Sincerely,
The Toronto Chapter Board

Events

Keep up to date with the latest HRPA events.

Toronto: 12.03.20 *ENG* What is Organizational Change?

Toronto: 12.03.20 *ENG* What is Organizational Change?Event DescriptionWhat is Organizational Change Management? Simply stated, it is the new normal. As businesses,...

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Toronto: 12.09.20 *CONFERENCE* Employment Contract Essentials

Toronto: 12.09.20 *CONFERENCE* Employment Contract EssentialsEvent DescriptionEvent Description In this program, you will learn from leading employment law practitioners about the...

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Toronto: 02.17.21 Resilience, Energy and Engagement: Taking better care of others by first taking care of ourselves

Toronto: 02.17.21 Resilience, Energy and Engagement: Taking better care of others by first taking care of ourselvesEvent DescriptionThis workshop shares...

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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

joanne-melanson
Joanne Melanson, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Joanne’s career began in Employee Relations and spans 25 years in both private and public sectors including unionized environments, from start-ups to global leaders in professional and financial services, IT, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast media.

With extensive experience in talent management, leadership development, and delivering programs that engage and empower employees, she has advised executive teams on complex HR issues and implemented retention and succession strategies to optimize organizational performance and continuity, including mergers and transformation.

A Senior Consultant, Joanne provides services in Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Recruitment.  Previously Head of HR, Canada for a global IT, e-Commerce and Branding firm, she led HR/OD initiatives through multiple acquisitions and integrations. Prior, Joanne led teams at Canada’s public broadcaster (CBC) managing Ontario Region HR programs including Onboarding, HRMS, Compensation and Total Rewards.

Joanne’s previous volunteer roles include Chair of Communications and Facilitator, Employment Networking Program, Toronto Chapter. Currently, she also serves on HRPA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee.

Joanne’s value proposition for HRPA members: let’s enrich the membership experience to ignite an inclusive culture of engagement, shared success and professional growth.

cindy-kennedy
Cindy Kennedy, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Cindy is a Human Resources/Business Transformation leader who is passionate about championing a people centered culture that awakens discretionary effort in all team members. She focuses on change readiness vs change management; creating environments where people realize their maximum potential independently and as members of highly effective teams.

Cindy is sought after for her strengths in leadership, collaboration, communication as well as around strategy and execution. Ensuring volunteers’ experience is both satisfying and offering growth opportunities is her priority. Professionally Cindy has had great successes growing with Yellow Pages, Maple Leaf Foods, Stock Transportation/National Express and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) where she led HR and Change Readiness.

moneca-yardley
Moneca Yardley, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Treasurer-Secretary

Moneca has been a HRPA member since 1996 and the Secretary-Treasurer for the Toronto Chapter since 2016.  She is excited to continue her commitment for a second term in the Toronto Chapter’s finance portfolio.

During the 2017-18 board term she was Director for the Mentorship portfolio and in this role engaged with the Toronto Chapter Mentorship Committee to develop and launch a new approach to the mentorship process from an administered match to a self match platform.

Moneca is a seasoned HR professional who values teamwork, communication, capacity building and has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of diverse fields that have ranged from museums, community centres and non-profits.  Most recently she joined a refugee settlement organization to develop and implement strategies to incubate organizational change initiatives.

trevor-stewart
Trevor Stewart

Chapter, Employment Networking Chair

Trevor is an experienced entrepreneur and senior business executive who has built his career around the provision of excellence within the field of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition.

As President and Managing Partner of Stoakley-Stewart Consultants, Trevor has gained an in-depth, behind the scenes, understanding of the crucial elements of business strategy within organizations large and small.

A trusted partner and advisor to both companies and candidates, he has helped build strong, dynamic organizations and successful, rewarding careers.

Focused on fostering and fueling relationships that endure he has strategically grown his company three-fold to what is now a leading Canadian boutique Executive Search Firm providing expert-level, specialist, talent acquisition services to companies across Canada,  into the United States, and overseas.

With a passion for generating participation, inclusiveness, enthusiasm and empowered motivation, Trevor enjoys facilitating positive change management espousing the fundamental principals of Servant Leadership.

Trevor earned his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Queen’s University and has been involved with the HRPA for the majority of his professional career. Eager to tackle this incredible opportunity to give back he looks forward to applying his insights, energy and abilities to the advancement of the HR Profession and the HRPA Toronto Chapter.

hendrik-nieuwland
Hendrik Nieuwland, LL.B, MPA, M.Sc.

