Congratulations to Milad Moghaddas, our June 2023 recipient of the Frank Reid Prize which is presented each convocation to the top graduating student or students!
Milad earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship and Strategy (Honours) from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and has now earned his Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (Honours) from the University of Toronto. Milad is a "Canada Graduate Scholarship — Master's Program" scholar and an "Introduction in Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship" (IDDEAS) scholar. His research interests encompass caring HRM practices, employee voice, and organizational attraction, turnover, and retention.
We asked Milad to reflect on his CIRHR experience, his aspirations upon graduation, and what the future holds for him. This is what he had to say:
"I felt very supported during my time at the CIRHR for my Master's degree. Whether it be attending Professor Reid's office hour almost weekly for IRE1010H and IRE1126H, publishing a peer-reviewed paper in the British Journal of Industrial Relations with Dr. Rafael Gomez, pursuing his Ph.D.-level course, or winning the "Canada Graduate Scholarship — Master's Program" competition, the Centre's faculty have, at every step, devoted their time and patience to supporting my academic aspirations. The MIRHR program offered me the ideal blend of professional and research-based opportunities, and illustrated to me the value of one's dedication, passion, and resilience.
Although I have now graduated from the MIRHR program, my time at the Centre has not come to an end, as I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the Centre this upcoming Fall. After my Ph.D., I aspire to a career in academia as a tenure-track Faculty Professor. Broadly stated, my research interests entail understanding how organizations can design supportive workplaces that genuinely care for their employees through their HRM practices, and I look forward to pursuing this research during my Ph.D."
The Frank Reid 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.