Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada

The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) organization was founded in 1987 to provide a forum and a collective voice for women in senior administrative ranks in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes.

SWAAC welcomes members who are in any level of academic or administrative leadership in higher education in Canada, and those who aspire to be leaders in this sector.

Experience SWAAC

Leading in Changing Times

Join us May 15–17, 2025 at Concordia University in Montreal for our next SWAAC conference



Support Women in Academic Leadership through membership in SWAAC.

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Awards are given annually to women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership.

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SWAAC’s Purpose

The promotion of female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes through:

• Developing and enhancing leadership skills
• Mentoring future leaders
• Recognizing exceptional leaders
• Networking and communicating
• Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

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Educational Content

Professional Development Webinars

Effective Onboarding for New Academic Leaders

presented by Anna Stuart, Executive coach, leadership mentor, thinking partner, and strategic advisor

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A Road Map to Understanding Senior Administrative Employment Contracts in Post-Secondary Sector

presented by Robert Monti, Senior Associate, MBC Law

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Promoting Mental Health in the Academic Workplace

presented by Keith Dobson, Ph.D. , Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, on November 3, 3021

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How Disrupting the Hiring Process Can Increase Representation

presented by Jason Murray of BIPOC Executive Search, Inc. on February 10, 2021

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