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Announcements – February 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 extreme conditions and on sustainable engineering technologies. Dr. Green completed a BSc at Queen’s and earned a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue a PhD at Cambridge University.

Saint Mary’s University announced Halifax lawyer Lawrence Freeman as the new chair of the university’s board of governors. A partner with the Atlantic Canada law firm Stewart McKelvey, Mr. Freeman has dedicated much of his time and expertise to organizations in Nova Scotia, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Community Leadership Advisory Council. He joined the SMU board of governors in 2008.

Pascal Robichaud is the new university secretary at York University for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1. Most recently, Mr. Robichaud served as registrar at Université de Moncton for nine years. Mr. Robichaud also served as the director of university affairs for the department of postsecondary education, training and labour in the New Brunswick provincial government, where he was responsible for all policy initiatives related to universities in the province.

Brenda Brouwer has been appointed the interim dean of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Dr. Brouwer began the position on Nov. 18 after completing a secondment with the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence as head, academic partnerships. Before the secondment, she was the vice-provost and dean of the school of graduate studies at Queen’s for eight years. Dr. Brouwer competed a BSc in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, an MSc in biomechanics from McGill University and a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Toronto.

Rick Konrad has been named the new chair of the board of governors at Western University. Mr. Konrad has been a member of the board since 2014 and has served on various committees, including the governance and by-laws committee, property and finance committee, audit committee and senior policy and operations committee. He will hold his new position as chair for two years, beginning Jan. 1. Mr. Konrad graduated from Western with a BA in 1975.

The University of Ottawa has announced John Ouellette as the new executive director, strategic philanthropy, in the university’s office of external relations. Mr. Ouellette, a U of O alumnus, has over 20 years of experience in the philanthropy field, and has served as the vice-president, philanthropy, at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre since 2005. He held the position of campaign director at U of O for approximately 10 years and was a campaign division director at the United Way before that.

Former federal cabinet minister Scott Brison has been named Dalhousie University’s new chancellor. Mr. Brison is a Dalhousie alumnus – he graduated with a bachelor of commerce – and was the MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings–Hants for 21 years. In his years in politics, Mr. Brison served as the president of the Treasury Board and minister of digital government, minister of public works and government services, and parliamentary secretary to the prime minister. He will begin his new position at Dalhousie at 2020 spring convocation.

The University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto announced Lisa Rae as its new director, office of the president. Ms. Rae began her new role on Dec. 6. Most recently, she was the director of operations and senior policy advisor in the office of the minister for advanced education and skills development in the Ontario government. Before working for the Ontario government, Ms. Rae was at the Council of Ontario Universities.

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