News Release: Canadian HR Reporter Recognizes OCHC’s Jessica McPherson as a Young Influencer in Human Resources

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(OTTAWA, ON) September 9, 2021 – Ottawa Community Housing Corporation is proud to announce that Jessica McPherson, a Talent Management Specialist with OCHC has been recognized by the Canadian HR Reporter as a Young Influencer for her leadership in Human Resources. Jessica ensures we are attracting and retaining the best and brightest employees who are committed to making a difference.  

We are thrilled to see Jessica McPherson’s talent recognized on the Canadian HR Reporter’s Young Influencers list for 2021! 

This report recognizes exceptional HR professionals, 35 years or younger, that have demonstrated career progression and development and have made a significant contribution in executing progressive HR initiatives within their organization.  

Jessica is passionate about making a difference. Since joining the Corporation, she has made a significant contribution in a variety of areas. Over the last year, she has refreshed the employee recognition program and handled additional responsibilities as a result of the shift to remote work necessitated by the pandemic. She also diligently provided up-to-date communications about changing COVID-19 guidelines and helped keep employees safe, informed and connected.  

Additionally, Jessica is helping OCH to prepare for the workplace of the future by initiating remote learning and professional development programs to ensure staff stay at the top of their respective fields and have the tools they need to succeed.  

As an organization, OCHC is fortunate to have employees whose passion aligns with our mission. OCHC’s C.A.R.E values – Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence – are at the core of our corporate culture and statement. These values propel our organization to be one of continuous improvement. 


“I am honoured that as an organization we continue to attract dedicated, committed professionals at the top of their respective fields. This recognition for Jessica is well deserved. She is making a real and impactful difference every day.” 

– Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer, OCHC 

 “Employee engagement and training programs are crucial to ensuring staff have the tools they need to succeed. I am proud of the focus towards continuous improvement that Jessica has shown and her willingness to adapt to a hybrid workforce. Well-deserved congratulations Jessica!” 

– Shaun Simms, Vice-President, People Culture and Communications, OCHC 

Some of the key programs and initiatives that Jessica is responsible for include: 

  • OCHC’s Onboarding and Off-boarding Program, including the Exit Interview Process 
  • Professional Growth and Learning and Development, including the development and implementation of OCHC annual learning and development plan 
  • The integration of an online learning platform to support remote work and professional development 
  • OCHC’s Performance Development Program aligned with the Competency Model 
  • The Employee Rewards and Recognition Program 
  • Annual Talent Review Process and Leadership Development Program 

Quick facts about the OCHC:

  • OCHC has a low turnover rate, it’s clear our employees choose to make a career here.  
  • OCHC has a formalized multi-year Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Given the diverse population of tenants, it is critical that the organization reflect the communities we serve.  
  • Designed to further support the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and in an effort to obtain employee feedback from a “grass-roots” approach, in 2020, OCHC launched a Wellness Committee – a cross-functional group of employees led by HR, that focuses on promoting positive physical and psychological well-being to employees through programs, activities, initiatives and peer support. 

About OCHC: 
Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram   

Media Contact: 
Jennifer McIntosh

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