University Secretary (Acting)
Secretary of the Board of Governors and the Senate
B.A., McMaster University
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Susan E. Birnie
Susan Birnie received her B.A. at McMaster University in 1975, then moved to University of Toronto for an M.Sc.Pl. (urban planning) in 1977. She returned to McMaster in 1977 as a research coordinator, eventually deciding to enroll in the M.B.A. program on a part-time basis, completing it in 1984.
Susan has worked at McMaster since 1977 in a variety of roles in teaching, research, and administration. She is currently the Director, Education Services in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
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Quentin assumed the role of Managing Director of the Equity Research Department in March 2006. Prior to this Quentin was part of CIBC World Markets Inc.’s North American Financial Services Team covering the Canadian Banks and Property & Casualty Insurance Companies.
Quentin joined CIBC World Markets Inc. in 2000. Previously, he was the Financial Services Analyst at National Bank Financial, where he had research responsibilities for Banks and Insurance Companies.
MBA, McMaster University, 1988
B.A., McMaster University, 1986
2000 – present: CIBC World Markets Inc., Toronto − Managing Director, Head of Canadian Equity Research
1998 – 2000: National Bank Financial/First Marathon Securities, Toronto − Financial Services Equity Research Analyst
1995 - 1998: Deutsche Bank Canada, Toronto − Vice President and Director
1988 -1995: Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto – Manager, Corporate Lending
- Board of Directors – CIBC World Markets Inc.
- Pension and Benefits Investment Committee member – CIBC
- Board of Governors – McMaster University
- Vice-Chair, Planning and Building Committee – McMaster University
- Advisory Board, Educational Training Centre, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business
- GTHL Hockey Coach – Ted Reeve Thunder Minor Peewee A – two-time City Champions
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Richard G. Buckingham
Chair of the Board of Governors 2012-2013
Graduated, Nelson High School, Burlington, Ontario, 1966
B.Sc., McMaster University, 1969
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1972
From 1972, practiced law in New York City; associated after 1994 with private investment banking firms including Echelon Ventures LP of Boston, Massachusetts; retired, 2004
Born 1947 in Dauphin, Manitoba; grew up in cities across Western Canada; moved to Burlington, Ontario, in 1963
Married, with six children
Resident in London, England
Hobbies: sailing (member: Royal Bermuda Yacht Club; New York Yacht Club); and touring vintage automobiles (member: 20-Ghost Club; life member: Bentley Drivers Club).
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Mark Chamberlain is the President and one of the founding partners of Trivaris Ltd., a commercialization company focused on transforming ideas from concept to sustainable companies and social enterprises.
As an accomplished and proven entrepreneur, business and community leader, Mark's passion is driving innovative community development. He is Chair of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction; has spent five years serving on the Board and is Past Chair of the Hamilton Community Foundation; was recognized as the Hamilton Distinguished Citizen of the Year for 2007 for his work on reducing poverty in Hamilton and was appointed to the National Council of Welfare, an advisory body to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development on matters of concern to low-income Canadians. He is currently Chair of the Hamilton Jobs Prosperity Collaborative; Chair of the Golden Horseshoe Innovation Alliance; member of the Board of the Ontario Centers of Excellence; and Chair of the Ontario Centers of Excellence Commercialization Committee. In addition, Mark has recently been appointed Chair of the Advisory Committee for Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated regional transportation plan.
Born in Toronto, Ontario Canada, Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BASc) and a Masters of Applied Science degree (MASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
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Brad Coburn has worked at McMaster University since 2002, after receiving an Honours B.A. in Classics and Multimedia. In 2010, he earned a Master of Education from the Higher Education program in the department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education (TPS) at OISE/University of Toronto. Currently, Brad currently works as the Calendar & Convocation Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar, and is passionate about helping to build a sense of community at McMaster; a community of staff, faculty, students, and alumni.
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Ms Cuddy received her B.Sc. from the University of Victoria in 1977 and received her M.A. and M.B.A. from McMaster University in 1979 and 1984. Ms Cuddy was a founding principal of Innovus Inc. in 1984 and was President and CEO from 1996 until 2006, when the company was acquired by Ingenix Inc (now OptumInsight). She was instrumental in building Innovus into an internationally recognized research organization and particularly for creating the organization's global reputation for health economics and outcomes research. She is a member of the Board of the Innovation Factory, and previously served as the Chair of the Board of the Golden Horseshoe Biosciences Network and member of the Board of Governors of Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and the Board of Directors of Innovator's Alliance. She was inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Gallery in 2005. Ms Cuddy is currently the Executive Vice President of OptumInsight, a division of UnitedHealth Group.
