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Aleka MacLellan '12
It has only been a few years since Aleka MacLellan (BA Psychology ’12) graduated but she has packed a lot into a short time. MacLellan completed her master’s and PhD in the area of industrial/organizational psychology and her award-winning doctoral thesis has been recognized nationally and internationally. She has now begun working as a talent and leadership development consultant.

MacLellan was always interested in psychology but thought she would work in counselling or clinical psychology. It was at Mount Allison that she found a new path.

“In my third year I did an independent research project and that got me interested in the research side of things,” she says. “And in my fourth year I took a special topics course that introduced me to industrial/organizational psychology.”

But it was her extracurricular involvement that really solidified her passion.

“On a small campus there are so many opportunities to get involved in different areas,” she says. “I was able to tailor my extracurricular involvement to my interests and take on a number of leadership roles.”

MacLellan was a Beautiful Minds peer-to-peer counsellor, president of the Psychology Society, a member of the Harper Hall executive team, participated in Global Brigades and Leadership Mount Allison, and in her final year served as Orientation Chair.

During Orientation Week in her first year, she was introduced to Shinerama through Shine Day, which sees university students on campuses across the country raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. She participated every year after that and in her fourth year worked closely with the campaign as Orientation Chair.

Following Mount A, she spent three years as Shinerama’s campaign advisor, advising university campaigns across Canada, was the Atlantic regional director for two years and national campaign chair for one year.

“I didn’t know anything about Shinerama until Shine Day in my first year at Mount Allison and now it has been a big part of my life for 10 years,” she says. “It taught me about leadership development and how to motivate people.”

MacLellan completed her doctoral thesis in leadership psychology at Saint Mary's University in just three years, and received the 2017 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership and the International Leadership Association.

She presented her research in Brussels, Belgium in October 2017 as part of the award. This was a full circle moment for MacLellan as she had spent two semesters studying abroad in Brussels during her graduate studies.

In her new role as a talent and leadership development consultant at Lee Hecht Kightsbridge in Toronto, she will work with clients in the areas of leadership assessment, team effectiveness, and organizational culture.