HRPAO to drop ‘Ontario’

New logo, brand reflect international reach: CEO
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

On a Sunday in March, JPMorgan Chase bought out Bear Stearns, one of the top five investment banks in the United States, for $260.5 million US, or $2 US a share — about one per cent of what the bank was worth two weeks earlier. As news of the fire sale broke the following Monday, investors around the world panicked over fears of a major U.S. recession and the Toronto Stock Exchange dropped 300 points.

“In Canada, and particularly in Ontario, we operate now in what is pretty much a borderless world,” said Bill Greenhalgh, chief executive officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario. “A bank fails in the U.S. and our stock market plummets. There’s hardly a thing that happens in the world that doesn’t somehow, somewhere affect us.”

To reflect this business reality, and to reflect the international reach Canada’s largest HR association has as an expert in areas such as diversity and sustainability, the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario is changing its brand and logo from HRPAO to HRPA, said Greenhalgh.