Celebrating 80 Years of Transformative Professional Programs at Queen’s IRC

This fall, Queen’s IRC is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and to celebrate this milestone we’re offering you the chance to win $1,000 off your next IRC professional development program!

Over the past 80 years, Queen’s IRC has supported thousands of Human Resources, Labour Relations and Organizational Development professionals through countless changes and transitions in the workplace. Throughout our long history of presenting well-respected and well-attended programs and conferences, we have consistently developed and refined programs to reflect current trends and issues.

Queen’s University originally introduced the study of Industrial Relations on October 12, 1937, when the University formed the Industrial Relations Section. It was the first department of its kind in the country, a true pioneer. In 1960, the Queen’s Industrial Relations Section was renamed the Industrial Relations Centre (IRC).  You can read more of our history on our website: About Us.

To celebrate 80 years of transformative professional programs at Queen’s IRC, you can enter our draw to win one of eight $1,000 IRC Gift Cards!

Details:

  • A total of eight (8) $1000 gift cards will be given away – total prizes worth $8000
  • Gift cards may be combined with early-bird discounts, group discounts or other special promotions
  • Limit one prize per person
  • Draw is open until December 31, 2017
  • Winners will be announced January 5, 2017
  • Gift cards must be used by December 31, 2018

(THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.)

Peter Edwards Delivers 2015 W. D. Wood Lecture

Peter Edwards, Vice-President Human Resources and Labour Relations at Canadian Pacific, delivered the 2015 W. D. Wood Lecture on November 6, 2015 at Queen’s University. Peter spoke about the future of work, the future of the labour movement and how technology will impact jobs.

Peter urged the audience to think about how things like controlling trains remotely, driverless cars, and completely automated factories are going to profoundly change the world.

“We either change with or ahead of them, or we’re out of the business. The world’s going to change,” Peter said. “We are living in transformative times. We’ve had changes like this in the past, but there’s just so many technologies coming together. There’s 70 billion of them in your pocket that you didn’t even know about, 2 billion in the phone’s core processor alone. The changes that we’re seeing will never go backwards.”

Peter brought the discussion back to today, and to our system of collective bargaining. He discussed his own successes in collective bargaining and his refreshing approach to union-management relations. To be successful you have to build a relationship, not just go into the collective bargaining process expecting it to be adversarial.

>> Download the transcript of Peter’s lecture here.

>> View Photos from the lecture on Facebook

2015 Workplace in Motion Summit a Success

The inaugural Workplace in Motion Summit was held last week in Toronto, with over 100 people in attendance. The one-day Summit brought together Human Resources, Organizational Development and Labour Relations professionals from across the country to learn about the future of work, and examine the trends creating the new world of work.

Summit Chair Brenda Barker Scott shared the characteristics of the new employee, the new work and the new workplace. Infographics contrasting the old world vs new world in terms of the new employee, the new work and the new workplace provided a basis for discussion amongst participants.

Millennials from Shopify, Free the Children and Me to We, shared how their companies have created innovative workplaces that are attractive to new workers; Hugh Ritchie from OpenText discussed how technology is changing the world of work.

The afternoon featured break-out sessions with OD Leader Francoise Morissette, HR Leader Diane Locke, and LR Leader Anne Grant. Guest speakers in these sessions were from TELUS, Samsung, the City of Edmonton, and CUPE. They shared stories about successful culture change, workplace innovation, and attracting and retaining talent in their organizations.

Summit proceedings and more information will follow in the coming months.

View Pictures from the Summit on Facebook

View Infographics from the Summit on Facebook

Queen’s IRC Blueprint for Organizational Effectiveness

Incorporating what we learned from academic theories and our own practice, we created the Queen’s IRC Blueprint for Organizational Effectiveness, which is designed to help practitioners collect data, begin diagnosing what is going on in the organization, and identify where they may intervene.

Blueprint for Organizational Effectiveness

Queen's IRC Blueprint for Organizational Effectiveness

 

Don Wood Lecture Series

Dr. Don Wood was the Director of the Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) from 1960 to 1985. The W. Donald Wood Visiting Lectureship was established in 1987 by many of Don’s friends to honour his dedication to building the IRC. The IRC is internationally recognized for its outstanding research and continuing education programs, and for his many contributions to the wider industrial relations community in Canada and abroad. The Don Wood Visiting Lectureship brings to Queen’s University each year “a distinguished individual who has made an important contribution to industrial relations in Canada, or in other countries.”

