confident professional women addressing a small group of colleagues around table

Offered online from May 23 to June 25, 2021

These Synchronous sessions are highly interactive incorporating group work, case studies and table top discussions. They will be will be augmented by self-study and reflection and mentoring sessions.

Fees: $2,450 plus GST

April 23 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
April 30 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
May 7

10:30 am - 1:00 pm

May 21 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
June 4 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
June 18 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
June 25 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Course description

  • Women in Academic Leadership was designed for the women who will become our next academic leaders, women like you. Build your leadership skills and learn how to address the unique issues you may face in the higher education environment. CHERD realizes that although we have made progress, women are still significantly under-represented across senior academic positions. In fact, many Canadian universities have yet to appoint a female president. If you have achieved an early to mid-level of academic leadership and now have your sights on reaching higher levels of academic leadership, join us. Let’s work together, to make a difference in the world of higher education and in your career.

    Delivery methods

    Due to COVID-19, Women in Academic Leadership is currently delivered online, using a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network. As well, all participants will work with a mentor both in groups and individually throughout the program.

  • circle of women academic leaders from 2019 WiAL

About Women in Academic Leadership 2020-2021

Key topic areas

Women in Academic leadership and the impact of COVID -19

Power and Politics in the academy, multiple sources of power, complexities of intra-gender relationships, privilege, colonization and intersectionality theory

Leadership models and navigating gendered expectatons of being a women leader in the academy

Self-awareness and understanding your leadership style and approach – 360 self-assessment

Effective negotiation and self-advocacy skills

Dealing with conflict

Addressing inequality in the academy, mobilizing and building coalitions

Work-life balance

Personal academic principles


Gina Grandy, Dean and Professor (Strategy and leadership) Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina
Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture, York University

Presenters and panelists

Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University
Sheila Brown, President Emerita, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax
Susan Tighe, Provost and Vice-President Academic, McMaster University
Dru Marshall, Provost and Vice-President Academic, University of Calgary
Ananya Mukerjee Reed, Provost and Vice-President Academic, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)
Theresa Rajack-Talley, Vice- Provost, Equity and Inclusion, Dalhousie University
Loleen Berdahl, Executive Director, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan


Alice Akin, Vice- President Research and Innovation, Dalhousie University
Diane Hiebert-Murphy, Vice- Provost, University of Manitoba
Shanti Johnson, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Valerie Kuehne, Provost, Vice- President Academic, University of Victoria
Florentine Strzelczyk, Deputy Provost, University of Alberta
Susan Tighe, Provost, Vice- President Academic, McMaster University

Nomination Process

Women in academic administration positions are generally nominated/selected to participate in WIAL by their home institutions. We encourage universities and colleges to support women from diverse groups, to create a community of leaders more reflective of the Canadian environment. Individuals who have been nominated/selected by their home institution should apply as soon as possible, as enrollment is limited.

Learn more about the program

  • Andrha Goundry

    “It’s not just a lecture. Meeting with executive women, learning from their stories, challenges and experiences, putting our heads together to collaborate further empowered me. It was an excellent experience, an opportunity to really reflect on your leadership practices and take it to the next step of excellence.

    “It inspired me to apply for the position of dean…I am now confident there is a place for me.” 

    Andrha Goundry
    Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  • Andrha Goundry

    “I am leaving here with more of a spark than when I arrived. This is an opportunity for learning and reflection, with an incredible added bonus. You develop a network with women you may have no chance of otherwise meeting.

    “Leadership is believing in yourself. Do what you need to do to accomplish this.”

    Keltie Jones
    Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University

  • Andrha Goundry

    “It was broad and diverse, an enriching experience. The peer sharing as well as the quality of the mentors and the facilitators really contributed to the experience. The mentor groups were smaller, and everyone was very honest about their challenges, strategies and tools.

    “Do you want the title or do you want the job? That question stuck with me. Don’t be afraid of change and challenges. Continue your growth journey.”

    Susan Tighe
    University of Waterloo

  • Andrha Goundry

    “My dean/boss told me and my two female colleagues we needed to come. There are only three women in our faculty council. It was a great event, fantastic. It gave me framework for high-level thinking and practical tools. It showed me how to find a vision from the bottom up, to get people to walk in each other’s shoes.

    “I am from Brazil. I came to Canada for my job. It gave me the opportunity to get to know people from other provinces, to learn about cultures and values.”

    Ana Campos
    School of Interdisciplinary Science, McMaster University

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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