Bradyn Parisian is the inaugural Rawlinson Executive-in-Residence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship at the University of Regina, as of Feb. 1. In this role with the university’s Hill School of Business and Levene Graduate School of Business, he will develop initiatives for Indigenous students interested in entrepreneurship as a career path and foster a network of mentors to support students in their ventures. Mr. Parisian currently serves as a corporate director on the various boards, including Cowessess Ventures Ltd. and the First Nations Power Authority. He is a sessional instructor at U of R and First Nations University of Canada, and is a mentor and supporter of the Mother Theresa Middle School in Regina.
Heather McRae has been reappointed dean of MacEwan University’s school of continuing education for a second five-year term, which began Jan. 1. Dr. McRae was appointed as the school’s founding dean in 2014, bringing with her extensive experience in academic administration and leadership in continuing education from the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. She is currently president-elect of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education.
Deepak Gupta joined Kwantlen Polytechnic University as associate vice-president, research, on Dec. 10. Dr. Gupta comes to KPU from Centennial College in Toronto where he served as executive director for applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship services. Dr. Gupta received his engineering doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.
Kelly MacKay became Ryerson University’s vice-provost, academic, as of Dec. 1. Dr. MacKay joined Ryerson in 2011, where she has held various positions, including interim associate vice-president, research and innovation; associate dean, research and graduate programs, at the Ted Rogers School of Management; and professor of tourism in the school of hospitality and tourism management.
Carleton University has appointed Michael Charles director of the department of equity services, effective March 1. Reporting directly to the president, Mr. Charles will also carry the title of university advisor on equity, to reflect his strategic responsibilities. He comes to Carleton from York University, where he was most recently executive director for the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion. He was previously a principal at Change Dezign Consulting.
The University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto has appointed Laurie Morris director of communications. Ms. Morris is an accomplished communications professional with over two decades of experience in the news media and university communications. She joined St. Mike’s from Simon Fraser University on Feb. 19.
Robert Thompson is the University of Calgary’s new associate vice-president, research, and director of research services, as of Jan. 1. Dr. Thompson is a professor of physics and astronomy and was interim head of the graduate college at U of C. He leads a research group in exotic atom physics and is a co-founder of the international ALPHA (Anti-hydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) collaboration. Dr. Thompson was also co-recipient of the 2013 NSERC John Polanyi Award and earned the Canadian Association of Physicists’ Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Education.
As of Jan. 1, André Buret is the interim vice-president, research, at the University of Calgary. He was most recently associate vice-president, research, and holds a professorship in the faculty of science and adjunct professorship in the Cumming School of Medicine.
Brenda Whiteside, who recently retired as associate vice-president, student affairs, at the University of Guleph, returned on Jan. 7 as interim assistant vice-president, diversity and human rights. She first arrived at U of Guelph as an undergraduate student in 1978 and built a career there that has spanned 35 years.
Martin Scanlon has been named the new dean of the faculty of agricultural and food sciences at the University of Manitoba, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Scanlon has twice served as acting head of the department of food science, and has served as the faculty’s associate dean, research, and as the chair of U of M’s National Centre for Livestock and the Environment. He earned his doctorate in food science from the University of Leeds and joined U of M as a faculty member in 1991.
As of Jan. 1, Edward Jurkowski is the new dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. For the past 22 years he has been at the University of Lethbridge, most recently as dean of the faculty of fine arts. He has served as president of the Canadian University Music Society and is currently vice-chair of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans.
Brian Stevenson, former president and vice-chancellor of Lakehead University, has been appointed CEO and president of the University Partnerships North America division of Navitas, based in the company’s Boston office. Navitas provides educational services to partner institutions worldwide. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Stevenson served as the 2018-19 Fulbright Research Chair in the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Victoria and a doctorate from Queen’s University.
Robin Ciceri is the new vice-president, external relations, at the University of British Columbia, as of March 1. Ms. Ciceri joins UBC from the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia, where she was president. Prior to this, she held a number of leadership positions in the B.C. government, including deputy minister of advanced education and labour market development; deputy minister of small business and revenue; deputy minister of human resources, and CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat.
Huron University College, affiliated with Western University, has named Geoff Read its new vice-president, academic, and dean of the faculty of arts and social science, effective Feb. 14. Dr. Read is a native of London, Ontario who earned a BA in history and French from Huron College, as it was then known. He went on to earn his MA and PhD in history from York University. Dr. Read is the author of The Republic of Men: Gender and the Political Parties in Interwar France.
Lynn Lavallée, former vice-provost, Indigenous engagement at the University of Manitoba, has been appointed strategic lead, Indigenous resurgence, in the faculty of community services at Ryerson University. A member of Ryerson’s academic community from 2005 to 2017, Dr. Lavallée returned on Jan. 1 in this new role. As part of her work, she will develop programs that promote retention and provide support for research benefitting Indigenous peoples.
As of February, Larissa Bezo is the new president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, including as the youngest deputy clerk in the history of Saskatchewan, senior advisor of a federal Royal Commission and, most recently, as interim president and CEO of CBIE.
On Feb. 1, Craig Monk began a five-year term as MacEwan University’s provost and vice-president, academic. He joined MacEwan in 2013 as a professor and dean of the faculty of arts and science. In 2018, he accepted the role of interim provost and vice-president, academic. Dr. Monk holds a PhD from Oxford University and an MA from Western University. He has been awarded research fellowships from Yale University, University of Indiana, and the University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has reappointed Noreen Taylor to an additional term as chancellor, effective Jan. 29. Ms. Taylor is chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation and founder of the RBC Taylor Prize, Canada’s most prestigious prize for non-fiction writing that honours her late husband, journalist and author Charles Taylor. She is currently chair of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and president of Windfields Farm Limited.
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada have announced the 2019 3M National Teaching Fellows: Stephen Barnes, department of psychology, University of British Columbia; Emin Civi, faculty of business, University of New Brunswick; Sue Dawson, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island; Sheri Fabian, school of criminology, Simon Fraser University; Brett McCollum, department of chemistry and physics, Mount Royal University; Joanne O’Meara, department of physics, University of Guelph; Wendy Pearson, department of women’s studies and feminist research, Western University; Anne Marie Ryan, department of earth sciences, Dalhousie University; Helga Thorson, faculty of humanities, University of Victoria; and Sarah Todd, school of social work, Carleton University.