2011 HR Summit Award winners announced

Third annual awards celebrate HR excellence

Canadian HR Reporter and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) honoured the recipients of the third annual HR Summit Awards at a special gala in Toronto on Feb. 1.

The awards recognize Canadian HR professionals and teams who have made outstanding contributions to the human resources profession and business community through the implementation of innovative human resources programs and practices as well as thought leadership.

“These 2011 HR Summit Award winners are all examples of the power effective human resources strategies can have on Canadian organizations,” said Bill Greenhalgh, HRPA CEO.

For 2011, two new categories were added for a total of 10 awards. And the winners are:

Carswell HR Rising Star Award: Melissa Gare, HR business partner at Lanxess.

Toronto Star HR Professional of the Year Award: Ruth Brothers, a senior HR executive who has worked at Teva Canada, CAE and General Electric.  

Right Management HR Academic of the Year Award: Andrew Templer, professor of management at the University of Windsor.  

Rogers Communications Innovation in Total Rewards Award: Reid Lewis, vice-president of human resources at ConAgra Foods Canada.

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership Award: Chris Bart, founder, principal and lead professor of The Directors College at McMaster University.  

Workopolis Innovation in Employment Branding Award: Trillium Health Centre's campaign - People Promise.

HR Challenge Award: Heidi Flynn, senior HR business partner at Accucaps Industries   

Overall Talent Management Award: Michelle Manglal-Lan, HR consultant at Siemens Canada.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award: The Home Depot Canada

Grand & Toy Employer Champion of IEP Award: St. Michael’s Hospital's program - Building Employer Capacity for Effective Integration and Retention of Internationally Educated Professionals.

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