letter from the editor
Time of the Year
Another HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show is
once again upon us, and what an exciting time of year it
is! It’s hard to believe that this is my fourth year attending
the event, and it’s something I look forward to for
months in advance.
You may notice that we’ve done something a little different
with HR Professional this year. This issue that you’re holding is
100 per cent exclusive to the HRPA Annual Conference. In it,
you’ll find information about the different keynote speakers and
SuperSession presenters, the goings-on at HRPA and articles
from featured sessions. I hope you enjoy this special edition of HR
If you haven’t already heard, there are a lot of changes to HR
Professional in 2017. We’ve transformed into a fully digital experience
and (aside from this special edition) have eliminated the
print editions altogether. This allows us to increase the magazine’s
frequency and reach a wider audience than the previous format allowed.
Now, in order to read HR Professional, you have to visit the
App Store or Google Play Store to download the HR Professional
mobile app. Once you’ve installed the app on your smartphone or
tablet, you can read optimized versions of the magazine at your leisure.
Download now – you’ll find a couple issues waiting for you!
You can also drop by the HRPA booth in the trade show, where
we’ll have tablets set up and a couple of awesome HR Professional
representatives to show you how it works.
I can’t wait to meet you at #HRPA2017. I’ll be attending the
keynotes, dropping in on sessions and hanging out at the HRPA
booth in the trade show. If you see me, be sure to say hello!
VOLUME 34 / NUMBER 1 SPECIAL CONFERENCE EDITION 2017
Editor: Jill Harris
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Jason Beeho, Levitt LLP
Dean Bulloch, MBA, CHRE,
School of Business & Hospitality,
Conestoga College Institute
Cheryl Fullerton, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Julie Giraldi, Ontario Hospital Association
John Hamovitch, Intelex Technologies
Paul Klein, Impakt
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Charles Marful, Ernst & Young
Anthony Papa, Federal-Mogul Motorparts
Laura L. Randell, B.A., CHRE, SEEC
Schulich School of Business
Jose Tolovi Neto, Great
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