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THE MAGAZINE OF
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP VOLUME 35 / NUMBER 5 APRIL 2018
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Jason Beeho, Levitt LLP
Dean Bulloch, MBA, CHRE,
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John Hamovitch, Intelex Technologies
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Charles Marful, Ernst & Young
Anthony Papa, Federal-Mogul Motorparts
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I’ve worked on, we’ve interviewed a senior-level HR professional
for the “Meet the HR Influencers” column (it was previously
known as the “Interview with an HR Hero” column).
We always make a point to ask our interviewees what they feel is
the most important skill or competency for an HR professional to
possess to be successful in their careers. Almost every single person
– and these are people who have all been tremendously successful
in their own HR careers – have responded with some variation of
the same answer: business acumen. In our last issue, Ernie Gross,
CHRE, with TD Branch Banking, said, “Understanding the business,
the industry and the client is very important for success in
For this issue of HR Professional, we are focusing on the
“Business of People.” In our cover feature, Melissa Campeau asked
several Canadian business leaders – including presidents, chief
executive officers, chief operating officers and chief revenue officers
– about where they feel HR contributes the most value in
their respective organizations and how their HR functions allow
their businesses to be more competitive. Their responses varied
in specifics, but a basic theme throughout the article is that HR
professionals must thoroughly understand the business they’re in.
Flip over to page 12 to start reading.
Changing topics, I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to
the current Editorial Advisory Board of HR Professional magazine.
Each year, we have a fantastic and in-depth meeting to discuss
possible topics for the magazine, and all members are endlessly
helpful and full of ideas for articles that will benefit HRPA members
and other readers. Every time I reach out to look for feedback,
a source or a suggestion, I get a quick response back and all the
help I need. The service term for our current board is coming to
an end; if you or someone you know is interested in serving on
the Editorial Advisory Board, please send me an email and I’m
happy to give you more information. And to anyone on the current
board, I hope that you consider serving another term.
It has truly been a joy to work with you!
Enjoy this issue of HR Professional, and we’ll be back in May with a
closer look at how to manage the “portfolio career” and a non-traditional
workforce in today’s Gig Economy.
Jill Harris n
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