Katherine Roos has been named executive director of Imagination Catalyst, OCAD U’s incubator for creative entrepreneurship and commercialization. Prior to joining OCAD U, Ms. Roos held management roles in the division of economic development and culture division at the City of Toronto and at the Toronto Business Development Centre. She also serves on the boards of LOFT Community Services, Connect Legal and The Learning Enrichment Foundation.
Brescia University College at Western University has tapped the Honourable Madam Justice Eileen Gillese to be its next chancellor. Justice Gillese was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1999 and in 2002 became a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal. She was named a Leading Educator of the World in 2008, was among the first cohort of women to earn a Rhodes scholarship, and from 1996 to 1999 was dean of the faculty of law at Western – the only woman to have filled that role. She becomes chancellor in June.
Alaa Abd-El-Aziz will serve as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island for a second five-year term. He was first named president in July 2011. A fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Dr. Abd-El-Aziz was provost of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan before coming to UPEI.
Marc Lemaire was appointed associate vice-principal, financial services, at McGill University on March 30. He brings to the job more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive in finance, real estate and business-improvement. Most recently, Mr. Lemaire was senior vice-president of real estate investment funds and financing at Ivanhoé-Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, which manages the province’s pension funds.
The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada has awarded Wilfrid Laurier University’s Deborah MacLatchy its 2015 Recognition Award. Dr. MacLatchy is vice-president, academic and provost, and acting vice-president, research. The award recognizes a SWAAC member who has demonstrated leadership and has made an outstanding contribution to their institution. She has chosen Laurier’s Women in Science and Leadership Award fund as the recipient of SWAAC’s $1,000 donation. A zoologist, Dr. MacLatchy was Laurier’s first female dean of science from 2007 to 2009.
At the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus, Wayne Albert was reappointed dean of the faculty of kinesiology for a second term. Dr. Albert’s area of expertise is occupational biomechanics and ergonomics. He has taught at UNB since 1999 and has been dean since 2010.
Lesley Balcom is the new director of libraries at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus. She served as interim director throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Prior to that role, Ms. Balcom was associate director of libraries for learning and research services, coordinator of UNB’s Harriet Irving Library learning commons and head of the library’s reference services.
After serving in the role on an interim basis, Chris Diduch has been named dean of the faculty of engineering at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Dr. Diduch, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, earned all three of his degrees (BScE, MScE and PhD) from UNB.
Algoma University named Shirley Horn its first chancellor, the latest stage in a remarkable return journey for Ms. Horn who was a student of the residential school system nearly 70 years ago on the very site of the current Algoma campus. Ms. Horn was sent to the Shingwauk Indian Residential School at the age of seven, where she remained for six years. In 1981, she helped found the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, an organization that has been a leader at the national level on addressing residential school issues. She remained in a leadership position with the organization for 34 years. In 2005, Ms. Horn returned to the Shingwauk School site – now the home of Algoma University – to enroll in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and graduated in 2009. She has been chief of her own community, the Missanabie Cree First Nation, for 10 years. Ms. Horn told the local newspaper she was taken by surprise by the announcement, but that it was a “huge honour.” She will be officially sworn in June 13 for a four-year term.
In March, Noreen Golfman became Memorial University’s new provost and vice-president, academic. She had been acting provost since September 2014. Dr. Golfman had previously served as dean of graduate studies from 2008 to 2014. A professor of English, Dr. Golfman began teaching at Memorial in 1984. She was a two-term president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and president of the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.
The University of Regina has appointed Jennifer Tupper the new dean of the faculty of education. She begins her three-year term on July 1 after serving as acting dean for a year. She joined the university in 2004 as an assistant professor of education and served as associate dean from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Tupper is a former high school social studies and English teacher whose current research explores treaty education as curriculum intervention in the K-12 system.
David Gregory was reappointed dean of the faculty of nursing for a five-year term at the University of Regina, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Gregory is the founding dean of the faculty. Prior to joining U of Regina, he was a health sciences researcher at the University of Lethbridge and dean of the faculty of nursing at the University of Manitoba.
Thomas Chase was reappointed provost and vice-president, academic, at the University of Regina for a second five-year term that takes effect July 1, 2016. Dr. Chase was first named provost in 2009. During his 40 years at URegina, Dr. Chase has held the posts of linguistics program co-ordinator, founding director of the Centre for Academic Technologies, and dean of the faculty of arts. From 2009 to 2011 he was vice-president, academic, and provost at Royal Roads University.
The University of Regina has named Harold Riemer dean of the faculty of kinesiology and health studies, effective July 1. Dr. Riemer has been with the university since 1999, when he was hired as an assistant professor. He holds a PhD in sport management from Ohio State University, where he studied organization theory and behaviour. More recently, he has researched athletic leadership and coaching, human performance and group dynamics.
Richard Kleer was reappointed dean of the faculty of arts at the University of Regina. Dr. Kleer will take a one-year leave beginning this summer before beginning his second term on July 1, 2016. He started at the institution as a lecturer in the department of economics in 1990. He served as head of the department of economics from 2001 to 2004.
After serving as acting dean, Judy White will become dean of social work at the University of Regina, effective July 1. Dr. White, who migrated to Canada from Trinidad in 1987, focuses her work on the settlement experiences of immigrant and new Canadian women and families. She holds a PhD in social work from the University of Manitoba, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Regina.