University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

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Biographical Sketches

Ex Officio


The Chancellor

Jim 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.

The Principal

Daniel Woolf

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.

Damien McCotter

Damien McCotter

BSc(Eng)'98, LLB; Damien McCotter is Manager of Legal Services for the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  Damien completed a degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at Queen’s University in 1998 and his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Windsor in 2004.  As an engineer, he worked at the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Finland and the National Microelectronics Research Centre in Ireland.  His experience as a lawyer includes seven years at Torys LLP, working with clients in healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.  Prior to joining SickKids, Damien practiced as a founding partner of a boutique firm in Toronto providing legal services to clients in technology, arts and culture.  Damien was Vice-President of the Queen's Engineering Society executive, a member of the Queen's Track & Field team, and a founding member of the Queen's Young Engineering Alumni.  Damien has been on University Council since 2011 and was elected to the University Council Executive in 2015. Current term to 2017.

Appointed Members


Sue Bates

Sue Bates

Sue is in the second year of a two year term serving as the volunteer President of the Queen's University Alumni Association. Sue has volunteered with the Association in several capacities, including as contacts in Scotland, the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands, and as President of the QUAA Kingston Branch as well as various positions on the QUAA Board. Outside of the QUAA, Sue has served as the Alumni representative to SOARB (Seante Orientation Activities Review Board, as a member of the Ban Righ Foundation Board and as an elected University Councillor. Sue also currently serves on UCAR (University Council on Athletics and Recreation).

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.

Elected Members