Sincerely,
The Durham Chapter Board

Events

Keep up to date with the latest HRPA events.

Durham: Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulness at Work is an evidence-based resilience training program to equip leaders and professionals with skills and tools for navigating...

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Durham: Coming out of Covid: Leading with Talent Optimization in 2022

The best organizations lead with evidence and strategy NOT opinion and reaction. Covid has presented people challenges of enormous proportions....

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Durham: Unlocking the Power of Employee Experience

During this professional development session participants will hear about:  the role employee experience plays in attracting and engaging employees, as well...

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Toronto and Durham How to RE-IMAGINE your Career

Careers sometimes just happen. There is no planning or forethought that goes into it. But what if you could stop...

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Durham: Tips to Maintain a Wellness Culture for Your Remote Teams

Wellness at work continues to be an important factor for workplaces of all sizes. Wellness among remote and hybrid teams...

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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

 

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About Leadership

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Catherine Claridge, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

A member since 2004, Catherine has been volunteering with HRPA since 2011 when she was selected to join the Communications committee of the reformed Toronto Chapter. She joined the Durham Chapter Board of Directors in August 2015 as the Director of Communications, and revived the chapter’s quarterly publication, Resource, as its editor for two years. In 2016 she transitioned to the role of Membership Director, and led the committee that was integral in achieving the chapter Member Retention Award for three years running.

Catherine’s HR expertise is focused on Learning & Development and Recruitment. She obtained certification in Adult Learning at Durham College in 2003, and went back to pursue her CHRP designation, obtaining it in 2009. She currently works at CIBC in downtown Toronto supporting the learning and development initiatives of the organization’s Technology portfolio, which supports end users in the use of new and existing technology in their roles.

Catherine was the 2017 winner of the Durham Chapter Outstanding CHRL Award for her contributions to the chapter and the local HR industry. She was born and raised in Durham Region, and has deep ties to the community. She currently lives in east Toronto with her two sons.

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Ernest Mistica, CHRP, CHRL, MIR

Chair, Chapter Mentorship

Ernest Mistica is currently an HR Consultant at Ontario Power Generation and has been volunteering with the Human Resources Professionals Association since 2012.

Ernest has has volunteered on the Communications Committee in Toronto and Durham, and has several years of work experience from top energy, telecommunications, and retail companies. Ernest started his HR career at PepsiCo and Bell Canada in progressivegeneralist, organizational development, and talent acquisition roles.  After attaining his Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and his Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, Ernest attained the CHRP and CHRL designations and was the recipient of the of the 2016 Rising Star Award by HRD Magazine.

With a range of HR experiences across global, national, and local organizations, Ernest hopes to bring his diverse perspective and passion to the HRPA Durham Chapter Board of Directors.

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Imran Hameed, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Imran is a visionary HR professional with over 15 years of international experience at key leadership positions. He has successfully developed and led cross-cultural teams across North America and internationally throughout his career, for the last few years, his professional focus has been in Health & Safety. He consistently earned respect from peers for professional knowledge, commitment, dedication, and work ethics.

He is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and holds a Master’s in International Management (MAIM) from the UK with majors in ‘International HR’, and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from George Brown College, Toronto. Before joining the chapter board, Imran was actively volunteering in the the PD committee of the Durham chapter.

He has a strong passion for supporting the local communities; he was recently involved in helping the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham develop its Health & Safety policies.

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Gladys Saenz

Chair, Chapter Communications

Gladys is strategic results-oriented Human Resources leader with solid experience and background in diverse industries who has served in senior roles in both the private and public sectors including in unionized environments.

She is motivated and resourceful but also a catalyst for positive change creating progressive work environments to inspire superior performance from all team members.

A strong collaborator with superior analytical skills, Gladys possesses a unique style to solve difficult and complex challenges in a diverse group.  She has a passion for learning, which combined, with her extensive knowledge of all the HR functional areas, Payroll and Health and Safety, have been instrumental in her career progression.  She has competently developed comprehensive HR strategies and executable operational plans to meet organizational objectives.

Gladys has been a member of the Durham Chapter Board of Directors since 2017.  She is eager to continue serving the Board and the chapter members.

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Hazel-Ann Scriver, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development

Hazel has been a member of the HRPA since 2014. She is an HR Generalist with 8 years of experience. She has spent time in various functions of HRM including strategic recruitment, training and development, labour and employee relations, and project management. She currently works for a Global HVAC & Energy Company. Since 2017, her time spent at the Durham Chapter has been with the Professional Development committee and she has been a part of bringing engaging speakers and relevant content to our chapter. When she is not at work or volunteering, Hazel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

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Candice McAlister, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

Candice McAlister is a Human Resources professional with over 13 years of experience in all areas of HR including talent acquisition, employee and labour relations, compensation and health and safety. As an HR Specialist for Durham Regional Police Service, her responsibilities include providing HR advice and support to the Service and members.

Candice has a BA in Sociology and English from Wilfrid Laurier University, and in 2018, received her CHRL designation. She is currently attending Queen’s University in the Professional Masters of Industrial Relations program. Candice has been a member of the Durham HRPA Chapter since 2016, volunteering with the Student Liaison Committee, and has been the Chair of the Regulatory Discussion Group since 2020.

Candice lives in Bowmanville with her husband and 8-year-old son. She is enthusiastic about HR and enjoys meeting other HR professionals and discussing new arising issues in the HR field.

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Rathika Jaysinghe , B.Sc, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Rathika is an experienced HR professional with international management experience with multi-national companies. As National Human Resources Manager, she led the company to Canada-wide operations. Currently, she is Global Human Resources Lead and will soon move to a new role as Director, Human Resources, with a company specializing in innovative research products.

