Shirley Cheechoo has been appointed to a second term as chancellor of Brock University. First appointed in 2015, Ms. Cheechoo is the first woman and the first Indigenous Canadian to hold the position. A member of the Cree nation, Ms. Cheechoo has won international acclaim for her stage work and films. She is the founder and executive director of Weengushk Film Institute, an institution on Manitoulin Island that develops media arts skills for Indigenous youth.
Bill Rosehart has been reappointed for a second term as dean of the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. He was first appointed in April 2014 after serving as interim dean for almost a year. He was previously head of the department of electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Rosehart is a founding member of the Canadian Engineering Education Association and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Sandra Davidson was appointed dean of the faculty of nursing at the University of Calgary, starting Aug. 1. Dr. Davidson joins U of C from the University of Alberta, where she was associate dean for undergraduate programs in the faculty of nursing. Prior to that, she served as dean of nursing and then senior director of academic affairs for Carrington College in Phoenix, Arizona.
Teni Araba was named the new director of human resources at Algoma University. Ms. Araba brings over 12 years of experience in human resources, most recently from the Driving Change Automotive Group, where she served as director of human resources and training at four locations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba since 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Araba worked for APM Terminals in Nigeria.
Deborah Rodrigo is the new vice-president, finance and operations, at Concordia University of Edmonton, effective June 11. Ms. Rodrigo most recently served as Concordia’s director of finance. She is vice-president and director of the Edmonton chapter of Financial Executives International, and previously taught corporate governance at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Carol Stuart is the new interim provost and vice-president, academic, at Vancouver Island University. Dr. Stuart has been at VIU since 2011 as dean of the faculty of health and human services before taking on the role of associate vice-president, academic. Previously, she held academic appointments at MacEwan University, the University of Victoria and Ryerson University.
Douglas Kneale was appointed interim president and vice-chancellor of the University of Windsor, effective July 1. He has served as provost and vice-president, academic, at U of Windsor since 2015. Prior to that, he was dean of the faculty of humanities at Brock University.
As of July 1, the University of Toronto Scarborough’s new vice-president and principal is Wisdom Tettey, a political scientist who is a leading researcher on the African diaspora, politics and media. Dr. Tettey was previously dean of arts and sciences at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, where he led the faculty of creative and critical studies, and then the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Laura Authier is the new director of marketing at the University of the Fraser Valley. Ms. Authier has extensive experience in the advertising and technology industries, working at Parallel Strategies and Hewlett Packard in Calgary, Myra Systems in Victoria and, most recently, St. Michaels University School, also in Victoria.
Tim Lott is Carleton University’s new assistant vice-president of information technology services and chief information officer, as of June 1. Mr. Lott joined Carleton in 2014 and prior to that held a variety of IT-related positions spanning three decades.
The University of Calgary named Florentine Strzelczyk its deputy provost, effective July 1. Dr. Strzelczyk was vice-dean of the faculty of arts and a professor in the school of languages, linguistics, literatures and cultures. She joined U of C in 1997 and has served as director of the Language Research Centre and department head in the faculty of arts. Her research focus is on German literature, culture and film.
Suzie Currie is the new dean of Acadia University’s faculty of pure and applied science, starting July 1. Dr. Currie was previously head of the department of biology and a full professor at Mount Allison University. She has held several administrative roles as a member of the board of regents, president of the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs and president of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. She also served as the acting dean of science and graduate studies at Mount Allison.
Robert Gordon is the new provost and vice-president, academic, at Wilfrid Laurier University, as of July 1. Before joining Laurier as vice-president, research, in November 2015, Dr. Gordon served as dean of the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph and as a dean of research, department head, professor and Canada Research Chair at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University), and served in various roles with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
Since July 1, Lauren Eisler is the new dean of the faculty of human and social sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Eisler joined the Brantford campus of Laurier in 2004 as one of four professors to develop and teach in the new criminology program. She served as acting dean of human and social sciences at Laurier from 2015 to 2017.
As of July 1, Dawn Buzza is the new dean of the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has been acting dean since 2016. Dr. Buzza joined Laurier in 2007 as an associate professor in the faculty of education, where she has served as associate and acting dean. She has previously held leadership roles at the University of Victoria, University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University.
Simon Fraser University has reappointed Joy Johnson vice-president, research and international, for a second term beginning Sept. 19. Dr. Johnson has previously served as scientific director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and was a professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia. She sat on the inaugural steering committee for the B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and was a co-leader on the B.C. Network for Women’s Health Research.
Pascale Fournier has been named the next president and chief executive officer of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, effective July 9. Dr. Fournier is a professor at the University of Ottawa, where she holds the University Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law. A prolific and bilingual author, her academic contributions address human rights, Canada’s role in the world and responsible citizenship. She was among the foundation’s inaugural cohort of doctoral scholarship recipients in 2003.
The University of the Fraser Valley has promoted Maureen Wideman to associate vice-president, teaching and learning. Dr. Wideman has been director of teaching and learning since 2014 and, prior to joining UFV, was the manager of disability services at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where she also served as a faculty development consultant and instructional designer.