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Marilyn Mason

Marilyn Mason has assumed the recently created position of vice-principal, enrolment and strategic partnerships, at King’s University College, affiliated with Western University. Ms. Mason was previously registrar of the institution. Before joining King’s in 1988, she was national recruitment manager at McMaster University.

Doug McArthur

As of Sept. 1, Doug McArthur became director of the school of public policy at Simon Fraser University. He was a founding member of the public policy program, which launched in 2003. Prior to that, Dr. McArthur was a senior fellow in public policy at the University of British Columbia. A former Rhodes Scholar and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Dr. McArthur has extensive experience in First Nations governance issues while working for the governments of B.C., Yukon and Saskatchewan, where he was minister of education from 1978 to 1982.

Brian Stevenson

Lakehead University has renewed the appointment of Brian Stevenson as president and vice-chancellor for a second five-year term starting August 2015. Dr. Stevenson has been a senior administrator in higher education for 15 years with stints as provost and vice-president, academic, at the University of Winnipeg and as associate vice-president, international, at the University of Alberta. He also worked on Parliament Hill as senior policy advisor to then Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy and to former International Trade Minister Art Eggleton.

Jeremy I. Levitt

The University of New Brunswick has tapped Jeremy I. Levitt to be dean and vice-chancellor’s chair of the faculty of law. Dr. Levitt is an expert in the areas of international human rights law, peace studies and African politics. At Florida A&M University he was a distinguished professor of international law, associate dean for international programs and founding director of the Center for International Law and Justice. Dr. Levitt is a Fulbright scholar and his academic career includes professorships at Florida International University and DePaul University, a visiting research chair at the Human Rights Research and Education Center at the University of Ottawa and a visiting fellowship at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at Cambridge University. He was appointed head of the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Republic of Liberia and served as legal aid to Nelson Mandela’s government as it crafted South Africa’s constitution.


Airini (that is her full name), an accomplished researcher on education reform and at-risk student education, will be the new dean of the faculty of human, social and educational development at Thompson Rivers University. Most recently, Dr. Airini was a Fulbright scholar at Howard University and an associate professor at the University of Auckland, where she helped found the School of Critical Studies in Education. While at TRU, Dr. Airini has been retained to sit on a government task force on revamping the educational system in New Zealand.

Kathleen Lizé

Concordia University has brought in alumna Kathleen Lizé as director of internal audit. She comes to the university from a similar role at Cirque du Soleil. She previously worked for Gaz Métro and independent accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. She earned her diploma in chartered professional accountancy from Concordia.

Earl Phillips

Trinity Western University has named Earl Phillips executive director of the university’s forthcoming law school. Formerly a Vancouver-based managing partner of law firm McCarthy Tétrault, Mr. Philips will work on planning and strategy at the school of law, which will accept its first class in 2016. Mr. Phillips specialized in labour and employment law before retiring from full-time legal practice in 2013. The appointment began on Sept. 2.

Susan Danard

Former news reporter Susan Danard is the University of British Columbia’s new director of public affairs. She spent 15 years in print and broadcast journalism with staff positions at the Victoria Times Colonist and CKVU Vancouver before moving into communications at TransLink and BC Hydro. Ms. Danard chairs the advisory council of Royal Roads University’s school of communication and culture. She started at UBC on Sept. 2.

Pam Ratner

Sept. 1 marked the start of Pam Ratner’s two-year term as senior associate dean, administration and innovation, with the faculty of education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Ratner has been a faculty member with the school of nursing since 1996. She was seconded to the faculty of education in 2013 to serve as the head pro tem of the department of education studies for one year. Her research is based in socio-behavioural epidemiology and psychometrics and focuses on heart disease risk reduction.

Bradford Morse

Thompson Rivers University welcomes aboriginal law expert Bradford Morse as its new dean of law beginning this fall. Mr. Morse spent five years as dean and professor of law at Te Piringa - faculty of law at the University of Waikato, New Zealand and was vice-dean and director of graduate studies at the University of Ottawa before that. He has had a long career in aboriginal affairs, having provided counsel in litigation on aboriginal and treaty cases, worked as director of research and planning for the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba and as executive assistant to a former Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.

