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27
Jul 2015
 
VANCOUVER, July 28, 2015 – The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) is reaffirming its commitment to a strong national body and clear vision for one designation – the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) – as the leading standard of HR professional excellence and ethical standards in Canada. 
 
“We are committed to a strong, vibrant, national body that brings together Canada’s diverse HR voices to create one voice, one national standard and one designation, the CHRP,” states Roma Thorlakson, newly elected Chair of CCHRA and current Chair of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba.
 
CCHRA has changed its structure significantly over the past six months. These changes include a redesigned philosophy, new set of core principles and new bylaws. “We believe that national collaboration and honing our diversity will result in the best representation of Canadian HR professionals, and empower CCHRA to advance the HR profession both locally and globally,” continues Thorlakson. 
 
CCHRA recently signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), with the Australian Human Resources Institute and with the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. 
 
“CCHRA’s mission is to elevate the profession, both nationally and around the globe,” states Anthony Ariganello, Interim CEO of CCHRA and President & CEO of HRMA BC. “I’m proud to say that the CCHRA is on the path to becoming a bolder, more agile, and profession-focused body dedicated to elevating, enhancing and promoting the field of HR.”
 
This summer, CCHRA is implementing significant enhancements to the process of obtaining the CHRP. These changes will acknowledge the CCHRA-recognized education that prospective candidates have, and will provide a strong educational foundation and theory for practicing HR. For more information, visit www.chrp.ca
 
About CCHRA
The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) is the national body that provides direction for all the provincial Human Resources member associations in administering the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. The CHRP is the leading standard for HR professionals in Canada. CCHRA is comprised of member associations from eight provinces and two territories: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland Labrador, Northwest Territory and Yukon Territory. For more information, visit www.chrp.ca
 
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Media contact: 
Natalie Green, President, Natalie Green Strategic Communications Inc. 
E: ngreen@nataliegreen.ca  C: 403-619-8563

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  • 27
    Jul 2015
     
    VANCOUVER, July 28, 2015 – The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) is reaffirming its commitment to a strong national body and clear vision for one designation – the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) – as the leading standard of HR professional excellence and ethical standards in Canada. 
     
    “We are committed to a strong, vibrant, national body that brings together Canada’s diverse HR voices to create one voice, one national standard and one designation, the CHRP,” states Roma Thorlakson, newly elected Chair of CCHRA and current Chair of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba.
     
    CCHRA has changed its structure significantly over the past six months. These changes include a redesigned philosophy, new set of core principles and new bylaws. “We believe that national collaboration and honing our diversity will result in the best representation of Canadian HR professionals, and empower CCHRA to advance the HR profession both locally and globally,” continues Thorlakson. 
     
    CCHRA recently signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), with the Australian Human Resources Institute and with the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. 
     
    “CCHRA’s mission is to elevate the profession, both nationally and around the globe,” states Anthony Ariganello, Interim CEO of CCHRA and President & CEO of HRMA BC. “I’m proud to say that the CCHRA is on the path to becoming a bolder, more agile, and profession-focused body dedicated to elevating, enhancing and promoting the field of HR.”
     
    This summer, CCHRA is implementing significant enhancements to the process of obtaining the CHRP. These changes will acknowledge the CCHRA-recognized education that prospective candidates have, and will provide a strong educational foundation and theory for practicing HR. For more information, visit www.chrp.ca
     
    About CCHRA
    The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) is the national body that provides direction for all the provincial Human Resources member associations in administering the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. The CHRP is the leading standard for HR professionals in Canada. CCHRA is comprised of member associations from eight provinces and two territories: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland Labrador, Northwest Territory and Yukon Territory. For more information, visit www.chrp.ca
     
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    Media contact: 
    Natalie Green, President, Natalie Green Strategic Communications Inc. 
    E: ngreen@nataliegreen.ca  C: 403-619-8563
  • 07
    Apr 2015
    Alberta has the highest job vacancy rate in the country.
     
    Statistics Canada reported Tuesday that there were 43,900 vacant positions in the province in December, which represented a three-month average. That was down from 45,300 a year ago. Alberta’s job vacancy rate was 2.1 per cent, down from from 2.3 per cent last year. The job vacancy rate is the number of vacant positions divided by total labour demand (occupied positions plus vacant positions).
     
    Throughout Canada, the job vacancy rate rose from 1.3 per cent last year to 1.5 per cent, while the total number of vacant positions increased from 202,500 to 232,800. The federal agency said the unemployment-to-job vacancy ratio in Alberta was 2.3, up from 2.2, while in Canada it fell to five from 6.2 last year.
     
