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Announcements – March 2021


Robin Bradasch was named associate vice-president, Indigenous engagement and partnerships, at Yukon University. Ms. Bradasch, a citizen of Kluane First Nation, has served three terms as a councillor of her nation and served on the Council of Yukon First Nations chiefs committee on education. She spent 15 years working for the federal government for Crown and Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, with five years as director of governance. In her new role at Yukon U, Ms. Bradasch will lead the university’s development of partnerships with Yukon First Nations and build engagement on Indigenization and reconciliation with staff, students and stakeholders.

Acadia University announced the appointment of Nancy Handrigan as its interim vice-president, advancement. An alumna of Acadia, Ms. Handrigan took on fundraising roles in health care and the private and public education sectors before returning to Acadia to serve as executive director of philanthropy. She later became campaign director in 2017 and worked with the former vice-president, advancement, to establish a campaign cabinet, develop award-winning communications materials and host launch events at home and worldwide.

Lisa White has been appointed the first executive director of Concordia University’s equity office, which launched in Oct. 2020. Ms. White, who joins the equity office from Concordia’s office of rights and responsibilities, has close to a decade of experience working to address issues of discrimination and equity within the university community. The new equity office will serve as an umbrella unit to develop and implement the university’s equity, diversity and inclusion action plan, coordinate resources and initiatives and provide services and support to the community.

On July 1, the University of Lethbridge welcomes Dena McMartin as its new vice-president, research. Dr. McMartin has served as the associate provost, institutional planning and assessment, at the University of Saskatchewan since July 2019. Before this, she was U of S’s assistant vice-president, research, and director, research ethics and services, for two years. She also previously served as associate vice-president, academic and research, and a professor at the University of Regina.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new associate vice-president, teaching and learning, is Rajiv Jhangiani. Dr. Jhangiani has been serving as KPU’s acting vice-provost, teaching and learning, since February 2020 and led the institution’s supports for teaching and learning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Before this, he was associate vice-provost, open education, at the university and led Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost programs. Dr. Jhangiani serves on the B.C. open education advisory committee, the provincial advisory group on micro-credentials and as an ambassador for the Global Advocacy of Open Educational Resources with the International Council for Open and Distance Education.

Trinity Western University announced Philip A. Reilly as the institution’s new vice-president of development. Mr. Reilly is a graduate of Regent College, a graduate theology school in Vancouver, and also served in their development department, stewarding major gifts from individuals, churches and foundations. He later led fundraising efforts for NGOs and became the national director of development for International Justice Mission. Mr. Reilly began his new role on Feb. 1.

Mark Asberg has been named vice-provost and university librarian at Queen’s University for a five-year term effective May 1. Currently, Dr. Asberg is the chief executive officer of the Calgary Public Library, responsible for a team of more than 700 employees in 21 branches across the city. While there, Dr. Asberg worked to make the Calgary library system more accessible and welcoming to new audiences, which included making the library one of the first in Canada to eliminate fines. He also helped guide the organization through its pandemic response and steer crisis communications, urgent community supports and a plan for reopening.

St. Jerome’s University, federated with the University of Waterloo, appointed Sean Hayes its new director of campus ministry. Mr. Hayes recently led the development of religious studies curriculum at Villanova College in King City, Ontario, as its director of campus ministry. He has also worked as a youth ministry director, developed retreats for youth and teachers through a University of Toronto-sponsored continuing education program, and has done missionary work with Habitat for Humanity and Covenant House.

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