Bio (Jennifer Walinga )

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Jennifer Walinga

Jennifer Walinga




Communication and Culture


An educator for 30 years, and former member of Canada’s Commonwealth, World and Olympic gold medal rowing teams (1983 to 1992), Dr. Jennifer Walinga draws on her personal, professional, and educational experiences when facilitating problem solving and leadership processes in organizations. Walinga blends organizational, educational, and sport theories in designing communication, change and performance interventions in organizations. She is an award winning researcher focusing all of her projects on the central theme of optimal human performance. Her research interests include organizational communication, team dynamics, creative insight, social innovation, workplace health, sport education and high performance. Walinga is currently working on culture building projects in the spheres of sport, women in leadership, and workplace health. She is a mother of three and an active member of the athletic and educational communities in Victoria.


After retiring from elite sport, Walinga taught English for several years in the Toronto area. Walinga began teaching with Royal Roads in 2001with the Centre for Applied Leadership and Management and Schools of Leadership and Business. She has been faculty in the School of Communication and Culture since 2008. She is also principal of the consulting firm, Integrated Focus, which offers training programs for individuals, teams, departments and organizations. Learn more about Walinga’s research on her profile.


Walinga earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies at Brock University (1987) and her Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario (1988) and Diploma in ESL at York University (1989). After teaching English for 20 years, she combined her passion for communication and athletics in pursuing her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads (2001), where she researched the impact of experiential training programs on organizational performance. She earned her PhD in Organizational Studies from the University of Victoria (2007), where she developed a problem solving intervention called Integrated Focus. Walinga won Royal Roads’ 2010 Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award.