Bio (Amy Zidulka)
As the intellectual lead in the areas of communication, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, Amy Zidulka develops, oversees, and teaches classes in these areas. She developed a passion for the areas of creativity and innovation in 2006, when she led the MBA redesign, and found herself searching for systemic ways to facilitate creative change. This experience has led her to teach multiple courses on the topic and to begin a doctorate through the University of Calgary with a focus on organizational learning, creativity, and innovation. She has presented on the topic of creativity education at multiple conferences, including the Academy of Management, ASAC, and the Design Management Institute.
Zidulka began her career at Royal Roads in 2001, as an associate faculty member, and was brought on as core faculty in 2003. Her primary research interest is in workplace creativity, and she possesses a secondary interests in critical thinking, communication, and management education. Prior to working at Royal Roads, she made her living as a professional artist, specializing in commissioned portraits of Alaskan fishing boats.
Zidulka is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Education through the University of Calgary (2015 expected), focusing on organizational learning, creativity, and innovation. She holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria, a BA in English and Writing from Concordia University and a BSc in Architecture from McGill University. She is certified as a life coach from the International Coaching Academy. On two occasions, she has been awarded the Royal Roads MBA Professionalism and Dedication award, which acknowledges teaching excellence.