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Announcements – December 2014


McElhone_Paul_146Concordia University College of Alberta appointed Paul McElhone dean of the Mihalcheon School of Business. He comes to the school after serving for nearly 17 years as executive director of the school of retailing at the University of Alberta. He also brings to the role more than 25 years in the retail sector, where he held a variety of positions from sales associate to head of corporate sales to consultant. Dr. McElhone’s appointment took effect in November.


Alan Shaver was reappointed president and vice-chancellor of Thompson Rivers University. His new three year term began on Sept. 1, 2014. Previous to his appointment as president, Dr. Shaver served as vice-president, academic, and provost at Dalhousie University from 2006 to 2010 and as dean of science at McGill University from 1995 to 2005. He earned a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kristy Rousseau has been named director of development at Laurentian University. She had served as acting director of development since May 2014. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Rousseau was manager of individual gifts for the university’s development office. Before that, she was a development officer at the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation. Ms. Rousseau, a first-generation university graduate and Métis Canadian, is currently pursuing an MBA at Laurentian.

At the University of Alberta, Douglas Goss was reappointed chair of the board of governors for a second three-year term. Mr. Goss has also served on the board of the Hockey Canada Foundation and of B2ten, an organization dedicated to supporting Olympic athletes. As well, he is the former board chair of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Beverley DiamondBeverley Diamond, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University, was awarded the 2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Gold Medal at the council’s Impact Awards ceremony held Nov. 3. Dr. Diamond’s work examines the relationship between music, gender, rights and social change, particularly as it applies to indigenous music. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2008, named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013 and is currently director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place. Other Impact recipients were Memorial’s Kirk Luther (Talent Award) for his research on human behaviour and the criminal justice system; the University of British Columbia’s Thomas Lemieux (Insight Award) for his work identifying the causes behind Canada’s growing income gap; McGill University’s Nico Trocmé (Connection Award), who’s developing knowledge-sharing tools used by child welfare workers to address the needs of young people in their care; and Queen’s University’s Wendy Craig (Partnership Award), for her work on national anti-bullying project PREVNet. The Gold Medal comes with $100,000 in research funds, while the other award winners receive $50,000.

David TurpinIn July 2015, the University of Alberta will welcome David Turpin as its next president. Dr. Turpin was president of the University of Victoria from 2000 to 2013. Before that, he served as vice-principal, academic, and dean of the faculty of arts and science at Queen’s University. A renowned plant biologist, Dr. Turpin was also a professor and botany department head at the University of British Columbia. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada, and is a former NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellow.

Jonathan WenerBeginning Jan. 1, 2015, Jonathan Wener will become chancellor of Concordia University. Mr. Wener is chairman and CEO of real estate development and management firm Canderel. He served on the university’s board of governors from 1995 to 2012 and was vice-chair of the board from 2005 to 2011. He also chaired Concordia’s Real Estate Planning Committee for 16 years, from 1996 to 2012.

On Oct. 1, Janet Bax was appointed interim president of the Council of Canadian Academies. Ms. Bax is program director with the council and has worked there since 2011. Before that, she was executive director of the Federal Healthcare Partnership Secretariat in the Department of Veterans Affairs. She will hold the position until a new president is installed sometime in 2015.

Paul MichelThompson Rivers University has appointed Paul Michel executive director of aboriginal education. Mr. Michel joins TRU from the University of Northern British Columbia, where he was director of the First Nations Centre and adjunct professor in First Nations Studies. Mr. Michel, a member of the Hust’alen (Adams Lake) First Nation, starts the role on Dec. 1.

Janice WintonJanice Winton, chief financial officer at Ryerson University, was appointed the university’s interim vice-president, administration and finance, as of Dec. 1. Ms. Winton joined Ryerson as executive director of finance and became CFO in 2012. A certified general accountant, Ms. Winton came to finance after a career as a registered nurse.

Kevin VesseyJ. Kevin Vessey, associate vice-president, research, at Saint Mary’s University, has been appointed chair of the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities, a group representing small- and medium-sized comprehensive universities. Dr. Vessey is a biologist focusing on beneficial plant-microbe interactions. His career has included grant-selection committee work with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and on advisory committees with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust.

Richard McCutcheonRichard McCutcheon becomes academic dean at Algoma University as of January 2015. Dr. McCutcheon teaches courses in the law and politics department at both Algoma’s Sault Ste. Marie campus and at a satellite program in Timmins, Ont. in the field of community development, global and local relations. He previously served as academic dean of Menno Simons College at the Canadian Mennonite University, affiliated with the University of Winnipeg.

