Queen's University IRC

Paul Juniper

Paul Juniper (MA, Geography (York); Honourary Life Member, HRPA) was the sixth Director of the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen’s IRC), serving in that role from 2006 to 2018.  Paul is a leading and respected figure in Canada's HR community, with over 30 years of experience in human resources and association leadership.

Paul is particularly sought for his views on the future of the human resources profession. He speaks regularly at conferences on trends in human resources, and the ways in which individuals and their organizations can continue to raise the bar on HR. Paul developed and designed the Queen’s IRC Advanced HR Certificate to meet the increasingly complex professional development needs of HR practitioners. He teaches on Queen’s IRC’s Strategic Workforce Planning, Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy, Building Trust in the Workplace and HR Metrics and Analytics programs.  His research focuses on the state of the HR profession both in Canada and around the globe.

Paul is past member of the Advisory Board for the Banff Centre for Leadership and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre Advisory Board. Throughout his distinguished career, Paul has served as Vice-President of Human Resources for national and international companies, and also managed a Toronto-based consultancy, focusing on strategic planning and recruitment. Paul was an interim CEO of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (now known as HRPA), President of its Board, and was instrumental in the adoption of a degree requirement for certification in human resources. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of HR Associations, and sat on its Independent Board of Examiners for many years. In addition, he has taught in both college and university environments.

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