4 days / 30 Expert and Inspiring Speakers

October 20-23

MaryLynn West-Moynes

Georgian College | President & CEO

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes brings extensive academic and administrative experience in postsecondary education in Ontario, having held senior positions at both the college and university level. She has served as Vice President of External Relations at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), President of Mohawk College, and in numerous senior leadership roles at both UOIT and Durham College. Throughout her career, MaryLynn has demonstrated an unwavering focus on serving students and meeting their evolving needs. Most recently, her work has involved leading strategic planning; championing co-operative education, international and curriculum initiatives; and forging innovative college and university partnerships and pathways. She has been responsible for establishing community, government and industry relationships; leading student services, marketing, communications, branding and fundraising teams; and undertaking major financial management and capital expansion projects. MaryLynn’s accomplishments have been significant and varied since her installation as Georgian’s President and CEO in 2012. They include the addition of 30 market-driven diplomas and graduate certificates; investments in skilled trades and apprenticeship students; and a strengthened focus on curriculum development, quality teaching, social innovation and changemaking. She championed a dynamic partnership with Lakehead University to increase degree capacity in central Ontario. She also ensured Georgian’s commitment to deepen research and drive innovation with the opening of the new Advanced Technology Centre at the Barrie Campus. The release in 2016 of a five-year strategic plan, Accelerating Success, featured commitments to internationalize and indigenize the college, and a comprehensive approach to enrich learning through research and scholarship. With her strong support, Georgian became the first – and only – changemaker college in Canada designated by Ashoka U, recognizing the college’s leadership in social innovation in higher education. MaryLynn received her PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research examined organizational culture and leadership skills. She holds an MA in adult education from Central Michigan University and a BASc from the University of Guelph. Community-minded, she has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees throughout her career. Currently, MaryLynn is Chair of the TELUS Community Board in Barrie and member of the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network (SWIFT).

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