When I joined Queen’s IRC in 2006, I was appointed as Director of the Centre for a five-year term. I was renewed in 2011, and I am delighted to report that I have again been reappointed as Queen’s IRC Director for an additional five years.
I am proud of the work we have done at Queen’s IRC in the past five years. Our practitioner-focused research has included the State of HR in Canada, the State of Labour Relations in Canada, as well as the State of HR in the Caribbean. We have continued to provide relevant articles authored by subject matter experts in our E-News and Research Briefs newsletters, and we have an extensive collection of articles on our website.
In 2011, we introduced the Advanced Labour Relations Certificate, and in 2012, we introduced the Advanced Human Resources Certificate. In response to the needs of HR and LR practitioners, we have introduced a number of new and innovative programs, most recently Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy and HR Metrics and Analytics.
In the past five years, we have continued to expand our programs to more cities across Canada and help many organizations through our custom training options. We established a partnership with the University of the West Indies, enabling us to share our knowledge with HR professionals in Trinidad and Barbados as well as across Canada. I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences on topics such as raising the bar on HR, succession planning and the future of work.
We are in a time of fundamental change in the workplace. At the IRC, we remain committed to developing new programs to address the needs of human resources and labour relations professionals as they navigate the new world of work. I hope that you will stay connected with Queen’s IRC and our work, as we continue to develop and deliver programs and research that will give you the skills that you need to thrive in the future. The next five years promise to be exciting and I look forward to continuing my work with the IRC.