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Women in Academic Leadership 2023

Offered online from April 3 to June 19, 2023

The program’s eight 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: $2,770 plus GST


April 3 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
April 14 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
April 21 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
May 5 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
May 15 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
May 29 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
June 5 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CST
June 19 10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST

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

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

    Last year, 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 continuing this practice in order to maximize safety and accessibility.

  • circle of women academic leaders from 2019 WiAL

Who you will hear and learn from this year


  • Gina Grandy, Dean and Professor (Strategy and Leadership),  Hill and Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina
  • Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture, York University


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

Presenters and panelists

  • Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Indira Samaraskera, former President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Alberta
  • Martha Piper, former President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
  • Susan Tighe, Provost and Vice-President Academic, McMaster University
  • Airini, Provost and Vice President Academic, University of Saskatchewan
  • Katherine Gottschall- Pass, Interim Vice-President Academic and Research University of Prince Edward Island
  • Dru Marshall, former Provost and Vice-President Academic, University of Calgary
  • Florentine Strzelczyk, Provost and Vice-President Academic, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

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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