Year-End Message From Jodi Kovitz

As we near the end of another remarkable year, I am filled with a sense of awe and gratitude. When I joined HRPA as CEO and Acting Registrar earlier this year, I could never have imagined all the amazing accomplishments we – our HRPA members, partners and team – would achieve together.

Let me share with you a few incredible successes from 2023:

  • In-person events made a triumphant return. We began the year with an in-person executive event in January, then our HR Summit in May, which left attendees (including myself) feeling truly inspired. During the summer, we launched the first-ever Toronto and London Chapter Regional Forums. We also hosted several executive forums, where the energy in the rooms was simply electric. I am thrilled that these events provided our members with a valuable opportunity to share, learn and collaborate.
  • We also organized numerous virtual learning experiences, such as the HR Power Lunch series, Mental Health workshops and Student Coffee Chats, to name just a few. Throughout the year, we conducted webinars covering a wide range of topics, from self-care for HR professionals to the impact of AI. One of the most significant learnings was the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: A Self-Guided Journey,” which offered participants valuable resources to renew their commitment towards truth and reconciliation.
  • We introduced 10 new valuable resources, seven for our members and three for the public to support HR leaders and workers in the workplace. The feedback we’ve received has been incredible with members, especially sharing how it’s positively impacted their HR practice.
  • HRPA granted over 800 members their CHRP, CHRL or CHRE designations this year. Congratulations! Your designation not only validates your knowledge of HR but it signals your commitment to career-long learning and ethical practice.
  • We take our stewardship of member funds seriously. That’s why, this year we implemented significant changes, aimed at securing long-term financial sustainability. We are pleased with our results and look forward to sharing them in the next year.

These highlights barely scratch the surface of everything we have achieved together over the past 12 months, serving as a reminder that our collective collaboration, determination and strength can move mountains.

And we’re just getting started. Looking ahead to 2024, I’m excited and inspired. We’ve developed Vision 2027, a strategic plan expected to be shared with our Board and released in Q1 2024, to serve as a roadmap for the coming years.

In 2024, we will also remain focused on creating value for our members based on your invaluable feedback. We continue to be dedicated to upholding our commitment to you, our members, while simultaneously advancing, amplifying and elevating the HR profession.

Once again, I wholeheartedly thank you for your dedication and for being catalysts of positive change in the workplace. Your contributions have made 2023 a momentous year for HR and the HRPA. Thank you also to our valued Board of Directors and many valued volunteers for your continued investment of time, energy and support.

Sending much light for a wonderful and safe holiday season for those celebrating and equally warm wishes to those who may find this time of year difficult.

Jodi Kovitz, (She, Her),
HRPA CEO and Acting Registrar

Please Note: HRPA’s office will be closed for the holiday season from 1:00 PM EST on Friday, December 22, 2023 until a return to regular business on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.