A core faculty member with the School of Leadership Studies since 2007, Program Head in the MA-Leadership Program since 2010, Dr. Niels Agger-Gupta is also a consultant and researcher specializing in organizational change, cultural & linguistic competency in health care, Appreciative Inquiry, action research, organizational sustainability, and program evaluation. As Scholar-Practitioner with the Fielding Graduate Institute’s Institute on Social Innovation, Niels consulted to a range of Santa Barbara non-profits on strategic planning, organizational vision and values re-alignments using an Appreciative Inquiry framework. Niels was Executive Director of the California Healthcare Interpreters Association (2000/2002) and has published on cultural and linguistic competency in healthcare. He consulted to the Calgary Health Region in Alberta, establishing regional ASL and multilingual interpreter services in 1998/2000. A consultant with the Alberta Multiculturalism Commission from1987 to1998, Dr. Agger-Gupta holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and an M.A. in O.D. from Fielding Graduate Institute.
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Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons, as President of CCS Consulting, oversees an international community of consultants and executive coaches located in California, the East Coast, Canada, Europe, Asia Pac and Australia. The primary areas of expertise for the group are culture/organizational change and executive coaching. The office is based in Monterey County, California. She has been instrumental in developing an effective approach to culture change and coaching which uses storytelling, narrative theory and practices for leadership development, culture building and strategic narrative development and implementation. Additionally, she is the author of “Three Stories Leaders Tell: The What and Way of Using Stories to Lead”, published in 2012.
Claude has been in the workforce since 1978. The first 12 years of his career was with the Canadian Air Force in a variety of roles including operational flying, teaching and requirements management. Since 1990, Claude has been in private industry as a professional services consultant. He has led and managed many research and development projects. Currently, he is the President of Chairman of XtremeEDA Corporation.One of Claude’s many passions is project management. He has facilitated project management courses internationally for a variety of industries and for government organizations for basic, advanced and PMP certification courses.One of Claude’s other passions is leadership. Claude graduated in June 2007 from Royal Roads University with a Master of Arts Leadership and Training. He is the author of Transmutational Leadership due to be published in the fall 2013. It is his objective to end his work career as a leadership consultant.
Les has been with the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) since 1980, working his way from paramedic to his current role as Chief Operating Officer. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), has been Chair of the PCC Membership Services Committee, and is currently also a member of the PCC Leadership Development Committee.In addition to his Advanced Care Paramedic training, Les completed a Master of Arts, Leadership and Training (Health) from Royal Roads University in 2006. He is now Associate Faculty at Royal Roads, teaching in the Health cohort, and supervising Organizational Learning Projects across the MA Leadership Program.
Leanna Hill is passionate about community and the role that individuals play in supporting a healthy community. She has many years experience working in nonprofit organizations, with much of that time spent supporting emerging professionals and youth in their leadership development and engagement. Committed to lifelong learning principles, she has been facilitating workshops and leadership learning opportunities for over a decade, and she holds a Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Simon Fraser University. Her Master's research was focused on youth engagement within the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which led to co-authoring UNESCO's Toolkit for Youth Engagement within National Commissions. Leanna is currently on maternity leave, happily caring for her first child, and will return to the position of the Manager of Training and Outreach at Volunteer Victoria in the fall.
As a program developer, researcher, writer and facilitator in the fields of mental health, addictions, organizational and community leadership and change, Sue is committed to contributing to the knowledge, skill and growth of those involved in healing others. Graduated in 2009 from Royal Roads University with a Masters in Leadership, she is skilled in core competencies of research, project design and evaluation, and possesses a solid understanding of adult learning principles.Sue’s career in the addictions field spanned over two decades of clinical service in the areas of out-patient counseling, residential treatment, crisis intervention, and withdrawal management program development and management. She has contributed extensively to developing new initiatives related to mental health, addictions, parenting, sexual orientation, poverty, homelessness, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, trauma, and other social issues impacting both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. In recent years she participated in the design of an Indigenous model addressing sexual abuse in communities.
