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​​360 Newsletter - March 2017

​​CEO’s message

Topic: Passage of Bill 27 - Another step toward professionalizing HR

BillIt still seems as though the year has barely started, but we’re very happy to report that we at HRPA received some more good news to celebrate last week. We learned last Thursday that Bill 27, or the Burden Reduction Act, has passed through the Ontario Legislature. 

We do tend to get excited, perhaps more than most, about legislative changes – but this is a change that is also very exciting for each and every one of our members. 

This new legislation removes some unnecessary red tape in relation to our members conducting workplace investigations – a practice are that most certainly falls under the expertise of the human resources profession, and will now be accordingly self-regulated under our own bill and exempt from the PSISA (Private Security and Investigative Services Act).

Bill 27 was an omnibus bill that included a number of different and disparate items, but the one we’re celebrating today is an amendment to our Registered Human Resources Professionals Act of 2013

The act was amended to add the following section: 

Workplace investigations

14.1  A member of the Association, who is in good standing, is authorized to conduct, for remuneration, workplace investigations in order to provide information, and section 2 of Ontario Regulation 435/07 made under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 applies.

Essentially, what this means is that Ontario will now allow HRPA members who conduct workplace investigations to be exempt from the PSISA. 

This is yet another important step in the professionalization of HR, because we are now entrusted to set our own high standards for the practice of workplace investigations, drawing on the decades of knowledge and experience that we have as a profession, instead of being beholden to red tape or external bodies less with the nuances and challenges of such investigations. 

As an added point, HRPA is pleased to offer our members a comprehensive Workplace Investigations Certificate Program, which is an in-depth three-day program that effectively equips human resources professionals with the ability to recognize, investigate and report the findings of crucial workplace investigations. 

As a sample of the curriculum covered in the program, please visit this link to view the next scheduled certificate program offered in Toronto. However, the certificate program is also offered in other Chapter locations – please visit our PD Certificate Programs calendar​ for full details. 

For further information and for those interested in viewing the bill in its entirety, please click on the following link

This legislative change is far from the only marker of success in our work to professionalize HR. A November 2016 Leger 360 survey of 250 business executives, at VP level and above, found that business confidence in HRPA as a regulator is up 74 per cent in light of its Act and its designation frameworks. 

It’s all encouraging news – and we hope you are as pleased as we are to celebrate yet another step in our journey of professionalizing the profession. 

Kind regards, 

Bill Greenhalgh

CEO, HRPA​

​​CEO’s message

Topic: Passage of Bill 27 - Another step toward professionalizing HR

BillIt still seems as though the year has barely started, but we’re very happy to report that we at HRPA received some more good news to celebrate last week. We learned last Thursday that Bill 27, or the Burden Reduction Act, has passed through the Ontario Legislature. 

We do tend to get excited, perhaps more than most, about legislative changes – but this is a change that is also very exciting for each and every one of our members. 

This new legislation removes some unnecessary red tape in relation to our members conducting workplace investigations – a practice are that most certainly falls under the expertise of the human resources profession, and will now be accordingly self-regulated under our own bill and exempt from the PSISA (Private Security and Investigative Services Act).

Bill 27 was an omnibus bill that included a number of different and disparate items, but the one we’re celebrating today is an amendment to our Registered Human Resources Professionals Act of 2013

The act was amended to add the following section: 

Workplace investigations

14.1  A member of the Association, who is in good standing, is authorized to conduct, for remuneration, workplace investigations in order to provide information, and section 2 of Ontario Regulation 435/07 made under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 applies.

Essentially, what this means is that Ontario will now allow HRPA members who conduct workplace investigations to be exempt from the PSISA. 

This is yet another important step in the professionalization of HR, because we are now entrusted to set our own high standards for the practice of workplace investigations, drawing on the decades of knowledge and experience that we have as a profession, instead of being beholden to red tape or external bodies less with the nuances and challenges of such investigations. 

