Two HR professionals honoured at the 2007 Défi Meilleurs Employeurs gala during the ORHRI conference

    MONTREAL, le 4 oct. /CNW Telbec/ - The Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec
presented its Professionnel émérite award to two of its members yesterday
evening at the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs gala, which was held as part of the
ORHRI conference and attended by Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity
Sam Hamad and some 1,500 other guests.
    Presented each year at the Order's annual conference, this award
recognizes the remarkable achievements of CHRPs and CIRCs who, throughout
their careers, have demonstrated innovation, leadership and an exceptional
vision of HR management and industrial relations in an organizational

    2007 winners of the Order's Professionnel émérite award

    This year's winners of this prestigious award are Normand Charron, CHRP
and Pierre-Richard Côté, CIRC.
    Normand Charron is particularly known for his exceptional teamwork skills
that enabled him to meet the challenge of reopening the PACCAR plant at
Sainte-Thérèse, which had been closed for years and had experienced numerous
union problems in the past. His efforts led to an impressive 80% reduction in
the plant's accident rate, a 68% rise in productivity, and more than doubled
workforce efficiency. In addition, the Sainte-Thérèse plant's market share has
more than tripled since 1999.
    Pierre-Richard Côté is one of those rare HR professionals whose hard work
and determination propelled him through the corporate ranks from the position
of mail clerk to that of vice president of human resources. His sound judgment
and balanced approach gave him the necessary insight to successfully advise,
reorient and motivate people. He helped develop outstanding HR professionals
who continue to make their mark in the business community today.
Pierre- Richard Côté has also been very involved in many ORHRI committees.
    "With the Professionnel émérite award, the Ordre highlights the
exceptional work of CHRPs and CIRCs who have contributed on an ongoing basis
to the excellence of HR management and industrial relations. Their remarkable
achievements are crucial to the advancement of a profession dedicated to what
has now become a key competitive factor for any organization - human
resources," commented Alain Desgagné, CHRP, chairman of the ORHRI board.

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of close to 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including over 6,700 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized
by the Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human
resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active
in all sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia,
consulting firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human
resources management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional

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