President receives international recognition for promoting women’s leadership

Posted: October 19, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Altagracia Lopez, (right) is the General Coordinator of EMULIES. She presents the award to Dr. Vianne Timmons
Dr. Altagracia Lopez, (right) is the General Coordinator of EMULIES. She presents the award to Dr. Vianne Timmons .

At a ceremony held earlier today in Quito, Ecuador as part of the Congress of the Americas on International Education, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons was recognized for promoting women’s leadership in academia.

The “Gender and Leadership in Higher Education” award, which was presented for the first time at the conference, was bestowed by The Inter-American Space for Women Leaders in Higher Education Institutions of the Americas (EMULIES).  

EMULIES advocates for strengthening women’s leadership and participation in decision making in the field of post-secondary education, and focuses on four key areas: research; training; co-operation and exchange; and dissemination and communication. 

Over the past several years, Dr. Timmons has contributed to the development of EMULIES and its mandate, and has participated in a number of international workshops for the organization.

“It should be important to everyone to promote women’s leadership in the post-secondary sector and reduce the barriers that have traditionally prevented many women from assuming leadership roles,” said Dr. Timmons.  “Although it is wonderful to be recognized for my work in this area, it is most important to me to continue advocating for women and ensuring that they have every means at their disposal to advance in their careers.”

“On behalf of the University, I would like to congratulate President Timmons on receiving this award,” said University of Regina Board Chair Daniel Kwochka.  “She takes every opportunity to lead by example, and for this reason she is a role model for many people not just in Saskatchewan, but also across Canada and internationally.”

Dr. Timmons was one of five people to be recognized by EMULIES at the conference. 

The others are: Ligia Amada Melo, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology for the Dominican Republic; Marcela Paretes, Panama’s Minister of Education; Silvia Álvarez Bruneliere, former President of the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico; and Sonia Marta Mora, Costa Rica’s Minister of Education.