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Perry Atwal

Perry is a lecturer in Strategy and Organizational Behaviour at the Sauder School of Business. He teaches courses on service management, employment relationships, organizational behaviour, strategy and marketing. He has led successful projects involving extremely diverse participants, and has forged effective relationships between business and government professionals at many levels. Previously he worked in Investment Banking in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Integrated Management Program

Strategy Planning and Design

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Dr. Jen Brown

Jen teaches competitive and corporate strategy to MBA students in the United States, Canada and abroad. Her interests include industrial organization and personnel economics. Her recent work has focused on competitors’ incentives and strategies in tournaments and contests, as well as job seekers’ behaviour during the Great Recession.

Strategy and Innovation

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Cy Charney

Cy is President of Charney & Associates and founder of The Leadership Institute. He has 35+ years of experience helping organizations make effective use of their most underutilized resource—their people. He has developed significant improvement programs for high-performance organizations such as General Electric, Hyundai, Samsung and the RCMP. An innovative educator, his unique learning systems are used around the world.

Coaching and Mentoring

Leading High Performance Teams

  Andrew Chen

Andrew is an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business who specializes in improvisation for leaders and business communications. He is a Canadian Comedy Award Nominated performer and has worked in improvisation since 2003. He has been affiliated with various improv organizations such as the Canadian Improv Games, UBC Improv and Instant Theatre, and has offered improv programs in a professional development context.

Adaptive Communication: Thinking on Your Feet

Robyn Crisanti

Robyn is the Director of Public Affairs for Port Metro Vancouver. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications, working for organizations in the advertising, financial services, association, utilities, biotechnology and regulatory sectors. She has also been a change management leader and project manager on major, enterprise-wide technology implementations.

Leading Organizational Change

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Dr. Darren Dahl

Darren is Senior Associate Dean and the BC Innovation Council Professor of Marketing at the Sauder School of Business. He teaches courses in strategic marketing, entrepreneurship and creativity. His work on product development and consumer behaviour has been presented at conferences internationally. He also consults for major organizations such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Lululemon and Xerox. He recently received Canada’s highest post-graduate teaching honour, and was a finalist in The Economist magazine’s Business Professor of the Year competition.

Product and Service Management Boot Camp

Strategy and Innovation

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Bob Elton

Bob is an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business, where he teaches leadership and organizational change programs. He has held the titles of Partner, CFO, President, CEO, Executive Chair, Chair of the Board and Director at organizations including Vancity, BC Hydro and PwC. He currently sits on three boards, and is a member of the executive leadership team at Vancity.

Leading Organizational Change

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  Adel Gamar

Adel is CEO and cofounder of Gamar Leadership Group Ltd., a boutique firm that specializes in adaptive leadership and change management. For more than 15 years, he has advised and coached senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies and major public sector agencies world-wide. He has also served as Education Specialist at UNESCO and Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he taught adaptive leadership and co-facilitated the Think Tank on Global Education.

The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Tracey Gurton

Tracey is a lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at the Sauder School of Business. Her areas of expertise include team leadership, motivation, performance planning and change management. She also delivers professional development programs aimed at helping companies be a better place to work. She is known for her engaging and caring teaching style that brings theory to life with practical experiences.

Building a Strong Organizational Culture

Communication Skills for Managers

Leading Organizational Change

Strategy and Innovation

Understanding and Managing Change

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Dr. David Hannah

David is an Associate Professor of Management at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, where he has received multiple teaching awards. His interests centre on the protection of organizational trade secrets and how workers cope with intensely emotional work. His clients have included BC Hydro, MacDonald Dettwiler and PMC-Sierra.

Essential Management Skills

Strategies and Skills of Successful Negotiation

Dr. Joey Hoegg

Joey is the Canada Research Chair in Consumer Behaviour and Associate Professor of Marketing at the Sauder School of Business. She teaches consumer insights and marketing research. Her expertise includes the influence of product and advertising design on consumers, and how brands develop relationships with their customers. Previously she worked as a marketing research and communications consultant in San Diego.

Integrated Management Program


Denise Holleran-Boswell

Denise is the founder and Managing Partner of Collaborators In Knowledge Inc. She brings more than 35 years of practical experience in managing, auditing and rescuing multi-million dollar projects. She has also trained thousands of students from the private and public sectors in the best practices of portfolio and project management. She is the past President of the Society of PMPs of Greater Vancouver.

Business Analysis Essentials

Controlling Project Scope, Time and Cost

Engaging and Managing Stakeholders

Organizational Change Integration for Projects

Procurement and Contract Management Practices

Project Management Essentials

Project Portfolio Management

Risk Management for Projects

Charles Holmes

Charles has 22+ years of experience facilitating meetings and large scale systems change initiatives. Specializing in organizational culture change and leadership, he has facilitated gatherings with global leaders (including the Dalai Lama), and with multinational corporations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is co-founder of the Academy for Systemic Change, where he works to make Vancouver one of the world’s most sustainable cities.

