2019 Canadian HR Awards winners announced

Jazz Aviation, IBM, Best Buy, Queen's among 25 winners
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/16/2019
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The winners of the 2019 Canadian HR Awards were announced last night in front of 950 HR leaders in Toronto. Shutterstock

The winners of the 2019 Canadian HR Awards were announced last night in front of 950 of the country’s top HR leaders at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto.

Twenty-five awards were presented to the most outstanding HR professionals, companies and teams from across Canada.

Tim Lawson of McCarthy Tétrault took home the Canadian HR Reporter Award for Best Labour & Employment Lawyer (Within a Practice).

Computer networking leader BlueCat took home the Ultimate Software Award for Best Workplace Culture, while Canada’s largest regional carrier, Jazz Aviation, won the Mercer Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.

Another major highlight was Kin Choi, the Assistant Deputy Minister (human resources – civilian) of the Department of National Defence, being awarded the Queen’s University IRC Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Other major individual prizes included the KPMG in Canada Award for HR Champion (CEO), awarded to Lynn Oldfield of AIG Canada, and the Leadership Agency Award for HR Leader of the Year, awarded to Cathie Brow of Revera.

The full list of winners and finalists are available on www.hrawards.ca.

2019 Canadian HR Awards winners

The Queen's University IRC Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry

  • Kin Choi - Department of National Defence

The Accompass Award for Canadian HR Team of the Year (500 Employees or More)

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

The ADP Canada Award for HR Rising Star of the Year

  • Jenn Rooney - Stackpole International

The Dentsu Aegis Network Award for Best HR Communication Strategy

  • Mattamy Homes

The HRPA Award for Woman of Distinction

  • Megan Paterson – Kinaxis

The KPMG in Canada Award for Canadian HR Champion (CEO)

  • Lynn Oldfield - AIG Canada

The Leadership Agency Award for HR Leader of the Year

  • Cathie Brow – Revera

The MaxSys Staffing & Consulting Award for Most Effective Recruitment Strategy

  • The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

The Mercer Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

  • Jazz Aviation

The Seneca Award for Best Learning & Development Strategy

  • CAA Club Group of Companies

The TalentEgg Award for Best Employer Branding

  • Left

The Ultimate Software Award for Best Workplace Culture

  • BlueCat

The University of Waterloo Award for Best Next Generation Employment Innovation

  • IBM Canada

The Venngo Award of Excellence for Financial, Physical & Mental Wellness

  • Stikeman Elliott

The Workhuman Award for Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

  • AstraZeneca Canada

Canadian HR Team of the Year (Fewer Than 500 Employees)

  • Carfax Canada

Canadian HR Team of the Year (Finance or Insurance)

  • HSBC Bank Canada

Canadian HR Team of the Year (Retail or Hospitality)

  • Best Buy Canada

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy

  • Cisco Systems Canada

Most Innovative Use of HR Technology

  • Hydro Ottawa

Best Talent Management Strategy

  • Purolator

Labour & Employment Law Boutique of the Year

  • Rubin Thomlinson

The Canadian HR Reporter Award for Best Labour & Employment Lawyer (Within a Practice)

  • Tim Lawson - McCarthy Tétrault

The HRD Readers’ Choice Award for Best Service Provider (100 Employees or More)

  • League

The HRD Readers’ Choice Award for Best Service Provider (Fewer Than 100 Employees)

  • The Leadership Agency

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