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Dr. Jennifer Walinga

Royal Roads University
Professor and Director
British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Jennifer Walinga is Director of the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University. An experienced educator and former member of Canada’s Commonwealth, World and Olympic gold medal rowing teams (1983 to 1992), she draws on her personal experiences to frame the way she leads and facilitates problem solving and change. As a Consultant, Walinga blends organizational, educational and sport psychology in designing communication, change and performance interventions for individuals, groups and organizations. As a professor, her teaching and research interests include organizational communication, team dynamics, creative insight, social innovation, workplace health, sport education and high performance. She is a mother of three and an active member of the athletic and educational communities in Victoria. Since 2000, she has run her own consulting firm, Integrated Focus, which offers training programs for individuals, teams, departments and organizations. Walinga earned her bachelor of liberal studies at Brock University and her bachelor of education at the University of Western Ontario. After teaching English for 20 years, she combined her passion for communication and athletics in pursuing her MA in Leadership from Royal Roads, where she researched the impact of experiential training programs on organizational performance. She earned her PhD in organizational studies from the University of Victoria, where she developed a problem solving intervention called Integrated Focus. Walinga won Royal Roads’ 2010 Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award. Learn more about Walinga’s experience on her Academia.edu profile.