Biographical Sketches

Ex Officio

The Chancellor

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, CC, MSM

The Honourable Murray Sinclair’s legal credentials are well known. What is less well known is that he is Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He is a Fourth Degree Chief of the Midewiwin Society, a traditional healing and spiritual society of the Anishinaabe Nation responsible for protecting the teachings, ceremonies, laws, and history of the Anishinaabe. His Spirit Name is Mizhana Gheezhik (The One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky).
His Honour graduated from law school in 1979. He has been involved with the justice system in Manitoba for over 40 years, first as a lawyer representing Indigenous clients, as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Robson Hall, as Associate Chief Judge of Manitoba’s Provincial Court and as a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. He was the first Indigenous Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the TRC’s widely influential report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events. In 2017 Governor General Julie Payette awarded him and the other TRC Commissioners the Meritorious Service Cross (Civilian) (MSC) for service to Canada for their work on the TRC.

He was active within the profession and his community and was a member of the faculty of the National Judicial Institute training judges about Indigenous law and social justice issues. He has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001), its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and the CBA President’s medal (2018). He has been named as one of Canada’s Indigenous People’s Counsel (IPC) by the Indigenous Bar Association.

He has received Honorary Doctorates from 19 universities. He retired from the Bench in January 2016, and was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016. He retired from the Senate effective January 31, 2021, to return to the practice of law and to mentor young lawyers. 
He has been invited to speak throughout Canada and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of the Commonwealth Courts.  He continues to maintain an active public speaking schedule and was named the 15th Chancellor of Queen’s University in July 2021. His Honour is currently writing his memoirs.

The Principal

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 is President & CEO of Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital. 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 2025. 

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"In conversation with the new chair of the Board of Trustees" (Queen's Gazette - September 11, 2020)

Appointed Members

Petra Fachinger - Senate Appointee 

Petra Fachinger has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UBC. She teaches in the English Department at Queen's and is affiliated with the graduate program in Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Canadian literature, Indigenous literatures, and diaspora studies. Her publications focus on Indigenous-settler relations in Canada, intergenerational trauma, Asian Canadian literature, and environmental crisis literature. She is recipient of the Chancellor’s Research Award and the Principal’s Teaching and Learning Award: Promoting Student Inquiry.

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Allison Williams - QUAA Appointee

Allison Williams, Artsci’09, is a practicing lawyer at one of the province of Ontario's specialty community legal clinics, Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY). Originally from small-town Northwestern Ontario, Allison threw herself into student life while attending Queen’s. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies with a minor in Women's Studies (2009); however is most proud of being honoured with the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award upon convocation for her distinguished service to the University in non-academic extracurricular activities. Allison went on to obtain her Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto (2011), before getting her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School (2015). Allison was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. Prior to taking up the QUAA President's role, Allison served for four years as the QUAA Board's Director of Giving, promoting alumni philanthropy and giving through Queen's. 

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  • Tazrian Alam
  • Nonyelum Pamela Anoliefo
  • John Armitage
  • Nirosha Balakumar
  • Richard Baugh
  • Heather Black
  • Doug Bruce
  • Samantha Cheung
  • Elena Christopoulos 
  • Safiah Chowdhury
  • Mary Drinkwater
  • Nosa O. Egiebor
  • Greg Frankson

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Tazrian Alam

Tazrian is Senior Manager at Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Financial Crime Team where she leads and manages quarterly reports to RBC’s Board of Directors and Risk Committees. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a graduate of the Queen’s University (BAH’13, PolSci) and University of Western Ontario (MA’14, International Relations ). During her time at Queen’s she was a member of the Queen’s Model United Nations Team and Model Parliament Team. She also worked at Stauffer Library while studying at Queen’s. Tazrian remains an active community member through her volunteering. Former Board of Director, Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals 2020-2022; Former Financial Coach for Human Trafficking Survivors 2020-2022; Former member of Halton Audit Committee 2018-2020. Tazrian is a current volunteer with Ascend Canada and Sanctuary Toronto. Current term to 2027.

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Nonyelum Pamela Anoliefo

MMIE'20, Hannon, ON. Scrum Master at TD Bank. Certified Cards and Payments Professional (CCPP), Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP), Professional Scrum Master. During her time at Queen's, she was elected a Member of the MMIE Alumni Leadership Advisory Committee and she volunteers as an Alumni Ambassador of Acces Employment Canada. Current term to 2025.

