Speaker biographies

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell

Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College since 2014, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC, served as Canada’s 19th prime minister in 1993. Canada’s first and only  female prime minister, she also held cabinet portfolios as minister of state for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, minister of justice and attorney general, and minister of National Defence and minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the justice and defence portfolios, as well as being the first woman to be defence minister of a NATO country.  After her tenure as prime minister, Campbell was a fellow at the Institute of Politics (Spring 1994) and the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Study of Press and Politics (1994-1995) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as the Canadian consul general in Los Angeles (1996-2000). In 2001, Kim Campbell became one of the inaugural fellows of the Centre for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s J. F. Kennedy School of Government.  Ms. Campbell is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, an organization of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratic values. She served as its secretary general (2004-2006), acting president (2002), vice-president (2003-2004), and on its board of directors (2007-2011). Kim Campbell is a member and chair emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003), and is a member of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement. 


Sherri Chisan

Sherri Chisan, nehiyaw iskwew onicikiskwapiwinihk ohci, is the Director of Programs and Research at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (UnBQ), where she is also lead faculty in the Doctoral Program. She joined UnBQ in 1998 to coordinate the development and delivery of the Leadership & Management Program, and then the Indigenous Artists Program and Doctoral Program. Sherri has a particular interest in Indigenous Research, and her commitment to Indigenous Knowledge and ceremony informs her work.

In 2011, Sherri was awarded a Doctoral Degree in iyiniw pimâtisiwin kiskeyihtamowin at UnBQ. She has an MA in Educational Leadership from San Diego State U, a BMgmt from U of Lethbridge; and a Certificate in Business Administration from Blue Quills First Nations College/Lakeland College.

She has also worked with the Saddle Lake Education Authority as Associate Education Director, and with the Assembly of First Nations as researcher & policy analyst/advisor and a community liaison in Education, Languages, & Literacy.


Ann Everatt

Ann immigrated to Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador after she and her family immigrated to Canada from Scotland. She attended the University of Ottawa, Concordia University and Royal Roads University for her graduate studies. Ann began her career teaching at the High School of Montreal and in the late 70’s, relocated to Tuktoyaktuk, to become an adult educator. She was later approached by the YWCA in Calgary to create a training facility for disadvantaged women which went on to receive certification from the Government of Alberta as a Private Vocational School. She then moved to London, Ontario, to Fanshawe College, quickly followed by an opportunity to join the newly formed Arctic College as the Dean of Programs. After several years Ann relocated to Timmins, Ontario to become the Dean of Aboriginal Studies with Northern College and ended her 8 year tenure there as the Vice-President, College Services. She has been the Vice President, Academic at Keyano College in Fort McMurray and became the President of Northern Lakes College in 2013. “Northern Lakes College is the right fit for me,” she says, “the shared values and passion for creating opportunities for learners and a sharp focus on student success matches my own.”

Andrea Farquhar

A leader in the Canadian higher education landscape for the past two decades, Andrea Farquhar is the Assistant Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs at McMaster University. She currently serves as Chair of the World 100 Reputation Network which is the only professional network for reputation managers in the world’s leading universities. She also chairs the Ontario University Public Affairs Council and is responsible for communications for Hamilton’s Health Sector Emergency Management Committee.

Andrea's responsibilities at McMaster include communications, government relations, marketing, media relations, issues and reputation management, internal communications, development and advancement communications, community relations, and the alumni magazine.


Angela Hildyard

Currently serving as president of SWAAC, Angela Hildyard is professor of higher education and special advisor to the president and provost at the University of Toronto. Angela recently completed 15 years as the vice-president, human resources and equity, making her the longest serving vice-president in the history of U of T. As a senior academic administrator for over twenty –two years, (including being director of the former OISE, and principal of Woodsworth College), Angela has a general interest in post- secondary administration as well as organizational growth and change. Particular interests include: the study of academic leadership, in particular in relation to gender and diversity; succession planning; employment relations and best practice within academic HR; interest based collective bargaining; human rights legislation and associated best practice; furthering  equity and diversity within the post-secondary system.


