Sarah Gillis
The MIR opened my eyes to a new career path, as well as opened the door for greater development opportunities.

Sarah Gillis

MIR '18
Bio

I am now a Human Resources Business Partner with J.D. Irving Limited. In my role, I am responsible for overseeing the human resources and employee relations for about 150 employees, primarily unionized, in the Sawmill and Woodlands Divisions.

I am based out of Truro, Nova Scotia, and am accountable for a variety of human resource functions, including recruitment activities, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, and labour relations.

Working as a Human Resources professional has always been a personal goal of mine; however, prior to completing the Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) program, I did not feel I had the knowledge and understanding to work in a unionized environment. The program helped me develop employment relations fundamentals: I developed knowledge and skills in collective bargaining, administering collective agreements, labour relations and employment law. The MIR opened my eyes to a new career path, as well as opened the door for greater development opportunities. The program also helped me developed strong communication and presentation skills which are essential in my role.