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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.

Ken Brealey

In May, Ken Brealey started his term as associate dean of faculty in the college of arts at the University of Fraser Valley. Dr. Brealey had served in the position on an interim basis since 2012. He first joined UFV as a professor of georgraphy in 2002, was department head from 2007 to 2011 and has served on several committees, including the research ethics board and the academic standards committee. As a researcher, Dr. Brealey investigates the histories and geographies of North American indigenous peoples.

Robert Hall

Bishop’s University has named Robert Hall chair of its board of governors. A Bishop’s alumnus, Mr. Hall is vice-president of legal affairs and corporate secretary at Cascades. He is also director and chair of the board at Boralex, chair of the board at Reno de Medici and a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Bar Association.

Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

York University has announced Ananya Mukherjee-Reed’s appointment as associate vice-president, research, which comes into effect Nov. 1. Dr. Mukherjee-Reed is a past chair of the department of political science at York. Her teaching and research touches on development, inequality and gender in the Global South, particularly India. She has directed several collaborative international projects with such partners as Universitas, a global research university network, and several United Nations agencies.

Linda Dalgetty

On July 7, Linda Dalgetty began her term as vice-president, finance and services, at the University of Calgary. Ms. Dalgetty brings 20 years of experience in finance and business administration, most recently as senior vice-president and chief financial officer at Saxon Energy Services. A chartered accountant with training in agribusiness, Ms. Dalgetty is active in community building as a coordinator for a local homeless shelter, a mentor for young professionals and a volunteer with an international health and anti-poverty organizations.

Amir Asif

Concordia University has appointed Amir Asif dean of the faculty of engineering and computer science, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Asif joins Concordia from York University, where he has chaired the department of electrical engineering and computer science for seven years. In that time, he steered a $12.3 million research project known as the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design.

David Perley

David Perley has been hired as the director of the University of New Brunswick’s Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Institute, a centre for aboriginal education studies and for the cultural and professional development of First Nations people in the Maritimes and Gaspé regions. A former chief of the Maliseet Nation at Tobique, Mr. Perley is a PhD candidate at UNB researching recruitment and retention of indigenous students in higher education. In 2003, Mr. Perley retired from the N.B. Department of Education, where he was a consultant on aboriginal education initiatives.

Christian Lacroix

The University of Prince Edward Island has selected Christian Lacroix as vice-president, academic. Dr. Lacroix has served in this role since 2012. Prior to this, he was dean of science for six years. Dr. Lacroix has been a faculty member in the department of biology since 1990 and teaches a first-year plant science enquiry class.

Céline Lévesque

Céline Lévesque was appointed dean of the faculty of law, civil law section, at the University of Ottawa on July 1. Ms. Lévesque is a full professor in the faculty, with expertise in international investment law, international arbitration and international trade law. She held the position of vice-dean, academic, from 2003 to 2005, was scholar-in-residence at the federal department of foreign affairs and international trade in 2008, and was involved in trade and investment treaty negotiations as a member of the trade law bureau.

Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew, University of Winnipeg’s first director of indigenous inclusion, has taken on the duties of associate vice-president for indigenous, government and community affairs, pertaining specifically to indigenous affairs and indigenous community relations. The interim appointment began on July 8. Mr. Kinew, a journalist, has been with the university since 2012 and has developed and overseen the delivery of a number of new initiatives, including an entrepreneurship and business training program for aboriginal youth and the facilitation of intergenerational Ojibwe-language classes.

Robert Thirsk

Former astronaut Robert Thirsk has been elected chancellor of the University of Calgary. Dr. Thirsk has an MSc in mechanical engineering and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a medical degree from McGill University. He also holds the Canadian record for the longest time spent in space at 204 days and 18 hours.

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand was reappointed dean of environmental design at the University of Calgary, for a six-year term as of July 1. Before her first term in this role, Dr. Pollock-Ellwand was head and chair of the school of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and professor of landscape architecture at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She will continue to serve as a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites assisting with World Heritage nomination reviews, and emerging conservation policies.

