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Why is having an HR business partner essential?

It is more than employee files and insurance forms. It is communication, conflict resolution, and planning for the present and the future of your company.
It's someone you rely on for confidential support, guidance and the drive to accomplish tasks quickly and with confidence!

Having an HR partner on your team is your connection to someone with years of experience handling people situations as they arise.
Because of their knowledge, they find solutions and make decisions in a fraction of the time that it would take for someone without the qualifications.  

Essential HR gives business owners flexibility and customized options so they can have an expert on their team when they need it! 
We have a team of highly skilled HR partners who give superior guidance and creative solutions to clients
in a multitude of industries and across many functional HR areas. 

In summary, we have the experience and we get it done.
Let us provide HR relief.

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Laura Tolhoek



Laura Tolhoek knows that when a business faces HR problems, there is no room for ambiguity, only positive results. 
She has crafted a team of HR professionals who are driven to work with clients by helping sort through the details and providing solutions.

For over 15 years, Laura has used sound HR practices with a pragmatic approach to improve business performance. She has worked with some of the biggest players in the restaurant, foodservice and retail world as an integral member of the HR team. She is not only comfortable but excels in high-volume, smart decision environments.

Laura is also a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) through the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).

Her passion is navigating through situations with Managers, helping guide decisions, and instilling confidence with actionable steps. She is comfortable dealing with complex issues that arise in fast-paced industries and recognizes the tenacity required for a company, large or small, to be successful. 

In her spare time, Laura enjoys the company of her husband and two children. The kids continue to help her hone her leadership skills of negotiation and compromise, and almost a decade in, her husband is starting to warm up to the performance reviews. On a summer day, you will find her on a softball diamond, gardening, or cheering on the Blue Jays. She is also a big fan of HGTV. She appreciates all sorts of travel, provided it in no way resembles camping.

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Lynette Zehr

Human Resources Business Partner


Lynette Zehr masterfully helps businesses curate their HR systems so that employers and employees can thrive in their workplaces. Her experience managing all aspects of the employment relationship across multiple industries gives her a common sense approach in partnering with managers at all levels. Lynette’s 10+ years of experience is anchored by her Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources.  And, her intense curiosity of business environments and details makes her the perfect addition to the Essential HR team.

Lynette’s passion for HR is equally matched by her love of current affairs. She can insert a reference to a CBC article or radio interview into any conversation. It is with this same enthusiasm and intense curiosity that she works with clients to understand the challenges that they face and provides practical recommendations on how to resolve them.

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