It’s always a pleasure browsing through the final list of HR professionals featured in HRD’s annual ‘who’s who’ guide. These are the people who continue to add value to the profession and increase its standing in the business world. Some of them have appeared on our previous Hot Lists, proving their staying power; others have been featured in the magazine over the past 12 months. Then there are new contenders, the ones who have launched innovative initiatives, tackled tough business-critical
challenges or moved the dial on persistent issues like diversity & inclusion.
Many have already been acknowledged as industry leaders – they’ve picked up personal accolades from the likes of the
Canadian HR Awards, or the employers they work for have been applauded as an employer of choice by organizations such as Aon Hewitt or the Great Place to Work Institute.
It’s not all about bright optimism, though; some of the HR professionals on this year’s list are in declining markets or at companies that are struggling to reinvent themselves. But rain, hail or shine, HR continues to prove its worth, as the leaders on the following pages prove.