About Dr. Don Wood

Known as “Canada’s Dean of Industrial Relations,” Dr. Wood was well-known and much appreciated for his work in bringing together academics and practitioners and closing the gap between the academic world and the professional practice of industrial relations (IR). This reflects the dual focus of his own experience. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Dr. Wood studied economics at McMaster and Queen’s Universities and then at Princeton University, where he was awarded a scholarship and completed a Ph.D. thesis on white-collar unionism. He subsequently gained practical experience as Director of Employee Relations Research at Imperial Oil for five years.

Dr. Wood came to Queen’s University as a professor of economics and served as Director of the Queen’s IRC from 1960 to 1985. During this period, Dr. Wood built a world-renowned research and training institution, one that thrived while other industrial relations centres in Canada folded. He pioneered his continuing education program for human resources managers on employee-employer relationships. He helped shape public policy through his research and publications program, informing debate on key issues such as wage price controls in 1975 and surveying developments and trends in the IR field, and his participation on many federal and provincial task forces. He also assembled a remarkable IR library.

As Founding Director of the School of Industrial Relations at Queen’s University from 1983 to 1985, he created and guided the early development of the new multi-disciplinary Master of Industrial Relations program, which continues as one of Canada’s most respected programs in this field. Following his retirement in 1985, Dr. Wood ran the IRC’s Continuing Education Program for five years, and led training seminars well into the 1990s. His talent for bringing together leading authorities from industry, unions, government, universities and consulting firms for programs enriched the education of IR students across Canada, and internationally. It continues to inspire those involved in IR education and research today.

Listing of Don Wood Visiting Lectureship presenters

The Don Wood Visiting Lectureship brings to Queen’s University “a distinguished individual who has made an important contribution to industrial relations in Canada, or in other countries.” These are the recipients of the Don Wood Visiting Lectureship in Industrial Relations and the title of their public lecture:

Peter Edwards (2015)
Vice-President of Human Resources and Labour Relations at Canadian Pacific
A Futurist’s Look at IR/HR – Why it’s Time to Start Over

The Honourable Warren K. Winkler (2010)
Chief Justice of Ontario
Labour Arbitration and Conflict Resolution – Back to our Roots

Dr. Richard Freeman (2008)
Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University
A New Role for Labour in Financial Crisis?

George C.B. Smith (2007)
CBC/Radio-Canada
Strategic Negotiations: Perspectives from a Road Well-Travelled

Basil “Buzz” Hargrove (2006)
National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers’ Union of Canada (CAW-Canada)
The Current State and Future Prospects of Labour Relations

Linda Duxbury (2004)
Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
Issues in the Workplace: Standing Still is Not an Option

Leo W. Gerard (2003)
United Steelworkers of America
Globalization and North American Integration: Implications for the Union Movement

Francine Blau (2001)
Cornell University
The gender gap: Going, going… but not gone

John Crispo (1999)
University of Toronto
Looking backward and forward: Can industrial relations stand the test of time?

Paula Voos (1998)
Rutgers University
Changing labour markets: Implications for industrial relations

Harry Arthurs (1996)
York University
The new economy: The demise of industrial citizenship

Robert M. McKersie (1995)
MIT
Labour-management partnerships: Promise and challenge

Lee Dyer (1993)
Cornell University
Human resources as a source of competitive advantage

Nancy Adler (1992)
McGill University
Human resource management in the global economy

Thomas Kochan (1991)
MIT
Innovations in industrial relations and human resources: Prospects for diffusion

John Fryer (1990)
National Union of Provincial Government Employees (NUPGE)
The Canadian labour movement in the 1990s: Challenges and opportunities

John Sexton (1989)
Université Laval
Are Quebec labour relations so different?

John Dunlop (1987)
Harvard University
Industrial relations: Old and new

Queen’s IRC Announces Partnership with Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business

Queen’s University IRC is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Trinidad.  This agreement will allow us to bring existing programming to a different audience and to develop exciting learning opportunities with a new partner.

We have been working with the Cave Hill School of Business at the University of the West Indies in Barbados for a number of years, and we are excited to continue to expand our partnerships in the Caribbean.  Both Queen’s IRC and the Arthur Lok Jack GSB have the goals of creating a better working environment for labour relations and human resources practitioners. We have similar teaching styles, using adult learning principles such as engagement and experiential techniques.

The Arthur Lok Jack GSB was established in 1989 as a joint venture between the University of the West Indies and the private sector of Trinidad and Tobago to provide postgraduate education in business and management. It is recognized as the premier institution for the provision of business and management education, training and consultancy services in Trinidad and Tobago, and it extends its reach to the wider Caribbean region.

We welcome this collaboration and look forward to a mutually advantageous relationship as we support the continuing growth and development of business in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

Queen’s IRC Archive Revitalization Project

The Queen’s IRC archive revitalization project has been unveiled.  The goal of the project, driven by Queen’s IRC Director Paul Juniper, was to digitize archive publications to make them available to the public once again.

