Meet HRPAO’s new boss

Questions and answers with Bill Greenhalgh
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/09/2006

The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario has been through a lot of changes in the past year. The association overhauled its governance structure and long-time CEO Dan Stapleton resigned. Recently Bill Greenhalgh, former CEO of Thomson Newspapers — Western Canada, former president of the Globe and Mail and former chief operating officer of Shred-it International, assumed the helm of Canada’s largest professional HR association. Canadian HR Reporter sat down with Greenhalgh to find out what his plans are for HRPAO.

Q: What do you bring to the association?

I’ve always been a customer of the HR function and I’ve always been a great believer in its potential effectiveness. I suppose the thing that always kind of surprised me about HR is that they never seemed to be at the table until right at the end and I always thought that was quite criminal. If you ask just about any corporation what their distinctive advantage is, they’ll talk about their market and their technology but at the end of the day they’ll say ‘People are our greatest strength.’ There are some enlightened companies around now where the HR function and the senior HR people are a part of the executive suite, they’re part of the strategy formulation and they’re involved right up front in terms of the planning.