Canadian Industrial Relations Association

Association #31
Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA )
Conference dates: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to Friday, June 7, 2019
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CIRA #31 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
Across Canada and abroad, the advent of the gig economy, platform organizations, and artificial intelligence are transforming social relations in workplaces by disrupting institutions and practices governing work and employment. The recent rise in protectionism is also creating economic uncertainty. How does the questioning of free trade as exemplified by the renegotiation of NAFTA, leading to the USMCA, create positive or negative implications for labour and employment? At the same time, vulnerable groups within the workforce including low skilled workers, people working for agencies or subcontractors, temporary foreign workers, and recent immigrants continue to face significant barriers within the labour market. Our conference will tackle how governments and unions can protect these groups and advocate on their behalf. We will examine some best practices to support inclusivity and equity for these groups, as well as ensure that they have the necessary supports to succeed in the labour market and gain access to better jobs. CIRA attendees will contemplate these questions and consider how companies, unions, and policymakers can respond to these transformations in the employment relationship. We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia from June 5-7, 2019.

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Open events: 
Date & time Event Hosted by Series
Jun 5 -
17:00 - 18:30
Can Sectorial Bargaining Save the American Labor Movement? | La négociation sectorielle peut-elle sauver le mouvement ouvrier américain? Canadian Industrial Relations Association Association events
Industrial Relations, Labour Relations, Labour Unions and Social Movements, Labour and Employment Law, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, Work, Globalization, and Migration, Diversity, Work Organization and Management, Economics, Sociology, and Political Science.
Call-for-papers deadline: 
February 15, 2019
President's Reception: 
June 6, 2019
Program Chairs: 

Scott Walsworth, University of Saskatchewan and Ian MacDonald, Université de Montréal

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Danielle van Jaarsveld and Jessie Lam, The University of British Columbia


For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.