The Northern Ontario Chapter Board

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HR Power Lunch: Unconscious Bias in Recruitment and Allyship for HR Professionals

Let's Talk about common areas of prejudice and bias that continue to derail Inclusive recruitment practices and how we as HR professionals...

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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

Karen Ball

Chapter Chair

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Karen Ball earned her Advanced Diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources at Confederation College. Along with her education, Karen holds her CHRL designation and has been gaining experience in the Human Resources field since 2005. In her current role as Senior Human Resources Advisor at Tbaytel, she provides guidance and support in many areas such as performance management, recruitment and selection, policy development, psychological health and safety, leadership and employee training, as well as employment equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Karen is passionate about fostering respect, fairness and equity in the workplace. In support of this, she is chair of the Employment Equity Committee, sits on the Respect Committee as secretary, and has volunteered in, and organized events for, employee led initiatives for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the United Way.

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Esther Langevin, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Esther N. Langevin joined the HRPA Northern ON Chapter Board in 2010 and currently holds the position of Chapter Past Chair. She has over 12 years of human resources experience including recruiting, training, performance management, career development, collective agreement negotiations, employee relations, benefits, compensation, payroll, safety, and compliance issues.

Ms. Langevin is employed as Human Resources Officer at The Timmins and District Hospital where she was responsible for working with the management team in recruiting, attendance management, employee engagement, compliance, benefits and more. Esther has also been teaching human resources classes at Northern College since September 2013.

Esther N. Langevin has her (CHRL) Certified Human Resources Leader and (PCP) Payroll Compliance Practitioner designations and is an active member of both the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and the Canadian Payroll Association.

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Ginette Morin-Trudel

Chair, Chapter Programs

Ginette Morin is employed at the Timmins and District Hospital where she supports the growth and expansion of the hospital and ensures a quality workforce. She has solid experience in human resource processes including interviews, grievances, negotiations and collective agreements. She is a strategic thinker and able to thrive in a fluid environment. Her results oriented focus and can-do mentality helps her maintain effective internal relationships with the management team.

Ginette’s over 22 years of experience in hospital settings helps ensure successful service delivery of the Centralized Scheduling department using constant communication and staff advocacy. She is a team player who can build internal and external relationships at all levels. She is focused with a keen ability and drive to execute in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.

As a Graduate of Northern College in 1993 from the Administrative Assistant (bilingual) program, she recently obtained a Human Resources Management certificate in June 2017 from Northern College. She also has an informal certification as a French language testing coordinator.

Her drive and hard work on the HRPA Northeastern Ontario board is motivated by her drive to further develop relationships with Human Resources professionals and advance her knowledge and skills in the field.

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Heena Bhataria

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Heena has completed Bachelor’s of Engineering – Major in Electronics and communications from India. She worked for about a year as a product Marketing Engineer with Cotmac Electronics. Her dream was to always settle abroad and in order to pursue it, she decided to study further and took Engineering Business and Safety Management at Confederation College and graduated in 2017. She brings one year of Health and Safety Assistant experience from Ontario Power Generation as a co-op student, 10 months of experience as a Human Resources Assistant from ParaMed Home Healthcare. She is working at Tbaytel as a Human Resources Advisor where she is responsible for the full cycle of recruitment from 2020. She is currently working towards her professional designation. She is passionate to join the Chapter as a Secretary-Treasurer and looking forward to adding knowledge and skills to her experience.

Kirsten-Kabernick
Kirsten Kabernick

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Kirsten earned her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University. Kirsten joined HRPA as a student member in 2016 and has since obtained her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Currently, Kirsten is a Program Coordinator at the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) where she coordinates funding programs and works with entrepreneurs to help them achieve their business goals. Through her employment Kirsten was also able to obtain a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Kirsten is currently the Student Liaison Director for the Northern Ontario HRPA chapter.

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Tejraj Shah

Chair, Chapter Communications

Tejraj Shah is a post-graduate student from Confederation College’s Human Resources Program and a former lawyer from India Tejraj’s work experience stems from working in the legal field in India, interning first at the High court of Gujarat and practising both on the civil and corporate sides. He is currently working as a Research Intern for the North Superior Workforce Planning Board. He is a proud foster for Northern Rescue Reach Network, working actively with fellow members to rescue abandoned dogs from the Northern Communities and fostering them till they can be transported to Southern Ontario where they are adopted by families. Tejraj has  also worked as a Peer and Student Mentor at Confederation College. He is currently the Committee Lead for Communications for the Northern Ontario HRPA chapter.

