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Announcements – August 2019


Neuroscientist Ingrid Johnsrude was named the new director of Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute in March. Dr. Johnsrude first joined Western in 2014 and held the first Western University Research Chair. Her work centers on the diagnosis and treatment of brain disease in the elderly.

Ken Coley becomes Western University’s new dean of the faculty of engineering on July 1. He comes to Western from McMaster University, where he was a professor of materials science and engineering. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Coley has been honoured with the John F. Elliott Lectureship Award from the Association of Iron and Steel Technology. Earlier in his career, he was a senior scientific officer at the National Physical Laboratory in the U.K.

Leslie Weir has been appointed librarian and archivist of Canada, effective Aug. 30. Ms. Weir was previously the university librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018. She also held positions at the National Library of Canada and the Statistics Canada Library. Ms. Weir is the first woman to be appointed librarian and archivist of Canada since the two institutions merged in 2004.

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation, has been named Western University’s next chancellor. A keen supporter of the university, Ms. Hasenfratz is a Western alumna and a member of the Ivey Business School advisory board. For her work and contributions towards Canadian businesses, she was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

OCAD University has appointed Stephen Foster dean of the faculty of art, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Mr. Foster comes to OCADU from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, where he is a professor and head of the creative services department, as well as director, Center of Indigenous Media Arts. He is passionate about the themes of indigenous identity and new media.


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