CIRHR Director's Debate Series

The CIRHR Director's Debate is a new series of public talks given once a term aimed at students and alumni of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources program and those interested in real-world HR and Labour Relations issues. Rafael Gomez, Director CIRHR

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30am - 12:30pm

Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 2212 (252 Bloor St. West, Toronto)
Speaker: Professor Mathew Dimick, Professor of Law, University of Buffalo School of Law
Title: The Politics of Wage Regulation in Rich Democracies (232kb, PDF)

Matthew Dimick is Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law. His scholarship explores the relationship between the law and economic inequality. Recent projects include a theoretical and empirical study of the relationship between altruism, income inequality, and preferences for redistribution in the United States; a theoretical and case-study analysis of the politics of regulating low-wage work in wealthy democracies; and the role of minimum wage legislation in an optimal redistribution policy. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript about the law and economics of redistribution and income inequality.

His research has appeared in generalist law reviews and peer-reviewed economics, political science, and sociology journals, and has been featured in The Atlantic, Vox, and the On Labor blog. He has taught courses in federal income taxation, tax policy, labor law, employment law, comparative corporate governance, and comparative and international labor and employment law.

He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD form Cornell Law School. Prior to coming to the University at Buffalo Law School, Dimick was a Law Research Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. After law school and before graduate school, he worked for the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:10pm - 6:30pm

Woodsworth College, Room 126 (117 St. George Street, Toronto)
Speaker: Professor Adam Seth Litwin, The ILR School, Cornell University
Title: Superbugs vs. Outsourced Cleaners: Employment Arrangements and the Spread of Healthcare-Associated Infections (2.85mb, PDF)

Adam Seth Litwin is Associate Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell’s ILR School. Litwin’s research, anchored in industrial relations, examines the determinants and impact of labor relations structures and technological change. His doctoral dissertation, completed at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused specifically on employment relations and information technology in the healthcare industry. It won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s annual prize for the top dissertation in industry studies. Since then, he has published a mix of empirical and conceptual studies intersecting the areas of labor relations and technological change, in both industrial relations and medical journals, including the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Human Resource Management, Applied Clinical Informatics, and the International Review of Psychiatry. At Cornell, he teaches undergraduate and graduate core courses in labor relations as well as electives focused on the evolution and impact of technological change on workers, organizations, and society-at-large.

Litwin joined Cornell’s ILR faculty in the fall of 2014 after serving as a standing faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where he held appointments in the Carey Business School and the School of Medicine. Before earning his PhD from MIT, Litwin conducted research on industrial relations institutions in Great Britain as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellow at the London School of Economics. He also put in time “inside the beltway” as a research assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
10:10am - 12:00pm

Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 5170 (252 Bloor St. West, Toronto)
Speaker: Professor Emeritus, Roy J. Adams
Title: Economic Democracy Now: Why Liberal Democracy's Best Chance for Survival is the Establishment of Universal, Effective Economic Democracy (26kb, PDF)

Dr. Adams is a globally recognized expert in international and comparative industrial relations and international labour and human rights law. He has written extensively on public policy regarding labour issues, industrial relations theory and freedom of association as a human right. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications including seven books, thirty four book chapters, and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conducted research and lectured at universities around the world.

A past president of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, Adams served as Canadian Pacific Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto in 1990, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia in 1996 and in 2009-2010 as Sallows Chair of Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan’s Faculty of Law. In 1997 he received the Gérard Dion Award for outstanding contributions to knowledge of Canadian and international industrial relations and in 2015 was named a Fellow of the U.S.-based Labour and Employment Relations Association for his lifetime “contributions of unusual distinction to the field.” In 2016 Adams worked with the Canadian Industrial Relations Association to establish a Canadian Freedom of Association Award which will also be known as the Roy J. Adams Freedom of Association Award.

A consultant to international agencies such as the International Labour Organization, in 1997 Adams founded the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights in Employment whose mission is to promote awareness, understanding and respect for core labour rights as human rights. In recent years his work on freedom of association has frequently been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Speaker: Angela Hildyard, Professor of Higher Education, and Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity, University of Toronto
Title: Hard Bargains and Labour Relations on Campus: The Life of a University Negotiator (75kb, PDF)

Listen to a first–hand account of what it’s like to run the HR and labour relations system  in one of the largest organizations in Canada, the University of Toronto, employing more than 20,000 workers.Negotiating with both traditionally certified trade unions such as the United Steelworkers of America and with an association of faculty members and librarians, Professor Hildyard’s 15 years of experience as Vice-President of Human Resources and Equity at the University of Toronto offers an invaluable window into the study and practice of labour negotiations and human resource management. Though not a debate in the formal sense, Professor Hildyard will be evaluating the pros and cons of collective bargaining as well as the many lessons for those in the field of HR and labour relations. She will also be available for questions from the audience.

Angela Hildyard was appointed to the position of Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity at the University of Toronto in 2001.  In December 2013 she was re-appointed for a further two-year term to June 30, 2016 making her the longest serving Vice President in the history of the University of Toronto. She is responsible for employment and labour relations for 10,000 faculty, librarians and staff plus 7000 teaching Assistants and Stipendiary instructors as well as 5000 casual staff within 28  different  employee groups;  she is accountable to the Governing body for Equity and Diversity;  is responsible for environmental health and safety; and is a standing member of the High Risk Committee. Formerly an Associate Dean and then Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education  and the Principal of Woodsworth College. A Professor of Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, she continues to teach graduate courses and supervise doctoral students. President of Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC), a networking organization for women holding senior administrative positions within the post-secondary sector.