J. Douglas Willms, education professor and co-director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick, was installed as president of the International Academy of Education this summer in Melbourne, Australia. The Academy is an organization based out of the Royal Academy of Science, Literature and Arts in Belgium dedicated to excellence in the fields of education research and to addressing education issues of global importance. During his four-year term as president, Dr. Willms will work with education researchers and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to strengthen the capacity for evaluating educational outcomes in several low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Latin America. Dr. Willms holds the Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development at UNB. He is often called upon by institutions around the world to train new researchers in the analysis of complex multilevel data. He is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and director of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research New Investigators Network.
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 R, he was a health sciences researcher at the University of Lethbridge and dean of the faculty of nursing at the University of Manitoba.
Gord Hunchak- Acting Vice President, Student & External Relations Brock University has named Gord Hunchak to the new role of executive director of marketing and communications, effective Aug. 4. Mr. Hunchak will oversee strategic planning and direction of marketing, branding and communications initiatives. He previously served at Niagara College as associate vice-president of planning and communications, director of marketing and communications and acting vice-president of student and external relations. Most recently, he was vice-president of Armstrong Strategy Group, a consulting company specializing in branding, marketing and strategic planning.
Raymond Leblanc was appointed acting dean of the faculty of education at the University of Ottawa for a two-year term beginning July 1. Before this appointment, Dr. Leblanc was vice-dean, research and professional development, in the faculty of education. He has been a professor in U of O’s faculty of education for 30 years. His teaching has focused on special education, value-based education and cultural psychology.
Rev. Dr. Mark Harris takes his new post as principal-dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary on Sept. 1, 2015. (Photo by Mirko Petricevic, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) Rev. Dr. Mark Harris has been named principal-dean of the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, a federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University, for a five-year term beginning Sept. 1. Dr. Harris has been an assistant professor of functional theology at the seminary since 2012. Before that he served as assistant to the bishop of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and, for 27 years, as a Lutheran pastor in Peterborough, Owen Sound, and Waterloo. In his new role Dr. Harris will oversee the seminary’s name change to Martin Luther University and a major renovation of the campus’s facilities.
McGill University named R. Bruce Lennox dean of the faculty of science. A McGill faculty member since 1987, Dr. Lennox is Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry, former chair of the department of chemistry, past president of the McGill Association of University Teachers. He also served as chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada. His appointment began on July 1.
On July 1, Josephine Nalbantoglu was appointed dean of graduate and post-doctoral studies at McGill University. Since 2009, Dr. Nalbantoglu has served as director of the integrated program in neuroscience at McGill. She is a member of the department of neurology and neurosurgery, and is affiliated with the Montreal Neurological Institute. Her research interests focus on the molecular genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease, on the regulation of gene expression in the nervous system and on gene therapy for brain tumours.
On July 1, Michel Laurier became acting vice-president, academic, and provost at the University of Ottawa for a two-year term. He has served as dean of the faculty of education since 2012. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Laurier was dean of the faculty of educational sciences at Université de Montréal. His research interests include the field of measurement and evaluation, specifically the evaluation of language skills and the development of computerized tests.
Bonne Zabolotney has been named vice-president, academic, and provost at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She has been interim dean of graduate studies since July 2014 and was dean of the faculty of design and dynamic media from 2009 to 2014. She has worked as a communication designer in Vancouver since 1993. Her designs have appeared on postage stamps and on resources the Vancouver Opera and Vancouver International Jazz Festival, among others. Her two-year appointment began in August.
Jennifer Massey was appointed director of student life at Memorial University, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Massey moves to Memorial from Baylor University in Texas, where she served as assistant dean of student learning and engagement and an adjunct professor. Before working for Baylor, Dr. Massey was director, research and assessment in graduate student life and career services at Queen’s University. A scholar of philosophy and urban political geography, Dr. Massey has worked in various academic and administrative roles in research, planning and student affairs.
Royal Roads University appointed William R. Holmes dean of the faculty of management, effective Sept. 8. Dr. Holmes joins Royal Roads from Sheridan College in Toronto, where he started as dean of business in 2010 and most recently served as vice-provost. He has been an adjunct professor and executive director in the undergraduate program in the faculty of business administration at Simon Fraser University, and as the instructional manager (dean) of the business division for the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.
Lori Livingston will be the new dean of health sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, effective Nov 1. She is currently dean of health and behavioural sciences and full professor at Lakehead University, as well as a board director of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In addition to her scholarly work on clinical biomechanics, injury prevention, physical activity, coaching, and sports officiating, Dr. Livingston has worked as national team coach of women’s field lacrosse.
