Isn’t it about time HR won an award?For the most part, it is usually human resource personnel who end up organizing the annual best-of-the best awards ceremonies. They often have to orchestrate the process for judging which nomination ends up being the winner. But rarely do we acknowledge the HR team members behind the scenes who keep the people practices going in our companies. This time, it’s a whole new ball game. The spotlight will shine on the many HR professionals who make our businesses run like a smooth operating machine. Canadian HR Reporter, the Toronto-based national HR journal, is proud to present the inaugural National HR Awards, honouring HR departments from across Canada under 11 special award categories. One of those award categories is the Best Recognition Program Award, sponsored by Rideau Recognition Solutions. I'm proud to be one of the judges along with Daryl Bettles, manager, compensation, benefits and human resources operations at Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business. Human resource professionals are playing a more critical role today in aligning people strategies with business goals. They’re the driver of talent and development needs that keep Canadian companies as leaders in their industries. Who do you know that merits acknowledgment for their outstanding work in recognition? To apply or nominate a colleague by the July 31 deadline, please visit the application page by clicking here.