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President and Vice-Chancellor
Patrick Deane is the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. He began his five-year term on July 1, 2010.
Dr. Deane came to McMaster from Queen’s University, where he served a five-year term as vice-principal (Academic).
Deane was born and raised in South Africa where he studied English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand. He emigrated to Canada in 1978 and studied English Literature at the University of Western Ontario earning his M.A. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1985. He began his academic career at the University of Toronto but returned to Western to join the Department of English in 1988, the same year he was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature. He was appointed chair in 1997.
In 2001 Deane became the vice-president (Academic) at the University of Winnipeg. He also served for two years as senior university officer for Inter-Universities North, the consortium of three universities delivering post-secondary programs in Northern Manitoba. He became acting-president of the University of Winnipeg in 2002.
He returned to Ontario in 2005, accepting a position as vice-principal (Academic) at Queen’s University providing academic leadership to all seven faculties and schools, the Office of the Registrar, Institutional Planning and Analysis, and Student Affairs.
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Michael H. DeGroote
Mr. DeGroote is President and Chief Executive Officer of Westbury International, a Burlington based, privately owned, full-service Real Estate Development Company. He is also a Director of CBIZ Inc. and a Director of Progressive Waste Solutions Limited.
He is married with three children, wife Carrie; resident of Oakville; member of Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
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Susan D. Denburg
Dr. Denburg is Associate Vice-President, Academic, in the Faculty of Health Sciences and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. She holds a B.A. (Honours) from McGill University, an M.A from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She completed her postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and a clinical psychology internship at McMaster University and is a registered clinical psychologist. She has been a faculty member since 1978, working first as a staff psychologist at St. Joseph's Hospital (1978-1990) and as education coordinator and then vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences (1990-98). Dr. Denburg’s research interests lie in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, specifically immune mechanisms of nervous system dysfunction.
As Associate Dean, Education (1998-2010), she helped guide the expansion of the undergraduate medical program and the establishment of the distributed campuses of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Waterloo and Niagara, as well as the physician assistant program. She launched the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER), the Interprofessional Student Council (IPSC) and the Aboriginal Students Health Sciences Office. Facilities developed under Dr. Denburg’s guidance have included renovations to the Health Sciences Library and the anatomy lab, the establishment of the Centre for Simulation Based Learning; and planning of the second and third floors of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.
As Associate Vice-President, Academic, Dr. Denburg assists the Dean and Vice-President in the conduct of the academic and operational functions of the Faculty of Health Sciences with a particular focus on Faculty Affairs and new collaborative ventures. As director of Collaborations for Health, an initiative to identify and enhance innovative interdisciplinary health-related research and education across the University, she facilitated the establishment of cross-Faculty health-related graduate programs and the McMaster Health Forum.
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B.Sc. (Brock University, 1976)
B.Ed. (University of Toronto, 1978)
LL.B. (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1982)
M.E.S. (York University, 1984)
Called to the Bar of Ontario (1985)
Ph.D. (Queen’s University, 2000)
Nancy Doubleday is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health at McMaster University, and joined the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University in 2009. She serves as an elected member of Senate (2010-present) and the Board of Governors (from 2011).
Dr. Doubleday’s research is strongly rooted in the Arctic region, particularly in the context of policy development relevant to human rights and environmental conservation. She works in resilience and adaptive co-management; and is particularly concerned with in the integration of knowledge across disciplines and other cultural boundaries to promote peace and health, through an improved understanding of social-cultural-ecological systems and of the processes by which complex systems change and adapt across many scales of human organization.
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After an extensive career as a senior public servant at the municipal and provincial levels in Ontario, including seven years as an Ontario Deputy Minister and eleven years as city manager of Burlington and later CAO for Hamilton Wentworth Region, Michael Fenn undertook a new career direction in 2005. He served as CEO in a succession of organizations, providing executive leadership to establish new organizations or to provide direction to organizations in transition. These CEO assignments included: founding CEO of both the Mississauga Halton LHIN and the regional transportation authority for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Metrolinx; interim CEO of eHealth Ontario; interim President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI); and, interim CEO of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).
Michael Fenn has been recognized as a public-sector champion of client-satisfaction through “customer focus”, productivity improvement and strategic management. He has been a Director and Vice-Chair of the $40+ billion OMERS pension fund, as well as serving on the boards of many public and non-profit boards.
His career achievements have been acknowledged by a number of professional awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for Ontario in 1997, AMCTO’s award for career service to municipal administration in 2000, the OMAA’s 2006 Baldwin Award and the “Canada 125 Medal” for community service to Burlington. In 2010, he was one of two Ontarians added to AMO’s Honour Roll.