Former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Graydon Nicholas, has been made an endowed Chair in Native Studies at St. Thomas University. A lawyer, activist, judge and education advocate, Mr. Nicholas comes from the Tobique First Nation and is past president of the Union of New Brunswick Indians. He was the first Aboriginal person to receive a law degree in the region and the first appointed as a provincial court judge. He served as Lieutenant-Governor from 2009 to 2014.
Daniel Kwochka will serve as chair of the board of governors at the University of Regina until July 31, 2016. He previously served as vice-chair for one term. Mr. Kwochka is a partner with the law firm of McKercher LLP, where he has worked since 1997, and serves on its executive committee. An alumni of U of R, Mr. Kwochka holds a Professional Director designation from the governor development and certification program offered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education in conjunction with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and Brown Governance Inc.
Antonia Maioni has been appointed associate vice-principal, research and international relations, at McGill University. A professor of political science, Dr. Maioni is past president of the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. From 2001-2011, she was director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and William Dawson Scholar. Her appointment took effect Aug. 1.
Martha Piper has been appointed interim President at the University of British Columbia from Sept. 1 to June 30, 2016. Dr. Piper served as UBC’s president from 1997 to 2006. A researcher in epidemiology and biostatistics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Piper has also served in senior administrative roles at McGill University and the University of Alberta. She currently sits on the boards of the Bank of Montreal, CARE Canada and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.
At the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, Robert Einarson has been made associate vice-president finance and operations beginning Sept. 7. Most recently, he was executive director of planning and process improvement at the University of Winnipeg. He previously served as executive director of audit services at U of Winnipeg and as audit manager at the University of Manitoba.
Sonja Knutson has been named director of the internationalization office at Memorial University, effective Aug. 1. The office was created under Memorial’s Strategic Internationalization Plan 2020 to streamline internationalization projects and services into a single unit. In this new role, Ms. Knutson will lead, facilitate, co-ordinate, promote and monitor all international activities and will serve as the institution’s senior internationalization officer. Previously, Ms. Knutson served as acting director of Memorial’s international centre and as special advisor to the president on international affairs.
The University of Alberta has appointed Randolph (Randy) Wimmer interim dean of education. Dr. Wimmer will serve in the role July 1 to June 30, 2016, or until a new dean is appointed. He has been vice-dean of education since 2013. Before that, he was associate dean and associate chair in educational policy studies. Dr. Wimmer joined U of A in 2006 from the University of Saskatchewan, where he taught in the department of educational administration.
David Lindsay has been named president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities. Mr. Lindsay is currently president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada. He joined FPAC from the Government of Ontario where he served as deputy minister on several portfolios, including energy and infrastructure, northern development, mines and forestry, natural resources, and tourism and culture. He also served as president and CEO of Colleges Ontario and was founding president of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation responsible for infrastructure planning for the Ontario government from 1999 to 2003. His term is set to start on Jan. 1, 2016.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design has appointed Adrian Tees associate vice-president of human resources. His appointment began in July. He joins ECUAD from the B.C. Provincial Health Service Authority, where he has worked in several roles since 2004, most recently as interim director of human resources. He was also manager of human resources consulting services, human resources consultant and disability management specialist.
Peter Fardy has been appointed Dalhousie University’s vice-president, advancement, effective Aug. 1. Since 2009, Mr. Fardy has been chief development officer and assistant vice-president, external, at Dalhousie. He most recently served as acting vice-president, external. Prior to joining Dalhousie, Mr. Fardy served as vice-president, advancement, at St. Francis Xavier University from 2004 to 2009.
Education professor Celia Haig-Brown has been appointed York University’s associate vice-president, research, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Haig-Brown is immediate past associate dean of research, community and professional learning, in the faculty of education. She served as chair of the university senate in 2009-10. A past president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, Dr. Haig-Brown’s research has largely focused on indigenous communities in Canada and abroad, particularly on the legacy of residential schools.
At the University of Ottawa, Claire Turenne-Sjolander has been named acting dean of the faculty of graduate and postdoctoral studies for an 18-month term that began July 1. Dr. Turenne-Sjolander is a professor with the school of political studies and has been vice-dean, graduate studies (social sciences) since 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she was director of the university’s Institute of Women’s Studies and from 2000 to 2006, director of the department of political science (now the school of political studies).
At the University of Calgary, Ian Holloway has been reappointed dean of law for a six-year term that began July 1. Dr. Holloway was first appointed dean in 2011. He came to the U of Calgary after more than a decade as dean of law at Western University. From 1999-2000 Dr. Holloway served as associate dean at the Australian National University. He was a visiting professor of law at the National University of Singapore in 2007 and at the University of Cambridge in 1998.
