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MBA-HR alumni win human resource awards

Two Royal Roads MBA-HR alumni took home honours at the 2013 BC Human Resources Management Association professional awards.

MBA-HR alumna Cindy Dopson is the recipient of the BC Human Resources Management Association 2013 Award of Excellence: HR Professional of the Year. This award is given to an individual who contributes to an organization by achieving significant business results, and by demonstrating exceptional leadership both as a personal and professional role model. From the HRMA write up: “With minimal resources Cindy has transformed Human Resources at the BC Cancer Foundation acted as a transformational leader for the organization and its business results. Brought on board during a time of extensive restructuring and executive change, Cindy's professionalism and dedication helped guide the transformation process and firmly align the HR budget with the Foundation's primary mandate — to raise funds for cancer research. Her extensive volunteer work reaches beyond the BCCF, and includes co-leading the Vancouver Non-Profit HR Roundtable which has allowed the spread HR expertise and positive change in this resource strained sector.”

MBA-HR alumna Marlene Higgins is a team representative and recipient of BC Human Resources Management Association 2013 Award of Excellence: Innovation (Kal Tire's BEST Careers Program and Learning Culture). This award recognizes an individual or team that has successfully implemented an innovative and progressive program and/or project (within financial or corporate limitations) in response to a new or ongoing HR challenge or opportunity within their organization. From the HRMA write up: “With strong support from the president and internal partners, the team developed and implemented leadership programs to grow their global and retail needs. Partnering with Harvard University and The Karmichael Group, they developed a series of management certification programs. A peer panel certification approach ensured that even with a flexible program format, the quality was consistent. These multi-lingual management certification programs led to a pipeline of skilled managers qualified to run their network of stores throughout the world.”