Best Master's Thesis

The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is pleased to sponsor the Award for Best Master's Thesis. Please note: the Best Masters’ and Ph.D. Awards for 2020 have been been deferred to 2021, given the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential impact this will have on students.


To promote and to recognize research excellence in Human Resources Management.

To provide more visibility to individuals who have completed a master’s program in Human Resources or an aligned discipline at a Canadian university.


The Award

The award consists of a certificate and a cash grant of $2,000.



The competition is open to any person who, during the past two academic years, has successfully defended a thesis which was a requirement for obtaining a master’s degree from a Canadian university, in a discipline aligned with the field of Human Resources Management (including programs of administrative studies, business administration, psychology, education, etc.).


Application Procedures

Initially, interested individuals are required to submit a thesis summary, and an Award Application form. The summary (2-5 single-spaced pages excluding references) should briefly outline the purpose of research and hypotheses, describe the methodology used, summarize the major findings, and discuss the research and practical implications particularly as they relate to human resources practice. The Award Application can be downloaded here and mailed in along with three copies of the thesis summary to the Human Resources Research Institute. Three copies of the thesis abstract and two copies of the Award Application form should be submitted to:

Awards Committee
c/o Gary Monk
150 Bloor St. West
Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5S 2X9

Selection Procedures

Theses abstracts will be blind reviewed by a committee, consisting of three professors, with research expertise in the field of Human Resources Management. The committee will choose the three best theses, and ask their authors to submit a thirty (30) page paper, based on the thesis. These papers will be reviewed by the same committee, which will determine the winner.

The award winner will be announced by HRRI, and recognized in an appropriate way by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). 

Recent Award Winners


Victoria Daniel
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University
"Wearing Many Hats: How Engagement in Personal Activities Enriches Creativity at Work."


No Winners


Peter Fisher
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University
"About Us: Is 'Our Team' Causing Stereotype Threat or Lift in Selection Testing?"


Su Kyung (Irene) Kim
Wilfrid Laurier University
"More Stressful than You'd Think: Examining the Effects of Customer Entitlement on Employee Emotional Exhaustion."


Mrs. Annika Hillebrandt
Wilfrid Laurier University
"Angry, Guilty, or Proud? The Effect of Coworkers' Emotions on Employee's Fairness Perceptions."


Fernando Fachin
Universite du Quebec a Montreal
"Identity Play and Identity Work.A longitudinal case study on Canadian film director Denys Arcand, furthers our understanding of identity in career transitions."


David Whiteside
Wilfrid Laurier University
"The Sounds of Silence: The Roles of Overall Fairness and Perceived Organizational Support in Predicting Employee Silence."


Guillaume C.F. Pain
John Molson School of Business at Concordia University,
"Organizational Learning: Bridging Theory to Practice, an exploration of the gap that exists between organizational learning (OL) theory and OL practices replicated in the workplace."