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Professor Suzanne Gagnon joined the Asper School in Fall 2018. She holds the Canada Life Chair in Leadership Education and is the inaugural director of the James W. Burns Leadership Institute at the University of Manitoba. A professor of Organizational Behaviour at McGill University for 14 years, Dr. Gagnon's courses engage the power of active, experiential learning including peer learning and reflection for leadership and management education and development at all levels. Dr. Gagnon’s research focuses on identity dynamics and leadership development in international firms, on emergent and collective leadership and its links to organizational change and strategy in both private and public sector organizations, and on social diversity and equality in business organizations. She has also published on innovative pedagogy for leadership education. Dr. Gagnon has helped organizations through innovative programs such as DiversityLeads funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Her work is published in leading management and organization journals. More recently she is jointly spearheading the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Dr. Gagnon has held several competitive grants to support her work. She is an editorial board member of Leadership, the Sage journal, Management Learning, and Organization Studies.
Dr. Gagnon holds a PhD in Management from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and a master's degree in Industrial Relations from Oxford University. Earlier in her academic career, she taught at both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities in the United Kingdom, and consulted in organizational change for KPMG Management Consulting.