Bio (Jo Axe)

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Jo Axe

Jo Axe


Professor and Program Head, MAIS


Education and Technology


Jo Axe is the program head for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Axe's research has recently focused on learning community development, open practice and supportive employment programs for vulnerable youth. She has been highly involved in the Royal Roads community, participating in more than 40 committees, work groups and task forces. She is also very active in the local community; she has volunteered with the Foster Parent Support Services Society since 2013 and has been involved with other groups such as the Certified General Accountants Association, the British Columbia Federation of Foster Parents Association and the Heart and Stroke Society.


Axe joined Royal Roads in 2000 as an associate faculty member in the Faculty of Management, becoming an instructor/course manager in 2002. In 2006, she became an assistant professor/intellectual lead in accounting. From 2008 to 2012, she was an associate professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Management and then joined the Division of Education Studies. In 2013, she became the founding director of the School of Education and Technology. Before teaching, Axe worked for several Greater Victoria companies in accounting, general management and controllership roles. She also spent four years in public practice working on corporate and personal tax assignments. 


Axe is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant and holds a PhD from the University of Bradford in the U.K., a MA in Distributed Learning from Royal Roads and a BGS from British Columbia Open University. She also has a post-graduate diploma in research methods from the University of Bradford, a teaching certificate from Durham University and a Learning Facilitator Certificate and an Instructional Skills Workshop Certificate from Royal Roads.