Presenter ( Maria Anderson)

Royal Roads University

Maria has had an interesting career over the past 30 years in the Information Technology industry, first as a technologist and then as a leader. Maria has been in formal leadership roles for the past ten years, and just recently started a consulting practice. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1986, Maria discovered an aptitude and enjoyment for information technology. In 2013, Maria decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University and this sparked a passion to continue learning about leadership. A doctoral degree had been a distant dream for years, so Maria is excited to be a Doctor of Social Sciences candidate conducting research on how leadership fosters innovative idea generation and thriving in Information Technology departments.