SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
10:35 AM ET

Last year the Canadian HR Awards brought together over 1200 HR professionals from across the nation for an all-new virtual awards experience.

This year, we’re ready to do it all over again on September 15 and continue our long-standing tradition of celebrating industry excellence.

This unmissable event will feature the highly anticipated winner announcements, hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand. By popular demand, we’re also bringing back live virtual panels featuring some of the finalists, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories. This is an unparalleled opportunity to go behind the scenes and engage with the industry’s best.

The virtual platform also offers a live chat option and a peer-matching function allowing you to network and reconnect with your peers and the wider HR industry.

So don’t miss out. Be sure to join us on September 15 at 10:35 AM ET as we bring the celebration of the year directly to you – wherever you are.

What’s Happening On The Day

At the virtual Canadian HR Awards 2021, you’ll be able to:

Catch the exclusive stream of the winner announcements hosted by CBC news anchor Suhana Meharchand

Show your industry spirit and support the 200-plus outstanding finalists

Join live virtual panels featuring some of the finalists, who will be sharing their inspiring insights, best practices and success stories

Network and reconnect with your peers in the HR industry with our live chat and a peer-matching function

Get a chance to win a $250 prepaid gift card by posting on social media a photo of yourself, your team or your stylish home office while watching the awards. Don't forget to use the hashtag #HRAwardsCA


10:35- 10:40 AM


10:40 – 11:20 AM

The O.C. Tanner Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry

Our HR lifetime achievement award winner will share insights from their experiences and reflect on lessons they have learned along the way.



Meghan Stettler

Meghan Stettler, Director, O.C. Tanner Institute


11:20 – 12:00 PM

Enhancing your candidate experience for next-gen professionals

Organizations today are being shaken up by a new generation of talent. This generation is knowledgeable, adaptable and connected. Devising strategies for attracting and engaging these graduates will be key for businesses in the coming years.



Ross Johnston

Ross Johnston, Executive Director, Co-operative Education, University of Waterloo


12:00 – 12:40 PM

How today’s leaders are redefining success and breaking new boundaries

Award-winning career advice from women of distinction



Louise Taylor Green

Louise Taylor Green, Chief Executive Officer, Human Resources Professionals Association


12:40 – 1:20 PM

How linking business communication to company strategy is key to effective business operations

Our expert finalists share practical advice and insights into crafting an effective communication strategy for a diverse workforce in the new normal.



Carolyn Meacher

Carolyn Meacher, Chief People Officer, Canada, dentsu


1:20 – 2:00 PM

Leadership skills for the top HR leader

How can you stand out as an HR leader? Our finalists in this category will share with you the personal qualities they developed through strategy and training.



Jamie Savage

Jamie Savage, Founder & CEO, The Leadership Agency


2:00 – 2:40 PM

Building your HR dream team

Building an HR team sets the tone for development and growth in an organization. Hear from our finalists on how you can create the perfect HR team through different initiatives.



Jonathan Foster

Jonathan Foster, Vice President – Compensation, Gallagher Benefit Services (Canada) Group Inc


2:40 – 3:20 PM

Mental, physical and financial wellness in a remote-first world

There has never been a more critical time for HR professionals to focus on employee wellbeing. Get insight into our finalists' successful initiatives that improved their staff's overall mental, physical and financial wellness and supported their work-life balance.



John Moore

John Moore, President, Venngo Inc.


3:20 – 4:00 PM

Building up a successful reward and recognition initiative

Designing and executing a reward and recognition strategy entails a large-scale approach that drives organizational change. Hear HR leaders discuss how they built reward and recognition programs that reflect the preferences of their diverse workforces.



Sylvain Bergeron

Sylvain Bergeron, Vice President of Sales Mid-Market & Canada, Workhuman


4:00 – 4:40 PM

A CEO’s perspective on HR having a seat at the table

As businesses tackle the tides of change, one of a CEO’s goals is to create insightful solutions to workforce challenges, but how does HR having a seat at the table ensure corporate success in navigating the new world of work? Hear a CEO’s perspective.



Lisa Cabel

Lisa Cabel, Lead Partner, KPMG Law LLP


4:40 – 5:20 PM

Creating a positive work culture

Your company culture encompasses a shared set of values and attitudes that guide your organization. Hear from our finalists on how to create a prize-winning company culture that will attract top candidates.



Jarik Conrad

Dr. Jarik Conrad, Vice President, Human Insights UKG


5:25 PM


5:30 PM


  • The dentsu Award for Best HR Communication Strategy
  • The University of Waterloo Award for Next Generation Employment Innovation
  • Best Labour & Employment Boutique Law Firm
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy
  • Best Employer Branding
  • Best Learning & Development Strategy
  • The Venngo Award of Excellence for Financial, Physical & Mental Wellness
  • The Workhuman Award for Best Reward & Recognition Strategy
  • Best Remote Work Strategy
  • Best Talent Management Strategy
  • Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
  • Most Effective Recruitment Strategy
  • Most Innovative Use of HR Technology
  • The HRD Readers' Choice Award for Best Service Provider
  • The HRPA Award for Woman of Distinction
  • The Leadership Agency Award for HR Leader of the Year
  • Canadian HR Team of the Year (Finance/Insurance)
  • Canadian HR Team of the Year (Retail/Hospitality)
  • The Gallagher Award for Canadian HR Team of the Year (500 Employees or More)
  • Canadian HR Team of the Year (Fewer than 500 Employees)
  • The O.C. Tanner Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry
  • The KPMG in Canada Award for Canadian HR Champion (CEO)
  • The UKG Award for Best Workplace Culture



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