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2014 STLHE Awards

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Desire2Learn Inc. announced the laureates of the D2L Innovation Award, recognizing innovative approaches that promote new ways of learning at universities and colleges. The 2014 recipients are Christopher Buddle, associate professor, department of natural resource sciences, McGill University; Brent Mainprize, teaching professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria; Marco Pollanen, associate professor, department of mathematics, Trent University, Elaine Khoo, senior lecturer, English Language Development Centre, University of Toronto; and Ken Van Rees, professor, department of soil science, University of Saskatchewan.

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The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada named Elizabeth Cannon vice-chair and chair elect of its 13-member board of directors. Dr. Cannon, a professor of engineering, is president of the University of Calgary, where she was recently appointed to a second five-year term.
Jordan LeBel

Jordan LeBel, an associate professor of marketing at Concordia University, will be the director of the John Molson School of Business’s revamped Executive MBA program. He has been with the school since 2000 and has most recently served as the director of the Luc Beauregard Centre of Excellence in Communications Research.

Pedro Márquez

Royal Roads University has appointed Pedro Márquez acting vice-president, global advancement, marketing and business development. Dr. Márquez joined Royal Roads in 2007 as dean of the faculty of management. In that role he oversaw the revitalization of the faculty’s graduate and undergraduate business programs, including the introduction of several degrees with an international focus. Dr. Márquez began his new position May 1.

Gregory Sorbara

Gregory Sorbara will be York University’s 13th chancellor for a three-year term beginning in June. Mr. Sorbrara takes on the role after a long career in Ontario politics, most notably in ministerial positions at the head of finance, colleges and universities, labour and women’s issues. He stepped down from politics in 2012 to spend more time with his family.

Bradley Tucker

Bradley Tucker assumed the new position of associate vice-president of registrarial services at Concordia University on May 1. In this role, Mr. Tucker, formerly associate vice-president of student and enrolment services, will implement a new student information system. During his 13-year career at Concordia, he has also worked as director of the office of institutional planning and analysis and senior analyst of academic planning. His area of academic expertise is musicology and music performance.

Michele Murray

Michele Murray, who has been serving as interim dean of arts and science at Bishop’s University for the past year, has been appointed to the position of dean, beginning July 1. At Bishop’s since 1999, Dr. Murray is a full professor and holds the William and Nancy Turner Chair in Christianity.

Sylvie Bourassa

On May 20, Sylvie Bourassa became Concordia University’s executive director of government relations. She previously worked as director of business architecture for Emploi-Québec and as a strategic adviser for the Quebec government, both for the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and the Centre des services partagés du Québec. She also served as chief of staff for the Ministre de la concertation et de l’emploi and has held senior positions in public relations firms.

Mike Mahon

Mike Mahon has been reappointed president and vice-chancellor of Lethbridge University for a second five-year term. Since being installed as president in 2010, Dr. Mahon has overseen the drafting of a five-year strategic plan, construction of a new residence building, implementation of a new budgeting process and development of new supports for aboriginal students. Dr. Mahon began his academic career at the University of Manitoba in the faculty of physical education and recreation studies in 1987.

Janice Deakin

Western University has renewed Janice Deakin’s tenure as provost and vice-president, academic, for a second five-year term, ending July 30, 2020. Dr. Deakin was first named to the role in 2010. Since then she has been appointed Western’s first vice-provost, international, and led several restructuring initiatives, including the reorganizing of the office of vice-provost, academic programs and students into three separate portfolios. She previously worked as associate vice-principal, academic, and dean of graduate studies at Queen's University.

Osman Abou-Rabia

Osman Abou-Rabia will serve as dean of Laurentian University’s faculty of science, engineering and architecture beginning July 1. Dr. Abou-Rabia, currently the faculty’s acting dean, joined Laurentian in 1985 as assistant professor in the department of mathematics and computer science. He was promoted to chair of the department and then vice-dean of the faculty. In his various roles, Dr. Abou-Rabia has been integral to academic planning at Laurentian’s Barrie campus and bolstering the university’s forensic science program.

Peter Mascher

After a one-year term as acting associate vice-president of international affairs at McMaster University, Peter Mascher was named associate vice-president of international affairs. Dr. Mascher has spent 25 years at McMaster and since 2004 he has been associate dean, research and external relations, in the faculty of engineering. A professional engineer, Dr. Mascher is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and holds the William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics and leads an active research program at McMaster.

Marie Bountrogianni

Ryerson University named Marie Bountrogianni dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Dr. Bountrogianni’s appointment begins July 1, a year after being named the school’s interim dean. She joined the Chang School in 2011 as a distinguished visiting scholar and was later appointed research fellow, focusing on employment issues. Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr. Bountrogianni was president and executive director of the Royal Ontario Museum board of governors, a provincial cabinet minister, and chief psychologist at the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

Guylaine Beaudry

Concordia University confirmed Guylaine Beaudry as university librarian from interim university librarian, effective May 1. Dr. Beaudry joined the university in October 2009, as director of the Webster Library, and has served as interim university librarian since last July. Earlier in her career, she was director of the Digital Publishing Centre at Université de Montréal and executive director of Érudit, a publishing platform for scholarly books and journals in the social sciences and humanities.

