Congratulations to Olivia Masella and Lindsay Marshall, our November 2022 recipients of the Frank Reid Prize which is presented each convocation to the top graduating student or students. The Prize was established in honour of Professor Frank Reid, who led the CIRHR as Director for twelve years, and continues to play a major role in the success of our MIRHR program. We asked our two recipients of the prize to reflect on their CIRHR experience, their aspirations now that they've graduated, and what the future holds for them. This is what they had to say:
"The CIRHR has truly felt like a place of belonging for me since my second year of undergrad through the MIRHR. I've developed meaningful friendships, pushed myself academically, and learned how to apply theory to practice in the field of employment relations and human resources management. All the while, students, faculty, and staff shaped a culture of support, respect, and recognition, allowing me to truly be myself and succeed academically during my time in the MIRHR.
Now that I've graduated from the MIRHR I've undertaken a new challenge working as a Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte within the HR Transformation team. I look forward to contributing to a diverse range of projects through which HR can be reimagined as a service which more effectively supports the organization and empowers employees. I aim to apply the interdisciplinary frameworks and perspectives that I have gained through the MIRHR in my professional career. Lastly, I hope to stay connected to current students and alumni of the Centre!" - Olivia Masella
"Although I spent the duration of the program online, the school community was still amazing with supportive professors, friendly students, and great opportunities. I learned so much from my time in the MIRHR program that has already been useful in my career so far. It felt wonderful to be part of a program with such creative and spirited individuals who have the same passion for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.
I am currently working in the labour relations field and plan to pursue a career in this subject area with the goal of obtaining my CHRL within the next year. I am looking forward to developing both personally and professionally over my long career as a human resource professional. My goal is to inspire others to join this growing industry and to show how bright of a future it holds. As part of that dream, I hope to one day be a professor for a human resource program so that my growth and learning can continue." - Lindsay Marshall