Advancing Canadian Employment Relations.

Matt Hopkins (MIR ’10) now holds the position of Manager – Employee Relations with the Toronto Transit Commission (“TTC”). He is responsible for managing a team of four Employee Relations Consultants, which provides support to the organization on human resources and employee relations issues related to the maintenance side of the business.
The TTC has grown to become North America’s third largest transit system, providing 1.7 million customer journeys every workday, or around 515 million rides per year. TTC employees are represented by four different unions, the largest of which is the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113. As the TTC continues to evolve, there are several interesting initiatives that are being rolled out which require employee relations support such as the introduction of the PRESTO fare payment system and the introduction of Automatic Train Control.
Previously, he had held a number of roles with the Provincial Government of Ontario, most recently holding the position of Manager, Labour Negotiations. Throughout this time, he was involved in six different rounds of negotiations with five different bargaining agents including the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union and the Ontario Provincial Police Association.
“I continue to feel fortunate that I attended Queen’s University and that I attained my Master’s in Industrial Relations. Although I obviously still had a tremendous amount to learn, it would have been hard to have been better prepared to begin working in a labour/employee relations role. Between the technical skills and knowledge about the relevant legislative frameworks and the practical skills and knowledge about negotiations and working with unions, I felt prepared to get involved right from day one. My degree has really opened doors to some amazing opportunities. In just over five years since I’ve graduated, I have already been able to be involved in many exciting employee/labour relations roles.”




Morgan MacKay (MIR ’15) is now a Human Resources Business Partner at Bombardier Transportation. She is responsible for overseeing employee relations for more than 800, primarily unionized, employees under Bombardier’s Canadian Services contracts including the West Coast Express, Ottawa-Carlton Project, GO Transit and Union-Pearson (UP) Express. The railway industry is highly regulated with high safety and security standards which present a variety of challenges that keep her work exciting every day.
 
This role is located in Toronto, Ontario where she works with her local HR team, as well as other Bombardier HR departments across Canada, the United States and Mexico, handling everything from recruitment and performance management to payroll and benefits administration.  Morgan’s primary responsibilities include recruitment for GO Transit’s Operations employees, conducting workplace investigations as well as managing the Short-Term and Long-Term Disability caseload. Outside of these responsibilities, Morgan sits on the Return to Work Committee, and Committee for Respectful Workplace. These committees are joint Union-Management teams that work together to coordinate the safe return of employees from work and non-work related injuries or illnesses and ensure a safe workplace free of discrimination and harassment.
 
The multi-disciplinary nature of the Master of Industrial Relations program provided Morgan with both the skills and competencies to launch her career as a successful Human Resources and Labour Relations professional.
“The MIR Program has been the most rewarding experience of my academic career. The support and dedication of the program’s staff and professors to my professional growth and development was above and beyond anything that I could have expected. The coursework, although challenging, has provided me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in my everyday activities here at Bombardier. The practical nature of the program and in-class simulations have been particularly invaluable, providing me with confidence as I find myself in many of the same scenarios daily. As our site will be renegotiating our collective agreement at the end of 2016, I am excited at the opportunity to sit at the table and put my newly acquired negotiations skills to work.”
 

Mr. Chris Falkner MIR ‘95 is now Executive HR Business partner for all of Praxair’s global technical groups (R&D, engineering, Procurement and Operations Excellence), as well as Praxair's Global Hydrogen business.  This challenging role is located in the US and requires managing issues within global teams with people in China, India, Brazil, Canada, US, etc. 
 
In this environment a single solution to an issue is not likely - one size does not fit all. Depending on the region, the HR programs and practices are at different stages of maturity and good HR professionals must take a broad perspective and embrace the diversity, not only of people, but of thinking to be successful. 
 
The driver for all of these efforts requires a clear focus on goals and objectives and requires that business leaders work to find the most effective way to achieve the required results. 


Ashley Strohan MIR ‘14
"My application for the Employee Relations Consultant position located in Iqaluit, Nunavut started with me seeking a challenge, an opportunity to be exposed to both case and culturally distinct diversity and the chance for adventure- all in one. Now, after nearly 2 months of working in my position and living here I am beyond happy to say that both my personal and professional experiences have exceeded my expectations. Working for the Government of Nunavut and assisting my clients (government department employees and managers) has been a phenomenal learning experience. In such a short time, I have been exposed to a variety of situations that will afford me a strong foundation in transferable skills".



