Leela MadhavaRau took on the newly created role of director of human rights and equity at Brock University, reporting directly to Brock president Gervan Fearon, as of Sept. 5. Dr. MadhavaRau most recently served as associate dean and adviser to the president on diversity and inclusion at California’s University of Redlands. She has extensive leadership experience in both Canadian and U.S. university settings. The new position supports a recommendation of Brock’s human rights task force to enhance the importance of human rights in the university management structure. The task force issued its final report in May 2017, which prompted the creation of the president’s advisory committee for human rights, equity and decolonization.
Brandon University will welcome as its next president and vice-chancellor, David Docherty, on May 1, 2019. Dr. Docherty will join Brandon U from Mount Royal University, where he has served as president since 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Docherty spent more than 17 years at Wilfrid Laurier University as a professor of political science, dean of arts and senior adviser on multi-campus initiatives in the office of the vice-president, academic, among other roles. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto and degrees from McMaster University and Laurier.
Ryerson University has appointed David Cramb dean of the faculty of science, effective Oct. 15. Dr. Cramb joins Ryerson from the University of Calgary. Dr. Cramb spearheaded an application to the Alberta government to develop and deliver a nanoscience minor program at U of C. He became director of the nanoscience program in 2008 and head of the department of chemistry in 2012.
Ryerson University has appointed Janice Fukakusa as its new chancellor, beginning Oct. 10. Ms. Fukakusa was chief administrative officer and chief financial officer at Royal Bank of Canada. She retired from RBC in January 2017 following a 31-year career. Ms. Fukakusa is chair of the new Canada Infrastructure Bank and of Ryerson’s board of governors.
Troy Osborne, associate professor of history at Conrad Grebel University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, has been selected to be Grebel’s new dean, beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Dr. Osborne has research and teaching interests in Mennonite history and the Reformation. He has served as acting director of theological studies, is currently the book review editor for The Conrad Grebel Review, and serves on the editorial board of Classics of the Radical Reformation.
Carleton University has appointed David Hornsby its new associate vice-president, teaching and learning, effective Oct. 1. He will also join Carleton’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs as a professor. Dr. Hornsby was previously a faculty member and interim head of department at University College London’s department of science, technology, engineering and public policy. Prior to that, he spent eight years as a faculty member in international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Digvir Jayas is the new vice-president and chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, effective June 25, 2018 until May 14, 2021. He is primarily responsible for leading and managing the council, working closely with NSERC’s president and corporate secretary. Dr. Jayas will continue to serve as the vice-president, research and international, and distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba.
Sarah King has been named the University of New Brunswick’s new director of experiential education for a three-year term. She is an educator and researcher in the experiential education field, completing her PhD at UNB’s faculty of education in the field of experiential learning and citizenship education. She also has experience as a contract academic instructor at UNB’s Renaissance College.
The University of British Columbia has appointed Ananya Mukherjee-Reed provost and vice-principal, academic, at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Dr. Mukherjee-Reed will join UBC on Nov. 1. She comes to B.C. from York University, where she serves as dean of the faculty of liberal arts and professional studies. She was previously associate vice-president of research, chair of the department of political science and founding director of the International Secretariat for Human Development at York.
The University of Guelph’s new vice-provost, student affairs, is Carrie Chassels, effective Aug. 27. Dr. Chassels was most recently associate vice-president, student affairs, at Vancouver Island University. Before that, she was director of student services and the school-university partnerships office at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and vice-principal and curriculum chairperson for the Toronto District School Board.
Daphne Flanagan is Acadia University’s new university librarian for a six-year term, effective Oct. 1. Since 2012, Ms. Flanagan had served as university librarian at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She has also held library positions at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus, York University and Algoma University. She holds a master of library and information science from Western University and a master of public administration from the University of Victoria.
Lynn Wells took on the newly created role of associate vice-president, students, at MacEwan University in July. She holds a PhD in English literature from Western University and taught English at the University of Regina before moving on to an associate vice-president position at U of R. Most recently, she was vice-president, academic, at the First Nations University of Canada.
In August, the University of Guelph welcomed Dave Whittle as its new associate vice-president and chief information officer. Mr. Whittle joined U of Guelph in 2014 as associate director of IT operations and infrastructure. For the past year, he has overseen operational management for the department of computing and communications services. Previously, he headed corporate security and information security architecture for BlackBerry, and technical consulting and network operations for SoftChoice.
Janusz Koziński has started a three-year term at Brock University as special adviser to the president. Dr. Koziński most recently served as founding president and professor of Britain’s Hereford University of Technology and Engineering. He also served as the dean of the college of engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and was the founding dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Dr. Koziński spent the majority of his academic career at McGill University and held the International Chair in Bioenergy at France’s Institute for Advanced Studies and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris.
The Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Universities (ACCRU) named David Malloy its new chair. Dr. Malloy is vice-president, research, at the University of Regina and principal investigator for the international healthcare ethics research team. He also serves as foreign director of the International Bioethics Research Institute of Shandong Province, China, and as the principal investigator and honorary dean of the Research Institute for Multiculturalism and Applied Philosophy at Hunan University, China.
Carleton University’s new assistant vice-president, facilities management and planning, is Gary Nower, as of Sept. 4. Mr. Nower was most recently the assistant vice-president of physical resources at Wilfrid Laurier University. His experience includes large-scale capital construction, planning, facilities management, space management and sustainability.