Stephanie Innes currently works as a leadership development practitioner with the City of Vancouver. In this role, she works with different business units to assess and develop the leadership skills of front line and middle managers. Stephanie has worked with numerous managers to address issues of conflict, team building and management style. She also taught leadership and management courses, developed a team building toolkit and facilitated groups of up to 100 staff in employee engagement sessions.Stephanie has also worked as a corporate trainer for ten years and has a variety of experience within the corporate, not for profit, and public sector. She currently teaches with the Leadership Certificate Program at BCIT. Stephanie recently completed her Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Her areas of expertise include employee engagement,leadership styles, leading teams and organizations, systems thinking, organizational development and coaching for leadership.
Kathy Kinloch is President of Vancouver Community College (VCC), a large urban college in Vancouver that serves over 25,000 students annually. Since 2010, Kathy has overseen a major re-positioning of the College: improving programs to better meet student, industry and community needs; improving operational efficiency; and building VCC’s brand appeal. Kathy's career includes senior leadership positions in health, government and post-secondary education. Prior to joining VCC, Kathy was Dean of BCIT School of Health Sciences. During her tenure at BCIT, Kathy led a ‘turn-around’ to re-engage and increase BCIT response and collaboration by addressing health industry needs. Earlier, Kathy served as Senior Advisor, British Columbia Ministry of Health Services and was integral to the development of a provincial “wait times” strategy. She also has worked as the Chief Operating Officer Fraser Health, Regional Vice-President South Fraser, and Vice President at Surrey Memorial Hospital.She holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) from University of Alberta, a Master’s degree in Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (both from Royal Roads University). Kathy serves on the boards of various organizations including Coast Mental Health Society; Vancouver CEO Forum; Chair Academy Presidents International Advisory Board; International Women's' Forum; BC Immigrant Employment Council and Co-Chair of British Columbia Academic Health Council.
Zac attended the MALT-JPSL program, graduating in 2005. He started his career with provincial correctional services, and has worked for the BC Public Service for the past 16 years. He has held a variety of human-resource related jobs with the organization, including positions with strategic HR and organizational development, learning design and development, leadership development and employee engagement.Zac's passion for leadership development was piqued during his MALT experience, and continues to this day. He finds opportunities to continue learning about leadership development and practicing his own in the workplace, on the football field and in his family life. Zac has been married for 15 years and is a father of five children. In his time away from work he enjoys camping and outdoor adventures with his family, coaching football and relaxing with a good book.
Bob resides in Terrace, BC since 2006 with his family. He originates from Southeast Saskatchewan. He is a co-principal of AMR Services (2002), a web design and consultancy company with Marian Kotowich-Laval, his spouse. A classroom teacher for 17 years and district French coordinator for 3 years, Bob received his teaching certificate and BA from the University of Ottawa, and a BA Honors from the University of Regina. Following 3 years training in personal development he delivered workshops and provided coaching for 15 years. After graduating from the AMIT information technology program at the University of Victoria he worked in database and web design for 8 years. Bob is currently completing a Masters in Education with a focus on Multi-Disciplinary Leadership from the University of Northern BC (UNBC) at the Terrace Campus.
Robin Levesque is a collaborative leader and reflective practitioner who helps individuals, teams, and organizations co-create a sustainable future. He teaches other leaders, program managers and project managers to connect the dots between sustainable development, project management, negotiation and team building to find balance between planet, people and profit.His credentials include 20 plus years as an industry leader in real estate development, a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and professional membership in the Project Management Institute.Robin is the Manager of Land and Properties for the City of Medicine Hat and a workshop facilitator for conferences across Canada.
