Human Resources Professional Day marks end of the term on a high note

HRSA on a New Level

Professor Shady Hana thought it would be a good idea to revamp the Human Resources Student Association (HRSA) at HMC. He envisioned a dynamic group of students that would be willing to be creative and bring a new approach to the club. Since then, HRSA has been actively engaging students, faculty, and staff in projects such as mass interviews, case competitions and networking events.

“HRSA’s new approach, geared more towards a business mindset, has helped students better understand the different areas within human resources and get them thinking about their future careers. This is one of our goals with the Human Resources Professional Day, for example,” said Hana.

Human Resources Professional Associations Day

For the second year in a row, one of the club’s highlights has been the Human Resources Professional Associations Day, which happened on April 11th in HMC’s Creative Commons. The all-day event aimed to bring human resources professionals to campus and share with students the different areas in which they can develop their careers. The participating organizations included:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO)

Institute for Performance and Learning

Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)

National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) Virtual

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP)

Pay Equity Office

Canadian Payroll Association

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

HRSA also partnered with the Accounting Students Association, who were able to bring the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario to talk about professional designations and certifications.

“We’re very happy to be able to provide students with opportunities to connect with professionals and organizations right here on campus. Students don’t need to wait until they graduate to think which path they want to pursue. They can start now working towards getting certifications and preparing to enter the job market,” said Patricia Rios, HRSA president.

Among other special guests were Dean Sandy McKean from the Pilon School of Business, Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore, PSB HR Associate Dean, and Angela Flowerday, Sheridan’s Human Resources Professor.

Dean McKean gave the opening remarks, thanking the HRSA for the initiative. Additionally, he emphasized how events like the professional day are key to bridging the gap between the classroom and the job market, allowing students to acquire a more well-rounded education. 

By Tatiana Almeida

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