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Rising Star Award


2019 Award Recipient

Isabella Thomas – Discovery Co-operative Ltd.

2018 Award Recipient

Yaya Wang, CPHR Candidate – Leopold's Hospitality Management Company

2017 Finalists

Lauren Hlady, CPHR Candidate – HR Manager, Loraas Disposal Services (Award Recipient)

Tahlia Weber, CPHR Candidate – Retail Human Resources Coordinator, Cabela’s Regina

2016 Award Recipient

Shannon Johnson, CPHR Candidate - HR Business Partner, Public Service Commission

The Rising Star Award recognizes and publicly honours a CPHR Saskatchewan member in the first 5 years of his/her career who demonstrates great promise as a future leader in the Saskatchewan human resources community.

Early career excellence includes:

  • Fostering long-term success in organizations
  • Innovating, enriching, supporting and championing HR policies, programs and initiatives
  • Demonstrating effective leadership skills; Striving for personal excellence
  • Dedication to continuing education and learning
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the profession of human resources
  • Volunteerism and community involvement


Nominees must:

  • Be a CPHR Saskatchewan member in good standing at the time of the nomination
  • Work in Saskatchewan or work for an organization with established operations in Saskatchewan
  • Have no more than five years’ experience working in an HR field and have no more than ten years total career experience 
  • Be a new graduate (within the last 5 years) of a post-secondary HR or related program 
  • Have the goal of pursuing the CPHR designation

Finalists must:

  • Consent to the nomination and publication of both name and photo in connection with the CPHR Saskatchewan Rising Star Award
  • Be available for a photo/video photoshoot (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.
  • The selected Award Recipient may bring a guest to the award celebration!

Award Process

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

The judging process for the Rising Star 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 Rising Star Award will receive:

  • Public recognition at the 14th Annual CPHR Saskatchewan Conference during the award celebration and luncheon
  • Recognition in HR Saskatchewan Magazine which reaches more than 1,200 members
  • Recognition and congratulations in outside media publications

Important Dates:

Nominations Open
: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Nominations Close: January 1, 2021
Recipient Notifications: early-end of January, 2021
Recipient Photo/Video shoots: Mid February, 2021
Recipient Announced: March 24, 2021

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan (CPHR Saskatchewan)
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