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Governance, Leadership and Ethics

Students who will thrive in Huron's new Major in Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) recognize we live and work in an increasingly complex, interdependent and uncertain world. They understand, or are to determined to understand, the need for new decision-making models and the influences of different leadership styles. They are keen to participate in civic affairs and contribute to the well-being of their local and global communities.

GLE is designed to help students fully grasp the challenges of contemporary governance and develop the know-how for leadership that is inclusive, accountable and effective. The goal of GLE is to develop Leaders with Heart who are able to meet the growing demand for ethical and transformative leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) Brochure


Leaders with Heart need to know how to conduct their teams and themselves in ways that protect and promote positive values. There are huge differences between people in positions of power who take it, rather than earning the admiration and cooperation of their follows. Learn how Governance, Leadership & Ethics has helped Huron graduates to lead others more successfully toward their goals - in community, corporate, government and other various sectors.

If you want to Lead with Heart like these strategic individuals, considering studying within this program to refine your understanding of how to motivate others in ways that command respect.

  • Volunteering is essential for developing a compassionate heart and a realistic worldview
    Ailin Chant
    Third year, Major, Governance, Leadership, & Ethics, Minor, Health Sciences
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Program Options

Governance, Leadership & Ethics is a specialized major offered at Huron. In addition to newly developed courses that focus specifically on Governance and Leadership, GLE is a multi-disciplinary program that brings together relevant courses in:

  • Political Science
  • Management & Organizational Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy 

Additionally, GLE students will be engaged in unique experiential learning and research opportunities. 

Honors Specialization

Huron's GLE Major integrates teaching, research and community-based learning (CBL) into the analysis of organizational behaviour, civic engagement and social responsibility in decision making.

Students majoring in GLE are required to take three courses:

- Governance
- Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory
- Leadership

After successfully completing these courses, they may choose from selected courses from three groupings:

- The Governance Group
- The Leadership Group
- The Ethics Group

Learn more about the Governance, Leadership & Ethics major.


You know professors are dedicated to their students' learning when faculty members across multiple departments come together to create a unique interdisciplinary learning experience that intersects a wide variety of programs, while also incorporating intensive research and community engagement opportunities.

During your pursuit of a Governance, Leadership & Ethics specialization, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop individual research-learning opportunities and connect with community-based and professional organizations for experiences where theory meets practice. 

Learn more about professors who are going to help you fully grasp the ever-changing challenges facing our world's Leaders - within and beyond the classroom.

Governance, Leaderships & Ethics Department


  • Dr. Neil Bradford, Chair, 519.438.7224 ext. 333, Rm A300
  • Dr. Bill Irwin, Assistant Professor, 519.438.7224 ext. 614, Rm A2A
  • Jan Klakurka, Director of Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, 519.438.7224 ext. 263, Rm A2C
  • Your generation is operating within an extremely interesting set of political systems, and it is absolutely essential you empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to effectively maneuver within them
    Neil Bradford, PhD
    Chair, Political Science
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  • The two greatest influences on Dr. Irwin’s personal approach to teaching are John Dewey and his focus on community, democracy and the engaged citizen, and Paulo Freire and his advocacy of critical pedagogy as a means of understanding how hegemony works, how oppression occurs and using education to resist oppression and engage agency ...
    Bill Irwin, PhD
    Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Studies & Governance, Leadership and Ethics
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  • My philosophy is to assist students in their development of professional judgment for management through breadth and depth of understanding of theories and how organizations work “in the real world
    Jan Klakurka, MBA, C.Dir., CPA, CMC
    Chair, Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies
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Governance, Leadership and Ethics Course Intro

Huron's new Major in Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) is designed to fully grasp the challenges of contemporary governance and develop the know-how for leadership that is inclusive, accountable and effective. The goal of GLE is to develop students who are able to meet the growing demand for ethical and transformative Leadership with Heart in the private, public and non-profit sectors. 

NEW Courses for Fall/Winter 2020 – 2021

The Governance, Leadership & Ethics program is pleased to offer two new, and exciting courses for the Fall/Winter 2020 – 2021 Academic year:

GLE 3003F – Special Topics in Governance (Fall 2020)

This course provides an in-depth exploration of principled leadership as an ethical foundation for governance from a historical perspective. Through a series of case studies profiling historical leaders in politics, government, business, non-governmental organizations, and social movements, we will consider questions of ethical leadership and governance, innovative forms of leadership, the tension between principles and power, and the role of leaders, followers and constituents within a variety of organizations.

GLE 3001G – Special Topics in Governance (Winter 2021)

Environmental Stewardship in the 21st Century

This course will explore what it means to be an Earth steward in the Age of the Anthropocene. We will use the Head, Heart and Hands framework to: (1) investigate the current thinking around stewardship in both Western scientific and Indigenous knowledge; (2) explore the spiritual and ethical underpinnings of modern industrial and alternative worldviews; and (3) engage in experiential learning to apply minds and heart to a local stewardship challenge.  The goals of the course will be to challenge your thinking, awaken your passion for the Earth and provide you actionable tools to use in meeting personal and professional career goals. The course will consist of two hour lecture with heavy emphasis on active learning and a one hour tutorial where students will analyze and discuss case studies and course readings. Don’t wait for the stewards, be the steward!


Introduces students to the theories and models of contemporary governance and explores their implementation in organizational settings across the public, private and community sectors.

GLE 2001F - Introduction to Governance Bradford Course Outline
GLE 2003G - Introduction to Leadership Irwin Course Outline



Introduces students to principled leadership as a foundation for decision making and evaluation, taking into account power, influence, follower-ship, roles and citizenship. 

GLE 2003G - Introduction to Leadership Irwin View course outline


The Capstone Course (4th year)

Offers students a range of opportunities to integrate and develop their learning experiences, including a thesis, major research papers, reading course or a community-based consultancy with a written report. 

Governance, Leadership and Ethics Careers

Graduates from Huron's GLE program will be prepared for leadership roles in government, business and the non-profit sector. GLE graduates will also be prepared to pursue advanced study in graduate studies in the social sciences or at professional schools in business or law.

Where will a degree in Governance, Leadership and Ethics take you?
  • Civil service
  • Government/International agency advisors
  • Policy researchers/consultants
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Film
  • Business
  • Advocates/Volunteers in community organizations

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Key Contacts

Kathy Mazur-Spitzig, BA

Program Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Social Science
519.438.7224 ext. 231

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Monday - Friday