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Joint Committee Member Biographical Sketches

 

James William Leech

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 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, 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 Queen’s 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.

Hazel Claxton

Hazel Claxton

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, Amalco* (2017 – present), and previously St. Michael’s Hospital (2015 – 2017) and 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. *Amalgamation of St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Providence Health Care.

Laeeque Daneshmend

Laeeque Daneshmend

1995 onwards: Noranda-Falconbridge Chair in Mine-Mechanical Engineering, The Robert M. Buchan Departing of Mining; cross-appointed to Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. 2010 onwards: affiliated faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at Queen's. 2007-2012: Head of Department, Departing of Mining, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science. 2013-2015: Deputy Provost, Queen's University. Born in Pakistan; grew up in Libya, the Sudan, and England. In addition to English, I have native proficiency in spoken Urdu/Hindi; working proficiency in written Urdu; working proficiency in spoken Punjabi; and working proficiency in written classical Arabic (very rusty in spoken colloquial Arabic!).

Ginette Denford

Ginette Denford

Ginette Denford is the Director, Finance (Facilities) for the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).  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 23 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. 

Petra Fachinger

Petra Fachinger

Petra Fachinger specializes in transnational literatures, diaspora studies (Asia/Pacific, South Asia, Muslim diaspora literature), Indigenous literatures, and environmental humanities. She has served on numerous Queen’s University committees, including the Academic Planning Task Force. She currently serves as QUFA Equity Representative, chairs the FAS Nominating Committee, and is a member of the Cultural Awareness Working Group reporting to the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University. http://www.queensu.ca/english/faculty/current-faculty/p-fachinger

Adam Grotsky

Adam Grotsky

Adam is a law student and currently serves as President of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS). Adam also completed his BAH in Political Studies at Queen's, and was actively involved in the community during that time. Most notably, Adam represented over 10,000 students as President of the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS). Adam's time at Queen's has taught him that our community works best when it works together and when it works for everyone – a philosophy he will apply to matters before the Senate.

Erik Knutsen

Erik Knutsen

Erik S. Knutsen is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. His areas of academic interest include accident law, insurance, tort, and civil litigation. He is a co-author of one of the leading American insurance law treatises and the leading casebook on Canadian civil litigation. His work has been cited by Canadian, American and European courts. Professor Knutsen earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School, his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his B.A.(Hons.) from Lakehead University. He has earned the Queen’s Law teaching award three times. He has practiced tort and insurance litigation in Thunder Bay at Carrel + Partners LLP, in Toronto at Fasken Martineau LLP, and in New York at Paul, Weiss LLP where he assisted with 9/11 World Trade Center cases.

Cathy Lemmon

Cathy Lemmon

Cathy Lemmon is the International Programs Adviser at Queen’s International Centre. She has been involved in international education since 1996 and received her Certificate in Intercultural Studies from UBC in 2007. Cathy was involved in developing the Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy, the Risk & Responsibility for Study, Work or Travel Office, the Emergency Support Program for Study Abroad, and Queen’s International Directory - a precursor to the “International” tab on Queen’s website. Cathy is an intercultural trainer and a senior instructor for the Socio-cultural Competency Training Program. She delivers cultural adjustment workshops and developed culture modules for Queen’s pre-departure orientation.

Jennifer Li

Jennifer Li

Jennifer is a BAH’17 student currently serving as the President of the Alma Mater Society (AMS). She is committed to fostering a strong and positive relationship between the Senate and the undergraduate students to enhance the academic and out of classroom Queen’s experience.

Susan Lounsbury

Susan Lounsbury

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, Project Management Institute. Member of the Queen’s Campus Plan Advisory Board.   Past Board Member - Kingston General Hospital, 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.  Member of the University Council Executive Committee. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2019. Current term on University Council to 2018.

Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch

ARCT (Toronto)'04, BCom'07, BA'07, MBA'11 (Harvard). Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth, Greystone Managed Investments ($32 billion investment fund).  Formerly McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley.  Member, Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Chair, Building, Investment, Finance and Audit Committee (owns 2,100 buildings housing 120,000 people).  Member, Board of Directors of the Empire Club of Canada.   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 2020. Current term on University Council to 2020.

Kelley McKinnon

Kelly McKinnon

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 2020.

Julian Ortiz

Julian Ortiz

Dr. Ortiz is a Mining Engineer from Universidad de Chile, and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering (Geostatistics) from University of Alberta. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University, where he teaches geostatistics and surface mining courses, and conducts research related to geostatistics, stochastic modelling of ore deposits, sampling and QA QC, and geometallurgical modelling. Previously, he worked as an Associate Professor at Universidad de Chile, where he was Head of the Department and Deputy Director of the Advanced Mining Technology Center.

Donald Raymond

Donald Raymond

BSc(Eng)'84, PhD'98. 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 at the University of Toronto, an Advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore and a Director of Great-West LifeCo. At Queen’s, Don was President of the Graduate Students’ Society and a Big Brother. Elected by the Board - current term to 2020.

Richard Reznick

Richard Reznick

Dr. Reznick, a professor in the Department of Surgery, completed his medical degree at McGill University and later graduated from the general-surgery training program at the University of Toronto. He completed a Masters in medical education at Southern Illinois University, and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Texas, Houston. At Toronto Faculty of Medicine, he was inaugural Director of the Faculty's Centre for Research in Education at UHN, Vice President of Education at UHN and R. S. McLaughlin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. In July 2010, Dr. Reznick assumed the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).

Daniel Tisch

Daniel Tisch

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 2020. Current term on University Council to 2020.

Mary Wilson Trider

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 FCPA, FCA.  Mary is active in numerous healthcare industry committees.  Previous Board service includes Ontario 211 Services Corporation, 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.

Cam Yung

Cam Yung

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). Coordinator, (Sustainability) for the AMS Foodbank (2016-17). 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.