25 years of strategic thinking for HR Planners

Canadian Human Resource Planners has seen a lot of fads come and go in the last quarter century
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/12/2004

It began as an idea by the poolside in Scottsdale, Ariz. Some 150 people had gathered for a Human Resource Planning Society conference, and the seven Canadians attending were talking at one table.

One of them, Jeannette Lalonde of Canadian Pacific, voiced a thought: why not have such meetings of their own in Canada? To kick-start the project, she volunteered to organize the first meeting, at Montreal’s historic Windsor Station.

That was 1979, when HR professionals concerned with business strategies and other high-level issues were called human resource planners. This year, Canadian Human Resource Planners (C.H.R.P.), a voluntary group of mostly HR executives at four chapters, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and London, is celebrating 25 years of coming together to share ideas and brainstorm solutions.