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Announcements – August 2019

BY XAVIER | AUG 07 2019

Barry Craig has been reappointed for a second five-year term as the president of Huron University College, affiliated with Western University. He will serve until 2026. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Craig’s career included terms as chair of the department of philosophy, dean of faculty, and vice-president, academic and research, at St. Thomas University.

Effective July 1, Karen Keiller becomes the new dean of library at MacEwan University. Ms. Keiller was most recently university librarian and vice-provost, teaching and learning, at Lakehead University. She was responsible for helping spearhead a number of initiatives at Lakehead, including the transformation of the university’s six-storey library.

The University of Guelph announced Harry Bakker as the new associate vice-president, physical resources, as of June. Prior to this, Mr. Bakker was executive director of facilities at the University of Waterloo for the past three years. Before starting at Waterloo, he was executive director, facilities management and community safety, at Fanshaw College for 14 years.

Mount Royal University named Brad Mahon the new dean of the faculty of continuing education and extension, effective July 1. Dr. Mahon previously served as interim dean of the faculty since January 2018. A professional guitarist, Dr. Mahon is the administrative lead for the Royal Conservatory’s guitar program and has contributed as a columnist to numerous publications, such as Soundboard.

York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School has appointed Mary Condon as its new dean. Previously interim dean, Dr. Condon starts her four-year term on July 1. Among her honours, she was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2018. She received her law degree from Trinity College Dublin, and her MA, LLM and SJD degrees from the University of Toronto.

University of the Fraser Valley has recently appointed James Mandigo as the new provost and vice-president, academic. Dr. Mandigo was most recently vice-provost, enrolment management and international, at Brock University. His work has brought him to Central America, where he studied the role of physical education and sport to mitigate youth violence.

University of Saskatchewan alumna Grit McCreath returns to the university as chancellor. Ms. McCreath has been connected with the university for the better part of 20 years. In 2015, she was named the university’s inaugural honorary ambassador. She graduated from the U of S college of education in 1991, and has held positions in teaching and education administration in various cities across Canada.

Julie McMullin is Mount Saint Vincent University’s new vice-president, academic, and provost, effective Aug. 1. Prior to her appointment, she served as vice-provost and associate vice-president, international, at Western University since 2012. Dr. McMullin is an award-winning researcher whose work focuses on social inequality, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of age, gender, class and ethnicity.

Candace Thomas will serve as the next chair of Dalhousie University’s board of governors, effective July 1. Ms. Thomas, who is an alumna of Dalhousie’s law school, will be the first woman to hold this position. A partner in the law firm Steward McKelvey, Ms. Thomas is heavily engaged in her community. She is, for example, the former vice-chair of the Black Business Initiative Society.

The chancellor of Queen’s University, Jim Leech, has had his term extended for an additional 12 months, to June 30, 2021. Mr. Leech was first appointed in July 2014. He recently retired from his position as president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Neuroscientist Ingrid Johnsrude was named the new director of Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute in March. Dr. Johnsrude first joined Western in 2014 and held the first Western University Research Chair. Her work centers on the diagnosis and treatment of brain disease in the elderly.

Ken Coley becomes Western University’s new dean of the faculty of engineering on July 1. He comes to Western from McMaster University, where he was a professor of materials science and engineering. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Coley has been honoured with the John F. Elliott Lectureship Award from the Association of Iron and Steel Technology. Earlier in his career, he was a senior scientific officer at the National Physical Laboratory in the U.K.

Leslie Weir has been appointed librarian and archivist of Canada, effective Aug. 30. Ms. Weir was previously the university librarian at the University of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018. She also held positions at the National Library of Canada and the Statistics Canada Library. Ms. Weir is the first woman to be appointed librarian and archivist of Canada since the two institutions merged in 2004.

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corporation, has been named Western University’s next chancellor. A keen supporter of the university, Ms. Hasenfratz is a Western alumna and a member of the Ivey Business School advisory board. For her work and contributions towards Canadian businesses, she was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

OCAD University has appointed Stephen Foster dean of the faculty of art, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Mr. Foster comes to OCADU from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, where he is a professor and head of the creative services department, as well as director, Center of Indigenous Media Arts. He is passionate about the themes of indigenous identity and new media.


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