In addition to two undergraduate degrees from York University, Mr. Fenn holds an MA and a Diploma in Urban/Regional Public Administration, both from the University of Western Ontario. His articles and presentations on public policy and public administration have appeared in a number of books, journals and conferences.
Michael was born and raised in downtown Toronto. He and his wife, Carolyn, have lived in Burlington, Ontario, since 1987 and they have two adult children and a granddaughter. Michael enjoys cycling, canoeing, cross-country skiing, blues and opera, and foreign travel, having visited over 40 countries.
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Gary D. Graham
The founding partner of Gowlings Hamilton, Gary Graham is a Business
Law lawyer with business management experience. For five years in the
1990s, Mr. Graham served as President of Westinghouse Canada Inc. He has
considerable experience in the resolution of commercial disputes. He has
been involved in takeover bids, lock-up agreements, major international
share and asset transfers and a broad range of customer, supplier, employee,
inventor and other contracts over a wide variety of businesses, including
businesses in the manufacturing, defence, energy and broader public sectors of the economy.
Mr. Graham has extensive experience in employment law, having been involved
in labour arbitration, collective bargaining, employment contracts, injunctions,
and employment-related civil litigation. In addition, Mr. Graham has international
law experience, especially in matters relating to the U.S. and experience
in the health care sector as counsel to several public hospitals in Ontario
and as a director of a public hospital.
A former Sir James Dunn scholar, Mr. Graham was called to the Bar in
Ontario in 1982 after completing his law studies at Osgoode Hall Law School
in Toronto. Mr. Graham is a member of the Hamilton Law Association, the
Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. He has taught
Negotiating Skills for the Law Society's Bar Admission Course.
Outside of his practice, he has been actively involved with the Canadian
Manufacturers' Association (Chairman 1995), the Hamilton and District
Chamber of Commerce (President 1998/99), The Bay Area Health Trust (2004-), Hamilton Utilities Corporation (2000-2005), Burlington Golf & Country
Club (Director, 2000) and the Business Advisory Council of McMaster University. He is a Director of Burlington Hydro (2005-).
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Rebecca Jamieson, Tuscarora, Eel Clan, is the President-CEO Six Nations Polytechnic located in the heart of the most populated First Nation in Canada. Six Nations Polytechnic (established 1993) is centre of excellence for indigenous community-based learning at the post-secondary level. At Six Nations Polytechnic learners gain knowledge and skills needed to be self-sufficient, educated, and employable while learning about Hodenosaunee culture, languages and traditions. The Institute is member of the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium, a coordinating organization for 7 Aboriginal Institutes in Ontario. The Consortium in turn is part of a growing network of Aboriginal controlled post secondary institutions across Canada. Six Nations Polytechnic is also pleased to work in partnership with seven Ontario Universities and two colleges.
Rebecca has been involved at all levels of First Nations education in a wide range of roles including teaching; counselling; policy, curriculum and institutional research and development; teacher education; administration, governance and jurisdictional negotiations. In Ontario, Rebecca has also been actively involved in public postsecondary education, serving as the first Executive Director of the College Standards and Accreditation Council (CSAC), and on the Board of Governors for several Ontario Universities and Mohawk College.
Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto. Rebecca is a member of the College of Teachers and holds Supervisory Officers Qualifications. She is trained in mediation and alternative dispute resolution and is a Graduate of the Carver Institute, Policy Governance. In 2007, Rebecca was honoured with the Order of Ontario for her contributions to Aboriginal Post Secondary Education.
Rebecca continues to develop strategies and partnerships designed to support sustainable community capacity building.
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Mr. Kain obtained a B.A. and an M.B.A. from McMaster University in 1969 and 1973, respectively. In 1975 he obtained a C.A. designation from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. In 1986 he obtained a C.B.V. designation from The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
From 1975 until 1983, Mr. Kain was employed by various Toronto-based investment banking and accounting firms in the business valuation, merger and acquisition and corporate finance fields.
From 1984 until 1988, he was employed by Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. (Cancom), a T.S.E. listed satellite communications and broadcasting company. He started with Cancom as V.P. Finance and was subsequently promoted to C.F.O. and then C.O.O.
