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BY ANQI SHEN | OCT 04 2017

MacEwan University has named Terri Suntjens director of Indigenous initiatives, a newly created position at the university. Ms. Suntjens, currently the manager of MacEwan’s kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre, will assume directorship of the centre in addition to her new responsibilities, which include leading the development of a five-year strategic plan that addresses the calls to […]

BY ANQI SHEN | SEP 01 2017

The University of Guelph has named Samantha Brennan dean of the College of Arts, starting Jan. 1, 2018. Dr. Brennan is currently a professor of women’s studies and feminist research at Western University, where she also served as a founding member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. She is president of the Canadian Philosophical Association […]

BY ANQI SHEN | AUG 03 2017

Leslie Reid has been named interim vice-provost, teaching and learning, at the University of Calgary, from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018. Dr. Reid was associate dean, teaching and learning, in the faculty of science, a role she has held since 2012. She joined U of Calgary in 2001 as a teaching fellow in […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUL 10 2017

The University of Lethbridge has named Kathleen Massey associate vice-president, students, as of Aug. 1. Ms. Massey will oversee the registrar’s office, enrolment services and student services. Prior to her new appointment, she served as registrar and executive director, enrolment services, at McGill University and previously worked at the University of Calgary, Centennial College and […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUN 14 2017

Cynthia Murphy has been named director of Dalhousie University’s International Centre. Ms. Murphy was previously director of the Nova Scotia Community College Centre for International Activities and director of organizations such as CONNECT Immigration Projects. She has been social science department head at New Brunswick Community College, Miramichi, since January 2016. York University has named […]

BY ANQI SHEN | MAY 11 2017

Laurentian University has appointed Celeste Pedri-Spade inaugural director of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute, which was established in 2016 to promote decolonizing approaches to research focused on Indigenous peoples and communities. Dr. Pedri-Spade is an Anishinabekwe from northwestern Ontario (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation) and is an artist and assistant professor in Laurentian’s school […]

BY ANQI SHEN | APR 01 2017

3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education have announced the 2017 3M National Teaching Fellows: Greg Evans, department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, University of Toronto; Alison Flynn, chemistry and biomolecular sciences, University of Ottawa; James Fraser, physics, Queen’s University; Timothy O’Connell, recreation and leisure studies, Brock University; Nicola […]

BY ANQI SHEN | MAR 02 2017

The University of Windsor has reappointed K.W. Michael Siu vice-president, research and innovation, effective Dec. 1 2017. Dr. Siu was appointed for a first term in Dec. 2012. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Dalhousie University and has held positions at the National Research Council of Canada, the former Institute for Environmental Chemistry and […]

BY ANQI SHEN | FEB 03 2017

The University of Victoria has reappointed David Capson dean of the faculty of graduate studies, with a five-year term beginning July 1. Dr. Capson holds a PhD in engineering from McMaster University. His research interests include computational vision and vision-based applications in robotics. Vancouver Island University has named Nicole Vaugeois associate vice-president of scholarship, research […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JAN 03 2017

The University of Waterloo has appointed Charmaine Dean vice-president, university research, beginning July 1. Dr. Dean is currently a professor and dean of the faculty of science at Western University. She was previously associate dean at Simon Fraser University and has served as president of the Statistical Society of Canada. Brock University has appointed Alan […]

BY ANQI SHEN | DEC 01 2016

Nipissing University has reappointed Mike DeGagné president and vice-chancellor. His second five-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2018. Dr. DeGagné holds a PhD in educational administration and master’s degrees in administration and law. He was previously executive director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and is a recipient of the Order of Canada. Laurentian University has […]

BY ANQI SHEN | NOV 03 2016

Cheryl Sutton has been appointed Nipissing University’s vice-president, finance and administration. Ms. Sutton has more than 25 years of experience as a chartered professional accountant/certified general accountant in the public service. She joined Nipissing in 2010 as director of human resources and employee relations. In 2014, she became assistant vice-president, finance and human resources. Joseph […]

BY ANQI SHEN | OCT 03 2016

In September, Doug Puffer became Carleton University’s new director of personal and planned giving. His previous roles have included senior director, planned giving, at Simon Fraser University and senior planned giving officer at Queen’s University. Mr. Puffer is a national board member with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and joins Carleton during the largest […]

BY ANQI SHEN | SEP 02 2016

Heather Hemming is serving as Acadia University’s acting vice-president, academic, as of July 1. A two-time graduate of the university, Dr. Hemming became a faculty member in the school of education in 1986 and was appointed director in 2000. In 2007, she was appointed dean of the faculty of professional studies, which encompasses the schools […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUL 29 2016

Kevin Lamoureux was named in early August associate vice-president, indigenous affairs, at the University of Winnipeg. Mr. Lamoureux is an educator, public speaker, writer and co-host of a podcast about indigenous education and politics called The Frank and Kevin Show: In Colour. He is co-chair of Manitoba’s Provincial Task Force on Educational Outcomes for Children […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUL 04 2016

The University of Manitoba has announced a two-year extension to David Barnard’s term as president to 2020. The extension aims to provide continuity as U of M welcomes a new provost and vice-president, academic, this July and will be recruiting a new vice-president, administration, in the fall. Huntington University, a federated partner with Laurentian University, […]

BY ANQI SHEN | JUN 06 2016

Four recipients of the inaugural Governor General’s Innovation Awards, recognizing ground-breaking work in a number of areas, have a university affiliation. They are: Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University, for his pioneering development of the lithium-ion battery; Robert Burrell of the University of Alberta, for his discovery of the world’s first therapeutic medical application of nanotechnology; […]

BY ANQI SHEN | MAY 09 2016

On May 1, Joanne Benham Rennick began a new role as executive director of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Dr. Benham Rennick is an associate professor in global studies and has led social entrepreneurship learning opportunities at Laurier. She previously taught in Laurier Brantford’s contemporary studies program and served as […]


Michael Phair, an educator, LGBTQ activist, anti-poverty campaigner and former municipal politician, has been named chair of the board of governors at the University of Alberta. The Government of Alberta has appointed Mr. Phair for an initial term of up to three years. From 1992 to 2007, Mr. Phair was elected to Edmonton’s city council […]


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has named Victoria Kaspi, a professor of astrophysics and director of the Space Institute at McGill University, winner of the 2016 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Dr. Kaspi’s study of neutron stars – the ancient remnants of the most massive stars in […]

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