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Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti
F.J. Reid, MSc, PhD
M.G. Gunderson, MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Emeritus 
L. Riznek, MA, PhD 

† A. Verma, BTech, MBA, PhD 
† A.M. Saks, BA, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor and Director 
R. Gomez, MA, MIR, PhD 

Associate Professor and Associate Director (Undergraduate and Graduate)
D. Pohler, BCom, PhD

Assistant Professors
​S. Campero, MS, MBA, PhD
G. M. Distelhorst, BA, PhD
† P. Scanlan, BA, PhD 

† A. Eads, PhD
H. Wang, BSc, MSc, PhD

† Cross-appointed


Since 1965, the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR) has brought together professors from many different disciplines and departments at the University of Toronto to teach and conduct research on all aspects of work, the workplace, labour markets and labour relations. The CIRHR’s graduate programs rank among the best in North America and its faculty reflects the depth, breadth and diversity of our university. 

The overarching goal of the undergraduate program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources is to offer an interdisciplinary learning opportunity in which to study the ‘world of work and employment’ in a Canadian and global context from the perspectives of economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology and sociology. The program provides students with a theoretical background and knowledge of current developments in the field that will serve as a basis for careers areas such as: a Human Resources Generalist, Recruitment Specialist, HR Consultant, Employment Equity Officer, Training and Development Consultant, Corporate Trainer, Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Labour, Union Representative and Labour Relations Specialist. The undergraduate program in IRHR is also a perfect platform from which to enter post-graduate programs in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Law with a specialisation in labour and employment, as well as policy and labour studies programs.

Students are encouraged to use the resources available in both the CIRHR Library and Career Centre in order to investigate current labour market trends and career options in Industrial Relations and Human Resources. In Ontario, Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) regulates the HR profession and issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management. IRHR students are also encouraged to explore the services offered by HRPA. The IRHR Program Office is located in Woodsworth College and students continue to benefit from the rich academic support services and facilities available at the College.

Program Office | Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street - Room 236 | Toronto ON M5S 1A9


Regarding Program Enrolment

Admission to major and specialist programs will be determined by a student's mark in specific courses. These are limited enrolment programs that can only accommodate a limited number of students. Achieving the marks required does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year. Requests for admission will be considered in the first program request period only. For detailed program application instructions, please consult the Arts & Science Program Toolkit. Do not change your program after year 3 if you are required to complete your degree in four years as prerequisites and program requirements will not be waived. Due to the limited enrolment nature of this program students are strongly advised to enroll in backup programs.