Karen Ball

Chapter Chair

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Karen Ball earned her Advanced Diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources at Confederation College. Along with her education, Karen holds her CHRL designation and has been gaining experience in the Human Resources field since 2005. In her current role as Senior Human Resources Advisor at Tbaytel, she provides guidance and support in many areas such as performance management, recruitment and selection, policy development, psychological health and safety, leadership and employee training, as well as employment equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Karen is passionate about fostering respect, fairness and equity in the workplace. In support of this, she is chair of the Employment Equity Committee, sits on the Respect Committee as secretary, and has volunteered in, and organized events for, employee led initiatives for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the United Way.

esther-langevin
Esther Langevin, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Esther N. Langevin joined the HRPA Northern ON Chapter Board in 2010 and currently holds the position of Chapter Past Chair. She has over 12 years of human resources experience including recruiting, training, performance management, career development, collective agreement negotiations, employee relations, benefits, compensation, payroll, safety, and compliance issues.

Ms. Langevin is employed as Human Resources Officer at The Timmins and District Hospital where she was responsible for working with the management team in recruiting, attendance management, employee engagement, compliance, benefits and more. Esther has also been teaching human resources classes at Northern College since September 2013.

Esther N. Langevin has her (CHRL) Certified Human Resources Leader and (PCP) Payroll Compliance Practitioner designations and is an active member of both the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and the Canadian Payroll Association.

ginette-morin-trudel
Ginette Morin-Trudel

Chair, Chapter Programs

Ginette Morin is employed at the Timmins and District Hospital where she supports the growth and expansion of the hospital and ensures a quality workforce. She has solid experience in human resource processes including interviews, grievances, negotiations and collective agreements. She is a strategic thinker and able to thrive in a fluid environment. Her results oriented focus and can-do mentality helps her maintain effective internal relationships with the management team.

Ginette’s over 22 years of experience in hospital settings helps ensure successful service delivery of the Centralized Scheduling department using constant communication and staff advocacy. She is a team player who can build internal and external relationships at all levels. She is focused with a keen ability and drive to execute in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.

As a Graduate of Northern College in 1993 from the Administrative Assistant (bilingual) program, she recently obtained a Human Resources Management certificate in June 2017 from Northern College. She also has an informal certification as a French language testing coordinator.

Her drive and hard work on the HRPA Northeastern Ontario board is motivated by her drive to further develop relationships with Human Resources professionals and advance her knowledge and skills in the field.

Heena-
Heena Bhataria

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Heena has completed Bachelor’s of Engineering – Major in Electronics and communications from India. She worked for about a year as a product Marketing Engineer with Cotmac Electronics. Her dream was to always settle abroad and in order to pursue it, she decided to study further and took Engineering Business and Safety Management at Confederation College and graduated in 2017. She brings one year of Health and Safety Assistant experience from Ontario Power Generation as a co-op student, 10 months of experience as a Human Resources Assistant from ParaMed Home Healthcare. She is working at Tbaytel as a Human Resources Advisor where she is responsible for the full cycle of recruitment from 2020. She is currently working towards her professional designation. She is passionate to join the Chapter as a Secretary-Treasurer and looking forward to adding knowledge and skills to her experience.

Kirsten-Kabernick
Kirsten Kabernick

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Kirsten earned her Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University. Kirsten joined HRPA as a student member in 2016 and has since obtained her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Currently, Kirsten is a Program Coordinator at the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) where she coordinates funding programs and works with entrepreneurs to help them achieve their business goals. Through her employment Kirsten was also able to obtain a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Kirsten is currently the Student Liaison Director for the Northern Ontario HRPA chapter.

Tejraj-Shah
Tejraj Shah

Chair, Chapter Communications

Tejraj Shah is a post-graduate student from Confederation College’s Human Resources Program and a former lawyer from India Tejraj’s work experience stems from working in the legal field in India, interning first at the High court of Gujarat and practising both on the civil and corporate sides. He is currently working as a Research Intern for the North Superior Workforce Planning Board. He is a proud foster for Northern Rescue Reach Network, working actively with fellow members to rescue abandoned dogs from the Northern Communities and fostering them till they can be transported to Southern Ontario where they are adopted by families. Tejraj has  also worked as a Peer and Student Mentor at Confederation College. He is currently the Committee Lead for Communications for the Northern Ontario HRPA chapter.

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