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Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

LeaderShift Webinar Series

The past year and a half has been one of unprecedented disruption, crisis, protest and transformation.

These events are offering us an important opportunity that should not to be squandered—to reflect on how we want to live our lives, to pivot toward a more sustainable and fair future, and how to reconsider the role of business organizations in building a better Canada. It is equally important that we examine how the practice of leadership needs to shift to meet these challenges. If the events of 2020/21 have taught us one thing, it is the importance of character as an indispensable component of good citizenship and good leadership. The LeaderShift series is an opportunity to explore how character matters—individually and collectively—and how, in this era of crisis, it is the catalyst we need to transform the practice of leadership and generate a new normal that is just, sustainable, and provides the resources and opportunities for all to flourish.

Upcoming LeaderShift Sessions


A Conversation with The Honourable Murray Sinclair
Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a powerful conversation between The Honourable Murray Sinclair and Anna Maria Tremonti.  Their discussion will focus on truth, reconciliation, racial equality and Indigenous perspectives, and their implications on leadership, education, business and society.

This online conversation is open and complimentary for all who wish to attend. Pre-registration is required.

The Honourable Murray Sinclair

The Honourable Murray Sinclair

The Honourable Murray Sinclair is Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He is a Fourth Degree Chief of the Midewiwin Society, a traditional healing and spiritual society of the Anishinaabe Nation responsible for protecting the teachings, ceremonies, laws, and history of the Anishinaabe. His Spirit Name is Mizhana Gheezhik (The One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky).

He graduated from law school in 1979 and has been involved with the justice system in Manitoba for over 40 years. He was the first Indigenous Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the TRC’s widely influential report in 2015. 

Learn more about The Honourable Murray Sinclair

Anna Maria Tremonti

Anna Maria Tremonti

Until very recently, listeners from around the world were privileged to listen to Anna Maria Tremonti’s compelling interviews each & every day on Canada’s most popular radio program, “The Current”.

After 17 years at the helm and as a two-time Gemini Award winner, now Anna Maria is taking a leap into the world of digital communication with a new way of telling stories and sharing ideas, through original podcasts that will illuminate, challenge and surprise.

Learn more about Anna Maria Tremonti

Past LeaderShift Sessions:

Healthcare Under Siege: A Conversation on Leadership

The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the need for effective leadership in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Please join us for a candid conversation with four exceptional health care leaders who have had to rely on their strength of character to meet a myriad of challenges, perform in their roles, and to influence others to work through the pandemic.

Our guests:

Corporate Leadership in an Era of Transformation

What role can leaders play in an uncertain and volatile post-pandemic world? Corporate and political leaders may have initially responded to the pandemic emergency as a short but deep crisis. It is now accepted that the “new normal” will take time to reveal itself. In this second session of LeaderShift, our esteemed guests will focus on how the convergence of economic, social and political volatility during the pandemic has become and will remain one of the most challenging aspects of corporate leadership. 

Our guests:

Racism is Our Pandemic: A Conversation with Wes Hall

Important conversations need to be continually held in order to maintain the momentum towards eradicating discrimination, racism, and inequality —in organizations and in our communities. Please join us for this conversation exploring if positive change is happening, the actionable steps that workplaces can implement to truly diversify their organizations, and the role of leader character in making meaningful change.

Our guests:

  • Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors and the founder of the BlackNorth Initiative
  • Moderated by Jeannine Pereira, Director, Talent Development at EY Canada