Rita Egizii

Associate faculty


Rita Egizii’s career began in basic science research in the field of neurophysiology. Her areas of interest include entrepreneurship, social innovation, not-for-profit governance and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has started four successful not-for-profit and social venture organizations in the areas of art, health, women’s issues and education. She has been an international delegate on Government of Canada trade missions and trade summits and has sat on several federal task forces. Egizii is a professional keynote speaker and has been published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of neuroscience, education and philosophy.


Egizii is a published author, entrepreneur, visionary and community builder. She is a mentor and coach, as well as a professional keynote and TEDx speaker. She is a peer reviewer for InterChange (INCH), Emerald Publishing (Education & Training), and the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD). She is also a pitch coach for the RRU Design Thinking competition team and the UFA/Olds College Innovation Challenge, and has coached multiple UCalgary entrepreneurial and case competition teams.

Egizii serves on various boards and advisory groups for both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She served as a certified facilitator for Alberta’s board development program. She has held senior administrative roles in alumni relations, development and community engagement and is a certified Instructional Skills Workshop facilitator. She offers her skillset to educators, innovators, start-ups and incubators through her consulting company, Insight Management for Action, Growth and Expansion.


Doctorate in education (leadership in the post-secondary sector)


Master of Education in Leadership


Bachelor of Commerce


Canadian Institute of Management certification



Woman of Vision


Regional Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year


Legacy Award (for Innovation)


Order of the University of Calgary

For her work in supporting the student experience


Mueller, R., Kenny, N., Norman, D., Miltenburg, J., & Egizii, R. (In Preparation).  The portfolio of practice: A meaningful approach to strategic planning in educational development.  User Guide, Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Educational Developers Caucus. 

Egizii, R. (Under Revision).  Alumni entrepreneurs can inform learner outcome-focused pedagogy and curriculum design in business education.  Education & Training.

Egizii, R. (Summer, 2021) (Under Review).  An entrepreneurial approach to teaching research.  In:  Hamilton, D., Childs, E., Dandar, D., & Kook, R. (Eds).  Active Learning for Real-World Inquiry.

Egizii, R. (2021).  A sequential exploratory mixed methods investigation of pedagogical value.  Doctoral dissertation.  (Awaiting submission to ProQuest). 

Brown, B., Egizii, R., Friesen, S., Thomas, C., & Brandon, J. (2020).  Research-practice partnerships: Stakeholder mapping as a tool for maximizing co-creation.  The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate.  On-Line Conference Proceedings. San Francisco, April 17, 2020. 

Brown,  B.,  Friesen,  S.,  Brandon,  J.,  Thomas,  C.,  &  Egizii,  R.  (2019).  Research -practice partnerships: First  cohort  of  projects  in  Alberta.  Leveraging  Education  Research  in  a  Post-Truth  Era,  American Educational  Research  Association.  On-Line  Conference  Proceedings.  Toronto.  April  6,  2019.

Egizii,  R.  (2018).  Researcher-practitioner  partnerships  in  Alberta.  Alberta  Education  Intern

Showcase.  Edmonton.  August  29,  2018.

Egizii,  R.,  &  Friesen,  S.  (2019).  Differentiating  factors  that  underpin  pedagogical  value  at  the  post-

secondary  level.  47th  Canadian  Society  for  the  Study  of  Education  (CSSE),  88th  Congress  of  the

Humanities  and  Social  Sciences.  (to  be  presented  June  4,  2019)

Brown,  B.,  Egizii,  R.,  Thomas,  C.,  Friesen,  S.,  &  Brandon,  J.  (2019).  Examining  research-practice

partnerships  through  a  complex  adaptive  systems  lens.  47th  Canadian  Society  for  the  Study  of

Education  (CSSE),  88th  Congress  of  the  Humanities  and  Social  Sciences.  (to  be  presented  June  5,


Egizii,  R.  (2019).  Disruptive  innovation:  Using  lean  design-thinking  to  explore,  envision,  prototype

and  co-create  new  approaches  to  pedagogy  for  post-secondary  learners.  IDEAS  2019  Conference,

University  of  Calgary  (July  3-5,  2019).

Egizii,  R.  (2019).  Doctoral  internships  as  a  scaffolded  experience:  A  collaborative  and  mutually

beneficial  approach  to  supporting  research-practice  partnerships.  IDEAS  2019 Conference,

University  of  Calgary  (July  3-5,  2019).

Egizii, R. (2015).  Self-directed learning, andragogy and the role of alumni as members of professional learning communities in the post-secondary environment.  Procedia: Social and Behavioural Sciences. 174:1740-1749.

Egizii, R.  (2011).  Daoist principles as a solution for sustainable business.  Journal of Daoist Studies.  4: 190-201.

Egizii also has an extensive record of papers and articles published in the field of neuroscience.  Some of these are available on: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rita-Egizii