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Upcoming events


Faculty and staff

James W. Burns Leadership Institute Advisory Board 

The James W. Burns Leadership Institute Advisory Board is a broad-based group of senior leaders from community, postsecondary and business organizations. They provide advice as a sounding board and source of input into strategic planning and programming for the Institute


    Past Advisory Board Members

Visionary investment
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.

Leadership highlights and takeaways

Co-LEAD International Research Network

  • The fourth international Co-LEAD Net Research conference was hosted by Canada Life Chair and JWBLI Director Dr. Suzanne Gagnon in October 2019. Scholars from Canada, the US, South America and Europe attended this bi-annual conference to present new research on understanding leadership as an often collective and social endeavor. It was previously hosted at McGill University and New York University.

    Thank you to the Scientific Committee for supporting and contributing to the 2019 Co-LEAD conference, hosted at the Asper School of Business by Dr. Suzanne Gagnon, Director, James W. Burns Leadership Institute.

  • Professor Sonia Ospina, Wagner Graduate School of Public Affairs (NYU)

    Professor Kathryn Quick, University of Minnesota

    Professor Viviane Sergi, Université du Québec à Montréal

    Professor Ann Langley, HEC Montréal

    Professor Suzanne Gagnon, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba

Contact us

James W. Burns Leadership Institute
Room 414 Drake Centre
181 Freedman Cres.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4