University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

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Elected Members N - Z



Michael Parsche

Michael Parsche

​B.Sc.(Engineering)'88 PMP CPHIMS. I have 31 years in the Education and Technology sectors, including work on several projects relating to student retention and academic advising. I would like to give back to Queen's by ensuring that students are provided the best experience possible. I have extensive experience in delivering successful, effective information systems solutions to meet challenging business demands. I have strong hands-on technical qualifications blended with impressive performance in strategic planning and organizational amalgamation. I have over 10 years of volunteering experience with youth and young adults. Current term to 2020.

Tka Pinnock

Tka Pinnock

​BA(Hons)'07, MSc'08 (LSE). Toronto. Executive Director of the University of Toronto Students' Union. Formerly Executive Director of Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation. Member, Board of Directors - Lifelong Leadership Institute and Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits; Treasurer - Kimroy Grove Co-op. 2016-17 Connect the Sector Fellow. At Queen's: Chair, Committee Against Race & Ethnic Discrimination; Director, OPIRG - Kingston; Member, Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline; Chair, Black History Month Kingston; Education Officer, ACSA; Member, AMS Judicial Committee; active in ASUS. Recipient of Robert Sutherland Prize. Current term to 2021.

Kathy Pritchard

Kathy Pritchard

​BA'69, MD'71. Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute. Medical Oncologist, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. Professor Emerita, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Member of the Queen’s University Council (2003–21). Contributed to Council Reform and Program Committee. Dean of Health Sciences Advancement Cabinet. Awarded the Dr. Joseph Pater Award of Excellence from the Canadian Clinical Trials Group in 2016. Named to the Order of Canada 2017. Grandmother of four. Current term on University Council to 2021.

Julia Reid

Julia Reid

​ArtSci'08, New York, NY, Management Consultant. Over eight years of experience working in the PR, marketing, public affairs and management consulting industries in New York and London, UK serving both public and private sector clients. President, Queen's Alumni Branch New York (2015 to present). Mentor, Queen's Connects LinkedIn Network. Alumni Career Liaison, Department of English at Queen's. CoChair, Canadian Women's Club in London, UK (2013-2015). While a student at Queen’s Julia was a member of the Women’s Empowerment Committee and Students Taking Responsible Initiatives for a Viable Environment. Current term to 2021.

Katrina Samson

Katrina Samson

BA’01, Bed’02, MA (Ottawa), PhD (candidate, Toronto); Oakville, ON; Head of School, Appleby College . Member, Ontario College of Teachers. ASUS Orientation Committee ’99; ASUS Head Gael ’01; Member of Queen’s Competitive Cheerleading Team 1997-2000. Volunteer with Halton Catholic District Schools, United Way. Current term to 2022.

Zehra Sheerazi

Zehra Sheerazi

BCOMM '07, Toronto, ON, Lawyer at Torys LLP. Member, Law Society of Upper Canada. Director, Whitney Child Centre. Mentor, Women in Capital Markets Job Shadowing, LAWS program and Muslim Awards for Excellence. At Queen's: Treasurer of Queen's Commerce Society, Executive member of Queen's Indian Students Association, Queen's Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship, Queen's Pakistani Students Association and Queen's Model UN. Residence don at McNeill House and Leggett Hall. Unforgettable memories and friendships through being a boss during frosh week, ICBC contestant and Model UN delegate. Current term to 2023.

Denise Shortt

Denise Shortt

BAH’89, Harvard ED.M 1997. Toronto, ON. Vice-President, Information Technology Association of Canada. Board Director, Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). Board Director, Les Dames d’Escoffier. Extensive volunteer and board advisory experience in the technology sector and with women and youth organizations. Advisor, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University. Co-founder of Wired Woman Toronto and Harvard Women in IT. Awarded Canadian Women in Communications Leadership Award as a Lifelong Champion of Women’s Advancement. Co-author, Innovation Nation, Toronto: Wiley & Sons, 2002. Co-author, Technology with Curves: Women Reshaping the Digital Landscape, Toronto: HarperCollins, 2000. Current term to 2022.

Amrita V. Singh

Amrita V. Singh

B.H.Sc (Biology), J.D., Toronto, ON. Barrister & Solicitor. Member, Law Society of Ontario (LSO); Multiple Committees Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA); Council and Multiple Committees Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association (OBA); Vice-Chair of Litigation Committee, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC); Multiple Committees Member, IPIC; Member, Advocates' Society; Member, South Asian Bar Association (SABA); Member, Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG); Member, Young Women in Law. Member of Queen's Law Pro Bono and Legal Aid. Former President of Queen's Law South Asian Law Students Association. Continued Mentorship of Queen's Law students interested in intellectual property law. Current term to 2022.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith

BAH'91 Political Studies, ICD.D Ottawa, ON. Principal and Co-Founder, Bluesky Strategy Group Inc., a full-service public affairs, government relations, strategic communications and public relations firm. Chair of the Global Communications Alliance. Co-Founder Canada2020.ca, a progressive, federal public policy think tank. While at Queens: QP Manager 90-91, QP bartender and waitstaff 88-90. ArtSci Frosh Week Head Committee Member - '89, Gael -'88, Board Member Queen's Alumni Association - 2006-08, Currently: active political pundit and media commentator – CTV Power Play, political volunteer, mentor. Current term to 2022.

