Johanne Houle, Director, Organizational Development, Human Resources, has won the 2014 Emerging Leader Award, given at the Canadian Association of University Business Officers’ annual conference in June (CAUBO).
Since joining McGill six years ago, Johanne has made a deep and lasting contribution to the University at many levels and across many sectors. She has demonstrated strong leadership in expanding the role and impact of OD at McGill, designing and introducing timely and innovative programs. She has also played a lead role in major change efforts across the University, while fostering the development of her team and staff across campus. These accomplishments have been all the more remarkable given that they have been made in a context of steadily declining budgets.
Johanne has also designed, developed and rolled out several major programs to promote best practices in administration at McGill. Some highlights include the Service Excellence Program, the Leadership Development Program and the new Attestation in Supervisory and Management Skills.
This award identifies future leaders in higher education who are known for their innovative, meaningful contribution to the improvement of their profession and the efficiency of their institution. The nominees must occupy a senior leadership position in an administrative unit.
Nominees must have consistently demonstrated outstanding effective leadership capabilities, both within and beyond the scope of their responsibilities. Finally, they must have successfully led or were instrumental in the introduction of best practices in the administrative affairs of the University which can benefit the sector as a whole.
McGill a double winner
McGill was a double winner at this year’s CAUBO conference. It won in the Quality & Productivity Awards category for its e-Procurement system: the McGill Marketplace (or MPP). This is a holistic, fully integrated system resulting in an easy-to-use shopping experience. Forty-five vendor catalogues are available in McGill’s virtual shopping mall. MPP has streamlined administrative processes, improved productivity and efficiency, and greatly enhanced the purchasing experience for McGill faculty and staff.
Founded in 1937, CAUBO is a non-profit professional organization representing the interests of administrative and financial officers in Canadian universities and affiliated colleges. It is an umbrella organization for the many players in university administration.
CAUBO is supported by a vibrant community of volunteers. It offers a wide array of programs and services, including an information repository that is a source of choice on administrative issues for members, partners and decision makers in higher education.
Its mission is to promote and support the professional management and effective leadership in the administrative affairs of Canadian universities and colleges, and in doing so to help achieve the goals of the institutions we serve.