Recipients Announced for CPHR BC & Yukon’s 2017 Professional Awards


CPHR BC & Yukon congratulates all recipients for the 2017 Professional Awards. Recipients were announced Wednesday, May 3 at the Annual HR Conference + Tradeshow in Vancouver.

Rising Star Award

Courtney McKissock, CPHR
Senior HR Advisor
Omicron Canada
nomination summary

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by LOGAN HR, recognizes the HR leaders of tomorrow. These up-and-comers, within the first five years of their human resources career, are considered to be lighting the HR community on fire and hold the future of the profession in their hands. Each of the nominees has made significant contributions to their past and present workplaces at a very early stage in their career.

Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year

Ilka Bene, CPHR
AVP, Human Resources
First West Credit Union
nomination summary

The Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year, sponsored by Desjardins, recognizes the HR leaders of today. This award is CPHR BC & YK’s highest honour for established HR practitioners, exemplary individuals who have made a contribution to human resources by improving organizational performance, achieving business results, demonstrating excellence in leadership or developing innovative programs.

Keeping People First: CEO Award

Jim Lightbody
President and CEO
British Columbia Lottery Corporation

The Keeping People First: CEO Award, sponsored by Korn Ferry, is a distinction awarded by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon to recognize a CEO for outstanding leadership in people practices and supporting innovative HR. This is an opportunity to highlight a CEO who exemplifies the core value of keeping people first in their strategic vision, leadership and corporate performance to drive business success in BC or the Yukon.

For more information about the award recipients, award finalists or the Professional Awards, please visit

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  1. It’s been such an honour to have met fellow nominees and to learn about the great HR leadership undertaken throughout BC and YK. Thanks, too, to CPHR BC & YK for demonstrating excellence in recognition practices!

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