Ex Officio Members
Ex Officio Members
James William Leech, C.M.
Jim Leech was appointed Chancellor of Queen’s University in 2014 following his retirement as President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, one of the world’s largest plans. Previously, Mr. Leech was president and CEO of Unicorp Canada Corporation, one of Canada's first public merchant banks, and Union Energy Inc., then one of North America's largest integrated energy companies. Mr. Leech is a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company, chairs the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation, is the Honorary Colonel of 32 Signal Regiment, Canadian Forces and was a founding director of Right To Play International. Mr. Leech has been a member of Queen’s Board of Trustees, University Council and Chair of Smith School of Business Advisory Board. In 2013, he co-authored The Third Rail, Confronting our Pension Failures, a best-selling book that received the 2013-2014 National Business Book Award. In 2010, Mr. Leech was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. Mr. Leech holds a BSc (Hons Math and Physics) from the Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from Queen's University and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Daniel R. Woolf
BA(Hons)’80, DPhil’83 (Oxford). Daniel Woolf became Queen’s University’s 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor on Sept 1, 2009. Formerly Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta, he has also been a professor and administrator at McMaster University and Dalhousie University. Born in Britain and raised in Winnipeg, he studied history at Queen’s (BAH 1980) before earning a DPhil at Oxford University (1983) and then returning to Queen’s as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in history. A specialist in early modern British history and in the history of historical thought and writing, he is also a Professor in the Queen’s History Department and remains active in research and graduate supervision. He is married and has three children, one of them a Queen’s alumnus. He is a Fellow of a number of learned societies, including the Royal Society of Canada.
BSc (Hons) candidate'17. Residence Don, Residence Life (2015-present). Vice-President, (Judicial Affairs) for the Residence Society (2014-15). Residence Facilitator, Residence Society (2013-14). Volunteer, Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (2015). Gael, Arts and Science Faculty Orientation Week (2013-14). Floor Representative, Residence Society (2012-13). Loran Scholar (2012-14). Intern, StemCell Technologies (2015). Cameron looks forward to representing the voice of all Queen's students. He is committed to working with the Board of Trustees in order to enhance the Queen's student experience.
BPHE ’10 (Toronto), MHK ’14 (Windsor), Ph.D. candidate (Queen’s). Member, King Research Group, SKHS, Queen’s University. Member, R. Tait Mackenzie Society, KPE, University of Toronto. Member, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). Member, Canadian National Team – Indoor Field Hockey (2007 – 2011). Research interests – Orientalism, the War on Terror, and Muslim men in sport; Sport Sociology and the Environment. Belief in student-centered approach to university governance, pushing towards more equitable futures in the academy. Elected by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) – current term to 2018.
David is Counsel with Dentons Canada LLP. Previously David was Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the Royal Bank of Canada. His community involvement includes Trillium Health Centre, the Toronto United Way and Pro Bono Ontario. David lives in Toronto with his wife Helen Stevenson. Between them they have a full "Brady Bunch" of six children plus Lexie the Labrador. Elected by the Board - current term to 2017.
David Bakhurst is Charlton Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s, where he has taught since 1990. He has served as Head of Department (2000–2011), on Senate (2012–2014), and on the University Planning Committee (2012–14). His philosophical interests encompass metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of education, and Russian philosophy and psychology. In 2001–02, Bakhurst was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and he presently holds a visiting professorship at the Institute of Education, University College London. His publications include Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy (Cambridge, 1991) and The Formation of Reason (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Elected by the Faculty - current term to 2018.
BSc(Eng)'85, MBA'01 Edinburgh School of Business, UK. As a co-founder of a software company that develops and licenses intellectual property I’m directly involved with all aspects of the business; legal, financial, HR, sales, and marketing. My goal is to leverage this broad background to make a strong contribution to the many issues facing Queen’s and the Board of Trustees. Even if it’s in a small way I hope my involvement can help new grads overcome the challenges they face and to help keep innovation and leadership in Canada. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2018. Current term on University Council to 2018.
B.Com (Hons) ’83. EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Morneau Shepell since 2013. Previously, more than 25 years at PwC (1983-2012) where held a wide variety of leadership roles including Human Capital Leader, lead relationship partner for priority clients, Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Group partner, and Chair of PwC’s Women in Leadership initiative. Recognized as a Women of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion. Board member, St. Michael’s Hospital (2015 – present) and previously Shaw Festival (2009 – 2014) where was Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. A CPA, CA. Also a graduate of Rotman School of Management's Advanced Program in HR Management and its Institute of Corporate Directors Program. Elected by the Board– current term to 2019.