In 1988 he conceived of and founded Regional Cablesystems Inc., a cable television, high speed internet and telecom company with operations throughout Canada and the Bahamas. At Regional, Mr. Kain was C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board of Directors. The company (which was later renamed Persona Inc.) was listed on the T.S.E. and was included in the T.S.E. 300 index. When sold in 2004 for gross proceeds of $406 million, the company employed 550 individuals, had $175 million in revenue, $75 million in cash flow and provided service to over 1,100 communities in Canada and 15 islands in The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
In addition to Regional Cablesystems Inc., Mr. Kain is (or has been) a member of the board of directors of the following organizations: Cable Bahamas Ltd., a publicly traded telecommunications company with operations throughout the Bahamas; The Community Foundation of Oakville, a charitable foundation serving the community of Oakville; Norsat International Inc., a T.S.E. listed manufacturer of satellite communications equipment; Sheridan College, a college of technology and advanced learning, with approximately 15,000 full time students; Oakville Hydro Ltd., a local hydro electric power distribution company; Organic Resource Management Inc., a TSXV listed provider of vacuum truck services for the collection, treatment and disposal of non-hazardous liquid waste and the production of energy therefrom; Summit Broadband Inc. (and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Orlando Telephone Company, Inc.), a facilities-based broadband provider specializing in the hospitality and private community sectors in Central Florida; and, McMaster University, a research intensive institution of approximately 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students which is ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world.
He was a member of the Canadian government appointed Local Network Convergence Committee; the author of a number of articles on business valuations; and, a lecturer for the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2007 he was inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Gallery. He is married with two children and resides in Oakville, Ontario.
Articles detailing Mr. Kain’s career may be found in The Globe and Mail (March 9, 1991) and Canadian Business (September 4, 2000).
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After receiving his PhD in Experimental Psychology (McMaster), Dr. Kim completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of California San Francisco before beginning his appointment as Assistant Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. As a Teaching Professor, Dr. Kim is actively involved in all aspects of the scholarship of teaching and learning. He co-ordinates the innovative McMaster Introductory Psychology program which combines traditional lectures with interactive on-line resources and small group tutorials. The program has been prominently featured in Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, and CHCH News.
In 2010, Dr. Kim received the Innovator of the Year Award (McMaster VPR) and led his development team to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Course and Resource Design. With an active interest in curriculum and education, Dr. Kim consults on several policy groups including the Council of Ontario Universities Online workgroup.
Dr. Kim also directs the Pedagogy and Applied Cognition Lab, which focuses on teaching, learning and technology and applying an understanding of cognitive mechanisms to the practical problem of instructional design and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
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Dr. Janet Landeen is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster. She has been the Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Education Programs since 2003, being responsible for the provision of undergraduate education to nearly 1800 students at three sites, including McMaster, Mohawk and Conestoga Colleges.
Dr. Landeen completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and began a lifelong commitment to psychiatric and mental health nursing. She immigrated to Canada in 1975 and spent the next twelve years in British Columbia providing direct patient care, supervising in acute psychiatric settings, and teaching psychiatric nursing. During that time she completed a Masters of Education from the University of Victoria with a focus on curriculum design.
Joining McMaster in 1987, Dr. Landeen held a joint appointment with the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia for 9 years, where she was also the Director of Education. She completed her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2000 in Medical Sciences, with a focus on schizophrenia. Dr. Landeen's clinical research has focused on hope and recovery (or how to get on with your life despite having ongoing symptoms) in people with long term schizophrenia. Her educational research has focused on evaluating different educational approaches and curricular designs. Most recently this has been in the area of clinical simulation (the use of technology such as computer mannequins) to teach clinical reasoning, problem solving, and team work to health sciences students.
Dr. Landeen lives in Hamilton with her husband Frank, two teenaged children Tony & Catrina, and their Labrador retriever dog.
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R. Michael Latimer
Mr. Latimer is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of OMERS. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Administration Corporation, Mr. Latimer has full accountability for the strategic, operational and financial leadership of OMERS investment entities which include OMERS Capital Markets (“OCM”), OMERS Private Equity (“OPE”), Borealis Infrastructure (“Borealis”) and Oxford Properties (“Oxford”).
Mr. Latimer is a member of the OMERS Leadership Team and will drive the investment strategy for OMERS and represent management before the Investment Committee of the OMERS Board of Directors.
OMERS is one of Canada’s largest pension funds and was recently rated one of Canada’s top 50 employers by Hewitt Associates.
From 2004 to 2009 Mr. Latimer was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Properties Group, a private international investment management company with $18 billion of capital under management, a wholly owned subsidiary of OMERS. The company headquarters are in Toronto with offices in London, UK and Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to his role at Oxford, Mr. Latimer was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (Primaris REIT), a publicly traded trust company on the Toronto Stock Exchange, as well as a past Trustee (July 2003 to July 2009).
Prior to joining Oxford, Mr. Latimer was Chief Operating Officer of Borealis Capital Corporation, a private company focused on real estate, private equity and infrastructure investments. Prior to Borealis, he was President of Trizec Corporation’s Canadian Office Company and Executive Vice President of Trizec Corporation. He started his career in the finance/accounting group at George Weston Limited.
