Executive Leadership Program

Brought to you by Lakehead University and Georgian College

Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Thursday, Oct. 27, Georgian College, Barrie Campus

Become the leader you want to be


The Executive Leadership Program, brought to you by Lakehead University and Georgian College, is designed to produce long term results for you and your organization. Facilitated by leading faculty and delivered in the heart of Simcoe County, this innovative program will help you, and your team, reach their full leadership potential. The program builds on your real-world experience, analyzes your personal leadership style, and helps you improve your own impact and drive performance and culture within your organization.

Who should attend?


The Executive Leadership Program is for:

  • directors, senior managers and business owners from a broad range of industries including corporate, government, manufacturing and health care
  • professionals with a minimum of five years management experience

What you need to know


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What does the program provide?

  • A network of likeminded individuals in the Simcoe County region from a variety of sectors
  • Access to academic contacts within Lakehead University and Georgian College
  • A certificate of completion
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Your program journey

  • A three-day intensive in-class program
    • Day 1: Leading self
    • Day 2: Leading and engaging others
    • Day 3: Getting results
  • Action-based interactive learning
  • Leader’s toolkit
  • See information page for pricing and additional information
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Top take-aways

  • Enhance your leadership skills and capabilities
  • Integrate self-awareness and personal power
  • Master the principles of employee engagement to build highly productive teams and create a culture of belonging
  • Cultivate leadership practices that motivate staff to achieve a high level of commitment
  • Develop the skills you need to establish and maintain effective coaching dialogue
  • Lead and inspire your organization through change successfully
Carmine Stump the president an CEO of Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

The Executive Leadership Program brought to you by Lakehead University and Georgian College is an excellent partnership to build leadership capacity locally. Leaders across different sectors in our community can learn together and from each other, providing added value to the experience.

– Carmine Stumpo, President and CEO, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

The people of Executive Leadership


Dr. Kunle Akingbola, Facilitator at Georgian College

Dr. Kunle Akingbola, Facilitator

Dr. Kunle Akingbola is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organizational Behaviour in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Dr. Akingbola’s other graduate degrees include an MBA, Masters in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management (HRM), and MA, Workplace Learning & Change. He is a Certified Human Resources Leader(CHRL).

Dr. Akingbola’s intellectual interests focus on the complex interactions in the environment that influence strategic change and human resource management in nonprofit and healthcare organizations. His research also explores the organizational dynamics of social purpose enterprises. Dr. Akingbola is the lead author of the book “Change Management in Nonprofit Organizations: Theory and Practice” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and the author of “Managing Human Resources for Nonprofits” (Routledge, 2015).

Keith Connell, Facilitator in the Executive Leadership Program at Georgian College

Keith Connell, Facilitator

Keith Connell is a multi-disciplinary Professor in Georgian College’s Business programs in Barrie, Ontario. In addition to holding diplomas from Georgian College in Advertising and Marketing Communications, Computer Programming and Teaching and Training Adults, Keith holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation) from the University of Fredericton.

Keith has been recognized by his colleagues and students as a highly engaging facilitator who draws on his nearly three decades of business management experience to bring the content of the class to life. In 2021, Keith helped develop new programs to the college in the areas of Marketing Management, Small Business and Trades Management and Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.

Kelly Duggan, Facilitator in Georgian's Executive Leadership Program

Kelly Duggan, Facilitator

Kelly Duggan is a Professor of Business and Management and Digital Innovation Change Lead at Georgian College, having previously served as Director of Organizational Planning and Development as well as Director of Academic Planning, Policy and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining Georgian, Kelly developed expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, community development and change management. She held leadership positions within municipal, provincial and economic development organizations, including a strategic management role with the Ontario Provincial Police.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. In addition to management consulting and leadership development, Kelly has a special interest in fostering entrepreneurship, changemaking and social innovation. She served as an International Mentor with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Afghanistan Fellowship Program. She’s currently a passionate board member of Community Builders, a construction-based social enterprise that provides training, employment and affordable housing to meet the growing needs of our community’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Sula Levesque, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Georgian College

Sula Levesque, Facilitator

Sula Levesque joined Georgian as the college’s inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in fall 2021. She’s a recognized senior leader in postsecondary education with extensive experience in EDI. Sula comes to the college from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) where she served as Human Rights Officer and institutional lead on EDI. Prior to her five-year stint at UNB, Sula spent two decades at York University where she held roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in the role of Executive Director, TD Community Engagement Centre. She worked in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood to support experiential student learning and collaborative research between the community and university to increase postsecondary pathways for underrepresented groups.

