Monica Belcourt is the founding director of the School of Human Resources Management (HRM) at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, the largest undergraduate program in HRM in Canada and the country’s only executive-style Master’s program in HRM. Her writing is grounded in the experience she gained as Director of Personnel at CP Rail, as Director of Employee Development at the National Film Board, and as a functional HR specialist for other organizations.
Dr. Belcourt was also the Founding Director of the Human Resources Research Institute, a catalyst for the discovery, dissemination and application of new knowledge about HRM. Under her leadership, the Institute launched The Research Forum, a column in Human Resources Professional magazine; the Applied Research Stream at the annual HRPA conference; and the Best Thesis awards program.
In 2010, she was awarded the designation of FHRPA, a lifetime achievement award in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the profession.
Debbie Bennett is the current Vice-President, Human Resources at Postmedia Networks Inc. In this role, she supports multiple locations with close to 3,000 employees across Canada. Debbie has been with Postmedia for 32 years.
Debbie was an active and engaged volunteer with HRPA, starting with her local Ottawa Chapter where she was a Board member and eventual Chair. She went on to serve as Chair of the Board of the Human Resources Professionals Association from 2007 to 2009. Debbie’s contribution to the strategic positioning of the Human Resources Profession was seen early on in her role with HRPA as Chair of the then Professional Standards Committee (PSC) of HRPA. During her time as Chair of this committee, Debbie recommended the implementation of a degree requirement as a professional standard for those seeking to obtain their CHRP. This recommendation paved the way for a higher standard for HR professionals and solidified HRPA’s standing when seeking to regulate the profession legislatively.
Debbie took her passion for the advancement of the designation, and therefore the profession, to the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA), where she served as a member and/or Chair from 2008 to 2012. Debbie went on to become Chair of the North American Human Resources Association (NAHRMA).
Debbie received the Honourary Life Member Award from HRPA in 2012, and became an HRPA Fellow in 2015.
Antoinette is the President of Ironside Consulting Services Inc. (ICS Inc.), a company specializing in the provision of a variety of human resources, labour relations and management services for employers primarily in Northern Ontario since 2000. Antoinette Blunt is a licensed Private Investigator with extensive experience in undertaking workplace investigations related to allegations of violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bullying, Harassment and Violence in the Workplace), and allegations of violations of the Human Rights Code.
In 2018, Antoinette was appointed Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie and is responsible for investigating complaints and alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct of Council and Elected Boards; she will serve as an advisor to Council and an educator for City Council, City Administration, and the Public. Antoinette is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Research Institute, a national not-for-profit organization that is focused on human resources research and educational scholarships. She is also a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).
In 2016 and 2017, Antoinette served a member of the Standards Council of Canada in relation to international human resources standards development. In 2013, Antoinette was awarded the Fellow Designation by the Human Resources Professionals Association. In 2005, Antoinette was named by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce as the winner of the Athena Award, an internationally recognized award honouring exceptional women leaders who inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
Daniel Ondrack is a retired Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behaviour at Rotman and former Academic Director of Executive Programs. His teaching interests lie in international business and human resource management. Daniel’s research focuses on international human resource management, cross-cultural behaviour and strategic human resource management. Daniel was the first person to be awarded the Fellow of Human Resource Professionals by HRPA.
Dr. David S. Weiss, CHRE, Ph.D., ICD.D, is the fourth person to receive the Lifetime Fellow award from the Human Resources Professionals Association. He also was awarded the “HR Leadership Award” by the Asia-Pacific HR Congress, the “HR Distinction Award” by HR Israel, and he received the first Lifetime Fellow award from the Institute for Performance and Learning.
David is the President & CEO of Weiss International Ltd., and he specializes in innovation, leadership and human resource consulting. He has five post-graduate degrees, including a PhD from University of Toronto. He is a Certified Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors and previously, he was an Affiliate Professor of the Rotman School of Management, Senior Research Fellow of Queens University, and VP & Chief Innovation Officer of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. He is the author or coauthor of seven books. Three of his books were written directly for HR professionals. His publications include Beyond the Walls of Conflict, High Impact HR and Leadership-Driven HR (John Wiley & Sons, 2013). Dr. Weiss also co-authored three books on leadership, including The Leadership Gap, its sequel Leadership Solutions, and Innovative Intelligence.