Melanie Humphreys

Melanie J. Humphreys is the fourth president of The King’s University in Edmonton. Prior to King’s, she was Dean of Student Care & Services and adjunct faculty at Wheaton College in Illinois. Humphreys joined Wheaton College in 2009, after serving for 10 years as Vice President of Student Life at LCC International University, a liberal arts institution in Lithuania. Dr. Humphreys earned her Ph.D. in higher education from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. While completing her doctoral studies, Humphreys taught for Azusa's Masters of Arts in Global Leadership program, teaching in Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


Grace Miazga

Grace Miazga is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Education at the University of Alberta and has been Dr. Olive Yonge’s research assistant since 2012. Her work with Dr. Yonge has been in the areas of faculty development, PhotoVoice, arts based education and leadership. Grace was one of three interviewers for Dr. Yonge’s research on academic and non-academic female administrators' stories of courage.


Shauneen Pete

Dr. Shauneen Pete is from Little Pine First Nation (SK). She is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. She completed a three year term as the Executive Lead; Indigenization in 2016; and has served as both the Vice-President (Academic) and Interim President at First Nations University of Canada. Her primary research interests are the Indigenization of Canadian Post-Secondary Education; and the experiences of Indigenous women in faculty roles.


Lisa Philipps

Lisa Philipps is York University's Interim Vice-President Academic & Provost as well as a Professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School where she teaches and writes about taxation law, fiscal policy, feminist legal theory and higher education policy. After completing her LLB at the University of Toronto she practised tax law with the firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon.  She received an LLM from York University and taught at the Universities of Victoria and British Columbia before joining Osgoode in 1996. 

Lisa has held a number of academic leadership roles, most recently as Interim Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University (2015-16), and Associate Vice-President Research at York University from 2011-14.  She has a longstanding interest in the ways that academics can contribute to policy development and informed public debate. She served as Special Counsel within Ontario’s Ministry of Finance in 2015, and most recently was Principal Investigator on a HEQCO-funded research project on the legal frameworks for work-integrated learning.


Debra Pozega Osburn

Debra Pozega Osburn brings a wealth of experience to our discussion today, along with a passion for learning and for education that began at a young age. After earning her bachelor's degree in journalism at Michigan State University, she returned to the university while building her career and raising a family to earn both a master's and a Ph.D in American studies, with a particular focus on women's roles in the work force and in family structure during the Cold War decade of the 1950s. Her professional roles have included senior positions in external relations at Michigan State, at the University of Alberta, and now at the University of Saskatchewan, where she serves as Vice President, University Relations. She also has been a journalist -- having started her career as a sportswriter and then moving into the news sections, including as a city editor -- and being a principal and a partner in a communications consulting firm that served the education, non-profit and association community.

Deborah Saucier

Dr. Deborah Saucier is an accomplished academic and successful university administrator.  Deborah is the provost and vice-president, academic at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario, where was also the former dean of science.  In July 2017, Dr. Saucier will be joining MacEwan University at its President. Prior to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2011, she was the chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in behavioural neuroscience, with a specialty in spatial cognition.  Deborah is originally from Saskatoon, where she is a member of the Central Urban Metis Federation Incorporated. She is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and to the power of education to transform lives.  Deborah is married to curator and contemporary artist Chai Duncan. They have an eight-year-old daughter who is the light of their lives.


Malinda Smith

Malinda S. Smith is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta and president of the U of A’s Academic Women’s Association. Her research and engaged scholarship draws on critical theoretical perspectives in political science and the humanities to explore questions of equity, social justice, decolonization and social change. Her published research engages issues in African political economy, the temporality and spatiality of terrorism, poverty and inequality, and intersectional feminism. She is co-author of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity in Canadian Universities (UBC 2017), and co-editor of States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (BTL 2010).


Kisha Supernant

Kisha Supernant is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and vice-president of the U of A’s Academic Women’s Association. Through her research, she works works collaboratively with Indigenous communities to explore the rich, complex history of western Canada through the archaeological record. A Métis whose father was taken from his young Métis mother when he was a baby, Kisha is now engaging in the hard work of connecting to her community, listening and learning, inquiring and exploring, with the goal of making the academic world a more equitable place.


