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Ideas Are Not The Problem - Lee-Ann McAlear


Lee-Anne McAlear is Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Applied Innovation Management for the Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University. Lee-Anne is an experienced facilitator, writer, consultant and speaker with a background in innovation, leadership development, strategic planning and team effectiveness.

She has worked with teams around the world (27 countries, five continents) in many forums (planning and training sessions, conferences, key note speaking etc.) and in many sectors, both public and private. Lee-Anne has been responsible for delivering an extensive range of award-winning training initiatives; facilitating executive teams through strategic planning and consulting in the area of innovation.

Lee-Anne has led a number of leadership conferences for clients as diverse as Johnson & Johnson, Baxter Health Care, Rich’s Food Group International, CIBC, Fidelity Investments and Ontario Heart and Stroke.

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Lee-Anne McAlear is an award-winning facilitator, speaker, writer and consultant. She is a program director and sought-after lecturer at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business at York University, and a featured speaker with the National Speakers Bureau, speaking at conferences in the area of innovation, leadership, employee engagement and team effectiveness.
Lee-Anne has worked extensively in the leadership and innovation pace in more than 31 countries in both the public (federal, provincial and municipal levels) and private sectors.
She has piloted several global innovation initiatives that have, for example, delivered new approaches to brand revitalization, new methods for delivering patient care and new ways to address customer growth and retention.
For more than 25 years, Lee-Anne has worked across industries and sectors including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical, health care, telecommunication, transportation, professional services and consumer packaged goods.
She is a highly sought after speaker having delivered around the world with speakers as varied as best-selling author and creativity guru, Edward de Bono, Prime Minister Kim Campbell and activist and actor Alan Alda.
Lee-Anne has many certifications including Emotional Intelligence, Team Management Systems and Situational Leadership and is a Certified Innovation Professional.
She sits on the board of the Canadian Chapter of IAOIP (international Association of Innovation Professionals) – the only association offering globally recognized innovation certifications.


Certificate in Business Skills for Managers› Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Innovation› Executive Program in Municipal Leadership› Leadership Competencies: What Senior Managers Need to Know› Masters Certificate in Public Sector Leadership› Masters Certificate in Sales Leadership›

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  • General Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • People Leadership
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