My message that I certainly badly convey is that data science on its own is not of great interest to organisations. Data Science plus knowledge of one domain is, you need both you mentioned HR that why I was giving HR as example if you want to know one other domain such let say electricity distribution or production and therefore forecasting will be the area of data science to master prepare for it.
SAP is not a prerequisite it was example.
If you want to target Canada then mining and electricity could be one erea as mentioned each look at area in Data Science mining at the moment it is predictive maintenance therefore signal analysis, survival extreme events is a must know, optimisation is the other specially concerning energy utilisation, therefore convex, linear system high dimensions space are the data science areas.
Lets recap DS + domain knowledge for experience people is necessary, my advise if you can leverage your HR knowledge and then add analytics /data science I believe it could be a good start.
Hope this help.