Award Categories

HRPA Fellow Award (FHRPA)

The most prestigious title awarded, the HRPA Fellow Award (FHRPA) is given to designated HRPA members who have made exceptional contributions and enhanced the reputation of the human resources management profession.

Learn more about the HRPA Fellow Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Fellow Award Selection Criteria

Candidates for the FHRPA must be designated members in good standing with a minimum of five (5) years membership in HRPA. This is a prestigious title that will be presented to members who have made outstanding contributions in these five key areas:

  • Contributes to the strategic positioning of the Human Resources Profession (points 35/100);
  • Advocacy on behalf of the HR Profession to Government Policy Makers (points 20/100);
  • Development, Sharing and Promotion of Innovative HR ideas, policies and practices (points 25/100);
  • Service to Local, Provincial and/or National HR Associations (points 15/100); and
  • Service to the Broader Community/Social Responsibility (points 5/100).

Submission Requirements:

Nominations must include a current resume and the completion of the nomination/application package.

Award Entitlements:

  • Certificate presented by CEO and Board Chair
  • Right to use the FHRPA title
  • Complimentary lifetime membership with HRPA (non-transferrable)
  • One complimentary pass to each annual conference (non-transferrable)
  • Inclusion in any editorial coverage on awards
HRPA Honorary Life Award

This prestigious award is given to HRPA members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Association regionally and/or provincially.

Learn more about the HRPA Honorary Life Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Honorary Life Award Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate must be a member in good standing with a minimum of five (5) years membership in HRPA. In addition, nominators and nominees must highlight the candidate’s leadership and the outstanding nature of the candidate’s performance in the five key areas:

  • Demonstrate a leadership contribution as chair of a committee or task force (points 30/100);
  • Demonstrate the promotion of HRPA to the broader community (points 20/100);
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development of membership growth, including career-growth development of current or future members (points 20/100);
  • Has made a cumulative impact on the association (points 15/100); and
  • Demonstrated progressive development of initiatives that support the strategic direction of HRPA (points 15/100).

Submission Requirements:

Submissions must include two letters of impact outlining how the nominee has made an outstanding contribution and the completion of the nomination/application package.

Award Entitlements:

  • Award presented by CEO and Board Chair
  • Complimentary lifetime membership with HRPA (non-transferrable)
  • Inclusion in any editorial coverage on awards
HRPA Emeritus Award

The HRPA Emeritus Award recognizes business leaders who have made a profound contribution to the HR profession. These individuals will have contributed to and helped advance human resources management thinking and practice at the highest level.

Learn more about the HRPA Emeritus Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Emeritus Award Selection Criteria:

Candidates must demonstrably reflect the HRPA Code of Conduct (PDF) and have made a significant contribution in at least one or more of the following areas:

  • Instrumental in raising the profile of the Human Resources profession as a vital strategic partner to senior leaders of organizations within the province of Ontario regardless of place or residence (points 35/100);
  • Strong and notable history of developing, sharing or promoting skills and knowledge of the HR profession; advocating on behalf of the HR profession (points 25/100);
  • Service to HRPA through their works impact at the provincial, chapter and/or national level (points 20/100); and
  • Service to the broader community within the context of the HR Profession, embracing the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct (points 20/100).

Submission Requirements:

Nominations must include a current resume and the completion of the nomination/application package.

Award Entitlements:

  • Certificate presented by CEO and Board Chair at the Awards ceremony
  • One-night paid accommodation for recipient (at HRPA designated hotel) and travel to and from the event (in accordance with HRPA’s travel expense policy)
  • One awards event pass for a guest of the recipient
  • One complimentary pass for the next available annual conference
  • Inclusion in any editorial coverage on awards
HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Professional (DHRP)

The HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Professional Award recognizes academics who have made an exceptional contribution to the HR profession. Candidates will have contributed to and helped advance the profession through research, the innovation and promotion of ideas, contributing to the broader community and have exceeded above and beyond in teaching excellence.

