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Now in its fifth year, the Canadian HR Awards has become the biggest and most prestigious showcase of excellence in the Canadian human resources industry. There are over 20 organizational and individual award categories — with new categories added yearly — designed to ensure national recognition for both large and small organizations.

By recognizing the companies and individuals across the entire spectrum of human resources and celebrating the industry's successes, the Canadian HR Awards continues to inspire an industry fostered on leadership, service, innovation, support and principle, all of which have continuously driven the industry forward.

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Xref new CHRA PartnersXref is an online workflow tool that automates the candidate referencing process via an easy to use, mobile-ready, fully reportable, cloud-based platform. Xref addresses one of the biggest challenges in the recruitment and onboarding process- the way candidate references are collected. Reference feedback is collected online saving time and money for employers. It also protect companies from breaches in privacy, discrimination and potential reference fraud.


Xref frees up substantial amounts of time that recruiters can utilise to strategically source talent, rather than chase and conduct references. The process is proven to collect significantly more reference data than traditional phone-based methods, reduce the risk of reference fraud and strengthen governance around referencing.


Founded in 2009 by leading recruitment specialists, Xref understood that the existing methods of collecting pre-employment references were fraught with risk. Employers often unwittingly took references without the candidate's consent, asked discriminatory questions or recorded details incorrectly. Fraudulent references were costing companies time and money through misinformed recruitment decisions. Since its launch Xref has been providing candidate-referencing solutions to HR consultants, recruiters and employers alike.


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