University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

University Secretariat and Legal Counsel
University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

Biographical Sketches


Ex Officio Members

Elected Members


Ex Officio Members

The Chancellor

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 chairs the Mastercard Foundation; is Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, Chair Emeritus of the Toronto General & Western Foundation and the Honorary Colonel of 32 Signal Regiment, Canadian Forces; served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister; 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

Portrait of Patrick Deane

Patrick Deane

Patrick Deane became the 21st Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University on July 1, 2019. He is the former President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, a position he held for nine years.  Prior to that he served as Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s and also held a number of academic administrative appointments at Western University and the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Deane is a Professor of English Literature, with his principal research focus being the relationship between cultural production and British politics in the first half of the twentieth century.  He read English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, before undertaking graduate studies and receiving both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Western University. Dr. Deane was the first recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature in 1988.

The Rector

Portrait of Sam Hiemstra

Sam Hiemstra

BA (Hons) ’21. Sociology Major – Political Studies Minor. Sam served as President of the Queen’s International Affairs Association (2019-2020) wherein he helped oversee conferences, community outreach events, and media services including Right of Reply Podcast and the quarterly Observer. He also served as various Directorships (2017-2020) for the Queen’s University Liberal Association, Campus Outreach Director (2019-2020) for advocacy group Students for Students, and served Queen’s Model Parliament as Prime Minister (2020). Sam brings with him an optimistic attitude to strong town-gown relations and on campus mental health services. During his term as University Rector Sam looks forward to guiding students through the often-puzzling offices of the administration to ensure all students are being prioritized.


Elected Members

David Allgood

David Allgood

BA'70, JD'74. Most recently David was Senior Counsel with Dentons Canada LLP. Previously David was Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the Royal Bank of Canada, and Partner Osler LLP 1980-98.  David is an independent business consultant and advisor. His community involvement includes Trillium Health Partners, the Toronto United Way, Pro Bono Ontario (2008-18), and Co-Founder of Legal Leaders for Diversity (2011-16).  David lives in Toronto with his wife Helen Stevenson. Elected by the Board - current term to 2022.

Portrait of Shoshannah Bennett-Dwara

Shoshannah Bennett-Dwara

BS (Hons) ’21. Biology Major. Shoshannah serves as Vice-President of Queen’s Student Diversity Project (2020-2021) where she works closely with marginalized communities and the greater student body to promote diversity, equity and acceptance at Queen’s. She has also served on the University Council of Athletics and Recreation (2019-2020), Community of Support for Black Physicians Volunteer (2018-2019), Sponsorship Coordinator on Queen’s Black Premedical Association and Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Health (2018-2020) and as Secretary on the Biology Departmental Student Council. Shoshannah also actively works as a research assistant in the Department of Ophthalmology. In her position as Undergraduate Trustee, she has an overarching goal to express, validate and ensure that the perspectives and ideas of marginalized groups are readily discussed and actively pursued to promote diversity, inclusion and equity on the Queen’s campus; to cultivate courageous change. Elected by the Undergraduate Students - current term to 2021. 

Portrait of Heather Black

Heather Black

Sc’80, Toronto, ON. Past Vice President, Architecture and Planning, Latin American Systems, Scotiabank. Morris Hall and Leonard Field Residence Councils. QUAA Board from 2003. QUAA President 2009-2011, with service on Queen’s Advancement Committee and Capital Campaign Cabinet. University Council Reform Committee, 2012-2013, Chancellor Selection Committee, 2014. UC Program Committee, 2014-18. President’s Advisory Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct, 2015. University Council Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2023. Current term on University Council to 2022.

Doug Bruce

Doug Bruce

BSc(Eng)'85, MBA'01 Edinburgh School of Business, UK. Elected University Council representative to the Board of Trustees. As a co-founder of a software company, Doug is directly involved with all aspects of the business; legal, financial, HR, sales, and marketing. His goal is to leverage this broad background to make a strong contribution to the many issues facing Queen’s. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2021. Current term on University Council to 2023.

Liying Cheng

Liying Cheng

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Liying Cheng PhD is Professor and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group, Faculty of Education at Queen's University since 2000. She has served as Acting Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research (2016-17) and on Senate (2011-14) (2005-08). She co-founded Canadian Association of Language Assessment (2009). Her research into how effective assessment practices can lead to enhanced language teaching and learning outcomes for second language students has influenced education policy, curriculum, pedagogy, and language assessment practices nationally and internationally. She received 2017 Prize for Excellence in Research. She holds visiting professorship in prestigious universities internationally. Elected by the Faculty. Current term to 2021.

