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Kanina Blanchard

Assistant Professor, Management Communications & General Management

Assistant Professor, Management Communication and General Management
Ivey Academic Director, CEMS Alliance
Ivey Academy Program Director for Ivey Leadership Communications and Executive Presence, Leadership At Its Best

Kanina Blanchard

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  • 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 globally, 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 focuses on supporting those seeking to grow and develop their character, competencies, and commitment. Kanina brings more than 35 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. As a consultant, she is committed to provide clients with targeted and customized strategic solutions to challenges that impact organizational and leadership brand, reputation, and bottom line. As an academic, her focus and research is on responsible leadership, women in leadership and on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • EMBA
  • MSc
  • AMBA


  • 2020: PhD, Education, Western University
  • 2014-2016: Masters of Education, Western University
  • Executive Education: Thunderbird School of Global Management - IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) - Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Programme
  • 1989: Bachelor of Journalism with Sociology, Carleton University

Honours & Awards

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


  • 2020 - Present: Assistant Professor, Ivey Business School
  • 2013 - 14: Executive Director, Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, Executive Director
  • 2010 - 2019: Lecturer, Case Writer, Executive in Residence, Ivey Business School
  • 2009 - 2013: Ministry of the Environment, Ontario
  • 2009 - Present: Principal, Consultant & Coach, Opportunity Creation
  • 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, Public 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

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