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Queen's University

Biographical Sketches

Ex Officio Members

Elected Members


    Ex Officio Members


    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.


    The Rector

    Portrait of Mike YoungMike Young

    BA(Hons) candidate'15, BEd candidate'16. Chair, AMS Mental Health Advisory Board (2013-14). Facilitator and Steering Committee member, Positive Space Program (2013-present). Head Teach, Concurrent Education Faculty Orientation Week (2012-13). Walkhome (2012-13, 2014-15). Queen’s Conference on Education (2012-14). Tricolour Award selection committee (2012, 2013). Teach, Concurrent Education Faculty Orientation Week (2011-12). Second Year Representative, CESA Council (2012-13). First Year Representative, CESA Council (2011-12). Office Manager and Head Counsellor, National Tennis School/National Kids Camps (2009-present). He’s passionate about inspiring the next generation to be leaders through education.



    Elected Members

    Potrait of Toby AbramskyToby Abramsky

    BA'79 (UofT). VP Keystone Property Management Inc. Honoured recipient of 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and 2009 Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Past recipient of Kingston Livable City Design and Frontenac Historic Foundation Awards for preservation of local Architectural Heritage. Long-time resident of Queen's neighborhood. Committed to fostering a strong and mutually satisfying town/gown relationship for the benefit of Students and the Community. Member Capital Assets & Finance Committee (Vice-chair) and Queen's University Planning Committee. Elected by the Board - current term to 2016.



    David Allgood Portrait of David Allgood

    David recently retired as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the Royal Bank of Canada. Previously he was a partner of the law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. His community involvement includes Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the United Way and Pro Bono Law 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 Portrait of David Bakhurst

    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 up 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.




    Portrait of Doug Bruce

    Doug Bruce

    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.




    Portrait of Ginette DenfordGinette Denford

    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 Certified 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.




    Portrait of David GraceDavid Grace

    BSc(Hons)'69, MSc'95 (London); Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries since 1973; 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.


    Jennifer LiPortrait of Jennifer Li

    BA(Hons) candidate ’17, BEd candidate ’18. Walkhome Staff (2014-2015). Teach, Concurrent Education Orientation Week (2014-2015). Queen’s Conference on Education (2014, 2015). Assistant to the Rector (2013-2014). She is committed to fostering a strong and positive relationship between the Board and the students to enhance the Queen's University experience. Elected by the Undergraduate Students - current term to 2017.





    Colin LynchPortrait of Colin Lynch

    A.R.C.T. (Toronto) ’04, B.Com.’07, B.A.’07, M.B.A.’11 (Harvard). McKinsey Engagement Manager; formerly at Morgan Stanley, Monitor Group and P&G. Advised senior policy makers, politicians and corporate executives across multiple sectors. Presently Vice Chair of Youth Empowering Parents; Director & Treasurer of Bright Futures of Burkina Faso. Formerly head of Harvard Business School’s Board Fellows program and Canadian delegate, 37th St. Gallen Symposium (Switzerland). At Queen’s: President of the Queen’s Student Opera Company; Chair of the Peer Judicial Boards; Managing Editor of the 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 2016.



    James A. MacLeodPortrait of James A. MacLeod

    BScH'11 (Queen’s), PhD Candidate (Queen’s), Speaker - Society of Graduate and Professional Students (2012-2014), Treasurer - Grad Club (2012-2013), Co-Founder & Consultant - Queen’s University International Genetically Engineered Machine Team (2008-2011), Queen’s Sailing Club (2011-2013), Kingston Regional Science Fair Judge (2011-2014), Research Coordinator - Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (2008-2009), Kaleidoscope Big Buddy Program (2008-2009), Canada-Wide Science Fair Partnership Committee (2007-2008), Guest Speaker - Sanofi Pasteur (2008), CSIA 3 & CSCF 1 certifications. James is enthusiastically engaged in the Queen’s community and strives to enhance students’ academic and social university experience. Elected by the Graduate and Professional Students - current term to 2016.



    Portrait of Robert McFarlaneRobert McFarlane

    BCom (Hons)'83, MBA'85 Western. EVP & CFO TELUS Corporation 2000-2012 and Clearnet 1994-2000. Contributor to public policy and strong advocate of good corporate governance with accomplished board membership in both corporate and NPO sectors. In 2007 Bob was named Canada’s Top CFO and in 2011 was awarded the Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award for outstanding contribution to Queen’s and Canada. Youth basketball and football coach volunteer. Currently Bob is Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of RSA Canada; Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee of InnVest REIT; Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; a Director of Vancouver College; and a member of the Queen’s Initiative Campaign and Field and Stadium Cabinets. Elected by the Board - current term to 2018.


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    Portrait of Kelley McKinnonKelley McKinnon

    BA(Hons)'85, LLB'88; Head of Securities Litigation, Gowlings LLP since 2008; 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.




    Portrait of Barb Palk.jpg Barbara Palk

    BA(Hons)'73, Fellow - the Cdn Securities Inst., C.F.A.'87 and ICD.D; TD Bank Financial Group: President, TD Asset Management 2002- 2010 and Senior Vice President 1997-2010, Vice President 1993-97, Assistant General Manager 1992-93, Manager 1990-92. Member of the Board, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, TD Asset Management, USA Funds Inc., Crombie REIT and First National Financial Corporation. Member, Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute; Appointed Chair of the Board, Queen’s University, June 2012; Former Member of the Board, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, Investment Counsel Association of Canada, Greenwood College School, Perimeter Institute, UNICEF Canada, Shaw Festival and Canstage; Past President of the Ticker Club. Honoured as a recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Award; by The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2004 as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ in their Trailblazer category and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Elected by the Board - current term to 2016.


    Kathleen PritchardPortrait of Kathleen Pritchard

    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. Board Member and Vice Chair of the Research Health Care Advisory Committee of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Ontario Division (2010-15). Honored with a 2015 Women of Action Award by the Israeli Cancer Research Fund. Grandmother of three. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2018.




    Donald RaymondPortrait of Donald Raymond

    BSc(Eng)'84, PhD'98, CFA. Don is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Alignvest Management Corporation. 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. Part-time, he is currently Adjunct Professor of Finance and Chair of the International Centre for Pension Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He also serves on a variety of international advisory committees (OECD, IIF, IMF). At Queen’s Don was President of the Graduate Students’ Society and a Big Brother. Elected by the Board - current term to 2016.


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    Susan Riddell RosePortrait of Susan Riddell Rose

    BSc (GeolEng)’86 (Queen’s); President and CEO, Perpetual Energy (2010-Current); President and CEO, Paramount Energy Trust (2003-2010); 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 and Queen’s University. Elected by the Board - current term to 2018.



    Portrait of Edward SpealEdward Speal

    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, Head of Global Equity and Commodity Derivatives 2010 to present. Head of Structured Finance, 2008-2010. President and C.E.O. 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.





    Portrait of Steve TannerSteve Tanner

    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.





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    Daniel TischPortrait of 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 2017. Current term on University Council to 2018.



    Lewis TomaltyPortrait of Lewis Tomalty

    Lewis Tomalty is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences and Pathology & Molecular Medicine. Having joined Queen’s in 1986 he has held numerous leadership positions including that of Department Head, Associate Dean and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He has been a member or chair of numerous committees both within and external to the university. In addition to his extensive leadership experience, he has been the recipient of numerous educational awards. Elected by the Faculty - current term to 2017.





    Portrait of Innes van NostrandInnes 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 - current term to 2016.



    Portrait of Mary Wilson TriderMary 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 - current term to 2016.


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