IRC — celebrating 75 years of Industrial Relations at Queen's
The Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) offers premium professional development programs and is renowned across the country for its hands-on approach, giving participants practical skills they can use on the job on Monday morning.
“I am very proud of the work we do at the centre,” says IRC director Paul Juniper. “Time and again, our participants commend the IRC for its practitioner-focused approach and the experiential, relevant, and applicable learning opportunities that we provide.”
Opened in 1937 as the first institution of its kind in Canada, the IRC is housed in the School of Policy Studies and offers programs in labour relations, human resources management and organizational development. The centre specializes in training adults and most of its participants come from outside the Queen’s community.
This year, the IRC is introducing several new courses enabling students to earn an advanced human resources certificate. Staff are also working to build the centre’s international profile, through a collaborative research project with the University of the West Indies in Barbados and partnerships with the Global Organizational Design Society and Deloitte.
The IRC trains participants in the “soft side of business,” which puts the focus on people, communication, and managing conflict and change. Their programs have a huge impact on the world of business, emphasizing the need in human resources to shift away from the traditional transactional role to a more transformational role.
The centre has several events planned for celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, culminating with a formal celebration in October. The centre began the year with a wine and cheese in Toronto during the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) annual conference. It is also offering a 50 per cent discount on programs for Queen’s staff this year.