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  • Armstrong, Ruth R., MBA
  • Title: President, Vision Management Services; Governance Professor, York University, Schulich School of Business
  • Bio: Ruth Armstrong founded VISION Management Services in 1986. Ruth is a dynamic presenter and facilitator; she has provided leadership development and consultation to more than 250 public, private and nonprofit organizations in Canada and the United States.

    Ruth is a recognized expert in Governance and Strategic Planning. She also specializes in Organizational Change and Conflict Resolution. As President of VISION Management Services, Ruth conducts workshops on a variety of topics in management and governance for executive directors, senior managers and board members. Ruth's facilitation skills, in combination with her knowledge of, and experience in, a variety of sectors, create a highly stimulating learning environment. Her insightful analysis and creative ideas have been effective tools for developing professional skills, addressing organizational needs and facilitating strategic change.

    After obtaining a BA in Psychology from McGill University, Ruth worked in the social services field for more than 10 years, when she decided to pursue an MBA at the University of Toronto.

    Her understanding of the public and non-profit sectors is based in part on these experiences, combined with her voluntary activities. Ruth has served as Board President of: Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, Macaulay Child Development Centre and Project Management Association. She has also served on the Boards of: Canadian Red Cross - Toronto Region, Canadian Public Health Association, Intedex (Canada) Inc., Toronto Dance Theatre, Training Renewal Foundation, and Youth Services Network.

    Ruth teaches at York University’s Schulich School of Business, MBA program. She teaches nonprofit governance and accountability. Ruth is a recognized leader in governance, and has published a number of articles on governance in the non-profit sector. Ruth is also an Executive Officer and Co-founder of FutureShift Group. FutureShift Group has been helping organizations resolve workplace conflict and investigate workplace harassment and misconduct since 1992.

  • Sector: Community, Public
  • Region: Ontario
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