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Now in its fifth year, the Canadian HR Awards has become the biggest and most prestigious showcase of excellence in the Canadian human resources industry. There are over 20 organizational and individual award categories — with new categories added yearly — designed to ensure national recognition for both large and small organizations.

By recognizing the companies and individuals across the entire spectrum of human resources and celebrating the industry's successes, the Canadian HR Awards continues to inspire an industry fostered on leadership, service, innovation, support and principle, all of which have continuously driven the industry forward.

This annual black-tie gala brings together a stellar community of the biggest names in the business, past award recipients and rising stars throughout Canada. Over 600 HR professionals attended last year's gala.

The Canadian HR Awards brought to you by Ultimate Software is presented to you by HRD Canada Magazine, the magazine of choice for the country's most influential HR decision makers. Winners and finalists will be showcased in HRD Canada Magazine and HRD Online over the year, and all major National Press.

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Canadian HR Awards Judge Nita Chhinzer

Nita Chhinzer
Associate Professor in Human Resources Management, University at Guelph


Nita Chhinzer is currently an Associate Professor of Human Resources at the Department of Management, University of Guelph


Nita is a recognized expert on leadership and human resource management in Canada. In May 2012, she was awarded the prestigious five-year Fellowship in Leadership, HRM and Work at the University of Guelph. She authored three textbooks used in graduate, professional and undergraduate business programs (including Canada’s best-selling Introductory Human Resource Management book), and served as the Chair of the HRM division at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada from 2009 to 2011.


Her research is concentrated on Strategic Human Resources Management, with a strong focus on downsizing practices, procedures and ethics. She has gained international recognition with conference participation including Athens, Greece, Paris, France, and many North American speaking engagements.


Highly engaged in community partnerships, Nita is on the Board of Directors at the Guelph District Human Resource Professional Association, and is an Executive on the Women's Leadership Forum at the Mississauga Board of Trade.