Bio (Barb Stoddard)

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Barb Stoddard

Barb Stoddard


Associate Faculty


Leadership Studies


Barb Stoddard is an associate faculty member and past program head of the Master of Arts in Leadership – Health Specialization program. She worked in Canada’s publicly funded health system for 40 years before dedicating herself to academia in 2012. An experienced health care professional, she brings proven skills in organizational leadership, system transformation, strategic planning, quality improvement, operational management and performance optimization. As a distinguished practitioner and academic, she has a passion for leading people in the delivery of sustainable, quality health services. She is committed to supporting all leaders in the integration of academic theory and professional practice to affect positive change.


Stoddard’s work in organizations encompassed 20 years in clinical practice as a physical therapist and occupational therapist and 20 years as a leader of strategic and operational health systems. She retired in 2012 from the position of director, system transformation, flow, and medical administration at Vancouver Coastal Health – Richmond, a multi-site, multi-level integrated health services organization. Stoddard received an associate faculty appointment in the School of Leadership in 2004 and served as program head for the Master of Arts in Leadership – Health Specialization program from 2012 to 2016.


Stoddard earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University (2003). She completed a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of British Columbia (1970) winning the Special University Prize for Highest Academic Standing in the faculty and awards for excellence in occupational and physical therapy clinical practice. In 2019, Royal Roads awarded Stoddard the Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teachers who make a positive contribution to the overall health and culture of the university.