New HRPA Human Resources Awards celebrate achievements of designated HR professionals

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2015 /CNW/ -

In partnership with Great Place to Work®, Human Resources Professionals Association's (HRPA) new Designation Excellence Awards honour designated HR professionals who add real business value to their organizations.

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and Great Place to Work are pleased to announce the 2016 HRPA Designation Excellence Awards—a new awards program that celebrates HRPA-designated HR professionals (CHRPs, CHRLs and CHREs) who have architected people-driven business strategies that add quantifiable value to their organizations.

The HRPA Designation Excellence Awards recognize individual HR excellence at three HRPA designation levels:

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) Designation Excellence Award recognizes outstanding work at the foundational level, including adding value to meet organizational priorities; business knowledge and partnering; and innovative thinking.

Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) Designation Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has excelled within the HR function and across the organization by partnering with other business functions to achieve bottom-line performance.

Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) Designation Excellence Award recognizes an HR executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership including creating and implementing a people-driven strategy that quantifiably contributes to the achievement of the organization's objectives.

"In today's organizations, people are the primary source of sustainable competitive advantage and HR professionals design and execute people-driven strategies that help create organizational success," says HRPA CEO Bill Greenhalgh. "The HRPA Designation Excellence Awards will highlight real examples of how HR professionals can develop and execute the innovative and effective strategies that add huge measurable value to organizations."

Nominations for the 2016 HRPA Designation Excellence Awards close on conclusion of the 2016 HRPA Annual Conference, January 22, 2016 and HRPA members will choose winners by voting for their choice of the CHRP, CHRL or CHRE professional of the year.

The winners will be announced at the Great Place to Work's Best Workplaces in Canada Awards Gala in Toronto on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

For full details on the 2016 HRPA Designation Excellence Awards, including award criteria and nomination information, please visit

About HRPA

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is the professional regulatory body and the professional association for Human Resources professionals in Ontario, Canada. It oversees more than 21,000 members in 28 chapters across the province. It connects members with an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities and annually hosts Canada's largest HR conference. In Ontario, HRPA issues three levels of professional certification: the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation for practitioners entering the profession and working in administrative capacities; the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), for practitioners working in fully professional capacities; and the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), for senior executives.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. We are a research and consulting firm whose mission is to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and employer branding programs, including workplace certification and Best Workplaces lists, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces the annual 100 Best Workplaces list, released in a national feature in the Globe and Mail. This is part of the world's largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in almost 50 countries, including the study's flagship list of 100 Best companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, including approximately 300,000 from Canada alone. It's what makes this study so credible: the primary determinant used in selecting winners is an employee survey. There's only one way to get on this list – and that's if your employees put you there.

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SOURCE Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario

For further information: Duff McCutcheon, HRPA Communications Specialist, 416 923 2324 x324,; Nancy Fonseca, Senior Vice President, Great Place to Work, 905-601-2345,


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