Archives for November 2016

A Futurist’s Look at IR/HR – Why it’s Time to Start Over

Peter Edwards delivering the 2015 Don Wood Lecture in Industrial RelationsThe 2015 Don Wood Lecture was delivered by Peter Edwards, Vice-President Human Resources and Labour Relations at Canadian Pacific. In the lecture, Peter spoke about the future of work, including the changes that are taking place in organizations as new technology emerges, how these changes affect workers (particularly unionized workers) and how the HR and labour relations processes, like collective bargaining, need to evolve.

Topics include:

  • How technology (notably cellphones/smartphones) have changed the way we live, and will continue to change the way we live (ie: self-driving cars).
  • How automation in certain industries will replace human workers (including in the railroad industry) and the far-reaching impact this will have.
  • The need to change the collective bargaining process and new techniques for negotiating collective agreements, including the author’s personal experience.
  • Change management and the need for organizations to continue to change and evolve to stay alive in the future.

The Don Wood Lecture in Industrial Relations was established by friends of W. Donald Wood to honour his outstanding contribution to Canadian industrial relations. Dr. Wood was Director of the Industrial Relations Centre from 1960 to 1985, and the first Director of the School of Industrial Relations, established in 1983. The lecture brings to Queen’s University distinguished individuals who have made an important contribution to industrial relations in Canada or other countries. Peter is the first Don Wood lecturer to be a graduate of the MIR program that Dr. Wood established. Fall 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of Peter’s graduation from this program.

Breakfast Book Launch: The Easy, Hard & Tough Work of Managing Change

The Easy, Hard & Tough Work of Managing ChangePlease join Queen’s IRC and Dr. Carol Beatty to celebrate the launch of Dr. Beatty’s e-book: The Easy Hard & Tough Work of Managing Change.

Friday, November 25, 2016
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre
150 King Street West, Toronto, ON

Free for the first 50 registrants – save your seat today!

Breakfast buffet open 8:00-9:00 am

Dr. Beatty will be discussing her e-book, which is based on over 20 years of her research in change management, at 8:45 a.m.

Please RSVP as space is limited.


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