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 2023.

Sarah Virani

Sarah Virani

BAH (Health Studies) '11, JD (Osgoode Hall Law School) '14. Involved in QueensU Orientation as an ASUS Gael ('08), Orientation Committee Member ('09) and Director of the Orientation Roundtable ('10). Chair, Queen's Ismaili Muslim Students Association (2009-10). Delegate, Queen's Model Parliament ('10). Research Assistant to Dr. Samantha King ('09). Intramural volleyball. Volunteer, Hotel Dieu Hospital. Student Caucus Communications Chair, Osgoode Hall Law School (2013-14). Current Member, Ontario Bar Association Health Law Executive. National Lead, Campus Connexion Mentorship Program (Aga Khan Education Board). Volunteer, Pro Bono Law Ontario. Past Discipline Committee Member, College of Registered Nurses of BC (2015-17). Current term to 2022.

Chu Wang

Chu Wang

BCOMM'15; Toronto, ON; Associate Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (present); Researcher at Harvard Business School (2012-2014); LGBTQ Chair at BCG Canada; Co-Chair for BCG-Pathways (organize workshops for BCG staff to mentor high school students from low-income neighbourhoods); Senior Advisor for Queen's LGBT Committee; Senator in Queen's Senate; VP of Marketing for Main Campus Residents Council; Co-Chair for Queen's Micro Credit Finance. Current term to 2021.

Yanique Williams

Yanique Williams

BAH'08, MPIA‘13 (Glendon College and Master’s Exchange at Sciences Po - Paris). Ottawa. Director of Policy to Minister for Women and Gender Equality Canada. Queen’s: Gael '05; House President - Morris Hall ‘05-06; Residence Don - Vic Hall ‘06-08; ACSA ‘05-08; ACSA Culture Show ‘05-08, Co-Chair Exposure ‘07; CultureShock ‘08; TAPS ‘07-08; AMS Candidate ‘07-08; QMP; Committee Against Race & Ethnic Discrimination, Black History Month Kingston, VCFS. Past: board - Malvern Family Resource Centre; board - Julliette’s Place (Homeward Family Shelter); Maytree: DiverseCity Voices; Toronto Regional Champion Campaign; and Harry Jerome Awards. Current: various community initiatives in Ottawa and Toronto including the Ms. Letna Healing Hope Fundraiser. Current term to 2023.

Krystyna Williamson

Krystyna Williamson

BSc’86. Calgary, AB. Founder of Purpose Philanthropy, (corporate social investment advisors), Past member of Queen’s Council Exec Committee, Harris Reform Group, chair/director of numerous non-profit boards, Executive Director Coach, specialist in strategic planning and operations capacity assessment, very active in local alumni branch. Served as DSC rep and on ASUS during student years. Proud parent of Sci'14 and ConEd'17 daughters. Current term to 2020.

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

BAH'86, Harvard MBA 1996. Cambridge, UK. Chief Operating Officer - University of Cambridge, Development and Alumni Relations. Deputy Commissioner, Communications AMS 1985-86. Volunteer, Canada-UK Foundation, Canadian High Commission, London UK. Fellow / Governing Body member - St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, and member, St. Edmund's Development and Alumni Relations Committee. Member - Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. Volunteer/ speaker - Founders4Schools. Current term to 2021.

Marcus Wong

Marcus Wong

BAH’03, West Vancouver, BC, City Councillor. CEO, AURUS Athletica. Provincially-appointed tribunal adjudicator. Spokesperson, major utility company. Communications advisor to cabinet ministers. Canadian Olympic Committee. Canadian Embassy (Washington, DC). MSc (Birmingham). GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE: West Vancouver Police Board, Queen’s University Council (2008-2014), Queen’s Alumni Association, BC Association of Police Boards, Canadian Association of Police Governance, West Vancouver Track & Field Club, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, BC Luge Association, Richmond Art Gallery, University of Birmingham Senate. Member, Institute of Corporate Directors. AT QUEEN’S: Solar Car, MCRC, Withinsight, NTYLC, Queen’s Bands, Reunion Coordinator. Current term to 2023.

Tom Woodhall

Tom Woodhall

BSc(Eng)'06, BA'06, MSc(Eng)'08. Associate at BA Group. Tom was active as a representative to the Engineering Society and the A.M.S., serving both as deputy speaker. A former Campus Bookstore (QUESSI) Director and Chair of Finance, Tom wrote for the Journal, competed on the engineering rugby team, and volunteered with outreach projects. As an SGPS member helped rewrite the society by-laws. Also a former Clark Hall Pub business manager, Tom worked for Science Quest and is the current Sci05 President. Current term to 2021.

Elaine Wu

Elaine Wu

BA(Hons)'98, MIR'00, Law'03. Provincial Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Member of the Law Society of Ontario. For the past 13 years, Elaine has been a volunteer with the Queen's Toronto Alumni Branch serving in a variety of positions from chair of the Education and Culture Committee, to Vice-President and President. In 2008, she was the recipient of the QUAA Branch Marsha Lampman Award for service and dedication as an ambassador on behalf of Queen's. During her time at Queen's, she was Secretary General of the Queen's Model UN, Finance Director of the Queen's International Affairs Association, worked at the Queen's Journal and AMS. Current term to 2022.