The Institute's work is guided by principles of innovation, inclusivity and interdisciplinary focus. It will support and develop the potential of young leaders at post-secondary institutions across Manitoba, following the example of effective leaders and leadership in critical sectors and communities in this province. Through specialized programming such the President's Student Leadership Program, as well as student-centred seminars, workshops, service learning and peer learning, the Institute provides students opportunities for personal and professional development to contribute to social, economic and cultural wellbeing.
The Institute is staffed by two newly created chairs in leadership education and leadership research. Suzanne Gagnon , Associate Professor of Leadership and Organization in the Department of Business Administration at the Asper School of Business, holds the Canada Life Chair in Leadership Education. The Institute will also host the IG Wealth Management Chair in Leadership Research, for which a search is currently underway. The chair-holder will also be a member of the faculty at the Asper School of Business.
The James W. Burns Leadership Institute at the I.H. Asper School of Business has been created through visionary investment from Canada Life, IG Wealth Management and the Power Corporation of Canada, as well as the Province of Manitoba.