2018 National HR Awards - Presented by Canadian HR Reporter and Thomson Reuters

2018 National HR Awards

What if you could get your HR team the recognition it deserves?

The fourth annual National HR Awards is the chance to give your colleagues the credit they deserve — and the hardware to back it up.

Nominations are now open! Submit your nomination today by clicking the links below. Deadline to apply is June 15:

Venngo Healthy Workplaces Award
Queen's University IRC Professional Development Award
HumanaCare HR Professional of the Year
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
HR Rising Star
Employee Engagement Award
Technology/Innovation Award
Best Recruitment Campaign
Best Recognition Program
Employment Lawyer of the Year
Best Diversity Initiative
Benchmark Benefit Solutions Top Benefits Administrator - NEW!
Best Use of People Analytics - NEW!
Best Mental Health Initiative - NEW!
HR Team of the Year - NEW!
Lifetime Achievement Award-   NEW!

Save the date! The 2018 National HR Awards gala dinner and cocktail reception will be held on Sept. 20, 2018, in downtown Toronto. Nominations open March 1 and close on June 15. Stay tuned for more information!

National HR Awards - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is the timeline for the entire process?

March 1: Nominations open

June 15: Nominations close

Mid-June: Nomination packages are sent to the judging panel for evaluation.

Early July: Winners contacted by Canadian HR Reporter and informed of award under strict embargo.

August: Winners contacted by a journalist from Canadian HR Reporter to be interviewed for an article that runs in the October 2018 issue.

August: Winners contacted by Canadian HR Reporter’s videographers to arrange a time for an on-site video shoot. The video will be shown the night of the gala and featured on NationalHRAwards.com and HRReporter.com.

Sept. 18, 2018: Winners are announced and celebrated at a gala dinner and cocktail reception in downtown Toronto. (DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

2. Tell me more about the awards

Launched in 2015, the National HR Awards recognize companies, HR departments and professionals from across Canada. Companies are judged on a wide range of criteria. Many of the questions are open-ended so you can really tell the stories in detail.

3. What is the complete process?

Step 1: Nomination. Look at the criteria for each of the awards and provide as much information as necessary. Please include any applicable metrics or information you think the judging panel will find useful. You can also include attachments by sending them to Todd Humber, publisher of Canadian HR Reporter, at todd.humber@tr.com.

Step 2: Vetting. Your nomination will be vetted to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. At this point, you will be told if your nomination is being submitted to the judging panels. Incomplete applications will not be passed on – but the editors will be in touch to see if you had any technical difficulties or wish to provide more information in order to submit a complete nomination.

Step 3: Judging. The judges will review your nomination package. The judges will not reach out to you during this process and we ask you not to contact the judges. Their decisions are final, and the scores they provide are not shared with anyone outside of Thomson Reuters – including the other judges in that category.

The scores of the judges are added together and the nomination with the highest score is awarded the National HR Award.

Step 4: Notification. If you are a winner, you will be notified by Canadian HR Reporter and Thomson Reuters. Winners are told in advance but are under a strict embargo and cannot share this information outside of their senior management teams until the day after the gala reception.

Step 5: Gala. Winners attend a gala celebration in September in Toronto to receive their awards. Winners will be provided with one (1) free ticket to the event with the option to purchase additional tickets/tables for their teams to celebrate.

4. When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline is June 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time for all awards.

5. Can I apply for multiple awards?

Yes, you can apply for any or all of the awards. Each of the awards has a separate nomination form.

6. Is there a fee to apply?

No, there is no cost to submit a nomination. There are optional costs associated with being a winner, such as purchasing additional gala tickets or celebratory advertising in Canadian HR Reporter. These are optional costs and have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome of the awards.

7. We are a Canadian division of an international company. Can we apply?

Yes. The National HR Awards are open to any organization with employees in Canada. The nomination should only reflect programs, practices and experiences available to Canadian employees.

8. My company is a past winner. How long can we use the official National HR Awards seal?

You can use the logo as long as you want. There are no time restrictions on the usage of the logo. But it can’t be altered in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of the publisher.

9. Will my nomination be publicly available?

No. The nomination form is only shared with the judging panel and they are obligated to not keep copies or share it with anyone.

10. What coverage will the awards receive?

Winners will be celebrated in public at the gala cocktail reception and dinner. There will be full page stories one each of the winners in the print and digital editions of Canadian HR Reporter. These stories will also be replicated on HRReporter.com and NationalHRAwards.com.