As an added point, HRPA is pleased to offer our members a comprehensive Workplace Investigations Certificate Program, which is an in-depth three-day program that effectively equips human resources professionals with the ability to recognize, investigate and report the findings of crucial workplace investigations. 

As a sample of the curriculum covered in the program, please visit this link to view the next scheduled certificate program offered in Toronto. However, the certificate program is also offered in other Chapter locations – please visit our PD Certificate Programs calendar​ for full details. 

For further information and for those interested in viewing the bill in its entirety, please click on the following link

This legislative change is far from the only marker of success in our work to professionalize HR. A November 2016 Leger 360 survey of 250 business executives, at VP level and above, found that business confidence in HRPA as a regulator is up 74 per cent in light of its Act and its designation frameworks. 

It’s all encouraging news – and we hope you are as pleased as we are to celebrate yet another step in our journey of professionalizing the profession. 

Kind regards, 

Bill Greenhalgh

CEO, HRPA​

Thanks for the nominations!

We’d like to extend a warm thank you to all those who nominated someone for this year’s Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize the value designated professionals add to their organizations, and recognize an exemplary HR professional at each of our three designation levels: Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP); Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL); and Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). 

This year, we received 10 outstanding nominations. We can say without a doubt that the judges have their work cut out for them! The awards will be presented April 26, 2017 at the Great Place to Work Awards Gala. Winners will be notified prior to the Gala, and public announcement of the winners will be made afterwards. If you are interested in attending, there is more information about the Gala on our website. 

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Want to be a part of our inaugural CHRO Conference? Register today!

On May 2, 2017, HRPA is proud to present our first-ever CHRO Conference. This special one-day conference is created by CHROs, for CHROs, and will present high-level, strategy-focused professional development sessions. 

Join in small-group discussions with keynote speaker Dave Ulrich, attend panels on board perspectives and C-suite synergy, and engage in high-level discussion with a network of senior executive peers. 

This event is by accepted registration only – please contact Inna Tuka to make a registration request. 

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Have you heard? HR Professional is now fully digital. 

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, HR Professional has now made the full transition to digital. We’re very excited to be able to offer you the same great publication more often, with more content, more accessibly. The magazine is available across all your devices, and can be enjoyed in mobile app or online format. We’ll be expanding our content to publish 12 issues this year, not counting our special conference issue (which remains a printed issue). We’re proud to be able to offer you even more great content in an environmentally sustainable, easy-to-access format! 

Interested in submitting an article for publication in HR Professional? Send me a note with your article idea(s) at lbernier@hrpa.ca​

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Meet a Staffer

Thomas SnowmobilingThomas Callitsis, Exams Coordinator​

What do you do at HRPA?

I am the Exams Coordinator with HRPA.  I am in charge of assessing transcripts to determine one’s eligibility to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (CKE) 1 and CKE 2.  I also manage the in-class and webinar sessions for the CKE 1 and CKE 2 examination preparatory products.  

I also help identify which examination preparatory products are best suited for individuals wanting a refresher of the material prior to writing their examinations.  

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy being able to provide support to individuals in overcoming any weariness or concerns they may have when it comes to writing an examination by offering them guidance as to how to better prepare themselves for the examination, and so that they can walk into the room confidently at examination time.


Where are you from?

Born and raised in East York, Ontario.


Where did you go for your last vacation?

Travelled to Anaheim, California for a video game convention (BlizzCon), and from there drove 14 hours on the Pacific Highway Coast to San Francisco for a week of adventures and exploring.


What is your favourite book?

JPod by Douglas Coupland.


What are you listening to these days? 

Currently, I am into Lindsey Stirling, who plays the violin amazingly.  


What do you do on your days off? 

I enjoy exploring and going on hikes outside of Toronto with my fiancée and our Bernedoodle, Morty.  I also enjoy playing World of Warcraft and stream regularly on Twitch.tv.

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