Sincerely,
The York Region Chapter Board

Meet the Board!

Thinking of joining the York Region Board of Directors? Meet the Board Members via Zoom on Thursday Feb 17th at 6.30pm. Bring your questions for a Q & A where you can get valuable information and insight into what it’s like to be a Board member of York Region. Join the Zoom link here on Thursday.

Events

Keep up to date with the latest HRPA events.

York Region: VIRTUAL Coaching in the Evolving Work Space – Teams, Hybrid and other strategies

Teams are often referred to as the “engine of business”. What helps teams thrive, today’s evolving workspace – where it...

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York Region: VIRTUAL"Bring it on... Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace"

The complexities of today’s workplace demands that we be effective and intuitive communicators. This interactive presentation offers strategies to enhance...

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York Region: HR as a Second Career

Transitioning to Human Resources (HR) as a second career can be be more seamless than you thought. Once you identify...

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HR Power Lunch: Take the thinking out of thinking: How to mitigate unconscious bias

Dr. Aaron Barth, Founder and President of Dialectic, will equip participants with the tools they need to better understand how to...

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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.

Register Online

About Leadership

Kaneez Jaffer
Kaneez Jaffer, CHRP, CHRL, BA (Hons)

Director at Large

Kaneez is a Certified Human Resources Leader with extensive experience in moving HR from a transactional model to a transformational one, having worked in the investment banking, group insurance, and legal industries. She has an advanced knowledge of employee engagement, total rewards, HRIS technology, HR marketing and communications and is passionate about creating an employee centric experience in order to further organizational objectives.

Kaneez is also a regular webinar host, panelist and public speaker on a range of HR issues, both with the HRPA and JungoHR and has been featured in Canadian HR Reporter Magazine.

Kaneez graduated with Honors in the UK from the University of West London, and also has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management as well as a Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Kaneez currently lives in Vaughan with her husband and three children.

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Jacqueline Cabildo, MBA, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Jacqueline Cabildo, aka “Jackie of All Trades” as she has worked in various industries and has worn many different hats both in business and as an active contributor to her community. She joined Allegis Global Solutions 12 years ago where she held different roles with her current role as the Operational Excellence Consultant.

Jackie has held various Board positions at Family Day for 17 years. In 2007, she was Past Director of Membership at York Region Chapter and she came back in 2011 as Co-Chair for the Mentorship Program. She then served as Dir of Membership Development, Dir of Student/Senior Engagement, Chair Elect, Regulatory Liaison, Chapter Chair and current Past Chair of York Region Chapter. In July 2019, she wrote an article for the Canadian HR Reported called “Coping with Cancer and Returning to Work, a Personal story of recovery highlights challenges facing employees and employers.

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Adriana Carlin

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

A volunteer with HRPA York Region since 2015, Adriana lead the matching team on the Mentoring Committee, pairing Mentors and Mentees based on their skills and developmental needs. Now, as Director of this newly formed Committee, with her team of enthusiastic volunteers, they will look to offer programs of relevance to these distinct HRPA groups: Student Memberships and Senior, C-suite Members.

Adriana is a bilingual (English & French) Human Resources Professional, with over 10 years’ experience developing and maintaining strategic HR services and operations plans. She also specializes in accountability-focused organizational design, job analysis and evaluation, performance-based rewards, total compensation strategies, performance management, competencies, and strategic compensation philosophy development. She has delivered key solutions to such industries as the health sector, goods & services, management consulting, education, and media services.

In 2017, Adriana launched Get Fillip to assist companies with strategic HR, legislative & human rights compliance matters.

She stays on top of optimal standards of practice through continuous professional development, having just completed an HR Law course with Osgoode, she is currently pursuing her CHRE designation through HRPA and has earned her HR and Business Management Certificates from Ryerson.

Adriana welcomes your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to reach out to her at: engagement@hrpayork.ca.