Phil has an expansive career, with thirty years business experience specializing primarily in the Human Resources field, currently serving as head of Corporate Services at DST Consulting Engineers. Phil has previously held many other global senior leadership roles at various companies such as Corel Corporation, CIBC Financial, Nortel and CAE Electronics.
In 2015, Phil was the recipient of the prestigious Canadian HR Queens University Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry. In the August 2006 publication of HR Professional magazine, Phil was selected as one of 5 Stars of HR Innovation in Canada. In addition to that, he was also a recipient of the Human Resource Professional Leadership Award in 2005, an award made in recognition of a leading senior human resources professional contributing to the advancement of the Human Resources profession, through demonstration in their work of strong linkages between corporate strategies, HR initiatives, policies and procedures.
Phil’s involvement with the Association has been extensive, going back as far as the early 1990s. Phil has sat on many of the Association’s major Board committees and, for a number of years, chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee. For four years, he served as Chair of the board, then Board Chair, and subsequently, Board Vice-Chair.
In recognition for his outstanding contributions to the Association, Phil was granted the Honourary Life Award for 2018.
A gifted professional speaker, writer, and training facilitator, Chantal uses real life examples to illustrate key messages on topics such as: inclusion, work-life balance, mentoring, leadership, human resources, career transitions and starting/running a business. The common theme in all of Chantal's work is to help people, businesses and communities thrive.
An experienced Human Resources Professional and enthusiastic natural leader with excellent communication skills, Chantal helps organization and communities with leadership development, career transitions, and business coaching. She keeps the human touch in all activities resulting in increased production, while maintaining high standards and excellent morale.
Over the years, Chantal has promoted the work of the Association to local communities, championing events like "Welcome to the Room", which aimed to address workforce issues for that specific community. Most recently, Chantal was the driving force behind the first Eastern Ontario HRPA Conference. Chantal currently sits as a member, co-chair and chair on other important committees & task force groups which aim to promote the HRPA mandate and enhancing its progress at a local and provincial level.
In recognition for her many contributions to the Association, both regionally and provincially, Chantal was granted the Honourary Life Award for 2018.
As an achievement-oriented HR professional, Marnie has held top HR leadership roles in national and global organizations, overseeing Human Resources, Talent Management, Compensation, Training & Development, Metrics and Employment Legislation. Marnie has developed and implemented award-winning Employer of Choice initiatives, including Employee Engagement, Peer Recognition and Mentorship Programs. With experience in union, non-union, along with mergers and acquisitions, Marnie has been called on to facilitate and present to employee groups, executives and boards. She developed an HR Planning curriculum while serving as an Adjunct Professor of Human Resources at the University of Guelph in the faculties of the College of Management and Economics, as well as Open Learning, and conducted HR research, authored published HR articles and served as a HR panelist.
Marnie has been nominated for HR Ingenuity and Women of Distinction Business Awards. A career milestone was being a selected as recipient of the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from HRPA.
Ramona Baillie has been a member in good standing with HRPA for over 30 years. She held the CHRP designation and supported the interests of the association consistently at both the local and provincial levels. She served on the Provincial Board of Directors, served as Vice-President of Programs; Director, Annual Conference Committee; and Chaired and was a Member of numerous other Task Forces and Committees.
William Thomas (Tom) Bursey is an experienced Corporate Director & Chair of Boards and Committees in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). He is also the only two-time recipient of the Vision Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Human Resources Profession. Tom co-led the creation and launch of the Human Resources Compensation Committee Certified Program at the Directors College (McMaster University).
Tom also served over two terms as a Corporate Director of C-CORE (a world leader in remote sensing, ice engineering, and geotechnical engineering) and was recruited by CMA Ontario to be an expert advisor on the Human Resources & Compensation Committee at a time of significant transition.
Pennie Carr-Harris, CHRP, CHRL, has dedicated her career to Human Resources. She has served as the Executive Director for Human Resources at St. Lawrence College, as a Human Resources & Organizational Development Consultant for the First Nations Technical Institute and as a Consultant and Coach for her own company, Meeting Ground, which specializes in organizational and executive development and performance improvement.
Pennie currently sits on the Board for KEYS, a community-based centre with expertise in employment and employment related services.
In recognition for her active involvement with the Kingston Chapter and the HR profession as a whole, Pennie was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from HRPA.