Chapter, Legal Ease Chair

Hendrik is a partner at Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP, an employment litigation firm.  Since joining the firm in 2007, Hendrik has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of employment and labour disputes, including wrongful dismissal litigation, employment standards complaints, Canada Labour Code unjust dismissal complaints, human rights applications, union grievances, and fiduciary litigation. Hendrik has served as counsel at several trials, appeals, arbitrations, and injunctions. Hendrik advises businesses in a number of sectors, including manufacturing, banking, financial services, health care, publishing, retail, charities, government, and technology.  In addition to his litigation practice, Hendrik is a frequent writer and speaker on employment and labour law matters. Hendrik has authored and contributed to several legal texts, and has written for Canadian Lawyer In House magazine, HR Professional magazine, Canadian HR Reporter, and the Financial Post. Hendrik has presented at the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Institute for Professional Management, the HRPA Annual National Conference, and at HRPA Chapters across the GTA.  Before joining the firm, Hendrik received his law degree from Queen’s University, and clerked for the judges of the Ontario Divisional Court in 2006. Hendrik is from the small Niagara town of Port Colborne, Ontario.

hussain-haider-ali
Hussain Haider-Ali, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee

Hussain has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 15 years, with experience in the regulatory, non-profit, and public sectors. Throughout his career, Hussain has moved into newly formed positions, allowing him to mold the roles he has held and adapt to the changing needs of organizations by developing agile systems and processes.   He prides himself on his ability to foster relationships with a variety of individuals, building trust and rapport quickly to effectively move forward with the task at hand.

He is passionate about Human Resources and has contributed his time to HRPA for the last several years by leading various committees and as a member of the Board of Directors for the chapter.  He has managed several portfolios for the Toronto Chapter of the HRPA including Finance, Professional Development, Sponsorship, and Mentorship.

He is excited to continue his work on the Board of Directors for the chapter in support of the profession in which he has built his career.

zufar-akhunov
Zufar Akhunov, CHRL

Chapter Chair, Student Liaison & Volunteer Engagement

Zufar is a seasoned HR professional with experience working at leadership roles in private and public sectors focusing on Strategic HR Business Partnering, Organizational Development, Talent Management, Workforce planning, Change Management, Compensation and Benefits and Governance.

Prior to his current role in the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario he worked in UK, Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia. His core strengths include providing strategic HR advice to the business, developing strategic partnerships and helping people realize their full potential.

Zufar has been volunteering with the Toronto Chapter of HRPA since 2012 as a committee member, a Chair of the Membership Committee, Director of Scholarship and Student Affairs, and, most recently, as a Director Volunteer Engagement and member of the Board.

He looks forward to the opportunity to bring forward his passion for volunteering and promoting the HR profession, skills and work experience to the Toronto Chapter Board and give back to the HR community.

danielle-marshall
Danielle Marshall

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Danielle Marshall is the Director, Human Resources for S&C Electric in Toronto, Ontario. As the lead of the Human Resources function for Canada, she oversees Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Health & Safety, and Human Resources Services.

Prior to joining S&C in September 2016, Danielle worked for Merrithew Health Fitness, as the head of Human Resources (Director of Human Resources) leading organizational design initiatives, and implementing strategies to attract, coach and develop talent. She also spent 10 years at Martinrea International, developing and implementing change management strategies.

Danielle has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, a post-grad diploma in Human Resources Management from Georgian College and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from York University. She also holds a certification Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University and a certification in Fostering Diversity & Inclusion from Yale School of Management. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

frank-tancredi
Frank Tancredi

Chapter Chair, Regulatory Liaison

Frank comes with over 25 years’ blended Human Resources experiences encompassing; Chair, HRPA Registration Committee; HRPA Toronto Chapter, Director Mentorship & Director Membership; Chair, LegalEase Committee. Member of The Society of Ontario Adjudicators & Regulators. A Paralegal licensed by The Law Society of Ontario.

Principal at HR ADVOCATE INC., Frank has provided diverse HR Consulting, Management & Mediation roles, and chief in various Union and Non-Union human resources roles.

Having taught Legal & HR courses, he has also acted as program lead. Frank has managed HR roles within Quebecor Inc. and Nestlé Canada.

As Organizational Design Consultant for Ontario Hydro’s transitional undertaking of Ontario’s power transmission network, Frank was tasked to consult on organizational conversion to a competitive electricity marketplace, under the Energy Competition Act, to an Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO).

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Captain Tancredi (Ret’d), had been part of a vanguard for the inceptive recruitment of women into combat roles; supporting & training female recruits to CAF combat integration. As Diversity Specialist Officer, Frank focused on inclusion. BTW, he also negotiated for a CAF recruiting vehicle as a “lead presence” in the annual Caribana Parade. He later volunteered as a consultant, addressing racism with the non-profit Urban Alliance Race Relations.

lorinda-lee
Lorinda Lee

Chapter Chair, Executive Programs

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

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

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 and organization leaders towards reach their goals and full potential.

