Women in Leadership


To support women in formal and informal leadership positions, and to encourage the next generation of potential women leaders.

As part of Brock University’s ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WIL meetings are being held virtually. See event details for login information.

Upcoming Meetings (mark your calendars!)


Christene Carpenter-Cleland and Po Ling Bork, co-chairs of Scientifically Yours, on the importance of increasing interest in science among women and girls; they will also talk about their own experiences in a male-dominated field.

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Panel discussion: Opportunities and Experiences of the NWPB’s Immigrant Mentorship Program

In September 2020, Brock University made its long-time collaboration with the Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB) official by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The partnership formalizes both Brock and NWPB’s efforts in contributing to the local community by supporting the health, vitality and well-being of the region, as well as addressing workforce development challenges.

As part of this partnership, Brock University is a partner in the NWPB’s Immigrant Mentorship Program.  This program pairs established local professionals with internationally trained professionals who are new to Canada and are looking to build their careers and expand their knowledge.This session will highlight the importance of mentoring for women in our community by sharing experiences and outcomes of mentorship programs.

Presenters include:

  • Josie Faccini, Mentorship Program Coordinator, NWPB
  • Renee Ji, Student Advisor, Brock International
  • Vivian Kinnard, Chief Executive Officer, NWPB

NOTE: This session will be recorded.

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  • a casual conversation with Lynn Wells, Provost & Vice-President, Academic

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  • Robyn Bourgeois, Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, will present “From Trauma to Triumph” looking at how trauma can be source of strength in leadership.

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  • To be confirmed


  • a conversation with Suzanne Curtin, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

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  • We will continue our conversation with Angela Salvatore (BA ’02, Sociology) and first female Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Taxation Law Section. Angela originally presented at a WIL session in December 2020.

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  • To be confirmed

Do you have an idea for a future session?

Click here to submit your suggestion!

or email Jeannie Mackintosh Jeannie Mackintosh

Recorded WIL Sessions

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Some Women in Leadership sessions have been recorded. Members of the Brock community are invited to view recorded videos here. (Sign in required.)

Learn about past speakers and topics discussed

From volunteerism to becoming a leader, the WIL meetings cover a range of relevant topics for women and allies alike


On May 21, Sandy Howe, Associate Director of Experiential Education and United Way committee co-chair, led a discussion on the links between volunteerism and leadership.

Sandy was joined by Jocelyn Titone, Marketing & Communications Coordinator with the Goodman School of Business and Kristen Smith, Manager of Community Outreach Programs with Student Life & Community Experience.

The three women encouraged everyone to consider ways to get involved and mentioned some specific organizations where they have volunteered.

To get started, Kristen recommends InCommunities, the Niagara Volunteer Connections Database, where you can explore opportunities tailored to your interests, location, and available time commitment.

Several participants also shared their own suggestions for volunteer opportunities in the meeting chat.

If you have additional suggestions, please let us know and we will add to the list below. Email mpetkovic2@brocku.ca


Learn the history of this initiative

In the beginning was SWAAC
Bringing the energy to Niagara
Expanding within Brock University


Virtual conference hosted by McGill University, May 13-14, 2021.

View conference website

​​The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada organization (SWAAC) was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for those who identify as women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes.

The University of Regina hosted the 2020 SWAAC Conference (March 4-6), exploring the theme of Living Your Truth.

SWAAC was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for those who identify as women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes.

Celebration of International Women’s Day 2019

Invisible, No More

On March 8, let’s write the stories of overlooked women for more gender equality in the digital sphere.

The #WIKI4WOMEN initiative calls everyone to take a few minutes of their time to create, enrich or translate, in as many languages as possible, Wikipedia profiles of women committed in the fields of education, science, culture, social and human sciences, and/or communication and information.

No matter where you are in the world, all you have to do to join #WIKI4WOMEN is:

  • Create an account on Wikipedia
  • Start working on women profiles

To learn more about this initiative, visit the UNESCO website

This Is My Niagara (TIMN), a student-run initiative in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture & Film at Brock University, is an organization with a mission to inspire a movement towards connecting young talent with small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations in Niagara, as well as showcasing the Niagara Region as a unique place to live, work and play.

On Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pond Inlet, TIMN will be hosting its annual CONNECT 2019, a networking event for Brock students, local business operators, entrepreneurs and young professionals.

The event will include three influential guest speakers – Lydia Collins, Leah Feor and Jennifer Harper – raffle prizes, food and drinks and networking opportunities for attendees to enjoy.

This year’s theme is Women in Leadership.

Please RSVP by March 10 here

The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada organization was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes. The primary purpose of SWAAC is the promotion of female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes through:

  • Developing and enhancing leadership skills
  • Mentoring future leaders
  • Recognizing exceptional leaders
  • Networking and communicating
  • Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

SWAAC 2019 in Waterloo April 25-27!

Click here to learn about the program and register

The 2019 Laura Secord Walk will be taking place on

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 (the actual anniversary of Laura’s courageous trek in 1813)

This year, we’ll be walking in support of War Child Canada and their important work to help today’s victims of war.

Did you know that Brock University’s Rodman Hall is one of the landing sites of this historic trail? The Laura Secord Legacy Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network, soon to be rebranded with the name “The Great Trail.” Friends of Laura Secord Honourary Chair, Valerie Pringle is Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and will be on hand to install the first co-branded sign on June 22.

The Laura Secord Walk will be a great way to honour a courageous, determined woman of great fortitude who helped set the stage for all the strong women who followed.

The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women (NLSW) takes place on

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Brock University

The NLSW presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University.

Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’ – there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day.

This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders.

Every year, outstanding local speakers and presenters are invited to the NLSW. The call for proposals is now closed.

For more information, please visit the NLSW website

As we had hoped, Brock is well represented in this year’s program, including:

  • Robyn Bourgeois, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Andrea Blais, Lab Manager for the Zelisko Research Team
  • Loretta Davis, Captain and Coach with the Brock Niagara Penguins
  • Students Kailene Jackson (Political Science and Sociology) and Hope Tuff-Berg (Political Science)
  • Olivia Poulin, recent Brock graduate and entrepreneur
  • Shannon Kerwin, Associate Professor of Sport Management

Blogging Opportunity!

Interested in blogging on any of the topics listed?

Contact Kristen Smith

Manager, Student and Community Outreach

at ksmith2@brocku.ca


Background, Goals, Accomplishments and Next Steps

Presented January 2020