I hold a PhD in Strategic Management from the Ivey School of Business (Ivey) at Western University. I also have an MBA from Ivey as well as an MA (English Literature) from Queen’s University and a BA (Hon. English Literature) and a BSc from the University of Waterloo. I joined Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014 as a tenure-track professor in policy at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics (Lazaridis School). I teach strategic management at the undergraduate, graduate and executive masters level. I have been involved in a number of undergraduate and graduate activities at the Lazaridis School and have served in a number of administative roles including course coordinator, the Faculty Lead for the Integrated Case Exercise, and the Academic Director for the AACSB Accreditation. I have also served as the Director of the BBA programs and the Director of MBA Programs at the Lazaridis School.
Before returning to academia, I served in senior roles in government including Chief of Staff at the Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Environment, Attorney General, and Transportation in Toronto, Canada. I also held roles in the private sector as a senior strategy, corporate communications and crisis management consultant to executive-level clients. My clients spanned the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and were primarily in the healthcare, environment and financial services fields.
I am currently the Chair of the Board of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, the Vice-Chair of the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, and a board member of iGaming Ontario. I am a very proud member of the national Advocacy Committee of ALS Canada, a cause that is very important to me. I am a former National Council Member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. In 2021, I served as the Chair of the Ontario Government Task Force on Women and the Economy.
My current research focuses on strategic management, corporate governance, global healthcare management and innovation, and case-based learning. I have published a number of articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books, have co-authored a book on case-based learning in collaboration with students and have authored award-winning case studies that have been published in leading strategy textbooks and case journals. Currently I am involved in research related to women entrepreneurs, AI in strategic decision-making, and case-learning in entrepreneurship education.
Awards and honours:
BU481: Policy 1: Strategic Management
BU601: Strategic Management
BU608: Integrative Thinking: A Playbook for Managerial Action
BU610: Applied Business Research
TM701: Strategic Management of Technology
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