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Queen's University

Biographical Sketches


Ex Officio

Portrait of Jim Leech

The Chancellor

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 is a Senior Advisor with McKinsey and Company, 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, an MBA from Queen's University and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Portrait of Daniel Woolf

The Principal

Daniel R. Woolf

BA(Hons)'80, DPhil'83 (Oxford). Daniel Woolf became Queen’s University’s 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor on September 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.


Portrait of Tobias Thomas

Tobias Thomas

BSc(Eng)'85, MBA'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.

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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 Governance and Nominating (Chair) Committee. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2016.


Portrait of Mary Wilson Trider

Mary Wilson Trider

BCom'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 George Jackson
George Jackson

George is the President of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) having begun his 2-year term in April 2014 after serving at number of director positions on the QUAA Board of Directors. George has also been chair of the University Council on Athletics and Recreation (UCAR). George is a resident of Kingston. He’s been self-employed as a management consultant for the last 20 years. At one time George was a professional sailor. As a Queen’s student he was a member of the 1983 Golden Gaels Vanier Cup team. Appointed by the Queen’s University Alumni Association. Current term to 2016.



Portrait of Jennifer Medves
Jennifer Medves

Dr. Jennifer Medves is in the second term of her position as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of nursing. She is a member of local and provincial committees whose mandate is to examine nursing education, nursing practice and health human resource planning. Her research program is Nursing in Healthy Rural Workplaces. Dr. Medves teaches in the Master of Healthcare Quality program as well as theory and philosophy of nursing in the masters and PhD programs in the School of Nursing. Publications include interprofessional education and practice, the use of simulation in education, and rural nursing practice. Appointed by the Senate. Current term to 2016.

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Elected Members

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