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UMC 2022-2023

Offered online from October 2022 to May 2023

Fees: $2,100 plus GST

Live synchronous sessions will be offered on the following dates and times. Synchronous sessions will be very interactive with plenty of opportunity for questions and comments. There will also be opportunities to connect with facilitators one-on-one. 


Oct. 20 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Oct. 26 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Nov. 3 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Nov. 17 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Dec. 8 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST


Jan. 26 10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST
Feb. 22 10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST
March 21 10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST
April 13 10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST
May 11 10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST

Overarching themes

  • Indigenization
  • Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Key topic areas

  • Building networks for advancement and support
  • Governance and strategic oversight
  • Aligning unit plans with institutional strategic plans
  • Budgeting
  • Managing people in a multi-union environment
  • Building and sustaining effective teams
  • Managing and mitigating conflict
  • Performance reviews and providing feedback in a multi-union environment  
  • Principles of negotiation
  • Engaging students, staff, and faculty beyond the pandemic

Course description

  • Join us this fall for an interactive learning and networking experience to enhance and build your higher education management skills. UMC 2022-2023 will incorporate  interactive presentations,  polls, discussions, case studies, small group work and one-on-one consultations. Participants will be 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 and are central within the program. 

    Revised annually, with new sessions on integrating components of coaching in dealing with people and on engaging student, staff and faculty beyond the pandemic. Our students, staff and faculty have been working and learning remotely for several semesters, and this experience will impact and change our institutions going forward. As we return to the new normal, professional development for leaders and administrators has never been more important.

    Delivery methods

    Online  delivery continues, providing accessibility regardless of time, travel and budget constraints. It is also a sustainable option, helping us all to reduce our carbon footprint. 

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UMC facilitation team

George A. MacLean

George A. MacLean,  Former Vice-President (Academic), University of New Brunswick

George A. MacLean is a professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Political Science and a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University. 

Previously, George served as Vice-President (Academic) at the University of New Brunswick from 2016 to 2021, and Dean of Arts at UNB from 2014 to 2016. At the University of Manitoba, he was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 2011 to 2014, and Department Head in Political Studies from 2005 to 2011.

Recipient of multiple awards for teaching and research, and listed by Maclean’s as one of the top profs, George has presented lectures in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with the Canadian government on matters of foreign and security policy and has appeared before Canadian Senate and House of Commons hearings. George's articles have appeared in publications including Journal of Human Security, International Journal of Canadian Studies, Foreign Policy Review, Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses, The Australian Journal of International Affairs, Policy Options, Journal of Conflict Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy, and Journal of World Affairs and New Technology. 

Dru Marshall

Dru Marshall, Former Provost and VP Academic, University of Calgary

Dru Marshall served as the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of the University of Calgary from 2011 to 2021. She is currently on administrative leave.

A nationally recognized leader with nearly 30 years of post-secondary sector experience, Dru has previously served as the chair of the U-15 Group of Canadian Research Universities Provosts, and as the only non-American executive committee member on the Council of Academic Affairs of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s WXN Top 100 most powerful women and as one of the most influential women in sport and physical activity in Canada by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity. For her work in high performance sport in Canada, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

Dru holds a BPE with distinction from the University of Manitoba, and an MSc and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta. She credits her coaching experience for helping in part to shape her executive leadership style and to earn her reputation as a strong team leader, team builder and mentor.

Petra Bergner

Petra Bergner, Associate Vice-President of People & Culture, University of New Brunswick 

Petra Bergner joined the University of New Brunswick family during COVID in August 2020. As per her personal motto, be brave, she jumped into the role and lead virtually during the pandemic. In her short time at the university, Petra has developed a 10-year HR People Strategy that aligns with UNB’s 2030 Strategic Vision and supports the Fourth Pillar - A People-Centric, Values-Informed University Community. Both strategic documents support people to realize their full potential; increase participation of equity-seeking groups in leadership roles; and foster a culture of support, recognition, and celebration that equally supports people from all backgrounds. 

With over 30 years in the people business, Petra is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion. This has been evident throughout her career. She has continued to expand her knowledge and education, earning a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation in 2005, a Master of Arts in leadership in 2008, a graduate certificate in executive coaching in 2009, and a provincial instructor diploma in 2011. 

Adam Gaudry

Adam Gaudry, Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

Adam Gaudry is vice dean, Research and Graduate Studies, and professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. He is from a Métis family that immigrated to Ontario from the Red River, and grew up in Southern Ontario. He holds both  undergraduate and master’s degrees from Queen’s University and a PhD from the University of Victoria. Adam’s scholarly work focuses on Indigenization at Canadian universities, in particular the implementation of Indigenization policy in research, teaching, and service activities across Canadian campuses. 

Donna Janiec

Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal, Finance and Administration, Queen’s University and Past President, CAUBO

Donna Janiec, CPA, CA, was appointed Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) in October 2016. She also serves on the CAUBO Executive Committee and Board of Directors and is vice-chair of the Council of Senior Administrative Officers, a committee of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Donna received her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and went on to article with PricewaterhouseCoopers (then Coopers & Lybrand) in Barbados and Toronto, obtaining her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1987. After nearly 10 years in public accounting, managing the audits of large public corporations and not-for-profit organizations, Donna joined Queen’s University in 1994 where she held the position of Associate Vice-Principal (Finance) from 2009 to 2016.

Guest presenters

Opening keynote


Guest presenters

Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity People and Culture, York University

Nomination process

Participants are selected by their home institutions for nomination. Universities and colleges are encouraged to nominate individuals both in academic and administrative positions who would benefit from attending a higher education management development program. Nominees should apply directly via the online application form.

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