National HR Awards - Winner Profiles

HumanaCare HR Professional of the Year
Shamena Maharaj

There’s a common theme in almost every one of the HR initiatives Shamena Maharaj undertakes at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto — taking care of people to help them be the best they can be.

“That’s my passion and my credo. Focusing on what matters the most to people so they can live their lives with great purpose,” says the director of human resources and organizational development and leadership. “Catalyzing growth in others makes a better world, and I like to elevate the contributions of others so that we flourish.”

After 13 years of HR experience in banking, oil and gas and education, Maharaj says it was time for a change — she wanted to work in a sector where she saw herself thriving for the rest of her career, and joined Sunnybrook in 2011.

“Health care was a perfect fit because it is a service industry and helping people is really my passion.” 

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