HRRI Board Structure
HRRI Board of Directors
(Chair) Antoinette Blunt, MPA, CHRL, CHRE, FHRPA
Chair, HRRI Board of Directors
Antoinette is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Research Institute, a national not-for-profit organization focused on human resources research and educational scholarships. She is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professional Association, in Ontario. While serving on the HRPA Board, Antoinette chaired a number of committees including Appeals and Government Relations and represented HRPA on a national level as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. In 2013, Antoinette was awarded the Fellow Designation by HRPA and also an Honorary Life Membership in the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Antoinette is President of Ironside Consulting Services Inc. a company specializing in the provision of human resources, labour relations and management services for employers primarily in Northern Ontario, since 2000. She is also a licensed Private Investigator with extensive experience in undertaking workplace investigations related to allegations of violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bullying, Harassment, Violence, Sexual Harassment, in the Workplace), and allegations of violations of the Human Rights Code. In 2018, Antoinette was appointed Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of the Sault Ste. Marie and is responsible for investigating complaints and alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct of Council and Elected Boards. In 2019, Antoinette was appointed Integrity Commissioner for seven other municipalities in north eastern Ontario and the Corporation of the Municipality of Wawa.
Robert (Bob) Thompson, CHRL
Bob Thompson has been an active Director of the HRPA Board since first elected in 2013. He lectures on Employment and Business Law, Negotiations, Industrial Relations, and Business Case Analysis to college, university and graduate Human Resources students in Toronto. Bob started his career as an industrial engineering co-op student in the automotive industry. Subsequently, he gained experience in human resources, labour relations and workplace law first at a large Canadian retailer and then at a large Canadian financial institution handling grievances, engaging in collective bargaining and resolving large volumes of workplace disputes. Bob received his human resources professional designation in 2000.
He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, and is currently a non-practicing lawyer. Bob is a graduate of Osgoode’s LLM Program in Dispute Resolution, he obtained his joint LLB/MBA degree at the University of Ottawa, an MBA specializing in environmental issues at Kent University in England, and his Industrial Engineering Degree at Kettering University in Michigan.
Kimberly D. Pepper
Partner, Toronto, Hicks Morley
Kim Pepper, a lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office, advises and represents clients on a wide variety of labour and employment issues. Kim works with public and private sector employers as well as employers in the not-for-profit sector to assist them in effectively managing all aspects of their human resources.
Kim regularly advises clients on matters including the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements and executive contracts, attendance and performance management, collective agreement administration, human rights and accommodation and discipline and dismissal.
Kim has successfully represented clients in various civil and administrative proceedings including labour (rights) arbitrations, civil actions for wrongful dismissals, employment standards proceedings, applications before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission and unjust dismissal proceedings under the Canada Labour Code.
Gary Monk, CPA, CMA
Vice-President, Finance & Information Technology, HRPA
Gary is currently the Vice-President, Finance & Information Technology with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). He originally started employment with HRPA in 1995 and was promoted to his current role in 2001. He also served as HRPA’s interim CEO from October 2017 to June 2018.
Prior to joining HRPA, Gary held various finance-related roles in other organizations, including with Apple Canada Inc., the Canadian Diabetes Association and a company in the biotechnology industry.
Gary graduated from the University of Guelph in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Hon.), and completed his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 2000 (and subsequently the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation due to the merger of the accounting bodies across Canada). He also holds the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification through the Canadian Payroll Association.
Gary is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the Canadian Payroll Association, the Canadian Society for Association Executives (CSAE) and the Institute of Management Accountants, and serves as Treasurer for the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI).
Louise Taylor Green, CHRL, CHRE
Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the regulatory association for the HR profession in Ontario with 26 chapters and over 24,000 members.
Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officers who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business. In fact, she’s done this several times in multi-billion dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property & casualty insurance and healthcare.
Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization’s talent is the key to unlocking and elevating organizational performance. By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that have real skin-in-the-game for their clients success. She believes that HR has never been more influential to business than they are right now.
Louise is a certified HR professional (holding the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations), an ICF-certified coach (PCC), a certified management consultant with Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario (CMC), an accredited director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
HRRI National Research Awards and Scholarship Committee
(Chair) Jo-Ann Ball, CHRL
Vice President, Human Resources, Magellan Aerospace
Jo-Ann Ball is responsible for labour relations, executive recruitment, pension and benefit governance and financial oversight, executive compensation and HR planning.
Prior to joining Orenda Aerospace in 1988, a subsidiary of Magellan, Ms. Ball held progressively senior appointments in the retail, medical and the financial services sector. She was appointed to the position of Vice President Human Resources in March 2000.
Ms. Ball has been a Board Director with HRPA since 2009; having previously served on the Member Board Development Committee. She has served as the Executive Development Chair for the Ontario Aerospace Council, and Vice Chair for the Toronto Board of Trade’s Labour Law Committee, and has participated on several advisory committees in the aerospace sector.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University; and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Columbia University and the Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from Columbia University.
Laura Thurnheer, B.Comm., MBA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
Associate Dean in the Science, Technology, Health and Social Development portfolio at Okanagan College
Laura currently is an Associate Dean in the Science, Technology, Health and Social Development portfolio at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC. In this role she oversees 13 academic departments in the Science and Technology areas. Previous to this she was a professor and chair with the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. As a Business professor Laura specialized in teaching Leadership, Strategic Management, Human Resources Planning, and Organizational Development and Change.
As an active member of her local business community she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and currently is a director with the British Columbia Wine Authority, CPHRBC & Yukon, and current board Chair with KCR Community Resources. In 2012 Laura was elected by her peers as their faculty representative on the Okanagan College Board of Governors and served for six years.
Laura is keenly interested in the areas of Human Resources Management, Organizational Sustainability and Development, Governance, and Social Entrepreneurship. One of her personal areas of interest is the development of young adults through effective speaking training and business competition coaching. Laura is fortunate to have many opportunities to coach and mentor our future leaders.
She is married with two grown children and is happy to be part of an active family life in the Okanagan Valley.
Dr. Paul Griffin
Associate Dean for the Bachelor of Commerce degree programs at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Dr. Paul Griffin is the Associate Dean for the Bachelor of Commerce degree programs at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. In addition, he has achieved 18 professional designations, including Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), Chartered Professional Marketer, and several others.
Before joining academia, Dr. Griffin was engaged in the financial services sector for over 25 years and was most recently the National Director of Operations and Compliance at ING Canada. He remains an active member of several boards and committees, most notably the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Ethics Advisory Board, the Federation of Canadian-Brazilian Businesses, and he serves as Chair of the Education Committee and Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning as well as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Management of Ontario. Before becoming Associate Dean at Humber, Dr. Griffin was a Professor and taught Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. During that time, he received the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution.
Dr. Griffin co-authored Operations Management (Pearson Canada) - - the number one textbook in Canada on the subject, currently adopted in 54 universities and colleges across the country. He continues to write for practitioner-targeted publications and develops a continuous stream of technical manuals, materials, and courses for both the academic and industrial sectors. He remains an active member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Financial Planning.
Antoinette Blunt, MPA, CHRL, CHRE, FHRPA
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Louise Taylor Green, CHRL, CHRE
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By-Laws have been drafted and approved by the HRRI Board. Ongoing By-Law amendments will require HRRI Board approval.