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HRPA will not host annual conference in 2022

Ontario organization moving to seasonal conferences, virtual events


The annual HRPA conference and tradeshow will be reimagined going forward, HRPA CEO Louise Taylor-Green has announced. (Talent Canada/File Photo)

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) will not host its traditional annual conference in 2022.

The announcement came by way of an Aug. 13 email from HRPA CEO Louise Taylor-Green.

“We are exploring new innovations and are always looking to evolve and improve our approach,” she wrote. “So, for 2022, you won’t see us bring our traditional annual conference back. Rather than host a large conference once a year, HRPA will be bringing you multiple ‘seasonal conferences’ and other virtual events, every few months.”

“These smaller, more agile learning events and conferences will enable HRPA to deliver the important information that HR Professionals need, in a more timely fashion and in a more accessible and affordable format,” said Taylor-Green.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated change in business models and workplaces like no other event in recent history, and the Toronto-based HRPA has been no different, she noted.

Over the last 16-months, the organization has worked to embrace change, moving its learning programs, examinations and annual conference online.

According to HRPA member surveys, the most recent annual conference was “overly Toronto-centric, too costly, and too time-consuming” to attend, Taylor-Green wrote.

“Based on this feedback as well as our ongoing concern for the health and safety of our members, volunteers, staff, speakers and exhibitors, we are taking the time to reimagine what our large-scale, multi-speaker, multi-day annual conference will become in the future.”

For more information on HRPA conference changes, click here.