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Chartered Professionals
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Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes and publicly honours a CPHR BC & Yukon member who is ‘lighting the HR community on fire’. This award recognizes those individuals who hold the future of our profession in their hands and are the lifeblood for many of CPHR BC & Yukon’s volunteer committees.

Nominations for the 2018 Rising Star award will be accepted in Fall 2017.

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Nominees must:

  • Be a CPHR BC & Yukon member in good standing at the time of the nomination.
  • Nominees must either hold their CPHRTM or be a CPHR Candidate. Information about the new pathways to the CPHR designation can be found here.
  • Work in British Columbia/Yukon or work for an organization with established operations in British Columbia/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 and have no more than ten years consecutive career experience.

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 at the CPHR BC & Yukon annual conference, on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018. You may 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 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 2017 – January 2018)
  • 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, secondary information to support information in the original nomination. (January 2018 – February 2018)
  • Stage Three – The award committee will then review the supplemental information and put forth the top 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 to be shown at the Award Celebration Lunch (February 2018 – May 2018)

Award recipients will be announced live at the CPHR BC & Yukon annual conference Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018  in Vancouver, BC.

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 candidate 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 candidate has made a significant contributions to his/her workplace even at a very early stage of their HR career.
  • Leadership and Personal Traits: The candidate clearly demonstrates accelerated, leadership, ambition, innovation, creativity, drive, determination and energy in all he/she does.
  • Volunteerism and Community Involvement: The candidate 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, 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 from public or private sector individuals.
  • 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 CPHR BC & Yukon’s 2018 conference during the award celebration.
  • Recognition in the HRVoice e-newsletter which reaches more than 5,700 members.
  • Exposure in PeopleTalk magazine – mention in the post-conference article and a full page follow up 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.