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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 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-President (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.

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.


Appointed Members

Petra Fachinger

Petra Fachinger - Senate Appointee 

Petra Fachinger specializes in transnational literatures, diaspora studies (Asia/Pacific, South Asia, Muslim diaspora literature), Indigenous literatures, and environmental humanities. She has served on numerous Queen’s University committees, including the Academic Planning Task Force. She currently chairs the FAS Nominating Committee and the Senate Educational Equity Committee and is a member of the Cultural Awareness Working Group reporting to the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University.

Jeremy Mosher

Jeremy Mosher - QUAA Appointee

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