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HRANS was founded in 1945 by a small group of personnel practitioners known as the Maritime Personnel Association. They were seeking a better way to network. In the 1960s, with membership approaching 60, they became the Halifax and District Personnel Association. The numbers steadily grew throughout the '70's and '80's. In 1991, the organization revised its name and mandate to reflect the growing interest and membership from around the province. HRANS was registered as a not-for-profit organization in 1993 under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. In October 2002, HRANS expanded to Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton.

In the past few years, membership has increased dramatically, consistent with the increasing recognition of human resources (HR) and training issues as important keys to business and overall success in a changing global economy. The goals of HRANS are to foster the professional development of its members and to increase the awareness and knowledge of HR management, principles and practices. 

In 1993, HRANS and several other provincial associations met in Halifax to form the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA). The CCHRA represents more than 41,000 professionals including over 21,000 Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHRs). The CCHRA is a national voice on the enhancement and promotion of the profession across Canada, through established and credible designations, collaborating on national issues related to the profession, leading federal government relations, and proactively positioning the national human resources agenda at the international level.

Currently, more than 500 HRANS members hold their CPHR designation.

HRANS is a founding member of CCHRA.


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