Welcome to Hodgson Stevenson & Associates, your Human Resource Experts


Hodgson, Stevenson & Associates (HSA) are a human resource consulting firm with an extensive track record of working closely with business owners and managers, in a variety of industries.  They strive to build winning cultures and practices that drive performance and business results.

Roberta Hodgson, SHRP and Shirley Stevenson, CHRP, after having worked together for many years, made the decision to strike out on their own to provide their 30+ years of human resources experience to businesses that lacked the resources or in-house expertise.

Roberta Hodgson, SHRP, is recognized for her “bottom line” approach and focus on linking business strategies and people management to form a winning combination.  Prior to becoming a consultant, Roberta was a trusted advisor to one of the largest steel companies in Canada, as their North American Human Resources Manager.  Roberta specializes in dealing with complex strategies, change management, employee benefits, and training and labour/employee relations.  She has more than 25 years of experience in consulting on a variety of workplace issues, including employee and organizational productivity, dispute management, leadership development and communication.  In addition, she has provided guidance to all levels of management in the areas of grievances, compensation, discipline and attendance management.

Before joining Roberta, Shirley Stevenson, CHRP, worked closely with corporate Human Resources aligning workflows and processes to HR policies.  Shirley has participated in and been the lead in many HR projects, including reward programs, developing job descriptions and setting up job shadowing programs.  She has a broad understanding of HR practices and procedures that comply with relevant labour and employment standards.  Subsequent to her returning to school to specialize in Human Resources, she worked for many years in various positions in the legal field and with the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Roberta holds a diploma in Human Resource Management, Labour Relations and Disability Management.  She earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SHRP) and is a member in good standing with the Human Resource Professional Association of Ontario (HRPAO).


Shirley received high honours in the Human Resource Management program and has earned her Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation.  Shirley is a member in good standing with the Human Resource Professional Association of Ontario (HRPAO).


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"If you're looking for Professional HR services I strongly recommend Hodgson Stevenson HR Consultants. As a business professional and consultant I work with many clients who require various services including HR. A client of mine contracted Hodgson Stevenson HR Professionals who identified several serious gaps in the company recruitment and hiring policy.

Roberta Hodgson and Shirley Stevenson designed and implemented a Recruitment and Hiring program that provided many benefits including cost savings.

The new program included:

Developed selection criteria for the position based on the company job description to screen resumes;

Established the necessary knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience that are essential for a new employee to be able to perform the duties of the position;

Roberta and Shirley had clear and measurable selection criteria to avoid bias so that interviewers are able to objectively evaluate a candidate's suitability for the job.

Determined the attributes the new employee must have to ensure he/she fits into the company culture.

Two probationary reviews were conducted at 30 day intervals, Roberta and Shirley provided coaching to managers during the reviews and aided in the decision making on employee retention.

Background checks were conducted to filter out undesirable personnel who otherwise could have been hired and later terminated after much cost and effort."

Thank You, Bill Kaine
President, Gambit Safety Inc.
Guelph, Ontario


"I had the honour and privilege to work with Hodgson Stevenson, SHRP for the delivery of an AODA workshop to community stakeholders in the greater Hamilton community. Roberta and her team are true professionals; from the preparation and planning to the delivery of the inactive and engaging workshop the session surpassed all expectations. Thank you Hodgson Stevenson for your work and support for the business community!"

Kristin Huigenbos, City of Hamilton


"As a small business owner, I wasn't expecting to be faced with serious HR issues, that couldn't be handled on my own.

However, that wasn't the case, I remember meeting two ladies, at a networking function who specialized in HR and reached out to them.

I was faced with a sensitive issue with one of my staff, I felt I needed professional advice.
Quick and easy with advise, tools and a reliable process going forward.

In this day and time being an employer is difficult and when your business is small you need to reach out to experts from time to time to ensure you're able to protect yourself and your business."

Marcy, Toppers Pizza

"I had the opportunity and privilege to work with HSA from approximately June, 2013 through March, 2014. During this time I interfaced with Roberta Hodgson in the capacity of a peer and mentor relationship. I have worked with Roberta on our business startup plan. She was always very thoughtful, attentive, calm and friendly, even under the most stressful of circumstances. We found she was a source of knowledge for myself and my fellow business partner.

In addition, to her academic credentials Roberta has a rich variety of excellent contacts and interactions with industry partners, including her alliance with Gambit Safety. Roberta's broad interests and understanding in combination with a deep knowledge in her area of expertise makes her an excellent consultant for a company with a need for human resource services and or support. I highly recommend Roberta's (Hodgson Stevenson & Associates) talent and expertise, as an individual and as a professional."

Trevor Prince, Cutting Edge Lawnscape Ltd