Human Resources Professionals Association recognizes outstanding DC student

On January 21, Durham College (DC) Human Resources Management graduate certificate student Daniela Rojano was recognized with the Outstanding Student, HRPA Scholarship Award from the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). The scholarship is presented to an outstanding student member enrolled in part-time or full-time studies in the association’s required academic courses who also demonstrates a financial need.

Rojano’s success spans from Mexico to Canada with Rojano deciding to further her post-secondary education at DC in 2015.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration from Technological University of Mexico in 2004 she gained significant human resources experience through a multitude of positions, eventually landing a leadership role as a human resources business partner and organizational development manager at PepsiCo. Despite holding a steady and rewarding job in Mexico, Rojano felt the need to expand her existing knowledge in the ever-changing field of human resources (HR).

After visiting the DC Oshawa campus, she became confident that the college’s Human Resources Management graduate certificate was the perfect fit. With the support of her husband and two young sons and with a commitment to continuous learning in mind she packed up her family and moved to Whitby, Ont.

“The role of human resource professionals has evolved since I began my career,” said Rojano. “In addition to being knowledgeable experts on topics such as compensation, labour relations, managerial accounting and occupational health and safety, HR professionals have the opportunity to add value to an organization by speaking the same business language to engage and influence business partners. I am inspired by the constant challenges in this field.”

In addition to maintaining high academic standards, Rojano also volunteers her time as a member of the Professional Development Committee of the HRPA Durham Chapter, a group committed to providing opportunities for learning and developing new competencies for HR professionals. After completing an internship at Teva Canada as part of her program, she was hired as a senior human resources generalist.

Rojano received her award at HRPA’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Canada’s largest human resources conference, attracting HR and business professionals from around the world. Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the three-day event featured keynote speakers, informative sessions, more than 240 exhibitors and an opportunity to network with others in the industry.

“The first time I visited Durham College I was impressed by the supports and services available to me on campus,” said Rojano. “In my experience as a student, I am continually amazed by the passionate and knowledgeable professors who are always willing to help.”

DC’s Human Resources Management graduate certificate is designed for individuals with previous post-secondary education or relevant work experience. Students enhance their knowledge and abilities, enabling them to contribute to business success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.