Ali Dastmalchian was appointed dean of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. His appointment at SFU will begin Jan. 1, 2016. Dr. Dastmalchian is currently professor of organization studies and international business at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. From 2002 to 2012, he was dean of the Gustavson School, where he oversaw the launch of its PhD program. He was also dean of the faculty of management at the University of Lethbridge from 1997 to 2002.
Queen’s University appointed A. Scott Carson executive director of the School of Policy Studies. His three-year term came into effect July 1. Dr. Carson holds the Stauffer-Dunning Chair of Policy Studies and was director of the Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare at Queen’s. He has previously served as dean at the school of business and economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, and at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
HEC Montréal researcher Danny Miller has received the 2015 Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management Award from the Academy of Management, an international association of management and organizational scholars. The prize recognizes the achievements of a scholar who significantly contributed to the development of new concepts or theories, the dissemination of new knowledge, and the overall advancement of management practice and research. Dr. Miller, an expert in strategy and family business, has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and five books. He is currently director of the Research Center for Business Families at HEC, where he has worked since 1981. “This is a richly deserved tribute to Danny’s extraordinary scholarship and professional service,” said HEC Director Michel Patry. “Prior recipients of this extremely competitive prize include Nobel Prize winners Oliver E. Williamson and Herbert Simon, as well as Henry Mintzberg. As distinguished a group as this is, it is now even more eminent with Danny’s inclusion.”
The University of British Columbia appointed Philip Steenkamp to the role of vice-president, external relations and communications. Dr. Steenkamp was appointed for a five-year term, beginning Dec. 1. He comes to UBC from Simon Fraser University, where he was vice-president of external relations. Before his time at SFU, he held senior roles in the governments of B.C. and Ontario, including the posts of B.C. deputy minister of advanced education and Ontario deputy minister in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Martin Pochurko was named vice-president, finance and administration, at Simon Fraser University, effective Oct. 15. He joins SFU from the Fraser Health Authority, where he was chief financial officer. From 2007 to 2012, he was SFU’s associate vice-president, finance. Before that, he worked at the University of British Columbia and was in senior management at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
Concordia University of Edmonton has appointed Steven Muir director of its new Institute for Christian Studies and Society. Dr. Muir is a professor of religious studies and department chair of philosophy and religious studies at Concordia, where he has taught since 1992.
Laurentian University has appointed Carol Kauppi director of research at the university’s Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy. The centre currently manages the six-year research project Poverty Homelessness and Migration, led by Dr. Kauppi. Her work also examines girlhood, adolescence and motherhood in northern communities.
In September, Mount Saint Vincent University announced the appointment of Jolene Mahody as the new chair of the university’s board of governors. Ms. Mahody is chief operating officer at Jazz Aviation LP. Ms. Mahody has been a member of the board of governors since 2009. She also sits on the board of directors at High Liner Foods Inc.
Catherine Riggins was named associate vice-president, marketing and alumni relations, at Royal Roads University, effective Sept. 1. Ms. Riggins joined Royal Roads in 2010 as director of branding, marketing and recruitment. She was previously director of marketing communications, sponsorship and brand at the Canada Post Corporation.
Paul Dagg has been appointed chair-person of the board of governors at Thompson Rivers University. He is medical director of tertiary mental health at the Interior Health Authority’s Hillside Centre in Kamloops, B.C., and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Dagg also chairs the specialty committee in psychiatry of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and sits on its education committee.
H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, was appointed chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities for a two-year term. Dr. Campbell also serves as chair of the board of directors at Atlantic University Sport. Prior to joining UNB, Dr. Campbell served as acting president and vice-chancellor, and vice-president, academic, at Memorial University.
Teri Shearer, an associate professor at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, has been appointed the university’s deputy provost, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Dr. Shearer is currently the associate dean of faculty at the business school. She joined Queen’s in 1996.
At the University of Guelph, Wayne Caldwell has been named interim dean of the Ontario Agricultural College, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Caldwell is director of the university’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development and has been at U of Guelph since 2000. From 2010-2012, he served as president of the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
The University of Guelph appointed Jeff Wichtel dean of the Ontario Veterinary College. He joins OVC from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he was associate dean. His five-year term began Oct. 1.
Christopher Smeenk was named director of Western University’s Rotman Institute of Philosophy, a centre for the investigation of ethical and epistemological issues in contemporary science. From 2012-2013, Dr. Smeenk was the institute’s interim director. He has been an associate professor in the department of philosophy at Western since 2007.
Diana MacKay was appointed executive director of the Carleton University Global Academy, which was created to increase the university’s globally oriented programming. Ms. MacKay’s career has included senior roles at the Conference Board of Canada, the World Bank and a major Japanese manufacturing firm, JSR Corporation. She is an expert in education policy and higher education reform in Canada, as well as migration policy and practice.
Alastair Summerlee, president of the University of Guelph from 2003 to 2014, has been appointed chair of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario board of directors for a three-year term that took effect Oct. 13. Dr. Summerlee served as associate dean of U of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in 1992, dean of graduate studies in 1995, associate vice-president, academic, in 1999 and provost and vice-president, academic, in 2000.
MacEwan University has named Margaret Leathem chief-of-staff. She comes to MacEwan from the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education with the Government of Alberta, where she was director of legislation and governance. In this role, she worked closely with public postsecondary insti-tution boards on governance-related initiatives. Her long career in pro-vincial government included high-level work with Campus Alberta and with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.