Conference Team

Kim Campbell

Conference Chair

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell

19th Prime Minister of Canada

Natasha Brown

Program Co-Chair

Natasha Brown

Senior Director of Learning Innovation, Microsoft Corporation; Adjunct Professor, California State University, Northridge

Brigitte Harris

Program Co-Chair

Brigitte Harris

Dean, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Royal Roads University
Shawna L. Nist

Program Co-Chair

Shawna L. Nist

Dean, TWU GLOBAL; Associate Professor of Leadership, Trinity Western University
Les Sylven

Space & Place Committee Chair

Les Sylven

Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria

Erin Dixon (Gizhagatte)

Reconciliation & Indigenous Committee Chair

Erin Dixon (Gizhagatte)

Director of Knowledge and Indigenous Leadership, Reconciliation Canada; Faculty and Research, Indigenous Leadership, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Pettis Perry

Sponsorship Committee Chair

Pettis Perry

Founder & Principal Consultant, Perry Organizational Effectiveness Consulting
D. L. (Doug) Atha

Volunteer Recruitment & Coordination Committee Chair

D. L. (Doug) Atha

Co-Director – MA in Leadership Program, TWU GLOBAL; Assistant Professor, MA LEAD/MAEL; Trinity Western University

Full Bios

Campbell served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993. She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Ms. Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit, and the United Nations General Assembly.
After her tenure as Prime Minister, Campbell was a fellow at the Institute of Politics (Spring 1994) and the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Study of Press and Politics (1994-1995) at the Harvard Kennedy School. She served as the Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles (1996-2000), then returned to Harvard to teach at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School (2001- 2004).
Campbell is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, an organization of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratic values. She served as Secretary General (2004-2006). She also served as its Acting President in 2002, its Vice President in 2003-2004, and served on its Board of Directors from 2007-2011. She served as chair of the steering committee for the World Movement for Democracy from 2008-2015. She is a member and chair emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003). The Council’s membership consists of women who hold or have held the office of President or Prime Minister. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement, served as its president (2003-2005), and was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2008.

Campbell’s most notable achievement in recent years has been the design and launch of a ground-breaking leadership program for undergraduates at the University of Alberta, called the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She served as its Founding Principal from the spring of 2014 through June of 2018.

Dr. Natasha Brown is a transformation and organizational development industry expert and scholar with deep passion for and experience in enterprise strategy and change. She leads a global team of learning and development professionals at Microsoft Corporation creating content and modernizing learning experiences to build the world’s most innovative sales organization. She also headed the Microsoft US Area Transformation Office, driving strategic transformation, supporting change management for the region, and engaging with Microsoft customers to support their learning journeys around transformation, leadership, and hybrid work.

Dr. Brown is a Board Trustee of WorldOregon, a nonprofit dedicated to deepening public awareness and understanding of international affairs. She also serves as an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in the Tseng College for Graduate, International and Midcareer Education with a focus on Organizational Theory and Human Behavior. Dr. Brown’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University follows an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College. She also studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Dr. Brown researched authentic leadership in crisis scenarios with a focus on the experience of corporate executives during the COVID-19 pandemic for her doctoral dissertation. Her research on post-pandemic global leadership is published, and her new chapter on post-pandemic servant leadership is now available in the Palgrave Handbook of Servant Leadership.

Previously, Dr. Brown held leadership roles at Intel Corporation in Manufacturing and Operations, Information Technology (IT), and Human Resources (HR). While at Intel, she was invited to serve on the Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisory Council and as an Executive in Residence for Intel Capital. Dr. Brown’s professional experience spans tours in management consulting, international business, and non-profit. She has served Fortune 100 and 500 consulting clients across industries, including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, IT, and financial services, leading enterprise projects in business strategy and organizational change.

Dr. Brown joined the International Leadership Association (ILA) in 2020. She presented academic research at the 2021 ILA conference Reimagining Leadership Together as well as the 2022 conference Wisdom in Times of Crisis. She is a performing arts enthusiast and plays squash competitively. She and her husband Steve enjoy sharing in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They divide their time between Portland and the high desert of Central Oregon.

Dr. Brigitte Harris is an experienced leadership educator with a passion for providing relevant and engaging learning experiences for adult learners. Her research interests include qualitative research methods, especially narrative inquiry and arts-based research, learning and teaching in higher education, workplace and professional education, and leadership in healthcare settings. She was an associate faculty member from 2001 to 2007 and then worked for the B.C. government for several years before returning to Royal Roads in 2011 as an associate professor.

In her role as Dean of TWU GLOBAL, Dr. Nist brings nearly 30 years of university leadership experience serving in administrative and faculty capacities at institutions in Canada and the United States. She holds a PhD in Higher Education with an emphasis on organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, an MA in Leadership from Trinity Western University, and a BA in Christian Education from Briercrest College. 