Dr. Ronald R. Lindstrom is the Director, Centre for Health Leadership and Research, and Henri M. Toupin Research Fellow in Health Systems Leadership at Royal Roads University. His research interests span a number of areas including health leadership, health services planning and policy, knowledge linkage and exchange, participatory action research, complex adaptive systems, and inter-organizational networks. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in the B.C. health care system, having held a number of senior management roles in community hospital and academic health care environments. Dr. Lindstrom is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Since 2008, Christine Maassen serves as Senior Vice President – Human Resources for SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, one of Canada’s leading hotel companies. Christine’s background encompasses a wealth of experience in hospitality, operations, human resources, organizational development, labour relations and strategic planning. Prior to joining SiverBirch, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment and was formerly Executive Director of Human Resources for the Canadian Tourism Commission. Christine is enthusiastically committed to creating healthy workplaces and to achieving outstanding business results. She is passionate about employee engagement. She has a track record in leading large-scale transformational initiatives for which she acts in a dual capacity as project and change lead. Christine holds a Certificate in Industrial Psychology and a BA in Human Resources from l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and a MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Trevor leverages over two decades of experience in human resources and organization development to create significant positive individual and organizational learning while enhancing outcomes for the students, clients and organizations he works with. Previously the Director of People Strategies with SIAST, he is a full-time faculty member at the Edwards School of Business (University of Saskatchewan). He is pursuing a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems with Fielding Graduate University while maintaining an active consulting practice and actively contributing to the online TED-ED learning initiative. Trevor holds a Masters degree in Leadership and Training from RRU, along with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the U of S, certificate in Appreciative Coaching from Fielding University and CHRP designation. He is a Crucial Conversations facilitator, MBTI® administrator and Expedition Coaching trainer, with training in Organizational Diagnosis, the Art of Hosting, & Non-Violent Communication and leadership coaching with The Coaching Clinic.
Alice MacGillivray is an independent consultant living on Gabriola Island. Much of her leadership research and practice is inspired by principles from nature, and grounded in complexity theory. One of her areas of specialization is communities of practice. For several years she was part of the leadership team in www.cpquare.org: an international community of practice studying communities of practice (CoP). Many of her dissertation participants were considered leaders in CoP and Etienne Wenger was her external examiner. In her consulting, Alice has helped clients with CoP work, including the Department of National Defence, the Government of British Columbia, and a national food company. Her PhD is in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. Alice has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, including "Leadership in a Network of Communities" in The Learning Organization. She has presented at international conferences and workshops in the U.K., U.S., Canada and Australia.
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Kristi began her career as a youth worker in rural communities in BC and the Yukon. After becoming aware of the connection between social issues and economic uncertainty, Kristi went back to school to study business and community development. She was hired by the Canadian Mental Health Association to start businesses that employ people living with mental illness. In 2004, Kristi co-founded The Cleaning Solution, a successful social enterprise that now employs over 60 people. She then moved to PLAN, a leading organization in social innovation, working to promote financial security and supportive policies for people with disabilities and their families, including the Registered Disability Savings Plan. Since her move to Victoria in 2011, Kristi has been spending more time with her children and serving as a consultant. Her recent contract with the City of Victoria integrates social outcomes and employment into Victoria's Sustainability Action Plan and green economy strategy.
Bill Manduca leads The Vantage Point Group, LLC, a management and organizational consulting firm specializing in helping businesses create and move towards their ideal future through effective leadership. He works as a consultant, coach, teacher, futurist and change agent to see sustained cultural transformation at all levels of society. He engages the public in these areas through speaking, writing, and teaching.He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the Maine Maritime Academy, an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a doctorate from Regent University in Strategic Leadership/Strategic Foresight. He is a published writer and is the author of the forthcoming book, Changing the World: Christian Leadership in the 21st Century. He is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and over the past 25 years has worked both as a project lead and consultant for various U.S. Defense Department contractors. He also has experience working in the non-profit sector as a pastor, missionary and senior executive. His interests include reading, writing, travel, and woodworking. He and his wife, Jean, have three adult children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.
