Profiles in HR National public-service association explores international outreach initiatives

By Lesley Young
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

Canada’s 100-and-some-year-old public-service association has come a long way in the just the past few. Shortly before the new millennium set in, the International Personnel Management Association-Canada (IPMA) underwent a name change, expanding membership and services and branching wide into the international HR scene.

IPMA-Canada, formerly the Canadian Public Personnel Management Association, calls itself Canada’s only national HR association. And it is, with a strong public-service contingent. Its ranks number close to 1,000, representing various sectors in every province, including public (municipal, provincial and federal), health care, educational institutions, crown corporations, public utilities and students.

In addition to providing a small but tight forum for the growth of HR, the bilingual association has been offering the only national HR certification for the past few years. It plans to develop an international certification with the other 27 IPMA associations across the world by this fall.