Kevin Lamoureux was named in early August associate vice-president, indigenous affairs, at the University of Winnipeg. Mr. Lamoureux is an educator, public speaker, writer and co-host of a podcast about indigenous education and politics called The Frank and Kevin Show: In Colour. He is co-chair of Manitoba’s Provincial Task Force on Educational Outcomes for Children in Care and is the recipient of the Aboriginal Circle of Educators Honouring Our Ways Award, the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance and the International Center for Innovation in Education Young Scholar Award. Mr. Lamoureux is completing his PhD at the University of Manitoba and works with the U of Winnipeg’s ACCESS program in the faculty of education to help prepare teachers for careers in Winnipeg’s inner city.
Neil Fassina was named the new president of Athabasca University in August. Dr. Fassina joins the university from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he has served as provost and vice-president, academic, since 2013. He was previously dean of the JR Shaw School of Business and the school of hospitality and culinary arts at NAIT, and before that was head of the department of business administration at the I. H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. Dr. Fassina holds a PhD in organizational behaviour and human resource management from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, where he also taught.
The University of Winnipeg appointed Jarita Greyeyes director of community learning and engagement at the beginning of August. Ms. Greyeyes is nēhiyaw from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and was previously manager of the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre. She holds a master of indigenous governance from the University of Victoria and has taught courses at the University of Saskatchewan and U of Winnipeg.
Lee Ahenakew is the University of Saskatchewan’s new board chair, effective July 1. Mr. Ahenakew graduated from the U of S with a bachelor of commerce in 1997 and was appointed to the board of governors in 2013. He is currently chief financial officer of Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs, a corporation representing business interests of member First Nations.
The University of Saskatchewan’s new vice-president, university relations, is Debra Pozega Osburn, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Pozega Osburn held the same role at the University of Alberta for the past six years and previously served in leadership positions at Michigan State University, where she earned a PhD in American studies. She has also worked as a partner at a communications consulting firm and as a journalist.
The University of Waterloo has reappointed Feridun Hamdullahpur as president and vice-chancellor for a second term, to begin in July 2017. Dr. Hamdullahpur is credited with initiating efforts to raise the university’s international profile and projects to expand student spaces on campus. He is a professor of mechanical engineering who previously served as vice-president, academic, and provost at the University of Waterloo and Carleton University.
Cindy Peltier has been named Nipissing University’s new chair of indigenous education. Dr. Peltier has previously held roles as an educator, principal and researcher in Anishinaabe communities. She is a recent graduate of Laurentian University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in rural and northern health. Dr. Peltier will take a leadership role in carving a place for indigenous knowledge in postsecondary scholarship and research.
The University of New Brunswick has named George MacLean its next vice-president, academic, for the Fredericton campus. Dr. MacLean was previously dean of arts at UNB Fredericton and dean of graduate studies at the University of Manitoba. Dr. MacLean received his PhD in political studies from Queen’s University and is a specialist in international relations.
Kim Fenwick has been appointed vice-president, academic and research, at St. Thomas University. Dr. Fenwick has been an associate professor in the department of psychology since 1995 and also served as department chair and, most recently, as dean of social sciences at the university. She was the recipient of the university’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2006.
Jennifer Adams joined the University of King’s College as university librarian on June 20. Ms. Adams graduated from King’s with a bachelor of arts in 1995 and holds a master’s degree in library and information studies at Dalhousie University. She previously held various librarian positions at the Sir James Dunn Law Library at Dalhousie, as well as Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University and Cape Breton University.
On August 1, Deborah Dubenofsky became the vice-president, finance and operations, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Ms. Dubenofsky holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto and a master’s in public administration from Queen’s University. She will continue to lead Laurier’s bid for a campus in Milton, Ont. Her new role will include oversight of financial resources, human resources, community safety and security.
Craig Loewen, a long-time faculty member at the University of Lethbridge, will continue to serve as dean of the faculty of education, with his next term starting July 2017. Dr. Loewen holds a master’s of education and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Alberta. He has received the Educational Research Award from the Alberta Teachers’ Association and was appointed a friend of the Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
The University of Guelph’s new assistant vice-president, institutional research and planning, is Karen Menard, effective Aug. 17. Dr. Menard is currently the interim director of research and innovation of Trillium Health Partners. She previously served as chief planning and administrative officer for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and, prior to that, was associate vice-president, institutional research and analysis, at McMaster University.
