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Paul Paton

Paul Paton, a law professor and former vice-provost at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California, becomes dean of the University of Alberta’s faculty of law, effective July 1. Dr. Paton studied law at the University of Toronto and spent several years as in-house counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers, during which time he also taught in U of T’s Canadian studies program. In 2004, he joined the academy full-time as an assistant professor of law at Queen’s University and then as professor of law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Dr. Paton also completed a JSD at Stanford Law School in 2007.

The Canada Council of the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2014 Killam Research Fellowships, valued at $140,000 each over two years. This year’s fellows are Kevin Haggerty professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Alberta; Lionel Smith, director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law at McGill University; Manuella Vincter, professor of particle physics at Carleton University; Mario Leclerc, Canada Research Chair on Electroactive and Photoactive Polymers at Université Laval; and Stephen George Withers, cross-appointed in the departments of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of British Columbia.

Bob Orr

Bob Orr was named acting provost and vice-president, academic, at the University of Windsor. Dr. Orr, a professor emeritus, was recently acting dean of the faculty of arts, humanities and social sciences. He was a professor of psychology at U of Windsor, specializing in computer-mediated communication and forgiveness, before his retirement in 2011. He began his new position March 24.

Roger Epp

Roger Epp was named vice-provost, academic, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Epp, interim chair of U of A’s department of political science, was the inaugural dean of the university’s Augustana campus from 2004 to 2011. As dean, Dr. Epp helped organize Augustana University College’s merger with U of A, opened a new library, and expanded the campus’s involvement in service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad and rural programming options.

Stephen Toope

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has selected Stephen Toope to serve as its president-elect until March 2015. Dr. Toope leaves his post as president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia at the end of June. On Jan. 1, 2015, he will begin his appointment as director of University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Prior to his position at UBC, Dr. Toope was president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and, before that, dean of law at McGill University.

Arvind Gupta

The University of British Columbia appointed Arvind Gupta its next president and vice-chancellor, effective July 1. Dr. Gupta has been a professor of computer science at UBC since 2009 and is currently chief executive officer and scientific director of Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters relationships between researchers and businesses. An expert in combinatorial algorithms, Dr. Gupta is a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council. He also sits on the boards of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Banff International Research Station, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute and the Canadian Mining Innovation Council, among others.

Linda Johnston

Linda Johnston was named dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto. Her appointment begins Aug. 1. Dr. Johnston has been head of the school of nursing and midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast since 2008. Dr. Johnston founded and chairs the Australian Collaboration of Neonatal Nurse Researchers and is editor of the Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing Journal.

Bruce Kidd

The University of Toronto Scarborough appointed Bruce Kidd interim vice-president and principal. Dr. Kidd started his term on Feb. 27 and will serve until March 1, 2015. He has been the warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto since 2012 and was dean of the faculty of physical education and health from 1998 to 2010. Before joining U of T as a lecturer in 1970, Dr. Kidd won a gold medal in sprinting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games and was a member of Canada’s track team at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic was named dean of the faculty of environment at Simon Fraser University, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Stefanovic is a professor of philosophy and environmental studies at the University of Toronto. At U of T she also served as founding director of the Centre for Environment (now the School of the Environment), co-created the office of sustainability and currently sits on the university’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

Kishor Wasan

Kishor Wasan was named the new dean of the University of Saskatchewan’s college of pharmacy and nutrition. His five-year term begins Aug. 1. Dr. Wasan joins U of S from the University of British Columbia, where he is currently a professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, and director and co-founder of the UBC Neglected Global Diseases Initiative. Under his leadership, the UBC-NGDI has raised over $45 million for research.

Arja Vainio-Mattila

Starting July 1, Arja Vainio-Mattila will be the new dean of the school of arts and social science at Cape Breton University. Dr. Vainio-Mattila is currently associate professor of global development studies at Huron University College in London, Ontario, and a docent of development studies at the University of Helsinki. Since 2008, Dr. Vainio-Mattila has been project director of a development project in Tanzania sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Carlo Marra

Carlo Marra joins Memorial University as dean of the school of pharmacy, effective June 1. Currently a professor with the University of British Columbia’s faculty of pharmaceutical sciences and director of the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Dr. Marra holds the Canada Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Outcomes.