André Roy

On Aug. 1, Concordia University will welcome André Roy as dean of the faculty of arts and sciences. Dr. Roy returns to Montreal after serving as dean of the faculty of environment at the University of Waterloo since 2011. Previously, Dr. Roy was a professor at Université de Montréal from 1982 to 2011. While at U de M, he was also chair of the department of geography, Canada Research Chair in fluvial dynamics and associate dean of research in the faculty of arts and science.

John Livernois

In April, John Livernois was named interim vice-president, research, at the University of Guelph. Dr. Livernois has served as associate vice-president, research services, since July 2013 and had been interim associate vice-president, research, for 18 months before that. From 2003 to 2011, he was chair of the department of economics and finance. Dr. Livernois joined U of Guelph as a professor of economics in 1991.

Moira McPherson

As of April 2014, Moira McPherson assumed the roles of acting provost, vice-president, academic, and acting vice-president, research, economic development and innovation, at Lakehead University. She has served as deputy provost since September 2011. Before that, Dr. McPherson was director of Lakehead’s kinesiology program and professor of kinesiology specializing in applied biomechanics.

Dianne Taylor-Gearing

Dianne Taylor-Gearing has been named the next president of NSCAD University. Her five-year term begins Aug. 4. Ms. Taylor-Gearing is vice-president of research and academic affairs at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Before coming to Canada, Ms. Taylor-Gearing, an art educator and fashion designer, served as pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean at the University for the Creative Arts in England, head of the faculty of design at Ravensbourne, a university-sector college in England, and vice-president of admission at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Barbara McDonald

Barbara McDonald has been named to become Brock University’s interim University Librarian effective July 1. Ms. McDonald has been Brock’s associate university librarian for collections and liaison since 2010. Before joining Brock, Ms. McDonald spent a decade each at McMaster University and Memorial University. Throughout her career at Brock, Ms. McDonald has promoted digital scholarship projects, including the school’s e-thesis and open access resource programs.

Lindsay Gordon

Lindsay Gordon will be the University of British Columbia’s 18th chancellor starting July 1. The recently retired president and CEO of HSBC Bank Canada has served on the boards of many Canadian business and volunteer organizations. Among Mr. Gordon’s accolades are the 2010 B'nai Brith Canada Award of Merit and the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Peter MacKinnon

Athabasca University has appointed Peter MacKinnon president of the university. Mr. MacKinnon was president of the University of Saskatchewan for 13 years. He will start his one-year term as president at AU on July 1. Prior to becoming president at U of S, he served as the university’s dean of law. Mr. MacKinnon is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from five universities.

Brent Roe

Laurentian University has named Brent Roe university librarian, effective July 1. His previous work experience includes the associate university librarian post at York University, president of the Ontario College and University Library Association Council, and executive director for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, a position he’s held since 2008.

Sharron Kennedy

Starting July 1, Sharron (Susie) Kennedy will take on the role of registrar at the University of Lethbridge. Ms. Kennedy comes to U of L from Lethbridge College, where she has been registrar. She has more than 10 years of experience as a faculty member at the U of L, Athabasca University and Lethbridge College.

Elizabeth Cannon

Elizabeth Cannon will serve as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary for a second five-year term, through to June 30, 2020. Dr. Cannon became the university’s eighth president and vice-chancellor July 1, 2010. During her first term, she implemented the university’s Eyes High strategy for becoming one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016. Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Cannon was dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. A professional engineer, Dr. Cannon is an expert in geomatics.

Deborah Saucier

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has named Deborah Saucier provost and vice-president, academic. UOIT said it believes the appointment marks the first time a Métis woman will serve in this role at a Canadian university; Dr. Saucier was installed as interim provost a year ago. Dr. Saucier moved to Oshawa, Ont., and to UOIT, in 2011 to become dean of the faculty of science. As vice-president and provost, she plans to continue to do neuroscience research. Previously she was chair of the department of neuroscience and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, where she had started as an associate professor in 2006. Dr. Saucier was also director of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and a member of the Canada Research Chair Secretariat’s Taskforce for Diversity and Equity. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Saucier has worked to improve educational access for aboriginal communities, immigrant populations and women.

Mark S. Dockstator

Mark S. Dockstator was named president of First Nations University of Canada, effective July 1. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he has been an associate professor, indigenous studies, at Trent University since 1997. He has also served as department chair and director of the PhD program. He holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, a master’s of law from the University of Saskatchewan and a doctorate in law from York University. Dr. Dockstator has served as founding chairman of the First Nations Statistical Institute, senior negotiator and researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, president and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corp., special adviser to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and to the chief commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission. The search for a president was initiated in November 2013 by the board of FNUC.

