Paul Harrietha

Paul Harrietha

Professional Background

Dr. Paul Harrietha is an Executive in Residence for the Master of Arts in Leadership. He is a career executive and consultant specializing in global leadership and change management. During his 30-year career, he consulted to a range of leading international organizations, including PepsiCo, Honda, John Deere, Royal Bank of Canada, Eddie Bauer, Mobile Oil, and a range of associations, unions and not-for-profit organizations.

After a successful 30-year business career, he retired from corporate life to pursue his true passions: writing, teaching, mentoring and lifelong learning. Dr. Harrietha teaches multiple classes in St. Bonaventure’s Master of Arts in Leadership program, such as ML 625: Organizational Structure and Behavior and ML 660: Leadership Portfolio. Also, he currently has two book projects in development, in addition to a docuseries on leadership.

Most recently, Dr. Harrietha was Chief Executive Officer of the OMERS Sponsors Corporation, the strategic arm of a $100-billion pension fund servicing almost 450,000 active and retired municipal employees in Ontario, Canada. In this key role, he was responsible for ensuring that the Plan remained sustainable for future generations, and that strategic decisions were informed by strong governance practices.

Prior to joining OMERS, Dr. Harrietha was a Senior Partner and Head of the Communication and Change Management Practice at Eckler Ltd., a leading Canadian consulting firm. He also served as Chairman of the Executive Board for Abelica Global, a network of more than 30 independent consulting firms operating in 20 countries around the world.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Leadership & Policy, Niagara University, Lewiston, NY, 2016  
  • M.A., Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Keele University, Staffordshire UK, 2009 
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, York University, Toronto, 1989
  • B.A.(H.), English Language and Literature, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1986