Gerhard Maynard is a Vancouver-based organizational development consultant and leadership educator. His consulting practice focuses on leadership development, executive coaching, training, and facilitation. He has designed and delivered programs on integrative education, performance development, strategic planning, team building, coaching and other facets of leadership. He has worked with organizations of all sizes in both the public, private, and non-profit sector. Gerhard has a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria. He is the Executive Director for the KidSafe Project Society, a Vancouver charity providing over 80,000 meals, and 130,000 hours of care to children in Vancouver's inner city.
Khwezi is founding member of the BC Health Leaders Collaborative and a Certified Healthcare Executive who agitates for healthy, respectful workplaces and collaborative work systems. Khwezi’ experience spans the private and public sector. He has worked in health care settings in Ontario, Alberta and BC and brings a systems lens to his work.Khwezi’s responsibilities include Organization Development and Engagement, which includes Recruitment Services and Northern Continuing Medical Education, In addition Khwezi is currently pursuing his Ph.D studies in Organization Systems and Transformation at Saybrook University.
Sandra has extensive communication, marketing, coaching and leadership experience. She has studied Marketing, attained a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership, and received a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) designation both from Royal Roads University. She is a Certified Facilitator of EXPEDITION Coaching®. She is a past recipient of the Credit Union Central of Canada’s National Young Leaders Award, and the World Council of Credit Union’s Young Leader Award. Sandra is passionate about leadership development, coaching, corporate culture and employee engagement. Sandra shares this passion within her organization, and externally through speaking and workshops. As a senior leader for a Credit Union since 1999, she understands the complexity of the challenges that executives face. As Vice-President of Communications & Culture, some of her most recent corporate responsibilities include collaboration to develop a culture of relationship building, internal coaching, and leadership development. Sandra recently implemented EXPEDITION Coaching® within her organization with great success.
Christina Medland manages the Innovation and Learning Department at the City of Vancouver. Christina's portfolio includes Leadership Development and Business Transformation Support, Change Management, Talent Management - attraction, recruitment, engagement, Learning and Development and Corporate HR Policy and Executive Recruitment. Christina manages the Leadership Development Program and all elements of organizational development for the City of Vancouver. She works at a strategic level to identify leadership development needs of the organization and how to address them.
Paul Mohapel began his career as a neuroscientist, and while working in Sweden he had an epiphany that inspired him to leave science and move towards leadership. Today, he uses his knowledge of the brain, psychology, and leadership to consult, facilitate and educate with organizations. Mohapel believes that effective leadership requires a holistic approach that requires emotional, spiritual, social and systemic thinking skills. His research interests include the biological and social underpinnings of leadership. Both, as an educator and a facilitator, he takes this holistic approach so that learners can connect more deeply with the content.
Betty is a leadership facilitator, executive coach, lean leader and LEADS specialist. She is passionate about fostering environments that maximize individual and organizational growth. She is the Manager of Organizational Learning and Effectiveness at Saskatoon Health Region(SHR) and project leader for the inaugural Saskatchewan Leadership Program- Leading for Transformation.Betty is a leader who believes in getting effective results using value based processes and approaches. She is a change agent in her organization and the community. In 2009, her team received the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organization (SAHO) Award of Excellence for the successful implementation of the Saskatoon Health Region, Leadership Management and Succession Program. She is currently involved in the implementation of a coaching culture in SHR.Betty is an alumnus of Royal Roads University- she received her MA (Leadership) in 2005 and Certified Executive Coach (2012).
Guy is a dynamic, informed, and thought-provoking trainer and speaker. His lively and interactive workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations help participants to understand and work with the art and science of excellent leadership. Guy’s focus on combining theory and practice results in highly engaging presentations. Guy’s focus reflects his comprehensive understanding of human development and organizational systems. His doctoral studies examined the theory and reality of the collaborative process. A combination of neuroscience, complexity theory, and psychology underscores his presentations. Guy works with both public and private sector clients and practices globally with experience in India and throughout Southeast Asia. Whether the focus is leadership, change, teamwork, or employee engagement, the result is enhanced collaboration and organizational effectiveness.
