HRPA and Canadian HR Reporter announce 2011 HR Summit Award winners

Third annual HR Summit Awards celebrate the best in Canadian HR excellence

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and the Canadian HR Reporter hosted its third annual HR Summit Awards last night at a gala awards presentation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

This year's winners include:

Toronto Star HR Professional of the Year Award
Ruth Brothers, CHRP, SHRP

Ruth Brothers is a senior HR executive with experience leading HR strategy development, organizational design, teambuilding and succession planning in a variety of industries. She has served as Vice-president of Human Resources with Teva Canada, CAE Inc., General Electric, and a Division of Nabisco Ltd. 

Right Management HR Academic of the Year Award
Dr. Andrew Templer, CHRP, University of Windsor

Dr. Andrew Templer is Professor of Management at the University of Windsor. He has published over 100 academic papers and is currently the general editor of the Pearson Education Human Resource Series, Chair of the Human Resources Research Institute's Peer Review Sub-Committee.

Rogers Communications Innovation in Total Rewards Award
Reid Lewis, ConAgra Foods

Reid Lewis is Vice-president of Human Resources for ConAgra Foods Canada, a role he assumed in 2008 after leading the firm's global R&D, Marketing and Sales portfolio. As a 15-year HR veteran, Reid has worked in several different organizations including the University of Toronto, Il Fornello, The Building Box and Reno Depot. 

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership Award
Dr. Chris Bart, McMaster University, Degroote School of Business

Dr. Chris Bart is Founder, Principal and Lead Professor of The Directors College at McMaster University and a leading authority on organizational mission and vision statements.  He authored the Canadian business leadership best seller, "A Tale of Two Employees and the Person Who Wanted to Lead Them".

Workopolis Innovation in Employment Branding Award
Trillium Health Centre

Trillium Health Centre launched the hospital's People Promise campaign as a catalyst to drive their recruitment, retention and engagement strategies. This initiative effectively promotes Trillium's Employee Value Proposition, helps employees understand the organization's people investment, and has contributed to outstanding engagement, retention and vacancy rates.

Carswell HR Rising Star Award
Melissa Gare, CHRP Lanxess Inc.

Melissa Gare is an HR Business Partner at LANXESS Inc. where she is training for the role of Labour Relations Manager. She earned her CHRP in 2008, is a recipient of HRPA's Ross A. Hennigar Memorial Award and serves as president of HRPA's Sarnia & District chapter. 

HR Challenge Award
Heidi Flynn, CHRP,  Accucaps Industries Limited, Strathroy Operations

As Senior HR Business Partner at Accucaps, Soft Gel/Pharmaceutical, Heidi Flynn's focus is on being a change-agent for organizations working through product and cultural changes. She recently led a business plan to close a company employing over 130 staff.  Heidi worked to create unique outplacement programming for the employees to help the transition during a difficult time.  

Overall Talent Management Award
Michelle Manglal-Lan, Siemens Canada Limited

Michelle Manglal-Lan has spent the last 14 years focusing on integrating people strategy into overall organizational objectives and producing strong employee engagement and business results. She has been consulting for the past two years for clients including Adlib Software, City Buick, LoyaltyOne and Siemens Canada.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
The Home Depot Canada

The Home Depot Canada has transformed the company's HR function from a transaction-based model to one that aligns with business priorities that focus on corporate social responsibility.

Grand & Toy Employer Champion of IEP Award
St. Michael's Hospital

As a major teaching and research hospital with expertise in diverse areas of health care, St. Michaels is a diversity leader. St. Michael's has launched an innovative post-hire program, Building Employer Capacity for Effective Integration and Retention of Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs), that includes transition, mentorship, education and integration opportunities.

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

About the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is Canada's HR thought leader with more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters across Ontario. It connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities and annually hosts the world's second largest HR conference. In Ontario, HRPA issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management and the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation, reserved for high-impact HR leaders.

SOURCE Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario

For further information:

Duff McCutcheon, Communications Specialist
416 923-2324 x324

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