Sticks and Stones: Are We a Society of Bullies?

Featured Speakers' Bios

Dr. Sandy Hershcovis
B.Comm (Distinction), M.Sc, Ph.D
Associate Professor & Head, Business Administration,
Asper School of Business

Dr. Hershcovis’s research focuses on the psychology of workplace aggression and sexual harassment.  In particular, she is interested in understanding how the relationship between perpetrators and targets influence target reactions to psychological forms of workplace aggression (e.g., bullying, incivility, and abusive supervision). She also examines how witnesses of workplace aggression react towards perpetrators and targets, and the extent to which witnesses are willing to intervene on workplace aggression. She has also served as an expert witness on Manitoba arbitration cases related to workplace bullying. Sandy has published a range of papers and book chapters on this topic in top journals.

Dr. Donn Short
B.A. (Hons.); M.F.A.; J.D.; Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

Dr. Donn Short is an assistant professor of law at Robson Hall. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights and the author of Don't Be So Gay! published this year by UBC Press, a book dealing with homophobic bullying. Dr. Short is a member of the SSHRC-funded Every Teacher research project, investigating the knowledge and expertise of Canadian teachers on inclusive education practices for sexual minority students.


Mr. Ron Weston (Alumnus)
Chief Superintendent, St. James-Assiniboia School Division

Ron Weston has 22 years experience as a school Superintendent and is currently the Chief Superintendent for St. James-Assiniboia School Division. He has been an educator for 35 years and has provided leadership as a superintendent and educational leader at the local provincial and national level. He has been a member of ERDI, a national think tank dedicated to promoting public education to business, since 2000 and has served, as the President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, is Chair of Manitoba Education Research Learning Information Networks (MERLIN). He represents the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents on the provincial FRAME Committee, co-chairs the Metro Superintendents Threat Assessment Coordination Committee and is an advising member of the True North mental health initiative.