    Human Resources Institute of Alberta recently released its HR Trends survey indicating the current state of affairs in the province’s labour market.
     
    “Based on the latest benchmarking data for Alberta’s labour market, it’s evident that while it’s not all doom and gloom, the hiring binge is over. Despite decreased hiring confidence across all organizations, Alberta employers are still looking to hire the right person for the right position,” said Chris McNelly, chief executive of HRIA, in a statement.
     
    The HRIA report said keeping skilled employees remains an important strategy in this economic downturn. It said employee turnover costs range from $13,000 to $20,000 per staff member, depending on the size of the organization.
     
    SAIT Polytechnic said it has seen a significant increase in applied management training by corporations.
     
    Rod Miller, associate vice-president of corporate training solutions at SAIT, said there has been a 163 per cent increase in demand for applied management training over the past five years and the trend shows no sign of slowing down.
     
    “There’s a significant amount of pressure on managers and supervisors to successfully navigate through organizational challenges without losing productivity,” said Miller in a statement. “The fluctuating economy means — more so than ever — companies are looking to be more efficient and effective at their business and training plays an important role in that.”
     
    Just this week, a report by BuildForce Canada said Alberta’s construction industry can expect a three-year downturn due to the collapse in oil prices, with new project cancellations, delays and job losses of nearly 20,000 from 2015 to 2017 with losses concentrated in engineering projects and housing.
     
    Last week, Statistics Canada reported that Alberta lost 14,000 jobs in February, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.8 percentage points to 5.3 per cent, the highest since September 2011.
     
    The federal agency said employment losses were in a number of industries, but most notably in the natural resources sector which alone shed 7,000 positions last month.
     
    Since hitting a peak in September 2014, employment in the sector has decreased by 20,000 jobs, or 11 per cent, it said.
     

     

  • 07
    Apr 2015

    Alberta is not the employment paradise it was two years ago.

    The province’s employers are becoming more particular about hiring new staff and are expected to begin cutting personnel over the next six months, according to a Human Resources Institute of Alberta report.

    “It’s evident that while it’s not all doom and gloom, the hiring binge is over,” HRIA chief executive officer Chris McNelly said.

    The hiring confidence index released Monday, a measure of how Alberta employers feel about hiring, is down across the province in sectors of all sizes.

    The overall index dropped to 52.3 from 58.1 a year ago, while the index for the oil and gas sector, struggling with low commodity prices, fell to 55.7 from 61.8 during the same period.

    Confidence is lowest within small organizations, where the hiring index sits at 51.1, down from 60.1 at the beginning of 2014.

    The number of organizations expecting to beef up their work force by more than 5 per cent in the short term is also down sharply. Only 19 per cent of organizations are looking to hire, down from 26 per cent six months ago.

    And as organizations take longer to fill vacant positions, existing workers are staying put. Forty-three per cent of employees who left their jobs in 2013 departed for better opportunities, but during the last six months only 31 per cent quit to pursue a new position.

    While hiring is down, the HRIA says a slowing economy is not entirely to blame. Instead, part of the decrease results from a employee skills shortage.

    Small organizations in particular often feel they will be unable to replace a departing worker with a new hire of a similar calibre.

    “Despite decreased hiring confidence across all organizations, Alberta employers are still looking to hire the right person for the right position,” Mr. McNelly said.

    Author: David Kennedy
    Source: The Globe and Mail, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/life-at-work/alberta-hiring-confidence-slump-felt-most-at-small-businesses/article23388343/

  • 07
    Apr 2015

    The three new HR designations recently created by Ontario's Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) do not affect Alberta CHRPs (Certified Human Resource Professionals) or The Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) members.

    Background:

    The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) is a collaborative effort of human resources associations from across Canada. CCHRA provides the National Knowledge Exam and also provides direction for all the provinces to follow common practices in administering the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation (experience assessment, recertification and exams).

    Until this year, all provinces (except Quebec) belonged to the CCHRA. In June 2014, Ontario's association, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), made the decision to leave CCHRA. Since that time, they have been working independently of the other provinces and the HRIA expects that they will continue to operate separately moving forward. 

    The Human Resource Institute of Alberta (HRIA) is the exclusive granting body for the CHRP in Alberta and is the professional association dedicated to strengthening the role of HR professionals in the workplace and upholding the highest standards of practice. The announcement of the Ontario HRPA's three new designations does not affect Alberta CHRPs or HRIA members.