Garry Oker, MA, is a Senior Aboriginal Executive with management experience spanning local workforce development, commercial and regulatory engagement, project development and technology application, customer relationships, and marketing of innovative cultural projects. A creative and dynamic problem solver with a confident grasp of corporate vision, Garry focuses his attention to critical design details in project planning and leveraging investments to implement strategy. With experience in community economic development and cross-cultural business communication, he also posesses proven leadership skills to develop, mentor, and inspire multi-disciplinary teams.
Beth Page, MSOD, CHRP (Canadian Human Resources Professional) is a Higher Education and Organization Development professional, committed to developing strategic initiatives, facilitating leadership development, designing training, and coaching managers and executives in a range of organizational settings. Beth has worked internationally with clients in Cambodia, Mexico and China.She has over twenty years of staff and operations management experience in both private and public sectors. A published author, international consultant, educator, and coach, Beth offers Organization Development Consulting and Coaching services to strengthen employee engagement, cultural integration, and business results.
Randy Patrick holds a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University (DSL) with a concentration in foresight, a Master of Leadership from Royal Roads, an MBA and a B.Comm from the University of Saskatchewan. For over a decade, Randy has held senior management positions in a number of organizations both in government and business. His primary interests include creating organizations and communities that will be successful in the future as well as helping to shape their desired futures. Randy is employed as the CAO of the Town of Chestermere, Alberta (one of the fastest growing towns in Canada). He is a member of the World’s Future Society. Randy is married and has six children. His hobbies include photography, hiking and amateur radio.
Currently Director of the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario and co-creator of Project Sustain, a national program looking at resiliency in the AIDS field. Recent written works include: When Grief Comes to Work: Managing Grief and Loss in the Workplace (2011). Models of Capacity Building in PHA Community in Ontario: We are Turning to One Another (2009). The Presence of Absence: Bereavement in long term survivors of multiple AIDS-related loss (2008). Yvette has been a front-line community organizer and counsellor for over 3 decades. She served as AIDSupport Program Director at the AIDS Committee of Toronto for 8 years and prior to that, worked in the area of violence against women and children. She has Prairie roots, is originally from Saskatoon and trained as a Psychiatric Nurse in Brandon, Manitoba. In addition to her work in HIV/AIDS, Yvette serves as a consultant within the community-based not-for-profit sector. Her interest is in building teams with heart.
Eileen Piggot-Irvine is a Professor of Leadership at Royal Roads University and an adjunct at Griffith University, Brisbane. She was formerly Director of the New Zealand Action Research and Review Centre (NZARRC) and Director of the New Zealand Principal and Leadership Centre (NZPLC) and senior lecturer at Massey University. Prior to 1998 she was the Head of the Education Management Centre, at Unitec, Auckland and Head of Professional Development, Northland Polytechnic, and a leader in secondary schools. Her current research, evaluation and publications are in the fields of appraisal/performance evaluation, leadership development, organisational learning, action research, success case methodology, and management review. She has published four books, multiple book chapters, approximately 50 journal articles and has presented innumerable keynotes. She is currently the editor for an international action research monograph series.
Scott has over a decade of experience as a senior leader in the Federal Government and has been a leadership coach and consultant for the ensuing 14 years. He completed his M.A. (Leadership and Training) from RRU in 2003. In 2001, Scott helped launch the RRU Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and continues to be actively involved as one of the Core Faculty and a key facilitator in the Program. In 2007, Scott received the designation of Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a designation requiring over 2,500 hours of coaching and considerable training.
Shana Ring, President of Destination Leadership, is founder of EXPEDITION Coaching® – a leadership program focused on enhancing coaching, communication and change skills of leaders in today’s workplace. Shana completed a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. She is a Professional Certified Coach and offers Certified Coach training, Facilitator training and Skills training. EXPEDITION Coaching has been translated into French, Portuguese and Chinese and is being delivered in Brazil and China. Shana specializes in the area of developing coaching cultures, leadership and team development, succession planning and change. Shana has over 20 years of experience with 13 years at SaskPower successfully designing and leading leadership development initiatives. Shana is committed to equipping leaders with effective coaching skills to lead and manage in today’s changing workplace. She recently completed a guided mountain climbing expedition in the Rockies to support her EXPEDITION Coaching Program.