Previously, Dr. Nist had been an Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Azusa Pacific University (APU), where she taught master’s and PhD courses, designed curricula, and served on university committees including the Faculty Senate. From 2009 to 2017, she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Curricular Effectiveness, where she directed university program reviews and student learning assessment efforts for 154 academic and 11 co-curricular programs and assisted faculty in designing curriculum and measuring academic student learning outcomes. For many years she co-led APU’s Designing Significant Leadership Experiences (DSLE) institute with the goal of supporting faculty in innovative course redesign and delivery. Dr. Nist’s areas of expertise include leadership studies, gender and leadership, spiritual formation, teaching and learning, and conflict management. 

In 2021 APU formally recognized Dr. Nist’s considerable contribution of strategic leadership in preparing faculty for remote teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by granting her the APU Faculty Uncommon Citizen Award. 

In 2000, she founded the Canadian Christian College Tour and the Christian Higher Education Enrollment Association of Canada (CHEEA) – now merged with Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC), which brought together nearly 50 Christian institutions for the purpose of raising the profile of Christian higher education in Canada. The entrepreneurial founding of this organization garnered significant recognition for Shawna, and she was nominated twice for the Globe and Mail’s “Top 40, Under 40” leadership award and given full scholarship to pursue Ph.D. studies. 

Dr. Nist is a 2002 graduate of TWU’s MA Leadership program. For the past twelve years she has been an adjunct faculty member in the BA Leadership program where she developed and taught three online Leadership courses per year and has twice been nominated for TWU’s Davis Teaching Award. 

Les Sylven is a Leadership Studies PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. His doctoral research project explores police leadership with senior Canadian police officers who regularly practice meditation and mindfulness. Les was a police officer in Canada for over 30 years, serving communities as a member of the RCMP, Victoria Police Department and the Central Saanich Police Service on Vancouver Island. In 2020, Les was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Merit (O.O.M) of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada. Later that year, he retired from policing as the Chief Constable of the Central Saanich Police Service in order to concentrate full time on his studies at UVic.

Growing with the crystal-clear waters of Beneshi Okaninissing (Skeleton Lake), Erin/Gizhagate walks with vision and all of life in mind, sharing her Otipemisiwak-Métis heritage and love for Indigenous knowledge systems. Erin comes to Reconciliation Canada as lead faculty and researcher with the Banff Centre Indigenous leadership team, leading Truth and Reconciliation through Right Relations and Wise Practices for Indigenous Leadership. She is a teacher and director on the board for Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion and within the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and she was asked to lead the development of First Nations and Indigenous Leadership within the International Leadership Association.

Dr. Perry’s extensive career as an executive leader, educator, and activist led to repeated requests for technical support, prompting him to broaden his scope of work as an independent consultant. In 2021, he established Perry Organizational Effectiveness Consulting, LLC (dba PERRY OEC 7 Strategies Consulting, LLC) to specialize in enhancing organizational effectiveness using his proprietary 7 Strategies consulting system. This system is built upon the best practices of key result areas, performance indicators, and applied research, which are all critical for optimizing organizational effectiveness. Dr. Perry’s primary objective is to promote the creation of equitable, fully integrative, productive, and trauma-informed workspaces and communities. The 7 Strategies for Organizational Effectiveness that underpin PERRY OEC, LLC client engagements come from Dr. Perry’s extensive experience as an executive leader, organizational practitioner, leadership educator, and consultant.

Dr. Doug Atha has been affiliated with Trinity Western University for 27 years. He served as adjunct professor with MA LEAD on a part-time basis for 8 years, before joining MA LEAD as a full time Assistant Professor in 2016. Dr. Atha earned a combined general BA/M.Div. at TWU/ACTS Seminary and an earned doctorate in Strategic Leadership (D.S.L.) from Regent University in the US, with a Graduate Certification in Organizational Leadership. His experience in Christian Ministry and Non-profit Leadership spans 40+ years, with extensive experience in serving, leading and promoting charities and non-profit organizations in Canada and serving on charity and non-profit governing Boards in Canada and the US with strategic and results-based consultation experience on 5 continents.

Dr. Atha loves leading and influencing leaders and helping them develop an effective approach to understanding and implementing successful processes to address issues needed for enhancing successful leadership practice as they implement strategic imperatives, corporate social responsibility and business quality improvement plans to enhance communication, leadership and service in the organizations and areas they lead.

He lives in Langley British Columbia with his wife of 49 years, with two mid-career children (all in their 40’s), who serve in various leadership roles in construction and education. He has two grandsons (aged 18 and 26) and spends his free time with family, watches baseball, likes going on walks, reading, travelling (when its available) and enjoying a good BBQ (home or restaurant).

Conference Theme Development Team

Sabre Cherkowski, University of British Columbia
Graham Dickson, LEADS Global
Erin Dixon, Reconciliation Canada
Rob Elkington, Trent University
Tammy Pozzobon, Royal Roads University
Cameron Stockdale, Work Wellness Institute