Professor Suzanne Gagnon is Associate Dean of Professional Graduate Programs and Executive Education at the Asper School, a leadership role inclusive of three programs within the Stu Clark Graduate School: the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance (MFin) and the new Master of Supply Chain Management and Logistics (MSCM). In addition to her associate deanship, Dr. Gagnon is the inaugural Director of the James W. Burns Leadership Institute, designing and directing new programming across disciplines including the flagship President’s Student Leadership Program. Dr. Gagnon is Associate Professor in Leadership and Organization and holds the Canada Life Chair in Leadership Education at the Asper School, and conducts seminal research that focuses on identity, inclusion and leadership development in international firms; leadership and innovation in diverse contexts; and gender equity, representation and strategic change in private and public sector organizations. Her work is published in leading management and organization journals.
Dr. Gagnon has helped firms through innovative programs such as DiversityLeads funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, providing evidence-based strategies for promoting diversity in organizations, and through assisting with strategic planning in healthcare and large public sector organizations. She is currently senior scholar and member of the National Advisory Board for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, a national consortium of universities and partners to advance opportunity and dismantle barriers for women and diverse entrepreneurs.
Dr. Gagnon joined the Asper School from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, where she was a faculty member for 14 years. 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.