Facilitation Skills for Leaders

 Tim Huh  Dr. Tim Huh

Tim is a Professor at the Sauder School of Business. His interests include operations management, inventory control, supply chain management and dynamic pricing.  He has worked with semiconductor companies on capacity expansion and configuration, when the production technology and demand for products were subject to high uncertainty. He has also worked with health care organizations, insurance companies and manufacturing facilities in Canada and the U.S.

Data Analytics for Managerial Decision Making

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Steve Jacobs

Steve is Chair and Senior Partner at CLG, a global leader in behaviour-based strategy execution and performance improvement consulting. He is known internationally for his work with senior executives responsible for making things happen—improving the speed, return and sustainability of performance improvement strategies in their firms. His clients have included major corporations such as Chevron, Cigna, H.J. Heinz and the Bank of Montreal.

Meeting the Leadership Challenge

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Dr. Tom Knight

Tom is an Associate Professor at the Sauder School of Business. He has consulted and taught about organizational effectiveness for more than 35 years. His particular interests include adaptive leadership, performance management, problem solving and collaborative labour-management relations.

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Leader's Window

Leading in a Unionized Workplace

Winning with Talent

Dr. Harish Krishnan

Harish is an Associate Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division and Director of the Centre for Operations Excellence at the Sauder School of Business. His expertise is in the area of supply chain management, specifically as it relates to incentive alignment and contracting. He teaches courses in process analysis and supply chain management, and has worked with several private and public sector organizations in BC.

Fundamentals of Business Process Management

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Dr. Gail Levitt

Gail is President of Levitt Communications. An expert in interpersonal influence and performance management, she has consulted for major organizations including SNC-Lavalin, HSBC, Greenpeace and various government agencies. Acclaimed for her energetic teaching style, she has taught and written extensively on negotiations, leadership, communication, business writing and creative problem solving.

Achieving Administrative Excellence

Increasing Personal Productivity

Leadership for Administrative Professionals

Negotiation Skills for Administrative Professionals

Power Writing for Business Leaders

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   Dr. Gordon McIntosh

Gordon has 35+ years of management and consultancy experience with government agencies. As Senior Advisor at CivicExcellence and Gordon A. McIntosh Inc., he provides governance development, strategic facilitation and leadership training services. His current interests focus on alignment strategies for effective political/administrative relations. He has also conducted training sessions involving more than 140,000 local government elected officials and staff.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for Public Service Leaders

Governance and Political Acumen

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 Dr. Steven Minns

Steven is an Instructor in the Strategy and Business Economics Department at the Sauder School of Business. His interests include strategic decision making with multiple stakeholders, technology strategy and innovation. Formerly he was Head of Project Management at Taylor Woodrow, an international development and infrastructure construction firm with operations throughout Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East.

Strategic Decision Making

 Robert Murray Robert Murray

Robert is a Partner in the Incrementa Group, a strategy, leadership development and business optimization organization. A best-selling author, global speaker, customer advocate and transformational leader, he has more than 25 years of international customer service, marketing and sales experience. He has also held senior executive positions with organizations like the Fortune 50 company Vodafone, where he was the Chief Customer Operations Officer.

Developing a Customer-Centric Strategy
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Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan

Mahesh is a Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division at the Sauder School of Business. His areas of expertise include operations management, supply chain management, applied game theory and inventory management. He teaches in several executive education programs, and has consulted for organizations such as Mattel and Boeing, as well as a variety of North American retail and health care organizations.

Fundamentals of Business Process Management 

Integrated Management Program

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Christopher Obst

Chris is the Principal of Jump Management Coaching. As a performance-focused coach, he has more than 15 years of experience challenging organizational leaders at top companies such as Canfor, Microsoft and PWC to achieve business results while gaining personal rewards. He also writes extensively about managing people and energy. His talent for motivating high-performing teams earned the National Post “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies” Award.

Leading with Energy

Carman Overholt (Q.C.)

Carman is the Principal of Overholt Law. He works with senior management and HR professionals to ensure compliance with labour, employment and human rights legislation, and to develop policies that minimize litigation risk and disruption. He has appeared on behalf of employers before the Supreme Court of BC and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. He has also represented employers in labour arbitration proceedings and collective bargaining.

Employment Law Essentials

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Tracy Page

Tracy is a certified Project Management consultant and Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business. She works internationally to help clients deliver successfully on complex strategic projects. Her workshops develop skills to become more effective in project delivery and communication. Before launching her independent consulting business, she worked on international projects in the high-tech sector.

Achieving Administrative Excellence

Project Management for Administrative Professionals

Joanna Piros

Joanna is a senior consultant with Counterpoint Communications, where she conducts communications and media relations consulting. For 20+ years she has trained thousands of people how to become better communicators, and how to project themselves in the media spotlight and on the podium. Her clients have included Ballard Power Systems, VanCity, TransLink and Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada.

Meeting The Leadership Challenge

Rob Prowse

Rob is an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources in the Sauder School of Business. He also works with organizations globally through his consulting practice, where he focuses on organizational design, leadership, performance management and people development strategies. His clients include Scotiabank, GlaxoSmithKline and Ledcor Group.

