CEO Message – June 2016

Bill GreenhalghHR thought leaders at 2017 Annual Conference and new HRPA websites

I’m pleased to tell you that we’re featuring two world renowned, HR thought leaders at next year’s HRPA annual conference: John Boudreau and Jeffrey Pfeffer. They will not only feature as keynote speakers but each has agreed to meet with a small group of senior HR executives at exclusive dinners during the conference. This will be a unique opportunity to discuss and hear from noted experts on the future of work and the implications for organizations. Details on signup for these one-off events will be available later but here is some information about the speakers:

John Boudreau

John Boudreau, one of the world’s leading researchers and thought leaders in the arena of human capital issues, will share his latest research and thinking about the future of work and HR. Drawing upon the work being done by  – the global consortium to reimagine HR, employment alternatives, talent and enterprise – he will discuss the disruptive forces that are fundamentally changing the work landscape. Boudreau will also share insights from his newest book Lead the Work, and the implications as work moves beyond regular full-time employment. His research reinforces many of the provocative themes discussed throughout the conference and will challenge us to tangibly reimagine our personal leadership roles in creating and adapting to the new talent eco-system.

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer ( is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1979.  Pfeffer is the author or co-author of 14 books on topics including power in organizations, managing people, evidence-based management and The Knowing-Doing Gap.  His latest book, Leadership B.S.:  Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, was published in September, 2015.  Author of more than 150 articles and book chapters, Pfeffer has won numerous awards for his scholarly research, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

New HRPA websites improve members’ online experience

At HRPA’s Annual General Meeting in May, I was pleased to report that the Association’s membership numbers had totaled 22,372—a seven per cent year-over-year jump and the highest numbers we’ve ever seen.

It hasn’t taken long to surpass that. By the end of May, and the close of the Association’s member renewal campaign, HRPA’s total members and registrants surpassed 24,000—a 10 per cent increase and clear evidence of the support members have for the direction the Association is going, especially around our efforts to professionalize the HR profession and the introduction of our updated HR competency framework and new CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations.

And while this is the kind of quantitative feedback we like to see, we’re not about to rest on our laurels. In fact, over the past six months, HRPA has been busy working on website upgrades to make your online member experience much smoother and efficient.

Later this month, HRPA will be launching a brand new website. You will still find us at, but the new site will feature a much better user experience, including simpler navigation so you can find the information you need quickly and easily; better search functionality; and increased responsiveness so you can get the same viewing experience whether you’re on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

And in keeping with our AODA requirements, the new website will be fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant for persons with vision loss.

Hire Authority Canada HR job board

HRPA is also relaunching the Hire Authority Canada HR job board, with loads of new features for both employers and member job seekers, including social media outreach for all job postings, employer microsites and a new user friendly interface.

Visit the new site at

We’re also repatriating the popular job board back to HRPA from the Workopolis Niche Network, which will provide employers with more flexibility in reaching out to our 24,000 members.

Besides a new look and a more user-friendly web platform, the updated job board boasts several new features for both employers and HRPA-member job seekers, including 60-day job postings; email and social media jobs outreach to all HRPA members; microsites to profile organization and employment brand; free resume upload and job applications exclusive to HRPA members; and the ability to search for jobs by designation, seniority, sector, function, salary and location.

We would love to hear your feedback on the new websites or any other benefits HRPA provides members. Please tell us what you think by adding a comment to this blog or emailing

Best regards,

Bill Greenhalgh

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