Mr. Latimer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from McMaster University.
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David A. Lazzarato
Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors 2012-2013
David Lazzarato is a media/broadcast industry consultant who assists companies in the areas of strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and financing. He is the former Chief Executive Officer and Director of Craig Wireless Systems. Prior to joining Craig Wireless Systems, Mr. Lazzarato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and Chairman of Motion Picture Distribution from 2005 to 2007. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Lazzarato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MTS Allstream Inc. (formerly, AT&T Canada Inc.). Prior to 1999, Mr. Lazzarato held various other senior management positions at BCE Mobile Communications Inc. (Bell Mobility), BCE Inc., CAE Electronics Ltd. and CAE Inc. At an earlier stage of his career, Mr. Lazzarato worked for a predecessor to the accounting firm of KPMG in Canada and the United States.
Mr. Lazzarato received the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2008 and a FCA designation from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2006. He has also completed the Senior Executives Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Lazzarato is Vice-Chair of each of the McMaster University Board of Governors, the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities and the Trillium Health Center Foundation, is a Director of LED Roadway Lighting and is a nominee to the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Yellow Media Inc. (post plan of arrangement and recapitalization). Mr. Lazzarato earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.
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Emechete Onuoha is Vice President Citizenship and Government Affairs for Xerox Canada. He is responsible for advancing Xerox Canada's environmental sustainability agenda, customer experience strategy, and corporate philanthropy. He is also a member of Xerox Corporation’s Global Government Affairs team. He joined Xerox Canada in 2007 following a 12 year career in the federal public sector. He has served as National Account Manager, Director of Sustainability and Federal Government Relations and Vice President Sustainability and External Affairs. Prior to joining Xerox he held several senior positions within the Government of Canada including: Director of Operations at the Privy Council Office; Vice President of the Canadian Commercial Corporation; Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence; and Policy Adviser to the Minister of International Trade. During his tenure in government he received the "Merit Award for Team Achievement" for distinguished contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Privy Council Office.
Emechete holds an honours degree in international relations from McMaster University and an MBA from Queen’s University. He is a former MSU President and recipient of McMaster University's "Honour M" award as well as McMaster University's "Arch Award" for professional achievement. In 2011 he received Green Living Enterprises' "Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award" for the Canadian IT industry. In 2010 he was awarded the "Top 100 under 50" designation by Diversity MBA magazine. He has also received the "Jackie Robinson Award" for professional achievement and public service from the Montreal Association of Black Business Persons & Professionals. In addition to serving as a member of McMaster's board of governors, he also serves as a founding member of the board of governors of Excellence Canada.
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Past-Chair of the Board of Governors
Dr. Don Pether retired as Chair of the Board of Dofasco Inc. in April 2007.
He joined the company in 1970 and moved through various positions including Plant Metallurgist, General Sales Manager, Vice-President Commercial, Executive Vice-President Dofasco Inc. and General Manager Dofasco Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer, and President and Chief Operating Officer. Don was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2003 and Chair of the Board in July 2006.
Throughout his career, he participated in numerous industry related and other associations, including the Board of Directors of the Canadian Steel Producers' Association (past Chair), the American Iron and Steel Institute (past Vice-Chair), the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress, the International Iron and Steel Institute, the Toronto Region Research Alliance, and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
Dr. Pether is the immediate Past-Chair of the Board of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and the McMaster Innovation Park and sits on the Council of Governors for the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Board of Trustees of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation.
He also sits on the Board of Directors of Samuel, Son & Co., Ltd., Emera Inc. and the Primary Energy Recycling Corporation.
Dr. Pether holds a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McMaster University.
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Jagoda Pike is an accomplished senior business leader whose career has spanned the private and public sectors as well community and volunteer activities.
After a 22 year career in newspaper and digital media publishing with Torstar Corporation, Ms Pike was tapped in 2008 to lead the efforts to bring the 2015 Pan American Games to Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In the capacity of President and COO of the Bid, she led a private and public sector team to a first ballot victory in November of 2009. This victory represents the first successful multi-sport games bid for the Province of Ontario since 1930 and represents the largest investment in sport infrastructure in Ontario history.
During her 22 year tenure with Torstar Corporation, Ms Pike held a broadly diverse portfolio of key leadership positions. Her career at Torstar culminated in the position of Publisher, Toronto Star and President, Star Media Group. She began her career at Torstar in the corporate legal department, but joined the Toronto Star soon after. Over the next decade, Ms Pike was responsible for such strategic roles as industrial relations, human resources and operations. In particular, she held the positions of Executive Director of Labour and Employee Relations and Vice-President, Operations and Human Resources. In 1999, Ms Pike was named Executive Vice-President, Torstar Daily Newspaper Group. In 2000, she was promoted to the position of General Manager of the Toronto Star.
