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HRPA CEO joins ‘Great Resignation’ and announces her retirement


Louise Taylor Green

Louise Taylor Green has announced her retirement as chief executive officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

“After extensive personal deliberation (yes, I mean the “Great Reflection”), I’ve retired from my role of CEO of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) making me one of the hundreds of thousands of professional women either opting out of the labour force fully, making a career pivot, or a partial gearing down,” she wrote in a LinkedIn post.

“I am incredibly fortunate to have the support and resources to take a purposeful pause to reset and restore myself and design a new path at this moment in my journey.”

Taylor Green has led HRPA – the largest provincial HR association in Canada – since 2018 and was the first woman to hold the top job.

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With specialized expertise in HR, agile change and strategy, Taylor Green said she plans to join some additional boards.

“I’m also looking forward to giving my time, energy and resources to various volunteer endeavours in my community,” she wrote.

“But, the truth be told, I’m giving most of myself to my family. I’ve been working full-time for 35 years and have spent the last 26 years in the C-suite. For those who’ve operated at this level you know from your own experience that there is tremendous excitement, engagement and privilege when you lead others and contribute to long-term value creation but there is unquestionably a mental and physical tax that comes with being an always-on high performer.”

Board says thanks

The board issued a statement thanking Taylor Green for her leadership.

“During her time at HRPA, Louise made a significant contribution to the HRPA over the past 3.5 years,” it said in a press release. “She modernized and levelled-up operations, achieved superior performance results and profoundly influenced culture at HRPA. She will be greatly missed by leaders, staff, partners and indeed the HRPA membership.”

Interim CEO named

HRPA board member John Hannah has been appointed as Interim CEO.

“John has, and will continue to, work closely with Louise for transition while an external search is underway,” the board said. “With John’s leadership and a capable and professional executive team, we are confident HRPA will continue executing its strategic plan, regulating the HR profession and providing valuable programs and services to its members.”

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