Provincial Community Leader Dr. Roxanne Reeves Wins Dr. Hope Richardson Memorial Dissertation Award

Auburn, Alabama | Friday, April 152016


Dr. Roxanne Reeves, 2014-2016 IMA Award Recipient;

Dr. Nancy Phenis-Bourke, Board Member, IMA


The 2014-2016 International Mentoring Association’s Hope Richardson Dissertation Award recipient is, UNB alumna, Dr. Roxanne Reeves. The award was bestowed upon Dr. Reeves during the International Mentoring Conference from April 13 to 15 in Auburn, Alabama.


Every two years the International Mentoring Association recognizes outstanding research in the field of mentoring. This is the association’s preeminent research award and recognizes innovative and exceptional contributions. This award, presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation, is given to foster and disseminate research in the practice of workplace learning and performance.


Dr. Reeves’ dissertation entitled, “Corporate Mentorship: An Article-Based Examination of Corporate and Cross-Cultural Implications for Organizations, Mentors’, and Mentees’” is recognized for its research, scope, its three standalone manuscripts on corporate mentorship, cross-cultural mentorship, and mentorship competencies. She was selected for this award due to the power and significance of her work and research says acclaimed author and president of the International Mentoring Association, Dr. Nancy Phenis-Bourke.


Phenis-Bourke stated: “Dr. Reeves was being recognized for the strength of her research and work on both cross-cultural mentoring for newcomer immigrant entrepreneurs and also for work her investigating best practices for high potential employees within the corporate sector.”


Reeves stated: “I am most thankful for the recognition this award presents. It is professionally and personally gratifying especially since it also acknowledges how well we mentor others in New Brunswick.”


In an interview, Dr. Reeves stated that her early experience as a recipient of mentoring at home in New Brunswick and while living overseas led to her academic investigations. For Reeves, “mentored learning, real-life experiential learning, and building robust relationships have been equally and sometimes more valuable than classroom learning. In fact, most all of my success worth celebrating are victories hard earned and achieved due to the support of mentors. I marvel at how my mentors raised the bar for me, modeled the way, pushed me beyond my personal limits, encouraged me to enlarge my thinking, and believed in me — they saw in me what I couldn’t.”


“My expectation is that my research findings will help organizations with future workforce requirements by assisting in efforts to find, train, and retain the best possible people. With Canada’s current plan to continue welcoming immigrants, I believe one of the most important pieces of research is considering cross-cultural mentorship as it pertains to newcomer immigrants.” It is currently estimated that more than three million students are studying outside their home country. This represented an increase of 50% over statistics from 2000.


As trade agreements among various regions of the world increase, so the potential for mobility among the workforce also increases. From New Brunswick Canada, Krista Ross, Chief Executive Officer of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and Janet Moser, Director of the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program concur, “with our collapsing demographic in New Brunswick, we need to be sure we are positioned to welcome, retain, and support newcomers and the potential that accompanies them.”

To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact:

Nancy Phenis-Bourke, Ph.D., 765-621-2471,

Roxanne Reeves, Ph.D.; 506.471.7734 C; Email; LinkedIn; Twitter

Dr. Reeves, University of New Brunswick graduate, has presented and published her work at the provincial, national, and international levels; holds a number of professional affiliations; and speaks at provincial, national, and international venues. She is a recent doctoral graduate, a former ANBLH Fellow, and a MITACS Doctoral Fellowship recipient. Her academic work can be found in, for example, the Uncovering the Hidden Cultural Dynamics in Mentoring, and the International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring. She is a contributing author in the fourth coming edition of the Handbook of Mentoring by SAGE Publications, and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. She is a contributing author in the 4th edition of the Handbook of Mentoring.