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Dear 2021 Queen’s MIR Graduates,

I am particularly pleased, on behalf of myself and the faculty and staff of the MIR and PMIR programs, to extend our congratulations to you on the occasion of achieving the Queen’s MIR degree. This is a significant accomplishment, and we are very proud to have you join the ranks of the Queen’s MIR Alumni. Your class has been, quite simply, remarkable.

While, for now, we are congratulating you by “E”, we hope to have the opportunity to host an in-person event that recognizes your achievement in the near future (hopefully, in Toronto, and with provincial and university health guidelines permitting). 

I also very much hope that you will join us for Alumni reunions in the years to come. It will be an opportunity to meet everyone (in person!), meet other MIR Alums and develop new friendships, and support the MIR Programs. So, please do stay in contact with us.

Congratulations and all the best to you!

Richard Chaykowski
Professor and Director, PMIR and MIR Programs


Congratulations on this milestone accomplishment!  You have worked hard, persevered, and are now well-prepared to tackle the next set of challenges that lie ahead.  The post-COVID world will undoubtedly hold many unforeseen opportunities (and yes, likely some struggles too); my hope is that you remember all you have learned along the way and use this to make a positive difference in the world!  I hope you look back on your time at Queen's with fondness and keep us all posted on your adventures!  Congratulations!

~ Professor Glenda Fisk

Congratulations to all of the graduates of the MIR/PMIR programs.  It is too bad that your convocation this fall will be virtual, depriving you of the opportunity to toss your graduation hats into the air.  However, to paraphrase one Michael Scott from the greatest tv show about the workplace, The Office: “May your [virtual] hats fly as high as your dreams.”  In all seriousness, this is a major achievement and you should all be proud of yourselves.  I wish you all the best in your careers and I’ll look forward to hearing about the great things that you will accomplish at future alumni events. Cheers!

~ Professor Bradley Weinberg

Congratulations! Although I didn’t have the privilege of teaching all of you, those who I met impressed me as bright, hard-working (well, mostly), dedicated and, most of all, genuinely interested in finding solutions to the challenges of the modern workplace. This bodes well for the future of the HR/IR community in Canada! Best wishes for a successful and enjoyable career.

~ Professor Tony Giles

What – you’re leaving?!? I can’t believe your time with us is already over. While you may be finished with the program, I really hope you stay in touch and let us know where your careers take you. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences, challenges, and triumphs. Congratulations and please stay in touch.

~ Professor Rob Hickey

Congratulations, 2021 graduates!  I hope that you have found your studies engaging and that you feel prepared to pursue your work and personal goals.  I look forward to hearing of your accomplishments in the years to come.

~ Professor Shannon Web

Today, I’d like to pass along my congratulations to all of you.  You have chosen an important and rewarding career.  I’ve always thought that clearly the most important ingredient in the success of an organization is a talented, trained and loyal team of employees.  Your work will find you in the centre of recruiting, creating and maintaining such a team.  Of course, such a task is both daunting and exciting.   I have no doubt that with your preparation and commitment level you will all be up the task.  It was truly a pleasure to work with you and I wish each of you well as you lead your organization to future success.

~ Professor Greg Farrington

Congratulations fall graduates! I very much enjoyed having you in my Ethics in Employment class. Your interest and enthusiasm were inspiring. In such unusual times it is wonderful to see what passion, effort and Purell can produce. All the best.

~ Professor Murray Chitra

To the MIR Graduating Class of 2021: I have such fond memories of teaching you OB! For the PMIRs, this was in-person, in Robert Sutherland Hall, back in Summer of 2018 when we couldn’t imagine the world of work as it currently exists! For the MIRs, this was a virtual space, as you were the brave group who decided to take on the program during a wild level of uncertainty during the Fall of 2020.  In both cases, on Day 1 of the course I share this quote from David Sackett, one of the fathers of evidence-based medicine: "Half of what you’ll learn in medical school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half – so the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own". While the managerial challenges of the day have shifted seismically, I feel confident knowing that you have the evidence-based management skills to find and apply the research that continues evolve and reveal how to build workplaces that support productivity, learning, compassion, and openness to experimentation and change in this new way of working. Warmest congratulations and I cannot wait for the day when we can gather! Please keep in touch! 

~ Professor Jacoba Lilius

Dear MIR Class of 2021: I was impressed with the adaptability and resilience you demonstrated through challenging circumstances and an unusual classroom experience.  These attributes will serve you well as HR professionals.  I enjoyed every group presentation and appreciated your active engagement in our discussions.  I encourage you to think about what you can do to reinforce strong HR practices in the workplace, contribute to advancing our profession, and support positive change in society.  I wish you all the best as you begin this next phase of your career.  Congratulations!

~ Professor Lori Stewart

MIR Graduates: CONGRATULATIONS! Your resilience was truly inspiring and you should all be very proud. I wish you the best success in your careers and/or academic endeavours and look forward to hearing about your progress. Best of Luck.

~ Professor Michael Villeneuve

Congratulations!  It has been wonderful virtually meeting you, and I look forward to celebrating with you in person as soon as we are able.  I wish you the very best and hope that you stay in touch!

~ Sarah Bernard

Congratulations on your well-deserved success! I look forward to meeting everyone at an alumni event in the future.

~ Tanya Ligthart

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2021 graduates! What an amazing achievement for you. Your hard work, dedication, and steadfast work ethic have led you to this point and I am absolutely honoured to have known you through this process. An extra big shout out to our Covid Cohort of 2020-21. Little did you know that you would be completely remote, and yet, you weathered it all. It was not easy for anyone but your grace and flexibility during a challenging time will take you far in your careers. I wish you all the best for now and hope one day soon to celebrate this momentous occasion with you in person. Stay in touch! 

~ Anne-Marie Bergman