Kathleen Seeley is an international speaker, a coach and a senior consultant in leadership development. She is also on the Royal Roads University teaching team with the Values Based Leadership Master’s Certification program. Her roles have brought her in direct contact with all levels of business and government. She has a proven track record for building leadership capacity and enhancing team performance.She distinguishes herself by being dynamic, flexible, and sensitive to the specific needs of each individual client group. She is able to gain trust and build relationships in a remarkably fast and genuine manner. Kathleen earned a Masters Degree in Leadership and a Master’s Certification in Values Based Leadership through Royal Roads University. She bases herself out of Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
Victor Shewchuk brings over 25 years of knowledge and experience in the fields of organizational development, team development, change management, strategic planning and adult education. His past achievements include leading large scale values-based leadership, organizational and culture change initiatives in national corporations, designing and implementing customized ‘branded’ leadership development programs and guiding team development. Victor is an alumnus of the University of Alberta, holding degrees in Psychology and Education as well as a certificate (with distinction) in adult and continuing education.
Cheryl Smith is a coaching pioneer and visionary. She is widely acknowledged as one of the first to embrace and advocate coaching as a crucial competency for leadership development. Cheryl began her career in the business world with IBM, and has since spent more than 20 years studying and teaching on the subject of coaching and leadership. In her role as Vice-President of a leading training company, Cheryl trained coaches in more than a dozen countries on five continents. In 2001 Cheryl was one of the co-founders of the Royal Roads Executive Coaching Program and taught in the early cohorts. She is also one of the very few International Coach Federation accredited Master Certified Coaches in the world. In 2010 Cheryl co-founded Leadscape Learning Inc, a global provider of leadership programs and training videos. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and is a member of the associate faculty at RRU.
Brent Stewart joined the associate faculty of Royal Roads University in 2001 and has since led numerous programs on subjects ranging from personal leadership to coaching, teamwork and ethics. As an award-winning speaker, executive coach and seasoned facilitator of the renowned Pursuit of Excellence program, Brent has inspired audiences and individuals across Canada and internationally since 1992. Prior to his work in education, Stewart had a successful career in management and sales. He received extensive sales training at Xerox, where he handled major accounts and won the top award for corporate presentation skills. His management experience includes being the general manager of a national company. In 2010 he co-founded Leadscape Learning Inc, an international provider of cutting-edge leadership programs and training videos. He is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Over the last 15 years David Stevenson’s work has been in designing and supporting emergent models of leadership and governance. He was C.E.O of a government crown corporation tasked with supporting Indigenous communities to reclaim authority for services to children and families and, through that process, worked intensely with the Art of Hosting methodology to shift authority for Indigenous children from government into traditional governance and child protection systems. David has over 20 years of facilitation experience, and has lead Art of Hosting trainings within government, non-profit, and Indigenous communities. Having recently joined the Ministry for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, David's work is focused on advancing government reconciliation priorities such as the establishment of an Off Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan by working within a “change lab” model of social innovation to address the significant socio-economic challenges faced by urban Aboriginal peoples.
Barb Stoddard worked for 40 years in the Canadian health system: 20 years as a clinician (physical therapist and occupational therapist) and 20 years as a leader of strategic and operational health systems. In 2012, she chose to retire from her work as the Director of System Transformation and Medical Administration at Vancouver Coastal Health – Richmond and pursue her ongoing interest in studying and teaching the scholarship and practice of organizational leadership. At present, she is an Associate Faculty member of the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University (RRU) and the Interim Head of RRU’s MA Leadership - Health Specialization program. Barb brings extensive experience and proven skill in organizational leadership, system transformation, strategic planning, quality improvement, operational management, and performance optimization. Her passion is supporting leaders’ professional development through the integration of academic theory and professional practice to produce positive organizational change and fulfilling leadership experiences.
