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Leadership in changing times: the last event 

Nearly 50 senior academic leaders, administrators and managers from across Canada gathered in June 2019 for the Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC) in Winnipeg. This year, we will be offering SUAC in Winnipeg, from June 14 – 19, 2020.  Join us for a week of exceptional Higher Education Professional Development in Winnipeg.

Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC)

SUAC is a five-day residential program for senior academic leaders including presidents, rectors, principals, provosts, vice presidents, associate vice presidents, deans, associate deans, registrars, chief librarians, and senior directors of service.

Offered by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) at the University of Manitoba, SUAC has been part of the Canadian higher education administration landscape for over 30 years. Revised annually, it embraces an integrated approach to the multi-faceted challenges facing today’s university leaders. The program utilizes an active learning approach by taking full advantage of the wealth of skills and experience of participants and course leaders.

Central to SUAC is preparing participants for leadership in higher education, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to lead today and tomorrow. Updated annually, SUAC considers the major issues and trends impacting higher education, shares essential techniques for managing the interpersonal aspects of an academic leadership role, and provides the specific tools to assist in managing day-to-day operational needs.

Led by a team with extensive senior university experience, complemented by expert guests, the program will incorporate case studies, interactive presentations, discussions, and one-on-one consultations. Participants will be encouraged to share experience and insights through a community of practice approach to learning. Indigenization and EDI are cross-cutting themes, touching all aspects of higher education leadership and management and central within the program. 

Key Topic Areas:

Leadership Essentials: Understanding yourself as a leader, crafting a vision, professional responsibility and performance management, negotiation, conflict resolution, accommodation and succession planning and work life balance. 

Executing Strategy and Managing the Operational Needs of Your UnitStrategic planning leading and managing change, budgeting and resource management models, leveraging resources, and monitoring results.

Delivery methods
SUAC 2020  is a five-day on-site program June 14 – 19, 2020.
All course materials are provided online

Pre-reading materials and select activities will be available online one week prior to the face to session and participants are expected to join the online pre-week.

Flagship Facilitation Team

SUAC 2020 will be led by our exceptional Flagship Facilitation Team. The team will also be joined by expert presenters

Dr. Sheila Brown, President Emerita Mount St Vincent University
Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President Academic University of Regina
Dr. Adam Gaudry, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Ms. Donna Janiec, Vice- Principal, Finance and Administration Queen’s University, President CAUBO 

Opening Keynote: Dr. Vianne Timmons: President and Vice Chancellor University of Regina

Guest Presenters:

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity People and Culture, York University
Ms. Amanda Reid  Rogers, Piluwitahasuwin (AVP Indigenous Engagement) University of New Brunswick
Dr. Robina Thomas, Executive Director Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, University of Victoria

$4,260 includes all course materials, tuition, breaks, and some meals.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the  Inn at the Forks for SUAC 2020 participants and we advise you to make your reservations as soon as possible. The hotel can be reached at 1-204-926-4059. Please quote Booking Number 419921, University of Manitoba Extended Education.

Nomination process

Participants are nominated to SUAC by their home institutions. Universities and colleges can nominate individuals who have records of achievement in their academic or professional work, people who are motivated to enhance their leadership skills, and/or those who are interested in the benefits to be obtained from attending a specialized leadership development program. Nominees should  apply directly to SUAC 2020 via the online application form.

Applications are now closed.

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