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Ry Moran, the founding director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, is taking on a new position as the University of Victoria’s inaugural associate university librarian, reconciliation. The role is the first of its kind at a Canadian university and will aim to further educate Canadians about the importance of […]


Malinda Smith has been appointed the inaugural vice-provost, equity, diversity and inclusion, at the University of Calgary, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Smith comes to U of C from the University of Alberta, where she is a professor in the department of political science and serves as a provost fellow in equity, diversity and inclusion policy […]


Acadia University announced Reverend Marjorie Lewis has been named the university’s chaplain. She began her new role on March 2. Dr. Lewis most recently worked as a spiritual and religious care chaplain with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and has taught online courses about gender, church community development and health programs. She has also worked […]


Nadine Caron is the holder of the founding First Nations Health Authority Chair at the University of British Columbia. In her new role, she will examine the unique needs of Indigenous cancer patients, survivors and their families and work to better understand the health–care system’s responsiveness to Indigenous cancer needs. Dr. Caron is Canada’s first female Indigenous general surgeon and has taught in UBC’s faculty of medicine.  Algoma University announced Craig Fowler as the new […]


Ryerson University has appointed Donna E. Young the founding dean of its new faculty of law, which will open its doors in September. Ms. Young was most recently the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Albany Law School in Albany, New York. She also had a joint appointment at […]


Queen’s University named Mark Green its next provost and vice-principal, academic. He starts his five-year term on March 1. Dr. Green is currently the university’s vice-dean, graduate studies and recruitment, in the faculty of engineering and applied science. He is an international research scholar in structural engineering, focusing his work on enabling structures to withstand […]


York University has selected a new vice-president, research and innovation: Amir Asif. Dr. Asif is currently dean of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, a position he’s held since 2014. Dr. Asif will begin his new role at York on May 1. Before joining Concordia, Dr. Asif was the […]


Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed a new senior advisor, equity, diversity and inclusion. Barrington Walker, currently an associate professor of history at Queen’s University, is joining Laurier in the new position and as a tenured professor in Laurier’s department of history. He will begin his five-year appointment on Jan. 1, 2020. As senior advisor, EDI, […]


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 […]

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