University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

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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 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.

The Rector

​Alexandra da Silva


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 2020.

Doug Bruce

Doug Bruce

BSc(Eng)'85, MBA'01 Edinburgh School of Business, UK. Chair of the Board-Senate Advisory Committee, member of Audit and Risk Committee, and past member of External Relations and Development Committee. On the University Council I am on the Council Executive Committee and Program Committee. As a co-founder of a software company I am 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. Elected by the University Council - current term to 2021.

Victoria Chappell

Victoria Chappell

BSc (Hons) Candidate ’19. Life Sciences – Epidemiology Specialization. Audit and Risk Committee and Non-Academic Misconduct Subcommittee member (2017-current); Research Assistant at Providence Care Hospital (2018); Representative on the Senate Orientation Activities Review Board (2018-current); ASUS Representative to the AMS (2015-2017); Co-chair, Cancer Triad (2016-2017); ASUS Orientation Coordinator (2016-2017); Representative on the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid (2016-2018); ASUS Executive Intern (2015-2016). Victoria is dedicated to representing students on matters that directly affect their Queen’s experience. She looks forward to reinforcing a strong relationship between students and the Board. Current term to 2019.

Portrait of Liying Cheng

Liying Cheng

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. EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Morneau Shepell since 2013. Previously, more than 25 years at PwC (1983-2012) where 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. Recognized as a Women of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion. Board member, Amalco* (2017 – present), and previously St. Michael’s Hospital (2015 – 2017) and Shaw Festival (2009 – 2014) where was Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. 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 2019. *Amalgamation of St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Providence Health Care.

Portrait of  Marie Delorme

Marie Delorme

Dr. Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She chairs the Chiniki Trico Board, is past chair of the RCMP Foundation Board, and serves on the River Cree Enterprises Board, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. She is a Member of the Order of Canada, has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce, and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA 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.

Cormac Evans

Cormac Evans

Cormac is the director of Strategic Initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is responsible for the strategic development and management of new revenue generating programs as well as supporting the process for enacting changes to current programs. As a member of the Faculty’s leadership team, he works closely with the Dean and senior administration to advance the Faculty’s goals and priorities. He brings to the Board over 19 years of project and relationship management experience that meets the needs of stakeholders including students, private sector organizations, and various levels of government. Current term 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 Chair of the investment committee of Queen’s University, member of the Board of Queen’s University , and 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 2019.

Susan Lounsbury

Susan Lounsbury

BSc(Mech Eng) '82, PEng., MBA'99 (Ottawa), PMP- President Strateff Solutions Inc., providing expertise in Strategic Planning and Risk Management in Real Property and  Major Crown projects.  Member of PEO, Project Management Institute. Member of the Queen’s Campus Plan Advisory Board.   Past Board Member - Kingston General Hospital, Thousand Island Development Corporation, Brockville General Hospital.  Parent to three Queen’s engineering grads. VP Operations - Eng Soc. 1981–82 and Manager Clark Hall Pub 1980–81.  Member of the University Council Executive Committee. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2019. Current term on University Council to 2021.

Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch

ARCT (Toronto)'04, BCom'07, BA'07, MBA'11 (Harvard). Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth, Greystone Managed Investments ($32 billion investment fund).  Formerly McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley.  Member, Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Chair, Building, Investment, Finance and Audit Committee (owns 2,100 buildings housing 120,000 people).  Member, Board of Directors of the Empire Club of Canada.   At Queen’s: President of Queen’s Student Opera Company, Chair of Peer Judicial Boards, Managing Editor of 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 2020. Current term on University Council to 2020.

Robert McFarlane

Robert McFarlane

BCom (Hons)'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 Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of RSA Canada; Member of the Board of Entertainment One Ltd; Member of the Board of HSBC Bank Canada and its Audit & Risk 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

Kelly 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 2020.

Donald Raymond

Donald Raymond

BSc(Eng)'84, PhD'98. Don is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Alignvest Investment Management. 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. Don is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto, an Advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore and a Director of Great-West LifeCo. At Queen’s, Don was President of the Graduate Students’ Society and a Big Brother. Elected by the Board - current term to 2020.

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 in providing services and initiatives that promote student access, success and well-being. She has contributed to institutional priorities, including the Principal's Commission on Mental Health (2012), Strategic Enrolment Management, planning for student services spaces in the Innovation and Wellness Centre, and Indigenous student self-identification. 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 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. 

Brian Surgenor

Brian Surgenor

Brian Surgenor (Sc’77, PhD’83) is a Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, where he has taught since 1983. His administrative experience includes two terms as the Associate-Dean and ViceDean for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and two terms as the Head of Mechanical Engineering. He conducts research in machine vision and intelligent control for automated manufacturing. He teaches courses in Control Systems and Mechatronics at both the undergraduate and graduate professional levels. He has taken industrial sabbaticals in Australia (Costec), Sweden (Sydkraft), and England (PTMC). Elected by the Faculty - current term to 2020.

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 2020. Current term on University Council to 2020.

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 Methanex Corporation, SNC-Lavalin, Crestone Peak Resources, Canadian Public Accountability Board and Women’s College Hospital. She is also Chair of the Smith School of Business Advisory 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 2019. Current term on University Council to 2019.