Susanne Thiessen Program Leader, Instructor, Management & Human Resource Leadership
Gasán uu dáng gíidang? My ancestry traces its roots through Haida and Scottish lineage. I have resided on the traditional territories of the Straits Salish and Coast Salish people, for a very long time.
For nearly 20 years, I have been involved in education management and teaching in various capacities at the University of Victoria (UVic) and Camosun College. I have an Undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a Master's degree in Business Administration from UVic. I hold a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in organizational leadership. My research is focused in cultural approaches to work and that relationship to work engagement for First Nations people. Results of my study have future implications for the application of work engagement strategies specific to Indigenous people or other culturally diverse groups, and relevance to research in the areas of organizational studies, leadership studies, human resource management, and diversity studies.
I teach in the Indigenous Business Leadership diploma and the BBA in Human Resource Management & Leadership programs in the School of Business. I'm passionate about teaching, supporting and inspiring new leaders to find their own unique leadership voice. I believe that knowledge is powerful and that we can create/reclaim communities through empowering learners and helping new leaders find their voice. Through leadership learning and practice we transform ourselves and enrich our perspective which allows for more meaningful and enriching interactions with others. I wish you all the best of luck in your own academic and personal journey.