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. As a member on the HRPA board of Directors, she looks forward to bringing her effective goal setting experience combined with her relationship building and collaboration techniques to support the Board and the association.

joanne-melanson
Joanne Melanson, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Joanne’s career began in Employee Relations and spans 25 years in both private and public sectors including unionized environments, from start-ups to global leaders in professional and financial services, IT, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast media.

With extensive experience in talent management, leadership development, and delivering programs that engage and empower employees, she has advised executive teams on complex HR issues and implemented retention and succession strategies to optimize organizational performance and continuity, including mergers and transformation.

A Senior Consultant, Joanne provides services in Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Recruitment.  Previously Head of HR, Canada for a global IT, e-Commerce and Branding firm, she led HR/OD initiatives through multiple acquisitions and integrations. Prior, Joanne led teams at Canada’s public broadcaster (CBC) managing Ontario Region HR programs including Onboarding, HRMS, Compensation and Total Rewards.

Joanne’s previous volunteer roles include Chair of Communications and Facilitator, Employment Networking Program, Toronto Chapter. Currently, she also serves on HRPA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee.

Joanne’s value proposition for HRPA members: let’s enrich the membership experience to ignite an inclusive culture of engagement, shared success and professional growth.

cindy-kennedy
Cindy Kennedy, CHRL

Chapter Past Chair

Cindy is a Human Resources/Business Transformation leader who is passionate about championing a people centered culture that awakens discretionary effort in all team members. She focuses on change readiness vs change management; creating environments where people realize their maximum potential independently and as members of highly effective teams.

Cindy is sought after for her strengths in leadership, collaboration, communication as well as around strategy and execution. Ensuring volunteers’ experience is both satisfying and offering growth opportunities is her priority. Professionally Cindy has had great successes growing with Yellow Pages, Maple Leaf Foods, Stock Transportation/National Express and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) where she led HR and Change Readiness.

moneca-yardley
Moneca Yardley, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Treasurer-Secretary

Moneca has been a HRPA member since 1996 and the Secretary-Treasurer for the Toronto Chapter since 2016.  She is excited to continue her commitment for a second term in the Toronto Chapter’s finance portfolio.

During the 2017-18 board term she was Director for the Mentorship portfolio and in this role engaged with the Toronto Chapter Mentorship Committee to develop and launch a new approach to the mentorship process from an administered match to a self match platform.

Moneca is a seasoned HR professional who values teamwork, communication, capacity building and has over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of diverse fields that have ranged from museums, community centres and non-profits.  Most recently she joined a refugee settlement organization to develop and implement strategies to incubate organizational change initiatives.

trevor-stewart
Trevor Stewart

Chapter, Employment Networking Chair

Trevor is an experienced entrepreneur and senior business executive who has built his career around the provision of excellence within the field of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition.

As President and Managing Partner of Stoakley-Stewart Consultants, Trevor has gained an in-depth, behind the scenes, understanding of the crucial elements of business strategy within organizations large and small.

A trusted partner and advisor to both companies and candidates, he has helped build strong, dynamic organizations and successful, rewarding careers.

Focused on fostering and fueling relationships that endure he has strategically grown his company three-fold to what is now a leading Canadian boutique Executive Search Firm providing expert-level, specialist, talent acquisition services to companies across Canada,  into the United States, and overseas.

With a passion for generating participation, inclusiveness, enthusiasm and empowered motivation, Trevor enjoys facilitating positive change management espousing the fundamental principals of Servant Leadership.

Trevor earned his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Queen’s University and has been involved with the HRPA for the majority of his professional career. Eager to tackle this incredible opportunity to give back he looks forward to applying his insights, energy and abilities to the advancement of the HR Profession and the HRPA Toronto Chapter.

hendrik-nieuwland
Hendrik Nieuwland, LL.B, MPA, M.Sc.

