On March 5, Joelle Foster stepped into a new role as the inaugural director of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary. The hub was established in 2017 thanks in part to a $40-million gift from the Hunter Family Foundation, with the aim of engaging students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in a new approach to teaching, learning, discovery and knowledge-sharing. Ms. Foster is a leader in business counselling and entrepreneurship who has overseen Futurpreneur Canada’s offices in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. In her new role, she will steer the development and execution of entrepreneurial initiatives at U of C.
Franco Vaccarino’s tenure as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph has been extended until June 2024. First appointed in 2014, Dr. Vaccarino previously served as principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough and vice-president of the University of Toronto, where he chaired the department of psychology and led the department of psychiatry’s neuroscience program. He also served as executive vice-president (programs) and vice-president (research) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and vice-president and director of research, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, both in Toronto.
The University of Winnipeg has reappointed Annette Trimbee president and vice-chancellor for a second term, until June 30, 2024. Dr. Trimbee serves on the boards of Universities Canada and U Sports. In May 2016, she was appointed to the board of Manitoba Hydro where she shares her knowledge and expertise in water management and energy policy. Previously, Dr. Trimbee served as deputy minister of several departments in the Alberta government. She holds a BSc from the University of Winnipeg, an MSc from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in ecology from McMaster University.
Guy Larocque will join the University of Saskatchewan as associate vice-president, alumni relations, on March 5. Mr. Larocque is currently executive director of alumni engagement at York University. Prior to that, Mr. Larocque held leadership positions at the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Bureau for International.
Ryerson University has appointed Hayden King adviser to the dean of arts on Indigenous education and director for the Centre of Indigenous Governance. A scholar, educator and Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing in Huronia, Ontario, Dr. King has taught Indigenous politics and policy at Ryerson, McMaster and Carleton universities. He was senior policy adviser to Ontario’s minister of natural resources and Aboriginal affairs, director of research at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and co-founder of the language-arts collective, The Ogimaa Mikana Project.
Starting July 1, Heather Boon will become vice-provost, faculty and academic life, at the University of Toronto. Ms. Boon is currently dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at U of T. She is a licensed pharmacist and holds cross-appointments with the department of family and community medicine within the university’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Susan McCahan has been appointed vice-provost, academic programs, at the University of Toronto. Previously, Dr. McCahan was vice-dean, undergraduate, in the faculty of applied science and engineering at U of T. She joined the department of mechanical and industrial engineering in 1992, and served as chair of first-year for the faculty and as associate chair of undergraduate studies for her department.
Peter Garrett is the University of Calgary’s new associate vice-president, research – innovation, for a one-year term as of Jan. 1. Mr. Garrett’s previous roles include vice-president of wireless research and development at Nortel, and CEO of Global Thermoelectric. He has been a board member of the Alberta Science and Research Authority, Calgary Technologies, Inc. and several private companies. He also chaired the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering external research advisory board.
Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business has appointed Joy Cramer to the newly created position of director, Indigenous programs. Ms. Cramer is a citizen of Sagkeeng First Nation, with maternal ties to Sandy Bay First Nation, in Manitoba. She worked for almost 20 years in the Manitoba government, most recently as deputy minister, family services. She holds an executive MBA in Indigenous business and leadership from Beedie.
Kent Saylor was named director of McGill University’s Indigenous Health Professions Program in the faculty of medicine. Dr. Saylor joined McGill in 2000 as an assistant professor and as an attending physician in general pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. In 2012, he received the inaugural Peter Henderson Bryce Award from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada for leadership in promoting the safety, health and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth.
The director of Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture, David Fortin, is co-curator for a team of Indigenous architects selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale art exhibition in Italy with their project entitled UNCEDED. Dr. Fortin, who became director of the school of architecture in January, focuses his work on Indigenous design in contemporary architecture. He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a registered architect, having worked with various professional firms in Calgary. Dr. Fortin has also taught design, history and theory in the U.K., U.S. and Canada, including study-abroad courses in Kenya and South America, and currently teaches a class exploring the impact of climate change on design. A member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Dr. Fortin is the first Indigenous director of a Canadian architecture school.
Lorella Hayes was named the new vice-president, administration, at Laurentian University, as of Jan. 15. After graduating from Laurentian in 1995, she worked for a decade with KPMG LLP accountants, where she became senior manager. Since 2005, Ms. Hayes served in the public sector as chief financial officer, and general manager of assets and finance for the City of Greater Sudbury, before moving to Greater Sudbury Utilities as vice-president of corporate services in 2015.
Wanda Costen has been appointed the new dean of MacEwan University’s school of business. Dr. Costen is currently a professor and executive director of the school of hotel and restaurant management at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Costen earned a PhD in sociology from Washington State University and an executive MBA from Pepperdine University. She brings more than 10 years of business management experience in sales, operations and human services.
Algoma University has named Donna Rogers its new academic dean, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Rogers most recently served as vice-principal and academic dean at Brescia University College, an affiliate of Western University, a position she has held since 2013. She served as interim principal from 2015 to 2016. Dr. Rogers has also held positions at Pennsylvania State University, Middlebury College and Dalhousie University.
Kandice Baptiste becomes the new director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s University in February. Ms. Baptiste most recently worked as manager, Indigenous initiatives, at Wilfrid Laurier University, where her responsibilities included managing the Indigenous Student Centre and its staff at the Brantford campus. She was previously senior project coordinator at the Council of Ontario Universities.
Craig Monk has been reappointed dean of the faculty of arts and science at MacEwan University. Dr. Monk’s current term will end in April, when he will leave to work full-time on refocusing his research, as he plans to eventually return to the classroom. He will serve his second term as dean from 2019 to 2024. He has also accepted the new role of senior advisor to the provost, as part of restructuring the office of the provost.
Larry Alford has been reappointed chief librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries for another term beginning July 1. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Alford was the dean of university libraries at Temple University. He earned a BA and MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.