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The Toronto Chapter Board

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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.

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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

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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

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About Leadership

Hussain Haider Ali
Hussain Haider-Ali, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Hussain is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years of experience in regulatory and public service sectors. Currently working as a member of the Senior Management Team at the City of Toronto with the division that is the service system manager for social housing and homelessness services, he leads the Organizational Development function. He provides oversight on key issues for the division, which is comprised of over 1500 employees and has an annual operating budget of over $1B.

He is passionate about the field of Human Resources and has contributed to the HRPA for several years through his roles on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter, including Professional Development, Sponsorship and Mentorship. In May 2022, he assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter of the HRPA. He looks forward to leading the largest chapter in the association through a time of significant change.

Joanne Melanson HRPA Toronto 2019
Joanne Melanson, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Joanne’s career spans 25 years with global leaders in professional services, IT, media, healthcare and communications. With extensive experience in developing teams, programs and policy, she advises C-suite partners and provides executive leadership in Human Resources and Strategic Planning, organizational design, transformation and mergers.

As a dedicated volunteer with HRPA since 2010, her roles have included the Toronto Chapter Chair of the Board, Director of Executive Programs, Chair of Chapter Communications, and Career Development Group. She has served as a member of the HRPA Professional Development Advisory Panel, Conference Programs Committee and several focus groups with the Registrar’s office.

Active in the HR and business community for many years, Joanne has contributed as a Mentor, Speaker, Awards Judge, Facilitator and Coach and enjoys mentoring young professionals toward professional growth and career success.

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Moneca Yardley, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Since 2016 Moneca has contributed to the HRPA through her role on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter. During that time, she has managed the Secretary-Treasurer portfolio; the Mentorship Program Director in 2018 during its committee transition; a member of the 2019 HRPA Chapter Budget Review Task Force and has been a judge for the HRPA 2021 Student Case competition. Currently working for a refugee agency in the Senior Management team to provide leadership and oversight on strategic HR and operational initiatives. A seasoned executive in the non-profit sector her background has included 17 years in a senior operations and HR leadership role within a City of Toronto agency and 20 years of Board governance expertise gained on various non-profit boards. She is excited to continue volunteering on the Toronto Chapter Board.

She is eager to continue volunteering her energy and time on the Toronto Chapter Board and is motivated to steward and strengthen board governance while serving its’ membership.

Priscilla Stephen
Priscilla Stephen, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs

Priscilla is a highly accomplished, resourceful, HR professional with a 20-year portfolio of success, driving Human Resource Strategy, functions, initiatives, and programs for leading healthcare, technology, and business process providers. She is passionate about positive people experiences and sustaining a culture of strong leadership and empowerment. In her current role as the leader for Human Resources at MyHealth Centre, she is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the HR function and establishing a vision and direction for the full complement of human capital programs, policies and services. Prior to that, she has served in a leadership capacity overseeing HR functions and has been instrumental in designing new HR programs, establishing best practices, streamlining processes, driving Compliance , and reducing HR costs in various IT & ITES organizations.

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Frank Tancredi, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

Member since 1995, Frank comes with over 25 years of blended Human Resources experiences.

Principal at HRADVOCATE.ca & HRIntel360.ca – HR Consulting, Management & Mediation roles – Chief in various Union/Non-Union HR roles – Instructor, having developed Legal & HR courses as Program Lead – Managed various HR roles as exampled from Quebecor Inc. and Nestlé Canada – Organizational Design Consultant: Re-Org Roles such as at Ontario Hydro’s transition to Ontario’s Power Transmission Network; consult on organizational conversion to an Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO), under the Energy Competition Act.

Chair, HRPA Registration Committee – HRPA Toronto Chapter, Director Mentorship & Director Membership – Chair, LegalEase Committee – Member of The Society of Ontario Adjudicators & Regulators   Paralegal, Law Society of Ontario. Canadian Armed Forces, Captain (Ret’d), Artillery and PAFFO – Public Affairs Officer: included inceptive recruitment of women into combat roles, support & training female recruits to CAF combat roles integration. Diversity Specialist Officer, Racial Diversity Inclusion, also negotiated a CAF “lead presence” recruiting vehicle at annual Caribana Parades. Volunteer Consultant, non-profit Urban Alliance Race Relations.

