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Gerard Seijts

Gerard SeijtsGerard Seijts is Professor of organizational behavior at the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario. He holds the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Chair in Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resource management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His areas of research include leadership, teams, performance management, and organizational change. He is the author of four recent books: Leadership on Trial: A Manifesto for Leadership Development (2010); Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership (2013); Developing Leadership Character (2016); and Leadership in Practice: Theory and Cases in Leadership Character (2017). He is the recipient of awards for research, innovation in teaching and outreach activities. Gerard is the husband of Jana Seijts and the proud father of Aiden and Arianna.

Chantelle Richmond
Chantelle RichmondChantelle Richmond (Bigitigong Anishinabe) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Western University in London, Ontario (Canada), where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health and the Environment. Chantelle is Director of the Interdisciplinary Development Initiative in Applied Indigenous Scholarship at Western University, and is Nominated Principal Applicant of Ontario’s Indigenous Mentorship Network. Her research is based on a community-centred model of research that explores the intersection of Indigenous people’s health and knowledge systems within the context of global environmental change. Along with colleagues and community partners in Canada, Hawaii and New Zealand, Chantelle’s current research examines concepts and applied processes of environmental repossession. In 2015, she was inducted to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. Chantelle lives in London, Ontario with her husband Ian, and their children, Maya and William.

Shoaib Rizvi

Shoaib RizviShoaib Rizvi is a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment. As founder of the I Am An Entrepreneur initiative, Shoaib is dedicated to advancing Pakistani women’s economic participation through microloans and training. In 2017, he was recognized with the United Nations Outstanding Youth Delegate Award for his work promoting gender equality. Shoaib went on to intern with the UN representing his agency at high-level meetings. In 2018, he was awarded the UN Resolution Fellowship and now serves as the UN Global Schools Ambassador to Pakistan. Shoaib shares his experiences and strategies supporting women entrepreneurs with young leaders around the world. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors Specialization Media, Information, and Technoculture, from Western University in 2018.