Learn more about the HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Professional Award Selection Criteria:

Candidate must demonstrably reflect the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct (PDF) and have made a significant contribution in at least one or more of the following areas;

  • Contributes to the strategic positioning of the Human Resources Profession (points 35/100);
  • Development, Sharing and Promotion of Innovative HR ideas, policies and practices (points 25/100);
  • Service to Local, Provincial and/or National HR Associations (points 15/100);
  • Service to the Broader Community/Social Responsibility (points 5/100); and
  • Has been published in the area of HR (at least two submission provided) (points 20/100).

Submission Requirements:

Nominations must include two published pieces related to HR and the completion of the nomination/application.

Award Entitlements:

  • Certificate presented by CEO and Board Chair
  • Complimentary lifetime membership with HRPA (non-transferrable)
  • One-night paid accommodation for recipient (at HRPA designated hotel) and travel to and from the Volunteer Award Ceremony (in accordance with HRPA’s travel expense policy) + guest
HRPA Fellow Award (FHRPA)

The most prestigious title awarded, the HRPA Fellow Award (FHRPA) is given to designated HRPA members who have made exceptional contributions and enhanced the reputation of the human resources management profession.

Learn more about the HRPA Fellow Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Fellow Award Selection Criteria

Candidates for the FHRPA must be designated members in good standing with a minimum of five (5) years membership in HRPA. This is a prestigious title that will be presented to members who have made outstanding contributions in these five key areas:

  • Contributes to the strategic positioning of the Human Resources Profession (points 35/100);
  • Advocacy on behalf of the HR Profession to Government Policy Makers (points 20/100);
  • Development, Sharing and Promotion of Innovative HR ideas, policies and practices (points 25/100);
  • Service to Local, Provincial and/or National HR Associations (points 15/100); and
  • Service to the Broader Community/Social Responsibility (points 5/100).

Submission Requirements:

Nominations must include a current resume and the completion of the nomination/application package.

Award Entitlements:

  • Certificate presented by CEO and Board Chair
  • Right to use the FHRPA title
  • Complimentary lifetime membership with HRPA (non-transferrable)
  • One complimentary pass to each annual conference (non-transferrable)
  • Inclusion in any editorial coverage on awards
HRPA Honorary Life Award

This prestigious award is given to HRPA members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Association regionally and/or provincially.

Learn more about the HRPA Honorary Life Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Honorary Life Award Selection Criteria:

The successful candidate must be a member in good standing with a minimum of five (5) years membership in HRPA. In addition, nominators and nominees must highlight the candidate’s leadership and the outstanding nature of the candidate’s performance in the five key areas:

  • Demonstrate a leadership contribution as chair of a committee or task force (points 30/100);
  • Demonstrate the promotion of HRPA to the broader community (points 20/100);
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development of membership growth, including career-growth development of current or future members (points 20/100);
  • Has made a cumulative impact on the association (points 15/100); and
  • Demonstrated progressive development of initiatives that support the strategic direction of HRPA (points 15/100).

Submission Requirements:

Submissions must include two letters of impact outlining how the nominee has made an outstanding contribution and the completion of the nomination/application package.

Award Entitlements:

  • Award presented by CEO and Board Chair
  • Complimentary lifetime membership with HRPA (non-transferrable)
  • Inclusion in any editorial coverage on awards
HRPA Emeritus Award

The HRPA Emeritus Award recognizes business leaders who have made a profound contribution to the HR profession. These individuals will have contributed to and helped advance human resources management thinking and practice at the highest level.

Learn more about the HRPA Emeritus Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Emeritus Award Selection Criteria:

Candidates must demonstrably reflect the HRPA Code of Conduct (PDF) and have made a significant contribution in at least one or more of the following areas:

  • Instrumental in raising the profile of the Human Resources profession as a vital strategic partner to senior leaders of organizations within the province of Ontario regardless of place or residence (points 35/100);
  • Strong and notable history of developing, sharing or promoting skills and knowledge of the HR profession; advocating on behalf of the HR profession (points 25/100);
  • Service to HRPA through their works impact at the provincial, chapter and/or national level (points 20/100); and
  • Service to the broader community within the context of the HR Profession, embracing the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct (points 20/100).

