Our Boards

Our three Boards (see below) reflect the Centre’s inclusive approach to spirituality, and are comprised of individuals from different spiritual and faith traditions. Board members also bring a global perspective as they are from: Australia, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. We draw on board members for their perspectives on new developments in the field, their own continuing exploration of spirituality and work, and their belief in the value of our efforts.

Board of Directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to establish strategic directions and fundraising capabilities for the Centre, formulate policies and procedures, and report to the University on the activities of the Centre.

Paul Bowlby, PhD D

Chairperson, Department of Religious Studies, Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Sabine Bredemeyer

Consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach, Steward of ‘Spirit in Business’ Germany

Dusseldorf, Germany    More


Ken DesRoches

Lecturer in the School of Business, University of P.E.I. and Consultant

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island    More


Dr. J. Colin Dodds

President, Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Stacy Snair

Business student , Saint Mary's University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Martin Rutte (Founder and Chair)

Consultant, speaker, author and President, Livelihood

Santa Fe, New Mexico    More


David Sable

Consultant and part time lecturer in Religious Studies, Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia    More


Special Advisors to the Board

Vikram Budhraja

President, Electric Power Group, LLC, Pasadena, California    More

Michael Stephen

Retired Chairman, Aetna International, Consultant and Leadership Coach, Oakville, Ontario    More


Advisory Board Members

Charles Beaupre, PhD

Professor of Asian Studies, Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia    More


John Coates, MSW, PhD

Professor and former Chair of the Department of Social Work, St. Thomas University

Fredericton, New Brunswick    More


Kerry Cochrane

Lecturer, Management Communication, Charles Stuart University

Foundation President, the Spirituality Leadership and Management Network Ltd

Editor, e-Journal Spirituality Leadership and Management

New South Wales, Australia    More


Sherry Connolly

Founding Director, The Centre for Spirituality at Work

Toronto, Ontario    More

Cathy Driscoll, PhD

Associate Professor of Management, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University

Halifax Nova Scotia

Debby Edelstein

Co-founder QualityLife Company

Johannesburg, South Africa    More

Robert Forman, PhD

Founder & CEO, The Forge Institute

Associate Professor of Religion, Hunter College, The City University of New York (retired)

Co-founder & Executive Editor, Journal of Consciousness Studies: Controversies in Science and


Hastings-on-Hudson, NY    More


Margaret Jefferies

Founder of the Spirit@ Work movement in New Zealand

Lyttelton, New Zealand    More


Mary MacNeil

Regional union representative, Public Service Alliance of Canada

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island    More

Sister Maureen McGuire

Senior Vice President Mission Integration, Ascension Health Care

St. Louis, Missouri    More


Leslie Paton

Commercial Director, AGI Media

Los Angeles, California    More


Academic Advisory Board Members

Gary Boelhower, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, College of St. Scholastica

Co-founder, First Director, The Center for Spirituality and Leadership, Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Duluth, Minnesota   More

André Delbecq, D.B.A., FAOM, FACPE

J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor, Santa Clara University

Director, Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California 

Janet Groen, EdD

Assistant Professor in Workplace and Adult Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta   More

David Miller, PhD, MDiv

Founding Director, Princeton University Faith & Work InitiativeCentre for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey    More

Judith Neal, PhD

Director, John H. Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas   More

Thierry Pauchant, MSc, MBA, PhD

Professor, Holder of the Chair in Ethical Management, Haute École Commercial

Montréal, Quebec    More

 Dr. Jonathan Smith, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge, England



SMU Home Page... |... SMU Bookstore ...| ...About SMU... |... Webmaster... |...