Canadian HR Awards 2020

Canadian HR Awards 2020

This year, the Canadian HR Awards went virtual for the very first time. And although it may have been a somewhat different experience than the glitz and glamour of our usual in-person soirée, it was no less fun, and for the winners and finalists, the recognition meant just as much.

In fact, going virtual actually allowed us to offer our audience even more in terms of stellar content and live debate. From panel discussions  with  globally recognized leaders, peer-to-peer networking and witty, insightful  acceptance  speeches, Canadian HR Awards 2020 was a roaring success. Hosting more than 1,000 virtual attendees from all over the world, this year’s celebrations proved the overwhelming importance and need for reward and recognition — especially in these trying times. And isn’t this the very essence of HR? After all, if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the HR profession really rallies  together to help weather disruption. The 2020 commemorative guide is a who’s who of HR in Canada  —  celebrating teams, organizations and, of course, those incredibly special individuals who have helped us all survive and thrive in the past year.

HRD would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our esteemed sponsors, congratulate all of this year’s lucky winners and thank each and every person who helped make the Canadian HR Awards 2020 such a triumph

Here are the winners of Canadian HR Awards 2020:

Organization Awards:

Best Employer Branding

Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.

Best Labour & Employment Boutique Law Firm

Whitten & Lublin PC

Best Talent Management Strategy


Canadian HR Team of the Year (Fewer than 500 Employees in Canada)

Coast Mental Health

Canadian HR Team of the Year (Finance/Insurance)


Canadian HR Team of the Year (Retail/Hospitality)

Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.

Most Effective Recruitment Strategy

Invest Ottawa

The Achievers Award for Most Innovative Use of HR Technology

University Health Network

The Dentsu Aegis Network Award for Best HR Communication Strategy

Tim Hortons Foundation Camps

The Gallagher Award for HR Team of the Year (500 employees or more)

Humber River Hospital

The HRD Readers’ Choice Award for Best Service Provider

Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)

The Mercer Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion


The Payworks Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

The Seneca Award for Best Learning & Development Strategy

Sephora Canada

The Ultimate Software Award for Best Workplace Culture

Pethealth Inc.

The University of Waterloo Award for Next Generation Employment Innovation


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


The Workhuman Award for Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

Peel Senior Link


Individual Awards:

The ADP Canada Award for Rising Star of the Year

Tania Chaudry - City of Penticton

The HRPA Award for Woman of Distinction

Lauren Davey - Compass Group Canada

The KPMG in Canada Award for HR Champion (CEO)

Jaqui Parchment - Mercer Canada

The Leadership Agency Award for HR Leader of the Year

Kathryn (Katy) Player - Canfor

The O.C. Tanner Award for Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry

Recipient: Dr. Melanie Peacock – Past President, Mount Royal Faculty Association; Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business

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