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       On behalf of the entire 2014-2015 MIR class we want to thank the faculty and administration of the program for all of the hard work they did to make this year a success. We wish to thank the two program directors, Dr. Glenda Fisk and Dr. Richard Chaykowski for all of their efforts this last year and we also wish Dr. Fisk the best of luck with her new baby. Honourable mentions go out to Dr. Robert Hickey, Professor Deborah Leighton and Dr. Vincent Pohl, who put up with us for the entire year and taught us everything we need to know about unions and collective bargaining, negotiation strategies, the foundations of labour law and of course, statistics and labour economics. Other faculty members include Professors Len Andersen and Andrew Graham who taught the best accounting class any of us had ever taken and effectively made us financially literate; Professor Lisa Sansom who taught us the importance of organizational change management; Professor Peggy Smith for developing our knowledge about human rights in the workplace; Professor Lori Stewart for teaching us how to become strategic HR professionals; and Dr. Glenda Fisk for teaching organizational psychology and leadership. I would also like to thank the law firm Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti for organizing and judging this year’s MIR moot competition.


         A big thank you to Jenny who is like the backbone of the MIR program! Jenny, thank you for always being our point of contact, for guiding us through the admissions process and course selections and always being a helping hand whenever one of us needs it. Thank you to all of the administrative staff who make this program possible and to Robert Sutherland Hall’s custodian, Rick for all of his hard work in keeping the building clean and for all of the support and encouragement he has shown us this past year. Thank you to all of the guest speakers and alumni that participated in the roundtable luncheons throughout the year, the entire class appreciates the time you spent with us and the knowledge and experiences you shared.


Once again, thank you everyone for all of your hard work and for all of the time you spent helping us gain the knowledge and skills required to become Human Resources and Labour Relations professionals. We look forward to working with many of you in the future!




The MIR class 2014-2015 

A thank you letter from the MIR 2014-2015 Cohort

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