Strategic HR: Upskilling from Service Provider to Solutions Expert

Date and Time

Starts:09/25/2023 9:00 AM

Ends:10/16/2023 1:00 PM

Registration Closes:09/22/2023 11:00 AM

Event Type: Certificate Program

Total 34 CPD (Synchronous Learning: 23.5 Hrs & Asynchronous Learning: 10.5 Hrs) Hour(s)

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HRPA Members: $1,995

Non-Members: $2,595 + taxes


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Today, workplaces are increasingly expected to enhance their learning agility, streamline complex people processes, lead change effectively, foster employee engagement and improve organizational efficacy.

Offered in collaboration with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), the new Strategic HR program is designed to meet these emerging challenges and future-proof organizations by empowering HR professionals to lead at a higher level through business analysis.

Intended for mid-career HR professionals seeking to deepen their competencies or reignite their passion for the profession, the program consists of five modules covering strategic analysis, collaboration, competencies, strategy and ideation, scope definition, business case development, and solution evaluation.

Participants will learn to apply business analysis skills to create value-driven HR programs, engage HR customers, drive organizational change, optimize human capital, and meet HR deliverables effectively.


Key Takeaways

  • Apply business analysis skills to tackle value-creating HR programs, develop an actionable plan and elicit support for a compelling story for change.
  • Develop an approach to engage your HR customer, understand business needs and values, and elevate the focus of HR.
  • Enable organizational change by identifying opportunities, defining needs, and recommending solutions to deliver stakeholder value.
  • Understand best practices, competencies, and approaches to optimize human capital.
  • Support HR deliverables, develop supporting metrics and deliver the organizational plan.



At the end of the program, participants will earn the Human Resources Solutions Certificate (HRSC). This shows you have the skills to make people-related decisions based on quality data, conduct comprehensive needs analysis, and create evidence-based solutions using the foundations of business analysis.

After receiving the HRSC, participants can sit the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) exam. By providing foundational knowledge of business analysis, the ECBA improves your marketability and earning potential.


Program Agenda  

  • Module 1: September 25, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST 

Introducing Strategic Analysis is intended to introduce HR professionals to the discipline of business analysis, using the context of HR processes, needs, and challenges to establish the value of the Business Analysis practice. This Module will introduce the BABOK Guide, as well as the HR Scenarios to be explored throughout the course. 

  • Module 2: September 28 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST 

Elicitation, Collaboration and Competencies will build on Module 1, where HR professionals will explore the competencies, the techniques, and the processes they will use to plan and perform analysis throughout their course work.  This Module will closely examine Chapter 9 –Business Analysis Competencies, where participants will create the HR Strategic Analysis Persona, which will establish their own target state profile. 

  • Module 3: October 2, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST 

Ideation for Strategy Analysis provides learners with the practical, hands-on activities and case study materials to begin their HR initiatives, with focus on the essential analysis work that should take place early in Strategy Analysis, leading to Scope Definition.  This Module focus on BABOK Guide Chapter 6, Strategy Analysis, and will incorporate necessary techniques for this phase as defined in Chapter 10. 

  • Module 4: Scope October 5, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST  

Scope Definition & Business Case Development builds on the practical, hands-on activities and case study materials completed through Module 3, where learners will perform requirements analysis necessary to confirm Scope Definition, as well as begin populating the Business Case.  This Module focus on BABOK Guide Chapter 7, Requirements Analysis & Design Definition, as well as Chapter 10 techniques for this phase. 

  • Consulting Session October 12, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST   
  • Module 5: October 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST 

Solution Recommendation & Business Case Delivery completes the case study work completed through Modules 3 and 4, where learners will explore potential solution options, define target KPIs, and complete the Business Case.  Learners will then be expected to present their final case proposal.  This Module focus on BABOK Guide Chapters 5, 7 and 8 (Solution Evaluation), as well as Chapter 10 techniques for this phase. 



“This program is focused on giving HR practitioners practical business analysis tools to assist in navigating complex projects and change. These skills will set up HR diagnostics to be clear and strategic for your clients and leaders.” — Mary Madigan Lee, Chief People Officer, City of Toronto.  

“Every organization is moving at a much higher pace of speed and in more complex environments, so we need to get really essentialist about the work that we're doing. We need to ensure that the time we are investing is going to have the greatest impact possible. The course provided learnings to help us build a stronger product development mindset, which will allow us to have that greater impact to drive greater business outcomes.”  — Mila Lucio, Executive Vice President, Head of Human Resources and Social Impact at Green Shield Canada (GSC)


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Speaker bio(s)
Ian McGinty

Ian’s HR executive roles span multiple sectors including: automotive, heath care products, energy, and consumer packaged goods. While his experience is primarily in human capital, he also held roles as a Business Unit GM and in strategy, continuous improvement, manufacturing, logistics, and customer care. A long serving HRPA member and past board member of the local HRPA chapter, Ian currently teaches in multiple forums including the University of Guelph, McMaster University, and with the Canadian Professional Management Association. He is a senior mentor and industry specialist with Innovation Guelph, and an Accelerator Guelph mentor with the Research Innovation office (University of Guelph). Currently the Vice Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre board in Guelph, he holds an Industrial Administration degree and MBA. Ian truly believes employees are the most critical dimension to achieving organizational success.

Tyler  Krimmel

Tyler Krimmel is a Professor & Program Coordinator, Sr. Consultant, and Instructional Designer, specializing in Technology Delivery, with two decades of experience working in corporate, post-secondary, and adult education, having delivered training to more than 25,000 clients and students. Beyond teaching, Tyler’s work includes consulting, applied research, and leadership roles, working closely with organizations such as Bank of Montreal (BMO), TD Bank, IIBA, UiPath, and numerous small and medium sized organizations to support Strategic and Business Analysis, Process Analysis, and Product Development. Within BMO, Tyler was tasked with establishing and acting as lead consultant within a Centre of Excellence for Business Analysis, as well as chairing the BMO BA Enterprise Practice Community. He is also a Research Fellow with Nichols College, in Dudley, Massachusetts, with focus on assessing and optimizing initiative road mapping and analysis, leading to improvements in project delivery. As a member of the Centre for Arts, Design, and Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada, Tyler leads the analysis, development, and delivery of industry facing and innovative post-graduate programs in Business Analysis, Health Informatics, Cyber Security, Product Ownership, Automation, and Analytics. Tyler’s recognitions including winning the UiPath Visionary Educator Award in 2021, recognition from Canadian Society of Training and Development for employee training, and for Teaching Excellence at George Brown College.