Fiorella Callocchia — a nearly 40-year HR veteran and consultant — was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for years of dedication to excellence in the profession and helping the profession to excel through her volunteer work, training and frequent public speaking.
“I’m truly touched and moved. This is beyond monumental for me,” she says, adding that at 61, she’s nowhere near finished her lifetime work.
That’s no surprise for a go-getter who, in 1987, was awarded the Ross A. Hennigar Award for outstanding contribution to the HR profession. Not only had Callocchia obtained her CHRM (Certificate in Human Resource Management) and PIR (Partners in Injury Reduction) designations through part-time studies after graduating from the University of Toronto in 1979, she’d accelerated up the corporate HR ladder at the same time.
Starting as a personnel assistant at Lever Brothers (Unilever Canada), Callocchia took on increasing responsibility at companies such as General Instruments as HR manager, Avery International as HR director, and finally Citigroup Canada as assistant vice-president of HR — a major coup.
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