Essential Management Skills

Performance Management

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 Steven Shechter  Dr. Steven Shechter

Steven is an Associate Professor at the Sauder School of Business. His expertise involves applying data-driven, advanced analytical techniques to improve managerial decision making. He was recently awarded a Career Investigator Award from BC’s Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for his work on applying analytics to the health care industry. He also has work experience applying analytics to the airline industry.

Data Analytics for Managerial Decision Making

Dr. Timothy Silk

Tim teaches brand management, new product development and consumer behaviour at the Sauder School of Business. A leading expert in pricing and promotion-related consumer behaviour, he has consulted for major organizations including Bell Canada, Best Buy and Visa. He has also helped shape consumer-friendly policies for the Canadian and US governments. Formerly he was a marketing manager for a soft-drink company and an advertising account executive.

Building Brand Power

Product and Service Management Boot Camp

Strategic Pricing

Scott Sinclair

Scott is a lecturer at the Sauder School of Business. He has been actively involved in professional accounting education for more than 30 years. He was the principal author for the CA School of Business in Western Canada between 2000 and 2010, and has won multiple awards for teaching excellence. He has also worked for Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accounts, serving small business and mining clients.

Financial Statement Analysis for the Non-Accountant

Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Integrated Management Program

Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Daniel is the Edgar Kaiser Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Sauder School of Business. He has taught executive programs in organizations across North and South America, Europe and Asia. His clients have included VanCity, Rocky Mountaineer and Glaxo. An active educator, he has won numerous teaching and international research awards. His interests focus on workplace mindfulness and how people respond to justice and injustice at work.

Meeting The Leadership Challenge

Strategies and Skills of Successful Negotiation

   Eric Smith

Eric is the Vice President of Sales for the consumer electronics company Kanto Living, where he provides strategic leadership and leads a North American sales team. He has more than 30 years of sales experience spanning diverse industries. As an independent consultant, he helps clients develop strategies and tactical plans that deliver breakthrough sales results. His clients have included KPMG, The Refinery Leadership Partners and The Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

Sales Acumen for Non-Sales Professionals

 Jim Southcott  Jim Southcott

Jim has worked as a senior strategist for more than 25 years. As a partner at Southcott Strategy, he works with senior managers to set their long-term business and marketing strategy. His special areas of interest include brand management, new product development, digital readiness, cultural branding, organizational creativity and innovation. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Sauder School of Business, where he teaches courses on cultivating creativity in business.

Harnessing Creativity for Organizational Growth

Ann Stone

Ann is a Marketing Instructor at the Sauder School of Business, where she teaches marketing principles, integrated marketing communication and marketing strategy. She brings to the classroom more than 25 years of C-level marketing experience. Her past positions include roles at The Coca-Cola Company, CMO of Church’s Chicken, CMO of Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and a global role with International Dairy Queen.

Fundamentals of Marketing

Marketing Communications

   Kai Su

Kai is a certified LSS Black Belt with more than 12 years of experience in leading large-scale process improvement programs. As a provider of LSS mentorship, training and business collaboration, he is known to be a continuous change agent for encompassing customer-centric thinking into the everyday culture. He is currently a Senior Process Improvement Consultant at Telus.

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

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Dr. James Tansey

James is an Associate Professor at the Sauder School of Business and the Executive Director of a research centre leading the School's activities on sustainability and social innovation. His work encompasses strategy, innovation and leadership through the lens of social enterprise and new technologies. He is co-founder of Offsetters, a top-ranked carbon offset company, and works with green technology start-ups.

Strategy and Innovation

Dr. Thomas Tripp

Tom is Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. He teaches courses in leadership, decision making and negotiation. An internationally famous expert in workplace conflict, he publishes widely on conflict, revenge and forgiveness. He is also a popular educator who has won numerous awards for teaching excellence.

Persuasion and Influence

 Dr. Alex Trisoglio

Alex is a leadership adviser and executive coach with extensive experience in leadership development, performance improvement, trust building and organizational change. He has two decades’ experience working with senior executives of leading global businesses, including 18 years at McKinsey & Co. and 4 years at IFC/The World Bank. He has also worked with senior leaders of non-profits and international organizations including the Ford Foundation and the United Nations.

Coaching for Leadership Excellence

Meeting the Leadership Challenge

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Dr. Danielle van Jaarsveld

Danielle is an Associate Professor at the Sauder School of Business in the Organizational Behavior-Human Resources Division. Her expertise includes customer service, industrial relations and human resource management. Currently, she focuses on how customer mistreatment of employees influences performance, turnover and absenteeism. She is frequently interviewed by the media about her findings.

Integrated Management Program

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Elaine Williamson

Elaine Williamson

Elaine is an Instructor at the Sauder School of Business, where she teaches courses in business development, personal selling, sales management and marketing strategy. With over 25 years of industry experience, she brings a broad range of marketing, sales and management experience from diverse industries. Her focus is to work with emerging and experienced professionals to accelerate their competencies as sales leaders and practitioners.

Accelerating Sales Team Performance

Essentials of Business Development

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