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Kanina Blanchard

Lecturer, Management Communications & General Management

Contact Information


  • Public Affairs and Public Policy
  • Crisis and Issues Management
  • Responsible Leadership

Kanina Blanchard has extensive experience working in international business, the public service, non- profit and consulting. Having lived and worked on four continents she is recognized for her ability to adapt, lead teams and projects, and navigate complexities across various sectors, geographies and cultures. With expertise in the areas of organizational and communication challenges as well as issues, crisis and change management, her greatest passion is in the area of leadership development, education and coaching.

From CEOs and C-Suite executives to emerging leaders, and from the next generation of professionals to those seeking to leave a leadership legacy, Kanina has coached thousands of individuals seeking to grow and develop their character, competencies and commitment. Kanina brings almost 30 years of practical, dynamic and real-world experience to the table along with a deepening array of research and academic credentials that grounds her consulting practices in the creation of transformational and sustainable change. Kanina is committed to provide clients with targeted and customized strategic solutions to challenges that impact organizational and leadership brand, reputation and bottom line. 

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • MBA
  • EMBA
  • MSc


  • 2016-ongoing: PhD Candidate, Leadership
  • 2014-2016: Masters of Education, Western University
  • 1986-1989: Bachelor of Journalism with Sociology, Carleton University

Honours & Awards

  • Margaret Haughey Master’s Award (Best Master’s Thesis, 2016)


  • 2010 - Present: Lecturer, Executive in Residence, Ivey School of Business
  • 2009 - Present: Principal, Consultant & Coach, Opportunity Creation
  • 2013 - 14: Executive Director, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, Executive Director
  • 2006 - 2009: Global Director of Issues & Public Policy Management, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 2005 - 2006 : Public Affairs Director Europe, Middle East, India, Africa, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 2002 - 2006 : Global Public Policy Director, Hydrocarbons and Energy, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 2000- 2002 : Public Affairs, Pubic Policy Director, Texas Operations, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 1998 - 2000 : e-Commerce/Customer Interface Leadership, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 1996- 2000 : Leader, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 1994 - 1996 : Global Employee Communications Leaders, The Dow Chemical Company
  • 1989 - 1994: Public Affairs (media, community relations & marketing), The Dow Chemical Company