In 2001, Ms Pike was named Publisher of The Hamilton Spectator and Senior Vice-President, Regional Daily Newspapers, Torstar Media Group. In addition to her role as Publisher of The Spectator, Ms Pike was subsequently appointed President of the newly formed CityMedia Group which encompassed daily newspapers as well as numerous community newspapers, magazines, and commercial printing operations.
Her tenure as Publisher of The Hamilton Spectator was marked by a culture of innovation and journalistic excellence. During this period, The Spectator received more journalistic honours than at any time in a generation, including the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Award of Excellence (2005).
Also during her tenure, The Spectator earned an international reputation as a leader in innovation and cultural change and in 2005, The Spectator was designated a ‘Learning Newsroom’ by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Press Institute – the only Canadian newspaper to receive such a designation.
Ms Pike left CityMedia in February 2006 when she was appointed Executive Vice-President, Newspapers, Torstar, a role that gave her strategic responsibility for all Torstar newspapers. In October 2006, Ms Pike was appointed President of Star Media Group and Publisher of the Toronto Star - the first woman to hold that position at Canada’s largest daily newspaper.
Ms Pike serves on the McMaster Board of Governors and the Toronto City Summit Alliance’s Diverse City Steering Committee. She has also served as the Chair of the Canadian Newspaper Association, Director of Canadian Press, Director of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Trustee of Brock University, and Chair and President of the Hamilton Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation (2010 and 2014).
Ms Pike was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in 2007 and by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport as one of the most influential women in sport in 2009.
Ms Pike was educated at the University of Toronto, where she studied economics and, later, at Osgoode Hall Law School, from which she received a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1984. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.
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Stanley E. Porter
Stan Porter has taught for twenty years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK. His publications include 14 authored books and over 100 authored journal articles and chapters; he has also edited over 55 volumes. He remains a well-known and respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies throughout the world, and has a vision for McMaster Divinity College to become a first choice seminary of academic excellence and exemplary leadership training.
B.A. Point Loma College, San Diego, California
M.A. Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
Ph.D. University of Sheffield, England
- Principal and Dean, McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
- Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
- Head of Department, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Surrey Roehampton
- Research Professor in New Testament, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Surrey Roehampton, London, UK
- Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
- Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Northwest Baptist Theological College and Seminary (Associated Canadian Theological Schools), Langley, BC
- Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Canadian Baptist Seminary (Associated Canadian Theological Schools), Langley, BC
- Associate Professor of Greek/Assistant Professor of Greek, Department of Foreign Languages, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
- Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
- Instructor in Bible and Theology, Linguistics, and English, Departments of Bible and English, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
- Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, Cambridge, England, 1984-
- Evangelical Theological Society, 1987-
- Society of Biblical Literature, 1987-
- American Society of Papyrologists, 1988-
- Association Internationale de Papyrologues, 1988-
- American Philological Association, 1989-
- Institute for Biblical Research (Fellow), 1989-
- Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 1994-
- Hellenic Society, 1994-
- Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 1994-
- Egypt Exploration Society, 1999-
- Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2001-
- Canadian Evangelical Theological Society, 2001-
- Catholic Biblical Association, 2004-
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John Preston is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics. Long ago, he carried out his undergraduate studies in that same department, before doing graduate work at the University of Toronto. Upon completing his doctorate, he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until returning to McMaster as an Assistant Professor in 1989. His research interests are in novel materials and their potential applications especially with regard to optical applications. Current activities include i) development of novel nanostructures in semiconducting and metallic systems, ii) time-resolved spectroscopies in the terahertz region applied to superconducting, magnetic and biological systems, iii) high efficiency approaches to solar cells. He is an Associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in their Quantum Materials program and has served on numerous NSERC committees including chairing the Steering Committee for Materials Physics.
Prof. Preston has a long standing interest in coupling students’ educational experience to McMaster’s research strengths. Early in his career, he was one of the founders of the Theme School “New Materials and Their Impact on Society” that trained interdisciplinary cohorts of undergrads in advanced research. Together with David Embury, he developed the Brockhouse Undergraduate Research Experience (2001-2007) which brought over 120 outstanding international junior scholars to McMaster. Currently he is Director of the NSERC CREATE training program for photovoltaics. At McMaster, he is a member of Senate and Chairs the Senate Committee on Appointments. He also recently completed 6 years as Director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research. He is a Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and serves as a Canadian representative on the ISO Committee on Nanotechnologies. For several years, he has been the faculty advisor for the McMaster Solar Car Team and he serves on the Board of the Dundas Living Centre, an organization that is building a state-of-the-art residential facility for intellectually impaired adults in Dundas.
