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The University of Saskatchewan has appointed Chelsea Willness its next university secretary and chief governance officer. Her appointment takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. Dr. Willness is currently associate dean, research and academic, and is a professor of organizational behaviour at the Edwards School of Business at USask. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, […]


Lakehead University announced that Jula Hughes will be the new dean of the university’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, beginning Oct. 1. Dr. Hughes comes to Lakehead from the University of New Brunswick, where she taught in the faculty of law and held a two-year appointment as university research scholar. She is also principal investigator […]

BY XAVIER | SEP 03 2019

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada welcomes Alejandro Adem as its new president, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Adem has served as chief executive officer and scientific director of the non-profit research and training organization Mitacs since 2015. An accomplished researcher in the field of mathematics, he is also a faculty member at […]

BY XAVIER | AUG 07 2019

Barry Craig has been reappointed for a second five-year term as the president of Huron University College, affiliated with Western University. He will serve until 2026. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Craig’s career included terms as chair of the department of philosophy, dean of faculty, and vice-president, academic and research, at St. Thomas University. Effective […]

BY XAVIER | JUL 02 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Jason Coolman its new vice-president, advancement and external relations, effective Aug. 6. Dr. Coolman is currently the associate vice-president, development and alumni relations, at the University of Waterloo, where he was recently awarded the university’s Athletics Community Service Award. York University alumna Yemisi Dina will be the new chief law […]

BY XAVIER | JUN 12 2019

University of Toronto professor Tak Wah Mak has received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Gold Leaf Prize for Discovery. The CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes are awarded every two years and recognize trailblazing achievements in multiple pillars of health research. The Prize for Discovery is awarded to “an individual or team whose research findings are […]

BY ANQI SHEN | MAY 01 2019

Canadians Yoshua Bengio and Geoffrey Hinton, along with Yann LeCun of New York University, are the recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for computing.” They were honoured for breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. Dr. Bengio is a professor of […]

BY ANQI SHEN | APR 01 2019

Mount Royal University has named Tim Rahilly the institution’s president and first vice-chancellor, beginning May 1. Dr. Rahilly is vice-provost and associate vice-president, students and international, at Simon Fraser University, a position he has held since 2010. He also currently serves as president of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. Dr. Rahilly […]

BY ANQI SHEN | MAR 06 2019

Bradyn Parisian is the inaugural Rawlinson Executive-in-Residence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship at the University of Regina, as of Feb. 1. In this role with the university’s Hill School of Business and Levene Graduate School of Business, he will develop initiatives for Indigenous students interested in entrepreneurship as a career path and foster a network of mentors […]

BY ANQI SHEN | FEB 01 2019

On Jan. 3, William Lindsay became the first senior director of Indigenous directions at Concordia University. He has over 20 years of experience as an Indigenous educator and senior administrator, most recently as director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples and special advisor on Aboriginal Affairs at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Lindsay previously worked in […]

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 […]

BY ANQI SHEN | DEC 05 2018

University of Regina president Vianne Timmons is one of 12 recipients of a 2019 Indspire Award. The awards, formally known as the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, celebrate and encourage excellence throughout Canada’s Indigenous communities. Dr. Timmons grew up in Labrador and is of Mi’kmaq heritage. After she earned her education degree in 1980, her first […]

BY ANQI SHEN | NOV 01 2018

Lorena Fontaine has been named academic lead, Indigenous affairs, at the University of Winnipeg, overseeing its Indigenous course requirement, the Weweni Indigenous scholars speaker series and Indigenous languages. Dr. Fontaine is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and an associate professor with expertise in Indigenous language rights and the legacy of the residential […]

BY ANQI SHEN | OCT 01 2018

Leela MadhavaRau took on the newly created role of director of human rights and equity at Brock University, reporting directly to Brock president Gervan Fearon, as of Sept. 5. Dr. MadhavaRau most recently served as associate dean and adviser to the president on diversity and inclusion at California’s University of Redlands. She has extensive leadership experience […]

BY ANQI SHEN | SEP 03 2018

Maribeth Murray has been re-appointed director of the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, as of July 1. She was first appointed in 2013 and previously worked at the International Arctic Research Center and in the Northern Studies Program of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Dr. Murray is a professor in […]

BY ANQI SHEN | AUG 07 2018

On Oct. 1, Michael Strong becomes the new president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Strong is an internationally recognized researcher specializing in the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. His work has helped to shed new light on a process by which an abnormal form of […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUL 02 2018

Shirley Cheechoo has been appointed to a second term as chancellor of Brock University. First appointed in 2015, Ms. Cheechoo is the first woman and the first Indigenous Canadian to hold the position. A member of the Cree nation, Ms. Cheechoo has won international acclaim for her stage work and films. She is the founder […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUN 04 2018

Mount Royal University has named Meagan Bowler dean of the university library, effective July 1. Ms. Bowler has been working in academic libraries for more than 16 years. She had been serving in an interim role as university librarian for the last eight months, leading the library’s new technology-rich learning spaces and programs in the […]

BY ANQI SHEN | MAY 25 2018

David Sylvester has been appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College, or USMC, affiliated with the University of Toronto. His first five-year term takes effect Aug. 1. Dr. Sylvester will join USMC from King’s University College at Western University, where he has served as the principal since 2009. Dr. Sylvester also […]

BY ANQI SHEN | APR 01 2018

Mount Allison University has named Jean-Paul Boudreau its next president and vice-chancellor, with his first five-year term beginning July 1. A proud Acadian who grew up in Moncton, Dr. Boudreau joins Mount Allison from Ryerson University, where he is a professor of psychology and serves as special adviser and executive lead for social innovation. Prior […]