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."