As we speak to more and more of our members, we’ve noticed a trend: HR ‘finds’ some people, whereas others seek it out. Whether the latter or former is the case, we are always fascinated by our members’ HR stories. Anu Baldner, the recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence, definitely sought HR out. When Anu immigrated to Canada in 2010, she pursued an MBA in Human Resources Management from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. From there, her HR career started as an HR Generalist in manufacturing at a steel company for three years. She then relocated to Lethbridge to try something at the next level: an HR Manager in the Aluminum industry. Anu’s time in Lethbridge was exciting; she received recognition for her contributions in her community and her leadership skills by being awarded not only one, but two awards!
In 2017 she was awarded the CPHR Alberta Award of Excellence and recognized as a Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’. Anu says winning the Excellence Award opened many doors for her, and after under four years in HR management roles in the Pulp and Paper and Mining and Metals industries, she moved to a Director level role. Currently, she’s the HR Director for the International Institute of Sustainable Development.
“This award opened many more doors for me in my HR career. It validates my dedication and passion for what I do and what I bring to an organization. It has helped me elevate my portfolio to a whole new level.”
When we spoke with Anu about her career path and success in HR, her advice to all newcomers to Canada is: “start with your local CPHR chapter, get involved, and upskill yourself with CPHR to build a community and successful career in Human Resources. “
The more we chat with our award winners, the more we have learned about the confidence boost it gives recipients, and the positive ways these awards impact their career paths. Do you have a colleague who’s making your workplace better? Why not nominate them? The nomination process was recently streamlined, and we guarantee it’s worth the small amount of effort it will take to submit a nomination.