Submission Requirements:

Nominations must include a current resume and the completion of the nomination/application package.

Award Entitlements:

  • Certificate presented by CEO and Board Chair at the Awards ceremony
  • One-night paid accommodation for recipient (at HRPA designated hotel) and travel to and from the event (in accordance with HRPA’s travel expense policy)
  • One awards event pass for a guest of the recipient
  • One complimentary pass for the next available annual conference
  • Inclusion in any editorial coverage on awards
HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Professional (DHRP)

The HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Professional Award recognizes academics who have made an exceptional contribution to the HR profession. Candidates will have contributed to and helped advance the profession through research, the innovation and promotion of ideas, contributing to the broader community and have exceeded above and beyond in teaching excellence.

Learn more about the HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Award selection criteria and nomination requirements.

HRPA Distinguished Human Resources Professional Award Selection Criteria:

Candidate must demonstrably reflect the HRPA Rules of Professional Conduct (PDF) and have made a significant contribution in at least one or more of the following areas;

  • Contributes to the strategic positioning of the Human Resources Profession (points 35/100);
  • Development, Sharing and Promotion of Innovative HR ideas, policies and practices (points 25/100);
  • Service to Local, Provincial and/or National HR Associations (points 15/100);
  • Service to the Broader Community/Social Responsibility (points 5/100); and
  • Has been published in the area of HR (at least two submission provided) (points 20/100).

Submission Requirements:

Nominations must include two published pieces related to HR and the completion of the nomination/application.

Award Entitlements:

  • Certificate presented by CEO and Board Chair
  • Complimentary lifetime membership with HRPA (non-transferrable)
  • One-night paid accommodation for recipient (at HRPA designated hotel) and travel to and from the Volunteer Award Ceremony (in accordance with HRPA’s travel expense policy) + guest

2020 HRPA Awards of Distinction

Nominations for the 2020 HRPA Awards of Distinction are now being accepted.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 30, 2020.

Nominations are open to HR professionals who exemplify excellence in the field.

These awards are a highly prestigious validation of the skill, professionalism, dedication and hard work these professionals have demonstrated in their work.

To apply for one of these prestigious awards, or to nominate someone you feel should be considered, please fill out the online nomination form.

Continue reading to learn more about the awards, eligibility criteria and selection process.

Awards Selection Criteria

Learn more about the selection process for all of the HRPA Awards of Distinction.

The Review Process

Honorary titles are awarded on the basis of contributions to the human resources management profession or to the Association.

  • The process begins with a call for nominations. The cycle is an annual one.
  • HRPA’s Award Committee will review nominations, gather more information as required, conduct interviews.
  • The selection process for the HRPA’s honorary designations will be conducted by the Awards Committee based on nominations submitted to the Committee.
  • The Awards Committee will make recommendations for approval by the HRPA Board of Directors.
  • The decision of the Board to award, or not to award, any of the Awards of Distinction is not appealable
  • There is no requirement that any or all of the honorary awards be granted in any given year and there are no limits on the number of honorary awards that may be granted in any given year.
  • The honorary awards are granted in perpetuity (unless the subsequent behaviour of the designation-holder warrants rescinding the designation). FHRPA designation holders must continue to be members in good standing of the Association and meet the requirements for maintaining the designation.
Continuing Professional Development Hour Eligibility

Under Section B.11, submitting a nomination form for any of these Awards makes you eligible for 0.67 hours per nomination submitted, to a maximum of 3.33 CPD hours per year.

For more information on this, please reference the page on Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Historical Award Recipients

View past recipients of our Awards of Distinction here.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the HRPA Awards of Distinction, please email awards@hrpa.ca.