Conference Committee

Lauren Garvey - Conference Coordinator

School Manager, School of Leadership Studies

Lauren began working at Royal Roads in the School of Leadership Studies in 2009, and has held various roles at the university before becoming the School Manager in the School of Leadership Studies in 2016. Lauren is currently completing her MA Interdisciplinary Studies degree at Royal Roads, focusing on leadership, change management, and organizational development. Lauren participated in organizing the inaugural Leadership Conference in 2013, and has enjoyed returning to coordinate this year's conference.

Siomonn Pulla - Conference Committee

Associate Professor and Program Head, Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Siomonn Pulla is a scholar, writer, educator and practitioner. He is committed to innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching, with an emphasis on seeking solutions to real world issues. His primary focus is on participatory and collaborative research, corporate-Indigenous relations and new and emerging learning systems. Pulla is especially passionate about ensuring that indigenous cultures have access to adequate and appropriate tools for learning. An important aspect of his research is the emerging intersections between mobile technologies and educational programming, especially in the delivery of curriculum and programs to remote, rural and under-developed communities. Specific research interests include the history of Indigenous-settler relations in the Commonwealth, northern issues, Metis political resurgence and representation in Canada and re-visioning doctoral education pedagogies and program designs. Before coming to Royal Roads University, Pulla was an adjunct research professor at Carleton University's School of Canadian Studies, department of sociology and anthropology

Elizabeth Hartney - Conference Committee

Director Centre for Health Leadership Research, Program Head MA Leadership Health, School of Leadership Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Hartney has more than twenty years of professional experience in research, education, policy and frontline healthcare services in the United Kingdom and Canada. Her areas of focus include the treatment of addiction, trauma and chronic pain, and she is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback. She is a Registered Psychologist in B.C., and a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Most recently, she was the resident psychologist for the B.C. Ministry of Health. She also has a long history of community service, and has served on the Autism Community Training Advisory Council for the past eight years.

Catherine Etmanski - Conference Chair

Acting Director, School of Leadership Studies

Catherine is passionate about social and environmental justice and seeks to incorporate creative elements into her research and teaching. She has published about environmental praxis, teaching participatory research, and the use of arts-based methods in promoting dialogue and democracy. Her recent book is titled, "Learning and teaching community-based research: Linking pedagogy to practice" (University of Toronto Press, 2014).  Since joining Royal Roads in 2012, Catherine has served as Program Head for the MA Leadership, has supported the launch of the new MA in Global Leadership, and is leading the development of a new BA in Leadership for Sustainability. Catherine came to RRU as an instructor from the Faculty of Education and School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. She earned her PhD from UVic in 2007 with a focus on leadership, adult education, and participatory engagement.

Niels Agger-Gupta - Conference Committee

Faculty, School of Leadership Studies

Niels has been a core faculty member in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University since 2007, and was MA-Leadership Program Head between 2010 and 2013. He joined RRU in 2004 in the former Knowledge Management program. Niels has been a consultant and researcher specializing in organizational change, action research, appreciative inquiry, world cafe, research ethics, and cultural and linguistic competency in health care. Recent publications include: "The long and winding road: Leadership and learning principles that transform" (with Brigitte Harris, 2015); "The paradox of transformative learning among mid-career professionals" (with Catherine Etmanski, 2014); "Action research engagement: Creating the foundations for organizational change"( Rowe, W. E. A., Graf, M., Agger-Gupta, N., Piggot-Irvine, E., & Harris, B., 2013), and conference presentations on world cafe as research.

Kathy Bishop - Conference Committee

Associate Professor and Program Head MA Leadership, School of Leadership Studies

Dr. Kathy Bishop is an Associate professor and the program head of the Master of Arts in Leadership program. She is passionate about teaching leadership and engaging in diverse approaches to research. Her research interests include creative and collaborative leadership, health and wellness, reflexivity and ethics and utilizing methodologies of a/r/tography (which includes theatre-based research and integrates being artist, researcher and educator) and action research for positive organizational change. She contends that different ways of doing and being can lead to collectively creating innovative solutions to local and global challenges.