Dr. Linda Duxbury

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Human Resources | Work–Life Balance

Canadian corporations were already losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism before the worldwide pandemic. Today, the satisfaction and well-being of employees is more important than ever. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer, and speaker on employee well-being and mental health as well as work–life balance. She has contributed to numerous comprehensive national studies on these topics and their bottom-line effect on business. An enlightening and popular speaker, Duxbury’s ideas and research are invaluable to major corporations and government agencies around the world.

Duxbury is a professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She has written several papers, articles, and books, and is the co-author of a series of Health Canada reports about work-life balance within the country. She has been published widely in both academic and practitioner literatures in the areas of work-family conflict, resiliency, disruptive change management, supportive work environments, stress, hybrid offices, the use and impact of technology, and managing the new workforce. Recently, Duxbury has been examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees and companies, with a particular focus on mental health and well-being, and how companies can address this moving forward.

Recognized for her engaging, enthusiastic communication skills and teaching practices, Duxbury has received the “Canadian Pension and Benefits National Speaker Award”, the “Carleton University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award”, Carleton’s “Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award”, and the “Sprott MBA Student Society Best Teacher Award”. She has also been awarded the “Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award” and was recognized as one of Deloitte’s “Women of Influence”. In 2014-15, Duxbury received the Carleton University Research Award as one of the ten best researchers at the university, and, most recently, was awarded the Chancellor’s Professorship at Carleton in recognition of her research output.

Duxbury holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.


Resilient Leadership and Management: Leading and Managing in Times of Disruptive Change

In this keynote, Dr. Linda Duxbury defines disruptive change and challenges leaders to think about what major disruptions they are likely to face over the next several years. She’ll ask leaders to explore what challenges may arise from managing disruptive change, the link between disruptive change and a crisis, and what changes in leadership style are needed during chaos in order to focus your attention where it’s most needed.

Organizational Resilience: What Is it and How Do We Nurture It?

What does a resilient workplace look like? How does it work and how do you lead with resilience? In this keynote, Dr. Linda Duxbury will share insight into how leaders can create an environment of readiness for change and manage resistance to change. She will also explore the types of strategies available to leaders depending on the type of change occurring, and underline the dangers of high levels of organizational inertia and how to overcome it.

Moving Forward Post-Pandemic: Pay Attention to Your Organizational Culture

An expert in human resources, Dr. Linda Duxbury shares information about the importance of organizational culture and discusses the characteristics of an organizational culture that is resilient and adaptive to change.

Ambidexterity: The Key to Managing Change and Organizational Resilience

How can leaders manage evolutionary and revolutionary changes at the same time (i.e. exploit while also exploring; keep the company running while also changing a strategic direction?) In this keynote, Dr. Linda Duxbury shares what ambidexterity means as it relates to managing change and creating resilience, and helps organizations determine if they and their leaders are ambidextrous.

A Best Practice Guide to Hybrid Work

The media is full of stories about how employees are now looking for more hybrid work arrangements and to be able to work remotely — but what does that mean exactly?  Making hybrid work situations a success requires careful thought and planning. This talk focuses on what organizations need to consider in order to make the successful transition to a hybrid work model.

Preparing for the Fourth Wave: Mental Health Issues Caused by COVID-19

As the country begins to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is speculation that employers and employees alike will need to deal with a “fourth wave” of poor mental health and well-being. This talk uses data from the research study “2020-21 Employee Wellbeing in Times of COVID-19” to help explain why many Canadians are reporting higher levels of stress, work-life conflict, and burnout, and shares ways to support Canadian workers moving forward.