HRPAO hands out annual awards

Awards given out at the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario conference in Toronto

The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) is presenting its annual awards today at its conference in Toronto.

HRPAO said the awards will be presented to “professionals who have, through their achievements, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of human resources.”

“Effective HR management has never been more critical to organizational success and competitive advantage than it is today,” said John Friday, chair of the awards committee. “Our members embrace continuous learning and help to shape organizational excellence through application of their skills and knowledge. Our awards program provides an opportunity to recognize those individuals whose achievements demonstrate a strong commitment to the HR profession, and who through their successes serve to inspire us all.”

The winners are:

Honourary life award

Anne Charette
Paul Juniper

This award is provided in recognition of a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) demonstrating exemplary leadership and who has, through dedication and commitment at the provincial or chapter level, significantly contributed to the success of the association.

Anne Charette served as president in 2001-2002. She has provided significant and sustained leadership to the board and to the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations. Participating in and chairing numerous committees including professional standards, strategic planning and membership development, she also actively engages in raising the profile of HRPAO to the corporate world, academia, and the media. She has also provided significant leadership to the Southern Region Chapter.

Paul Juniper served as president in 2002-2003. An active member for more than 20 years, he has chaired and participated in a significant number of committees including: professional development, board training and development, past-presidents’ advisory council, professional standards policy forum and others. He continues to actively promote HRPAO to the broader community through his membership in industry and academic associations and through chapter visits, and presentations to student associations throughout the province. Paul also played a critical role in the establishment of the university degree requirement as a precursor to attaining certification as a CHRP.

Professional leadership award
Sponsored by The Globe and Mail

Recipient: Philip C. Wilson

This award is made in recognition of a leading senior HR professional who has contributed to the advancement of the human resources profession through demonstration in their work of the strong linkages between corporate strategy and HR initiatives, policies, and practices.

Graduating in 1979 with a bachelor of industrial relations, Philip C. Wilson was first hired by CAE Electronics as a staffing specialist. Progressing through increasingly senior roles at companies such as Bell Northern Research and Northern Telecom, he embraced continuous professional development from the outset and actively applied his skills and knowledge to effectively manage the human resource function. Working locally and globally, he has been responsible for the strategic alignment of HR to business objectives, enterprise-wide technology implementation, change management, organizational development, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and total quality management. Currently the senior vice-president, central services, human resources for CIBC, one of Canada’s leading banks, Wilson recently consolidated HR services for the CIBC group of companies substantially eliminating redundancies and achieving significant efficiencies. Active within the HR community as well as the HRPAO, Philip is an advocate and ambassador for HR.

Outstanding CHRP achievement award
Sponsored by Gilmore Staffing Solutions

Recipient: Robert J. Bayles

Provided to a newly-certified professional (within last 12 months), this award recognizes commitment to excellence as evidenced through significant contribution to the workplace.

Graduating from St. Lawrence College in 1990 and specializing in accounting and human resources, Robert J. Bayles began his career in HR as a coordinator. With a background that includes expertise in restructuring and downsizing, strategic HR and business planning, and the development, implementation and communication of company policies, his specialty lies in compensation structures. Committed to higher learning and professional development, he also holds certificates in health and safety and has completed the advanced program in HR Management offered through Rotman. Currently completing his MBA, Bayles became a CHRP in 2004. Parallel to this, he was responsible for the establishment of an HR department at Grenville Christian College as well as the design and implementation of a compensation structure. He was also responsible for the successful restructuring of the school to mitigate losses incurred as a result of Ontario's removal of the OAC programs (Grade 13).

TOSI/HRPAO scholarship award

Recipient: Melissa Corner

Developed to encourage pursuit of a career in human resource management, this scholarship is awarded to a student undertaking full- or part-time studies in an accredited human resource academic program which leads to eligibility for the national exams and the CHRP designation.

This year's recipient, Melissa Corner, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning and the betterment of our communities and workplaces. An honour-roll student at Durham College in Oshawa, Ont., she is pursuing a diploma in business administration with a major in HR management. Exceptionally diligent and committed, she is the student representative for the Human Resources Professionals Association of Durham and has received their award for excellence in HR as well as the Dr. J. Munro Memorial Scholarship for academic, business, and community excellence. Active in the HR student association at Durham, she is currently the director of administration. She has experience in human resources and has demonstrated potential to succeed through placement in various summer and co-op placement jobs.

Ross A. Hennigar Memorial Award

Recipient: Danielle Landry

Established in recognition of the contribution made by Ross A. Hennigar to HRPAO, this award is presented to an individual who has achieved a high standard in their studies, their HR careers and their community endeavours.

Graduating from Fanshawe College in 2003 with exceptionally high grades, Danielle Landry completed the CPE in 2004. She has demonstrated a commitment to continuing education through further specialization and completion of other programs, including the Canadian Payroll Certificate Programs, coaching, and JHSC. Danielle works as a payroll and HR co-ordinator for the Toronto International Film Festival, establishing new systems and organizational practices.

The award is in memory of Ross A. Hennigar: This award has been presented annually since 1984. Ross was a member and director of the Personnel Association of Toronto (the predecessor to HRPAO) and the CEO of Suncor. The award serves to honour his achievements in business, his service to the community, and his personal attributes of integrity and respect for others. At the age of 53, Ross tragically lost his life in a plane crash


The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) has more than 14,000 members in 29 chapters across the province.

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