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Distinguished Career Award


2019 Award Recipient

  Bob Bayles, CPHR – Prairie Spirit School Division

2017 Finalists

Donna Kane, CPHR, SHRP – Retired (Award Recipient)
Shannon Pettem, CPHR – Business & Technology Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies 

The Distinguished Career Award is awarded to a CPHR Saskatchewan member with at least 15 years of experience in Human Resources who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the human resources profession in their organization and the HR community in Saskatchewan at the senior or executive level.

Excellence at the executive level includes:

  • Significant contribution to the HR Profession
  • Understanding current governance principles and methods
  • Participation in Strategic Planning processes
  • Supporting the development of relevant vision, mission, values and goals
  • Identifying current and future human resources needs to support the organization’s strategic goals, objectives or business plan
  • Influences others with respect to the value of HR
  • Effective human resources leadership
  • Personal attributes that demonstrate inherent understanding of HR, and ability to have impact beyond their own role
  • Displays solid work ethic, dedication and innovation


Nominees must:

  • Be a CPHR Saskatchewan member in good standing at the time of the nomination
  • Have the CPHR designation 
  • Work in Saskatchewan or work for an organization with established operations in Saskatchewan 
  • CPHR Saskatchewan volunteer or other volunteer activities that require leadership

Finalists must:

  • Consent to the nomination and publication of both name and photo in connection with the CPHR Saskatchewan Distinguished Career Award 
  • Be available for a photo/video photo shoot (Mid February, 2021) 
  • Be available to attend the awards celebration at the 14th Annual CPHR Saskatchewan Conference in Saskatoon on March 24, 2021. You may be asked to appear onstage and address the audience during the award celebration.

Award Process

The Award Committee will be comprised of current CPHR Saskatchewan Board Members.

The judging process for the Distinguished Career Award is broken down into three separate stages.

Stage One – Preliminary nominations are reviewed by the Board Award Committee 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.

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 resume, letters of support, references, and secondary information to support information in the original nomination.

Stage Three
– The Award Committee will then review the supplemental information and put forth the top 3 finalists and select a winner.

Terms and Conditions

  • Both CPHR Saskatchewan members and non-members are encouraged to be a nominator
  • Nominees must be members in good standing of CPHR Saskatchewan at the time of nomination
  • Nominations are accepted from public or private sector individuals; Self-nominations cannot be made in this category 
  • The CPHR Saskatchewan 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 Distinguished Career Award will receive:

  • Public recognition at the 14th Annual CPHR Saskatchewan Conference during the award celebration
  • Recognition in HR Saskatchewan Magazine which reaches more than 1,400 members 
  • Recognition and congratulations in outside media publications 

Important Dates:

Nominations Open: Tuesday, October 15, 2020
Nominations Close: January 1, 2021
Recipient Notifications: Early-end of January 2021
Recipient Photo/Video shoots: Mid February, 2021
Recipient Announced: March 24, 2021

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