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Together, HR and Leadership can breathe new life into any organization, so HRMAM is gathering people, ideas and tools that will infuse work life with freshness, value and meaning. 

Connecting to the pulse of business means tapping into people's real motivations: supporting cultures where great ideas thrive; creating experiences that customers love; and finding all the ways that 'soft' influences align with 'hard' performance indicators.

On October 29 & 30, HR professionals from around Manitoba will gather together at Connect 2014: Pulse to share information, learn new ideas and trends, network and be inspired.

Connie Podesta I Executive Career Coach, Award-winning Speaker, Author and Board Certified Therapist
Leadership...Like You've Never Heard It Before! The Power of Accountability, Empowerment and Ownership

Drew Dudley I Founder & Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc.
Redefining Leadership and the Power of 'Lollipop Moments'

Michelle Ray I Author and Founder of Lead Yourself First Institute
So...You Think You've Got Influence

Sean Aiken I Author and Creator of The One Week Job Project
In Pursuit of Passion - 52 Jobs, 52 Weeks

Hurry, early bird registration ends July 31! 

For more information, click here. 


At HRMAM, we are committed to building the strategic capability and organizational impact of HR practitioners, and providing value to our members.

To further support the Continued Professional Development needs of our growing population of Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRPs), and in recognition of the quality of some of the HR professional development programs offered throughout Manitoba, we are proud to introduce the HRMAM Accreditation Program. For more information about the program, click here.

Here are the Upcoming Events for our Accreditation Program Partners:

Managing Episodic Disabilities Interactive On-line Courses

HRMAM in partnership with CWGHR are pleased to offer Managing Episodic Disabilities: An Introduction and Managing Episodic Disabilities: Accommodation Best Practices. These interactive self-directed on-line courses take 15 hours to complete and are worth 15 Continuing Professional Development Hours. 

For more information on these courses, click here.


As an added benefit of membership, HRMAM offers the Professional Mentorship Program. The aim of this member only program is to help link established human resource professionals with students, emerging HR practitioners, and HR professionals looking to transition to a new field of interest, taking on a new capacity within their organizations, or interested in developing new skills for future career aspirations. These relationships enable the program participants and business leaders to exchange knowledge and experience relating to skill, culture and values. Participants gain valuable individual feedback and may observe companies and their leaders at work. Overall, relationships of trust, respect and appreciation are built to enhance our shared community. The HRMAM Professional Mentorship Program is committed to promoting professionalism and mutual benefit to both Mentor and Protégé. 

Deadline to apply: August 1, 2014

For more information on the program, click here.
Dale Carnegie Training Of Manitoba -
Winnipeg Technical College

Achieve HR Excellence. Become a CHRP.

As a human resource (HR) professional, you are a leader in your own field. Employers, colleagues and clients turn to you for strategic advice, clear guidance and leadership on all aspects of HR. Make the most of your HR knowledge and experience, and get started on the path towards the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation - the gold standard of HR professionals.

NKE Prep Course
Date: September 6 & 7
Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
Deadline to register: August 22
For more information or to register, click here

National Knowledge Exam Fall 2014
Date: November 1
Check-in 8:30AM, Exam 9:00AM-12:15PM
Deadline to register: September 2
Late registrations will not be accepted
For more information or to register, click here


The CHRP Validation of Professional Experience Assessment is a formal step in earning the CHRP designation that requires candidates to demonstrate three or more years of professional experience in human resources within the last ten years. 

To gain your CHRP designation through the assessment experience, CHRP Candidates will be required to submit a completed application. This application will need to be validated by your current employer. In order to be eligible to submit an application you need to be a Candidate (someone who has passed the NKE) and have had your proof of degree verified.

The next submission deadline is September 15.

For more information on the Validation of Professional Experience Assessment, please click here

Member Matters

HRMAM is currently looking for volunteers for the 2015 Excellence in Leadership Awards Gala Committee. This committee connects with and encourages organizations to apply for an award, identify potential sponsors, and sets the strategic direction of the event. If you have your finger on the pulse of the HR community, this committee may be for you! 