Simon Brault

Simon Brault has been appointed director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. For the past decade, Mr. Brault has acted as vice-chair of the board of the Canada Council. He is a founder of Journées de la culture, a founding member and chair of Culture Montréal, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Musagetes Foundation. Mr. Brault was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, and received the 2009 Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership, awarded by the Canadian Conference of the Arts.

Thomas Duever

Ryerson University has named Thomas Duever dean of the faculty of engineering and architectural science. Dr. Duever, who will also be a tenured professor in the department of chemical engineering, begins his five-year term August 1. He joins Ryerson from the University of Waterloo, where he spent nine years as chair of the department of chemical engineering. At Waterloo, Dr. Duever was involved in the creation of the multidisciplinary nanotechnology undergraduate program, Waterloo’s Dubai campus, and the construction of the university’s new state-of-the-art chemical engineering research building. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and previously served as chair of the Association of Canadian Chairs of Chemical Engineering.

Robert Annan

The Mitacs board of directors has appointed Robert Annan as interim chief executive officer and scientific director. Mitacs, a private not-for-profit organization, offers emerging researchers opportunities to develop scientific and business skills. Dr. Annan, currently Mitacs’ chief research officer, will step into the new role on July 1. Before joining Mitacs in 2011, Dr. Annan ran a consulting business on research policy and strategy in higher education. He completed a PhD in biochemistry at McGill University, a bachelor of science in biology at the University of Victoria, and a bachelor of arts in English at Queen’s University.

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2014 Killam Prizes, valued at $10,000 each: Sajeev John (natural sciences), a professor of physics and Canada Research Chair in Optical Sciences at the University of Toronto, pioneered the theoretical treatment of photonic band gap materials and researches the possibility of controlling light at the microscopic level; Andreas Mandelis (engineering), professor of mechanical engineering and Canada Research Chair in Diffusion-Wave Sciences at U of T, examines the diagnostic applications of lasers in applied physics, materials science and biomedical engineering; J.R. (Jim) Miller (humanities), history professor and Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations at the University of Saskatchewan, works in the history of relations between Canada’s indigenous and immigrant peoples over the past four centuries and is currently researching the truth and reconciliation process between the government and residential school survivors. Francis Plummer (health sciences) is Chief Scientific Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada, director of the National Microbiology Laboratory Winnipeg and distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Plummer is recognized for his groundbreaking research in HIV/AIDS research and prevention, particularly as it impacts Kenyan women. D. R. Fraser Taylor (social sciences), director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University, is a leading expert on cybercartography, multimedia mapping that makes use of geographic information management to better understand socio-economic issues.

Anne Giardini

Anne Giardini will be installed as chancellor at Simon Fraser University on June 13. Ms. Giardini, a lawyer, novelist, and former National Post columnist, will continue in her full-time role as president of Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Giardini served on SFU’s board of governors for five years. She has also been a board member of many national and local organizations, including the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Vancouver Writers Fest.

Kent MacDonald

St. Francis Xavier University’s Board of Governors has appointed Kent MacDonald as the university’s 18th president and vice-chancellor. Dr. MacDonald comes to StFX after 16 years in senior administration roles at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where he has been president and chief executive officer since 2012. Under his leadership, the school developed satellite campuses in Saudia Arabia and Kuwait. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. MacDonald graduated from StFX with a master’s in education in 1993. He has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He assumes his duties as StFX on August 1, 2014.

Fred Fountain

Fred Fountain’s term as chancellor of Dalhousie University has been extended from June 2014 until March 31, 2015. Mr. Fountain, president and CEO of The Great Eastern Corporation and counsel to the law firm Burke Thompson, is an alumnus of Dalhousie’s law program and one of the school’s most generous benefactors. He recently donated $10 million to support the creation of the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie.

Murray Walberg

Murray Walberg has been named chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors. Mr. Walberg, who currently serves as the board’s vice-chair, will assume his new role in October. Mr. Walberg has spent 25 years in financial services, notably as director and national manager at RBC Wealth Management Strategy, as North American manager of strategy for RBC USA, and as RBC’s regional vice-president for Northwestern Ontario.

Salim Yusuf

Salim Yusuf has been awarded the 2014 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. The $100,000 prize recognizes his innovative work in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, which includes international clinical trials and population studies. Dr. Yusuf is founder and director of the Population Health Research Institute, a professor with McMaster University’s department of medicine, and vice-president of research at Hamilton Health Sciences, a hospital group affiliated with the university. Before joining McMaster in 1992, Dr. Yusuf was a Rhodes Scholar from India at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Oxford University in England. In April, Dr. Yusuf was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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.