Learnings from a Trip to India

I had the tremendous opportunity to travel to India last month with Carol Altilia, Sheridan’s new Vice-President, Student Experience & Enrolment Management.  Notwithstanding some bumps (more on that below!), I loved it and plan on going back soon.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

After 30 years as a learner and leader in higher education, I can honestly say that Convocation is still my very favourite time in the academic calendar. 

Happy New Year!

It’s a new calendar year and — as you’d expect — I heard lots of talk last week about resolutions.

Cultivating Long Term Vision

My two kids are athletes who take tremendous pride in their performance. As it did for me, athletics has cultivated their goal setting and time management skills; it has also fostered resilience and perseverance. I admire Bennett and Olive… Read More

Embracing the Next Challenge


Photo Credit: Matthew Mioduszewski When I got the job of Vice-Provost, Students at York, my son Bennett boasted to all of his friends that I would soon be responsible for all the sports fields on campus.  As a… Read More

Heroes and Villains

On Saturday, February 24, my partner Ken and I attended the Bal de Neige, an annual Oakville event hosted by AMPed for Life, a team of amazing leaders — including the Pace family — who raise funds for… Read More

The Complexities of Learning

Capes for Kids

My partner and I have spent a lot of time in recent weeks talking to our twelve-year old son about strategies for fueling his own learning.  For those of you with experience parenting pre-teens, you’ll appreciate that—at times… Read More

Community and Empathy


Photo Credit: iStock.com/dibrova As many of you know, my Dad has been unwell in recent months.  After 30 days of intense radiation, he underwent 16 hours of head and neck surgery last Thursday in Toronto.

Are We There Yet?

Emporer penguins with chicks

Photo Credit: iStock.com/vladsilver This past week has been difficult for every member of our learning community. Faculty and staff at Sheridan are deeply committed to delivering premier, purposeful educational experiences for students.  The ongoing strike, and the consequent… Read More

Happy Fall!

Like many of you, I have lived my entire life on an academic calendar. I love September and the adrenalin rush that comes with the arrival of a new academic year.  It was a privilege to welcome so… Read More