On July 1, Michael Quinn was appointed associate vice-president, research, scholarship and community engagement at Mount Royal University. Dr. Quinn has been the Talisman Energy Chair of Environmental Sustainability at MRU since January 2013 and is past director of MRU’s institute for environmental sustainability.
At Mount Royal University, Jim Zimmer has been appointed associate vice-president, teaching and learning. He was previously dean of the faculty of teaching and learning, a role he began in 2007. Dr. Zimmer has a PhD in medical science from the University of Calgary and has engaged in a longitudinal study of new teachers’ professional identity.
Gayle MacDonald has been appointed associate vice-president, research, at Mount Saint Vincent University, effective July 1. Dr. MacDonald was formerly the assistant vice-president, research, and a professor of sociology at St. Thomas University. In her research, she looks at those people considered “deviant” and how that designation stigmatizes.
M. Karen Campbell has been appointed to a four-year term as vice-provost, academic planning, policy and faculty, of Western University, effective July 1, 2016. From Sept. 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, Dr. Campbell will serve as special adviser to the provost. She served as chair of epidemiology and biostatistics at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry from 2003. Since joining Western in 1986, Dr. Campbell has researched and taught in prenatal and child health and maternal mental health. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology.
Thompson Rivers University has appointed Christine Lisa Bovis-Cnossen provost and vice-president, academic for a five-year term starting Sept. 1. Dr. Bovis-Cnossen comes to the institution from OCAD University, where she has served as vice-president, academic, since 2012. At OCAD U, she established strategies for internationalization and e-learning, negotiated the school’s first major international partnership agreement with India, and developed an agreement with Six Nations Polytechnic in support of a BFA in indigenous visual culture.
Peter Cornish was named director of the student wellness and counselling centre at Memorial University, where he has been interim director since December 2014. Dr. Cornish is an associate professor in counselling and a registered psychologist, with Memorial since 1994. His clinical and research interests include professional team functioning, group dynamics, healthy communities, online health service innovations and gender issues.
Western University has appointed Jayne Garland to a five-and-a-half-year term as dean of the faculty of health sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Dr. Garland returns to Western from the University of British Columbia where she currently serves as professor and head of the department of physical therapy. Prior to joining UBC in 2009, Garland was a member of Western’s faculty of health sciences from 1989 to 2009, with eight years spent as director of the school of physical therapy.
Andrew P. Dean has been appointed vice-president, research and innovation at Lakehead University. He has served in the role on an interim basis since July 1, 2014. From 2008 until 2014, Dr. Dean was Lakehead’s dean of the faculty of science and environmental studies. He was the dean of arts and science at Nipissing University from 2001 to 2005, and dean of natural sciences and mathematics at Bishop’s University from 1997 to 2001. Dr. Dean is co-founder of the Research Group in Representation Theory of Algebras, a joint group between University of Sherbrooke and Bishop’s.
Robert Gordon was appointed vice-president, research, at Wilfrid Laurier University, for a five-year term beginning Nov. 1. Dr. Gordon has served as the dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and as a professor in the school of environmental sciences at the University of Guelph since 2008. Prior to U of G, he spent a decade at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University), where he held a Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Resource Management and served as dean of research, department head and associate professor in the department of engineering.
Karen Cunningham has been named the University of New Brunswick’s vice-president, administration and finance, after serving in the role on an acting basis since September 2014. Ms. Cunningham joined UNB in 2012 as university comptroller, following a series of progressive leadership roles with the New Brunswick government. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of New Brunswick, the UNB Masters Swim Club, and the Fredericton chapter of the Financial Management Institute.
Award-winning Aboriginal Canadian actress, playwright and filmmaker Shirley Cheechoo has been named chancellor of Brock University for a three-year term, effective Oct. 17. Ms. Cheechoo, a member of the Cree tribe, has won international acclaim for stage work and films. She founded the De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Company and the Weengushk Film Institute. Among the award-winning works she’s written and directed is the play Path with No Moccasins and the films Silent Tears, Backroads, and Moose River Crossing. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and Filmmaker of the Year at the Arizona International Film Festival. Ms. Cheechoo is the first woman and the first Aboriginal person to hold the office of chancellor at Brock.
McMaster University appointed Kevin Beatty director of housing and conference services. Mr. Beatty has worked in housing leadership positions at McMaster since 2003. Most recently, he was residence life coordinator from 2008 to 2015. He is a member of the university’s mental health roundtable task force and the management group committee and belongs to the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers.
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 U of R, 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.
Gwen Chapman will join the University of Guelph as dean in the college of social and applied human sciences. Her five-year term begins Feb. 1, 2016. She is currently associate dean, academic, of the faculty of land and food systems and a professor in the food, nutrition and health program at the University of British Columbia.