SWAAC 2017 Program

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Stollery Executive Centre, Alberta School of Business Building,
University of Alberta

Reception and optional campus tour

Keynote Presentation: Reconciliation in Universities

One of the most pressing challenges for university leaders today is acting on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and   building relationships with Indigenous students, faculty, and communities. Shauneen Pete will explore how this challenge intersects with another  long-standing goal within the academy—that of promoting and achieving equity for women, particularly in leadership roles.

Presenter:  Shauneen Pete, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

 Friday, April 28, 2017



Westin Hotel, Conference rooms


Breakfast and registration

 8:45 Opening remarks

Keynote Presentation:  Women and Leadership:  What's Changed - What Hasn't?

Presented by:  The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Founding Principal, Peter Lougheed Leadership College, University of Alberta

 10:00 Break
 10:15 Concurrent Sessions

1A - Equity:  Challenges and Solutions

Behind the numbers:  gender, diversity, and leadership at the intersections.

Presented by:  Malinda Smith, President, and Kisha Supernant, Vice-President, University of Alberta Academic Women’s Association

Malinda Smith and Kisha Supernant Power-Point Presentation

“Concrete steps to advance Equity, Diversity and Excellence”

Presented by:  Angela Hildyard, Special Advisor to the President and Provost, and Professor of Higher Education, University of Toronto

Angela Hildyard Power-Point Presentation


1B - Courage in leadership project

What do 88 female administrators in higher education have to say about courage? Given they live, breathe and show courage on a daily basis they were highly informed and articulate research participants. This presentation will focus only on their definitions of courage ranging from phrases such as “glacial persistence” to “being a pit bull in a prom dress”.

Presented by:  Olive Yonge, Professor of Nursing, and Grace Miazga, University of Alberta

Olive Yonge Power-Point Presentation


Plenary panel:  Indigenous Ways of Leading

In response to the TRC's Calls to Action, Canadian universities are striving to Indigenize and decolonize their institutions and curricula. How will this work change conceptions of leadership within the university? What kind of leaders should we cultivate? How can universities create pathways to leadership for Indigenous academics and administrators? Panelists will share their visions for Indigenous leadership in universities. 

Panelists:  Shauneen Pete, Associate Professor, University of Regina, Sherri ChisanDirector of Programs and Research, University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (UnBQ), and Robina Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Victoria

 noon  Lunch

SWAAC Annual General Meeting


Concurrent Sessions

2A - Reputation Management: Leading/Leaping

One of the most pressing challenges for university leaders today is reputation management. When reputational issues are handled well, an institution can make a leap forward in leadership; on the other hand, one public misstep can result in a significant fall in standing. Hear from three of Canada’s most experienced and respected higher education communications leaders on this topic.

Presented by:  Andrea Farquhar, Assistant Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, McMaster University, Christine Tausig Ford, President,  Higher Thinking Strategies, and Debra Pozega Osburn, Vice-President (University Relations), University of Saskatchewan

Andrea Farquhar Power-Point Presentation

Christine Tausig Ford Power-Point Presentation


2B - Strategic Secondments:  The Value of Broadening Your Leadership Experience

For academic leaders the college or university is our natural habitat where we are most at home and in charge, especially as long-time members of a particular institutional community.  Yet there is also much to be gained by venturing outside our domains of expertise to gain broader experience and perspective.  Lisa Philipps will share reflections from three secondments and how both leaving and returning to her faculty role has changed her understanding of academic leadership.  She will make the case for opening more secondment pathways, and for women in particular to take up these opportunities.  

Presented by: Lisa Philipps, Professor, York University's Osgoode Hall Law School

Lisa Philipps Power-Point Presentation

 2:15 Break

Presidents' panel

A lively blend of personal and professional observation, insight, and advice, the Presidents’ Panel is a recurring feature at the annual conference. It offers an opportunity to learn from female colleagues who have successfully negotiated the path to presidency and are now addressing the most significant issues facing the post-secondary sector today. This year, panelists will focus on those unusual, serendipitous, and surprising turns in their leadership journeys that led to a big leap forward—both for them as individuals and their institutions.

Panelists: Ann Everett, Northern Lakes College, Melanie Humphreys, The King’s University, Annette Trimbee, University of Winnipeg,and Deborah Saucier, Incoming President, MacEwan University


SWAAC goes out and about

Conference participants can choose from a number of experiences showcasing a piece of Edmonton's downtown culture.



River Valley Room
Shaw Conference Centre

 6:30 Reception

Banquet and SWAAC awards presentations

 Saturday, April 29


Westin Hotel, Conference rooms



 9:00 Interactive Workshop: Cops in the head and their antibodies

Presented by Vancouver’s Theatre for Living, “Cops in the head and their antibodies” addresses those internal voices that have embedded themselves in our psyche and prevent us from taking the leap into leadership. It is not always external forces that we struggle against in our leadership journeys - sometimes internalized voices that originate from other people are equally powerful. “Cops in the head” are the voices of people who put up stop-signs and say, "you're not ready or made for leadership." People who have somehow blocked us and over time have taken up residence inside us, affecting the way each of us listens, sees, and acts. This interactive workshop helps participants identify these voices and liberate themselves in a creative and entertaining way.

 Noon Closing remarks