CCHRA changes structure with redesigned philosophy, new principles and bylaws

Signs memorandums of understanding with Australia, Hong Kong

The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) says it has changed its structure significantly over the past six months, with changes including a redesigned philosophy, a new set of core principles and new bylaws.

"We are committed to a strong, vibrant, national body that brings together Canada's diverse HR voices to create one voice, one national standard and one designation — the CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional)," said Roma Thorlakson, newly elected chair of CCHRA and current chair of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM).

CCHRA recently signed two memorandums of understanding with the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management.

"CCHRA's mission is to elevate the profession, both nationally and around the globe," said Anthony Ariganello, interim CEO of CCHRA and president and CEO of the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) in B.C. "I'm proud to say that the CCHRA is on the path to becoming a bolder, more agile and profession-focused body dedicated to elevating, enhancing and promoting the field of HR."

CCHRA also said it is implementing enhancements to the process of obtaining the CHRP “that will acknowledge the CCHRA-recognized education that prospective candidates have, and will provide a strong educational foundation and theory for practicing HR.”

New principles

In May, the association’s board meeting and annual general meeting saw the election of a new chair, the formalization of the appointment of the interim CEO, the passing of a new set of core principles and new bylaws, and two-year funding agreements.

CCHRA said its defined core principles focus on unity of purpose and clarity of process: one designation; one profession; one member association; one vote; one certification; one framework; and one national body with one set of goals and objectives.

These principles are supported by a revised set of by-laws and role definitions.

“As a group, the board recognizes the critical juncture we are at in the history of the organization,” said Shannon Railton, chair-elect, HRMA (BC). “We have this one opportunity to create a truly national body that serves the needs of all the members, elevating the CHRP designation and the visibility of the profession where it matters the most.”

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