McMaster University

McMaster University

Board of Governors Members Biographies

Helen Ayre

University Secretary
Secretary of the Board of Governors and the Senate

B.A., McMaster University

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Jane Aronson


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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 BroadQuentin Broad

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
  • 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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Lori Campbell


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Mark ChamberlainMark Chamberlain

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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David Cheng


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Brad CoburnBrad Coburn

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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Lauren CuddySandra Cruickshanks


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Patrick DeanePatrick Deane

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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Susan D. Denburg 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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Paul Douglas

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Michael FennMichael Fenn

Michael Fenn is a Senior Advisor at StrategyCorp with extensive experience in leadership positions at the municipal and provincial levels of government, as well as in healthcare. At StrategyCorp, Michael provides advice to clients on a variety of issues and projects.  He also operates his own consulting firm, Fenn Advisory Services Inc.

Michael’s career experience includes seven years as an Ontario Deputy Minister and eleven years as chief municipal administrator in Burlington and Hamilton-Wentworth Region. More recently, he held a succession of CEO positions, providing executive leadership to new or transitioning organizations, including the regional health authority Mississauga-Halton LHIN, regional transportation authority Metrolinx, eHealth Ontario, Canadian Urban Institute, and Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Michael serves on the Boards of the C$60+ billion OMERS AC pension fund, McMaster University (Hamilton) and the Toronto District School Board’s real estate agency, the Toronto Lands Corporation.  He obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in 2013.

He has been recognized as a public-sector champion of customer focus, productivity improvement and strategic management. His career achievements have been acknowledged by a number of professional awards, including the 1997 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for Ontario, the top career award from both of Ontario’s largest municipal professional associations, and the “Canada 125 Medal” for community service to Burlington. In 2010, he was one of two Ontarians added to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Honour Roll.

His articles and presentations on public policy and public administration have appeared in a number of books, journals and conferences. He has travelled extensively, visiting over 40 countries, including development missions to South Africa, Cuba and the Philippines.

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Gary D. GrahamGary 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

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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Gary KainGary Kain

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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Joe Kim

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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Suzanne Labarge

Chancellor, McMaster University

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R. Michael LatimerR. Michael Latimer

Michael Latimer joined the OMERS enterprise in 1997, and has more than 40 years of investment experience. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of OMERS in April 2014, and has responsibility for the overall leadership and performance of the enterprise including pension administration, investment activities, and the execution of its strategic plan.
His focus as CEO is on ensuring the people who serve our communities are able to retire with confidence that their pensions are secure and sustainable over the long term.

Mr. Latimer previously served as Chief Investment Officer of OMERS, a role that included full accountability for the strategic, operational and financial leadership of the organization’s investment activities. He has also served as President and CEO of OMERS real estate investment arm, Oxford Properties Group.

Mr. Latimer’s corporate career spans both the private and public markets, commencing with the corporate office of George Weston Limited, followed by Nu-West Development Corporation, Canderel Limited, TrizecHahn Limited, OMERS Realty Corporation, Borealis Capital Corporation and Primaris Retail REIT. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from McMaster University, and serves on its Board of Governors.

In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Latimer was recognized as one of the world’s most influential asset owners globally by Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer Magazine.

He is a former Chair and board member of the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac), and former real estate and infrastructure advisory board member at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Mr. Latimer’s other achievements include past roles as President and Chief Executive Officer of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Chairman of the Sports Celebrities Festival, and Honourary Board of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

Mr. Latimer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from McMaster University.

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David A. LazzaratoDavid A. Lazzarato

Chair of the Board of Governors 2013-2014

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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Bill McLean


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Patricia McNiven

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Emechete OnuohaEmechete Onuoha

Emechete Onuoha is Vice President, Global Government Affairs (Canada). As a member of Xerox Corporation's Global Government Affairs team, he is responsible for Xerox Canada's government stakeholder strategy and public policy engagement. He is also respnsible for Xerox Canada’s customer experience program, environmental sustainability agenda, and corporate philanthropy.

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 earned an Honours BA in International Relations from McMaster University and an MBA from Queen’s University. He is a member of the McMaster University Board of Governors and a recipient of McMaster University’s Honour M and Arch awards. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. In 2010 he was awarded the Top 100 under 50 designation by Diversity MBA magazine.  In 2011 he received Green Living Enterprises’ Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award for the Canadian IT industry.

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Jagoda PikeJagoda Pike

Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors

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. PorterStanley 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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Fareen Samji

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Fareen Samji is a highly motivated, productive and efficient entrepreneur who believes in following one’s passion.  Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, she immigrated to Canada and enrolled in McMaster University at the age of 15. After her undergrad in Psychology and second degree in Kinesiology, she followed her dream of becoming a professional golfer and qualified for her tour card in 1998. Fareen played professional golf in Asia, South Africa and throughout Canada and the US.

She retired from tour play in 2002, lived in California and enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program. Following graduation she became an associate professor for the program. In 2005, she returned to Canada and joined her brother as a partner in Burlington Orthotic Centre. Fareen’s strength in marketing and business development helped with the creation of an orthotic manufacturing company, two more wellness clinics, a mobile safety division and, in 2013, a Supercar automobile membership club.  Her passion for safari drove her to create a custom small group safari company in Kenya that serves to employ local Kenyans as well as provide the opportunity of a lifetime for travellers.

A full-time clinical Pedorthist specialising in optimizing gait efficiencies, Fareen also serves as a Rotarian for the Rotary Club of Burlington North and was instrumental in the success of ‘Pythons’ Pit’ and the ‘Amazing Bed Race’. She is often called upon to organize and emcee events of various magnitudes, and is a motivating and dynamic public speaker.

Although no longer competing on tour as a professional golfer, she did discover the sport of Long Drive and in 2012 won the ILDC Canadian Women’s Championship with a drive of 312 yards and finished 4th in the World Championships.

Fareen is an entrepreneur with financial acumen and ability to motivate people, optimize efficiency and develop new opportunities from passionate ideas.

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Herbert Schellhorn


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Neil Skelding


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Howard L. ShearerHoward 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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Emőke Szathmáry

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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Thomas J. WeiszThomas J. Weisz


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

Professional Experience

President & CEO, The Effort Trust Company
Managing Partner, Weisz, Rocchi & Scholes, Barristers and Solicitors
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

David WilliamsonDavid 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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Murray Wilson

Murray Wilson

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.

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