Bill Rosehart

The University of Calgary appointed Bill Rosehart dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, effective April 1. Dr. Rosehart had been the school’s interim dean since July 2013. He started at Schulich in 2001 and was head of the department of electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Rosehart, whose research interests include the development of improved electrical systems, will lead the school through a $158-million expansion and renovation.

Lori Livingston

Lori Livingston was reappointed dean of the faculty of health and behavioural sciences at Lakehead University. Dr. Livingston is also the vice-chair of the NorWest Community Health Centres’ board of directors and a board member at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Before arriving at Lakehead, Dr. Livingston had been director of the school of health and human performance at Dalhousie University, chair of the department of kinesiology and physical education at Wilfrid Laurier University, and assistant coach with the Canadian women’s senior field lacrosse team.

Bob Kuhn

Bob Kuhn was named president and vice-chancellor of Trinity Western University. Mr. Kuhn has been interim president since July 2013. In this role, Mr. Kuhn oversaw the development of TWU’s proposed law school. Before joining TWU, Mr. Kuhn practised law for 33 years.

Ann Cavoukian

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, was appointed executive director of the new Ryerson University Institute for Privacy and Big Data. Recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world, Dr. Cavoukian is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson. She will take up her new appointment at the conclusion of her third term as commissioner on July 1.

In February, William Litchfield became director, advancement and alumni relations, at Vancouver Island University. Mr. Litchfield joins VIU from Parkland College in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where he was director of advancement and led the institution’s first-ever capital campaign. Prior to this, he was international project coordinator and auxiliary business instructor with the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Robert Lamb

Robert Lamb was named executive director of the Canadian Light Source, the national synchrotron housed at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Lamb, who joins CLS from the University of Melbourne, will also be a full professor with the department of chemistry at U of S. Dr. Lamb was founding director of the Australian Synchrotron and served as chair of the CLS’s scientific advisory committee. He begins his new duties Aug. 1.

Rick Halpern

Beginning July 1, Rick Halpern will serve a second five-year term as vice-principal, academic, and dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough. Dr. Halpern joined U of T in 2001 as the first Bissell-Heyd Professor of American Studies in the department of history, and he has since been director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs and principal of New College.

Bryan Davies

Trent University appointed Bryan Davies chair of its board of directors, effective July 1. Since 2012, Mr. Davies has been vice-chair and chair of the executive committee. Outside of the university, Mr. Davies has held numerous senior positions within the government of Ontario, including deputy treasurer and deputy minister of economics. He also served as vice-president, administration at the University of Toronto and was senior vice-president, regulatory affairs, at the Royal Bank Financial Group. Mr. Davies is the current chair of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.

John Smol and Jules Blais have been named co-winners of the 2013 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Smol is a professor of biology at Queen’s University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and founded the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab. His younger sibling, Dr. Blais, also a professor of biology, is founding director of the Laboratory for Natural and Synthetic Environmental Toxicants at the University of Ottawa. In 2008, they were jointly named Canada’s Environmental Scientists of the Year by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Dr. Smol is also a past winner of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, also awarded by NSERC.

Francis Plummer, Distinguished Professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba, is the recipient of the 2013 Prix Galien Canada Research Award for his research contributions to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Plummer, who is also the chief scientific officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada, is the leader of the renowned Kenya AIDS Control Program, established by the universities of Manitoba and Nairobi in 1980. The science emerging from this research has reduced the incidence of STDs, including AIDS, on a global scale.

Karen Jackson

Effective in October, Karen Jackson joined the University of Calgary as general counsel. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Jackson spend 18 years at the law firm Stikeman Elliott, where she was a member of the corporate group, serving as an associate and then a partner. Prior to joining Stikeman Elliott, Ms. Jackson was based in Calgary for 10 years with TrizecHahn Corporation (formerly Trizec Corp.) serving as senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary.