Cheryl Sutton has been appointed Nipissing University’s vice-president, finance and administration. Ms. Sutton has more than 25 years of experience as a chartered professional accountant/certified general accountant in the public service. She joined Nipissing in 2010 as director of human resources and employee relations. In 2014, she became assistant vice-president, finance and human resources.
Joseph Wong has been named the University of Toronto’s first associate vice-president and vice-provost, international student experience, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Dr. Wong is a political science professor and the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs. He has previously held the Canada Research Chair in Health, Democracy and Development.
The Association of Atlantic Universities has recognized three faculty members for excellence in teaching and educational leadership. Matthias Bierenstiel, associate professor in the school of science and technology at Cape Breton University; received the 2016 AAU Anne Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award for his commitment to the improvement of university teaching. Maryanne Fisher, professor in the department of psychology at Saint Mary’s University, and Benedict Newling, professor in the department of physics at the University of New Brunswick, received the 2016 AAU Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding teaching over a number of years.
Graham Carr has begun a new role as provost and vice-president, academic affairs, at Concordia University. He has been in the position on an interim basis since May 1 while also serving as vice-president, research and graduate studies. Dr. Carr is a professor of U.S. and Canadian history at Concordia and holds a PhD from the University of Maine.
OCAD University has named Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall dean of the faculty of design, effective Aug. 29. Dr. Tunstall was previously associate dean of learning and teaching in the faculty of design at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. She founded a global network of designers, anthropologists and scholars called the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University.
Carole Beaulieu has been named vice-president, advancement and board secretariat, at OCAD University. Ms. Beaulieu previously served as associate vice-president, university relations, at OCADU. In her new role, she is responsible for leading the integration of public and private fundraising and to further the board of governors’ external engagement.
Former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow has been named the University of Saskatchewan’s next chancellor, effective Nov. 1. Mr. Romanow served as premier from 1991 to 2001. After his tenure, he was appointed to head the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. A senior policy fellow in the U of S’s college of arts and science, Mr. Romanow holds a bachelor of arts and a law degree from the university.
The University of Manitoba has appointed Joanne Keselman to the position of interim vice-president, administration, effective Oct. 19. She has previously served as the U of M’s vice-president, research, and most recently provost and vice-president, academic. She holds a doctoral degree in quantitative psychology.
Charles Taylor, renowned Canadian philosopher and professor emeritus at McGill University, has been named the inaugural winner of the Berggruen Prize. The prize will be presented annually by the Berggruen Institute in California to a thinker whose ideas have contributed to humanity’s self-understanding and advancement. Dr. Taylor’s work as a public intellectual has examined confounding subjects in ethics, political philosophy and anthropology. He is the author of many books, including Sources of the Self (1989), A Secular Age (2007) and The Language Animal (2016). Dr. Taylor was selected to be this year’s recipient by a jury of nine academics from around the globe, chaired this year by NYU professor Kwame Anthony Appiah.
Stephen Toope will join Cambridge University as its next vice-chancellor – equivalent to the role of university president in Canada – starting Oct. 1, 2017. Dr. Toope is currently director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and was formerly president and vice-chancellor at the University of British Columbia. As a scholar specializing in human rights and aspects of international law, he holds degrees from Harvard University and McGill University and completed his PhD in 1987 at Cambridge University’s Trinity College.
Tom Dunk, dean of the faculty of social sciences at Brock University, has been selected to be the university’s interim provost and vice-president, academic. Dr. Dunk began in his role as dean in 2008 and was previously dean of social sciences and humanities at Lakehead University. He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta and graduate degrees in anthropology from McGill University.
The University of Calgary has appointed Les Tochor to the position of associate vice-president, finance, effective Oct. 31. Mr. Tochor has previously served in this position before taking up the post of chief operating officer at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is a chartered professional accountant and holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Lakehead University has named Batia Stolar associate vice-president, research and graduate studies. She served as vice-president, research and innovation, on an interim basis over the past year. Dr. Stolar joined Lakehead University in 2004 as an associate professor in the department of English and was assistant dean of the faculty of social sciences in 2014-15.
Canadian Mennonite University has reappointed Cheryl Pauls to a second term as president, to begin in summer 2017. Dr. Pauls began in this role at CMU in November 2012. She has overseen the construction of several campus facilities and the introduction of a new undergraduate major, two new graduate studies programs and a transition program for Indigenous youth from high school to university. Dr. Pauls is a graduate of Mennonite Brethren Bible College and holds a doctor of musical arts from the University of British Columbia. She has previously served as a professor of piano and music theory at CMU.
On Sept. 7, Robert Cassidy joined Concordia University as the new director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Before that Dr. Cassidy was assistant dean of academic development and faculty member at Dawson College in Montreal. He has also previously taught at Concordia, McGill and the University of British Columbia.
On Sept. 1, Adele Imrie, a financial and commercial real estate development professional, became the new chair of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s board of governors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Ms. Imrie joined the university’s board in 2011 and has served as vice-chair for the past three years.
Business leader, corporate director and governance expert Eileen Mercier has been appointed chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. The appointment takes effect Oct. 28. An alumna of Laurier, Ms. Mercier is also chair of the board of directors of Payments Canada. Previously, Mercier served as chair of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan board and is the former senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Abitibi-Price Inc.
Brock University has appointed Tom Traves its interim president, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Traves served as president of Dalhousie University for 18 years and retired in 2013. He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Manitoba and graduate degrees from York University. Dr. Traves was named to the Order of Canada in 2014 for his contributions to postsecondary education in Atlantic Canada.