In addition to her leadership and management roles, Sula spent a decade of her career as a contract faculty member at York University in the department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics and the School of Women’s Studies. Her educational background includes an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a PhD (all but dissertation) in Women’s Studies from York.

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Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, Facilitator

Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. She teaches primarily in the areas of educational psychology, special/inclusive education, mental health and self-regulation. She is a facilitator in Shanker Self-Reg™ and she now shares her passion for self-regulation both at the pre-service level at the Faculty of Education and with practicing teachers throughout Ontario and abroad.

Dr. Mastrangelo is the recipient of several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grants on self-regulation. Dr. Mastrangelo has published widely in the area of play, autism spectrum disorder, self-regulation, and family quality of life. She served as a member on the board of directors for a sustainable housing development project for young adults with autism spectrum disorder with Habitat for Humanity. She is also editor of the International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development.

Dr. Mary Louise Noce, Dean, Human Services and Community Safety, Orillia Campus

Dr. Mary Louise Noce, Facilitator

Dr. Mary Louise Noce is the Dean, Human Services and Community Safety, Orillia Campus. She comes to Georgian from Sheridan College, where she served as Director of Research Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives. Mary Louise brings more than 16 years of experience in the Ontario postsecondary sector. Her career is distinguished by progressively responsible leadership roles and a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Leading Sheridan’s participation in the national Dimensions pilot – an initiative of the three federal granting agencies in collaboration with Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada, Mary Louise managed and built strategies to integrate EDI practices within the scholarly, research and creative ecosystem.

Additionally, her postsecondary sector experience includes roles as Professor of Social Science, General Education Coordinator, and Curriculum Consultant. Mary Louise holds a Master of Social Work from Carleton University and a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE/University of Toronto.

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Dr. David Richards, Facilitator

Dr. David Richards is the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University. He joined the Faculty of Business Administration in 2008 as a faculty member teaching human resources and organizational behaviour. Dr. Richards is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration and holds Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Gerontology.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Richards worked for a number of years in health care and social services as a clinician and a manager. His research investigates attachment theory in the workplace, leadership and leader-follower relationships, emotion regulation, and how these factors relate to attitudes and work behaviours.

Dr. Linda Rodenburg, Facilitator in Georgian's Executive Leadership Program

Dr. Linda Rodenburg, Facilitator

Dr. Linda Rodenburg is the Director of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning and a professor in the English Department at Lakehead University. She moved to Orillia in 2006 as a member of the founding faculty of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus, and her love of lifelong learning and commitment to community found new roots in Simcoe County 15 years ago.

After completing degrees at Lakehead in Thunder Bay, Linda completed her MA at the University of Guelph before undertaking her Ph.D. at the University of Otago in New Zealand on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Her research unpacks how indigenous literatures teach us that relationships and storytelling ground identities, and ‘place’ can enable emergent understandings of culture. As an educator, leader, and community builder, Linda strives to enable others to feel empowered in their connection to place, and to feel motivated to enact positive change in their communities.

Dave Shorey, Executive Director, Owen Sound Campus, Georgian College

Dave Shorey, Facilitator

Dave Shorey is the Executive Director at Georgian’s Owen Sound Campus. Dave is part of Georgian’s senior leadership team and oversees the strategic direction of the campus which includes cultivating, developing and nurturing positive relationships with community, government and industry partners. Dave is a recognized community builder, collaborator and highly engaged leader. With an outstanding career in postsecondary education and municipal capacity building, he brings a wealth of expertise to the Executive Leadership Program.

Previous to Georgian, Dave was the Innovation Officer for the Municipal Innovation Council in Bruce County where he built a broad network of stakeholders to identify, understand and co-develop solutions to emerging issues in the community. Among many achievements, Dave developed a comprehensive framework for eight municipal organizations that identifies areas of opportunity and the strategic capabilities needed for advancement. He established communities of practice that connect municipal staff from across the council’s membership to learn together, collaborate and solve common challenges. He also fostered closer ties between municipalities and postsecondary institutions through applied research and work-integrated learning.

Video resources


Leading through unprecedented times

The COVID-19 crisis challenges leaders in unique ways, but the lessons learned will serve us for years to come. In this session, learn how local leaders navigate the pandemic while maintaining the strength and reputation of their organizations.

Leading to connect: Building citizenship by building relationships

Dr. David Richards shares findings from his own research and leadership evidence to discuss not only how individual differences affect relationships with employees and their engagement and citizenship behaviours, but also some ways in which leaders can be proactive in building relationships today.

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Sara Tuck, BBA, CMP
Manager, Continuing Education and Corporate Training
705.728.1968, ext.1021
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