Who we are

Our mission is to make learning relevant and available to the everyday leader.



In keeping with what customers from the past 50 years knew and loved the Niagara Institute for, our team of seasoned employee development professionals set out to reimagine a future-focused on the everyday leader.  

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We heard first-hand from everyday leaders that the way things were historically done did not feel accessible and relevant to the challenges they face. We set out to change that - forever. 

Today, the Niagara Institute offers relevant content from partners that are top in their field to be able to provide the best business leadership programs in one place, that change the trajectory of one's career.



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Niagara Institute reserves capacity in its programs to make training opportunities possible for organizations, individual community leaders, and members of underserved and marginalized communities at a low cost. If you know of an organization or an individual who could benefit from our programs but lacks the financial resources to do so, let us know.

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The Niagara Institute Team

Meet our exceptionally talented team of industry veterans.

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Gavin Brown

Executive Director

Over the course of my career, my commitment to enabling individual and organizational excellence through leadership development has never wavered. I was fortunate to work with some of the industry's leading organizations, including IMD, Deloitte, Ivey Business School, and UBC Sauder School of Business, to design and deliver custom and open enrollment executive education programs. Today, leading the Niagara Institute, that commitment lives on, only this time our mission is to bring it to the everyday leader.

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Michelle Bennett

Chief Marketing Officer

Every day at the Niagara Institute I get to combine my passion for learning, marketing, sales effectiveness, and the customer experience. Throughout my career in higher education, I have had the great privilege to impact the marketing and sales strategy at Eagle’s Flight, Ivey Business School at Western University, and Rondeau Seminars.

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Jacalyn Harding


I am honored to have spent the past 15 years working with a team of professionals developing leaders throughout Canada. Working in management in six different industries, I have witnessed the impact leadership can have in making products and customer service better for all.

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Marissa Dyck

Director, People and Operations

When a company has great people and clear systems to support them, anything is possible. My passion lies in finding talented people, and creating the culture and infrastructure so our team can bring their best self to work every day.

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Emily May

Marketing Manager

From writing about Shakespeare as an English Major to marketing leadership development for a training and development company, my career to date has been far from boring. Now, as Niagara Institute's Marketing Manager, I take charge of our online presence and all related content creation, PR, social media, and branding efforts. 

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Lisa Dion

Account Manager

I have worked in leadership development for over 19 years, during which time my passion for seeing leaders succeed and learn through interactive sessions and coaching has only grown. I’m customer-centric and work to provide outstanding service to our participants and customers.


Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is passionately committed to leadership development and the success of the Niagara Institute.


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Bart Egnal

Chairman of the Board

Bart has spent over a decade working with senior executives to help them speak as influential, inspirational leaders. His passion is helping individuals and organizations to define and communicate ideas that lead to business results. Bart is also the CEO of The Humphrey Group.

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Bryan Benjamin

Board Member

Bryan has extensive and progressive experience over the past 20 years as a senior leader in human capital management, workplace transformation, organizational change, leadership development, and learning. Bryan is currently the Vice President at The Conference Board of Canada.

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Nick Chambers

Board Member

Nick is passionate about strengthening communities by connecting talented leaders with mission-driven organizations Today he is a Partner in the Social Impact Practice at Boyden Global Executive Search.

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Marcella Szel

Board Member

Over Marcella's extensive career, she held a number of senior positions at various transportation companies in marketing, government affairs, corporate strategy, and law. Today she serves as a board member for a number of organizations.

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Bruce Wiesner

Board Member

Bruce has 30+ years of experience contributing to the strategic direction and growth of organizations within the executive education, publishing, advertising, and media industry. Today he is the Associate Dean of Executive Education at the Sauder School of Business.