Glen Jones was named dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Dr. Jones had been interim dean for the previous 10 months and holds the Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement. He is a former president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and received the Distinguished Research Award from the society.
The University of New Brunswick has named Patricia Seaman acting dean of the faculty of nursing, effective Aug. 1, at its Fredericton campus. Since 2009, Dr. Seaman has served as assistant dean of the university’s collaborative bachelor of nursing degree with Toronto’s Humber College. She also has 20 years of experience as a nurse, instructor and director with the Victoria Order of Nurses, a national home and community health care charity.
Concordia University’s board of governors unanimously reappointed Alan Shepard for a second term as president and vice-chancellor, to begin in August 2017. Dr. Shepard is credited with restoring stability at Concordia and leading a strategic initiative to encourage community engagement around Concordia’s future as a “next-generation university.” Prior to his arrival at Concordia, he served as provost and vice-president academic, as well as chief operating officer, at Ryerson University.
The Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has presented Debra Dawson with the Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Dawson is the director of Western University’s Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Her contributions over 20 years include creating the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, serving on STLHE’s board for over eight years and creating national mentorship opportunities for education developers in Canada.
Memorial University has appointed Michele Piercey-Normore dean of the school of science and environment, effective Aug. 1. She is currently associate head of the department of biological sciences at the University Manitoba. As a professor, Dr. Piercey-Normore has developed innovative teaching strategies, fostered articulation and co-op programs and contributed to experiential education initiatives.
Donna Bourne-Tyson has been reappointed as Dalhousie University’s university librarian. Her first term has seen the restructuring of the leadership team and the creation of a new library council and several new positions. Ms. Bourne-Tyson also contributed to information governance, student success, open access and research data management. She completed her master of library and information studies at Dalhousie and was formerly the university librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Andrew Sharman leaves his post as assistant deputy minister of Alberta Infrastructure to join the University of Alberta as vice-president, facilities and operations, effective Sept. 1. Mr. Sharman graduated from the U.K.’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, served in the British military for 22 years and earned a master of science in defence logistics management from Cranfield University. He joined the Alberta government in 2011.
On July 1, Gillian Siddall began her term as vice-president, academic, and provost of OCAD University. In her new role, she will oversee OCAD U’s academic planning, including initiatives in experiential and online learning. Dr. Siddall holds degrees in English literature from the University of Guelph and a PhD from Western University. Previously, she was dean of Lakehead University’s faculty of social sciences and humanities, founding director of Lakehead’s Instructional Development Centre and coordinator of its graduate program in English. Dr. Siddall is also a jazz vocalist who has written widely on the topic of musical improvisation. In addition to leading the revision of OCAD U’s quality assurance process, she will serve as vice-chair of Senate.
On July 1, Randy Boyagoda stepped in as the new principal and vice-president of the University of St. Michael’s College, federated with the University of Toronto. He previously headed Ryerson University’s zone learning network, an experiential learning program for students launching companies and social organizations. In his new role at USMC, Dr. Boyagoda will be the academic head of an undergraduate college in the faculty of arts and science at the University of Toronto. He will remain a professor in the department of English and teach in the Christianity and Culture program.
Guy Laforest is president-elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His presidential term will begin in June 2017, followed by a two-year term as past-president. Dr. Laforest is a professor in Université Laval’s department of political science. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade de l’Association des parlementaires de la francophonie, at the National Assembly of Quebec.
Cindy Blackstock has been appointed director, equity and diversity, of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for a second and final two-year term. As a member of the Gitksan First Nation, she has over 25 years of social work experience in child protection and indigenous children’s rights. She currently serves as executive director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service at the University of Alberta.
Tim Goddard has been named director, teaching and learning, of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Goddard is a professor of education at UPEI and project director for the Teacher Certification and Accreditation of Teacher Training Institutions in Afghanistan, a five-year international development initiative.