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Susan Searls Giroux is Associate Dean of Humanities and an Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her most recent book, Between Race and Reason: Violence, Intellectual Responsibility, and the University to Come (Stanford University Press), won the prestigious Gary A. Olson Award for Best Book Published in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies in 2010. She is also the author, with Henry A. Giroux, of Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Palgrave, 2004) and, with Jeffrey T. Nealon, The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). A revised, expanded edition of The Toolbox appeared in August 2011. Additionally, she has published over forty articles and book chapters on US racial politics, the persistence of racism in the post-civil rights era, the history and politics of the university, and anti-racist pedagogy, which have appeared in Third Text, Social Identities, Patterns of Prejudice, Cultural Studies ↔Critical Methodologies, The CLR James Journal, JAC, Works and Days, Cultural Critique, College Literature and Tikkun. She has been Managing Editor of the interdisciplinary Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies for over a decade.
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Howard L. Shearer
Howard Lincoln Shearer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Canada Ltd. (HCL), having joined Hitachi in October 1984. He is also a member of HCL's Board of Directors, a position to which he was appointed in 1999, and a Board Member of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Canada Ltd. Prior to this, he served as Vice-President & General Manager of HCL's Semiconductor division. Prior to joining Hitachi, Mr. Shearer was employed in the high-tech industry by Texas Instruments as well as Murata Erie. Mr. Shearer holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University. As well as serving as a members of McMaster's Board of Governors, he also serves on the boards of the following non-profit organizations: Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGCC), Japan Society and the Canadian Nurses Foundation. He is one of board of directors of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, Canada. He is also a member of the Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) at the University of Toronto as well as a member of other professional organizations including the Energy Council of Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Association.
He serves on the Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights, B'nai Brith Canada.
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Dr. Szathmáry is President Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, having served 12 years as its president and vice-chancellor. As well, she is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics.
Dr. Szathmáry was born in Hungary and emigrated to Canada in 1951. She grew up in Welland, Ontario, and studied Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she earned her honours B.A. in 1968, followed by a Ph.D. in 1974. Her research has focused on the genetics of the indigenous peoples of North America, with emphasis on the peoples of the subarctic and arctic.
In 1975 Dr. Szathmáry joined McMaster University, where she spent 14 productive, happy years as a member of the professorate, served a term as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, was briefly a member of the University’s Senate as well as its Board of Governors, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association. In 1989 she became Dean of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario, and returned to McMaster University in 1994 as Provost and Vice-President (Academic). In 1996 she was appointed President of the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Szathmáry serves on the boards of directors of international, national and provincial not-for profit organizations, among them the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. She is a Member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and is a director of Power Corporation of Canada and several of its Canadian subsidiaries.
In 1998 Dr. Szathmáry was named Distinguished Lecturer by the American Anthropological Association. In 2004 the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business named her one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2005, and has received five honorary doctorates, including one in 2008 from McMaster University. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba.
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Mr. Rocco Taglioni is Senior Vice-President, Distribution & Marketing Individual Insurance & Investments, Sun Life Financial. In this role, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Sun Life's Direct business in Canada, which serves as a “centre of excellence”, focused on delivering wealth and protection solutions to millions of Canadians. In addition, he is a member of the Canadian Executive Team which is responsible for the leadership of Sun Life’s business in Canada. Rocco joined Sun Life in 2004, and has held various senior leadership roles. He has helped to develop, implement, and drive new business strategies and transformation across various areas including the Group Benefits and the Individual Wealth areas of the company. He has also been part of and led, various strategic taskforces and cross-business unit teams in helping to position and drive a number of key business initiatives.
Before joining Sun Life, Rocco was a Managing Director at Sceptre Investment Counsel in Toronto. Over his 10 years at Sceptre, he held various senior leadership roles. In addition to being a member of the Executive Operating Committee responsible for the overall business strategy and management, he led a practice which included investment management, operations, sales/marketing, and strategy, for Sceptre's Wealth Management, Institutional Alliance, and Retail Mutual Funds businesses. Prior to Sceptre, he spent 15 years at the Prudential Insurance Company of America, where in his last five years he led Prudential's Canadian Group Retirement Services business.
Rocco has over 29 years experience in the insurance and investment industries, including over 20 years of senior leadership roles in the Investment Management, Group Benefits, and Group Retirement Service areas.
In addition to the Board of Governors of McMaster University, Rocco is a Director for McLean Budden Limited. He has also served on a number of boards in the past, including: Chairman of Sun Life Financial Trust Company, Chairman of Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc., Director for Sun Life Financial Distributors (Canada) Inc, Director for Sceptre Investment Counsel, and Director for The Prudential (Canada) General Insurance Company.