Donna has served on HRPA’s London Chapter Executive Committee from 1985 through 1996. During those years, she served as Publicity Director, Membership Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Educational Standards Director, Vice President & President. Her greatest achievements during those years were in setting Educational Standards. It was her work with Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario that saw the last few mandatory courses for the CHRP offered in London so that members could finish their designation in and around that area. Until its dissolution, Donna served on the HRPA Educational Standards Committee, which oversaw and approved courses at the colleges and universities to be accredited for the CHRP designation.
In 2010, Donna was awarded an Honourary Life Membership for her contributions, both to HRPA and the HR profession as a whole.
Deanna is a Human Resource Professional who has demonstrated over 25 years of dynamic organizational leadership in both private and public sectors. Deanna has served on the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professionals Association back in the 1990s, and served two terms as Quinte Chapter President at the local level. Deanna also has a solid background as a dedicated volunteer Board Member opening the door to working on Governance issues and grant applications for local community organizations.
Deanna was presented with the Human Resources Professionals Association Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in 2009.
For many years, Joanne Echlin volunteered on the Board of local and Provincial HR Associations. In 1999, she served as the President of the Human Resources Professionals Association. This experience provided her with an opportunity to help advance the profession and reinforced her passion and commitment to the field. In 2010, Joanne took an early retirement - but after four years of caregiving for close family members, she decided to embark on a second career as an HR consultant.
In recognition of long-standing service to the profession, Joanne has been awarded with Honourary Lifetime Member status in 2001.
Daphne FitzGerald is a career Human Resources professional who spent more than 28 years at an international financial services organization before leaving to form her own consulting firm in 2002 – BOARDrx Inc. -- which provides strategic planning, board governance and organizational improvement support to Ontario’s non-profit sector.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Daphne has taught Human Resources and HR Planning at George Brown College and the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Daphne has also been a long-serving member of George Brown's HR Advisory Committee. In 1992, Daphne was a nominee for the Women Who Make a Difference award and in 2002, she was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. In 2016, she received HRPA's Honorary Life Award.
Daphne is Past Chair of the Board of both the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and the Human Resources Professionals Association. She has also served on the Board of the Ontario Workers Compensation Board (now the WSIB) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, Daphne is the Past Chair of the Board of Parkinson Canada, which works to improve the lives of all Canadians living with Parkinson's disease.She also serves on the Insurance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Medical Association.
Harry Garner is a proud member of the Peel Chapter where he served as Board Member, and then as President. Harry is also a former Board Member of the HRPA, where he was a strong advocate of higher professional standards.
Harry's professional career included Senior Director positions in the high-tech industry, where he was responsible for human resources planning and organizational development. His contributions through presentations to the association and chapter were on such topics as strategic planning, performance management and human resources metrics. These topics were targeted at making the human resources function more relevant to business success. Following a successful corporate career, Harry formed a management consulting company with owners and senior managers as clients. Areas of expertise included planning, team building, performance management and general human resources activities.
HRPA granted Harry the Honourary Life Membership Award in recognition of his contributions at both the Chapter and Association level.
Brian Gatien is a labour relations and employment law lawyer who has had practices established throughout Canada. He has practiced law exclusively in these areas for more than 30 years. In addition, he has taught at the college and university levels at several institutions and has made seminar and conference presentations provincially, nationally and internationally. Gatien has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980 and the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2009.
Gatien holds both the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). In recognition of his long-standing relationship with the Association and service to the profession, Brian was made an Honourary Life Member of HRPA.
Sharon Graham, CHRL, spent over 20 years working in the human resources and operations fields as a senior manager. For 17 years, she was a strategic partner in public warehousing and manufacturing, and was a driving force in developing and maintaining positive employee relations for that company.
Sharon is a seasoned professional with experience in health and safety, including developing and implementing a successful Health and Safety Program. She has vast experience developing and implementing Health and Safety Policies, Standards and Procedures, conducting health and safety reviews and overseeing and maintaining a successful health and safety program. She also has experience in training and development, pay equity, compensation management, performance management, policy and procedure development, job description development, job evaluation, recruitment at all levels, outplacement counseling, and is very familiar with all areas of Provincial and Federal Legislation.
In 2010, Sharon was awarded HRPA’s Honourary Lifetime Membership Award.
Larry Hebert, Councillor At Large, has put many years of leadership experience and community involvement to work in Thunder Bay.
