Welcome to the Human Resources Research Institute

The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is a registered Canadian charity focused on human resources research to advance evidence-based HR practice. As an HR thought leader HRRI advances centres of excellence by funding awards, scholarships and empirical research projects which have clear application to HR practice and advancing the profession. HRRI was founded in 2010 by the HRPA.


The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) funds advanced studies in HR through scholarships and awards. It awards prizes for the best Ph.D. dissertation and Masters thesis in HR in Canada. It funds evidence-based research with practical application for HR professionals.

Over time, HRRI may also publish books, reports, papers based on research findings; and it may develop and market tools, such as presentations, videos, and study guides, to get its research-based knowledge into the hands of the practitioners who need it.

Governance and Operations

Though HRRI operates independently of HRPA, HRPA Board members hold positions on HRRI's Board. Leaders in the HR, business and academic community have been and will continue to be recruited to fill volunteer positions on the Board and its Standing Committees and Sub-committees that do much of the work of HRRI.


Congratulations to the 2018 Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award Winners

Best Ph.D. Dissertations

Dr. Raymond Chiu
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
"Beliefs that Matter: Religiousness and Spirituality Across Cultures"

Dr. Ravit Heskiau
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
"Work-Family Enrichment Training: Promoting Transferability Across Life Domains"


Please note: there were no Master's Thesis Award Winners for 2018.