Leadership Conference a resounding success

Leadership Conference 2015: Leadership.Complex.World was hosted by the School of Leadership Studies on October 1st - 3rd and was a huge success due to the support and dedication of many people!

The second School of Leadership Studies bi-annual leadership conference, Leadership Conference 2015: Leadership.Complex.World, was held recently on October 1-3 at the Hotel Grand Pacific in downtown Victoria. We hosted over 250 delegates and presenters this year, and delivered over 45 distinct sessions and events. The buzz in the air during the conference was exciting, and immediate feedback from attendees  and presenters was overwhelmingly positive and I think we may have committed to hosting another conference in 2017!

There are many people who made this conference successful and who deserve recognition and thanks:

  • Hilary Leighton and Continuing Studies who not only sponosred our reception but also lent us two fabulous staff - Lauren Garvey and Eden Jaycock to support the conference;
  • faculty from other RRU programs who saw value and possibility enough to share their time and expertise with our delegates;
  • all the units who supported their staff in attending the conference as part of their professional development;
  • SoLS faculty who shaped the conference theme, played a support and mentorship role to presenters, and shared their experiences and wisdom with delegates;
  • staff from many areas of the university (Marketing, Finance, Web Services, IT, Media Tech, Recruitment, Communications and Advancement, Finance) whose expertise supported us in achieving our goals; and
  • the RRU executive, in particular Allan Cahoon, president, and Mary Bernard, AVP Research and Faculty Affairs, who both took time out of their very busy schedules to address our delegates.

However, this conference would not have been possible, or as successful as it was, without the dedication and support of the School of Leadership Studies staff.  In particular, I would like to thank our “purple shirts”:

Jacalyn Raby, school manager, whose vision, outstanding leadership and coordination was instrumental in the delivery and success of the conference.

Lisa Winbourne, program associate, who brought such a high-level of dedication and customer-service focus that our delegates felt supported no matter what.

Kellie-Ann Harvey, program associate (and procurement wizard!), who gathered an astounding selection of quality delegate bag inserts and door prizes that really elevated the quality of the event.

Lisa Corak, program associate, who played a critical role in liaising with and supporting our keynote speakers who felt “well looked after” during the conference.

Lila Linell, program coordinator, whose unsurpassed organizational abilities grounded the delivery of the event, and who was willing and able to step into each role (registration desk, book seller, presenter support, and the “Vanna White” to our reception MC) with grace and skill.

Carol Hardgrave, program coordinator, who not only supported our delegates and presenters during the conference but, as important, picked up the slack and kept the show running in the office leading up to the conference.

Thank you all!  Until 2017 …


Brigitte Harris,
Director, School of Leadership Studies