Archives for March 2020

Queen’s IRC response to COVID-19

We hope that you and your colleagues are staying safe during this pandemic. We are grateful for the essential staff in our community who have been working on the front lines to keep us safe, fed and healthy during this time.

Given the current Covid-19 situation, we have cancelled some programs and adjusted our fall 2020 program lineup. These changes are reflected on our website and affected participants have been contacted. We expect to resume in person programming when the government and public health officials advise that it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, the Queen’s IRC team is working diligently to develop remote learning options for some Fall 2020 programs. We are exploring alternate delivery methods and changes to our current models to ensure we are able to continue to help people in organizations during this unprecedented time. Please see our updates on virtual learning here:

We are offering a series of free Community of Practice (COP) webinars, to allow the IRC community to connect with our facilitators and discuss burning issues in labour relations, human resources and organizational development. Information about upcoming COP sessions:

One of the hallmarks of Queen’s IRC programming is face-to-face learning, and we are anxious to get back to the classroom when it is safe to do so. We are highly invested in preserving the participant experience, networking opportunities, learning outcomes and classroom experience our programs are known for, while ensuring that we provide a safe and healthy learning environment.

We will be instituting additional measures to ensure optimal health and hygienic conditions during our programs, including increased distance between participants at tables, access to hand sanitizer and reminders about frequent handwashing, venue cleanliness management, and reminding participants with any symptoms of illness to stay at home.

Queen’s IRC is in regular contact with our university and venue partners and we continue to monitor the situation as it progresses. Further information is available from Queen’s University on the current situation at:

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to IRC programming or your registration, we encourage you to contact our team at

Please stay safe and stay home!


Stephanie Noel
Queen’s University IRC























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