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Wednesday, October 25th | 7:00 p.m.
St. James Building, Auditorium (view map)
Brescia University College
Parking & Admission: free
All are welcome!


About the Hanycz Leadership Lecture

The Hanycz Leadership Lecture was created and funded by Brescia’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and friends to honour Dr. Colleen Hanycz’s seven years of leadership as Brescia’s 11th Principal (2008-2015). Together they raised over $100,000 to establish an annual lecture for students designed to bring outstanding leaders to Brescia to share their knowledge, experience and advice to inform and inspire the women leaders of the future.

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Dr. Colleen Hanycz, a highly-respected lawyer, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Law at Toronto’s much-admired Osgoode Hall, joined Brescia University College in July 2008 as its 11th Principal.

Under Dr. Hanycz’s leadership Brescia introduced a BOLD new brand. The statement BOLD – Choose to Lead redefined the school, and embodied more than just a logo or tagline. Brescia Bold encapsulated the essence of the school’s honoured past and bold new future. Brescia aimed to redefine and set the Canadian bench mark of what it means to lead boldly. Since her arrival, Brescia has experienced period of unprecedented growth and change.

In 2010, Dr. Hanycz launched the school’s visionary five-year strategic plan, Living Leadership, a bold initiative to strengthen Brescia’s competitive position, while still embracing its core values. The plan had four strategic objectives with a key focus to increase student enrollment by 20% over the next five years. In support of this ambitious goal, in 2013 Brescia opened the stunning, eco-friendly, $31.1 million dollar residence and dining Pavilion – Clare Hall and the Mercato.

After an outstanding seven-year term as Principal of Brescia University College, Dr. Colleen Hanycz accepted an appointment to lead La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as its next President. She is the first female and lay President of La Salle since its founding as a university in 1863.

In recognition of Dr. Hanycz’s leadership, the school’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and friends of Brescia joined together to raise over $100,000 to establish the Hanycz Leadership Lecture. This annual lecture for students is designed to bring outstanding leaders to Brescia to share their knowledge, experience and advice to inform and inspire the women leaders of the future.


Meet Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jacqui Linder

Dr. Jacqui Linder is a registered psychologist and certified Clinical Traumatologist specializing in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She completed her doctoral dissertation on the psychospiritual impact of childhood sexual abuse. Dr. Linder is the CEO of the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute in Edmonton, Alberta and the founding Clinical Director of Canada’s first treatment centre for sexually abused children. She is also a professor of psychology and Program Director at City University in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Linder has presented across Canada as well as in France, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Guyana, and the Czech Republic.

Dr. Linder is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking (HT) lecturing for the Canadian Police College, Interpol, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She founded the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network in 2010 and Canada’s National HT Roundtable the following year. In 2011, she co-founded Freedom Relay Canada, an annual education and fundraising initiative for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. In 2013, Dr. Linder developed and launched the Human Trafficking Investigators Forum, designed to connect law enforcement personnel across Canada. In 2015, she cofounded the transpersonal researchers alliance. In 2016, she published a civilian trauma response protocol via social media to assist survivors of the Fort McMurray wildfires.

Dr. Linder has extensive training in both classic and complementary healing techniques including cognitive-behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, EMDR, expressive arts therapy, and ritual healing. She is an experienced facilitator and has trained over 12,000 frontline professionals on the mental health impact of psychological trauma.

Dr. Linder’s current research focuses on exploring the mental health impact of sexual abuse and human trafficking. Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.