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B.C.’s Human Resources Association Announces Finalists For Provincial Awards

April 15, 2010

Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Human Resources Management Association (BC HRMA) is proud to announce the finalists for the provincial professional awards.

Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year
•Greg Conner, CHRP, vice president, HR & communications, EDS Advanced Solutions
•Cheryl Stafford CHRP, director, human resources, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
•Diane Sullivan, CHRP, vice president, human resources, BC Safety Authority

The Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year, sponsored by Knightsbridge and The Globe and Mail, recognizes the HR leaders of today. This award is BC HRMA’s highest honour for established HR practitioners, exemplary HR individuals and teams who have contributed by improving their organizations bottom-line, achieved business results, demonstrated leadership or developed innovative programs.

Award of Excellence: Innovation

•BC Hydro Team – Ashley Bennington ,CHRP, Karen Green, CHRP, Rick Milone and Agnes Terebka
•Maureen Clarke, principal, The BluePrint Group in partnership with Sheri Hamilton, CHRP, manager, human resources, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union
•Lori Rilkoff, CHRP, HR manager, City of Kamloops
•Teck Highland Valley Copper Team – Richard Boyce, Candace Droder, CHRP, Rod Killough, CHRP, and Jim Valin

The Award of Excellence: Innovation, sponsored by Knightsbridge and The Globe and Mail, recognizes an individual or team that has successfully implemented a progressive project to address a new or ongoing HR challenge or opportunity within their organization.

Rising Star Award

•Nella Garman, CHRP, acting human resources consultant, University of Victoria
•Allan Lau, CHRP Candidate, human resources assistant, Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc
•Rene McComber, CHRP, HR advisory, Vancouver Aquarium
•Julia Simpson, CHRP, human resources manager, western Canada, Compass Group Canada

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by Toombs Inc, The Province and The Vancouver Sun, recognizes the HR leaders of tomorrow. These up-and-comers, within the first five years of their career, are considered to be lighting the HR community on fire and hold the future of the profession in their hands. Each of the nominees has made significant contributions to their past and present workplaces at a very early stage in their career. They all are ambitious, innovative, and creative with fierce drive and determination that guarantees each will succeed in their chosen career paths.

The recipients of the three awards will be announced at the Awards & CHRP Recognition Gala , held in conjunction with BC HRMA’s 48th Annual Conference & Showcase, in Vancouver on May 6, 2010.

BC HRMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professional people practices through professional development opportunities such as conference, workshops, symposiums, and mentorship and volunteer programs. The association provides leadership to more than 4,900 members that collectively represent CEOs, directors of HR, consultants, educators, students, HR generalists, and small-business owners. Established in 1942, BC HRMA is a founding member of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and the exclusive grantor of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in British Columbia.


Details about the finalists’ accomplishments, and reasons for award nomination, are online at

Interview opportunities, and photos, are available upon request.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Quinne Davey
Business Development Project Manager, BC HRMA
800.665.1961 or

For more information contact:
Quinne Davey
Business Development Project Manager
Phone: 604.694.6943

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