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BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAY 03 2021

Murray Sinclair, commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a former member of the Canadian Senate, has been appointed chancellor of Queen’s University. He will begin the role on July 1. Mr. Sinclair is a leading advocate for Indigenous peoples in Canada and served as the first Indigenous judge in Manitoba and second Indigenous […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | APR 26 2021

Beverly Jacobs will serve as acting dean in the faculty of law at the University of Windsor until June 30. Dr. Jacobs is pausing her work as associate dean, academic, at the university while serving in the acting position. She is an associate professor in the faculty of law and practices part-time in her home […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | APR 19 2021

The University of Windsor announced that Bill Van Heyst will be the new dean of its faculty of engineering. Dr. Van Heyst is currently a professor in the School of Engineering and associate dean for external relations in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph. He has been teaching at […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | APR 12 2021

Joseph Wong has been appointed the University of Toronto’s vice-president, international, for a five-year term. Dr. Wong was appointed the interim vice-president, international, last summer and is a professor of political science and the Roz and Ralph Halbert professor of innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. While serving as interim vice-president, Dr. Wong worked […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | APR 05 2021

The University of Victoria announced that Aaron Devor will continue his work as the world’s first chair in transgender studies for a second five-year term. In his first five years on the job, Dr. Devor worked with the university, students, research colleagues and the community, secured research grants, advised and collaborated with visiting scholars and […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAR 01 2021

Robin Bradasch was named associate vice-president, Indigenous engagement and partnerships, at Yukon University. Ms. Bradasch, a citizen of Kluane First Nation, has served three terms as a councillor of her nation and served on the Council of Yukon First Nations chiefs committee on education. She spent 15 years working for the federal government for Crown […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | FEB 01 2021

Music scholar Ellie Hisama has been named dean of the University of Toronto’s faculty of music. Dr. Hisama begins her new five-year appointment on July 1. She comes to U of T from Columbia University in New York, where she served most recently as chair of the academic review committee in the faculty of arts […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | JAN 05 2021

Carleton University reappointed alumna Yaprak Baltacioğlu for a three-year term as chancellor, beginning in November. Before becoming Carleton’s chancellor in 2018, Ms. Baltacioğlu served in the federal public service as the secretary of the Treasury Board from 2012-2018. After completing a law degree at Istanbul University, Ms. Baltacioğlu moved to Canada from Turkey to pursue […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | DEC 02 2020

Vivek Goel was named the next president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo for a five-year term that begins on July 1. Dr. Goel is currently helping to guide the University of Toronto’s COVID-19 planning efforts as a special advisor to the president and provost, and is a professor at the Dalla Lana School […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | NOV 02 2020

The University of Guelph will soon have a new vice-president, finance and operations. Sharmilla Rasheed, a certified financial accountant, will assume the position on Dec. 3. Ms. Rasheed is currently vice-president financial and information services and chief financial officer at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, and oversees finance, environmental services, information technology, risk and performance management […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | OCT 06 2020

Mike DeGagné, formerly the president and vice chancellor of Yukon University, has taken on a new role as the president and CEO of Indspire, a national Indigenous-led charity that provides postsecondary education funding for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada. Before taking on the president role at Yukon U on July 1 this year, Dr. DeGagné served as the president and vice chancellor of Nipissing University for seven […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | SEP 02 2020

Vancouver Island University welcomes Judith Sayers as its next chancellor. Ms. Sayers, a sustainable development advocate, is president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, a non-profit that works to provide services and supports to 14 First Nations with about 10,000 members. She spent 14 years as chief of Hupacasath First Nation, and in that time oversaw […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | AUG 05 2020

Carleton University professor Joy Mighty has been awarded the 2020 Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for her over 40 years of educational development. Dr. Mighty served as the associate vice-president, teaching and learning, at Carleton from 2012 to 2018, while also holding a joint appointment in the Sprott School of Business and […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | JUL 08 2020

Ry Moran, the founding director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, is taking on a new position as the University of Victoria’s inaugural associate university librarian, reconciliation. The role is the first of its kind at a Canadian university and will aim to further educate Canadians about the importance of […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | JUN 03 2020

Malinda Smith has been appointed the inaugural vice-provost, equity, diversity and inclusion, at the University of Calgary, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Smith comes to U of C from the University of Alberta, where she is a professor in the department of political science and serves as a provost fellow in equity, diversity and inclusion policy […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAY 04 2020

Acadia University announced Reverend Marjorie Lewis has been named the university’s chaplain. She began her new role on March 2. Dr. Lewis most recently worked as a spiritual and religious care chaplain with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and has taught online courses about gender, church community development and health programs. She has also worked […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | APR 01 2020

Nadine Caron is the holder of the founding First Nations Health Authority Chair at the University of British Columbia. In her new role, she will examine the unique needs of Indigenous cancer patients, survivors and their families and work to better understand the health–care system’s responsiveness to Indigenous cancer needs. Dr. Caron is Canada’s first female Indigenous general surgeon and has taught in UBC’s faculty of medicine.  Algoma University announced Craig Fowler as the new […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | MAR 02 2020

Ryerson University has appointed Donna E. Young the founding dean of its new faculty of law, which will open its doors in September. Ms. Young was most recently the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Albany Law School in Albany, New York. She also had a joint appointment at […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | FEB 03 2020

Queen’s University named Mark Green its next provost and vice-principal, academic. He starts his five-year term on March 1. Dr. Green is currently the university’s vice-dean, graduate studies and recruitment, in the faculty of engineering and applied science. He is an international research scholar in structural engineering, focusing his work on enabling structures to withstand […]

BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | JAN 06 2020

York University has selected a new vice-president, research and innovation: Amir Asif. Dr. Asif is currently dean of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, a position he’s held since 2014. Dr. Asif will begin his new role at York on May 1. Before joining Concordia, Dr. Asif was the […]