Rathika holds B.Sc, Mumbai University, Certificate in Human Resources Management, Seneca College and Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program, Cornell University. Rathika is CHRP, CHRL and is a CHRE candidate.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Rathika mentors new Canadian professionals with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

catherine-claridge
Catherine Claridge, CHRP, CHRL

Chapter Chair

A member since 2004, Catherine has been volunteering with HRPA since 2011 when she was selected to join the Communications committee of the reformed Toronto Chapter. She joined the Durham Chapter Board of Directors in August 2015 as the Director of Communications, and revived the chapter’s quarterly publication, Resource, as its editor for two years. In 2016 she transitioned to the role of Membership Director, and led the committee that was integral in achieving the chapter Member Retention Award for three years running.

Catherine’s HR expertise is focused on Learning & Development and Recruitment. She obtained certification in Adult Learning at Durham College in 2003, and went back to pursue her CHRP designation, obtaining it in 2009. She currently works at CIBC in downtown Toronto supporting the learning and development initiatives of the organization’s Technology portfolio, which supports end users in the use of new and existing technology in their roles.

Catherine was the 2017 winner of the Durham Chapter Outstanding CHRL Award for her contributions to the chapter and the local HR industry. She was born and raised in Durham Region, and has deep ties to the community. She currently lives in east Toronto with her two sons.

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Ernest Mistica, CHRP, CHRL, MIR

Chair, Chapter Mentorship

Ernest Mistica is currently an HR Consultant at Ontario Power Generation and has been volunteering with the Human Resources Professionals Association since 2012.

Ernest has has volunteered on the Communications Committee in Toronto and Durham, and has several years of work experience from top energy, telecommunications, and retail companies. Ernest started his HR career at PepsiCo and Bell Canada in progressivegeneralist, organizational development, and talent acquisition roles.  After attaining his Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and his Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, Ernest attained the CHRP and CHRL designations and was the recipient of the of the 2016 Rising Star Award by HRD Magazine.

With a range of HR experiences across global, national, and local organizations, Ernest hopes to bring his diverse perspective and passion to the HRPA Durham Chapter Board of Directors.

HRPA_ProfilePic_ImranHameed
Imran Hameed, CHRL

Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

Imran is a visionary HR professional with over 15 years of international experience at key leadership positions. He has successfully developed and led cross-cultural teams across North America and internationally throughout his career, for the last few years, his professional focus has been in Health & Safety. He consistently earned respect from peers for professional knowledge, commitment, dedication, and work ethics.

He is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and holds a Master’s in International Management (MAIM) from the UK with majors in ‘International HR’, and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from George Brown College, Toronto. Before joining the chapter board, Imran was actively volunteering in the the PD committee of the Durham chapter.

He has a strong passion for supporting the local communities; he was recently involved in helping the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham develop its Health & Safety policies.

gladys-saenz
Gladys Saenz

Chair, Chapter Communications

Gladys is strategic results-oriented Human Resources leader with solid experience and background in diverse industries who has served in senior roles in both the private and public sectors including in unionized environments.

She is motivated and resourceful but also a catalyst for positive change creating progressive work environments to inspire superior performance from all team members.

A strong collaborator with superior analytical skills, Gladys possesses a unique style to solve difficult and complex challenges in a diverse group.  She has a passion for learning, which combined, with her extensive knowledge of all the HR functional areas, Payroll and Health and Safety, have been instrumental in her career progression.  She has competently developed comprehensive HR strategies and executable operational plans to meet organizational objectives.

Gladys has been a member of the Durham Chapter Board of Directors since 2017.  She is eager to continue serving the Board and the chapter members.

hazel-ann-scriver
Hazel-Ann Scriver, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Programs/Professional Development

Hazel has been a member of the HRPA since 2014. She is an HR Generalist with 8 years of experience. She has spent time in various functions of HRM including strategic recruitment, training and development, labour and employee relations, and project management. She currently works for a Global HVAC & Energy Company. Since 2017, her time spent at the Durham Chapter has been with the Professional Development committee and she has been a part of bringing engaging speakers and relevant content to our chapter. When she is not at work or volunteering, Hazel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

candice-mcalister
Candice McAlister, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Regulatory Discussion Groups

Candice McAlister is a Human Resources professional with over 13 years of experience in all areas of HR including talent acquisition, employee and labour relations, compensation and health and safety. As an HR Specialist for Durham Regional Police Service, her responsibilities include providing HR advice and support to the Service and members.

Candice has a BA in Sociology and English from Wilfrid Laurier University, and in 2018, received her CHRL designation. She is currently attending Queen’s University in the Professional Masters of Industrial Relations program. Candice has been a member of the Durham HRPA Chapter since 2016, volunteering with the Student Liaison Committee, and has been the Chair of the Regulatory Discussion Group since 2020.

Candice lives in Bowmanville with her husband and 8-year-old son. She is enthusiastic about HR and enjoys meeting other HR professionals and discussing new arising issues in the HR field.

rathika-jaysinghe
Rathika Jaysinghe , B.Sc, CHRP, CHRL

Chair, Chapter Student Liaison

Rathika is an experienced HR professional with international management experience with multi-national companies. As National Human Resources Manager, she led the company to Canada-wide operations. Currently, she is Global Human Resources Lead and will soon move to a new role as Director, Human Resources, with a company specializing in innovative research products.

Rathika holds B.Sc, Mumbai University, Certificate in Human Resources Management, Seneca College and Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program, Cornell University. Rathika is CHRP, CHRL and is a CHRE candidate.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Rathika mentors new Canadian professionals with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

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