William R. Holmes

Associate professor, Board of Governors

Professional & Continuing Studies
Tourism & Hospitality Management

Dr. William Holmes teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has designed and delivered courses in Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Strategy, International Business, and Creativity in Business. Holmes serves on the Royal Roads University Board of Governors, as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada, and as a Director on the Board of the Minerva Safety Council of Canada. 

He has previously served on the Board of Governors of the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee on the Board of Directors for NAFSA: The Association of International Educators. 

Holmes has taught at Royal Roads University, Copenhagen Business School, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, and the Higher Colleges of Technology.


Holmes has served as Vice-President Academic & Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University. Previously, he worked at Sheridan College in Toronto, first as Dean of the School of Business and then as Vice Provost. He has held positions as Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Undergraduate Program in Business at Simon Fraser University and as Instructional Manager of the Business Division at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.

Holmes’ career spans corporate and educational sectors and has included assignments in Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Memberships and Committees
  • Institute Certified Director (ICD.D), Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada, 2023.
  • Fellow, Chartered Governance Institute (FCG), Chartered Governance Institute of Canada, 2021.
  • Accredited Director (Acc.Dir.), Chartered Governance Institute of Canada, 2021.
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA, CGA), Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, 2013.
  • Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Human Resource Professional Association of Ontario, 2014.
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), British Columbia and Yukon Human Resource Management Association, 2006.
  • Associate Fellow, Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance, London, 2004.
  • Member, Trust Institute (MTI), Trust Companies Institute of Canada, Toronto, 1991.


Doctor of Business Administration

University of Southern Queensland

Master of Business Administration

University of British Columbia

Master of Arts, Philosophy (Ethics)

University of Waterloo

Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Philosophy

University of Waterloo

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

University of Waterloo


1st Prize, John Molson Business Ownership Case Writing Competition

Awarded 1st prize in the 2023 John Molson Business Ownership Case Writing Competition, sponsored by the Bob and Raye Briscoe Centre in Business Ownership Studies at Concordia University, for case "Motorcycle Offsetters: Carbon Offsets for Motorcycle Enthusiasts."

ASAC Outstanding Reviewer Award

Outstanding Reviewer for the Case Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) 2023 Annual Conference, Ted Rogers School of Business, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto.

Nominee, Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award

Nominee, 2022 Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award, Center for Teaching and Educational Technology, Royal Roads University.

David Aplin Recruiting Top Talent Award

Award for Demonstrated Strategic Leadership and Academic Performance in the CMA Executive Program, Certified Management Accountants, British Columbia.


Holmes, W.R., 2014, ‘Student Success in the Creative Economy’, paper presented at the 2014 International Forum of Higher Education in Media and Communication: The Internationalization of Higher Education in the Era of New Media – Strategy for China, Communications University of China (CUC) and The International League of Higher Education in Media and Communication (MLeague), Beijing, September 20, 2014.

Grace, D., Cohen, S. and Holmes, W.R., 2014, Business Ethics; A Canadian Perspective, 1st Canadian Edition, Oxford University Press, London.

Holmes, W.R., 2008, ‘A Theoretical Framework for the Investigation of the Determinants of Corporate Environmental Policy’, in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, vol. 10, no. 1-2, pp. 110-147.