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Human Resources Business Partner

Date: May 17, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON, CA, M2P-2B7 Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canada and the United States.  Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.
We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience, advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview

The HRBP partners with leaders and business teams to integrate HR solutions and expertise into business strategies and objectives.
This role is accountable for working with business leaders and our Centers of Excellence (COEs) to deliver effective HR solutions and expertise that enable our business strategies. This role supports enterprise-wide initiatives and facilitates the development of culture to enable a productive, diverse and engaged workforce, comprised of the best talent available.


Job Responsibilities

  • Build relationships and partner with business leaders to understand, identify and prioritize business requirements to build organizational capabilities and provide business voice and context to HR in order to ensure that requirements are acted upon effectively and tailored solutions are delivered to solve the business needs. 
  • Monitor trends in employment practices and coach business leaders on employee relations and matters as appropriate to enable them to deal with issues more effectively.
  • Champion HR initiatives and programs that improve business performance through people and coordinate with the business leaders to ensure effective implementation of recommendations. 
  • In partnership with business leaders identify and coordinate development opportunities for front line leaders and employees to enable business to achieve business goals.
  • Champion and facilitate the performance management, calibration sessions, succession planning and talent reviews etc. in order to meet business requirements.
  • Review and recommend initiatives for organizational effectiveness including organization structures for respective functions, performance effectiveness etc. and support facilitating their implementation to ensure alignment with the strategy, best practices, and business needs.
  • Follow all relevant departmental policies, processes, standard operating procedures and instructions so that work is carried out in a controlled and consistent manner.
  • Contribute to the identification of opportunities for continuous improvement of systems, processes and practices taking into account ‘international leading practice’, improvement of business processes, cost reduction and productivity improvement.


  • Bachelor degree in Business or equivalent and/or PHR/CPHR preferred.
  • Ideally, a minimum of 3 years of relevant and progressive experience in HR or related function.
  • Solid understanding of the business, HR technical knowledge.
  • Experience building partnerships and working strategically with business leadership to develop relationships to gain an in-depth understanding of the business strategy, our customers and how these link to Talent & HR strategy.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to effectively deliver presentations, facilitation and coaching/training.
  • Self-starter who thrives in a changing, fast-paced environment, with a proven ability to drive for results.
  • Trusted advisor who can effectively influence, coach and consult with leaders.
  • Continuous learner with significant knowledge of HR policies, people processes (e.g., workforce planning and talent management), talent management practices and employment law.
  • Ability to travel.



Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, goal achievement plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan).  Wawanesa provides a stable and rewarding environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.