Margot Wilson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She has served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences (2006 to 2011) and Chair of the Department of Anthropology (2001 to 2006). She is currently President of the Canadian Asian Studies Association and Past-President of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development. Her research focuses primarily on abandoned women and children in Bangladesh, planned change, and cultural constructions of disease.
Janet Sheppard has worked for twenty years as a counsellor at the University of Victoria. Her experience in areas of personal, learning, and career concerns for both graduate and undergraduate students led her to complete a PhD, studying the role of curriculum in identity development. She currently coordinates the Thesis Completion Program and, in collaboration with Career Services, she has recently initiated UVic’s first Graduate Student Career Exploration Group.
Russel and his team have worked with Mitacs Inc. and the Step Program over the past 3 years providing facilitation in the areas of time management, project management and presentation skills. In addition, Russel has been instrumental in developing and improving performance management systems through consulting and training engagement with his clients. He holds a coaching certificate (International Coaching Federation) and a Masters Degree in Engineering (University of Cape Town).
Ian has been working in the career development field for over 18 years, with over 13 years working directly with university students and graduates at the bachelor, master and PhD levels. He has a BA in English and French, an MBA specializing in service management and a range of career development credentials. Ian is fascinated with how people navigate their careers and in particular how they leverage their post-secondary education to move their lives and careers forward.
Dr. Wall is currently teaching and mentoring at the University of Victoria, having arrived three years ago as a professor emeritus from the University of Toronto where he last served as Chair of Psychology. His current attachment to the LTC has led to his teaching a graduate course on teaching and learning in higher education, facilitating a summer institute on teaching for new faculty, co-directing the PD-PUT and conducting numerous workshops at the LTC on teaching-related topics.
Cynthia Korpan has been involved in teaching assistant training and graduate student professional development at the Learning and Teaching Centre since 2005. Currently, Cynthia is the Vice-chair of the Teaching Assistant/Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) executive committee, a national special interest group that is part of Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
Dr. Elangovan has been a professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria since 1992. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of leadership, organizational analysis, trust, conflict management, well-being at work, and callings. He served as the Associate Dean from 2008-2011. Professor Elangovan is also very active in providing executive and management development training for private and public sector organizations in Canada and Asia. From 2004 to 2006, Professor Elangovan was a principal investigator on the Research Team for the B.C. government’s Accelerated Leadership Development initiative where he played a key role in researching and building the leadership competencies framework for senior executives, designing the measurement tool, developing the curriculum for the training program, and delivering the sessions.
Laurie Waye has managed the Writing Centre at UVic since 2007. As her graduate-student staff stayed longer and longer, she became interested in their ongoing professional development. Laurie completed her PhD in Educational Studies in 2010.
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Lynn McCaughey has worked in the area of student and alumni career development at Uvic since 1994. Initially she facilitated an intensive program for alumni and then moved into more generalized career development services for all students. There are two themes that run through Lynn's career, both before and during her work at UVic; working in an educative context and working with people as they manage transition.
Presently with BC Ferries, Tony has worked in the Human Resources field for around 30 years in the military, post secondary education and transportation sectors. His most recent experience has been specializing in recruitment & selection, labour relations, change management and employee & organizational development. A Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP,CIPD), Tony completed his post-graduate studies in the UK in Business Management and Human Resources Management, before moving to Alberta in 1996.
Norine Hale has worked as a generalist in the Human Resources field for 20 years, in organizations representing private, non-profit and crown corporation sectors and in industries ranging from transportation to finance. Her experience includes work in the areas of recruitment, compensation, labour relations, organizational development and performance management. She has a BA in Psychology and MBA specializing in Human Resources Management..
Julie Holder has been working for non-profit organizations for over 30 years - first in international development in Ottawa and different parts of Africa, and then domestically in social service and health sectors. She has been Executive Director of local community based non-profits here in Victoria and for the last four years has worked with the Canadian Diabetes Association as the Regional Director for Vancouver Island, BC North and BC Interior. Julie received her M.A. in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in 2001.
Deborah Lang brings with her 15+ years of experience working in senior-level positions in the public and private sectors. Deborah is the Director, Organizational Development and Human Resources Consulting at the University of Victoria, where she is directly responsible for providing expertise and leadership in the areas of Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Learning and Development, Employee Engagement, Performance Management and HR Consulting Services.
Previous to UVic, Deborah worked for Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU) in the role of AVP, Organizational Development where she was directly responsible for providing expertise and leadership to the Organizational Development, Employee Development, Recruitment and Selection; Performance and Succession; and Employee Engagement functions within the Human Resources Department. Deborah is also a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and holds a BA (UVic), an MBA in Executive Leadership and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution (JIBC).
Millie Nickason is the Federal Executive in Residence with the School of Public Administration. She has been a member of the BC Bar for 30 years and received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Ms Nickason has practised law in the private sector, and has worked with the federal government in Ottawa for 25 years. During her time in Ottawa, she has worked with Indian and Northern Affairs, Service Canada, and the Privy Council Office, and was General Counsel of two of the Department of Justice's largest Legal Services Units (Industry Canada and Human Resources and Social Development Canada). She has been policy advisor, project manager, legal advisor, negotiator and executive, managing a range of multi-disciplinary teams.