Marcy Strong is a co-founder and senior partner with VisionWorks Consulting as well as a graduate of the Royal Roads University Master of Leadership in Arts Program (2011). She is a seasoned consultant with over 24 years’ experience leading large scale organizational change and learning initiatives in national and multinational organizations. Marcy has a passion for enabling individuals and teams to find meaning that shifts perspectives and relationships through values coaching and leadership development. This enables full engagement and ensures personal readiness and resilience for adaptive transformation along with successful organizational results.
Alison coordinates Disability Studies for Vancouver Island University. In this capacity she has developed expertise as an adult educator and now uses blended delivery models to make Powell River programs accessible to the BC Coastal Region. She brings 30 years of experience in the community living sector to her teaching practise. As part of RRU’s requirement for her master’s degree in Leadership she conducted action research in the area of innovation, employee engagement and organizational change. She is passionate about social justice, citizen engagement, and sustainable community development and is now conducting community-engaged research funded by the Vancouver Foundation. Alison sees innovation as an essential tool for change. She serves on the First Credit Union Board of Directors and is a member of Inclusion BC, and the Powell River and Regional United Way. Her personal interests include hiking, kayaking, gardening and sustainability.
A professor in the faculty of the School of Leadership Studies, Marilyn is Director of the Institute of Values Based Leadership. She has taught and designed graduate leadership education at Royal Roads and Concordia in Montreal. Her scholarship is on leadership and learning themes. She recently published Emergent Learning for Wisdom with Palgrave Macmillan (New York). She is currently researching how values based leaders (those who balance healthy self interest and the common good) come to be who they are.
Bill Tholl is the Executive Director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet) and a member of the Canadian LEADS Collaborative. Bill has recently done consulting work with clients including: the Council of the Federation; Health Action Lobby; Alberta Health Minister; and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Previously Bill served as CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Medical Association and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He was a senior federal public servant for many years. Bill was described by the Toronto Globe and Mail as “Medicare’s Mr. Fix-it”, having played an instrumental role in many of Canada’s major health policy initiatives including the framing of the Canada Health Act. He has a graduate degree in health economics from the University of Manitoba and is the lead author of “Twenty Tips for Surviving and Prospering in the Association World” and “Functional Federalism and the Future of Medicare".
John Thornburn has spent the past 25 years developing relationships in the community social services sector. His non-profit experience has included working with seniors, individuals with disabilities, vulnerable and marginalized children, youth and families in the communities of Ottawa, Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta. He currently serves on the board of BC Council for Families and is the cofounder of the nonprofit society Collaborate Delta. He is an organizational and community development consultant and has provided numerous organizations across North America with services ranging from action research, team development, strategic planning, accreditation preparedness, and board governance development. As a member of the Board Voice Society of BC and the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, John aspires to influence public policy and create non-traditional alliances in the hopes of building and strengthening communities worldwide.
I come with a diverse experiential background which serves me well when working with front-line trades workers as well as organizational/business leaders. For the last several years I have been involved with facilitating leadership development for individuals and several large companies, primarily serving industries in Alberta's business sector. I have a particular interest and expertise in the role of personality as it applies to leadership, and attempt to help business/organizational leaders understand and maximize the role of personality in leadership efforts relative to the 'Three R's of Leadership' (Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition).
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John Van Aerde is a neonatologist with a PhD in Medical Sciences and a MA in Leadership Studies and lived most of his professional life in Edmonton. As member of great research, clinical and administrative teams for 25 years, he had fun in neonatal nutrition and metabolism, in developing the surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, in integrating the largest regional program offering the widest variety of neonatal services in Canada for Northern Alberta, and in initiating a Collaborative Practice and Quality Improvement Neonatal Program. Presently, he lives in BC, fulfilling the role of Regional Medical Director for Neonatology at Fraser Health, holding the title of clinical professor in Pediatrics at UBC and affiliate Clinical Professor in Medical Sciences at UVic. He is a part of the Faculty of the Physician Management Institute at the Canadian Medical Association and of the Associate Faculty at the School for Leadership Studies at RRU, and proudly serves the Canadian Society for Physician Executives as president.
