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Announcements – August 2015


People_Aug15_mccaw_heatherThe 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.

People_Aug15_Barker_PhilipMolecular biologist Philip Barker was named vice-principal, research, at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. His appointment begins Aug. 1. Dr. Barker is a James McGill Professor in the departments of neurology and neurosurgery, and anatomy and bell biology, at McGill University and founder of Aegera Therapeutics Inc. He has served as scientific director and associate director for strategic initiatives at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and as director of the McGill Centre for Biomedical Innovation.

People_Aug15_Fitzgerald_DonDon Fitzgerald was appointed chair of St. Thomas University’s board of governors. Mr. Fitzgerald is executive director of New Brunswick’s Regional Service Commission 11, part of a larger system to facilitate community collaboration and regional service delivery. He is a former executive director of strategic initiatives for the City of Fredericton and executive director of Team Fredericton, where he was responsible for economic and community development.

People_Aug15_Watson_BillInternational business and legal expert Bill Watson is the new chair of the board of governors at the University of Waterloo. An alumnus of U of Waterloo, Mr. Watson is principal with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. His areas of practice specialties include administrative law, employment law, labour relations, international labour standards, and occupational health and safety. He’s been a member of the board since 2011.

People_Aug15_Meade_KimOn Aug. 1, Kim Meade assumes the post of vice-president, international and student affairs, at Mount Allison University. Ms. Meade has been vice-provost and associate vice-president, student services, at Brock University since 2003. Before that, she was director of enrolment management at Acadia University.

People_Aug15_Duclos_RebeccaRebecca Taylor Duclos joins Concordia University as dean of the faculty of fine arts for a five-year mandate that begins on Aug. 1. Dr. Duclos was dean of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also had an appointment as professor of visual and critical studies. She previously served as graduate program director at the Maine College of Art and in various roles at the University of Manchester, McGill University, Deakin University and Concordia.

People_Aug15_Nemesvari_RichardWilfrid Laurier University has appointed Richard Nemesvari dean of its faculty of arts. Dr. Nemesvari joins Laurier from St. Francis Xavier University, where he has been dean of arts since 2010. A specialist in Victorian literature, Dr. Nemesvari spent 20 years in the StFX English department, including two terms as chair. His appointment begins Sept. 1.

People_Aug15_wamsley_kevinKevin Wamsley has been appointed academic vice-president and provost of St Francis Xavier University. Dr. Wamsley joins StFX from Western University, where he was associate dean, programs, for the faculty of health sciences, a post he’s held for 10 years. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

People_Aug15_stoicheff_PeterPeter Stoicheff has been appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. Serving as dean of the college of arts and sciences since 2011, Dr. Stoicheff will begin his five-year presidential term on Oct. 24. He has been a faculty member in the department of English at U of S for nearly 30 years.

People_Aug15_Cameron_CamilleCamille Cameron has been appointed dean of Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law for a five-year term, beginning Sept. 1. She is currently dean of law at the University of Windsor. Prior to her time at U of Windsor, she held appointments at the University of Melbourne and at City University of Hong Kong.

People_Aug15_Joanne_Benham_RennickWilfrid Laurier University has appointed Joanne Benham Rennick director of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. In this role, she will be responsible for creating social innovation zones and funding co-curricular activities as part of Laurier’s J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE program. Dr. Benham Rennick is an associate professor in Laurier’s global studies department.

People_Aug15_Wichtel_JeffThe University of Guelph has appointed Jeff Wichtel dean of the Ontario Veterinary College and professor in the department of population medicine. He comes to Guelph from the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College, where he is a professor and associate dean of graduate studies and research. His five-year term begins Oct. 1.

People_Aug15_Silver_BobRobert Silver has been reappointed chancellor of the University of Winnipeg for a third three-year term. Mr. Silver is president of Western Glove Works, co-owner of the Warehouse One retail chain, and co-owner of the Winnipeg Free Press and Brandon Sun.

People_Aug15_Trudel_SoniaSonia Trudel has been appointed Concordia University’s chief financial officer. She begins at Concordia on Aug. 17 as a special advisor to the president for the 2014-15 fiscal year and will assume the CFO role on Sept. 21. A bilingual CPA-CA, Ms. Trudel has more than 20 years of senior management experience.

People_Aug15_Russell_DawnDawn Russell will continue as president and vice-chancellor of St. Thomas University for a second five-year term, beginning July 1, 2016. Prior to her appointment at St. Thomas, she served as dean of the Dalhousie University law school (now the Schulich School of Law) for 10 years and held the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law.

Lakehead University has renewed the appointment of Bahram Dadgostar as dean of the faculty of business administration for a fifth four-year term. Dr. Dadgostar joined Lakehead University as an assistant professor of economics in 1983 and moved to the faculty of business administration in 1986.

People_Aug15_Craft_AimeeThe National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba has hired Aimée Craft as director of research for a five-year term. Ms. Craft is an indigenous lawyer at the Public Interest Law Centre, an assistant law professor at U of M and past chair of the aboriginal law section of the Canadian Bar Association. She will be responsible for advancing the NCTR’s research mandate and liaising with external researchers.

People_Aug15_Freedman_AlexCBC producer Alex Freedman has been named chief of staff to the president of Laurentian University. In this capacity, he will lead the communications and marketing departments and the president’s office, act as university spokesperson and support the university’s executive team. Mr. Freedman was senior producer managing the CBC’s Quebec City bureau from 2013 to 2015 and worked as a Winnipeg-based reporter for the CBC prior to that. His appointment begins Aug. 31.

People_Aug15_Adam_ChristineThompson Rivers University has reappointed Christine Adam dean of students for a second five-year term. She remains TRU’s first dean of students, a position created in 2010. Prior to joining TRU she was assistant dean of first-year programs in the faculty of arts and social sciences at Carleton University.

People_Aug15_Henry_MichaelMichael Henry was appointed dean of the school of business and economics at Thompson Rivers University. His five-year term starts Aug. 1. Dr. Henry comes to TRU from MacEwan University, where he has been the associate dean of the school of business since 2004. Dr. Henry was involved in launching MacEwan’s Bachelor of Commerce degree and developing more than 30 international academic partnerships.

People_Aug15_Mitra_SushantaSushanta Mitra has been named York University’s associate vice-president, research, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Mitra is past chair of mechanical engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering. He holds the Kaneff Professorship in Micro and Nanotechnology for Social Innovation.

People_July15_Robinson_RheannaThe University of Northern British Columbia has named Métis scholar and alumna Rheanna Robinson the new senior advisor to the president on aboriginal relations. A PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, Ms. Robinson will also join UNBC’s department of First Nations studies as an assistant professor in January 2016.

People_Aug15_Bluhm_MichaelEffective Aug. 1, Michael Bluhm becomes associate vice-president, strategic enrolment, and registrar at Thompson Rivers University. Mr. Bluhm joins TRU from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he was acting associate registrar, admissions, graduation and enrolment services.

People_Aug15_Bajeux-Besnainou_IsabelleMcGill University has named Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management. A professor of finance and associate dean of undergraduate business programs at George Washington University, Dr. Bajeux-Besnainou will begin her new appointment in January 2016.

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