The University of Manitoba has announced a two-year extension to David Barnard’s term as president to 2020. The extension aims to provide continuity as U of M welcomes a new provost and vice-president, academic, this July and will be recruiting a new vice-president, administration, in the fall.
Huntington University, a federated partner with Laurentian University, has named Patricia Mills as its chancellor. In accepting the role, Ms. Mills becomes the first woman to do so in the institution’s history. As current president of NEO Kids Foundation, she has volunteered with a number of Sudbury non-profit organizations and formerly served as publisher of several magazines in Northern Ontario.
Carleton University appointed Michel Piché vice-president, finance and administration, effective July 18. Mr. Piché was previously chief financial officer and vice-president, corporate management, of the National Research Council. A certified internal auditor and chartered professional accountant, he currently serves on the board of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. His experience includes positions at the Canadian Red Cross Society, Explosive Technologies International and Canadian Pacific Forest Products Ltd.
Margaret Steele will become Memorial University’s first female dean of the faculty of medicine. Dr. Steele is currently vice-dean, hospital and interfaculty relations in Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and a professor in the departments of psychiatry, pediatrics and family medicine. She is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has received awards for her contributions to teaching and learning.
On July 1, Andrew Szeto began his new role as the University of Calgary’s director of mental health strategy, tasked with leading the implementation of a campus strategy launched in December 2015. Dr. Szeto joined the U of C as a postdoctoral fellow in 2010 and, since 2013, has been an assistant professor in the department of psychology. His work has centred on the development and evaluation of mental illness anti-stigma and awareness programs.
Emily Grafton has been named the University of Regina’s new executive lead – indigenization. Ms. Grafton is a Métis researcher with nine years of experience working with indigenous communities. She previously worked as an aboriginal relations advisor for the City of Regina and researcher-curator for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Her new role will work toward ensuring First Nations and Métis knowledge and practices are reflected in campus life at the U of R.
On June 13, Angelique Mannella stepped into a new role as McGill University’s first associate vice-principal, innovation and partnerships. Ms. Mannella is an engineer by training who founded Decode Global, a social enterprise that developed mobile games. Her experience includes 15 years in technology product design and business development, working for companies such as Cisco Systems and Nokia. Most recently, she advised corporate clients and venture capital firms on R&D, commercialization and investments.
St. Francis Xavier University has appointed Lawrence J. Duggan university librarian. Mr. Duggan previously worked at Saint Mary’s University as a cataloguing and metadata librarian and has been part of the Libraries Nova Scotia Research Support Group and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries’ digital preservation steering committee, among other initiatives.
Esther Enns has assumed the role of acting vice-president, academic and research, for Saint Mary’s University from July 1 to Dec. 31. Dr. Enns joined the university in 2002 as dean of the faculty of arts. She is a full professor in the departments of education and linguistics, previously serving as a faculty member at the University of Calgary as a professor of German. She chairs the council of 3M National Teaching Fellows and was named a 3M Fellow in 1998.
Vince Salyers becomes the founding dean of MacEwan University’s faculty of nursing on Aug. 22. Dr. Salyers was previously Mount Royal University’s associate dean of the faculty of health and community education. He received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of San Francisco and is continuing to develop research on web-enhanced instruction and e-learning.
Fraser Forbes has been appointed the University of Alberta’s dean of the faculty of engineering. He had been serving as interim dean. Dr. Forbes was appointed chair of the department of chemical and materials engineering in 2002. His research centres on the optimization of industrial operations. As a principal researcher, his projects have been awarded more than $2 million in funding.
Laura Robinson has been named dean of the school of arts and social science at Memorial University, effective Aug. 1. She joins the Grenfell campus from the Royal Military College of Canada, where she served as interim dean of arts. Dr. Robinson is a scholar of children’s literature, with an emphasis on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, Anne of Green Gables.
On July 1, Steven Robinson began a new role as vice-president, academic, and provost of Brandon University. Dr. Robinson joined BU’s department of philosophy in 1996 and has since been promoted to associate professor. He has served on the Senate and Board of Governors, most recently serving as acting vice-president, academic, and provost.
Ryerson University has named Lisa Barnoff dean of the faculty of community services, with a five-year term commencing Sept. 1. Since 2011, Dr. Barnoff has been director of Ryerson’s school of social work, where she has undertaken substantial curriculum changes, created new admissions pathways and enhanced the school’s partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute, among other achievements.
Greg Gatien began a new role as dean of the school of music at Brandon University on June 1. Dr. Gatien had served as acting dean since August 2015 and is an associate professor at BU. He has appeared as a saxophonist on a number of recordings and had a hand in developing BU’s jazz studies curriculum.
The University of British Columbia’s next president and vice-chancellor is Santa Ono, whose five-year term begins Aug. 15. At the time of the announcement, Dr. Ono was serving as president of the University of Cincinnati. He had previously served as that university’s provost and senior vice-president for academic affairs. A Vancouver-born biomedical researcher, Dr. Ono earned his undergraduate degree in biological science at the University of Chicago and his doctorate in experimental medicine at McGill University. Prior to his time in Cincinnati, he served as a senior administrator at Emory University in Atlanta and held a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Schepens Eye Research Institute, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
James Barmby joined NSCAD University as vice-president, student experience and registrar, on July 1. Dr. Barmby previously served as Okanagan College’s dean for the Shuswap-Revelstoke region. He played a role in the transformations of Calgary’s DeVry Institute of Technology into a degree granting institution and British Columbia Open University into a division of Thompson Rivers University.
Saint Mary’s University has appointed Trudy Sable director of indigenous education, a position created as a step toward the university’s goal to be more inviting to indigenous students, faculty, staff and members of the general public. Dr. Sable has worked with indigenous communities for over 25 years and since 2001 was director of the Gorsebrook Research Institute’s office of aboriginal and northern research.
Gene Muller will become the University of Manitoba’s next director of athletics and recreation in the faculty of kinesiology and recreation management. Mr. Muller has coached more than 300 international matches as head coach for the South African, Canadian and Irish national field hockey teams and currently serves as director of active living at U of M. He begins his new role on Sept. 1.
Memorial University appointed Todd Hennessey dean of the school of fine arts, effective July 1. Mr. Hennessey joined the university’s Grenfell campus as a faculty member in 2000 and has overseen collaborative efforts to raise the university’s fine arts profile in Western Newfoundland while working to ensure a high quality education for students.