York University has selected a new vice-president, research and innovation: Amir Asif. Dr. Asif is currently dean of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, a position he’s held since 2014. Dr. Asif will begin his new role at York on May 1. Before joining Concordia, Dr. Asif was the founding chair of York’s department of electrical engineering and computer science from 2006 to 2014. He is the current chair of the Research Committee of the Engineering Deans of Canada, the national council of deans of engineering and applied science in Canada. Dr. Asif holds an MSc and PhD from Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Michelle McNeil has been named the associated alumni executive director at the University of New Brunswick. She began her new position on Dec. 16. Ms. McNeil has been involved with the UNB community for over two decades as a student and then employee. After working as a conference coordinator for UNB Fredericton’s residential life, campus and conference services, she was named manager of conference services in 2006, director in 2007 and senior director in 2014.
Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, who recently served as Concordia University’s interim senior director of Indigenous directions, is taking on a new role as the university’s new director of decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy. In this role, Dr. Goodleaf will develop and implement university-wide training on decolonizing and Indigenizing the academy. She will also work with faculty members to help them re-centre their curriculum in ways that promote critical discourse, analysis and integration on Indigenous histories and perspectives.
Concordia University named alumna Manon Tremblay as the institution’s new senior director of Indigenous directions, beginning a five-year term on Dec. 3. Ms. Tremblay was most recently the director of Indigenous research for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and provided guidance to Tri-Council presidents, members of the Canada Research Chair Coordinating Committee and the minister of science. Before this, she held positions at the Public Service Commission of Canada and the University of Ottawa, and spent 15 years as the coordinator of Concordia’s Aboriginal Student Resource Centre.