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BY ANQI SHEN | September 02 2016

Heather Hemming is serving as Acadia University’s acting vice-president, academic, as of July 1. A two-time graduate of the university, Dr. Hemming became a faculty member in the school of education in 1986 and was appointed director in 2000. In 2007, she was appointed dean of the faculty of professional studies, which encompasses the schools […]

BY ANQI SHEN | July 29 2016

Kevin Lamoureux was named in early August associate vice-president, indigenous affairs, at the University of Winnipeg. Mr. Lamoureux is an educator, public speaker, writer and co-host of a podcast about indigenous education and politics called The Frank and Kevin Show: In Colour. He is co-chair of Manitoba’s Provincial Task Force on Educational Outcomes for Children […]

BY ANQI SHEN | July 04 2016

The University of Manitoba has announced a two-year extension to David Barnard’s term as president to 2020. The extension aims to provide continuity as U of M welcomes a new provost and vice-president, academic, this July and will be recruiting a new vice-president, administration, in the fall. Huntington University, a federated partner with Laurentian University, […]

BY ANQI SHEN | June 06 2016

Four recipients of the inaugural Governor General’s Innovation Awards, recognizing ground-breaking work in a number of areas, have a university affiliation. They are: Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University, for his pioneering development of the lithium-ion battery; Robert Burrell of the University of Alberta, for his discovery of the world’s first therapeutic medical application of nanotechnology; […]

BY ANQI SHEN | May 09 2016

On May 1, Joanne Benham Rennick began a new role as executive director of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Dr. Benham Rennick is an associate professor in global studies and has led social entrepreneurship learning opportunities at Laurier. She previously taught in Laurier Brantford’s contemporary studies program and served as […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | April 06 2016

Michael Phair, an educator, LGBTQ activist, anti-poverty campaigner and former municipal politician, has been named chair of the board of governors at the University of Alberta. The Government of Alberta has appointed Mr. Phair for an initial term of up to three years. From 1992 to 2007, Mr. Phair was elected to Edmonton’s city council […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | March 04 2016

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has named Victoria Kaspi, a professor of astrophysics and director of the Space Institute at McGill University, winner of the 2016 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Dr. Kaspi’s study of neutron stars – the ancient remnants of the most massive stars in […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | February 10 2016

Angelique EagleWoman is set to become the first Aboriginal woman to head a law school in Canada. A practising attorney, law professor, legal scholar and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe, Ms. EagleWoman will take up the role of dean at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in May. She is currently […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | January 08 2016

Bioethics researcher Eric Meslin is the new president and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Meslin is the founding director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics and associate dean of bioethics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | December 08 2015

Memorial University’s Gerald Anderson was appointed vice-president, indigenous, at the University of the Arctic, a co-operative network of about 150 universities, colleges and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. He will provide strategic oversight of UArctic’s contributions to the well-being of northern indigenous communities while continuing as director, development and […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | November 02 2015

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, […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | October 07 2015

Ecologist Madhur Anand has been appointed interim director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, based at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Anand, a poet and professor in the school of environmental sciences at the University of Guelph, specializes in complex modelling and analysis and is a past Canada Research Chair in Global Ecological […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | September 01 2015

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 […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | August 06 2015

The University of Alberta appointed Heather McCaw to the position of vice-president, advancement, effective Sept. 15. Ms. McCaw is currently co-director of the University of British Columbia’s $1.5-billion fundraising and alumni engagement campaign and associate vice-president, development. Previously, she was vice-president of Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation. Molecular biologist Philip Barker was […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | July 15 2015

Effective July 1, Deborah Hurst is the new dean for the faculty of business at Athabasca University. She served as acting dean for two years. In 2008, Dr. Hurst became MBA program director and, in 2009, associate dean of the faculty of business. Carleton University has named Jill Lahn Stoner director of the Azrieli School […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | June 02 2015

William Robins was appointed president of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. A professor of English and Medieval Studies, Dr. Robins has been a fellow of Victoria College since 1996. In 2009, he served as acting principal of Victoria College and in 2013 served as acting vice-dean, faculty and academic life. He also served […]


Katherine Roos has been named executive director of Imagination Catalyst, OCAD U’s incubator for creative entrepreneurship and commercialization. Prior to joining OCAD U, Ms. Roos held management roles in the division of economic development and culture division at the City of Toronto and at the Toronto Business Development Centre. She also serves on the boards […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | April 01 2015

The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2015 winners of the prestigious Killam prizes and Killam research fellowships. Each of the five Killam prize winners will receive $100,000 in recognition for an exceptionally rich career in the humanities, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, or interdisciplinary studies within these fields. Killam fellowships are […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | March 06 2015

The University of Waterloo named Sandra G. Banks its new vice-president, university relations. Currently the CEO of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Ms. Banks joins the university April 6. She spent 15 years at Coca-Cola Canada as vice-president, public affairs and communications. Before that she was the assistant deputy minister in the food industry division […]

BY NATALIE SAMSON | February 06 2015

Ted Hewitt has been named the next president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The announcement came from the federal government on Feb. 12. Dr. Hewitt has served as SSHRC’s executive vice-president since 2012. He joined the agency from Western University, where he was vice-president of research and international relations from […]