Graduate Student Consortium

Are you curious about how the world of work and employment has changed in recent years, and how your career fits within this changing environment? Are you interested in a career in research on work and employment? Or are you simply looking to kick-start your career by building your professional network in the fields of labor relations, human resource management, public policy, or related fields?

If you said yes to any of these questions, we invite you to participate in the Canadian Industrial Relations Association’s (CIRA) graduate consortium on the 31st of May, 2016 at the Edwards Business School’s KW Nasser Centre in Saskatoon. The title of this year’s graduate consortium is:

Contemplating Careers in Industrial Relations: Strategizing About Your Future after Graduation

Catering to the needs of academic and practitioner labor markets, this year’s graduate consortium presents an excellent line-up of activities for graduate students. This line-up includes panel presentations from leading practitioners and academics in the field, networking activities (including lunch), and an academic careers workshop with department heads and new professionals in the field (see this year’s program below).Graduate students studying management and the social sciences are particularly welcome.

Students registered for this year’s CIRA conference can attend the consortium free of charge. Those not attending the conference are also welcome to attend the doctoral consortium at a bargain fee of $20. A lunch will be included.  Limited funding is available to offset some of the costs of travel for students attending the conference.

We also encourage you to join our group on Facebook

Hope to see you there!


CIRA’s Doctoral Consortium Committee

Britt Baumann

Susan Cake

Jean-Nickolas Dumaine

Elham Marzi

Sean O’Brady (Chair)





Edwards School of Business (Downtown Campus)

KW Nasser Centre

256 3rd Avenue

Saskatoon, SK

8:45 to 9:00          Arrival / registration
                              (Downtown campus - K.W. Nasser Centre)

9:00 to 9:15           Opening remarks

9:15 to 10:15           Networking activity

10:15 to 10:30         Break 1

10:30 to 12:00        Academic Panel on the Future of Research on Work and Employment


- Greg Bamber, Professor, Department of Management, Monash University

- Rupa Banerjee, Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

- Gregor Murray, Professor, Canada Research Chair and CRIMT Director, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal

- Dionne Pohler, Assistant Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan / Regina

12:00 to 1:15            Lunch

1:15 to 2:45              Practitioner panel on trends in the field of industrial relations


- David Forbes, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Opposition Critic for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Chair of NDP Caucus, New Democratic Party

- Daphne Taras, Dean, Edwards School of Business School, University of Saskatchewan

- Greg Tuer, Executive Director of Employment Standards, Government of Saskatchewan

- Tracy Zambory, President, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

2:45 to 3:00             Break 2

3:00 to 4:30             Career Workshop

Round Table Participants:

Table 1:

- Shelagh Campbell, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and HRM, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina

- Alexander J.S. Colvin, Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution (former Chair of Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History), ILR School, Cornell University

Table 2:

- Danielle van Jaarsveld, Chair, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division, Sauder Business School, University of British Columbia

- Rafael Gomez, Director, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto

Table 3:

- Bruce Curran, Lecturer, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

- Lorenzo Frangi, Assistant Professor, School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal

Table 4 :

- Kathleen McNutt, Executive Director, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan / Regina

- Victor Haines, Interim Director, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal