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Chartered Professionals
in Human Resources

Keeping People First: CEO Award


The Keeping People First: CEO Award 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.

We are now accepting nominations for the Keeping People First: CEO award. Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

Please review the online nomination questions here.

Online nomination form link is found here.



Nominees must:

  • Be a CEO of an organization doing work in British Columbia/ Yukon or with established operations in British Columbia/Yukon.
  • (Nominees do not need to be members of CPHR BC & Yukon)

Finalists must:

  • Consent in writing to the nomination and publication of both name and photo in connection with the CPHR BC & Yukon Keeping People First: CEO Award
  • Be available to attend the awards celebration at the CPHR BC & Yukon annual conference, on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 where you will be asked to appear onstage and address the audience during the award celebration.
  • Award finalists will be given one complimentary ticket to attend the full two day conference.

Award Process

The judging process for the Keeping People First: CEO Award is broken down into three separate stages.

  • Stage One – Preliminary nominations are reviewed and up to three nominees will be selected to move to the 2nd stage of review.   (December 5th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017)
  • Stage Two – Nominees who are shortlisted will then be asked to submit some supplemental information to support their nomination.  This may include letters of support and/or, secondary information to support information in the original nomination. (January 27th, 2017 – February 6th, 2017)
  • Stage Three – A judging committee will then select the winner from the finalists.  The award recipient will be announced live at the CPHR BC & Yukon annual conference Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 in Vancouver. (February 6th, 2017 – May, 3rd, 2017)



The Keeping People First: CEO Award requires a demonstrated level of accomplishment in three different areas. While the nominee may excel in one or more of the areas, a demonstrated accomplishment in all three is required to receive the award.

  • A) Commitment to the HR Function – CEO demonstrates a commitment to the HR function as a strategic business objective at the executive management level.
  • B) Driver of HR Initiatives – (alongside their HR leader/team) through open and continuous communication and support.
  • C) Inspirational Leadership – evidence that the CEO’s leadership skills inspires, excites, engages and creates strong values within all levels of the organization.


The distinguished judging panel will be comprised of senior human resources practitioners and consultants with insight and experience in initiatives and people practices.

Terms and Conditions

  • Both CPHR BC & Yukon members and non-members are encouraged to be a nominator.
  • Nominations are accepted from public or private or not-for profit organizations.
  • If a nominator does not directly work with the nominee, a secondary nominator within the organization must second the nomination.
  • We invite businesses to nominate their CEO’s for this award.
  • The CPHR BC & Yukon award committee reserves the right to check the nominee’s references and to confirm the accuracy of the information provided in the nomination package.
  • There is no fee to submit a nomination; however, award finalists are responsible for any travel costs related to their participation in the awards program.

Benefits for Award Recipients

The recipient of the Keeping People First: CEO Award category will receive:

  • Public recognition at CPHR BC & Yukon’s 2017 award celebration.
  • Recognition in the HRVoice e-newsletter which reaches more than 5,500 members and 3,000 affiliates.
  • Exposure in PeopleTalk magazine – mention in a post conference article.
  • Recognition and congratulations in outside media publications.


Interested in previous award recipients? Check out our Award Recipient Archive!

Please contact the Award Coordinator for more information regarding the awards program.