Winners of the 2016 HR Awards revealed

Hundreds of Canada’s best and brightest gathered for the event but only a select few could walk away with an award.

Winners of the 2016 HR Awards revealed
More than 500 of Canada’s most eminent HR professionals gathered Thursday evening to celebrate excellence in the industry but while all proved themselves as leaders in the field, only a select few could walk away with an award.

“The entries have been of an incredibly high calibre this year and I know the judges have deliberated long and hard,” said Tim Duce, CEO of KMI Publishing and Events – the company which organizes the annual industry gala.

“It’s humbling to see the incredible innovation that’s happening in Canadian workplaces and I hope everyone here is proud of what they have achieved,” he added.

The gala evening saw 20 awards handed out at Toronto’s historic Liberty Grand – the full list of worthy winners is below.

The Cotton Candy Total Rewards Award for Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

CAA South Central Ontairo

The HRD Magazine Readers Choice Award for Best Industry Service Provider

Nudge Rewards

The Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion

Island Health

The Minacs Award for Best Internal Communication Strategy

Loblaw Companies Limited

The IBM Kenexa Gherson Award for Most Innovative Use of HR Technology

Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.

The Ultimate Software Award for Best Workplace Culture


The Optimity Award for Best Employer Branding

Woodbine Entertainment Group

The Beyond Boardrooms Award for Best Employee Engagement Strategy

Colliers International

The Kit Care Corporation Award for Canadian HR Rising Star of the Year

Kathleen Teixeira – Talent acquisition manager, OLG

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


The SAP Successfactors Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry

Les Dakens

The DDI Canada Award for Best Learning & Development Strategy

City of Vaughan

The University of Waterloo Award for Next Generation Employment Initiative of the Year

Royal Bank of Canada

The HRM Online Award for External HR Consultancy Of The Year

The Roundtable

The Award for HR Team of the Year (Fewer than 500 Employees in Canada)


The TWC International Executive Search Limited Award for Best Talent Management Strategy

TD Bank

The Maxsys Staffing & Consulting Award for Most Effective Recruitment Strategy

Traction on Demand

The Aird & Berlis LLP Award for Canadian HR Champion, CEO of the Year

Brian Scudamore – Founder & CEO, O2E Brands

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


The KPMG Award For Canadian HR Leader of the Year

Naomi Titleman – VP of HR, American Express Canada

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