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Alison Darling

Queen’s IRC Welcomes a New Director

We are pleased to announce that Alison Darling has been appointed the Director of Professional Programs of Queen’s IRC, effective October 18th, 2021. Alison is a long-time Queen’s University employee and joins us from the Smith School of Business. She brings to the IRC a demonstrated history of successfully leading teams within the higher education sector. She is skilled in leadership, maximizing operational effectiveness, training delivery, management of multi-national teams, coaching, and teaching. She is also a strong business development professional who holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s. Alison will take the lead on setting the strategic direction for Queen’s IRC, as well as overseeing business operations, and the financial management of the Centre. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Alison.

Remote Learning Options

Introduction of Virtual Seats

The current COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted our ability to offer training the way we normally do, with participants travelling from across the country to meet face-to-face and work together to build new skills. We know that you still have training needs, and we have been working hard to find ways to meet these needs in a way that keeps everyone safe, continues to deliver the premium training you expect from Queen’s IRC, and has options that work with provincial and organizational restrictions.

Queen’s IRC response to COVID-19

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.

Lessons from the BCNU Governance Board Certificate Program

Building a Custom Queen’s IRC Certificate: Lessons from the BCNU Governance Board Certificate Program

Union president Christine Sorensen and the British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU) Board have big aspirations for a professional union with a strong, high-functioning Board. Achieving this vision has meant restructuring, long-term strategic planning, and significant training for the Board – and all within a three-year elected term. In 2017, Christine was appointed as president (from the vp/acting-president role) and a new Board had also been elected. With a significant turnover in Board members and a strong drive for change, they began working towards their goals, immediately taking on some significant organizational and structural issues.

Stephanie Noel, Queen's IRC Director

Director’s Note – August 2019

It’s no secret that there are several social issues influencing today’s work environment, such as workplace wellness, equality, and the disruption of jobs through advances in automation. Today’s workers need more than technical abilities – they must have digital fluency, as well as social skills to collaborate effectively in a diverse environment. Queen’s IRC programs are designed to help you and your organization build a solid foundation for a positive work culture that supports continuous learning and growth, using practical, evidence-based and relevant training to address current challenges and opportunities.

Stephanie Noel

Trending Topics on the IRC Website

A new and exciting year has begun, and I hope that you are off to a good start. As the Director, it is a good time for me to review what we did in 2018 and where we are going in 2019. One of the ways I do this is to take a look at the popular articles on our website, and review which topics people are engaging with the most to ensure that these trends are representative of the programming that we are offering. Last year we introduced a Workplace Restoration program, and I am pleased to see that three of the top four articles we released last year were about workplace restoration. This is clearly a hot topic that many organizations are dealing with right now.

Program Planner

Queen’s IRC Spring 2019-Spring 2020 Program Planner

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2019-Spring 2020 Program Planner is ready to be downloaded. It details all of our foundational and advanced programs and our certificate series. Download our Spring 2019-Spring 2020 Program Planner now! What’s inside: Program dates, locations and fees Detailed description of our entire program lineup The Human Resources & …

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Stephanie Noel

Director’s Note – Fall 2018

It’s a real pleasure, as the new director of Queen’s IRC, to introduce you to our fall 2018 – fall 2019 programming. I’ve been with the IRC for over fifteen years, and during that time, I’ve had exceptional opportunities to learn from and with colleagues, program participants and organizations across a broad range of industries. These relationships have been integral to the success of the Centre, and to my own professional growth. They are also the foundation of a progressive culture of community and wellbeing in our workplaces.

Paul Juniper

Announcement: Retirement of Paul Juniper

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Paul Juniper has decided to retire after more than 10 years as the Director of the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen’s IRC). Paul became the sixth Director of Queen’s IRC in 2006. During his time as Director, Paul expanded the IRC’s professional development programs to cities across Canada and internationally. He introduced a number of new human resources and labour relations programs, and conducted research into the state of the HR profession.

Workplace Restoration Q&A with Anne Grant

Workplace Restoration Q&A with Anne Grant

Queen’s IRC sat down with Anne Grant, the facilitator for our new Workplace Restoration program, to find out more about the topic and the program. In the interview, Anne shares her experience in workplace restorations, including the surprises she’s had along the way. She gives some insight into what makes workplaces toxic and how this program will help organizations that are experiencing disruptions like prolonged conflicts, increased harassment or grievance claims, leadership issues, strikes, investigations or significant organizational changes.

Program Planner

Queen’s IRC Spring 2018-Spring 2019 Program Planner

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2018-Spring 2019 Program Planner is ready to be downloaded. It details all of our foundational and advanced programs and our certificate series. Download our Spring 2018-Spring 2019 Program Planner now! What’s inside: Program dates, locations and fees Detailed description of our entire program lineup The Human Resources & …

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80th Anniversary Contest

80 years. 8 winners. 8000 in prizes.

To celebrate 80 years of offering transformative professional programs at Queen's IRC, we are giving away $8,000 in prizes! Enter our draw for the chance to win $1,000 off your next Queen's IRC professional development program! 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. Draw is open until December 31, 2017.

Queen's IRC 80th Anniversary

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.

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