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Women in Academic Leadership 2024

Online from April 5 to June 14, 2024

This program’s nine synchronous sessions will be highly interactive, incorporating group work, case studies, and tabletop discussions. Sessions will be supported and augmented by self-study and reflection as well as both group and one-on-one mentoring sessions. All participants will also complete a 360 self-assessment leadership tool.

Fees: $3,000 plus GST
Pricing subject to change without notice.


Seven Friday sessions and two Monday sessions

Friday, April 5 10:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Friday, April 12 10:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Friday, April 19 10:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Monday, April 29 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
Monday, May 6 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Friday, May 17 10:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Friday, May 31 10:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Friday, June 7 10:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Friday, June 14 10:30 am – 1:00 pm CDT

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 expectations 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

Explore your career options with Women in Academic Leadership

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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

    Over the last years, due to COVID-19, Women in Academic Leadership was delivered online using a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network. This year, we are once again continuing this practice to provide 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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Who you will hear and learn from this year


Gina Grandy

Gina Grandy, Dean and Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Previously, Gina Grandy held the roles of Dean and Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) at the Hill and Levene School of Business, University of Regina. She was also RBC Women in Leadership Scholar and served as lead for the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) in Saskatchewan.

Gina is the co-editor of two books. Her research on leadership, gender and women’s experiences at work, and stigmatized work has been published widely. Gina is active in the community with various initiatives and bodies that work to redress gender disadvantage. She has been a facilitator for CHERD’s Women in Academic Leadership and was the co-organizer of the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) 2020 Conference hosted by the University of Regina.

Sheila Cote-Meek

Sheila Cote-Meek, Professor & Director, Indigenous Educational Studies Programs, Brock University

Sheila Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai.

Previously, Sheila was the inaugural Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture at York University where she led several initiatives to advance York’s priority of Living Well Together including York’s first institutional-wide Decolonizing, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DEDI) strategy and their Black Inclusion Strategy. She was also the inaugural Associate-Vice-President, Indigenous and Academic Programs at Laurentian University where she led several initiatives including the development of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, the Maamwazing Indigenous Research Institute, and the Master of Indigenous Relations.

Sheila is the author of Colonized Classrooms – Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education and co-author of Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in CanadaCritical Reflections and Politics on Advancing Women in the Academy, and Perspectives on Indigenous Pedagogy in Education: Learning from One Another. She is well-known both provincially and nationally for her work in advancing Indigeneity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Jacqueline Ottmann, President, First Nations University of Canada

Jacqueline Ottmann

Jacqueline Ottmann, , President, First Nations University of Canada

Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) from Fishing Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. Jacqueline became President of First Nations University of Canada in September 2021. After spending 13 years at the University of Calgary where she held various scholarly and leadership responsibilities including Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Strategy, she became the inaugural Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan and Professor.

Jacqueline is the first Indigenous person to become President of the Canadian Study for the Society of Education, and the founder of Thrivance: Journal of Indigenous Ways of Being, Knowing, and Doing. Her research interests include leadership, change management, organizational theories and practices, and strategic development.

She has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. Jacqueline is driven to create schools, organizations, and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples – histories, stories, philosophies, knowledges, intellect, traditions, and lived experiences.



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

Andhra Goundrey

“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.” 

Andhra Goundrey
Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Keltie Jones

“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

Susan Tighe

“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

Ana Campos

“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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