A first for Canada

Industrial Relations at Queen’s came into existence on October 12, 1937. It was the first institution of its kind in the country, a true pioneer. In the ensuing years, Queen’s professors, researchers, students and staff have contributed more to the understanding and development of industrial relations in Canada than any other institution.

From these roots grew the Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre, an institution known as much for its active research, publications and involvement in Canadian public affairs as for its well-respected and well-attended programs and conferences.

In 1983, a School of Industrial Relations was established to offer a multidisciplinary Master of Industrial Relations degree program. Since that first class, more than 500 men and women have graduated from the Queen’s MIR program, a legacy now reflected in the boardrooms of many major Canadian organizations.

In 2003-04, the Industrial Relations Centre and the Master of Industrial Relations program were placed within the School of Policy Studies, where they continue to share a common purpose: to analyze, interpret, and teach others about the world of people at work.

Learn more about the history of Queen’s IRC and its role in people management education

Industrial Relations at Queen’s: The First Fifty Years, published in 1987 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the study of industrial relations at Queen’s.

Biographical sketch of all Queen’s IRC Directors.

Biographical sketch of Dr. Arthur Sweetman, Director of the School of Policy Studies.