Hana Ebrahim

Chair, Chapter PD Special Events

Hana is an enthusiastic human resources (HR) professional with experience in Talent Acquisition, implementing strategic initiatives and diversity and inclusion. Hana consistently demonstrates passion for building community within the HR profession through volunteer and leadership activities. Since 2017, Hana has volunteered in various capacities with the HRPA including speaking at the HRPA Annual Conference and as a member of various committees including the Student Engagement Committee (SEC) and the Charity of Choice Selection Committee.

Hana has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from George Brown College, a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University and has obtained her CHRP designation.

Hana enjoys networking, mentoring early HR professionals, and exploring the intersection of HR and technology. In her free time, Hana likes to travel, do yoga, try new recipes and read historical fiction.

Ryan Cooke
Ryan Cooke

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Ryan Cooke is currently the Director of People Operations for a growing landscape and snow removal organization looking to disrupt the HR space aligning recruitment with retention goals.

With 15 years of experience working on a variety of HR projects, Ryan has developed and applied a rugby scrum ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ philosophy to help businesses operate through lean, engaged, and thriving employees.  As a customer-focused and highly qualified professional who understands the purpose of an organization’s mission and vision, Ryan understands how to apply a LEAN framework in a way that supports the development of an organization, how to turn reactive into proactive, and truly take HR programs from good to GREAT!

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Josie Lee, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Josie is an energetic Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), with over 12 years of experience. As Director, HR Business Partner at CNA Insurance (Canada), she is responsible for all functional areas of HR. Prior to CNA, she worked at Deloitte and EY.

With 20+ years of volunteering experience, Josie has had the opportunity to work with children, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Since joining the HRPA in 2009, she’s volunteered with the Relationship Management and Mentoring Committees. She was also the recipient of HRPA York Region’s 2014 Rising Star Award. She was elected to the Board in 2021 and leads the Student portfolio for York Region.

Josie graduated from Western University with a specialization in HR and French. She has her HRBP Certificate as well as The Osgoode Certificate in Advanced HR Law for Senior HR Executives. Outside of HR, Josie is a part-time Real Estate Salesperson and also teaches kids Muay Thai.

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Bridget King, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Communications

Bridget King is currently Talent Acquisition Manager, North America Early Career at IBM, responsible for diversity recruiting, internship programs, early career programs and events.

Bridget has been a member and active volunteer with the York Region HRPA since 2015, most recently with the Student Engagement committee. She was the recipient of the HRPA York Region Innovation Award in 2019 and was named Campus Recruiter of the Year by TalentEgg in 2017.

Bridget is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Honours Arts and Business Co-op Program (BA) -Political Science, HR Specialization and holds a Certificate in Strategic Business Leadership from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management (Executive Education Program). She volunteers with several organizations including HRPA York Region, URx Community, Defeat Depression Campaign, and Homeward Bound Industry Council (WoodGreen Community Services).

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Lisa McFarland, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs

Lisa has 25+ years of diverse experience in the field of Human Resources that spans start-ups and established organizations.  She has extensive hands-on experience assisting businesses develop HR strategies and processes to ensure that the right HR fundamentals are in place.

Her passion is driven by creating an engaging and collaborative workforce.  In 2020, Lisa launched Flashrock HR focused on designing and delivering practical solutions that align with organizational culture and people strategy.

One of Lisa’s favourite quotes, “Accept that we all are human resources, but we are humans first and resources later.”

Prior to joining the York Regional Board, she contributed to the York Region Regulatory Discussion Group, was a guest speaker at the York Region Chapter and other HRPA Chapters across Ontario, presented at the HRPA HR Summits and at the HRPA annual conference.

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from York University and completed the Adult Learning and Development Program at OISE, University of Toronto. She is a proud Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP).

Kacey Neille Ennis

Chair, Chapter Mentorship

Kacey-Neille is a strategic HR leader with experience in all functional areas of Human Resources. She has worked in several industries including manufacturing, professional services, childcare and telecommunications, within small, medium and large enterprises. As an HR leader Kacey-Neille is a strategist, an implementor and a communicator of all HR initiatives, to ensure alignment with the overall strategy of the company. She is a strong business partner capable of approaching HR challenges from both the business and the people perspective and creates change through partnerships and teamwork. An active member of the York Region Chapter of the HRPA since 2014, Kacey-Neille has enjoyed serving and interacting within the HR community through mentorship, volunteering and professional development. She believes strongly in supporting others and giving back to the community, as it has been a valuable resource in her career and has supported her growth as an HR professional. Kacey-Neille holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from York University. She is also holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the HRPA.

Kaneez Jaffer
Kaneez Jaffer, CHRP, CHRL, BA (Hons)

Director at Large

Kaneez is a Certified Human Resources Leader with extensive experience in moving HR from a transactional model to a transformational one, having worked in the investment banking, group insurance, and legal industries. She has an advanced knowledge of employee engagement, total rewards, HRIS technology, HR marketing and communications and is passionate about creating an employee centric experience in order to further organizational objectives.

Kaneez is also a regular webinar host, panelist and public speaker on a range of HR issues, both with the HRPA and JungoHR and has been featured in Canadian HR Reporter Magazine.

Kaneez graduated with Honors in the UK from the University of West London, and also has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management as well as a Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Kaneez currently lives in Vaughan with her husband and three children.

jackie-cabildo
Jacqueline Cabildo, MBA, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

Jacqueline Cabildo, aka “Jackie of All Trades” as she has worked in various industries and has worn many different hats both in business and as an active contributor to her community. She joined Allegis Global Solutions 12 years ago where she held different roles with her current role as the Operational Excellence Consultant.

Jackie has held various Board positions at Family Day for 17 years. In 2007, she was Past Director of Membership at York Region Chapter and she came back in 2011 as Co-Chair for the Mentorship Program. She then served as Dir of Membership Development, Dir of Student/Senior Engagement, Chair Elect, Regulatory Liaison, Chapter Chair and current Past Chair of York Region Chapter. In July 2019, she wrote an article for the Canadian HR Reported called “Coping with Cancer and Returning to Work, a Personal story of recovery highlights challenges facing employees and employers.

adriana-carlin
Adriana Carlin

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

A volunteer with HRPA York Region since 2015, Adriana lead the matching team on the Mentoring Committee, pairing Mentors and Mentees based on their skills and developmental needs. Now, as Director of this newly formed Committee, with her team of enthusiastic volunteers, they will look to offer programs of relevance to these distinct HRPA groups: Student Memberships and Senior, C-suite Members.

Adriana is a bilingual (English & French) Human Resources Professional, with over 10 years’ experience developing and maintaining strategic HR services and operations plans. She also specializes in accountability-focused organizational design, job analysis and evaluation, performance-based rewards, total compensation strategies, performance management, competencies, and strategic compensation philosophy development. She has delivered key solutions to such industries as the health sector, goods & services, management consulting, education, and media services.

In 2017, Adriana launched Get Fillip to assist companies with strategic HR, legislative & human rights compliance matters.

She stays on top of optimal standards of practice through continuous professional development, having just completed an HR Law course with Osgoode, she is currently pursuing her CHRE designation through HRPA and has earned her HR and Business Management Certificates from Ryerson.

Adriana welcomes your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to reach out to her at: engagement@hrpayork.ca.

Hana Ebrahim

Chair, Chapter PD Special Events

Hana is an enthusiastic human resources (HR) professional with experience in Talent Acquisition, implementing strategic initiatives and diversity and inclusion. Hana consistently demonstrates passion for building community within the HR profession through volunteer and leadership activities. Since 2017, Hana has volunteered in various capacities with the HRPA including speaking at the HRPA Annual Conference and as a member of various committees including the Student Engagement Committee (SEC) and the Charity of Choice Selection Committee.

Hana has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from George Brown College, a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University and has obtained her CHRP designation.

Hana enjoys networking, mentoring early HR professionals, and exploring the intersection of HR and technology. In her free time, Hana likes to travel, do yoga, try new recipes and read historical fiction.

