2017 National HR Awards - Presented by Canadian HR Reporter and Thomson Reuters

2017 National HR Awards

Nominations for the 2017 National HR Awards are now open.

For 2017, a total of 12 awards are up for grabs. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories (see full list of judges below). The deadline to apply is Sept. 8, 2017.

Venngo Healthy Workplaces Award
Queen's University IRC Professional Development Award - Apply Now
HumanaCare HR Professional of the Year - Apply Now
Employment Lawyer of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Lawyer magazine) - Apply Now
HR Challenge Award - Apply Now
Best Recognition Program - Apply Now
Best Recruitment Campaign - Apply Now
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program - Apply Now
Technology/Innovation Award - Apply Now
Employee Engagement Award - Apply Now
Best Diversity Program - Apply Now
HR Rising Star - Apply Now

SAVE THE DATE: Winners of the 2017 National HR Awards will be celebrated at a gala cocktail reception on Oct. 24, 2017, in downtown Toronto. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information.

In the meantime, check out the winners of the 2016 National HR Awards by visiting www.hrreporter.com/pages/2016-national-hr-awards

Barb Conway is the VP of HR and Customer Experience for Thomson Reuters, Legal and Tax & Accounting in Canada and has over 20 years of professional human resources experience at the management level. Barb holds a CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) designation through the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), a Certificate in Human Resource Management; a diploma in Business; and a Bachelor of Administration in Organization Development.

Judging Categories: HR Professional of the Year and HR Challenge Award

Beth Clarke is Senior Director, Employer Engagement and Stakeholder Relations at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). She also serves as a deputy to the Executive Director supporting senior level leadership in the organization for board and staff. She is a graduate of Trent University and holds an Honours Diploma in Career and Work Counselling from George Brown College.

Judging Category: Best Diversity Program

Dave Dame is a leadership coach, enterprise agile leader and trainer with over 20 years of management experience and a reputation for facilitating the practical implementation of agile practices in large organizations. Dave joined Scotiabank in July 2016 as Agile Leader, Digital Factory. In this role he is focused on helping employees and teams become empowered to "be the change" that will bring industry-leading products to market.

Judging Category: Best Employee Engagement Program and Technology/Innovation Award

Dayna Patterson is a Learning Consultant, Facilitator, Coach and Professor who is passionate about leadership development and change. She has worked in the learning and development field for 10 years, with extensive experience designing and delivering both in person and virtual programs to a wide range of audiences and industries.

Judging Category: Queen's University IRC Professional Development Award

Eddy Ng is the F.C. Manning Chair in Economics and Business and Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on managing diversity for organizational competitiveness, the changing nature of work and organizations, and managing an intergenerational workforce.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.

Judging Category: Technology/Innovation Award

Edmond Mellina is co-founding president of ORCHANGO. He is internationally respected as a thought leader in change management for the age of digital disruption — i.e. when change is fast-pace, ongoing, disruptive and overlapping. He is a former corporate executive (CIO, VP Corporate Development, GM) in the hospitality and media/technology sectors.

Judging Category: HR Challenge Award

Evert Akkerman is based in Newmarket, Ontario. He immigrated to Canada in 1999 and obtained his designation in 2004 and founded XNL HR in 2012. In 2015, he won the Randstad Award for Innovation in HR. Last November, he was named one of the Top 25 HR Professionals in Canada.

Judging Category: Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Julie Bulmash is a Professor of Human Resources in the Centre for Business at George Brown College where she co-ordinates the HR programs in the School of HR. Julie has worked for over 20 years in human resources in a variety of industries including telecommunications, aerospace and chemical. She has served on the Board of Directors for Family Services Toronto (FST) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Canadian Mental Health Association of Toronto (CMHA).

Judging Category: HR Rising Star

Michael Bach is the Toronto-based founder and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He’s internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject-matter expert in diversity, inclusion and employment equity. Prior to CCDI, he was the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG in Canada and the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer for KPMG International.

Judging Category: Best Diversity Program

Michael Vallis is a health psychologist (Nova Scotia Health Authority; Associate Professor, Dalhousie University). His Ph.D. is from the University of Western Ontario, London. He has developed the Behaviour Change Institute, a training program for lifestyle counselling skills for physicians, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare providers.

Judging Category: Venngo Healthy Workplace Award

Rowan O'Grady has more than 20 years of recruiting experience. He is the president of Hays Canada, overseeing 200 people in nine offices across the country. He began his career with Hays in 1995, joining Construction & Property in London, eventually becoming regional manager. Rowan helped establish the first Hays Canada office in 2001, moved to Hays Ireland in 2004, and returned in April 2009 to take on his current role.

Judging Category: Best Recruitment Campaign

Tim Wilbur is the Managing Editor of Canadian Lawyer and FindLaw.ca. Tim graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 2003, articled at a civil litigation boutique in Toronto and then started his career in legal journalism as an editor at The Lawyers Weekly in 2005.

Judging Category: Employment Lawyer of the Year

Bill Dennis trains business professionals how to become significantly more successful with individuals from different cultures and different generations. He has held significant sales/marketing positions with leading companies (Canadian General Electric; Chubb; KPMG) and 4,500 hours of continuing education training experience at Sheridan College.

Judging Category: Best Diversity Program

Jennifer Brown is the managing editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine and Law Times newspaper, both Thomson Reuters publications and part of the Media Solutions Canada Group. She has been a business magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years covering the information technology, occupational health and safety, and security sectors for the business-to-business press prior to arriving at InHouse. She was also a newspaper reporter for 10 years covering government, health care and education. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program.

Judging Category: Employment Lawyer of the Year

Joanne Melanson is a Senior Consultant and Principal of GEM HR. She has 25 years' experience creating positive workplaces through talented people with leadership excellence as the cornerstone of success. As a dedicated HR community volunteer, Joanne has served in various roles with HRPA including Communications Chair for Toronto Chapter.

Judging Category: Best Employee Engagement Program

Trish Maguire has over 25 years of dedicated experience in human capital development. She launched Synergyx Solutions, a Talent Management & Leadership Development Coaching Practice in 2004. She is a graduate of the Royal Roads University in British Columbia where she completed her Masters in Leadership Training in 2006.

Judging Category: HR Professional of the Year

Karen Gorsline leads HR Initiatives, a practice focused on facilitation and innovative, tailored human resource approaches. She has over 20 years experience helping businesses, managers, and clients achieve their objectives. She has taught HR Planning at the University of Toronto, and published on competency-based approaches. She has held senior roles in Strategy and Policy, managed a large decentralized HR function, and directed a small business. Her experience spans the U.S. and Canada in both public and private sectors.

Judging Category: HR Professional of the Year

Nita Chhinzer is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph and the Fellow in Leadership, Work and HRM (2012-2017). She authors numerous HRM textbooks and journal articles and has engaged in over 70 HR related speaking engagements to academic and non-academic audiences.

Judging Category: Employee Engagement Award














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