What is the role of student affairs and student services in Canadian higher education? What are the salient issues facing student affairs in a Canadian context? How are these issues similar or different from other national contexts?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with Jennifer Hamilton and Neil Buddel about current and future issues for student affairs in a Canadian context.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, January 30 at 1 pm ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

If you have questions for our panelists, in advance of the episode please email keith@higheredlive.com or tweet @KeithEPhD with your question and Keith will incorporate it into the dialogue. We will also take questions during the episode via the Twitter backchannel at #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith (he/him/his) has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on curricular approaches, sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world. Keith is also a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Hamilton is the first ever Executive Director of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. Jennifer has served in this staff leadership role of Canada’s student affairs association since 2011. Prior to joining CACUSS, she worked as a student affairs professional for 15 years in the areas of leadership development and student life, career services, academic advising, orientation programs and international student services. She worked at OCAD University, University of Toronto and Portland State University.


Neil Buddel

Dr. Neil Buddel has over 17 years of experience in the postsecondary education system through various roles (including residential and career education, academic student success, and overall student affairs)and at various institutions (including the Universities of Alberta, Guelph, Toronto; McMaster University; and Centennial College, where he serves as Dean of Students). Neil completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, exploring the storied experiences of first-generation through a social class lens – a topic of interest to him as he was the first in his family to attend any form of postsecondary education.