Hazel Claxton

Hazel Claxton

B.Com (Hons) ’83. Hazel Claxton retired in 2018 from Morneau Shepell where she was EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer (2013 – 2018). Previously, she spent more than 25 years at PwC (1983-2012) where she 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.  Board member, Unity Health Toronto* (2017 – present), where she is Chair of the Resources Committee and the Audit Subcommittee; previously, a director on the boards of St. Michael’s Hospital (2015 – 2017) and Shaw Festival (2009 – 2014). 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 2022. *Amalgamation of St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Providence Health Care. 

David Court

David Court

Bcom '79, MBA '83 (Harvard). Mr Court is a Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company having worked in 5 offices globally.  He was on McKinsey's global Operating Committee and Board of Directors, and in addition to serving clients was the Firm's Global Director of Technology, Digitization and Communications.   David is currently a board member at Canadian Tire Corporation, Brookfield Business Partners, Public Service Pension (PSP) Investment Board, National Geographic Partners, Women's College Hospital and Plan Canada International.  He formerly chaired the Smith School of Business Advisory Board and currently chairs the Advisory Board for Georgian Partners, a Venture Capital Firm focused on Artificial Intelligence as well as some of their portfolio companies. Elected by the Board - current term to 2023.

Portrait of Marie Delorme

Marie Delorme

Dr. Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She serves on the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the Donner Canadian Foundation, the Canadian Energy and Climate Nexus, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. She is also an advisor to two Universities. Dr. Delorme is a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce; and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Other awards include: the University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award; Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction; Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University, and both a PhD and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary. Elected by the Board - current term to 2021.

Alison Holt

Alison Holt

Alison has spent her career working in advancement, marketing and communications. As Managing Director, Offord Group and Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy, she provides strategic management consulting to the charitable sector. Among her clients are many higher education clients, as well as organizations from arts and culture, health, and social services. Alison has a long history as a volunteer with Queen’s. She is a member of University Council, where she sits on the Executive and the Nominating Committee. She has served as the Chair of the University Council Reform Group, as Council’s Vice-Chair, and as a member of the Chancellor’s Selection Committee and the Queen’s Alumni Association Board. She was a Queen’s advancement staff member from 1988-99. Alison also sits on the Advisory Board of LEAP/The Pecaut Centre and the Montcrest School Board of Governors. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2021. Current term on University Council to 2020.

James Keohane

James Keohane

Jim Keohane is President & CEO of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). As President & CEO, Mr. Keohane is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, as well as for developing, implementing and overseeing - in consultation with HOOPP’s Board of Trustees - performance measurement programs, long-term strategies and annual work plans to ensure the organization meets the needs of Plan beneficiaries. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa, Mr. Keohane obtained his MBA at Queen's University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has completed the Directors Education Program (Rotman School of Business) at the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Keohane is a board member of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.  Mr. Keohane was selected as a member of the Ontario Technical Advisory Panel on Retirement Income Security.  He is also a volunteer with United Way Toronto & York Region and a member of the 2015 and 2016 United Way Campaign Cabinet. Elected by the Board – current term to 2022.

Cathy Matthews

Cathy Matthews 

B. Comm. (Honours) '86; Chair, Board of Directors, Queen's AMS ' 86; CPA, CA. Career Background: Associate, Ernst & Young; Managing Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities, Toronto, Vancouver, New York and London; Consultant, National Bank Financial; Founder, WealthTable. Past Volunteer: Director, Camp Oochigeas; Director, New Haven Learning Centre; Director, Council for Human Development; Judge, Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition '17. Independent Studies: Adler Centre, Neufeld Institute, Harvard, London Business School and Wharton School. Personal Interests:  financial literacy, epigenetics and social determinants of health. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2022. Current term on University Council to 2021.

Robert McFarlane

Robert McFarlane

BCom'83, MBA’85 Western.  EVP & CFO TELUS Corporation 2000–2012 and Clearnet 1994–2000.  In 2007 named Canada’s Top CFO and in 2011 was awarded the Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award for outstanding contribution to Queen’s and Canada.  Currently Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Entertainment One Ltd; Member of the Board of HSBC Bank Canada and Chair of its Audit, Risk & Conduct Review Committee; Chair of the UBC Information Technology Advisory Council; Chair of the Greater Vancouver Advisory Board of The Salvation Army. Elected by the Board - current term to 2021.

