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Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith was appointed Memorial University’s first chief information officer. Her appointment took effect June 24. Ms. Smith is a Memorial alumna of sociology/anthropology and history. Immediately prior to coming to Memorial, she was executive director of corporate and information management services at the office of the chief information officer with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kevin Buchan

Saint Mary’s University named Kevin Buchan director, office of innovation and community engagement. He began his new role Aug. 18 after seven years with Dalhousie University’s industry liaison and innovation office. Formerly called the industry liaison office, SMU’s office of innovation and community engagement oversees industry-community engagement, transfer services, research contract and sponsorship development, and supports the commercialization of the university’s intellectual property.

Blaize Horner Reich

Blaize Horner Reich was appointed dean of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Reich is the Beedie School’s RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation and an expert in information technology governance and organizational change. Before coming to SFU in 1991, Dr. Reich was an industry consultation in Asia and Canada. She has served as a board member of the CIO Association of Canada, the Information and Communications Technology Council and Canadian Women in Technology.

Rui Wang

Beginning Jan. 19, 2015, Rui Wang will become vice-president, research, at Laurentian University. Dr. Wang joins Laurentian from Lakehead University, where he has served as vice-president, research, and vice-president, research, economic development and innovation. He had previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Saskatchewan and Université de Montréal. Dr. Wang is internationally renowned for his work on metabolism and the physiology of gasotransmitters.

Laura Mae Lindo

Wilfrid Laurier University named Laura Mae Lindo the new director of diversity and equity, effective July 14. She comes to WLU from Ryerson University, where she was senior research associate at the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute. Dr. Lindo earned her PhD in the philosophy of education at York University.

Lawrence Martz

As of July 1, Lawrence Martz began a one-year term as acting vice-dean of social sciences for the college of arts and science at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Martz has been a faculty member at the university for three decades, is a full professor in the department of geography and recently became an adjunct professor with the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology in Tanzania. In the past, he has served as dean of the university’s college of graduate studies and research, and as president of the Canadian Geophysical Union.

TJ Hanson

TJ Hanson was promoted to executive director, facilities, at the University of Lethbridge after eight months as the department’s acting executive director. A practising professional engineer, Mr. Hanson has previously served as director, infrastructure and engineering, at U of Lethbridge and as manager of projects and Canbra Foods. The appointment came into effect July 1.

Carrie Takeyasu

The University of Lethbridge appointed Carrie Takeyasu associate vice-president, finance, effective July 1. Ms. Takeyasu is a certified management accountant. She started her 25-year career at U of Lethbridge as a clerk typist in 1998 and was most recently promoted to executive director, financial services, in 2007.

Michel Perron

Michel Perron was appointed vice-president, external affairs and business development, at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He joins CIHR after 15 years as CEO of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, where he led the development of a national action plan addressing substance abuse, developed standards for drug abuse prevention among young people and flagged prescription drug and alcohol abuse as national public health priorities. Mr. Perron begins his new role on Sept. 2.

Karen Murphy

Memorial University has named Karen Murphy director of varsity athletics. Dr. Murphy coached Memorial’s women’s volleyball team from 1996 to 2000 and has since served as an assistant coach and sport psychology consultant to the team. Since 2011, Dr. Murphy has been manager of the Janeway Pediatric Research Unit in the university’s faculty of medicine. She stepped into her new role on July 15.

Alisa Webb

The University of the Fraser Valley appointed Alisa Webb associate dean of students in the college of arts. Prior to this, Dr. Webb was head of the history department, where she has been a faculty member since 2004. She has been involved at UFV with student-centred curriculum reform, university transition programs and the university senate as a humanities representative. She is also an alumna of UFV, having earned her Bachelor of Arts there in 2002.

Paul Salvini

The University of Waterloo appointed Paul Salvini associate vice-president, research commercialization, and CEO of the university’s Accelerator Centre. He took on both roles in August. Most recently, Dr. Salvini worked as chief technology officer at Christie Digital Systems Canada. Prior to that, he held the same title at Side Effects Software, where he oversaw the development of 3D animation and visual effects software for Hollywood feature films.

Demetrios Tryphonopoulos

On Jan. 1, 2015, Demetrios Tryphonopoulos begins a five-year term as Brandon University’s dean of arts. He will serve concurrently as dean of graduate studies for a term of two years. Dr. Tryphonopoulos comes to Brandon from the University of New Brunswick, where he is assistant dean of graduate studies and a professor of English. While at UNB he has been a member of the board of governors’ executive committee, the faculty of arts curriculum committee and coached both UNB varsity soccer teams from the mid-1980s to the mid-’90s.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis was named interim vice-president, research and innovation, at University of Toronto. His appointment took effect July 1 and will last for six months or until a new vice-president is selected. Dr. Lewis, a full professor in the department of biochemistry, has been associate vice-president, research and innovation, since January 2010. Prior to that, he spent eight years as vice-dean, research and international relations, in the faculty of medicine from 2002 to 2008. His additional administrative experience includes 10 years as chair of the department of biochemistry.

Tracy Ryder Glass

Tracy Ryder Glass has joined the University of the Fraser Valley as dean of the faculty of professional studies. The faculty is made up of a variety of UFV departments and programs, such as the school of business, school of social work and human services, teacher education, adult education, aviation, library and information technology, and child, youth and family studies. Prior to her move to B.C., Dr. Ryder Glass was associate dean of the business school at Humber College in Toronto. A former world champion in marathon mountain bike racing and a coach with Canada’s first all-female mountain bike team, Dr. Ryder Glass points to sports as instilling the determination she needed to pursue a PhD in theory and policy studies at the University of Toronto while managing the demands of two young children. Other stops along her career path include modelling instructor, probation officer, high school teacher, private practice lawyer and Crown counsel.

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.