Sarah D’Alton, MIR '14, has moved to accept a career opportunity in Calgary, Alberta.
 
 
The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Industrial Relations Program combined with its commitment to professional development provided a challenging and exciting learning environment.  The reputation of excellence that the MIR program has established is one that employers recognize. The skills I developed and the knowledge I gained through this program not only prepared me for a career in labour relations but helped me to obtain my dream job as a labour relations consultant in a post-secondary institution.   
 
 
Sarah D’Alton was the 2014 recipient of the Cameron-Wood Prize in Industrial Relations.  This prize is awarded annually to the graduate with the highest academic standing in the MIR program completing within twelve months. 

 

Ryan Plener, MIR '14
"The dual Master of Industrial Relations/Juris Doctor program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my academic career.
 
A few months after beginning the program, I thought to myself, ‘what have I gotten myself into’? Juggling the many group and individual assignments from the MIR portions with the seemingly endless barrage of readings from the JD program I began to question my choice. Attempting to balance the academic requirements of both programs while having an active social life proved extremely difficult. It is quite true that both the MIR and JD portions are demanding separately and combined, they create a difficult program in which to excel. However, with all of that said- I wouldn’t change a thing.
 
The MIR program has provided me with the tools and skills to become a competent professional- not to mention the fantastic colleagues I had the opportunity to work with and become friends. The program emphasizes and prides itself on creating realistic working scenarios in order for graduates to seamlessly enter the workforce. An abundance of group work forces you to become proficient in organization and effective communication. The benefits of the MIR degree in combination with the JD are boundless. Seen as an incredibly desirable set of skills and attributes in the workforce, MIR/JD’s are trained to integrate both legal and workplace concepts into a single analysis. I have found this extremely beneficial in both my professional and academic practices.
 
At the beginning of the program you are faced with choosing a three or three and a half year route in which to graduate. I chose the former and completed a certificate in the Global Law program at the Bader International Study Centre. Studying international business law at the Herstmonceux Castle in the UK for eight weeks was an experience that I will never forget. Having never been to Europe, it was a chance to experience and engage with the local culture and travel to world landmarks. The program is designed to give students both an academic and practical perspective of international law. Not only is this an opportunity to graduate in the typical three-year JD timeline and study international law; but you also have the opportunity to meet new colleagues and form long lasting bonds.
 
The program has provided me with the tools and skills necessary to secure employment in the labour & employment area of the legal profession. This summer I will be employed as a summer law student at a management side labour & employment law firm and am ecstatic to begin.
 
It is important to also mention the fabulous administration of both the MIR and JD programs. Inevitably conflicts arose as between the two programs and I knew, without hesitation that I could always count on their help in solving the matter.
 
I am extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to be enrolled in two fantastic programs at Queen’s. I look forward to my future career, with the support of both the MIR and JD programs."

 

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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

Benjamin Turner

Benjamin Turner

Masters of Industrial Relations FT

Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) Candidate 2017 at Queen's University

I am a bilingual Master of Industrial Relations candidate who is specifically interested in recruitment and talent acquisition. I believe that an organization's most valuable asset is its human capital. This value is realized when effective testing and selection methods are utilized in the recruitment process. My human capital approach to human resource management is aimed at acquiring new talents who are not only exceptional candidates but also are the most suited individuals to an organization. This results in both high employee retention and a boost in organizational productivity. Further, human capital management is reactive to the modern business complexity's trends, gaps and changes. Therefore, as a human resource professional I will act as an organization's sensor in order to allow the organization to continue to progress without interruption.

My capacity in talent acquisition and recruitment lies in my ability to super-connect. Super connectors are individuals who build close relationships with diverse people very quickly. As a super connector I can match people with opportunities and, in doing so, leave my connections with a positive opinion of myself and my own abilities. Moreover, I always strive to stay '​in the know'​. This way I know what each of my connections is capable of, who is in their network, and what my connections need or are looking for. This allows me to instantaneously connect people based on needs and abilities, while increasing their own value.

 

 

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