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.

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. UC Reform Committee, 2012-2013, Chancellor Selection Committee, 2014. UC Program Committee, 2014. President’s Advisory Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct, 2015. University Council Executive Committee and Nominating Committee.

Sue Lounsbury

Sue Lounsbury

Bsc (Mechanical Engineering ’82, Peng., MBA ’99 (University of Ottawa), PMP. Sue is President and CEO of Strateff Solutions, a consulting firm focusing on strategic planning and risk management in real property and for Major Crown Projects. She current sits on the External Relations and Development committee and is Vice co-Chair of the Capital Assets and Finance committee. She has had extensive public sector board experience, sitting on the Brockville General Hospital Board, the Kingston General Hospital Board and the Thousand Island Development Corporation Board. While attending Queens, Sue was Vice Present of Operations for the Engineering Society in 1981-82 and was Manager of Clark Hall Pub in 1980-81. She is currently a member of the University Council Executive Committee and was elected by University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2019.

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.

Appointed Members

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 2020.

Jeremy Mosher

Jeremy Mosher

Jeremy graduated from Queen’s in 2008 with a degree in Applied Economics.  While at Queen’s he was active as a Gael, a Coordinator for ArtSci Orientation and with the QSB Executive Education Program.  Jeremy also met his very supportive wife Andrea, Artsci’08, while at Queen’s and they recently welcomed a son (Joshua Kevin) into the Mosher & Queen’s family. Jeremy currently works for National Bank of Canada as a Vice President of Equity Sales and pens the Mosh-Pit investment newsletter.  Jeremy is passionate about volunteering with the Queen’s Alumni Association (with a fantastic team of volunteers), learning about great businesses, music and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Elected Members