Benjamin Turner (MIR'17) recently started his career as a HRIS Analyst at the Canadian National Railway Company headquarters in Montréal, QC. In response to upcoming Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations and First Line Supervisors' need to view comprehensive employee profiles, CN is transforming by implementing an HRIS (Human Resources Information System) which will be the first milestone in providing managers a 360° view of their employees. Benjamin is involved with the implementation and delivery of this business solution.
The primary catalyst to my professional launch was undoubtedly the MIR program at Queen’s University. The program provided me with the knowledge, skillset, and professional network necessary to begin my career in Human Resource Management. Foremost, the MIR designation enabled me to work in an organization with a largely unionized workforce, such as the Canadian National Railway Company. It exposed me to the legislation and union-related processes required for working in a unionized environment, particularly one with employees in safety sensitive positions. Coursework on organizational change prepared me to work at an organization undergoing transformation. The HRM facet of the program moulded me to be an HRM professional who operates on a strategic rather than transactional level. Finally, the professional contacts I developed through the program’s alumni network opened the door to my career. Thank you QU MIR for giving me a leg up!