Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker, and facilitator. After more than 25 years of institutionally based work as an educator she has returned to her loves of consulting, writing, speaking, and facilitating, and works with groups of all kinds to make a positive difference. Joan specializes in the use of Appreciative Inquiry to foster leadership, strategic planning, and innovative strategies for organizational development and has a special interest in igniting possibilities for women and girls. Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president, and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian colleges and now co-leads a highly successful consultancy focused on 'making magic - facilitating futures not yet imagined.' She has worked around the world in India, Pakistan, Qatar, the Caribbean, and the United States from her bases in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Canada. And she has been humbled by the recognition of her work, most recently with the awarding of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Joan has a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario, the British Columbia Instructor's Diploma, a MEd from Simon Fraser University and an EdD from the University of British Columbia.