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Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) is a leading provider of premium professional development programs in labour relations, human resources and organization development.

IRC programs are designed for busy practitioners, delivered by subject matter experts, and grounded in adult learning principles. Queen’s IRC builds better leaders. For generations, professionals have turned to us for expertise in human resources, labour relations and organizational development. Our world-class facilitators are constantly updating the curriculum to meet the evolving needs of organizations, ensuring leaders leave equipped with the skills and practical solutions they need. With in-class, virtual and custom solutions, leaders can harness the knowledge backed by one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.

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Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) is a leading provider of premium professional development programs in labour relations, human resources and organization development.

IRC programs are designed for busy practitioners, delivered by subject matter experts, and grounded in adult learning principles. Queen’s IRC builds better leaders. For generations, professionals have turned to us for expertise in human resources, labour relations and organizational development. Our world-class facilitators are constantly updating the curriculum to meet the evolving needs of organizations, ensuring leaders leave equipped with the skills and practical solutions they need. With in-class, virtual and custom solutions, leaders can harness the knowledge backed by one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.

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Why Choose Queen’s IRC?

Queen’s University is the oldest degree-granting institution in Canada. It has an enviable reputation across the country and around the world as a leader in education. Programs offered by Queen’s IRC are tailored to busy workplace professionals. Our certificate-based programs cover human resources, labour relations and organizational development. Completion lets you take your place among the best, giving you recognized credentials as a workplace expert.

 

Teaching Methods

Benefit from programs that combine theory and real-world experience, delivered in an interactive environment.

Practical Advice
You’ll be exposed to tried-and-tested solutions that have proven results in real organizations. Facilitators come from all industries, with varied backgrounds, to ensure you’re getting the most useful information to drive your career and bottom-line results.

Collaborative Sessions and Simulations
Education at Queen’s IRC isn’t a one-way conversation delivered from the lectern. It’s open dialogue for, and with, professionals and experts who understand your biggest pain points. Their unique perspective makes the learning come alive.

Lifelong Learning
Our alumni stay connected with each other and through regular updates from the team at Queen’s IRC. The connections you make and the learnings you take will help you navigate new and challenging situations.

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An IRC program facilitator presents to a group of students.

Our Mission

To provide challenging and innovative educational programs to advance the skills and expertise of organizational leaders through training and practitioner-focused research, enabling them to contribute to the success of their organizations.

Our Values

To aspire to be a thriving, equitable and inclusive professional development centre, committed to continuous development of our training options to meet the ever-changing needs of individuals and organizations.

Our Vision

To “Build Better Leaders” through premium professional development across Canada.

Our History

Today

The IRC has helped shape public policy through its research and publications program, which informed debate on key issues and surveyed developments and trends in the Industrial Relations field.

2022

In-person programs resume across Canada, and Studio IRC becomes a permanent training option. The IRC celebrates its 85th Anniversary.

2020

The IRC launches Studio IRC, our virtual classroom.

2012

The IRC introduces the Advanced Human Resources Certificate, the first of its kind in Canada.

2011

The IRC introduces two important national surveys: An Inquiry into the State of HR in Canada, and An Inquiry into the State of Labour Relations in Canada.

2007

Programs are launched in Barbados and the West Indies

1996-2005

The IRC expands to offer a wider range of Human Resources and Labour Relations programs, and becomes the first institution to offer advanced practitioner education in Organization Development. Certificates in Human Resources, Labour Relations and Organization Development are introduced

1960

The Queen’s Industrial Relations Section was renamed the Industrial Relations Centre (IRC).

1937

Queen’s University introduced the study of Industrial Relations.

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