Dr. Peggy O’Neil

Job Title:

 Assistant Professor, Food and Nutritional Sciences & Leadership Studies


 Contract Faculty







Academic Background

  • PhD (Education) Western Faculty of Education, Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies (2016)
  • M.Ed. (Education) Western Faculty of Education, Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies (2004)
  • B.Ed. (Senior-Intermediate) Western Faculty of Education
  • H.B.A (Modern Languages) Western, Arts and Humanities (1995)
  • Certificate (Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour), University of Guelph (1990)
  • Diploma (Food Service Management) Centralia College of Agricultural Technology (1988)
  • 18 Certificates of Club Completions (Homemaking) 4-H Ontario (1981-1989)

Previous Work Experience

  • Owner, Executive Producer, and Creative Director, The Song Inside Inc.-Canadian arts and entertainment corporation. (August 2017-present).
  • Sole Proprietor. Business development consultant in real estate industry: residential and investment (2011- August 2017).
  • Strategy Consultant, Western, Faculty of Education. Ministry of Education Vendor of Record Proposal for Education Research and Evaluation Services. (2011, 2015).
  • Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, Departmental Teaching Assistant & Research Assistant, Faculty of Education, Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies (2010-2014)
  • Invited Member, Ontario Business Strategy and Sustainability Committee, Coordinated Provincial System for Clinical Education Placements. (2008-2009).
  • Project Co-Lead, Western Ontario Health Knowledge Network www.wohkn.ca (2007-2009).
  • Project Lead, Southwestern Ontario Clinical Placement Policy (2006-2007).
  • Manager, Student Affairs, Corporate Education and Research Library, London Health Sciences Centre. (October 2004-February 2010).
  • Business Coordinator/Acting Director Learning and Communications, London Health Sciences Centre. (August 2001 – September 2004).
  • Coordinator, Food Service Supervisor, Various Ontario Health Facilities. (1988-2001).
  • Labourer, Agriculture and Food: Dairy, Beef, Cash Crop and Apples (1982-1988)

Representative Publications 


  • Invited, primary author (2021, February): IFHE Position Statement to United Nations, 59th Commission for Social Development. (Socially just development and digital technologies) Available at: https://www.ifhe.org/fileadmin/user_upload/UN_statements/UN_2021_CSoCD59_IFHE_statement_digitalization.pdf
  • Invited, primary author (2020, February): IFHE Position Statement to United Nations, 58th Commission for Social Development. (Affordable housing and homelessness). Available at: https://www.ifhe.org/fileadmin/user_upload/UN_statements/UN_2020_CSoCD58_IFHE_Statement_homelessness.pdf
  • O’Neil P. (2019, August) Without a home: Just economics? Basic Curriculum for International Federation for Home Economics.
  • O’Neil, P. How entrepreneurs can cultivate a personal philosophy of education through literature. in S. Hicks (Ed.) Education in Entrepreneurship Anthology, Rockford, Illinois USA (June 2017) In progress.
  • O’Neil, P. (2012, April).  Poster Presentation. A conceptual analysis of the definition of “Health” in Norman Daniels’ Just Healthcare: Implications for global health education. Transcending Borders Toward Global Health Conference: International Health and Ethics. Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry: London, Ontario.
  • O’Neil, P. (2011, November) Policy, funding and legal debates on the definition of “Health”: Implications for inter-professional health education. Collaborating Across Borders III: Inter-professional Collaboration. Tucson, Arizona USA.
  • O’Neil, P. (2011, October). Introductory rationale for a philosophy of education for inter-professional health in the Ontario, Canada Context. Ireland International Conference in Education, Dublin, Ireland.
  • O’Neil, P. (2011, October). Where to in the 21st Century? Transdisciplinarity and an analysis of Western education philosophies from Socrates to neuroscience.  Ireland International Conference in Education, Dublin, Ireland. 