Rocco has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from York University, and has taken numerous continuing education programs including the Executive Development Program at Queen's University.
He has been married for 26 years to his spouse Jane; they have two children, and reside in Pickering. Over the years he has been very involved in the community as a volunteer in fundraising, various sports executive committees, and in coaching at both recreational and competitive levels.
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Harvard University, LL.M. Specializing in Tax and Estate Planning
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. (Stood first in Final Year, winning Silver
Medal, Prize in Insurance and Estate Planning)
McMaster University, B.A. Economics and Business
President & CEO, The Effort Trust Company
Managing Partner, Weisz, Rocchi & Scholes, Barristers and
McCarthy Tétrault, Barristers and Solicitors
Appointments & Affiliations
Current: Director: Trust Companies Association of Canada and Chairman: Hamilton Future Fund
Board of Directors: National Board of Directors for State of Israel Bonds;
Art Gallery of Hamilton and The Jewish National Fund of Canada;
Board of Governors, McMaster University
Previous: Board of Directors: St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton (Chairman
of Finance Committee and Member of the Executive Committee); Hamilton
Philharmonic Orchestra; and various other Public and Private Foundations
Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Tax Foundation
Beverly Golf & Country Club
The Hamilton Club
Harvard Club, Toronto
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David Williamson is Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC and Group Head, Retail and Business Banking. He is responsible for CIBC's Personal and Business Banking activities, which serve more than 8 million clients.
Mr. Williamson joined CIBC as Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and, prior to joining the bank, he was President and CEO of two publicly-listed companies and held senior executive positions with other financial service institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant.
David has significant experience as a member of the board of several public and private companies and is currently serving as Chairman of the Canadian Bankers Association.
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Lynton R. Wilson
Chairman, CAE Inc., Chancellor, McMaster University
Born and educated in Port Colborne, Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and an MA from Cornell University. Following appointment as a Foreign Service officer with Canada’s Department of Trade and Commerce in 1962, Mr. Wilson was Assistant Commercial Secretary at the Canadian Embassy in Vienna 1963-65 and Second Secretary in Tokyo 1967-68. He served as Corporate Economist and Director of Economic Research, John Labatt Limited 1969-71, Coordinator, Industrial R & D Policy for the Ministry of State, Science & Technology 1972, Strategic Planning and Development Officer, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., 1973-74, and Vice President & Director, MacMillan Bloedel Enterprises Inc. 1974-77.
Mr. Wilson was appointed Executive Director, Policy & Priorities, Ministry of Industry & Tourism, Government of Ontario 1977-78; Deputy Minister of Industry & Tourism 1978-81. He was President and Chief Executive Officer, Redpath Industries Limited 1981-88; Managing Director, North America, Tate & Lyle PLC 1986-89; Chairman of the Board, Redpath Industries Limited 1988-89; Vice Chairman, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto 1989-90.
He served as President & COO, BCE Inc. 1990 – 92; President and Chief Executive Officer, BCE Inc. 1992-93; Chairman, President & CEO , BCE Inc. 1993-96; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BCE Inc. 1996-98; and Chairman of the Board, BCE Inc. 1998-2000.
Mr. Wilson also serves as a Director of Daimler AG (Supervisory Board). He was a Founding Co-Chairman of the Historica Foundation of Canada, and is a director of the Historica-Dominion Institute. He was Chairman of the Government of Canada’s Competition Policy Review Panel (2007 – 2008). Mr. Wilson is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Companion of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame, and is the recipient of honourary degrees from six Canadian universities.
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Murray Wilson is a PhD student in the department of political science at McMaster University studying comparative public policy. His research focus is on the governance and regulation of assistive reproductive technologies.
Prior to resuming his PhD in 2011 Murray was an associate lawyer at Burchell MacDougall in Halifax Nova Scotia. He completed his legal studies at Dalhousie University in 2009 with a subject of specialization in Health Law and Policy and was honoured to receive the Robert A. Samek Memorial prize in General Jurisprudence at graduation. In law school he was an associate editor for the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies.
Murray Wilson has served on various boards and committees at McMaster and Queen’s Universities at the departmental, faculty, and university levels. At McMaster this involvement included two years as a graduate student representative to the University Senate with service on the executive and tenure and promotions committees. At Queen’s his community involvement included two years as an undergraduate student representative to the University Senate and a year as a representative to the Alma Mater Society.
In addition to his role on the Board of Governors, he currently sits on the Graduate Students Association council and the GSA continuation committee, is the co-chair of the department of political science graduate students association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the McMaster Children’s Centre.