He has a strong background in organizational leadership and management. For over 20 years, he served as the General Manager of Thunder Bay Hydro before retiring in 2004 after 29 years with the organization. He is currently President of Genotran Consulting which specializes in Energy and Human Resources issues. An example of his work in this sector includes writing the Northern Ontario Municipal Association's Draft Energy Policy Paper. In 2004, he was elected to Tbaytel's inaugural Board of Directors on which he served until his election to Council. In 2002, Larry received the Honorary Life Membership Award from HRPA.
Gerlinde Herrmann is the founder and president of The Herrmann Group, a consulting firm that provides Executive Search, HR and Governance Consulting, and Leadership & Executive Coaching to support Human Resources strategies and talent management initiatives.
In addition to her involvement with HRPA, serving three years as President and Chair of the board of directors of HRPA, past Chair and Chair of the Strategic and Global Alliances committee, Gerlinde has also been actively involved in many other industry-related initiatives, such as: Panels of the Society for Human Resource Management; Youth Employment Service Advisory Board; Director on the Canadian Council of Human Resources Association; Director of North American Human Resources Management Association; and Advisor for George Brown’s Human Resources program.
Tom Holmes is an Instructor at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and is the academic advisor for the Human Resource certificate program. He has both corporate and consulting experience, having been Vice President Human Resources for three Canadian internationals and operating a successful executive search consulting practice. Tom has the HRPA / FCHRP designation and Chaired HRPA’s Certification Committee for over 20 years. He has also received the association’s Honourary Life Member Award. He has served on the Association’s Board of Directors, the Toronto Board of Trade’s Pension and Benefits Policy Committee (an advocacy group) and the Compensation Surveys Committee. He is also a past Board Chair of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM).
Tom’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts and Sciences Degree from St. Mary’s University, and a Master of Arts from Drake University.
Alice Kubicek is a change agent committed to lifelong learning, excellence in client service and collaboration. Alice thrives on challenging assignments in a dynamic, energetic and professional organization. In addition to serving as the Executive Director for the Daybreak Housing Corporation, Alice also owns her own consulting firm, specializing in aligning clients and their organizations with new strategies, legislation, leadership and best practices. Under Alice's leadership at the helm of HRPA's Discipline Committee, the Committee made many strides forward. For her outstanding volunteer contributions and commitment to the HR profession, Alice was awarded the Honourary Life Member Award in 2003.
Susan Marlow is a seasoned HR Executive with over 25 years of experience, 15 being at the Vice President level. She has as significant experience in many aspects of HR, including M&A organizational design, compensation & perquisite programs, benefits, recruitment, performance management and succession planning & mentoring.
In addition to her work experience, Ms. Marlow provided leadership to one of the HRPA’s largest chapters serving as Treasurer, Vice President, President and finally Past President of the Peel Region chapter, which has a well-recognized reputation for excellence. At the provincial level, she provided leadership as Chair of HRPA’s Awards Committee until the end of her tenure, after which she continued to serve on the committee to ensure a smooth transition to the new Chair.
Susan was also a member on the Professional Practice Task Force, a national task force under the Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations (CCHRA) where she helped develop the new competency model for HR professionals. In 2013, Susan was awarded HRPA's Honourary Life Award.
Mary is the Founder and President of Almar HRM Services Ltd., a human resources consulting company established in the Durham Region, the GTA and United States for over 20 years. The company provides full-cycle expertise in strategic recruitment and selection initiatives, executive coaching and development.
Mary has extensive experience in strategic recruitment and selection initiatives, policies and procedures development, human resources and organizational development programs. Throughout her career, Mary hasdeveloped and facilitated numerous training workshops on employment legislation, human rights, teambuilding and communications.
Along with her CHRP & CHRL designations, Mary holds a Business Administration Degree and post graduate diploma in Human Resources Management from York University.
For her contributions to the field of Human Resources, Mary was a recipient of HRPA’s Honourary Life Award. Mary is an active member of the Durham Chapter, serving as a Past President and active member of its Membership Committee.
Simon Ouellet is a seasoned, bilingual strategic human resources and labour relations professional with over 33 years of experience acquired in the private and public sectors in Canada and the United States. Simon is a proven leader, strategic thinker and decision-maker with a demonstrated ability to gain the confidence and trust of employees, management and unions as evidenced by leading over 60 collective bargaining exercises to successful settlements within established mandates. Simon is also an accomplished international and local speaker and a published author on various human resources topics. In 2002, Simon was awarded Honourary Life Membership.
Dominic has been an active founding Board member of the Sudbury Chapter between 1985-2017, serving two terms as President, and has 30+ years within the Educational Standards portfolio.