Coordinating Editor & Board Member (May 2018-present):

  • International Journal of Home Economics https://www.ifhe.org/our-work/theory-research/

Invited Contributions: 

  • Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Research Survey (PI - Professor Broad Leib, investigating global food law education programming in post-secondary institutions) (Participant)
  • McGregor, S.L.T. (2020). Conceptualizing family wellbeing. [McGregor monograph series 202001] Seabright, NS: McGregor Consulting Group. www.consultmcgregor.com (Reviewer) http://consultmcgregor.com/documents/publications/conceptualizing_family_wellbeing.pdf
  • Jones, G.R., George, J. M. & Hadadd, J. W. (In press) Managing the Organizational Environment. Essentials of Contemporary Management, 7th Edition (Reviewer).
  • Jones, G.R., George, J. M. & Hadadd, J. W. (In press) Managing Planning and Strategy. Essentials of Contemporary Management, 7th Edition (Reviewer).

Representative Conferences

  • Roundtable Discussion with Minister of Education: Bill 216 FLFSA (June 7, 2021)
  • Hawa, R, Le Ber, M., O’Neil, P., Schambach, M., & Trask, N. (June 1, 2021) Portraiture as arts-based learning: Connecting community, ways of knowing and student competencies. Open Panel Presentation, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, CSSE: ARTS
  • O’Neil, P. (March 28, 2021) Putting the “Home” back into Economics: Consumer moral leadership during Covid-19. Keynote Address, Caribbean Association of Home Economists
  • University of Guelph, Arrell Institute and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Food Systems Dialogue: Green Growth (March 5, 2021) (Participant)
  • United Nations, 58th Session, Commission for Social Development. Priority theme: Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness. UN Headquarters, NY, USA. (February 2020)

Areas of Teaching


  • Food and Nutrition 9211A – Leadership and Food Management
  • Food and Nutrition 9555A – Contemporary Issues in Food Service Administration (Winter 2008-Fall 2016)


  • Leadership Studies 1032A/B - Exploring Leadership l
  • Human Ecology 3033A - Design for Human Needs
  • Human Ecology 3338B – Issues in Housing
  • Human Ecology 3349A/B – Principles of Management
  • Human Ecology 4458B – Equipment Selection/Layout (Winter, 2018)
  • Human Ecology 4411F – Research Methodology (Fall, 2016)
  • Human Ecology 2266 F/G – Communications (Winter 2012- Winter 2018)

Research Specialization(s)

  • Autobiography as moral leadership education
  • Food sovereignty
  • Humanities foundations in home economics and leadership development
  • Ecopedagogy, Communities of Practice
  • Poetics, Portraiture

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012 – 2019 - Dean’s Honour Roll of Teaching, Brescia University College (Except 2016-17).
  • 2017 - Nominee (by students), 2016-17 Brescia Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • 2017 - Candidate, 2016 Emerald Publishing Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.
  • 2012 - Best Workshop Award, Ireland International Conference in Education.
  • 2005 - High Commendation, Canadian Association for the Study of Education Administration Master’s Thesis Award (Nominated by faculty).
  • 2004 - Acknowledgement in Grant, M., M. (2004). Clinical Placements for Canadian Medical Laboratory Technologists: Costs, Benefits and Alternatives. Final Report. Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists.

Other Relevant Information:


Professional Practice:

Memberships and Advocacy:

  • Endorser, Earth Charter Initiative (2010-present)
  • Supporter, Stand for Her Land Campaign (2019-present)
  • Education Chair, Middlesex-London Food Policy Council (Nov 2018-December 2020)
  • Member, International Federation for Home Economics (2018-present)
  • Professional Home Economist. Ontario Home Economics Association (2017-present)
  • Advisory Committee Member: The Brescia Centennial Story-Creating Community Through Art (April 2018 – January 2019)
  • Member, Brescia University College – Research Ethics Board (2011 – June 2018)
  • Faculty Sponsor, Students’ Human Ecology Association (Invited, June 2018-present)
  • Faculty Sponsor, Brescia Speaks (Invited, 2016- Sept 2019)
  • Voting Member, Brescia Council (2016 - June 2018)
  • Member, Brescia Council - Learning and Teaching Committee (2016- June 2018)
  • Facilitator, Brescia University College - Just Own It Conference (2015, 2016)
  • Member, OHEA Food Security Consultation Committee (May 2017)           
  • Reviewer, Journal of Inter-professional Care. (August 2011 – June 2018)
  • Member, Abstract Peer Review Committee - Collaborating Across Borders International Health Conference. (Kobe Japan, 2012; Vancouver, BC, 2013)