Quebec honours HR’s best

Awards presented at CRHA’s annual conference

In September, human resources professionals gathered in Montreal for the 2009 conference of Quebec’s HR association — the Ordre des conseillers en resources humaines agréés du Québec (CRHA).

It honoured the best in HR, handing out the Prix Professionnel émérite awards and the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs awards.

Prix Professionnel émérite awards

The CRHA honoured vision and leadership among individuals with the Prix Professionnel émérite awards. These pay tribute to CRHA members who have demonstrated innovation and leadership and promoted an exceptional vision of HR management throughout their careers.

This year two HR professionals were honoured: Sophie Fortin and Sylvie Vachon.

“We are very pleased to honour these two remarkable professionals,” said Florent Francoeur, president and CEO of CRHA. “Since HR management is a critical function for all organizations, they are inspirational examples for future generations of HR professionals.”

Sophie Fortin, vice-president, HR and corporate services with Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada: For 20 years, Fortin has been known for her ability to influence decision-makers and her contribution to the development of the profession. An ambassador for HR’s crucial role, she has changed the perception of the HR function wherever she has worked. Her far-sighted vision has also enhanced the credibility of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Determined, results-oriented and possessing excellent business acumen, Fortin is recognized as an agent of change with exceptional management and communication skills.

Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port ­Authority: Vachon is known for her in-depth knowledge of HR’s different specialties, extraordinary ability to rally her team, talent for introducing, managing and integrating change, and her leadership skills. She has promoted the profession’s development by demonstrating the need for HR expertise to have a key role in the strategic management of any organization. A trendsetter, she has made communication and her ability to solve problems through dialogue her trademark since her early beginnings in labour relations. Her management of the Montreal Port Authority has been marked by lasting industrial peace with the authority’s several hundred employees, represented by three unions and covered by five collective agreements.

Défi Meilleurs Employeurs 2009 awards

The eighth annual Défi Meilleurs Employeurs awards attracted 53 organizations.

The awards encourage Quebec businesses to become better employers through evaluating employees’ productive engagement. They acknowledge the work of organizations that provide a healthy and stimulating work environment and enable participating organizations to track progress over the years. The competition also highlights the effectiveness and efficiency of HR management practices by evaluating employee appreciation, according to the CRHA.

Large business category: Teknika HBA was awarded first prize in the 500 employees or more category. The company’s merger with a large engineering consulting firm earned it a higher position among Canada’s most well-managed companies — an inspiring success, based both on the quality of its employees and its focus on sustainable development. Second place went to Cégep Marie-Victorin.

Medium business category: Taking first prize in its category, Marcil Centre de rénovation is a company where the family spirit is kept alive and the motivation to provide the best possible customer service is contagious. The team is treated with respect and everyone is ready to give co-workers a helping hand. Xerox took second place and the Centre de réadaptation Estrie walked away with third prize.

Small business category: First prize was awarded to a Quebec IT company that puts a primary focus on its staff. L-Ipse, which also received this honour in 2007, is known for exceptional working conditions and confidence in employees. Physio Extra took second place and R3D Conseil took third.

DLGL, which earned a place for the second time last year in the best employers’ “hall of fame,” will retain this honour until 2010.

The above information was provided by the Ordre des conseillers en resources humaines agréés du Québec (CRHA)

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