Dominic is a Certified Human Resources Leader with over 40 years of experience in training, education, board positions and business counselling. Before founding SOS, Inc., he excelled in a wide spectrum of experiences ranging from university lecturer to business professor, from sales manager and G.M. to entrepreneur, franchisor and C.O.O. of a dynamic corporation. He has authored business cases, courses and complete HR programs and has made both motivational and educational presentations to thousands of people.
HRPA recognized his outstanding contributions to the human resources profession by conferring upon him the status of Honourary Life Member.
Virginia L. (Gini) Sutherland, CHRP, CHRL, B.A. (Hon.), M.A. Ed., has dedicated most of her professional life to the Human Resources field - occupying teaching positions and other high-level positions at some of Ontario’s leading colleges. Gini has also co-authored the Canadian 7th, 8th and 9th editions of Human Resources Management in Canada, published by Prentice Hall, a division of Pearson Education Canada. An active volunteer with both the Grand Valley and Peterborough Chapters of HRPA, Gini also served as Chair of HRPA’s Academic Standards Committee from 1984 to 2017. In 2010, Gini was awarded HRPA’s Honorary Life Award.
Dr. Andrew Templer is an Emeritus Professor of Management at the University of Windsor. As well as his CHRL, he has an MSc from LSE and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand. Earlier, he held senior management positions in several multinational corporations, consulted for a variety of organizations around the world and is the author of over 100 published papers.
Andrew has a long history of service with HRPA, beginning with full membership of PAO in 1984, 12 years as a member of the HRPA Board culminating in becoming Chair of Professional Standards. He played a particular role in the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI), serving as Chair of the Research Review and Awards Committee until 2014.
In Windsor, he was a member of the Executive of the HRPA Windsor Chapter from 1999-2005, including the positions of President and Past President. He is a member of the Windsor Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and received the Right Management HR Academic of the Year award for 2011. Dr. Templer was awarded an Honourary Life Membership from HRPA on December 4, 2014.
William (Bill) Winfield is a science graduate from McGill University with a 40-year career in Human Resources. In 1967, Bill served as President of the Human Resources Professionals Association. Based upon his concept of "in-house employee counselling," he developed, tested and promoted what are known as EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs). He was awarded an Honourary Lifetime Membership by HRPA for his contributions and lifelong commitment to the field. Bill spends his time actively volunteering with his local chapter of the Alzheimer's Society, teaching early grade school children and consulting on various projects.
Christine graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She then built a successful career in business and law, working first on the international audit team of one of Canada’s largest banks. Christine later co-founded a law firm with her late husband Jim Flaherty, where she specialized in real estate, corporate law, and estate law.
In 2006, Christine was elected MPP. For the next nine years, Christine served the people of Ontario, including as Deputy Leader. Christine left politics to become the Patient Ombudsman in 2016, where she fought for better access to health care for all Ontarians. Christine Elliott, along with Michael Prue, co-sponsored Bill 28, the "Registered Human Resources Professionals Association Act," which was widely supported across all parties.
Michael Prue grew up in Toronto's Regent Park neighborhood. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. After graduation, he worked as counsel for the Minister of Employment and Immigration.
During his time as a federal government employee, Prue was an activist in the Canada Employment & Immigration Union, a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
David Zimmer was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003, representing the riding of Willowdale. He was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in February 2013. Before entering politics, he served as President of the Alzheimer's Society of Canada and as Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
On March 1, 2012, Mr. Zimmer introduced Bill 28, the "Registered Human Resources Professionals Association Act." The legislation received strong all-party support, being co-sponsored by Christine Elliot of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario & Michael Prue of the Ontario New Democratic Party.
The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) bestowed York University Professor Parbudyal Singh with the first Distinguished Human Resources Professional (DHRP) Award.
Singh teaches in the School of Human Resource Management (HRM), where he previously served as director.
Singh has more than 100 refereed publications, including articles in the leading HR management journals, and is co-author of two of Canada’s leading university textbooks in his field: Managing Human Resources and Strategic Compensation.
He has also advised more than 30 of Canada’s leading organizations, and has also volunteered for organizations, such as the Government of Ontario, Pay Equity Commission, the HRPA, SSHRC and the York Regional District School Board. In 2016, the Minister of Labour appointed Singh as one of four people to examine Ontario’s gender pay gap. The result was a 2017 report that laid some of the foundations for the government’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy.
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