Kelley McKinnon

Kelley McKinnon

BA (Hons)’85, LLB’88; Deputy General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Officer, BMO Financial Group; Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer, BMO Capital Markets (June 2016 to December 2017);  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 2021.

Victoria Remenda

Victoria Remenda

Dr. Vicki Remenda, Head of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering (GSGE) has served Queen's University chairing and serving on numerous committees at all levels, and in two faculties. As Senator, she was part of writing team for the first Academic Plan (2011). She used her Chair in Teaching and Learning (2006-2009) to spearhead Inquiry@Queen’s, the longest running undergraduate research conference in Canada. As Associate Dean in Faculty of Arts & Science (2015-2017), Vicki held the Teaching and Learning and Cyclical Program Review portfolios. As department head since 2017, Vicki has undertaken significant fundraising, hired seven new faculty members and is director of the innovative, on-line professional masters program, Masters of Earth and Engineering Resources Leadership. Elected by the Faculty - current term to 2023.

Portrait of Ellie Sadinsky

Ellie Sadinsky

MPA'15. Ellie joined Queen's staff in 2009 as Director, University Communications. Since 2012, she has served as Executive Director in the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, supporting more than 20 units across the division in providing services and initiatives that promote student access, success and well-being. She began her career in radio journalism and spent a decade in the Ontario Public Service in Communications before moving back to her hometown. Elected by the Staff - current term to 2021.

Portrait of Ali Saghari

Ali Saghari

MPA'15. My interest in governance and policy stems from my days as an undergraduate. Studying Political Science sparked my desire to pursue positions where I felt I could make some form of impact. During my undergraduate years I became involved with student governance. There I saw the impact students can make on their own academic lives when their interests are presented. I hope to continue working for the interest of peers and I look forward to serving all graduate students to the best of my ability. Elected by the Graduate Students - current term to 2022.

Portrait of David Sharpe

David Sharpe

David is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridging Finance Inc., one of Canada's largest private debt firms. David has a particular focus on economic development for First Nations and Inuit communities and has close to 25 years of financial services industry experience. David is Chair Emeritus of First Nations University of Canada. He is also a Board member of the Economic Development Corporation for Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation and the Vice-Chair of the Dean's Council at Queen's University, Faculty of Law. David is a Mohawk and member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. He is a lawyer and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. He has an LLB from Queen's University, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. David has also received the Professional Director Certification from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan/University of Regina. In 2015, David was named to the Diversity 50 in Canada. Elected by the Board - current term to 2021. 

Portrait of John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse

As Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO at RBC, John is responsible for interpreting trends for the executive leadership team and Board of Directors with insights on how these are affecting RBC, its clients and society at large. Prior to this, John was editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail (2009-14), editor of Report on Business, and from 1992-1999, a foreign correspondent based in New Delhi, India. He has authored three books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. John is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, C.D. ‎Howe Institute and on the boards of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. Elected by the Board - current term to 2021. 

Portrait of Colette Steer

Colette Steer

B.PE. from the University of Western Australia, B.A. (Sports Administration) from the University of Canberra, Colette spent the first fifteen years of her career working in national and international basketball. Since moving to Canada she changed careers and has been working for the School of Graduate Studies since 2007.  Her role has given her the opportunity to collaborate with many central services, departments and Faculties. She is currently on several working groups, such as the Committee for International Student Success, the Aboriginal Student Access and Support Working Group, the Food Insecurity working group, the Group UX/UI Centre of Excellence, Research RoundUp, the Senate Committee for Scholarships and Student Aid and the Mental Health Working Group. Elected by the Staff - current term to 2023.

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 2021. Current term on University Council to 2023.

Benita Warmbold

Benita Warmbold

Benita is a seasoned executive with a wealth of senior-level experience, both strategic and operational.  Former Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of CPP Investment Board where she spent nine years.  Benita previously held senior leadership positions with Northwater Capital, Canada Development Investment Corporation and KPMG. Benita is currently active on several boards, including Scotiabank, Methanex Corporation, SNC-Lavalin, Crestone Peak Resources. She is Chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board. Benita holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and ICD.D, she was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, Benita was given a CFO Special Recognition Award for Social Responsibility and Mentoring.  Elected by the Board – current term to 2021.

Mary Wilson Trider

Mary Wilson Trider

Mary is President & CEO of Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital.  At Queen’s she is a Board Vice-Chair, chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and is a member of the Capital Assets and Finance 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 2022. Current term on University Council to 2022.