Mr. Brian Leacock

Mr. Brian Leacock
Position
Assistant Teaching Professor; Associate Director, International Programs

Credentials

BA in Pacific and Asian Studies and MBA, University of Victoria

Contact
Office: BEC 240

Expertise

  • Business communication
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Organizational behavior

Brian Leacock joined the Gustavson School of Business in 2004. He holds a dual role with the faculty as both an assistant teaching professor and associate director of its International Office.

Brian teaches undergraduate and graduate courses to diverse student groups and brings a global/interdisciplinary orientation to the classroom. He places special attention on understanding and practically navigating our globalized world. In the classroom he strives to connect with students as individuals so as to nurture their development and be the inspiration for their growth. He recognizes that each student has his or her own unique personal aspirations, as well as learning style.

Brian’s role as associate director sees him leading a dedicated team that supports all aspects of the international orientation of the school, including leading one of the largest international programs in Canada (100+ international academic partnerships in 40 countries). Brian travels extensively and presents at national/international professional conferences on intercultural communication, language, and innovations in international education.

International understanding has long been Brian's focus and he has dedicated his career to building global bridges via education.  This passion has taken him to many diverse locations, such as Guyana, Namibia, and Ghana to manage CIDA funded development projects.  Brian has lived overseas for 9 years (in Japan/China) and has travel the world. 

Brian's present emphasis is on furthering the vision of the Gustavson School of Business as a leading innovator in internationalization among Canadian business schools. In 2009, because of Brian’s innovative leadership within the university, he was awarded the coveted Gustavson Innovation in International Programs award.  In 2015 Brian was honoured with the Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2018, Brian was the recipient of UVic's Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership, the highest teaching honour at the university. 

Journal Publication

Leacock, B. K., & Jones, B. A. (2019). Designing and supporting significant study abroad experiences. Hirao School of Management Review, 1-21(9). http://doi.org/10.14990/00003228

Presentation

Leacock, B. K. (2019, November). GMI, IDI, SFCQ? Understanding Intercultural Competencies for Individual & Program Level Assessment. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Winnipeg, MB, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2019, November). Translating International Study/Work Abroad into Intercultural Competencies. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Winnipeg, MB, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2019, June). Boundaries, Barriers & Bridges: Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, September). Language and Global Business: Pedagogical Innovation in Business School Curriculum. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Geneva, SWITZERLAND: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K., & Jones, B. A. (2018, November). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, ON, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, September). The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Geneva, SWITZERLAND: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, May). Emotional and Social Competence for Dynamic Learning across Cultures. Let’s Talk About Teaching 2018 for Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). University of Victoria: Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI).

Leacock, B. K. (2018, May). Boundaries, Barriers & Bridges: Building Inclusivity in a Broken-Up World. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, June). Enhancing Intercultural Competencies: Successful Pedagogical Innovation and Program Level Assessment. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, May). Reflective Learning by Design: Program Level Assessment of Intercultural Competencies. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Philadelphia, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, November). Capacity Building for Diversity and Inclusion. Victoria Forum. Victoria, BC: Victoria Forum.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, September). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Seville, SPAIN: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, September). The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Seville, SPAIN: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, May). Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. Canadian Association of Public School – International (CAPSI). Calgary, AB, Canada: Canadian Association of Public School – International (CAPSI).

Leacock, B. K. (2016, September). The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Liverpool, UK: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2016, November). DMIS and CQ Synergies in the Making. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2016, September). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Liverpool, UK: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2016, May). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Denver, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2015, May). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Boston, MA, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2014, November). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, ON, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2014, November). Innovative Trilateral Degree Development. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, ON, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2014, May). Colloquium on Business Education (Co-Presenter with Dr. Ali Dastmalchian). Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Houston, TX, USA.

Recognition & Awards

2019

Award of Excellence for Service, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2018

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership, University of Victoria

2015

Award of Excellence for Teaching, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2009

Award of Excellence for Innovation in International Programs, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2005

Award of Excellence for Service, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

Grants

  • Development of Cross-cultural Competence: Factors and Process, Funded by Gustavson Executive Programs Research Grant (September 1, 2019), awarded May 1, 2019, Funded - In Progress, Summer 2019, CoPI Maria Carmen Galang with CoPI Ricardo Flores, CoPI Brian Leacock

Courses Taught

  • International Business Environment (MBA)
  • Language, Communication, and Global Business (MGB)
  • Language Skills I (MGB)
  • Language Skills II (MGB)
  • Leading People & Organizations I (BCOM)
  • Leading People & Organizations II (BCOM)
  • Business English & Communication: Level III (BCOM)
  • Canadian Business Environment (BCOM)
  • Emotional Intelligence for Service Leadership (Executive Program)
  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), Cultural Intelligence Training for Private Equity Team (Executive Programs)
  • Whistler Experience, Emotional Intelligence - EQ in Leadership in the Service Sector (Executive Programs)
  • Cross Cultural Business Communications (ISIBM)