HRRI Board of Directors

(Chair) Antoinette Blunt, MPA, CHRL, CHRE, FHRPA

Chair,  HRRI Board of Directors

Antoinette is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Research Institute, a national not-for-profit organization focused on human resources research and educational scholarships. She is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Professional Association, in Ontario. While serving on the HRPA Board, Antoinette chaired a number of committees including Appeals and Government Relations and represented HRPA on a national level as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. In 2013, Antoinette was awarded the Fellow Designation by HRPA and also an Honorary Life Membership in the Human Resources Professionals Association.

Antoinette is President of Ironside Consulting Services Inc. a company specializing in the provision of human resources, labour relations and management services for employers primarily in Northern Ontario, since 2000. She is also a licensed Private Investigator with extensive experience in undertaking workplace investigations related to allegations of violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bullying, Harassment, Violence, Sexual Harassment, in the Workplace), and allegations of violations of the Human Rights Code. In 2018, Antoinette was appointed Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of the Sault Ste. Marie and is responsible for investigating complaints and alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct of Council and Elected Boards. In 2019, Antoinette was appointed Integrity Commissioner for seven other municipalities in north eastern Ontario and the Corporation of the Municipality of Wawa.

Kimberly D. Pepper

Partner, Toronto, Hicks Morley

Kim Pepper, a lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office, advises and represents clients on a wide variety of labour and employment issues. Kim works with public and private sector employers as well as employers in the not-for-profit sector to assist them in effectively managing all aspects of their human resources.

Kim regularly advises clients on matters including the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements and executive contracts, attendance and performance management, collective agreement administration, human rights and accommodation and discipline and dismissal.

Kim has successfully represented clients in various civil and administrative proceedings including labour (rights) arbitrations, civil actions for wrongful dismissals, employment standards proceedings, applications before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission and unjust dismissal proceedings under the Canada Labour Code.

Susan Haywood

Adjunct Faculty for Queen’s University & Business Unit Lead of HR, Business Sherpa Group Inc.

Sue Haywood is the Business Lead for the Human Resource practice of Business Sherpa Group and an Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.  Her years of experience in HR and labour relations with Pepsi, the City of Ottawa, and AECL (now CNL), as well as experience working in Africa and the Middle East, enhance Sue’s ability to partner with clients to develop strategic plans for the people function within their organization.  Serving as an educator allows Sue to mentor and to share her knowledge with students and to learn first-hand what motivates and engages members of the future workforce.

Sue is currently completing her doctorate at Walden University, with research focussed on voluntary absenteeism amongst female employees.  She holds a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Military College (earned while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces), and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University.  Sue holds the CHRL designation.  Her previous board experience includes time with the Bernadette McCann House and FETCO (Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications).


Keren Stephen, CFA, CPA, CGMA, PMP

Vice-President, Finance and Decision Support, HRPA

Keren is currently the Vice-President, Finance & Decision Support with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). 

Keren is an accomplished Finance executive leader that brings with her years of for-profit and not-for-profit leadership across multiple industries. Most recently, Keren led the Finance Office Services team at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. 

Keren has been an active leader in the Association community. She is currently a Director of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada Board and serves as Member of the Global Council of CIMA. Keren takes pride in supporting and developing members of professional communities. 

Keren holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a Fellow Member of CIMA.

Louise Taylor Green, CHRL, CHRE


Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the regulatory association for the HR profession in Ontario with 26 chapters and over 24,000 members.

Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officers who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business. In fact, she’s done this several times in multi-billion dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property & casualty insurance and healthcare.

Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization’s talent is the key to unlocking and elevating organizational performance. By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that have real skin-in-the-game for their clients success. She believes that HR has never been more influential to business than they are right now.

Louise is a certified HR professional (holding the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations), an ICF-certified coach (PCC), a certified management consultant with Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario (CMC), an accredited director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

HRRI National Research Awards and Scholarship Committee

(Chair) Jo-Ann Ball, CHRL

Vice President, Human Resources, Magellan Aerospace

Jo-Ann Ball is responsible for labour relations, executive recruitment, pension and benefit governance and financial oversight, executive compensation and HR planning.

Prior to joining Orenda Aerospace in 1988, a subsidiary of Magellan, Ms. Ball held progressively senior appointments in the retail, medical and the financial services sector. She was appointed to the position of Vice President Human Resources in March 2000.