Ryan Cooke
Ryan Cooke

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Ryan Cooke is currently the Director of People Operations for a growing landscape and snow removal organization looking to disrupt the HR space aligning recruitment with retention goals.

With 15 years of experience working on a variety of HR projects, Ryan has developed and applied a rugby scrum ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ philosophy to help businesses operate through lean, engaged, and thriving employees.  As a customer-focused and highly qualified professional who understands the purpose of an organization’s mission and vision, Ryan understands how to apply a LEAN framework in a way that supports the development of an organization, how to turn reactive into proactive, and truly take HR programs from good to GREAT!

Josie Lee - York
Josie Lee, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Josie is an energetic Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), with over 12 years of experience. As Director, HR Business Partner at CNA Insurance (Canada), she is responsible for all functional areas of HR. Prior to CNA, she worked at Deloitte and EY.

With 20+ years of volunteering experience, Josie has had the opportunity to work with children, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Since joining the HRPA in 2009, she’s volunteered with the Relationship Management and Mentoring Committees. She was also the recipient of HRPA York Region’s 2014 Rising Star Award. She was elected to the Board in 2021 and leads the Student portfolio for York Region.

Josie graduated from Western University with a specialization in HR and French. She has her HRBP Certificate as well as The Osgoode Certificate in Advanced HR Law for Senior HR Executives. Outside of HR, Josie is a part-time Real Estate Salesperson and also teaches kids Muay Thai.

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Bridget King, CHRP

Chair, Chapter Communications

Bridget King is currently Talent Acquisition Manager, North America Early Career at IBM, responsible for diversity recruiting, internship programs, early career programs and events.

Bridget has been a member and active volunteer with the York Region HRPA since 2015, most recently with the Student Engagement committee. She was the recipient of the HRPA York Region Innovation Award in 2019 and was named Campus Recruiter of the Year by TalentEgg in 2017.

Bridget is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Honours Arts and Business Co-op Program (BA) -Political Science, HR Specialization and holds a Certificate in Strategic Business Leadership from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management (Executive Education Program). She volunteers with several organizations including HRPA York Region, URx Community, Defeat Depression Campaign, and Homeward Bound Industry Council (WoodGreen Community Services).

Lisa McFarland - Headshot
Lisa McFarland, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs

Lisa has 25+ years of diverse experience in the field of Human Resources that spans start-ups and established organizations.  She has extensive hands-on experience assisting businesses develop HR strategies and processes to ensure that the right HR fundamentals are in place.

Her passion is driven by creating an engaging and collaborative workforce.  In 2020, Lisa launched Flashrock HR focused on designing and delivering practical solutions that align with organizational culture and people strategy.

One of Lisa’s favourite quotes, “Accept that we all are human resources, but we are humans first and resources later.”

Prior to joining the York Regional Board, she contributed to the York Region Regulatory Discussion Group, was a guest speaker at the York Region Chapter and other HRPA Chapters across Ontario, presented at the HRPA HR Summits and at the HRPA annual conference.

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from York University and completed the Adult Learning and Development Program at OISE, University of Toronto. She is a proud Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP).

Kacey Neille Ennis

Chair, Chapter Mentorship

Kacey-Neille is a strategic HR leader with experience in all functional areas of Human Resources. She has worked in several industries including manufacturing, professional services, childcare and telecommunications, within small, medium and large enterprises. As an HR leader Kacey-Neille is a strategist, an implementor and a communicator of all HR initiatives, to ensure alignment with the overall strategy of the company. She is a strong business partner capable of approaching HR challenges from both the business and the people perspective and creates change through partnerships and teamwork. An active member of the York Region Chapter of the HRPA since 2014, Kacey-Neille has enjoyed serving and interacting within the HR community through mentorship, volunteering and professional development. She believes strongly in supporting others and giving back to the community, as it has been a valuable resource in her career and has supported her growth as an HR professional. Kacey-Neille holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from York University. She is also holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the HRPA.

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