Morley Gunderson Lecture in Industrial Relations and Labour Economics

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  • Speaker: Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University
  • Topic: PDF iconLabor in the Era of Robots and Algorithms (slides in PDF, 2 mb)
  • Date and Time:  December 2, 2019   4:00pm–6:00pm
  • Location: Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street


  • Speaker: Francine Blau, Professor of Industrial Relations and Labour Relations and Professor of Economics, ILR School, Cornell University
  • Topic: PDF iconWhat Do We Really Know About the Gender Wage Gap? (slides in PDF, 401 kb)
  • Date and Time: November 16, 2018   4:30pm–6:30pm
  • Location: Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street




The Morley Gunderson Lecture, jointly sponsored by CIRHR, Woodsworth College and the Department of Economics, is an annual lecture on labour economics and industrial relations/human resources.

It was established in 2015 in recognition of the interconnections between the three units, and named for Professor Morley Gunderson to honour his contributions to Canadian labour economics and industrial relations over the past five decades.

Photograph of Professor Morely GundersonMorley Gunderson is the author of many articles (too many to count) on labour markets, minimum wages, pay equity, and many other areas of labour economics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the recipient of many awards, including the Industrial Relations Research Association Excellence in Education Award in Labour Economics, and the Gérard Dion Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Industrial Relations. In 2011 he was the first Canadian to be elected as a Fellow of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He was director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources from 1984 to 1997 and recently retired from the Department of Economics, but he remains actively involved in the life of all three units.

The CIRHR has had a long-standing relationship with Woodsworth College. In the mid-1970s Woodsworth established a Certificate in Personnel and Industrial Relations and, in 1986, an undergraduate degree program in Labour Management Relations (later re-named Employment Relations). Woodsworth developed a close relationship with the Centre as many of the courses in both the undergraduate program and the Certificate program in Human Resource Management were taught by Centre faculty.

The Centre also has long-standing ties with Economics. From 1980 to 2009 the Director of the Centre was also a professor of labour economics cross-appointed with the Department of Economics (Noah Meltz from 1980-1990; Morley Gunderson from 1990-1998; and then Frank Reid from 1998-2009). Noah Meltz later went on to become the Principal of Woodsworth College from 1991-1998.