Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair is an inspirational speaker and facilitator. She brings to her consulting practice over twenty years experience in higher education in formal and informal leadership roles, most recently as the President of Nova Scotia Community College. Over a broad ranging career she has worked as a leader in higher education, in faculty development, international projects, women in development and the mentorship and education of other leaders. She has particular expertise in the development of leaders, appreciative inquiry in strategic planning, diversity, women in leadership, and is a sought after speaker in the areas of leadership risk, innovation, change and the development of the inner life of leaders and generating positive change.
Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian Colleges. She has been faculty and chair of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ National Executive Leadership Institute which prepares academic leaders across Canada. As well, she has worked around the world in India, Pakistan, Qatar, and the United States from her bases in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2010 Joan amalgamated her experience into a consulting practice with a particular focus on the possibilities of leadership and the fostering of leadership in others.
Grounded in her doctoral research (2005), Joan has made a study of the inner life of leaders and how it is that leaders survive in the day to day of their work. Recently her focus has been on the notion of hope, despair and forgiveness in leadership as three tenets that can guide leaders over time.
Joan has a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario, the British Columbia Instructor’s Diploma, a MEd from Simon Fraser University and an EdD from the University of British Columbia.
Joan has been certified by Company of Experts.net as both an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and an appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) Trainer.