Chapter, Legal Ease Chair

Hendrik is a partner at Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP, an employment litigation firm.  Since joining the firm in 2007, Hendrik has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of employment and labour disputes, including wrongful dismissal litigation, employment standards complaints, Canada Labour Code unjust dismissal complaints, human rights applications, union grievances, and fiduciary litigation. Hendrik has served as counsel at several trials, appeals, arbitrations, and injunctions. Hendrik advises businesses in a number of sectors, including manufacturing, banking, financial services, health care, publishing, retail, charities, government, and technology.  In addition to his litigation practice, Hendrik is a frequent writer and speaker on employment and labour law matters. Hendrik has authored and contributed to several legal texts, and has written for Canadian Lawyer In House magazine, HR Professional magazine, Canadian HR Reporter, and the Financial Post. Hendrik has presented at the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Institute for Professional Management, the HRPA Annual National Conference, and at HRPA Chapters across the GTA.  Before joining the firm, Hendrik received his law degree from Queen’s University, and clerked for the judges of the Ontario Divisional Court in 2006. Hendrik is from the small Niagara town of Port Colborne, Ontario.

hussain-haider-ali
Hussain Haider-Ali, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Mentorship Committee

Hussain has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 15 years, with experience in the regulatory, non-profit, and public sectors. Throughout his career, Hussain has moved into newly formed positions, allowing him to mold the roles he has held and adapt to the changing needs of organizations by developing agile systems and processes.   He prides himself on his ability to foster relationships with a variety of individuals, building trust and rapport quickly to effectively move forward with the task at hand.

He is passionate about Human Resources and has contributed his time to HRPA for the last several years by leading various committees and as a member of the Board of Directors for the chapter.  He has managed several portfolios for the Toronto Chapter of the HRPA including Finance, Professional Development, Sponsorship, and Mentorship.

He is excited to continue his work on the Board of Directors for the chapter in support of the profession in which he has built his career.

zufar-akhunov
Zufar Akhunov, CHRL

Chapter Chair, Student Liaison & Volunteer Engagement

Zufar is a seasoned HR professional with experience working at leadership roles in private and public sectors focusing on Strategic HR Business Partnering, Organizational Development, Talent Management, Workforce planning, Change Management, Compensation and Benefits and Governance.

Prior to his current role in the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario he worked in UK, Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia. His core strengths include providing strategic HR advice to the business, developing strategic partnerships and helping people realize their full potential.

Zufar has been volunteering with the Toronto Chapter of HRPA since 2012 as a committee member, a Chair of the Membership Committee, Director of Scholarship and Student Affairs, and, most recently, as a Director Volunteer Engagement and member of the Board.

He looks forward to the opportunity to bring forward his passion for volunteering and promoting the HR profession, skills and work experience to the Toronto Chapter Board and give back to the HR community.

danielle-marshall
Danielle Marshall

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development Committee

Danielle Marshall is the Director, Human Resources for S&C Electric in Toronto, Ontario. As the lead of the Human Resources function for Canada, she oversees Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Health & Safety, and Human Resources Services.

Prior to joining S&C in September 2016, Danielle worked for Merrithew Health Fitness, as the head of Human Resources (Director of Human Resources) leading organizational design initiatives, and implementing strategies to attract, coach and develop talent. She also spent 10 years at Martinrea International, developing and implementing change management strategies.

Danielle has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, a post-grad diploma in Human Resources Management from Georgian College and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from York University. She also holds a certification Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University and a certification in Fostering Diversity & Inclusion from Yale School of Management. Danielle lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

frank-tancredi
Frank Tancredi

Chapter Chair, Regulatory Liaison

Frank comes with over 25 years’ blended Human Resources experiences encompassing; Chair, HRPA Registration Committee; HRPA Toronto Chapter, Director Mentorship & Director Membership; Chair, LegalEase Committee. Member of The Society of Ontario Adjudicators & Regulators. A Paralegal licensed by The Law Society of Ontario.

Principal at HR ADVOCATE INC., Frank has provided diverse HR Consulting, Management & Mediation roles, and chief in various Union and Non-Union human resources roles.

Having taught Legal & HR courses, he has also acted as program lead. Frank has managed HR roles within Quebecor Inc. and Nestlé Canada.

As Organizational Design Consultant for Ontario Hydro’s transitional undertaking of Ontario’s power transmission network, Frank was tasked to consult on organizational conversion to a competitive electricity marketplace, under the Energy Competition Act, to an Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO).

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Captain Tancredi (Ret’d), had been part of a vanguard for the inceptive recruitment of women into combat roles; supporting & training female recruits to CAF combat integration. As Diversity Specialist Officer, Frank focused on inclusion. BTW, he also negotiated for a CAF recruiting vehicle as a “lead presence” in the annual Caribana Parade. He later volunteered as a consultant, addressing racism with the non-profit Urban Alliance Race Relations.

lorinda-lee
Lorinda Lee

Chapter Chair, Executive Programs

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

Chair, Chapter Communications Committee

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 and organization leaders towards reach their goals and full potential.

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. As a member on the HRPA board of Directors, she looks forward to bringing her effective goal setting experience combined with her relationship building and collaboration techniques to support the Board and the association.

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