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Lorinda Lee

Chair, Chapter Executive Events Committee

Lorinda is a Human Resource Executive who desires to inspire people to be their fullest.  She is an HR professional who has extensive breadth and depth of experience including: creation and implementation of business and people strategic plans and implementation, policies, systems, training and organizational development, employee and labour relations, negotiations, diversity and inclusion, human rights and harassment investigations, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, organizational transformation and change initiatives.

As a CHRL, Lorinda also holds a Ph.D in applied management, leadership and organizational change, a masters in intercultural communications, a bachelor in psychology, and a bachelor in adult education training and development, as well as executive certificates from Rotman School of Management and Osgoode York University.  Lorinda enjoys teaching and coaching globally, as well as volunteering on not-for-profit boards.

She is excited to be a part of this professional body to advance Human Resources work and its values to organizations and HR professionals.

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Titilayo Akinsanya, B.A. CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications

Titi is a highly motivated human resources leader with over fifteen (15) years of progressive experience leading and developing teams.  In addition to her human resources experience, she has strong business acumen supported by her senior level experiences as an operations manager. She prides herself with truly understanding the core of a business and its stakeholders needs to successfully align the business strategy with the human resources strategy.

She is tech-savvy and inspires the use of technology in business and human resources processes.  Titi enjoys volunteering her time to philanthropic causes and organizations that support education.  She believes in constant individual growth and encourages ongoing learning.  Titi continues to mentor and coach individuals towards reaching their goals and aspirations.

Titi has earned the Human Resources and Management Certificate through the University of Toronto, a B.A. in Public Policy and Management from York University and her Law Clerk’s Diploma from Humber College. She is excited to continue volunteering her time as a Director on the Toronto Chapter Board of Directors and she looks forward to bringing her diverse viewpoints, communication and relationship building skills to support the Board and the association.

Nupur Khandelwal
Nupur Khandelwal, CHRL, M.Ed.

Chair, Chapter Mentorship

Nupur Khandelwal is a thought leader and a recognized Human Resources professionals with 15+ years of experience in areas including organizational development, talent management, diversity & inclusion. Currently as the Sr. Manager of Learning & Talent Development at the LCBO she leads enterprise-wide initiatives to enhance the employee experience. Aligned with her passion to foster development, Nupur co-founded SheRocks! – a social enterprise committed to empowering women through confidence building programs. Nupur is a Diversity Council member with the Women’s Executive Network and volunteers with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Nupur has completed the Bachelors of HR Management degree and Master’s of Education degree. Nupur holds the CHRL designation and is a certified Change Practitioner. In 2021, Nupur was recognized as a Women of Inspiration Award Finalist by Universal Women’s Network.

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Andria Matadial, B.A. CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Andria is an experienced senior human resources professional specializing in Talent Acquisition, with an extensive background in organizational development, training, recruitment, business development, Diversity & Inclusion and Campus outreach programs.

She has worked in a variety of industries at both the corporate level and as an independent consultant, including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, media, marketing, sales, engineering procurement and construction services. Her career has progressed with both global leaders and local organizations such as universities, colleges, non-profits, start-ups and specialty groups.

Andria’s passion for ‘giving back’ spans many years as a volunteer with the HRPA, where she has enjoyed working with and for the membership, from students to executives.

Andria’s past experience includes 6 years as a board member with the HRPA Toronto Chapter as Director of Membership (2014-2017) and Regulatory Affairs Liaison (2017-2020) as well as 3 years as Chair of the Toronto Events Committee (2011 – 2014), overseeing Professional Development and Social events with a team of 30+ volunteers. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from York University and a Human Resources Management Certificate from Humber College.

It would be a privilege for her to continue the volunteer journey as an advocate and voice for the members of the HRPA Toronto Chapter.

