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Upcoming Event:

The Future of Arbitration in B.C. – Is the current selection model broken?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018   –  REGISTER NOW – Download from HERE!

Please join us for a memorable evening with Mark Clark, Irene Holden, and Don Munroe, Q.C. at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Waiting a year or more to have your case heard? Discouraged by the unavailability of mutually acceptable Arbitrators in BC? Is the current Arbitrator selection model broke? Who will fill the gap when seasoned Arbitrators retire? Is there a better model? How can new and less experienced arbitrators develop and gain experience? Is a mentorship approach needed? Is a funding mechanism (arbitration surcharge) needed to support the mentorship of future arbitrators? How did we get to this state? Was it always this way? Can rotational appointments of new arbitrators for less complex cases be incorporated into the current selection process? What’s needed to ensure BC maintains a robust list of arbitrators in the future? The panel will explore these issues and more.
** early-bird deadline on April 20, 2018 ($70/person) **
Update: This dinner meeting is eligible for 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development credit from the Law Society of BC!

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The  BC Industrial Relations Association (BCIRA) is a non-profit organization, established in 1979, and dedicated to providing a forum for open debate and the dissemination of information on current labour relations issues in British Columbia.

The BCIRA is affiliated to the Canadian Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association. Members are free to participate in the meetings of these organizations in addition to the BCIRA. The Association is governed by an executive committee consisting of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary-Treasurer and between three and six Members-at-Large, selected to reflect the varied constituencies it serves.

Since its foundation, the BCIRA has been located in the Faculty of Commerce (now the Sauder School of Business) at the University of British Columbia. Our dinner functions are attended by a broad labour relations community comprised of management, unions, neutrals, government officials and academics. We look forward to seeing you at the events.


What We Do

The BCIRA includes professionals and academics in industrial relations in British Columbia. We have three dinner meetings each year, in Vancouver, BC.

At each dinner meeting we have a panel of speakers on a topic of current interest. Membership is open to all who are interested.


Who We Are

BCIRA members are a diversified group comprised of representatives from:

Private and public sector unions at both the local and provincial levels

Private and public sector LR/HR management representatives from companies and organizations including employer associations

Mediators, arbitrators

LR/HR consultants

Legal counsels representing management and labour

Academics focused on LR/HR

Please visit our Events Page here to learn more about our upcoming dinners and meetings.