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Colliers People Services Team Finalists For Canadian HR Awards

Work From Home Report Part two

At Colliers, our people are at the heart of everything we do. We believe complex projects are best served by teams with multiple perspectives, bringing diversity of thought to deliver results to our clients.

We empower our people to be enterprising, collaborate, invest in relationships, be experts, and do what’s right. Colliers professionals live out these values every day through our business practices and interactions. Our dedicated People Services (HR) team works closely with our business leaders to deliver on people strategies and programs, driving our success.

Our People Services team strives to be more than simply a support function. We are trusted advisors to our business partners, together working towards and achieving a shared goal.

This year, our PS team has been recognized by HRD Canada and selected as finalists for the Canadian HR Awards. Now marking its 7th year, the annual Canadian HR Awards is the leading independent awards celebrating excellence in the HR profession across the nation.

The awards showcase outstanding HR teams, leaders and employers for their achievements, innovation and exceptional HR practices.

Colliers is a finalist in the following categories:


The Gallagher Award for Canadian HR Team of the Year 500 Employees or MoreThe Dentsu Aegis Network Award for Best HR Communication StrategyHR awards


The Gallagher Award for HR Team of the Year – 500 Employees or More


Our nomination in this category highlighted our team’s ability to align with and deliver on business strategies. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our team quickly pivoted to help our people maneuvering through a digital transformation. With a large proportion of our workforce abruptly required to work from home, we provided a plethora of resources to support the adjustment.

This included just-in-time learning, wellness resources, and ways to help our working parents adjust to working from home while homeschooling their kids.

The Dentsu Aegis Network Award for Best HR Communication Strategy

Our nomination in this category focused on our approach to communications in the delivery of our people programs. We emphasized the recent successful implementation of our new HR Information System, Workday. Frequent and transparent communications have also been a staple in engaging with our workforce, especially during COVID-19.

Winners for the awards will be announced in the fall.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Kerris Hougardy

Vice President, People Services – North America


As VP People Services for North America, Kerris provides senior HR leadership to support all business units across the US and Canada, approximately 7000+ professionals. She is responsible for leading the North American People Services team of more than 80 professionals, overseeing all aspects of talent management.  Prior to this, Kerris was the Director of Talent Acquisition for North America leading all Talent Acquisition activity for the region.  She coached, mentored and managed a high performing team of 18 Talent Acquisition specialists with a focus on strategic business partnerships, candidate experience excellence, employment brand championship, diversity & inclusion and continuous process improvement. 

Before joining Colliers in 2017, Kerris worked at Catalyst Paper and was HR business partner to all corporate staff and the executive leadership team in Canada and the USA, including the Distribution Centres, Finance, Sales & Marketing, Customer Solutions, Sourcing & Technical Services, HR and Corporate Services which involved regular visits to mill and manufacturing operations and offices in BC, Maine, Wisconsin and Ohio.  In addition she was responsible for leading a team of 3 talent acquisition specialists in recruiting and enabling the selection of operations, trades, technical, professional, managerial and executive talent across the company in both the US and Canada – approximately 2,600 permanent staff (80% hourly & unionised).

Kerris' career has spanned two continents.  Prior to relocating to Canada from the UK 9 years ago, she had a successful career in recruitment, working for a range of small boutique, large international, and self-owned search firms specialising in senior level executive search.


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