Sept. 22, 2021 The Division of Human Resources & Equity is now called the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture.

Lori-Anne Hill awarded 2021 Simcoe Hall Vice-President’s Award

Recognized for her Significant Contributions, Leading with Equity and Inclusion, and having an Inspirational Attitude, Lori-Anne Hill has been awarded the Simcoe Hall Vice-President’s Award for 2021.

The prestigious Simcoe Hall Vice-President’s Award program recognizes and celebrates the contributions of outstanding Confidential, Unionized, or Professional & Managerial staff who work in service of either the President’s Office, the Division of the Vice-President & Provost, a Vice-Presidential Division (where the Vice-President is a member of Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidents), or the Office of the Governing Council.

Lori-Anne joined U of T in 2018 and quickly became a respected member of U of T’s HR community, earning the trust of her clients and colleagues in and outside of her unit. The award recognizes her inclusive, client-focused approach and exceptional leadership.

“Lori-Anne manages an exceptionally heavy workload and balances the complex needs of multiple unionized groups while ensuring that priorities are aligned between her clients and University leadership, all while keeping the institution’s broader goals in mind,” said Erin Jackson, Chief HR Officer, Division of HR & Equity.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the past 18 months have been a significant test for people leaders across the University. As the Director, HR Services, Operations & Real Estate Partnerships (OREP), Lori-Anne has successfully coordinated the on-site needs of the University while navigating ever-changing direction from the government and public health guidelines. It is difficult to overstate the scale and importance of this achievement, which she has managed with grace and humility.

Described by her colleagues as a voice of reason and guidance throughout this difficult period, Lori-Anne maintained her team’s focus and responsiveness while facilitating a shift to a largely work-from-home environment. Despite the logistical challenges and a complex labour environment, she supported managers having to deliver difficult transitions, and did so with empathy for clients and the University alike.

Lori-Anne’s subject matter expertise, accountable, equitable leadership, and exemplary commitment continues to set high standards, create a sense of belonging for her team and encourage colleagues and clients to achieve their goals. This consistent demonstration of U of T’s values make her a fitting recipient of the Simcoe Hall Vice-President’s Award.

For more information about the Simcoe Hall Vice-President’s Awards, please visit the Recognition and Engagement section of Human Resources & Equity’s website.

Should you have any questions about this program, please contact the Recognition & Engagement Team.