VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series puts the spotlight on bad leaders and followers

Michael Mackenzie: Bad leaders, bad followers event postcard

April 11, 2024 - 3:45pm

Bad Leaders, Bad Followers: Threats to democracy that we don’t talk about enough – an edition of the Engaged Citizens Speaker Series

When: Monday, April 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310) or online via Zoom webinar. See Nanaimo campus map.

Nanaimo, BC: There have been countless books written about leadership, but most focus on good leadership and what makes for a good leader.

Dr. Michael MacKenzie, VIU’s Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership, argues that we don’t spend enough time talking about bad leadership, or bad followers – and not having these conversations is a major threat to democracy. Join him on April 15 at 6:30 pm as he examines good and bad leadership and what citizens need consider when it comes to leadership in a healthy democratic society.

MacKenzie’s keynote talk will followed by a panel discussion moderated by CKNW radio host Jas Johal featuring:

  • Shachi Kurl, President of the Angus Reid Institute, and
  • Lisa Helps, former mayor of Victoria and Executive Lead for BC Builds Project Origination and Process Innovation at BC Housing.

This event is sponsored by TD Insurance and the VIU Alumni Association. To learn more about the series, visit the Engaged Citizens Speaker Series website. Register for this event via Eventbrite.



Jenn McGarrigle, External Communications Manager, Vancouver Island University

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