    Status:

    Nothing has changed for HRIA or for its members. The HRIA will be reviewing its regulations for recognizing non-Alberta designations. The CHRP designation, as certified in Alberta by the HRIA, is the leading standard for HR professionals in Canada. The changes made in Ontario do not affect current Alberta CHRPs.

    For more information on the new designations, please contact Interim Executive Director, Janice MacPherson at JMacPherson@hria.ca.

  • 07
    Apr 2015

    After a thorough and extensive recruitment process, Human Resource Institute of Alberta (HRIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris McNelly as CEO, effective December 16, 2014.

    Chris comes to HRIA with over 20 years of diverse experience in executive management and leadership roles in both the public and private sector. A Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) with an MBA, Chris has previous experience on the HRIA Board of Directors. Prior to joining HRIA, Chris was a professional HR consultant and was the Executive Director of Human Resources at Travel Alberta.

    Along with his knowledge of HRIA's stakeholders, Chris brings a wealth of governance, strategic planning and change management experience to the role. He possesses the passion needed to lead HRIA on its mission to elevate the profession by strengthening the role of HR professionals in the workplace while upholding the highest standards of practice.

    Chris will take the helm from Interim Executive Director, Janice MacPherson, who will resume her role as HRIA's Director, Member Development. 

  • 07
    Apr 2015

    Three University of Alberta students won the second annual HRC West competition, held March 6 & 7, 2015 at Mount Royal University.  Six teams from B.C. and Alberta competed in a contest presented by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA).

    HRC West is the only student case competition in Western Canada dedicated entirely to the field of human resources. “Case competitions provide the opportunity for students to practice their knowledge while showcasing their analytical and presentation skills.  These events also allow students to make new connections and friendships, both with their school peers and with those from other institutions,” said Melanie Peacock, Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business.  

    Michael Belger, Megan Chambers, Travis Garner and Angela McKenna spent several months preparing for the event.  “We have a practice case once a week from the start of term in January until the date of the competition,” said Ross Bradford, coach of the University of Alberta team.  “We hope the students found the practices to be more difficult than the actual competition.  We don’t hold back on the constructive criticism.”

    HRIA is pleased with the level of corporate support for the competition.  “Sponsors contributed so much to the success of HRCWest – from the generous financial support of TD Insurance to the time provided for judging by Shell Canada, Salopek & Associates and many others.  Making connections with these partners is one of the most valuable benefits for students at HRCWest,” said HRIA CEO Chris McNelly.

    Scores were close, but a final-three showdown between the U of A, MRU and Okanagan College was selected.  Following second round presentations judges awarded the top prize of $1,500 to the U of A, followed by MRU in second ($1,100) and Okanagan College in third place ($800).

    With the next competition set for March 4 & 5, 2016, plans are already being laid for continued growth.  “The interest in this event from our members, from post-secondary schools and from industry is huge.  We want to build a competition that reflects the goals of all our partners in raising the next generation of HR professionals,” said McNelly.

    Media Inquiries:

    Kari Whipple 
    Marketing & Communications Manager, HRIA
    (403) 541-8700
  • 11
    Mar 2015

    An election to fill four vacancies for the HRIA Board of Directors will be held between March 30th and April 6th, 2015. The results will be announced at the 2015 HRIA Conference on Wednesday, April 22.

    There are twelve candidates running for four available board positions. Votes can only be placed by certified members, but everyone can view the candidates. View the candidate bios!

  • 11
    Mar 2015

    HRIA is launching a new Mentorship Program! After reviewing the efficacy of our online Mentorship Program, we have decided to play a more active role in matching mentors to protégés in order to enhance the value of the program. Instead of leaving the work of finding suitable mentors up to our members, HRIA will hand match prospective protégés with mentors who have the right expertise to meet their learning needs.

    The new Mentorship Program will begin in April 2015 with a call for Mentors.  Once we have ascertained their strengths and abilities, we will then call for protégés who are looking for growth in those areas of expertise. Mentorships will be made in June 2015 and are expected to last a year on average.  HRIA will issue two surveys throughout the year long mentorship to gauge the quality of both the process and personal mentorship experiences.  Our hope is that this new program will be of greater value to our members and will assist participants in numerous ways.  Both mentors and protégés can gain Continuing Professional Development hours through mentorships and while protégés benefit from the wisdom and experience of their mentor, mentors can feel good about giving back to the profession and strengthening future generations of HR professionals.

    HRIA looks forward to offering this new and improved service to our members.  Look for more information on this program coming soon.