François Julien, Dean of the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, is pleased to announce two executive appointments at the Centre for Executive Leadership.

The Centre for Executive Leadership is focused on realizing the enormous potential of executive talent in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to achieve positive impact.  The Centre seeks to be the preferred partner in meeting the specific needs of organizations and individuals, so they can achieve business and career successes in a dynamic world.

Doug DempsterDoug Dempster has been appointed Executive Director of the Centre for Executive Leadership, responsible for the Telfer Executive MBA and non-degree Executive Programs, as well as for an emerging practice in thought leadership.  He was recently the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management in Brussels, where he led a turnaround to reposition this international organization for agility, relevance and a changing global environment.  Prior to that, as a Major-General in the Canadian Forces, he served as Deputy Commander of Canada’s army and then as chief strategy officer of the Defence department in the four years following the 9/11 attacks. He brings extensive general management experience, with a passion for strategic leadership, cross-cultural relations, sound decision-making and building high performance organizations.


Sophia LeongSophia Leong has been appointed Director of the Telfer Executive MBA Program, responsible for the Ottawa’s only face-to-face Executive MBA program, one that is global, practical and relevant in its curriculum design.  Ms. Leong is a strategic and operational planning specialist on the areas of innovation, commercialization and capital investment. She assists companies in crafting and implementing their strategic direction by connecting focused goals and actions towards business successes.  Most recently she served at the executive level with Industry Canada.  She has extensive experience working at Nortel Networks in an executive role where she was instrumental in co-founding, managing and commercializing seed and start-up companies.  Sophia has led a venture financing course for the past decade with a strong funding success rate.  She is a recipient of numerous awards for outstanding contribution and had also contributed towards patented business processes on Mergers and Acquisition during her time at Nortel Networks and Nortel Technology.  She is currently Chair/Board Member of several start-ups and is an Associate with Bisson Varona and Associates Incubator Company Inc.  Sophia has a passion for development of human talent, tranformation of human talent and growth of innovative and profitable Canadian companies.