letter from the editor
A flip through this issue of HR Professional will announce
its theme to you: The Aging Workforce.
Canada’s baby boomers are staying in the workforce
longer than any other generation before them, and
with that comes a unique set of challenges and benefits to
employers and HR professionals. Smart businesses will focus
on retaining and engaging these workers, as writer Melissa
Campeau illustrates in her article, “Boom or Bust,” beginning
on page 28. What’s more valuable than a person who
knows your organization backwards and forwards, and who
can share that information with younger workers coming on
board? As someone in the young worker category, having a
mentor or someone who “knows the ropes,” so to speak, has
been an imperative part of my own success.
This issue also marks the arrival of HRPA’s 2014 Annual
Conference & Trade Show. Looking at the lineup of
speakers and presentations, it’s sure to be a few days very
well spent. I’m excited to meet you and hope to see a copy
of this magazine in your hands. I want your thoughts, ideas
and feedback about how we can make HR Professional even
more important and useful to you. Enjoy the event, and I’ll
see you there. ■
THE MAGAZINE OF
VOLUME 31 / NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY 2014
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Michael Bach, Canadian Institute of
Diversity and Inclusion/Institut canadien
de la diversité et de l’inclusion
Mary Ann Baynton, Great-West Life Centre
for Mental Health in the Workplace
Christine Burych, StarlingBrook Corporation
Eric Cousineau, OCG Strategy &
Joseph (Val) D’Sa, York Region
District School Board
Bonnie Flatt, Master Coaches
Mandy Hanlon, Oakbridges Labour
Relations Consulting Inc.
Jennifer Laidlaw, Ontario
Norm Sabapathy, Cadillac Fairview
Dr. Parbudyal Singh, York University
Sandra Smith, North York General Hospital
Melissa Sonberg, Aimia
Christine Thomlinson, Rubin
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