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A 65 YEAR OLD JOURNEY
With over 70 years under our belts, HRMAM has been an integral part of the Manitoba HR
community since the Second World War.
began in the fall of 1942, when a solution was needed to address the urgency of
war and its impact on business. As a result, the University of Manitoba and the
Dominion Department of Labour developed a wartime training course in Personnel
initiative encouraged personnel executives to form a network to exchange
information and valuable experiences. Established as The Personnel Association
of Greater Winnipeg, this leading-edge business community held its first
meeting in December 1943; the meeting attracted 60 people.
By the 1950s,
our progressive Association established a national group called the Federation
of Canadian Personnel Associations, which established university-based
1960s, behavioural sciences were emerging into management programs and, as a
and industrial relations journals and periodicals were published in the 1970s.
shift in the theory of management, the 1980s transformed the name of the
profession and it became "human resource management.” Keeping pace with the
times, the Personnel Association of Greater Winnipeg changed its name to the
Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba Inc. (HRMAM) in 1984.
1993, HRMAM took a bold step by developing a professional designation program
called Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). The innovative program
required applicants to meet demanding eligibility and recertification criteria
and adhere to a professional Code of Ethics. At the end of 1993, the first CHRP
certificates were presented at the 50th anniversary celebration of our
Shortly thereafter, HRMAM became a founding member of the Canadian Council of
Human Resource Associations (CCHRA). Established in 1994, CCHRA is a
collaborative effort of provincial human resource associations from across
Canada that represent over 30,000 professionals. CCHRA is Canada's first
national human resource association and is the third largest HR association in
In recognition of HRMAM’s commitment to excellence and growth on both local and
national levels, the Manitoba Association of Learning Facilitators merged with
HRMAM in 2000, further expanding the variety of HR fields included in HRMAM’s
growing and increasingly diverse membership.
In 2003, coinciding with HRMAM's 60th anniversary, new national CHRP
designation standards were adopted into one uniformed Canadian standard. The
CHRP is now the Canadian hallmark of excellence, a national certification
process respected by many countries around the world.
Due to HRMAM's involvement with CCHRA, our members are part of a unique global
network. HRMAM is also a member of the North American Human Resource Management
Association (NAHRMA), which is linked to the World Federation of Personnel
Management Association (WFPMA). Membership with these associations ensures that
our members enjoy provincial strength with prestigious global connections.
In 2013, a Professional Practice Analysis (PPA) was conducted on a national scale, resulting in several recommendations for the future of the CHRP designation. Improvements to the CHRP have been implemented in the years since to move the designation from a knowledge-based designation towards a competency-based designation including the removal of the National Professional Practice Analysis (NPPA), introduction of the Validation of Professional Experience (VPE) and the addition of new routes to obtaining the CHRP. Improvements will continue as we strive to ensure the CHRP is on par with other provincial regulatory bodies.
CCHRA recently signed memorandums of understanding to collaborate with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the U.S., the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries, and the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).