For a copy of the committee's Terms of Reference, click here.

If you are interested in applying to be a part of this committee, please email your resume to Roma Thorlakson, Chair Elect, at by Friday, July 27, 2014. Please use 'Gala Committee' as your subject line.


This is an exciting time for the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba!

Context and Background

In Canada, the HR profession is evolving quickly with organizations' growing recognition of HR professionals' expertise to support their strategic direction with meaningful HR programs. The ability to attract, retain and engage talented employees is becoming a competitive advantage thatCanadian companies are pursuing aggressively. New CHRP competencies are being developed to promote strategic HR practices and provincial HR associations are trending towards self-regulation.

The Challenge

Manitoba was a leader in the establishment of the CHRP designation. It is time for Manitoba to lead again in advancing the human resource management profession and its ability to influence business strategy. We are excited about our strategy to promote our Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, position the association and our members as thought leaders, grow our membership, and start on the path to self-regulation.

Election Process

If you would like to join a vibrant and committed Board excited about enhancing the HR profession, consider applying for a position on our Board of Directors.

Deadline is Friday, July 25, 2014.

For more information on Director Experience and Qualities, Board Responsibilities, and the Election Process, please click here.


Nominating Committee

Roma Thorlakson, CHRP
Yvonne Thompson, CHRP
James Popel, CHRP
Ev Mayor, CHRP


HRmatters providers our readers with information on leading HR practices, professional trends and industry updates. To make this happen, we rely on submissions from our readers and those with knowledge of the human resource industry.

We are currently seeking submissions of articles for our Fall 2014 issue. Please keep in mind that articles may not be self-promoting, must not promote individuals, companies, products, and/or services in a manner that is profitable or may result in profit.

Articles published in HRmatters are eligible for CHRP Continuing Professional Development Hours so we encourage you to keep submitting articles for consideration.

HRMAM is looking for articles that are written on the following topics:

  • Compensation
  • Recruitment and Staffing
  • Change Management
  • Strategic HR
  • Employee Engagement
  • Labour Relations
  • Health & Safety
  • Organizational Learning, Training and Development
  • Professional Practices
  • Going green/sustainability in your meetings and workplace
  • Book reviews on books (not written by you or your organization) that deal with relevant HR topics, issues, trends, concerns, etc.
Please review our Writers' Guidelines on our website.

Articles should be sent via email in Word format to no later than July 14, 2014.

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Time: 10:45-11:00 am: Login Time
           11:00-11:30am: Presentation

If you are looking to learn more about the HR Metrics Service, sign up for this 1-hour demo. This 1-hour web meeting includes:

  • How the HR Metrics Service can benefit your organization 
  • A live demonstration of the data collection and can survey website
  • A review of the survey process, including survey timelines
  • Information on how to sign up
Click here to register!
This year, Manitoba's HR and Leadership conference will be held in Winnipeg on October 29th & 30th at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. 

Connect 2014: Pulse is your opportunity to showcase your commitment to the human resources profession, to significantly increase your visibility to this key group of professionals, and to network and engage those who make a difference every day.
For more information on available sponsorship levels as well as exhibitor information, please click here. 
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Have you ever looked at your staff and wondered why some of them continually meet and exceed your expectations? They're always looking for ways to improve themselves and their performance. They seem to be full of great ideas and are enthusiastic about being part of your team. Read more here

Job Board

Human Resources University of Manitoba
Director of Human Resources Qualico
Senior HR Generalist HyLife Foods
Human Resources Consultant (Edmonton or Winnipeg) BDC
Senior Human Resource Generalist Bockstael Construction Limited
Human Resource Generalist - part-time (23-30 hours per week) Magellan Vacations
Director, Human Resources University of Northern British Columbia
Senior Labour Relations Officer City of Winnipeg

Click here for the Job Board

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