Edward IacobucciThe University of Toronto appointed Edward Iacobucci dean of the faculty of law for a five-year term, beginning Jan. 1. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Iacobucci was associate dean of research and holds the Osler Chair in Business Law. He was also a visiting professor at New York University Law School in 2007, visiting professor at University of Chicago Law School in 2003, and a John M. Olin Visiting Fellow at Columbia University Law School in 2002. He is an active member of the U of T governing council and a fellow-in-residence at the C.D. Howe Institute. Mr. Iacobucci is the son of retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Frank Iacobucci, who also served as dean of law at U of T, from 1979 to 1982, as well as interim president of the university in 2004 and 2005.

Indira SamarasekeraThe University of British Columbia will welcome Indira Samarasekera as a distinguished fellow in residence at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Dr. Samarasekera will begin the residency on July 1, 2015, following the end of her term as president of the University of Alberta, a title she has held since 2005. Prior to her appointment as president, she served as vice-president, research, at UBC. Dr. Samarasekera has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recently won the Public Policy Forum’s Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy.

Lorne SossinLorne Sossin was reappointed to a second five-year term as dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, starting on July 1, 2015. Dr. Sossin came to York from the University of Toronto, where he was a professor and associate dean of the faculty of law. He holds an LLB from Osgoode and doctorates from the University of Toronto and Columbia University.

Janusz KozinskiJanusz Kozinski will begin a second term as dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, as of July 1, 2015. Dr. Kozinski became founding dean of the Lassonde School in 2012 after serving as dean of the faculty of science and engineering starting in 2010. He was previously dean of the college of engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and was the Sir William Dawson Scholar in the department of mining, metals and materials engineering at McGill University.

Faye MishnaFaye Mishna, dean of the Factor-Inwentash faculty of social work at the University of Toronto, was reappointed to a second term, from July 2015 to June 2020. Dr. Mishna holds the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family at U of T and is a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. Her research focuses on bullying, cyber-abuse and cyber-counselling, and school-based interventions for students with learning disabilities.

Louise MandellAboriginal rights lawyer and advocate Louise Mandell was named chancellor of Vancouver Island University in October. Ms. Mandell is partner emeritus at the firm Mandell Pinder, which has advocated for the rights and treaties of First Nations peoples for more than 30 years. She was awarded the Georges Goyer Q.C. Memorial Award for exceptional contribution to the development of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in 2001. In 2013, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs honoured Ms. Mandell by creating the Louise Mandell Legal Research Collection.

Charles ChiOn Nov. 29, Charles Chi was reappointed chancellor of Carleton University. Mr. Chi is the university’s first alumnus to serve as chancellor. He is executive chairman at Lytro, a California-based technology start-up that produces pocket-sized and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras as well as proprietary photo editing software.

David LeisDavid Leis stepped into the role of director of advancement at the University of the Fraser Valley on Oct. 20. Prior to joining UFV, Mr. Leis was director of communications and donor relations at Mennonite Central Committee Canada. He has also served as vice-president, advancement, at the Canadian Mennonite University and as vice-president of business development at Red River College.

Paul SobeyPaul Sobey will become the second of the Sobey family to serve as chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. The former president and chief executive officer of Empire Company Limited – a food distributor, real estate and investment company – picks up the mantle that his father, David Sobey, held from 2008 to 2010. The younger Mr. Sobey is a chartered accountant and currently sits as trustee of the Sobey Foundation, the Sobey Art Foundation, and as chair of the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies.

Memorial University has renewed the appointment of Wilfred Zerbe for a second five-year term as dean of the faculty of business administration, starting in January. Dr. Zerbe was previously at the University of Calgary, where he was associate dean of the school’s MBA and executive education programs.

MArgaret EdwardsWith more than two years served as acting dean of the faculty of health disciplines at Athabasca University, Margaret Edwards became dean of the faculty for a five-year term on Aug. 1. A registered nurse with a doctorate in educational policy and administration studies, Dr. Edwards has been associated with Athabasca for 25 years. Her roles with the institution have included professor and course coordinator.

Athabasca University reappointed Lisa Carter dean of the faculty of science and technology. Dr. Carter became the founding dean of the faculty in 2009 after having served at the university in various roles since 1995. Dr. Carter started her second five-year term on Oct. 1.

John ColemanFormer Windsor Star editor John Coleman has been tapped as the University of Windsor’s new director of public affairs and communications. In May, Mr. Coleman retired from the newspaper after a 34-year career in journalism. Mr. Coleman, a past president of the Queen’s Park Press Gallery and a U of Windsor alumnus, started his one-year term in November.

Michel Frappier was elected chair of the board of governors at OCAD University for a one-year term that began Nov. 1. Mr. Frappier is chair of the Advertising Review Board of Ontario and held senior executive roles with a number of advertising firms such as the JWT advertising agency, Foster Agency, and McCann Foster in Toronto. He was also senior vice-president, new products development and marketing, with Thomson Newspapers and president of MDC Partners Communications Group.







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