Within the framework of its SSHRC-MCRI project Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in a Global Era, the Interuniversity Research Center on Globalization and Work (CRIMT - Université de Montréal, Université Laval, HEC Montréal), is organizing an international colloquium entitled Citizenship at Work? Thinking the Workplace of the Future. This colloquium will be held at the Université Laval, from the 21st to the 23rd of June 2004. It is organized in collaboration with multiple partners, notably Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), the Ministère du Développement économique et regional du Québec, the Ministère du Travail du Québec, the International Labour Organization, the Canadian Labour and Business Centre, the Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN) and the Canadian Studies Association.

What prompts this initiative? There is a degree of convergence in thinking, both nationally and internationally, about the need to develop a vision for the workplace of the future. Be it in terms of decent work, dignity at work, job quality and mental health, racial and gender equality, labour market exclusion, work-life balance, life-long learning, opportunities for participation and social dialogue, reconfigured employment relationships or managing knowledge-based organizations, there is a need for researchers, public-policy makers and labour market actors to develop a more pro-active and coherent vision of labour market futures than simple flexiblization in a context of economic globalization. For example, what kinds of flexibility should we be seeking and at what cost? The older contract about citizenship at work assumed certain rights and responsibilities. The parameters of this have changed fundamentally and that is why we are bringing together researchers, public-policy makers, corporate, union and other labour market actors to think about the basis for a new understanding of citizenship at work, one that might lead to a better balance between organizational efficiency and worker equity in the context of globalization.

The colloquium will bring together some of the finest international specialists on these issues, as well as actors from the workplace, unions and employers, governmental and non-governmental organisations. The objective is to favour the dialogue between academic research and practical experience, as well as a debate on the development of institutions better adapted to the challenges of globalization and of the new economy. Debate will take place in both English and French, with simultaneous translation provided for all plenary sessions.

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Organizing Committee

Michel Coutu
Université de Montréal

Gregor Murray
Université de Montréal

Judith Paquet
Université Laval

Nicolas Roby
Université de Montréal


Scientific Committee

Michel Coutu
Université de Montréal
Gregor Murray
Université de Montréal
Christian Brunelle
Université Laval
Jean Charest
Université de Montréal
Urwana Coiquaud
HEC Montréal
Judith Paquet
Université Laval
Nicolas Roby
Université de Montréal
Guylaine Vallée
Université de Montréal
Pierre Verge
Université Laval


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Nicolas Roby
Université de Montréal