2020 FCPHR Recipients
The Fellow CPHR title recognizes Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) who have made exemplary contributions to the HR profession. Recipients of the award are granted recognition as a Fellow of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (FCPHR).
Eligible nominees for the Fellow CPHR should have demonstrated leadership in at least three of five key areas:
- Strategic positioning of the Human Resources profession
- Development, sharing and promotion of innovative HR ideas, policies and practices
- Advocacy on behalf of the HR profession to government policy makers
- Service to local, provincial and/or national HR associations
- Service to the broader community/social responsibility
A nominee will also have exemplified the values in the CPHR code of conduct (fairness, justice, dignity, respect, and integrity) and have shown adherence to the statutory acts, regulations and bylaws of CPHR Canada and their provincial HR association.
Meet the 2020 FCPHR recipients.
Vice President, Organizational Development
Odlum Brown Limited
Described as a trusted advisor and a champion of mentoring and leadership, Barbara Bahry has a career mosaic that includes a diverse range of organizations in the real estate, financial services, technology and professional services sectors.For over 20 years, Bahry has been a key driver of business success by leveraging her portfolio of expertise in personal branding, leadership development, performance management, organizational effectiveness and compensation and rewards.
She is currently Vice President, Organizational Development, at Odlum Brown Limited, an independent, full-service investment firm with a nearly 100-year history of creating and preserving wealth. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Bahry is responsible for guiding the overall talent, leadership development and engagement strategies for the firm.
Over the years, Bahry has developed her expertise through national and global leadership roles at Sierra Systems, Pivotal Software (now Pivotal CRM, a division of Avolin) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC).
Bahry believes the world needs more “good news stories” about great leadership. She is most fulfilled when developing future leaders, which her role at Odlum Brown has provided ample opportunity to engage in. She views leadership development as a critical business investment and is passionate about supporting individuals on their journey to being authentic and accountable leaders who drive measurable business results.
Bahry’s natural sense of calm and purpose draws others to her, and she has earned a reputation for truly engaging others and gaining their trust. She is respected for her composed, polished and patient style.
Bahry is a role model and mentor with an unwavering commitment to the HR profession and her community. She serves as a board member for CPHR BC & Yukon, the YWCA of Metro Vancouver and the Board of Governors for Canada’s Most AdmiredTM Corporate Cultures awards.
YET Human Resources
Driven by a philosophy to “aspire to inspire before you expire,” Roberta Fidalgo has led the HR profession for more than 20 years as a senior HR leader, strategic HR business partner and advisor to business leaders and management teams. In keeping with her personal value of stepping forward into growth, in 2017 she began applying her HR expertise to a wider clientele as owner of YET Human Resources.
Roberta’s ability to assess and empower individuals and organizations alike is what defines her character and value. During her 12 years as AVP of HR with Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, she created opportunities to develop that unique skillset, playing an instrumental leadership role in providing support to the people side of the equation during multiple mergers. Partnering with a colleague, Roberta not only created the new First West people practices, programs and policies, but did so with a focus on everyday employee satisfaction and engagement—to lasting effect. Long before other organizations were doing so, Roberta created core competencies that served employees and leaders alike and tied them all back to HR programs.
Committed to a lifetime of learning and the challenges that face all organizations, Roberta has completed a coaching program, specializing in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is currently exploring how ADHD impacts the workplace, with a goal of educating and empowering employers and those affected.
Roberta has been a dedicated volunteer for CPHR BC & Yukon since 1998, as a mentor, conference volunteer, member of provincial and national committees including; NKE Standards, Awards and Evaluations, and an advisory council member for over a decade, including chair for three years.
Roberta’s involvement with the community is equally commendable. She has consistently held volunteer roles in the community for over 20 years including being a Big Sister for over 10 years. Currently, she is in her third year as President of the Board of Directors for Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
She also teaches through the Continuing Studies program at Okanagan College and is a Registered Yoga teacher.
For the past 25 years, Lori Rilkoff has pursued her HR career based on the belief that efforts at the organizational level can benefit the entire community. Rilkoff has long been recognized as a passionate advocate of the HR profession through her volunteer work and in her role as the HR and Safety Director at the City of Kamloops. Rilkoff was the recipient of the first BCHRMA (now known as CPHR BC & Yukon) scholarship awarded to a student outside of the lower mainland and her start as the student representative led to over two decades as volunteer for the association, including as the Central Interior chair for three years. She was chosen to represent Canada and the HR profession by Rotary International on a Group Study Exchange to Denmark in 2001.
Inspired and led by Rilkoff, the City of Kamloops’ workplace wellness program “Wellness Works” was highlighted on Health Canada’s website due to both its comprehensive approach and strategic implementation and was a key part of the City’s Corporate Strategic Plan. Along with her leadership for “Wellness Works” recognized as a critical factor in the City being awarded the Award of Excellence by the National Quality Institute, Rilkoff was also a finalist for the association’s 2010 Innovation Award. She also participated on the advisory committee for a national Excellence, Innovation, and Wellness program developed by Excellence Canada.
To ensure public sector organizations in the interior had access to best practices on HR topics, Rilkoff developed information sessions. To help upcoming HR professionals, she has been a sessional instructor at Thompson Rivers University and a contributor to HR textbooks used throughout Europe and globally. She frequently volunteers with both the university and the association’s mentoring programs and has assisted student clubs as a board advisory member and presenter. Rilkoff’s own credentials include an MSc in HRM and Training (with Distinction) from the University of Leicester and a SHRM-SCP designation.
Rilkoff’s contributions to the wellbeing of the community expand beyond her work in HR, holding volunteer roles with various nonprofits over the years. She currently donates her time to the Kamloops Hiking Club, still encouraging wellness for others.