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Announcements – January 2021


Carleton University reappointed alumna Yaprak Baltacioğlu for a three-year term as chancellor, beginning in November. Before becoming Carleton’s chancellor in 2018, Ms. Baltacioğlu served in the federal public service as the secretary of the Treasury Board from 2012-2018. After completing a law degree at Istanbul University, Ms. Baltacioğlu moved to Canada from Turkey to pursue a master’s in public policy. Her roles in the public service spanned six departments and included being the first female deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and deputy minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

Ian Holloway was reappointed for a third term as dean of the faculty of law at the University of Calgary. His new three-year term will begin on July 1. Dr. Holloway has served as dean since July 2011 and, before this, was the dean of the faculty of law at Western University. He received his bachelor of laws at Dalhousie University, a master of laws from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD from the Australian National University. Before joining the academy, Dr. Holloway worked in private practice with a focus on labour and employment law, and was also the law clerk to the chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal.

On Nov. 25, Jonathan Allison began a two-year term as chair of the board of governors at the University of Windsor. Mr. Allison is vice-president, portfolio manager and wealth advisor for RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, and is the founding partner of the Allison Martinello Group. He previously served as the chair of the U of Windsor board’s investment committee, second vice-chair and member of the resource allocation and executive committees.

Trinity Western University announced that Chen Liu has been appointed director of the master of business administration program. Dr. Liu, who earned her PhD from Queen’s University, joined TWU’s business school in 2014 and served in several positions, including associate MBA director. She has also served on the tenure and promotion committee and the international student task force. She is currently a member of the institutional prioritization process task force, the university senate’s graduate academic council and the Canada Research Chair steering committee.

Janusz Koziński has been named the new dean of Lakehead University’s faculty of engineering. Before coming to Lakehead, Dr. Koziński was the founding president of the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering in the United Kingdom and the founding dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering in Toronto. He also served as the dean of the college of engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Koziński attended the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland, and received his postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2006, he was named International chair in bioenergy at the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. Dr. Koziński began his new position at Lakehead on Jan. 1.

Jutta Brunnée began a five-year term as dean of the University of Toronto’s faculty of law on Jan. 1. Dr. Brunnée previously served as interim dean of the faculty of law and associate dean of graduate studies, where she helped launch the Global Professional Master of Law Program and revitalize the June Callwood scholarship for Indigenous graduate students. Dr. Brunnée also taught a course at the Hague Academy of International Law and was elected to the Institut de droit international based in Geneva.

Yann Artur has been appointed coordinator of campus recreation and wellness in Cape Breton University’s department of athletics. Mr. Artur first joined CBU in 1998 as the fitness and active living coordinator. In 2012, he became the manager of the Cape Breton Health and Recreation Complex. In his new role, he will work to increase intramural activities and wellness-focused initiatives such as yoga and meditation.

Ted Hewitt has been reappointed president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a three-year term effective March 1. Dr. Hewitt has been president of SSHRC since 2015 and served as the inaugural chair of the Canada Research Coordinating committee from 2017 to 2019. Before this, he was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University, where he was a professor of sociology since 1989.

Western University announced the appointment of its first vice-provost and associate vice-president, Indigenous initiatives. Christy R. Bressettea member of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, will begin her five-year term in the new role on March 1. As the national coordinator for Indigenous education with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, Dr. Bressette worked to advance education outcomes for Indigenous learners. She has taught at the primary and secondary levels in Ontario and British Columbia, and taught several graduate courses related to Indigenous culture and education for Western’s faculty of education since 2004. 

Geoffrey Phillips was named senior director of athletics and recreation at McGill University. Most recently, Mr. Phillips served as the director of sport programs for athletics and recreation at McGill. Before this, he was the assistant manager in the campus recreation and varsity sports office, and then assistant director for athletics and recreation. Mr. Phillips played varsity hockey for McGill while competing his undergraduate degree and went on to coach the women’s hockey program between 1990 and 1994.  

Trinity Western University has announced the appointment of Phil Laird as its new vice-president, innovation, global and economic partnerships. In this role, Dr. Laird will function as chief innovation officer and will be responsible for international recruitment and engagement. He will also work to maintain a growing network of international relationships and represent the university at key international events.  

Brian Kerr is Trinity Western University’s next senior vice-president, enrolment, personal and career development. Mr. Kerr has been with TWU for 18 years in many roles, including his most recent position as vice-president, enrolment. During this time, the university had its highest year-over-year enrolment growthAlong with his new responsibilities, Mr. Kerr has also joined the university’s executive leadership team.  

McGill University has named John McCall MacBain its next chancellor, beginning a three-year term on July 1. During his time as a student at McGill, Mr. McCall MacBain served as president of the students society and was valedictorian in his final year. He is a founding member of the principal’s international advisory board, has chaired the board since 2016 and is honorary chair of Made By McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century. He and his spouse established the McCall MacBain Foundation in 2007 to support initiatives in education, climate change and health. He is also active with organizations such as the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town, the Rhodes Trust in Oxford and the European Climate Foundations. Mr. McCall MacBain was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016.  

Emily Carr University announced the appointment of Marcia Guno as the university’s next vice-provost, students, effective Jan. 6Ms. Guno, who is from the Nisga’a Nation, has spent the last six years as director of the Indigenous student centre at Simon Fraser University. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing leadership and advice on student success initiatives, and working collaboratively across departments to support the equity, diversity and inclusivity of the university’s learning and research environments.  

On Jan. 1, Jennifer Hyndman began her new role as York University’s associate vice-president, research. Dr. Hyndman is a professor in the faculty of environmental and urban change and the former director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York. Working with the office of the vice-president, research and innovation and faculties, Dr. Hyndman will help to track and build York’s research performance, provide leadership for organized research units, and expand the university’s collaborations with external stakeholders and communities. 

The University of Lethbridge welcomes Mike Frank to the new position of director of Indigenous education and communications. The new role is part of the U of Lethbridge’s Indigenous leadership and governance team, and will put Mr. Frank, a former CEO for the Blood Tribe Department of Health, CEO for the McLeod Lake Indian Band and chief operating officer for the Nak’azdli Whut’en Indian Band, in charge of establishing an office of Indigenous education. Mr. Frank will also be responsible for fostering connections with Blackfoot political leadership and lead a team that will build relationships with Blackfoot communities. 

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