letter from the editor
IN THE SYSTEM VOLUME 31 / NUMBER 7 OCTOBER 2014
One of the reasons I enjoy working on HR Professional
so much is that with every issue, I learn several new
things – October’s HR Law issue was no exception.
In speaking with Christine Thomlinson, partner at
Toronto employment law firm Rubin Thomlinson and a
member of the HR Professional editorial advisory board, we
decided that our best approach for our legal issue would
be to focus on a varied, extended length feature article
that covers a number of prevalent HR law topics. We fol-lowed
the format of HRPA’s 2014 HR Law Conference,
and writer Melissa Campeau spoke to some of Canada’s
top employment and human rights lawyers to highlight
12 issues especially relevant to HR professionals. To gain
more in-depth legal knowledge and learn in-person from
some of Canada’s top lawyers, register for the HRPA Law
Conference – taking place October 22 in Toronto. Read the
extended cover feature, starting on page 18.
This issue also houses Part One of a three-part leader-ship
series by Dr. Debra Hughes. In this first article, Dr.
Hughes discusses how HR professionals can help to suc-cessfully
integrate new executives into the leadership team
by implementing a structured onboarding plan. She dis-cusses
several key integration success factors to help you
train and retain executive hires in your organization. Flip
to the article, which starts on page 26.
To conclude, I’ll let you know (if you haven’t already
discovered!) that a digital version of every issue of HR
Professional is uploaded after mailing distribution and is avail-able
In these digital versions, you’re able to bookmark articles,
share content and download the issue as a PDF.
I hope you learn new things from this issue of HR
Professional, and as always, I look forward to your feedback.
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Michael Bach, Canadian Institute of
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de la diversité et de l’inclusion
Mary Ann Baynton, Great-West Life Centre
for Mental Health in the Workplace
Christine Burych, StarlingBrook Corporation
Eric Cousineau, OCG Strategy &
Joseph (Val) D’Sa, York Region
District School Board
Bonnie Flatt, Master Coaches
Mandy Hanlon, Oakbridges Labour
Relations Consulting Inc.
Jennifer Laidlaw, Ontario
Norm Sabapathy, Cadillac Fairview
Dr. Parbudyal Singh, York University
Sandra Smith, Southlake
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Melissa Sonberg, McGill University
Christine Thomlinson, Rubin
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