Ann Buller, President Emeritus, Centennial College, assumed the presidency of Centennial College in 2004. A visionary leader who embedded the principles of equity and social justice into Centennial’s programs and operations, she spearheaded a wide range of innovative mentoring and outreach initiatives. Renowned within the Canadian postsecondary sector for her leadership and her ability to catalyze major transformative change, she has won widespread recognition for her groundbreaking work in leadership development and global citizenship education. During her tenure, Ann led Centennial’s award-winning internationalization efforts, introduced award-winning programs to support underrepresented students, such as those residing in underserved neighbourhoods, students with learning disabilities and those who are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education.
An in-demand keynote speaker, Ann Buller regularly addresses senior leaders around the world on a variety of business, academic and public policy venues, and served as a faculty member for more than ten years in the National Executive Leadership Institute. Ann served as Board Chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2012-14) and Colleges and Institutes Canada (2011-14), and sits on several other boards. She has earned several prestigious awards recognizing her excellence as a leader and mentor, most recently the 2016 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Leadership Award, the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award (2016, 2010) and the 2015 Canadian Bureau for International Education’s President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Education. She holds a diploma in Public Relations from Humber College, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from York University and a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University.