Ms. Ball has been a Board Director with HRPA since 2009; having previously served on the Member Board Development Committee. She has served as the Executive Development Chair for the Ontario Aerospace Council, and Vice Chair for the Toronto Board of Trade’s Labour Law Committee, and has participated on several advisory committees in the aerospace sector.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University; and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Columbia University and the Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from Columbia University.

Laura Thurnheer, B.Comm., MBA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

Associate Dean in the Science, Technology, Health and Social Development portfolio at Okanagan College

Laura currently is an Associate Dean in the Science, Technology, Health and Social Development portfolio at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC. In this role she oversees 13 academic departments in the Science and Technology areas. Previous to this she was a professor and chair with the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. As a Business professor Laura specialized in teaching Leadership, Strategic Management, Human Resources Planning, and Organizational Development and Change.

As an active member of her local business community she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and currently is a director with the British Columbia Wine Authority, CPHRBC & Yukon, and current board Chair with KCR Community Resources. In 2012 Laura was elected by her peers as their faculty representative on the Okanagan College Board of Governors and served for six years.

Laura is keenly interested in the areas of Human Resources Management, Organizational Sustainability and Development, Governance, and Social Entrepreneurship. One of her personal areas of interest is the development of young adults through effective speaking training and business competition coaching. Laura is fortunate to have many opportunities to coach and mentor our future leaders.

She is married with two grown children and is happy to be part of an active family life in the Okanagan Valley.

Dr. Paul Griffin

Associate Dean for the Bachelor of Commerce degree programs at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Dr. Paul Griffin is the Associate Dean for the Bachelor of Commerce degree programs at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. In addition, he has achieved 18 professional designations, including Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), Chartered Professional Marketer, and several others.

Before joining academia, Dr. Griffin was engaged in the financial services sector for over 25 years and was most recently the National Director of Operations and Compliance at ING Canada. He remains an active member of several boards and committees, most notably the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Ethics Advisory Board, the Federation of Canadian-Brazilian Businesses, and he serves as Chair of the Education Committee and Board of Directors for the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning as well as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Management of Ontario. Before becoming Associate Dean at Humber, Dr. Griffin was a Professor and taught Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. During that time, he received the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Contribution.

Dr. Griffin co-authored Operations Management (Pearson Canada) – – the number one textbook in Canada on the subject, currently adopted in 54 universities and colleges across the country. He continues to write for practitioner-targeted publications and develops a continuous stream of technical manuals, materials, and courses for both the academic and industrial sectors. He remains an active member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Financial Planning.

Dr. Sadia Jahanzeb, PhD

Assistant Professor, Goodman School of Business, Brock University

Dr. Sadia Jahanzeb is an Assistant Professor at the department of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship & Ethics (OBHREE), Goodman School of Business, Brock University. A Ph.D. in Human Resource Management, Sadia teaches courses like International Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Recruitment and Selection, Organizational Behavior and Design. For research, Dr. Jahanzeb concentrates on workplace mistreatment, which involves a multitude of behaviors such as aggression, ostracism, bullying, incivility, and abusive supervision, posing severe problems to organizations. She has developed this concentration based on her broad-based experience working in Pakistan and Canada’s banking sector and academia. Such unique exposure makes her well versed in both contexts. Sadia has published research in major impact factor journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business and Psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, etc.


Dr. Rupinder Gill, PhD, CHRL

Professor, Human Resources, Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, Fanshawe College

Dr. Rupinder Gill is a Professor of Human Resources Management at Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario and serving as a Member of Fanshawe Research Ethics Board. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Honors), Master’s in Commerce and Doctorate in Human Resources Management. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and currently a member of Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

She has more than 15 years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs at various universities and colleges in India and Canada. Before joining Fanshawe College as a Full-time Professor, she was teaching at Douglas College, New Westminster, BC and was an active member of BC Human Resources Professional Association (CPHR BC & Yukon), served as Research Lead and Career Advancement Network Leader.

She has authored a research book on people management (Lambert Academic Publishing Co., Saarbrucken, Germany) and has presented at national and international conferences. She also has years of HR consulting experience in various sectors in India.

Antoinette Blunt, MPA, CHRL, CHRE, FHRPA

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Kimberly Pepper

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Louise Taylor Green, CHRL, CHRE

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HRRI By-Laws

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