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Leck, Joanne

Leck, Joanne

Full Professor
B.Math (Waterloo), M.B.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (McGill)
DMS 6107
613-562-5800 x 4644
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Dr. Leck joined the Telfer School of Management in 2000 as a professor of human resource management and organizational behaviour. Dr. Leck obtained a B.Math from the University of Waterloo in 1980, an MBA from McGill University in 1987 and a Ph.D. from the same university in 1992. Her thesis examined the effectiveness of employment equity programs and issues related to managing diversity.

Research Interests

Dr. Leck's earliest work was an extension of her dissertation, where she continued to research employment and pay equity. After interviewing women who broke the glass-ceiling, she became increasingly aware of another problem women face in the workplace, namely bullying and harassment. As these working conditions may dissuade women from advancing in their careers, she turned her attention to this area of research. Most recently, she has been investigating how mentoring can not only protect women from any adverse forces but also provide them with the psycho-social and career support they need to advance. Dr. Leck is currently preparing a grant proposal to investigate how mentoring programs can be better designed to meet the needs of women, immigrants, members of visible minorities, disabled persons and aboriginal persons.


In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Leck worked for several years at Air Canada in Information Technology and has provided training in negotiation skills and managing diversity for a variety of organizations, including Canada Post, Hydro Quebec, le Cirque du Soleil and the University of Havana.

Research Areas
  • Employment Equity
  • Gender and Diversity in Organizations
  • Human Resources
  • Managing Diversity
  • Mentoring
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Workplace Violence

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • Leck, J.D. and Mossop, C. Mentoring Women in Canada's Financial Sector. In Clutterback, D.A., Kochan, F.K., Lunsford, L.G., Dominquez, N. and Haddock-Millar, J.. Sage Handbook of Mentoring. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. Formal mentoring programs: Gender influences and considerations for program design. In Paludi, M.A.. Managing Diversity in Today's Workplace. Praegers, 2011.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Leck, J.D. and Elliott, C. 2016. Shattering Glass: e-Mentoring and the Advancement of Diversity. The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, 16(4): 1-15.
  • Leck, J.D. and Luthy, M. 2016. Preparing Graduates for entering the Global Business Arena: A Group Mentoring Approach. Journal of International Business Research, 15(2): 1-13.
  • Walabe, E. and Leck, J.D. 2015. Triggering Trust in E-Mentoring. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 12(11): 3-17.
  • Leck, J.D. and Orser, B.J. 2013. Fostering Trust in Mentoring Relationships: An Exploratory Study. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 32(4): 410-425.
  • Leck, J.D. and Wood, P. 2013. Forming Trust in E-mentoring: A Research Agenda. American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, 3(1): 101-109.
  • Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2013. Entrepreneurial feminists: Perspectives about opportunity recognition and governance. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(2): 241-257.
  • Rockwell, B., Leck, J.D. and Elliott, C. 2013. Can e-mentoring take the "gender" out of mentoring . Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 7(2): 1-11.
  • Leck, J.D., Elliott, C., Rockwell, B. and Luthy, M. 2013. The Importance of universal access and exposure to executive-level advice. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 11(3): 239-252.
  • Leck, J.D., Elliott, C. and Rockwell, B. 2012. E-mentoring women: Lessons learned from a pilot program. Journal of Diversity Management, 7(2): 83-96.
  • Leck, J.D. and Robitaille, A. 2011. Psychometric Properties of the Behavioral Trust Inventory for Measuring Trust in Mentoring Relationships. The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, 17(1): 219-224.
  • Orser, B.J., Elliott, C. and Leck, J.D. 2011. Feminist attributes and entrepreneurial identity. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 26 (8): 561-589.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Elliott, C. 2013. "Mentoring a diverse workforce: SSHRC knowledge synthesis final report", December, 39 pages.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2016-2018 CIHR-SSHRC Partnership Development Partners for enhancing healthy and productive work for young men and women with disabilities R C Co-PI $ 150,000
2015-2019 SSHRC Insight Grant - An e-mentoring intervention to improve transition to employment for youth with physical disabilities: New ways of learning to thrive in a diverse labour market R C Co-PI $ 181,333
2015 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Is e-Mentoring Overcoming the Challenges Women Face R I PI $ 6,000
2013-2014 SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant-Mentoring a diverse workforce R C PI $ 24,552
2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Triggering Trust in E-Mentoring (Joseph Baroud) R I PI $ 500
2011-2012 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) A Model of Organizational Trust R I PI $ 6,000
2010-2011 Telfer School of Management An examination of the effects of Mentor/Protégé similarities and differences on career development support and learning R I PI $ 4,000
2008-2012 SSHRC - Research in MBF Wanted: Mentors (PI: J. Leck, uOttawa) R C PI $ 124,150
2007-2012 SSHRC Disconnections: Gender and Trust in Mentoring Relationships (PI: J. Leck, uOttawa) R C PI $ 120,000

*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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