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Winter 2016-17 Spotlight - Alastair Macdonald MIR'87

Alastair Macdonald was promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources in April 2016 after a five-year expatriate assignment as Vice President, Human Resources, Nestlé Equatorial African Region based in Nairobi, Kenya. He serves as a member of the Business Executive Team and reports directly to the President & CEO of Nestlé Canada.

Alastair started his career with Nestlé Canada in 1995 as Human Resources Manager within the Laura Secord Division. In 1996, he transferred to our headquarters in North York in the role of Manager, Corporate Training & Development. With the acquisition of the Ault Foods Ice Cream Division in 1997, Alastair moved to London, Ontario as Manager, Human Resources for our ice cream operations. Is 2001, Alastair was promoted to Director, Human Resources Operations & Distribution and was the Labour Relations Group Manager – Operations for all of the businesses of Nestlé in Canada between 2003-2011.

In his current role as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Alastair is responsible for championing organizational and transformational change in an increasingly complex environment by developing capabilities and engaging our people in a deeply values-based culture.

Prior to joining Nestlé Canada, Alastair worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Air Canada.

Alastair has a B.A. in Economics and History from McGill University and a Masters of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University.

 

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Any Undergrad. 1 Year Program.

Are you looking for graduate level training that will propel you throughout your career?  The MIR offers a variety of core courses in labour relations, employment law, and human resource management, and elective courses in areas such as human rights law, negotiations and conflict resolution.  Together, these courses provide an advanced degree for career advancement in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

This ten to twelve-month Master's Program in Industrial Relations requires three terms of full-time study on campus. Admission requirements are a four-year bachelor's degree with upper second-class (B+) standing from a recognized university and demonstrated evidence of strong academic potential. An applicant whose native languages do not include English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan University English Language test with a score of at least 625 to be admitted to the program. Applicants are not required to write the GRE or GMAT.

 

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Core degree courses are intended to provide students with foundational skills in Industrial Relations, Human Resources, and Labour Law.  Courses include:

  • MIR 810  - Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • MIR 823 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law I
  • MIR 824 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law II
  • MIR 830 - Human Resource Management
  • MIR 840 - Labour Economics and Industrial Relations
  • MIR 850 - Organizational Theory and Design
  • MIR 897 - Applied Analytical Methods I

In addition to core degree courses, students are expected to take four elective courses, derived from a combination of a) classes, b) skills seminars (3 skills seminars = 1 elective), and/or c) independent research.  Electives vary year to year.  Recent offerings include:

  • Human Rights Law
  • Contract Administration
  • Leadership
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Labour Policy
  • Globalization

We are always happy to speak with our prospective students. 

Here is a list of our frequently asked questions but if you require any other information please do not hesitate to contact us

Designed to Work for You.

Are you looking for graduate level training that will propel you throughout your career?  The PMIR offers a variety of core courses in labour relations, employment law, and human resource management, and elective courses in areas such as human rights law, negotiations and conflict resolution.  Together, these courses provide an advanced degree for career advancement in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Our PMIR program is structured for part-time studies that normally allow full-time employees to complete the degree in three years. Each year, classes are typically offered one weekend a month from September through February, and for two intensive study weeks in the spring.

The Queen's PMIR program is open to receiving applications from individuals who hold a four-year bachelor's degree with upper-class standing (B+) from accredited institutions.  Applicants to the PMIR program must also possess at least three years of full-time work experience related to the field. 
 

Core degree courses are intended to provide students with foundational skills in Industrial Relations, Human Resources, and Labour Law.  Courses include:

  • MIR 810 - Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • MIR 823 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law I
  • MIR 824 - Industrial Relations and Labour Law II
  • MIR 830 - Human Resource Management
  • MIR 840 - Labour Economics and Industrial Relations
  • MIR 850 - Organizational Theory and Design
  • MIR 897 - Analytical Methods in Industrial Relations

In addition to core degree courses, students are expected to take four elective courses, derived from a combination of a) classes, b) skills seminars (3 skills seminars = 1 elective), and/or c) independent research.  Electives vary year to year.  Recent offerings include:

  • Human Rights Law
  • Leadership
  • Negotiations
  • Relationships in Organizations
  • Training and Development

We are always happy to speak with our prospective students. 

Here is a list of our frequently asked questions, but if you require any other information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Why Queen's?

 

The Queen's MIR Program offers students a world-class education in a collegial setting.  Our program has a proven record of training industry leaders and has gained the recognition and respect of employers nationally and beyond.  Students graduate with a practically-focused degree, ready to contribute their talents to work life in contemporary organizations.  Our alumni truly embrace the spirit of our motto:
"Come Here. Go Anywhere." 

About Queen's

About Queen's


Queen's is one of Canada's oldest and most well-respected degree granting institutions.  It is world-renowned for promoting excellence in teaching and research, as well as for fostering a strong sense of campus community and tradition. 

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About Industrial Relations

About Industrial Relations

Industrial Relations encompasses study of all aspects of the employment relationship.  Queen's has offered education in the field since 1937, with 2014 marking the 30th anniversary of the first MIR graduating class.  Our long tradition in this area ensures graduates join a prestigious group of alumni and affiliates, including leaders in business and government.

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Opportunities & Career Paths

Opportunities & Career Paths

A majority of our students typically secure degree-related employment within six months of program completion.  Queen's MIR grads can be founds working locally, nationally, and internationally in a variety of different IR/HR roles, with opportunities spanning a number of industries within the private and public sectors.

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Meet our Students

Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns

Masters of Industrial Relations FT


Sarah Burns

Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) Candidate 2018 at Queen's University

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