Asima C. Vezina
President and Vice-Chancellor
Asima C. Vezina joined the Algoma University leadership team as President and Vice-Chancellor on October 23, 2017, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in education.
Asima is well known to the community of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas. She was raised in the communities of Bruce Mines and Desbarats and is one of three siblings of Dr. David and Zahida Croskery. Asima resides in Sault Ste. Marie with her husband Mitch and two children Eric and Emilie.
Beginning her teaching career in Timmins, Ontario, Asima has worked in various administrative roles within communities across Northern Ontario, including 15 years as a Superintendent of Education with the Timmins and Algoma District School Boards. She has also worked in government for the Ministry of Education as a Provincial Lead within the Student Achievement Division. Asima has served as a member and Chair of the Algoma University Board of Governors and member and Vice-Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities.
Holding a Master’s in Educational Leadership through Nipissing University, Asima is completing a leadership PhD program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Asima has an expertise in system thinking, change management, strategy development, and implementation. Her experience includes instructional leadership, technology enabled learning and teaching, special education, safe and equitable schools, mental health and well-being, policy development and implementation, project management, capital planning, and associated construction project management. Her leadership style can be described as collaborative and action-oriented.
A dedicated proponent of community partnership and building strong relationships with stakeholders, Asima has been an active member on the Local Immigration and Racial Harmony partnership tables. She has also co-led the development of the Algoma Model, a partnership network of over 50 organizations dedicated to working together in supporting children and youth mental health.
In consultation with the Anishinaabe community and other partners, Asima was the lead author of the Algoma University Statement on Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action and Beyond.
Asima is working with the University stakeholders on the University’s special mission of “cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University College and its geographic site” (Algoma University Act, 2008).
Asima believes in the individual and collective strengths within and across an organization, bringing people together collaboratively, in focused action toward a common vision. Her leadership style is characterized by a strong sense of community, teamwork, pride, and accountability, and putting student success and excellence in teaching and learning at the centre of the organization.