2002 Winner of the Morley Gunderson Prize in Industrial Relations

Evelyn S. Wong

Evelyn Wong is currently Director of the International Affairs Department in the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Evelyn joined the NTUC in 1986 as Assistant Director, responsible for labour education. Between 1990 and 1999, she served as the Director of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies, contributing to its founding and establishment. SILS is the national centre in Singapore for union leadership training and development, which includes a Diploma in Employment Relations, joint union-management programmes, conferences and seminars, and labour research. In 2001, after a research leave, Evelyn left SILS to rejoin the National Trades Union Congress.

Evelyn earned her Master of Industrial Relations degree as a part time student, during which time she was also Research Director for the Ontario Nurses Association. She also holds a BSc degree (Hons, Chemistry) and an MBA (1974). A third generation Canadian, born in Toronto, Ontario, Evelyn is now a Singapore citizen. She is married with two children.

Despite distance, Evelyn has visited the Centre frequently to continue her research and to contribute her knowledge. In her presentation to the Centre’s Union Growth Conference in May 2001, she paid tribute to Professor Meltz for his professional encouragement and support in her career. It is a coincidence, but a fitting one, that in this year of Professor Meltz’ death, the Gunderson Prize is awarded to Evelyn. Her career embodies the legacy of Noah Meltz: a spirit of excellence, a passion for industrial relations, and the desire to make a difference.