Congratulations to Nicole Case, the June 2020 winner of the Frank Reid Prize!
Every June, the prize is presented at convocation to the top graduating student or students from the 2-year MIRHR degree program.
Originally from BC, Nicole came to Toronto to pursue her Masters degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. With a background in psychology and interpersonal development background, she is passionate about putting her skills—along with her analytical mindset—to good use. Labour Relations was the perfect career choice for this, she says, as every day is a new challenge. Now, coupled with the MIRHR, she is more than ready to take on these challenges.
“I am now working full time in construction Labour Relations for the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association. This organization negotiates and administers construction trade collective agreements on behalf of employers performing construction industry work for the Bulk Electrical System in Ontario.”
Nicole says the Filion Wakley Moot Arbitration in IRE 1610 (Industrial Relations) was among her favourite memories at the CIRHR. “This experience was a lot of hard work, and created a lot of nerves, but was so much fun and ignited my passion for pursuing Labour Relations.”
As Nicole marks the end of her studies at the CIRHR, she has advice for students just beginning the MIRHR program.
"My advice for students coming into the MIRHR program is to really utilize the resources at your fingertips. In particular, take the time to network and get to know your professors and lean on them for support and career advice. They all have so much valuable knowledge to share if you just take the time to ask. Above all, have fun and enjoy it while it lasts because in a blink of an eye you will be graduating!!"
The Frank Reid Prize will be awarded again in November to the top graduating student from the 12-month MIRHR degree program.