Christine Tausig Ford

Christine Tausig Ford is president of the Ottawa-based consulting firm, Higher Thinking Strategies Limited. She provides consulting services to a range of clients, including postsecondary institutions, non-profit associations and federal government agencies in the areas of governance, leadership, higher education and research policy.

From October 2016 until spring 2017, she has served as Interim Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ms. Tausig Ford was formerly Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Universities Canada, as well as publisher of the award-winning magazine, University Affairs. She continues to serve as a consultant to Universities Canada’s Women’s Leadership Network, reflecting her deep commitment to women’s leadership.

She is a former board member of the Science Media Centre of Canada and the OECD’s Institutional Management of Higher Education Program. She is currently vice-chair of the Ottawa Humane Society.

Ms. Tausig Ford holds an honours bachelor of journalism from Carleton University and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to higher education.


Theatre for Living

Founded in 1981, Vancouver's Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre), directed by David Diamond, uses THEATRE FOR LIVING to help living communities tell their stories. THEATRE FOR LIVING has evolved from Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed". Since 1989 Theatre for Living work has slowly moved away from the binary language and model of "oppressor/oppressed" and now approaches community-based cultural work from a systems-based perspective; understanding that a community is a complexly integrated, living organism. Theatre for Living's work is a worldwide leading example of theatre for social change; theatre for dialogue creation and conflict resolution; theatre for community healing and empowerment. Projects have taken place in collaboration with First Nations and multicultural communities through hundreds of theatre workshops, Power Plays and Forum Theatre events around the world on issues such as violence and suicide prevention, anti-racism workshops, youth empowerment, homelessness and mental health, othering, bullying and community development.


Qwul’sih’yah’maht (Robina Thomas)

Qwul’sih’yah’maht is a member of Lyackson First Nation. Robina is an Associate Professor and holds a faculty position in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Presently she is the Director, Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement. Robina has extensive experience in the field of Indigenous studies. Her Master’s thesis focused on Kuper Island Residential School and her PhD. dissertation focused on Indigenous Women and Leadership. Her research interests include: Indigenous women & children, residential schools, storytelling, community engagement and anti-colonial/anti-racist practices as a way of life. 


Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee assumed the role of President and Vice-Chancellor at The University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg) on August 1, 2014.

UWinnipeg is located in downtown Winnipeg, on Treaty One land in the heart of the Métis Nation. UWinnipeg is a medium-sized university with approximately 10,000 full and part-time students. Committed to supporting students as they grow and being an institution that is accessible to traditionally underrepresented groups; fully one third of students identify as Indigenous or immigrant/refugee students.

Key accomplishments include completing a university-wide strategic directions plan, developing an integrated academic and research plan, the introduction of a three-year budget strategy; and development and approval of the Indigenous Course Requirement for all undergraduate students, among the first in Canada.

In May 2016, Dr. Trimbee was appointed to the board of Manitoba Hydro where she will use her knowledge and expertise in water management and energy policy.

Previous to this role, she was a Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board and Advanced Education and Technology. Key accomplishments include Alberta Budget 2012 and 2013, the redesign of Alberta’s innovation system and creation of the Alberta Innovates Corporations, bringing Alberta post-secondary institutions together to plan and collaborate through Campus Alberta, and development of Alberta’s Health Policy Framework and Integrated Resource Management Policy Framework.

She holds a BSc from The University of Winnipeg, a MSc from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from McMaster University in Ecology and a Post-Doc in aquatic ecology from the University of Alberta.


Olive Yonge

Olive Yonge is Vargo Teaching Chair, Distinguished University Professor, Pat Griffin Scholar.

Her areas of expertise include leadership and teaching and learning. She has been funded by SSHRC and awarded a 3M Teaching Fellow. This past decade she has focused her attention on academic leadership, serving as a Vice Provost, Deputy Provost and Interim Provost. Currently, she is studying courage through interviews of academic and nonacademic female administrators across Canada. After many successful years of serving in the academy, this meaningful research on courage is having a significant impact on her perceptions of what it takes to be a female leader.

Grace Miazga has been Dr. Olive Yonge’s research assistant since 2012. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Her work with Dr. Yonge has been in the areas of faculty development, PhotoVoice, arts based education and leadership. Grace was one of three interviewers for Dr. Yonge’s research on academic and nonacademic female administrators' stories of courage.