Ginette Denford is the Director, Finance and Staffing for the Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Office. She holds a BBA from Mount Saint Vincent University and a CPA, CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. First appointed at Queen’s in 2007 as the Manager of Finance for Housing and Ancillary Services, she has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience in university, public accounting, private sector and non-profit settings and has previous volunteer experience on a number of boards in a financial capacity. Elected by the Staff - current term to 2018.
BSc(Hons)’69, MSc’95 (London); Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries since 1973-2016; completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Directors Education Program in May 2007 (UofT); became an Institute-certified Director (ICD.D) in July, 2007. Before retiring was a consulting actuary at Eckler Ltd., where he consulted primarily on the design and funding of pension plans with special expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and executive retirement arrangements. National Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society (1989–92); National Board of the CNIB (1997–2001); Chair of the CNIB National Audit Committee (2005–2009); Vice-Chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation Board (2006–2012); and was on the Board of Eckler (2002–07). Received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Elected by the Board - current term to 2016.
Jim Keohane is President & CEO of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). As President & CEO, Mr. Keohane is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, as well as for developing, implementing and overseeing - in consultation with HOOPP’s Board of Trustees - performance measurement programs, long-term strategies and annual work plans to ensure the organization meets the needs of Plan beneficiaries. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa, Mr. Keohane obtained his MBA at Queen's University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has completed the Directors Education Program (Rotman School of Business) at the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Keohane is Chair of the investment committee of Queen’s University, member of the Board of Queen’s University , and board member of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. Mr. Keohane was selected as a member of the Ontario Technical Advisory Panel on Retirement Income Security. He is also a volunteer with United Way Toronto & York Region and a member of the 2015 and 2016 United Way Campaign Cabinet. Elected by the Board – current term to 2019.
BSc(Mech Eng) '82, PEng., MBA'99 (Ottawa), PMP- President Strateff Solutions Inc., providing expertise in Strategic Planning and Risk Management in Real Property and Major Crown projects. Member of PEO and the Project Management Institute. 2nd term Queen’s Council, Council Executive, Chair of SPC on Philanthropy and past Chair of Program committee, Member of the Queen’s Campus Master Site Plan Advisory Board and Board Member - Kingston General Hospital. Past Board Member - Thousand Island Development Corporation, Brockville General Hospital. Parent to three Queen’s engineering grads. VP Operations - Eng Soc. 1981–82 and Manager Clark Hall Pub 1980‑81. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2019. Current term on University Council to 2018.
ARCT(Toronto)'04, BCom'07, BA'07, MBA'11 (Harvard). Vice President, Strategy & Growth - Executive Office, Greystone ($32 billion investment fund). Formerly McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley. Member, Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Chair, Building, Investment, Finance and Audit Committee (housing provider for 120,000 people); Empire Club of Canada – 1st Vice President and Member, Board of Directors. Member, Board of Directors - Glenn Gould Foundation and Board of Industry & Trade. Advisory Board Member: Pearson Centre, Student Voice Initiative. President of Scarborough Agincourt Federal Liberal Association. At Queen’s: President of Queen’s Student Opera Company, Chair of Peer Judicial Boards, Managing Editor of Queen’s International Observer, Editor-in-Chief of COMMotion, Queen’s Commerce Society Treasurer and Board Member. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2017. Current term on University Council to 2020.
BCom (Hons)'83, MBA’85 Western. EVP & CFO TELUS Corporation 2000–2012 and Clearnet 1994–2000. In 2007 named Canada’s Top CFO and in 2011 was awarded the Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award for outstanding contribution to Queen’s and Canada. Currently Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of RSA Canada; Member of the Board of HSBC Bank Canada and its Audit & Risk Committee; Member of the Board of Trustees of InnVest REIT and Chair of its Audit & Risk Committee; Chair of the UBC Information Technology Advisory Council; Chair of the Greater Vancouver Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army; Member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the BC Business Council; and a member of the Queen’s Initiative Campaign and Field and Stadium Cabinets. Elected by the Board - current term to 2018.
BA (Hons)’85, LLB’88; Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer, BMO Capital Markets. Previously Head of Securities Litigation, Gowlings LLP (2008-2016); Former Senior Deputy Commissioner (Head of Mergers), Competition Bureau (Aug 2012 - Dec 2013) repeatedly recognized as "Best Lawyer" in Canada (Securities); Deputy Director of Enforcement and Chief Litigation Counsel, Ontario Securities Commission (2003 - 2008); Partner and Vice-Chair, Litigation Department, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto (to 2003); first woman rector (1986 - 1988); Vice-President, (University Affairs) of the AMS (1984 - 1985); past part-time faculty of Osgoode Law School and Faculty of Law at Queen’s in Trial Practice Skills. Elected by the Board - current term to 2017.
