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For three days in May, senior academic administrators from across Canada gathered in Saint John, New Brunswick to network and discuss some of the pressing issues affecting post-secondary education today.
The unifying theme of the annual Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) Conference was ‘Navigating Sea Change’, and it was infused throughout the sessions ranging from changes in international recruitment, to fundraising, to social media.
Hosted by the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, the maritime setting was never far from the conference. From the Opening Reception in the ‘Hall of Great Whales’ at the New Brunswick Museum; to a laugh-out-loud engaging keynote address by performer, author and director, Deborah Kimmett on work and life; to attending sessions overlooking the Saint John harbour; attendees were treated to a conference that showcased the East Coast and Atlantic Canada’s academic administrators and post-secondary institutions.
An important part of the SWAAC Association is recognizing excellence and leadership. At a reception held on the last evening of the Conference, honours were handed out to four remarkable women.
Dr. Vianne Timmons, President of the University of Regina, received the Conference - and Association’s - highest honour: the SWAAC Recognition Award. This award is given to “(A)n individual who has continually demonstrated innovative leadership in advancing the mission of, and achieving outstanding contributions to, their institution and/ or higher education.”
Three graduate students who had “demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic awards” were recognized with the Graduate Student Award of Merit. This year’s recipients were:
Mount Saint Vincent University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Janice E. Harvey
University of New Brunswick Saint John
The 2015 Conference will be held April 30 – May 2 in Toronto, hosted by York University. For more informationabout SWAAC or to receive regular updates, visit www.swaac.ca.