I received my BCom from Carleton University in 1990 and my Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2000. In between, I worked for several years in Vancouver as a Marketing Manager for an educational institute and as a Business Consultant for an immigration law firm. I started my career as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Strategic Management and Organization at the Alberta School of Business in 1999, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014.
I currently serve on the editorial boards for the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV) and the International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship (IJGE). I just completed a three-year term on the editorial board at the Academy of Management Review (AMR), where I received an Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2018. I have also served as a former Field/Associate Editor at JBV, where my contributions were recognized with an Outstanding Service Award in 2015.
I was a co-author, with Tony Briggs, on two impact reports conducted on behalf of the University of Alberta. Our 2012 report examined the university’s general economic impact. Our 2013 report examined the impact of the university’s alumni through entrepreneurship and innovation.
2020 Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Entrepreneurship, Gender and Family Business
2018 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review
2015 Outstanding Service Award, Journal of Business Venturing
2015 Kauffman Foundation Best Paper Award, DIANA International Research Conference
2014 Bertarelli Family Best Paper Award, BCERC-IVEY Entrepreneurship Research Conference
2014 Best Paper Award, DIANA International Research Conference
2012 Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship and Gender), ACERE-DIANA Conference
2011 McCalla Professorship, University of Alberta
2010 Aldrich and Cliff (2003) appears on list of “25 Most Influential Family Business Articles”
2008 Best Paper Award, DIANA International Research Symposium
2007 Best Paper Award (High Potential/Fast Growth), AOM ENT Division
2006 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Business Venturing
2003 Best Paper Award (Women’s Entrepreneurship), AOM ENT Division
Over the past 20 years, I have examined a variety of research questions pertaining to entrepreneurship, family business, gender, and the work-family interface. Examples include: How and why do women’s perceptions of entrepreneurship differ from those of men? Do female and male entrepreneurs tend to organize, manage, and grow their firms differently? Do family considerations and gendered labour market experiences play a contributing role? What are the implications for firm innovativeness, venture performance, and the wellbeing of entrepreneurs and their families?
My work on these topics (and others) has been published in several books and numerous academic journals. Some of my studies have even been featured in the media and recognized with Best Paper awards at international academic conferences.
In 2020, I was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Entrepreneurship, Gender, and Family Business.
Over the past two decades, I have taught courses in general management, family enterprise, and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels respectively.
Early on in my career, I played a lead role in designing a Major in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise for the Alberta School of Business (the first of its kind in Canada). In the summer of 2018, I co-designed and co-delivered a unique summer course for undergrad students, dedicated to the issue of gender-based pay inequity, which was nominated for a university-wide teaching award.
In addition to acting as the supervisor (or co-supervisor) of several Ph.D. students, I have supervised numerous individual research projects for undergrad and MBA students. I previously served as the Course Coordinator for SMO 310, the Faculty Advisor for the SMO Club, and the Associate Director (Programs) for the school’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise (CEFE).