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Queen's University

Biographical Sketches

Ex Officio Members



Portrait of Jim Leech


James William Leech, C.M.

Jim Leech recently retired 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 chairs the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, is on the board of 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.



Portrait of Daniel Woolf


Daniel R. Woolf

B.A.(Hons.)’80, D.Phil.’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 student. He is a Fellow of a number of learned societies, including the Royal Society of Canada.


Portrait of Tobias Thomas

Tobias Thomas

B.Sc. (Eng.)’85, M.B.A.’91 (Harvard). President and CEO Kinetico Incorporated - a leading global manufacturer of residential and commercial water purification and water treatment systems. Prior: Chief Marketing Officer, Kinetico. Senior Partner, Monitor Group and Chief Application Officer, M2C – Monitor’s marketing strategy group specializing in growth strategies. Member of M2C’s leadership team, and co-founder of Marketing Software Services Group. Bar manager, Clark Hall Pub. EngSoc award for Managerial excellence. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees – current term to 2015.




Portrait of Dan Tisch

Dan Tisch

B.A.’88, E.M.B.A.’96. CEO of leading national public relations firm. Expertise in reputation management & non-profit governance. Chair, External Relations & Development Committee, Queen’s Board of Trustees. Lecturer & advisor, Queen’s School of Business, 1996-date. Reunion coordinator, 1997-2006. Internal Affairs Commissioner, member of ASUS Assembly, 1986-87. Sports Editor, Queen's Journal, 1985-86. Former Senior Advisor to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Governor, North York General Hospital, 2001-11. Chair, Social Venture Partners Toronto, 2010-2013. Chair, Churchill Society for Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, 2004-07. Leader, Scouts Canada, 2000-date. Chair, Global Alliance for PR & Communication Management. Fellow, Canadian Public Relations Society. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2014.



Portrait of Innes van Nostrand

Innes van Nostrand

Sc.’86. Principal, Appleby College. Formerly Vice-Principal, Upper Canada College. Worked for 13 years in Alumni Affairs at Queen’s (Director from 1992-99.) Active in dozens of Queen’s groups, including: President, University Club; President, AMS; QUESSI; EngSoc; Campaign for Queen’s; Challenge Campaign; University Council; and many Alumni groups. Recipient of Tricolour Award, Engineering Society Award, and Herbert Hamilton Award. Involved in many professional and community organizations including CAIS, NAIS, Habitat for Humanity, Christ Church Deer Park, and Barrow Foundation. Recipient of CCAE Lifetime Achievement Award. Member Board of Trustees Audit and Risk and Governance and Nominating (Chair) Committees. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2016.


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Portrait of Mary Wilson Trider

Mary Wilson Trider

B.Com.’82. President & CEO, Almonte General Hospital. Active in numerous healthcare industry committees. Member, Canadian and Ontario Institutes of Chartered Accountants and Canadian College of Health Leaders. Board member, Ontario 211 Services Corporation and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Past Board Chair, United Way of York Region and Past Vice-Chair, Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services. Former Treasurer, National Ballet Endowment Foundation. At Queen’s, Artsci Frosh Week volunteer 1979, Member and Co-Chair AMS High School Liaison Committee 1980 - 1982. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees – current term to 2016.



Appointed Members

Portrait of Jess Joss
Jess Joss

Coordinator for ArtSci Orientation, a Deputy Commissioner and then VP University Affairs with the AMS in 1995-96. Jess also worked on campus with AMS Walk Home, Queen's Telethon, and the Dept of Alumni Affairs. Jess was previously involved in the Toronto Branch Executive, lastly in the position of Vice President. For 8 years, Jess has been involved with the QUAA Board, as MiniU Co-chair, then EVP Marketing and Communications, and now as President. Current term to 2015.



Elected Members

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