Ontario, Quebec IHRIM branches go it alone

New association promises a global outlook with a Canadian identity
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2006

After years of battling what they saw as American biases at the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM), two Canadian chapter presidents recently resigned and founded a new Canada-based association.

IHRIM was formed in the early 1990s in a merger of two HR technology associations, the Canadian Human Resources Systems Professionals and the Human Resources Systems Professionals, based in the United States.

But a drastic drop in Canadian members, along with a refusal by the executive to address specific Canadian needs, led to Allen Doran (president, Ontario chapter) and Richard Rousseau (president, Quebec chapter) quitting the international association.