Ron MacDonald

Ron MacDonald was named dean of education at the University of Prince Edward Island, after having served in the position on a one-year interim basis. Dr. MacDonald came to UPEI’s faculty of education in 2005 from the University of South Australia, where he earned his PhD in 2006. He was undergraduate coordinator from 2010-2012. Before his career in higher education, Dr. MacDonald was a high school teacher in Toronto and Cape Breton.

Neb Kujundzic

The University of Prince Edward Island has selected Neb Kujundzic as dean of arts, effective Sept. 1. The philosophy professor and former department chair came to UPEI in 1997 after earning his PhD from the University of Waterloo. He sits on UPEI’s board of governors and senate, and has been a member of many administrative committees. Dr. Kujundzic had been serving as interim dean since 2013.

Roly Webster

On Sept. 8, Roly Webster became the University of Waterloo’s director of athletics and recreation. He joins U of Waterloo from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was executive director and chief operating officer of the students’ union. With 20 years at WLU, Mr. Webster served in many roles, including associate director of alumni relations, facilities co-ordinator, events and sponsorship, and as development officer in athletics and recreation.

Brook Taylor

Brook Taylor will serve as Mount Saint Vincent University’s dean of arts and science for a second term. Since 1986, he has taught Canadian and Maritime regional history, and researched Canadian intellectual history and historical methodology at the university. Twice he was visiting foreign professor in the graduate department of area studies at Tsukuba University in Japan. These stints inspired an exhibition of photographs entitled “A Camera on the Banks” with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax and the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

Kim Kienapple

Mount Saint Vincent University has re-appointed Kim Kienapple dean of professional and graduate studies. For 30 years Dr. Kienapple has been a faculty member of the school’s department of child and youth study. He has served three terms as that department’s chair and has been a member of the university senate. Since 2001, Dr. Kienapple has co-directed the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs, a national research and education consortium.

Elizabeth Church

Elizabeth Church was named vice-president, academic at Mount Saint Vincent University for a second term. She has been with MSVU since 2003, having served as professor in the faculty of education and as coordinator of the school psychology program. Prior to this, she spent 16 years at Memorial University with appointments in the fields of counselling, education, medicine and women’s studies. Dr. Church is a registered psychologist in Nova Scotia and maintains a small clinical practice.

Ramona Lumpkin

Ramona Lumpkin was re-appointed president and vice-chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University for a second term. Dr. Lumpkin joined MSVU in 2010 after nine years as principal at Huron University College, affiliated with Western University. She has driven an ambitious capital campaign at MSVU for a teaching and learning centre dedicated to women in education. Dr. Lumpkin is chair of the Association of Atlantic Canadian Universities, became a Member of the Order of Canada in July and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England for her work in English literature.

Mark Dale

At the University of Northern British Columbia, Mark Dale will step down as vice-president, academic, and provost to take on the recently established role of dean of regional programs. In this position, Dr. Dale will provide strategic leadership to UNBC’s programs at regional campuses in Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace, plus an affiliate program with Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a in the Nass Valley, research forests around Prince George and Fort St. James, and a research station on the Quesnel River near Likely. Dr. Dale, a professor of biology, will begin his appointment on Jan. 1, 2015.

Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur is the new chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. Dr. Hamdullahpur is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He has also worked at Carleton University as vice-president, research and international, and as provost. A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur is also vice-chair of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative.

Peter Wolf

Queen’s University’s selected Peter Wolf as its inaugural associate vice-provost, teaching and learning. In this new role, Dr. Wolf oversees the Centre for Teaching and Learning, working closely with the vice-provost, teaching and learning, to implement the institution’s teaching and learning action plan. He comes to Queen’s from the University of Guelph, where he was the director of teaching and learning initiatives. The appointment takes effect Oct. 1.

Kevin Sawatsky

On Aug. 16, Kevin Sawatsky began a five-year term as dean of the school of business at Trinity Western University. Mr. Sawatsky previously served as vice-provost, business, at the university since 2011. He joined TWU’s faculty in 1993 and served as the business school’s founding dean from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Sawatsky is a professor of law and holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a JD from the University of Victoria. A practising lawyer, Mr. Sawatsky will continue to provide legal counsel to the university on a part-time basis.