Adrienne White has presented to thousands of people from around the world over the last decade. She is a trusted speaker and advisor who brings a genuine passion for advancing the potential of people, teams and organizations.Throughout her work in the non-profit and private sectors, her approach is always ROI-focused. She believes in finding opportunities to build bridges, to ensure integration of messaging, to create efficiency in practices, and further the vision and objectives of the organizations with which she works. Whether getting people to think about the human brain and its impact on performance, finding humour in the life lessons that came from cognitive barriers while healing from environmental poisoning, or uplifting audiences by reflecting the fragility, beauty and strength of the human spirit, Adrienne’s foundational belief is clear: We each have an astounding capacity to make a difference.
I am presently a Senator but previously held leadership positions in the RCMP (Assistant Commissioner and Commanding Officer) as well as Chief of Police for Durham Regional Police and more recently the Ottawa Police Service.
Ruth Whyte designs and facilitates transformational experiences that help people find their passions and become champions for a better world. Ruth brings multi-cultural and multi-contextual understanding to her work, gleaned from working in communities around the world. For nine years Ruth ran the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership at Lester B. Pearson United World College. Her research and program design has focused on developing the complex abilities of a change-maker; and she has worked with educators and schools to help them develop transformational practices. With a background in international community development, Ruth has coordinated volunteer programs with organizations in remote communities around the globe (including in Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Uganda). She holds an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and a BA in Latin American Studies and Geography from Simon Fraser University.
My goal is to inspire people to lead to co-create a better world. I received my Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. Presently, I’m a doctoral candidate in the social science program at Royal Roads University, where my research is focused on social neuroscience and its implications on leadership decision- making. I continue to embrace and learn from my failures, stretching myself at every opportunity. I call myself a “change navigator” in my consulting role with Integral Dialogue Project, where I work with individuals and organizations to cultivate relationships and meaning in what they do; collaboratively creating opportunities for flow, hope, and reaching “unachievable goals”– in a complex and rapidly changing world. I have over 18-years of leadership experience, working with multinational organizations (Molson, Eli Lilly, Hoffmann-La Roche). I thrive in the nature of North Vancouver with my wife, two beautiful daughters – and our canine, Bayden.
Tammie Wylie “Tsim a thea” currently a consultant to the management team for Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, an Urban Aboriginal Organization providing Health Care, Social Services, Education, Justice and training for both Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people. Tammie is of Coast Salish and Danish ancestry, bridging two cultures within her work and life has enhanced Tammie’s opportunities for learning and developing in both Western Society and Aboriginal traditions. Obtaining a Masters Degree in Leadership and Training from RRU and 25 years experience in Aboriginal communities enhances her background in addictions counseling, child and youth care, and business administration. Furthermore Tammie has a consulting company “Mother Earth Whispers” addressing issues resulting from trauma, addictions, and family violence including traditional teachings of our ancestors as well as organizational development.
Laura Zeman pursues knowledge and understanding of leadership and organizational systems, social and emotional development, individual and group dynamics, and methods for enabling positive environments. She has an extensive track record of effective communications and teamwork strategies. Laura has worked and volunteered in several leadership positions, including human resources, marketing, program development / management, and has also competed at high levels in snowboarding, triathlon, and soccer. Laura graduated with a Master of Arts in Leadership, where she authored a paper titled “Emotional Intelligence Communications Strategy as a Function of Leadership”.Laura is a Co-Producer for a feature length documentary film project called The Next Step. The Next Step will bring together an inspiring line up of cultural icons, youth leaders, and extraordinary citizens for the purpose of celebrating and empowering youth. Laura is also a certified yoga teacher and birth doula.