Hussain Haider Ali
Hussain Haider-Ali, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Hussain is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years of experience in regulatory and public service sectors. Currently working as a member of the Senior Management Team at the City of Toronto with the division that is the service system manager for social housing and homelessness services, he leads the Organizational Development function. He provides oversight on key issues for the division, which is comprised of over 1500 employees and has an annual operating budget of over $1B.

He is passionate about the field of Human Resources and has contributed to the HRPA for several years through his roles on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter, including Professional Development, Sponsorship and Mentorship. In May 2022, he assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter of the HRPA. He looks forward to leading the largest chapter in the association through a time of significant change.

Joanne Melanson HRPA Toronto 2019
Joanne Melanson, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Joanne’s career spans 25 years with global leaders in professional services, IT, media, healthcare and communications. With extensive experience in developing teams, programs and policy, she advises C-suite partners and provides executive leadership in Human Resources and Strategic Planning, organizational design, transformation and mergers.

As a dedicated volunteer with HRPA since 2010, her roles have included the Toronto Chapter Chair of the Board, Director of Executive Programs, Chair of Chapter Communications, and Career Development Group. She has served as a member of the HRPA Professional Development Advisory Panel, Conference Programs Committee and several focus groups with the Registrar’s office.

Active in the HR and business community for many years, Joanne has contributed as a Mentor, Speaker, Awards Judge, Facilitator and Coach and enjoys mentoring young professionals toward professional growth and career success.

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Moneca Yardley, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Since 2016 Moneca has contributed to the HRPA through her role on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Chapter. During that time, she has managed the Secretary-Treasurer portfolio; the Mentorship Program Director in 2018 during its committee transition; a member of the 2019 HRPA Chapter Budget Review Task Force and has been a judge for the HRPA 2021 Student Case competition. Currently working for a refugee agency in the Senior Management team to provide leadership and oversight on strategic HR and operational initiatives. A seasoned executive in the non-profit sector her background has included 17 years in a senior operations and HR leadership role within a City of Toronto agency and 20 years of Board governance expertise gained on various non-profit boards. She is excited to continue volunteering on the Toronto Chapter Board.

She is eager to continue volunteering her energy and time on the Toronto Chapter Board and is motivated to steward and strengthen board governance while serving its’ membership.

Priscilla Stephen
Priscilla Stephen, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs

Priscilla is a highly accomplished, resourceful, HR professional with a 20-year portfolio of success, driving Human Resource Strategy, functions, initiatives, and programs for leading healthcare, technology, and business process providers. She is passionate about positive people experiences and sustaining a culture of strong leadership and empowerment. In her current role as the leader for Human Resources at MyHealth Centre, she is responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership for all aspects of the HR function and establishing a vision and direction for the full complement of human capital programs, policies and services. Prior to that, she has served in a leadership capacity overseeing HR functions and has been instrumental in designing new HR programs, establishing best practices, streamlining processes, driving Compliance , and reducing HR costs in various IT & ITES organizations.

frank-tancredi
Frank Tancredi, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

Member since 1995, Frank comes with over 25 years of blended Human Resources experiences.

Principal at HRADVOCATE.ca & HRIntel360.ca – HR Consulting, Management & Mediation roles – Chief in various Union/Non-Union HR roles – Instructor, having developed Legal & HR courses as Program Lead – Managed various HR roles as exampled from Quebecor Inc. and Nestlé Canada – Organizational Design Consultant: Re-Org Roles such as at Ontario Hydro’s transition to Ontario’s Power Transmission Network; consult on organizational conversion to an Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO), under the Energy Competition Act.

