Senior University Administrators Course lecture

Offered online from October 2021 to May 2022

These synchronous sessions are highly interactive and will be augmented by self-study and reflection

Fees: $2,960.00 plus GST

Live synchronous sessions will be offered on the following dates and times. Note each session will include a one hour focused networking session so participants can have time to interact and share experiences.


Oct. 19 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Oct. 27 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Nov. 2 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Nov. 23 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Dec. 7 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST


Jan. 25 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Feb. 22 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Mar. 22 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Apr. 12 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
May 17 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST

Course description

  • Prepare for leadership in Canadian higher education, with the skills and knowledge to lead today and tomorrow with this annual professional development offering. SUAC 2021-2022 will use a case-based approach augmented by interactive presentations, polls, discussions, small group work and one-on-one consultations. Participants are encouraged to share experience and insights through a community of practice approach to learning. Indigenization and EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) are cross-cutting themes, touching all aspects of higher education leadership and management and are central within the program. Revised annually, SUAC embraces an integrated approach to the multi-faceted challenges facing today’s university leaders.

    Delivery methods

    Last year, SUAC pivoted to remote delivery in response to COVID-19. CHERD will continue with this format for 2021-2022, with revisions based on participant feedback.

  • Senior university administrators course presentation

About SUAC 2021-2022

Overarching themes

  • Indigenization
  • Equity Diversity and Inclusion
  • Topic areas
  • Building your network for advancement and support
  • Governance and decision making
  • Creating institutional culture and vision
  • Strategy implementation
  • Budgeting models and challenges
  • Leading and managing stakeholder relations
  • Negotiating with unions
  • Leadership development for succession planning
  • Leading and managing under times of crises
  • Metrics and methods for assessment

Flagship Facilitation Team

Thomas Chase, Former Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina
Dru Marshall Special Advisor to the President, University of Calgary (formerly Provost and VP Academic University of Calgary)
Adam Gaudry, Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Donna Janiec, Vice- Principal, Finance and Administration, Queen’s University and Past President, CAUBO

Opening Keynote


Guest Presenters

Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity People and Culture, York University
Sheila Brown, President Emerita, Mount St. Vincent University

Additional Guest Presenters TBA

Nomination Process

Participants are nominated by their home institutions. Universities and colleges can nominate individuals who have records of achievement in their academic or professional work, people who are motivated to enhance their leadership skills and/or those who are interested in the benefits to be obtained from attending a specialized leadership development program. Nominees can apply directly to SUAC via the online application form.

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Contact us

Extended Education
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Toll free: 1-888-216-7011 ext. 8800