Shelley Legin

Effective Aug. 11, Shelley Legin steps into the role of vice-president, administration and finance, at Vancouver Island University. Ms. Legin comes to VIU with 25 years of experience in management and business consulting, most recently as a financial consultant with Vancouver’s MNP. Prior to that, Ms. Legin was senior vice-president at Celero Solutions, a Calgary IT systems company, and vice-president of strategy and marketing at Farm Credit Canada.

Jackie Sieppert

The University of Calgary has reappointed Jackie Sieppert dean of social work, effective July 1. Dr. Sieppert has been a professor of social work at the university for 21 years. As a researcher, Dr. Sieppert examines community development with seniors, victim support for abused children and the use of digital storytelling for advocacy purposes.

Sara Diamond

On July 1, Sara Diamond began her third term as president and vice-chancellor at OCAD University. Dr. Diamond, a multimedia digital artist and researcher, was first appointed to the role in 2005. Since then, she has led the institution through its transition from art and design school to university, ushered in a technology-forward curriculum, and has supported the creation of OCADU’s new south campus.

Annette Trimbee

The University of Winnipeg has named Annette Trimbee its seventh president and vice-chancellor. An ecologist and public policy researcher, Dr. Trimbee has served as deputy minister with the Alberta government and spent three years on the Advanced Education and Technology portfolio from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Trimbee was also appointed full professor of environmental studies in the faculty of science. Her appointment began Aug. 1.

Lloyd Axworthy

St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo will install Lloyd Axworthy as its first chancellor this fall. Dr. Axworthy joins St. Paul’s from the University of Winnipeg, where he completed his second term as president and vice-chancellor in June. Since his retirement from public office in 2000, the former foreign affairs minister has been director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Lecturer at the U of Waterloo, and has received many honours in recognition of his political achievements, humanitarianism and academic service.

Heidi Northwood

Heidi Northwood will be the inaugural dean of the faculty of liberal arts at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. Dr. Northwood joins Laurier from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., where she was director of integrative programs and the core curriculum, and professor of philosophy. Dr. Northwood’s appointment begins Aug. 1.

Gervan Fearon

Gervan Fearon begins a five-year appointment as president and vice-chancellor of Brandon University, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Fearon has been an executive member of BU since 2013, most recently as vice-president, academic, and provost. He has previously served as a dean at Ryerson University, an associate dean at York University, senior analyst at the Ontario Ministry of Finance, and as executive assistant to the deputy minister at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Ken Cruikshank

After a year as acting dean, Ken Cruikshank was appointed dean of humanities at McMaster University on July 1. Dr. Cruikshank has been a faculty member in McMaster’s history department since 1993. In that time, he has been chair of the department, a member of the university budget and planning committees, and president of the faculty association.

Ernie Barber

The University of Saskatchewan appointed Ernie Barber interim provost and vice-president, academic, effective July 1. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Barber was the managing director of the university’s Global Institute for Food Security. He has also served as acting provost and vice-president, academic; vice-provost teaching and learning; and dean of two academic departments.

Gordon Barnhart

On June 23, Gordon Barnhart was installed as interim president and vice-chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Barnhart was university secretary from 2000 to 2005, but is perhaps best known for serving as Saskatchewan’s lieutenant-governor from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Barnhart, who has been an adjunct professor in the college of arts and science since 2012, says he expects his role as acting president to last about 12 to 18 months.

Wendy Fletcher

Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, has named Wendy Fletcher principal of the college and director of international and cross-cultural development. Dr. Fletcher previously held the title of principal at the Vancouver School of Theology, where she was also a professor and dean. With specializations in Christianity in 20th century North America, and in the colonization of Canada’s First Nations, Dr. Fletcher also taught at Huron University College at Western University. She begins the new role on Aug. 18.

Brenda Milner

Brenda Milner, a neuropsychologist at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute, has won the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for her discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition. The prize is administered by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Dr. Milner shares the US$1-million prize with John O’Keefe of University College in London, U.K., and Marcus E. Raichle of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Shelagh Rogers

On Jan. 1, 2015, broadcaster Shelagh Rogers begins her three-year term as chancellor of the University of Victoria. Ms. Rogers is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an advocate for destigmatizing mental illness, a champion for literacy initiatives and best known as the host and producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. She has also been recognized for her support of reconciliation processes between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people as an honorary witness with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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.