Lougheed College Lectures

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The Lougheed College Lecture Series offers all U of A students and members of the public the opportunity to hear from some of today's most inspirational, influential, and innovative visiting scholars and practitioners of leadership. These free evening sessions have featured guests including Shawna Pandya, Todd Babiak, Kim Katrin and Tiq Milan, Mark Tewksbury and more.

Today's event:

Leadership in Public Service: We're all in this together.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed leadership in the spotlight. All of us watch, in real time, as leaders make decisions with the best evidence available, weighing the consequences in light of their personal values and institutional priorities. Our decision-makers work in ambiguity and so must change the script when new information becomes available. They disagree. Meanwhile, the public is desperate for clarity. Dr. Deena Hinshaw has been at the forefront of this experience, as the leading voice for the public health of Albertans. The Peter Lougheed Leadership College invites you to hear Dr. Hinshaw’s reflections on the challenges, triumphs, disappointments and lessons learned from this extraordinary season of pandemia. Hosted in partnership with the School of Public Health.

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2020-21 Series Line-up

This season is organized around the theme of leadership and public institutions. Governments, courts, universities, cultural institutions, public health agencies, financial regulators and other offices charged with ensuring the public good face special scrutiny from the people they serve. We expect our tax-funded institutions to deliver value for money, and to act ethically and responsibly to ensure citizen well-being. And we have high demands for accountability and responsiveness. What does it take to lead such organizations, especially when the decisions are fraught and the stakes are high? How do public leaders engage the people they serve in decision-making? How do they address dissent and controversy? What are the consequences of “fake news,” the growing skepticism around expertise, and political polarization for the necessary work of serving the public good? Our speakers will tackle these challenging issues with hard-won insights from the front lines.

  • Tricia Smith: Leadership in the Olympic Movement in Canada (Sept. 17, 2020 - Watch the recording)

  • James B. Stewart: Leadership in the Newsroom: has the Media Lost its Bearings? (Oct. 22, 2020 - Watch the recording)

  • Cindy Blackstock: Reforming the Repeat Offender: Ending Canada's Discrimination toward First Nations Children (Nov. 19, 2020 - Watch the recording)

  • Tyler Waye: 10,000 Days: How to Navigate the Unknown Future of Work (Jan. 21, 2021 - Watch the recording)

  • Irshad Manji: Moral Courage for Messy Times (Hosted in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library's Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Feb. 18, 2021 - Watch the recording)

  • Persis Drell and Heather Zwicker: Universities and COVID19 – One Year After. Perspectives from the United States and Australia. (March 18, 2021 - Watch the recording)

  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw: Leadership in Public Service: We are all in this Together (Hosted in partnership with the School of Public Health on April 15, 2021 - Watch the recording)

Most of our previous lectures are recorded and available online:

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