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Announcements – January 2019

BY ANQI SHEN | JAN 02 2019

Jen McMillen has been named Ryerson University’s vice-provost, students, effective Jan. 1. Ms. McMillen joins Ryerson from Humber College, where she recently served as dean of students and, from 2010-2013, was the director of student access, wellness and development. She previously held a variety of appointments at Ontario universities in residence and student life, and human rights and equity.

Jeremy Grimshaw is the recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s 2018 Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research. It is a career achievement award that honours an exceptional scientist who has made meaningful contributions to research into improving how health care services are organized and delivered. The award, presented at a ceremony in November, recognizes Dr. Grimshaw’s outstanding career dedicated to promoting the use of robust research findings in day-to-day clinical practice. He is a professor at the University of Ottawa, senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital and holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake.

Alan Shepard, president of Concordia University since 2012, will become the new president and vice-chancellor of Western University on July 1. Prior to his time at Concordia, Dr. Shepard served as provost and vice-president, academic, at Ryerson University, where he led the development of the Digital Media Zone business incubator. Dr. Shepard has also held leadership roles at the University of Guelph, Texas Christian University and the University of Virginia, where he earned a PhD in English.

McMaster University president Patrick Deane will become the new principal and vice-chancellor at Queen’s University as of July 1. Before joining McMaster in 2010, Dr. Deane was vice-principal, academic, at Queen’s from 2005 to 2010. Originally from South Africa, he has served as a faculty member at the University of Toronto and Western University. In 2001, Dr. Deane moved to the University of Winnipeg, where he was appointed vice-president, academic, and served as acting president from 2003 to 2004.

Ed McCauley is the University of Calgary’s new president and vice-chancellor, effective Jan. 1. Dr. McCauley was most recently the U of C’s vice-president, research. Dr. McCauley arrived in Calgary in 1985, serving as a professor in biological sciences and holder of a Canada Research Chair until 2009. He then relocated to the University of California, Santa Barbara to take on a professorship in ecology and evolutionary biology, and the role of director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he has been a board member for Mitacs, TRIUMF, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Compute Canada.

Mary Jo Haddad will become the next chancellor at the University of Windsor. Born and raised in Windsor, she will have her official installation at the Spring 2019 convocation. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Haddad served as president and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children. Since her retirement, she has served as a corporate director and as president of MJH & Associates. She received an honorary doctor of laws degree from U of Windsor in 2005.

Mark Torchia has been named the University of Manitoba’s first vice-provost of teaching and learning. Concurrently, he will continue to serve as executive director of the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the university. An alumnus of U of M, Dr. Torchia became a faculty member in 1999. He received the Manning Principal Award in 2015 and, in 2016, the inaugural Governor General’s Innovation Award for NeuroBlate, a neurosurgical system and alternative for inoperable brain tumours.

On Dec. 1, Paul Chesser became vice-president, advancement, at Concordia University. Mr. Chesser has 20 years of fundraising experience in the higher education sector, most recently as the assistant vice-principal, development, at McGill University. He has previously served as Carleton University’s chief development officer and as director of annual giving at Queen’s University.

William Willis began a two-year term as chair of the University of Windsor’s board of governors, effective Oct. 28. addition to his service to the university, Mr. Willis is a member of the Windsor Essex Development Corporation Board and has volunteered on boards of the local United Way and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He is the founding partner of Willis Business Law.

Ainsley Carry has been named vice-president, students, at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. He will formally begin the role on April 1. Dr. Carry joins UBC from the University of Southern California, where he has served as vice-president, student affairs, since August 2013. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Carry served as vice-president, student affairs, at Auburn University. He has also served in leadership positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Arkansas, Temple University and the University of Florida.

Donna Hardy Cox becomes associate vice-president, academic and students, at Memorial University, on Jan. 1. Dr. Hardy Cox has for the past six years served as dean of Memorial’s department of social work. She was president of the Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.

Amanda Reid Rogers has been named Piluwitahasuwin (assistant vice-president of Indigenous engagement) at the University of New Brunswick. Piluwitahasuwin is a Wolastoqey word meaning “one who promotes change in a good way toward truth.” Ms. Rogers is Dakota-Sioux with family and community connections in Wolastokuk. Currently a course instructor and master’s student in nursing, she has been recognized for her dedication to integrating Indigenous perspectives of health and healing into her professional work.

The University of New Brunswick’s Saint John campus will welcome Petra Hauf as its new vice-president in March. Dr. Hauf will join UNB from St. Francis Xavier University, where she is currently the dean of science and holds a full professorship in the faculty of arts. During her tenure at StFX, she held the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Development, served as department chair of psychology, and has been the acting director of the Rankin School of Nursing.

Heather McCaw has joined the University of British Columbia as vice-president, development and alumni engagement. She returns to UBC after three years as vice-president, advancement, at the University of Alberta, and brings more than 30 years’ experience in fundraising and building strategic business partnerships to her new role, having been vice-president of consultancies Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation.

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