BA'69, MD'71. Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute. Medical Oncologist, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. Departmental Division Director, Medical Oncology and Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Member of the Queen’s University Council (2003–present). Contributed to Council Reform and Program Committee. Active in fund-raising for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine. Awarded the Dr. Joseph Pater Award of Excellence from the Canadian Clinical Trials Group in 2016. Grandmother of four. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2018. Current term on University Council to 2018.
BSc(Eng)'84, PhD'98, CFA. Don is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Alignvest Investment Management. Prior to Alignvest, Don led CPP Investment Board’s overall investment strategy across all public and private markets. He started his career at Burns Fry Ltd. and Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior to developing an interest in finance, Don worked for Schlumberger in China and trained as a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces. Don is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Chair Emeritus of the International Centre for Pension Management, both at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. At Queen’s Don was President of the Graduate Students’ Society and a Big Brother. Elected by the Board - current term to 2020.
Susan Riddell Rose
BSc (GeolEng)’86 (Queen’s); President and CEO, Perpetual Energy (2003–current); Geological Engineer to COO, Paramount Resources (1990–2002); Geological Engineer, Shell Canada (1986–1990). Corporate Director, Paramount Resources and Newalta; Board of Trustee Member, Brookfield Canada Office Properties. Member, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Governor, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Involved in multiple not-for-profit organizations including United Way of Calgary, Premier’s Council for Alberta’s Promise, UNICEF Canada, Queen’s University and Fulbright Canada. Elected by the Board - current term to 2018.
BCom’83. Mr. Speal’s business career in New York and Canada has focused on corporate and investment banking and related derivatives. BNP Paribas, Managing Director Deputy Head, Global Markets Americas 2015 to present. Head of Global Equity and Commodity Derivatives 2010 to 2015. Head of Structured Finance, 2008 to 2010. President and CEO of BNP Paribas Canada from 2005 to 2008. In addition, Mr. Speal is formerly a member of the Board of Directors of InterOil Corporation, an NYSE publicly listed Canadian energy company with operations in Papua New Guinea. Elected by the Board - current term to 2016.
Brian Surgenor (Sc’77, PhD’83) is a Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, where he has taught since 1983. His administrative experience includes two terms as the Associate-Dean and ViceDean for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and two terms as the Head of Mechanical Engineering. He conducts research in machine vision and intelligent control for automated manufacturing. He teaches courses in Control Systems and Mechatronics at both the undergraduate and graduate professional levels. He has taken industrial sabbaticals in Australia (Costec), Sweden (Sydkraft), and England (PTMC). Elected by the Faculty - current term to 2020.
Steve Tanner, BComm (Laurentian), CPA, CMA, has been employed at Queen’s since 2009 and is currently the Director, Finance and Administration in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Before joining Queen’s, Steve worked at MD Management Limited where he was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Before that he served in finance roles with Loeb Inc., and E.B. Eddy Forest Products. Elected by the Staff - current term to 2017.
BA'88, EMBA'96. CEO of national public relations firm. Expertise in reputation management & non-profit governance. Chair, External Relations & Development Committee, Queen’s Board of Trustees; Director, PARTEQ Innovations; University Councillor; Lecturer, School of Business; Queen’s parent (Eric, Arts'16). Past: MBA class reunion coordinator, Arts & Science Undergraduate Society Executive, Queen’s Journal Editorial Board. Former Senior Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs. Governor, North York General Hospital, 2001–2011. Chair, Social Venture Partners Toronto, 2010–2013. Chair, Global Alliance for PR & Communication Management, 2011–2013. Leader, Scouts Canada, 2000-date. Fellow, Canadian Public Relations Society. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2017. Current term on University Council to 2018.
Benita is Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The CPPIB had assets under management of $278.9 billion at March 31, 2016. She previously held senior positions with Northwater Capital Management, Canada Development Investment Corporation and KPMG. She is currently active on several boards, including Methanex Corporation, Canadian Public Accountability Board and Women’s College Hospital. She is also Chair of the Smith School of Business Advisory Board. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and ICD.D, she has been recognized three times as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women – Top 100”. Benita has also been selected by the Canadian Board Diversity Council for its first-ever Diversity 50, which recognizes qualified, diverse candidates for Board appointments. Elected by the Board – current term to 2018.
Mary Wilson Trider
Mary is President & CEO of Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place District Memorial Hospital. At Queen’s she chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and the Non Academic Misconduct Sub Committee. She is a graduate of the Smith School of Business (B.Comm) and a CPA, CA. Mary is active in numerous healthcare industry committees and a Board member of Ontario 211 Services Corporation. Previous Board service includes United Way of York Region (Past Chair), Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services (Past Vice Chair) and the National Ballet Endowment Foundation. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2019. Current term on University Council to 2019.