Chair, HRPA Registration Committee – HRPA Toronto Chapter, Director Mentorship & Director Membership – Chair, LegalEase Committee – Member of The Society of Ontario Adjudicators & Regulators   Paralegal, Law Society of Ontario. Canadian Armed Forces, Captain (Ret’d), Artillery and PAFFO – Public Affairs Officer: included inceptive recruitment of women into combat roles, support & training female recruits to CAF combat roles integration. Diversity Specialist Officer, Racial Diversity Inclusion, also negotiated a CAF “lead presence” recruiting vehicle at annual Caribana Parades. Volunteer Consultant, non-profit Urban Alliance Race Relations.

lorinda-lee
Lorinda Lee

Chair, Chapter Executive Events Committee

Lorinda is a Human Resource Executive who desires to inspire people to be their fullest.  She is an HR professional who has extensive breadth and depth of experience including: creation and implementation of business and people strategic plans and implementation, policies, systems, training and organizational development, employee and labour relations, negotiations, diversity and inclusion, human rights and harassment investigations, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, organizational transformation and change initiatives.

As a CHRL, Lorinda also holds a Ph.D in applied management, leadership and organizational change, a masters in intercultural communications, a bachelor in psychology, and a bachelor in adult education training and development, as well as executive certificates from Rotman School of Management and Osgoode York University.  Lorinda enjoys teaching and coaching globally, as well as volunteering on not-for-profit boards.

She is excited to be a part of this professional body to advance Human Resources work and its values to organizations and HR professionals.

titilayo-akinsanya
Titilayo Akinsanya, B.A. CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Communications

Titi is a highly motivated human resources leader with over fifteen (15) years of progressive experience leading and developing teams.  In addition to her human resources experience, she has strong business acumen supported by her senior level experiences as an operations manager. She prides herself with truly understanding the core of a business and its stakeholders needs to successfully align the business strategy with the human resources strategy.

She is tech-savvy and inspires the use of technology in business and human resources processes.  Titi enjoys volunteering her time to philanthropic causes and organizations that support education.  She believes in constant individual growth and encourages ongoing learning.  Titi continues to mentor and coach individuals towards reaching their goals and aspirations.

Titi has earned the Human Resources and Management Certificate through the University of Toronto, a B.A. in Public Policy and Management from York University and her Law Clerk’s Diploma from Humber College. She is excited to continue volunteering her time as a Director on the Toronto Chapter Board of Directors and she looks forward to bringing her diverse viewpoints, communication and relationship building skills to support the Board and the association.

Nupur Khandelwal
Nupur Khandelwal, CHRL, M.Ed.

Chair, Chapter Mentorship

Nupur Khandelwal is a thought leader and a recognized Human Resources professionals with 15+ years of experience in areas including organizational development, talent management, diversity & inclusion. Currently as the Sr. Manager of Learning & Talent Development at the LCBO she leads enterprise-wide initiatives to enhance the employee experience. Aligned with her passion to foster development, Nupur co-founded SheRocks! – a social enterprise committed to empowering women through confidence building programs. Nupur is a Diversity Council member with the Women’s Executive Network and volunteers with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Nupur has completed the Bachelors of HR Management degree and Master’s of Education degree. Nupur holds the CHRL designation and is a certified Change Practitioner. In 2021, Nupur was recognized as a Women of Inspiration Award Finalist by Universal Women’s Network.

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Andria Matadial, B.A. CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Andria is an experienced senior human resources professional specializing in Talent Acquisition, with an extensive background in organizational development, training, recruitment, business development, Diversity & Inclusion and Campus outreach programs.

She has worked in a variety of industries at both the corporate level and as an independent consultant, including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, media, marketing, sales, engineering procurement and construction services. Her career has progressed with both global leaders and local organizations such as universities, colleges, non-profits, start-ups and specialty groups.

Andria’s passion for ‘giving back’ spans many years as a volunteer with the HRPA, where she has enjoyed working with and for the membership, from students to executives.

Andria’s past experience includes 6 years as a board member with the HRPA Toronto Chapter as Director of Membership (2014-2017) and Regulatory Affairs Liaison (2017-2020) as well as 3 years as Chair of the Toronto Events Committee (2011 – 2014), overseeing Professional Development and Social events with a team of 30+ volunteers. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from York University and a Human Resources Management Certificate from Humber College.

It would be a privilege for her to continue the volunteer journey as an advocate and voice for the members of the HRPA Toronto Chapter.

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