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Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes HR professionals who are ‘lighting the HR community on fire.’ These young HR trailblazers hold the future of the HR profession in their hands and are the lifeblood of many CPHR BC & Yukon volunteer committees.

Nominations for CPHR BC & Yukon’s 2021 Professional Awards are now closed.

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Nominees must:

  • Be a CPHR BC & Yukon member in good standing at the time of the nomination.
  • Hold their CPHR or be a CPHR Candidate at the time of nomination. See the pathways to the CPHR designation for details.
  • Work in British Columbia or Yukon or work for an organization with established operations in British Columbia or Yukon in a role that is a part of the organization’s HR function in British Columbia or Yukon.
  • Be a new graduate (within the last five years) of a post-secondary HR or related program.
  • Have no more than five years total cumulative HR experience (HR specific).
  • Have no more than ten years total cumulative career/general work experience (not specific to HR).

Finalists must:

  • Consent in writing to the nomination and publication of both name and photo in connection with the CPHR BC & Yukon Rising Star Award.
  • Be available to attend the awards celebration on May 11 and 12, 2021. Finalists may be asked to appear onstage/on camera and address the audience during the award celebration.
  • Award finalists will be given one non-transferable complimentary ticket to attend the 2021 HR Conference & Expo.


Award Process

The judging process for the Rising Star Award is broken down into three separate stages.

  • Stage One – Preliminary nominations are reviewed by the award committee panel who selects nominees to move to the 2nd stage of review.  During this stage, nominators will  be contacted by an award committee member to discuss their nominee’s work. (December 2020 – February 2021)
  • Stage Two – Nominees who make it to stage two will then be required to submit some supplemental information to support their nomination.  This may include a resume, letters of support, vision statement, project documents with quantitative results, and other relevant information. (February 2021 – March 2021)
  • Stage Three – The award committee will then review the supplemental information and put forward up to 3 nominees to the judging committee where a winner will be selected. Nominees who make it to stage three will be considered official ‘finalists’ and will be promoted as such, including the production of a short video. (March 2021 – May 2021)

Award recipients will be announced live on May 11 and 12, 2021.


Judging Criteria

The CPHR BC & Yukon Rising Star Award requires a demonstrated level of accomplishment in four areas. While the nominee may excel in one or more of the four areas, a demonstrated accomplishment in all four is required to receive the award.

The four criteria are:

  • Education: The nominee is committed to pursuing HR-related higher education through a post-secondary institution, the CPHR designation or other professional development means.
  • Contribution in the Workplace: The nominee has made a significant contributions to his/her workplace even at a very early stage of their HR career.
  • Leadership and Personal Traits: The nominee clearly demonstrates accelerated, leadership, ambition, innovation, creativity, drive, determination and energy in all he/she does.
  • Volunteerism and Community Involvement: The nominee actively volunteers with CPHR BC & Yukon or other professional or community associations (Example: events, charities, community programs, etc).


Judging Committee

The distinguished judging committee will be comprised of CPHR BC & Yukon Board Members, past recipients/finalists, senior human resources practitioners and consultants with insight and experience in initiatives and people practices programs.


Terms and Conditions

  • Both CPHR BC & Yukon members and non-members are encouraged to be a nominator.
  • Nominations are accepted for HR Professionals in all sectors, including public, private sector, and not-for-profit.
  • If a nominator does not directly work with the nominee, a secondary nominator within the organization must second the nomination.
  • Self-nominations cannot be made in this category.
  • 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 Rising Star Award will receive:

  • Public recognition at the HR Conference & Expo 2021.
  • Recognition in PeopleTalk.
  • Recognition and congratulations in CPHR BC & Yukon communication channels.
  • An invitation to sit on the Award Judging Committee for a future year.
  • An invitation to sit on the 2022 Conference Advisory Committee as the Young Professional Representative.


Additional Information

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

Please contact the awards manager for more information and for an opportunity to discuss with an Awards Committee Member before you submit a nomination.