SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016
Bryn MacPherson – The Backroom: Lessons from the trenches of academic administrative leadership and why your role matters”
Bryn MacPherson is Assistant Vice-President, Office of the President and Chief of Protocol at the University of Toronto. Reporting to the President and a member of the University’s senior management team, Bryn is responsible for the operations and activities of the President’s Office providing leadership to a team whose core functional areas include: Issues management, speechwriting, communications, institutional research, institutional events, and executive support. In April 2014, she assumed formal responsibility for the University’s protocol activities and practices as the first Chief of Protocol, charged with providing overall direction, leadership, innovative solutions and senior level advice to the President, Chancellor, Vice-Presidents and members of the wider University community on issues of protocol. Prior to this role she served as Executive Director, Office of the President and before joining the University in 2003, Bryn was Director of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for three incumbents. She has served on the Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) Protocol Experts Panel at meetings in Ottawa and Toronto, led the industry roundtable on academia at its education forum in 2014, and in 2015 served on a panel entitled, “The Many Facets of Protocol at a University“. A graduate of McGill University, Bryn has been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal, and the University of Toronto’s Excellence Through Innovation Award. Bryn is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, an agency committed to eliminating abuse and violence in the lives of children, youth, and their families.