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CPHR Manitoba Update

June 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba

---as originally published in an email to members on June 29, 2020---


Dear Members,


In our last update email, we shared that we have been busy planning for 2020-2021. We wanted to take a moment today to give you an update about the association and some of the things we have planned for this year, especially as this year will look different. 


But first, I want to take a moment to again acknowledge the hard work of HR professionals, who have played a crucial role in helping organizations not only manage this ongoing pandemic but other major issues in the workplace as well. For the past few years, HR professionals have taken the lead in helping organizations evolve around issues like diversity & inclusion, the accessibility for Manitobans Act, mental health, psychological health and safety, workplace harassment, ethical leadership, and more. This pandemic is another such issue that shines a light on the value of HR to business, adding further credibility to the  CPHR designation. We encourage you all to continue to be brand ambassadors for CPHR and continue to promote the value of HR as a strategic organizational partner. It’s been great to see our community come together and grow stronger as we continue to face these challenges.


In March, we launched a COVID-19 resource page. We continue to update this resource page with articles, webinars, and information relating to new announcements about government support.


Membership renewal was already underway when the pandemic hit. We were able to help out our members by offering a payment extension and/or plan for membership dues this year recognizing that some of our members, or the organizations they work for, have been financially impacted in unprecedented ways and to varying degrees. We understood that everyone’s individual situation was different, so this tailored approach allowed those hit hardest to maintain their designation and regular membership.


I’m pleased to share that we ended the past fiscal year with a record high number of CPHR Manitoba members. In the past six years, our membership base has grown by 17.89%. I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to you, our members, for your continued dedication to the association and to the HR profession as a whole. 


Our mission is to advance the human resources profession. We work to achieve that by promoting the brand and supporting CPHRs in their professional development to foster public confidence in the designation and demonstrate the value of HR to business. Our new strategic plan serves as the basis for this year’s business plan. With so many uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, planning for this upcoming year is requiring us to be nimble, creative and to keep our eyes and ears open to ensure we’re meeting member needs. 


You may have noticed that registration for our  annual conference did not open as usual in May. Given the circumstances, it was hard to know whether we’d be able to host our annual fall conference in its usual form, so we felt it best to continue to evaluate our options before making any firm decisions. We have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone our two-day annual conference to the fall of 2021. In place of the annual conference, we will be offering a virtual conference over two half-days in October focused on the Future of Work (October 21 & 22) followed by a series of topic-specific virtual conferences through the remainder of our membership year. These virtual events will focus on trending issues:

  • Diversity Forum – January 28, 2021
  • Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace Conference – March 11, 2021
  • Talent Forum – April 15, 2021

More details including program information, passport to learning discount program and registration will launch in the near future. And while we were able to re-purpose some of the selected sessions from our annual conference, we are looking for more speakers to fill out our program. If you’re interested in speaking at any of these events, please complete our online proposal form  here. I want to take a moment to thank the Conference committee who worked hard to select keynote and concurrent speakers for our annual conference pre-pandemic and their enthusiasm to work with the team to program these new events. Your dedication to the profession in what is an uncertain time for all is greatly appreciated. 


Many of our postponed spring professional development events have already taken place as virtual events, including our first annual Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace Conference held just last week. This was our largest virtual event to date and allowed us an opportunity to run an event like this ahead of a busy year of virtual events. Our  2020 Legislative Review (rescheduled from May 6) will take place in September as a virtual event using a new virtual event management platform. Registration is now open and further session details will be released soon!


This is just a sampling of the learning opportunities for 2020-2021. We will also continue to run our mentorship program, webinars (also available on demand here), executive breakfast series and plan for additional events, workshops and forums.


You may recall we postponed the sold-out  HR Excellence Awards 2020, which were originally scheduled to be held in April. We continue to plan for back-up dates, and we are hopeful we will be able to host an in-person event this membership year provided it is safe to do so. We want to ensure the timing is right so we can fully celebrate the hard work of HR professionals across Manitoba. I want to thank the Awards Gala Nominations Committee for all their hard work in soliciting a record number of applications leading to what would have been our most successful awards celebration yet. Hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate their success, and that of all of our nominees and members, in the near future. 


We remain focused on certification and the value of the CPHR designation – now is the time to ensure HR maintains its place as a strategic organizational partner. Over the last year, we invested additional time and resources into reaching potential CPHRs. This year’s plan will see further investments in this area, led by our Membership Engagement Coordinator, Stephanie Smith. I’m pleased to report that we’re already off to a great start, as we saw over 50 HR professionals attend info sessions in June alone along with our highest-ever number of exam writers this spring. If you’re interested in becoming designated, we have a number of info sessions coming up this summer. If you know someone who should be pursuing the CPHR, please connect them with Stephanie.


Some of you may be wondering about our financial situation given that more than half our revenue comes from non-member dues revenue such as events, sponsorships, and advertising and given our financial crisis eight years ago. Due to much hard work over the last eight years, we have built up a reserve that will help us to weather the storm. While the reserve isn’t yet at our goal of 50% of our annual operating, it is enough to continue to invest in moving the association forward. Additionally, our overarching goal while building the business plan for this year was to hope for the best but prepare for the worst, so we’ve budgeted very conservatively.


As we wrap up the 2019-2020 fiscal year, I want to thank the board of directors for their continued support and governance of this association, the volunteer committees for all that they do to help keep programs and services moving forward, and our partners, sponsors and advertisers for their enthusiastic and unwavering support of our profession. I also want to thank all of our members for continuing to be great stewards of the profession. Finally, CPHR Manitoba would not be where it is today without the hard work of our staff. Thank you for your resourcefulness, creativity and dedication. It's a pleasure to operate with a team that is so self-reliant and motivated. 


Moving forward into this year, we remain committed to our members. CPHR Manitoba is operating business as usual with staff continuing to work remotely. We can be reached by phone and email.


We hope you have a great summer. Stay safe and be well.




Ron Gauthier
CEO, CPHR Manitoba

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email.

For additional information please visit: CPHR.CA

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