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Industrial Relations Centre

Industrial Relations Centre

Industrial Relations Centre

The first of its kind in Canada, founded in 1937, the Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) is a leading provider of premium professional development programs focussing on labour relations, human resources, and organization development. IRC programs are designed for busy practitioners, delivered by subject matter experts, and grounded in adult learning principles.

The Centre focusses on practitioner-oriented research. Through surveys, interviews, and articles, they aim to discover trends in the human resources and labour relations fields and mobilize this knowledge. They distribute monthly newsletters that include articles authored by our facilitators, IRC staff, and subject-matter experts. The Centre’s popular interview series shares key insights from senior HR professionals in Canada and around the globe, while articles inform readers about key themes and hot topics relating to human resources, labour relations, and organizational development. The IRC has a long history of presenting well-respected and well-attended programs and conferences on labour relations and human resources management.

One of the Centre’s more recent initiatives explores the state of the human resources and labour relations professions in Canada, the state of the human resources profession in the Caribbean, as well as education labour relations in Ontario.

  • Partnerships
  • Student Opportunities

By virtue of our subject matter, industrial relations, and our hands-on approach, the Centre works closely with a variety of partners – HR professionals, labour relations experts in the public and private sector, and so on. Throughout its rich history, the IRC’s research and publications program has helped to shape public policy and guide informed debate on key issues.

The IRC strives to address workplace challenges with practical tools, resources, and recommendations.

They offer students:

  • Open-enrollment programs across Canada

  • Customized training programs to address your organization’s specific needs

  • An experiential learning environment that is grounded in adult education principles

  • Tools, strategies, and networking opportunities

  • Practitioner-focused research delivered to your inbox monthly