“I am excited to be able to share our IRC research and publication history in a new and accessible way,” said Juniper.

Throughout its rich history, Queen’s IRC has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of research excellence in the field of labour relations and human resources. For many years, the IRC operated the IRC Press, which was committed to creating, promoting, and disseminating knowledge about the world of work.

Today, Queen’s IRC primarily releases its practitioner-focused research online, but as a former publishing house, the IRC holds hundreds of publications in their archive.  In 2011, the IRC began a project to digitize some of the “lost” print copies of articles, papers, case studies, and interviews in the collection. During the digitization process, archive articles were carefully selected, scanned, converted, and reformatted digitally.  When the newly redesigned Queen’s IRC website launched in July 2013, they began to share these resources online.

“We have added these papers to the hundreds of resources available on our website,” said Juniper.  From George Adams’ Negotiation: Why Do We Do It Like We Do? to Diane Patterson’s First Contract Arbitration in Ontario: An Evaluation of the Early Experience, these documents will help students, practitioners, and life-long learners understand the context of where we came from and how we got to where we are today.

The two year project was spearheaded by Queen’s IRC Director Paul Juniper, and led by Marketing Assistant, Cathy Sheldrick. Several Queen’s students also assisted with the archive digitization process.

Archive documents can be found in the Research and Resources section of the Queen’s IRC website. More documents are being added on a monthly basis.

Queen’s IRC is also launching a “Flashback Feature”, which will appear in its newsletters, and will highlight an article from the archives that has recently been digitized.

 

Queen’s IRC: A Diamond Celebration

On October 12, 2012, the IRC commemorated a diamond milestone: 75 years of industrial relations at Queen’s University. Among the distinguished guests at the celebratory event were Queen’s University Principal, Daniel Woolf, and former IRC Directors, Carol Beatty and Don Carter. In addition, several Queen’s faculty members, IRC alumni, facilitators, and staff were also in attendance. The afternoon provided an opportunity to reflect on the IRC’s history, its accomplishments, and the many individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in shaping the Centre’s journey.

IRC Director, Paul Juniper, began his talk by acknowledging the contributions of his team: “We wouldn’t have had 75 years of achievements without an excellent staff.” He also discussed the IRC’s national presence: “I’m proud to say that last year we were able to offer programs in Victoria, Calgary, Banff, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston, and St. John’s, Newfoundland. The issue we are facing right now is not one of demand, but one of capacity.”

Principal Daniel Woolf congratulated the IRC on its success. “I’m particularly thrilled with the fact that theory and practice have come together so well at the Centre,” he commented. Referring to the IRC as a “Queen’s University jewel,” Principal Woolf said: “I am delighted that the Centre has grown and prospered under its Directors and has become not only a Kingston feature but a national institution.”

According to Principal Woolf, “the IRC’s next 75 years are going to be even better.” Indeed, the IRC’s newly launched Advanced Human Resources Certificate and programs in Succession Planning, Strategic Grievance Handling, and Managing Unionized Environments are examples of the exciting changes underway at the Centre, as it continues to target the professional development needs of human resources, labour relations, and organizational development practitioners across Canada.

>>View the Video from our celebratory event

>>Download our Commemorative History of the past 75 years.

Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence

In 1937, Queen’s University formed the Industrial Relations Section. Since then, the Section has evolved to include two academic programs, a Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) and a Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR), and the practitioner-focused Industrial Relations Centre (IRC).

The IRC has become a leading provider of premium professional development programs in labour relations and human resources. IRC programs are designed for practitioners, delivered by subject matter experts, and grounded in adult learning principles. The experiential learning opportunities allow participants to develop high-level skills and acquire knowledge that translates to the workplace.

The quest for excellence has been a driving force for the IRC’s successes over the years. IRC Director, Paul Juniper, joined the Centre in 2006. Under his direction, the IRC continues to raise the bar on program service delivery. In addition to increasing the number of programs offered, the IRC now holds its programs across Canada as well as in Kingston.

This October, IRC staff will be reflecting on the Centre’s history and celebrating this diamond milestone. We invite you to join us on October 12 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Dr. W. Donald Wood

Dr. W. Donald Wood, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre (1960-1985) and first Director of the School of Industrial Relations (1983-1985).

 

A group photo from the Industrial Relations Conference for Trade Union Staff Personnel, held May 11-12, 1964, at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Far right: Dr. W. Donald Wood, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre (1960-1985) and first Director of the School of Industrial Relations (1983-1985).

A group photo from the Industrial Relations Conference for Trade Union Staff Personnel, held May 11-12, 1964, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Far right: Dr. W. Donald Wood, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre (1960-1985) and first Director of the School of Industrial Relations (1983-1985).

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