Jennifer Medves

Queen’s University has reappointed Jennifer Medves director of the school of nursing and vice-dean of the faculty of health sciences. Since first taking on the role in 2009, Dr. Medves has rolled out the university’s Master of Science in healthcare quality program and successfully led an Ontario-wide campaign to improve the use of simulation in nursing training. While tending to her administrative duties, she will supervise graduate students, teach and continue her research in rural maternity care, nursing in rural health-care systems and inter-professional education.

Dana Sanderson

The University of Prince Edward Island named Dana Sanderson the school’s new chief information officer, starting in September. Mr. Sanderson, a UPEI alumnus, has more than 20 years’ experience working in business and IT development with such organizations as JD Irving, Business Solutions Group and Enterprise Architecture.

Sonia Coutu

Concordia University has hired employee relations professional Sonia Coutu as executive director of employee and labour relations. Ms. Coutu comes to the department from Collège Lionel-Groulx, where she was director of human resources. She has also held a range of leadership roles at the Commission scolaire des Samares, including vice-director of human resources and principal at primary and secondary schools. Ms. Coutu began her new role on Aug. 25.

Don Gnatiuk

On July 1, Don Gnatiuk became chair of the board of directors for eCampusAlberta, a consortium of 26 Alberta postsecondary institutions offering online courses and credentials. Mr. Gnatiuk has been a member of the board’s executive committee since 2007, when he became president and CEO of Grande Prairie Regional College. He came to higher education as executive director of external relations for Lakeland College after spending 25 years in fire service as a firefighter, officer, trainer and CEO at Alberta Fire Training School.

Manal Guirguis‑Younger

Manal Guirguis‑Younger became dean of the faculties of human sciences and philosophy at Saint Paul University on July 1. She comes to the position after serving as director of graduate studies in human sciences and philosophy, and spending two terms as director of Saint Paul’s school of counselling, psychotherapy and spirituality.

Cindy Ives

Athabasca University appointed Cindy Ives interim vice-president, academic, for a renewable term that expires on June 30, 2016. Dr. Ives has been acting VP academic since May. She joined Athabasca U in 2007 and has supported the university in expanding its digital initiatives, including the development of MOOCs and the school’s e-resource program. She has also contributed to the management of the university library and AU Press.

Joel Peters

Wilfrid Laurier University named Joel Peters assistant vice-president, external relations. Mr. Peters was previously senior vice-president and chief marketing officer at Tourism Toronto, and vice-president, marketing and commercial development at the Royal Ontario Museum. The AVP, external relations, role replaces the position of assistant vice-president, communications, public affairs and marketing. Reporting to the university president, Mr. Peters oversees the university’s external communications. He started in this new role on Aug. 11.

Daniel Weeks

Daniel Weeks was appointed president of the University of Northern British Columbia, effective mid-September. Dr. Weeks comes to UNBC after serving five years as vice-president, research, at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to that, he spent 16 years at Simon Fraser University in such roles as chair of the department of psychology and graduate program chair of the school of kinesiology. An experienced researcher in behavioural sciences, health and cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Weeks has been recognized with a distinguished research service award from the Canadian Down Syndrome Research Foundation and U.S. National Down Syndrome Society and is an international fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Glen Grunwald

Glen Grunwald began the academic year as McMaster University’s new director of athletics and recreation. McMaster’s star recruit comes to the university most recently from the National Basketball Association, where he was executive vice-president and general manager of the New York Knicks. Throughout his 30-plus years in business management, Mr. Grunwald has been the president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade, senior vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors and a member of the board of governors of George Brown College. A practising lawyer, Mr. Grunwald holds a JD from Northwestern University and an MBA from Indiana University. While at Indiana U, Mr. Grunwald played varsity basketball and was a member of the NCAA championship team of 1981. “Whether it is a group of students enjoying a pick-up basketball game, a student playing recreational badminton or a team competing for a Vanier Cup or national championship, sport is an important part of a fully-rounded student experience,” says Mr. Grunwald.

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.