Program & Schedule


The Program and Schedule is now live!

Date & Time

Topic & Speaker

(See map)


Thursday, May 4th

6:30 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m.

Registration Opens

SWAAC Welcome Reception

Western University – Ivey - Grand Hall and Brock Pavilion

Friday, May 5th

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast - light

Huron University

8:30 a.m. – 8: 45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Huron University


8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Governance and your leadership in Canadian Universities

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julia Eastman

Huron University


9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Networking and Break

Huron University


10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions:

  1. Where are we in terms of EDI and Indigeneity in our institutions, and what do we need to move it forward?

     Christy Bressette (Western University), Florence Glanfield (University of Alberta), Ellyn Lyle (Yorkville University), Jennifer Slay (King’s University College)

  1. Life After leadership

     Carol Beynon (Western University), Mary Hofstetter (Sheridan College), Linda Miller (Western University), Betty Anne Younker (Western University)

  1. Senior Leaders Work-life-integration

     Temi Akin-Aina (Western University), Heidi Braaksma (Huron University College), Charmaine Dean (University of Waterloo), Margaret McGlynn (Western University), Katina Pollock (Western University)

  1. Leading the way to prevention of gender-based violence

Tracy Isaac (Western University), Barb MacQuarrie (Western university), Katreena Scott (Western University)

  1. Beginning and Aspiring leaders

     Stephanie DeFranceschi (St Clair College), Sepideh Mahani (Yorkville), Nicole Neil (Western University), Jennifer Sutton (Brescia University College)

  1. Senior Leadership & Governance

     Sophia Aggelonitis (former Cabinet Minister, former university board member), Susan Ferguson (Lambton College), Lee Ann McKivor (Memorial University), Andrea Patrick (Odgers)

Huron University


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Western University 

Great Hall

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Panel: Higher Education Recruitment Panel

Jessa Chupik (BIPOC), Jane Griffith (Griffith Group), Jennifer Massey, (KBRS), Julia Robarts (Odgers)

Moderator: Jennifer Davila, Western University

Western University 

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Networking and Break

Western University 

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

See above. Registrants will have an option of choosing one session in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Western University

Somerville House

4:30 p.m.

Buses start leaving Western to The Park Hotel

Western University

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Reception and Banquet

Gala and Awards Dinner (Business dress)

Brescia University College

 Saturday, May 6th

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Hot Breakfast

King’s University College

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

King’s University College

8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Learn to R.A.P. – Learn to Live.

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Slay (King’s University College)

King’s University College

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Networking and Break

King’s University College

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

President's Panel

Women Choosing to Lead Panel: An opportunity to hear from female colleagues about their leadership journey.

Julia Christensen Hughes (Yorkville University), Lauretta Frederking (Brescia University College), Deborah Mclatchy (Wilfrid Laurier University), Janet Morrison (Sheridan College), Lesley Rigg (Brock University)

Moderator: Donna Kotsopoulos, Western University

King’s University College

12:15 p.m. – 1:00p.m.

Closing Remarks and Ceremony/lunch

King’s University College