Bio (William R. Holmes)

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William R. Holmes


Dean, Faculty of Management


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Dr. William Holmes is the dean of the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University. Prior to moving to Victoria in 2015, Holmes served at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, first as dean, Faculty of Business and more recently, as the vice provost. Holmes’ areas of interest include strategy, business ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship.  He is co-author of the Canadian edition of Business Ethics (Oxford University Press) and lectures extensively on the role of business in society.


Holmes has previously served as adjunct professor and executive director of the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and as the instructional manager (dean) of business for the Higher Colleges of Technology, a network of colleges in the United Arab Emirates. His career has spanned the corporate and educational sector and has included assignments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has 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 the Copenhagen Business School, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia and the Higher Colleges of Technology.


Holmes holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Arts in Philosophy (Ethics) from the University of Waterloo and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Philosophy, also from the University of Waterloo. He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) and Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and Leader (CHRL) designations.