Videos of the winners will also be showcase on HRReporter.com and NationalHRAwards.com.

Winners can request copies of the videos and articles to share with their employees, colleagues, partners and customers.

2017 National HR Awards - Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 National HR Awards, presented by Canadian HR Reporter and Thomson Reuters and made possible by our sponsors: Venngo, Queen's University IRC, HumanaCare and Canadian Lawyer.

We had a record number of nominations this year and we uncovered some fascinating and inspiring stories in workplace across the country.

More than 100 professionals from across Canada and the United States gathered in downtown Toronto for a gala cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the Arcadian Court on the evening of Oct. 24

Full coverage of the winners, including full page articles on each of the winning programs, was included in the Nov. 13 issue of Canadian HR Reporter.

Here are the winners – along with a brief video outlining each of the programs. Congratulations!

Venngo Healthy Workplaces Award

Winner: Sun Life Financial

Queen’s University IRC Professional Development Award

Winner: Fidelity Canada

HumanaCare HR Professional of the Year

Winner: Annie Boilard, Groupe CFC

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Winner: Purolator

HR Rising Star

Winner: Andrea Scheelar, Horizon North Logistics

Employee Engagement Award

Winner: Vision Critical

Technology/Innovation Award

Winner: City of Edmonton

Best Recruitment Campaign

Winner: Tata Consultancy Services Canada

Best Recognition Program

Winner: Doctors of BC

Employment Lawyer of the Year

Winner: Jamie Knight

Best Diversity Program

Winner: Fidelity Canada

by visiting www.hrreporter.com/pages/2016-national-hr-awards


Paul Juniper is an honourary life member of the HRPA. He became the sixth director of the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen's IRC) in 2006. Paul is a leading and respected figure in Canada's HR community, with more than three decades of experience in human resources and association leadership. He teaches on Queen's IRC's Strategic Workforce Planning, Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy, Building Trust in the Workplace and HR Metrics and Analytics programs.

Judging Categories: Queen's University IRC Professional Development Award

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

Jamie Marcellus is president of HumanaCare where he leads HumanaCare’s brand and culture strategies. A Registered Nurse, he has more than 15 years of progressive management roles in both the public and private healthcare sector including roles leading operations and sales teams across large and small organizations. In addition to his Nursing degree, he also holds a Masters of Business Administration.

Judging Category: HR Professional of the Year

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: Best Recognition Program

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

Gabriella Fermo is chief excellence officer at Raising The Bar. Gabriella designs and delivers learning, team collaboration, and leadership development programs for corporate and consulting organizations. In recognition of her work, Canadian HR Reporter named Gabriella one of The Top 25 HR Professionals in Canada for 2016.

Judging Category: Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Mary Barroll, president of TalentEgg, is an online business executive and lawyer with a background in media, technology and IP law. A former television broadcast journalist, she subsequently went to law school and practiced at the national law firm of Bennett Jones before serving as in-house counsel for Alliance Atlantis Communications (now Shaw Media).

Judging Category: Best Recruitment Program

Lauren Markman Ritchie is the founder and driving force behind Samurai Solutions, a boutique recruitment firm that helps companies hire top talent across Canada. She is highly regarded as a speaker, facilitator and coach who inspires others to reach greater heights.

Judging Category: Best Recruitment Campaign

Tony Kerekes is a partner with nVision Consulting. He helps drive change, using organization design and compensation expertise. He also develops implementation plans to help clients align human capital and organization strategy.

Judging Category: Queen's University IRC Professional Development Award

Noelle de la Vega is the marketing manager for the Canadian Cancer Society. Noelle manages the strategy, development and implementation of the Canadian Cancer Society’s national marketing campaign for the CIBC Run for the Cure, a multi-site event that raises over $17 million annually for the breast cancer cause. Noelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication and a Diploma in Public Relations.

Judging Category: Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Jenny Watkins is the director of marketing at Terryberry. Terryberry is a global provider of employee recognition service. Marketing responsibilities include brand development, design, b2b marketing, web presence, print and online marketing, marketing automation, lead generation, corporate communications. Terryberry is the exclusive supplier of the awards for the 2017 National HR Awards.

Judging Category: Best Recognition Program

Bob Delaney is the president of EarningThroughLearning.com. He is a consultant in the area of professional/ executive training and development. Specialties: Professional/ executive development and content management.

Judging Category: HR Rising Star Award

You can view last year's winners by checking out the 2016 National HR Awards


















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