John Armitage

P.Eng., BSc. (Civil)' 71; Head Coach, Rowing (1977-2016), Varsity Hockey (1967-69); QUAA Kingston Achievement Award; QUAA Mentorship Award; Business Owner; Leadership positions in Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Area Economic Development Commission, Kingston and Ontario Home Builders' Association, CFB Kingston Task Force, Canadian University Rowing Association, Kingston Rowing Club.. Member of Kingston Business Hall of Fame, Kingston District Sports Hall of Fame, Kingston Rowing Hall of Fame, Brockville Collegiate Hall of Fame. Paul Harris Fellow Award (Rotary Club of Kingston); Kingston 2017 Canada 150 Citizen of the Year; Rolf Lund Jule Nisse Ontario Coach of the Year; Rowing Canada Coach of the Year; OUA Coach of the Year, Lifetime member, Grant Hall Society. Current term to 2026.

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Nirosha Balakumar

BA(H)' 19, Oshawa, ON. MPhil'21, University of Cambridge. Manager of EDI & Anti-Racism in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. Content Specialist at Queen's Human Rights and Equity Office. International Development Consultant. City of Toronto Tamil Youth Fellow 2021. BISC alumni volunteer. Member of the BISC Strategic Planning Group 2019-2020. President of the African and Caribbean Students' Association 2018-2019 and executive member since 2016. Residence Don 2018-2019. Co-Chair of the ASUS Research and Recommendation Committee 2017-2018. Co-Chair of the Committee Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination 2016-2017. Next Generation Leader with U.S. Consulate. TEDxCambridge Speaker and Spoken Word Artist. Current term to 2025.

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Richard Baugh

MBA Class of 2014, Toronto, ON; 2020 Panelist “Reclaiming Resilience: Mental Wellness in the Black Community”- Queen's University Academic Society (Discussed coping strategies for black students feeling that they have to be twice as good as their non-black peers just to be considered competent); 2019 Keynote Speaker (Queen's Student Diversity Project) - Queen's University Black Alumni Chapter (Discussed my Queen's journey, both the challenges and benefits of attending Queen's to prospective students); Vice President - Queen's University Innovation Summit 2014; 2013/14 Analyst - Tricolor Venture Fund, Queen's University; 2013/14 Analyst - Queen's University Alternative Assets Fund. Current term to 2024.

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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, 2014-18. President’s Advisory Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct, 2015. University Council Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. Current term to 2024.

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Doug Bruce

BSc(Eng)'85, MBA'01 Edinburgh School of Business, UK. Elected University Council representative to the Board of Trustees. Member of the Council Program Committee for 4 years (2 years as chair) Member of the Executive Committee (3rd year), and member of the Nominating Committee. 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 2024. Current term on University Council to 2027.

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Samantha Cheung

B.Sc. Eng (Sc.’92), M.Sc.Eng (Queen’s ’95), MBA (Rotman 2000), and ICD.D. (Rotman, 2018). Oakville, Ontario. Former EVP of Investor Relations at Sagicor Financial, with similar roles held at Intact Financial and Genworth Canada. She also held various senior roles at CIBC World Markets. At Queen’s, member of the Orientation Program as FREC leader in '89, Women in Science and Engineering, and helped establish an ethanol pilot plant at Dupuis Hall in Chemical Engineering. Past Chair and Director of the Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra Board and Director of Oakville Symphony Board. Other past volunteer boards include Women in Capital Markets and the Canadian Institute of Investor Relations. Current term to 2024.

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Elena Christopoulos

BA ‘10, Santa Monica, California + Toronto, Ontario. Starting a new vintage business, Platinum Blonde Vintage IG: BeingElenaLA Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica. Founder of ECMC management-consulting firm which has created 500,000+ green jobs, 60% have gone to women and BIPOC, implemented first urban wind turbine in North America in 2000, successfully managed over 40 political and environmental campaigns worldwide, named Toronto’s Woman of the Year in 2018, Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate – Denim Day 2019, Member of the Queen’s University Alumni Association Board, and Queen’s University Southern California Branch President. Current term to 2026.

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Safiah Chowdhury

BA(H)'11, Toronto, ON. MPhil, University of Oxford, 2014. Currently Manager, Social Policy for the City of Toronto. Co-chair of the Queen's University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE). Served as AMS President in 2010-11 and prior to that as an executive member on a number of clubs, including QUMSA. Remain very involved in many local and continental community endeavours, youth groups, and advocacy. Current term to 2027.

Mary Drinkwater

B.Ed. ’78; MPA ’08 (Queen’s U). PhD ’14 (Univ of Toronto). Kingston, ON. Lecturer and Assistant Professor in graduate courses in Faculties of Education at OISE/Univ of Toronto, Yorkville University and Queen’s University. Extensive scholarship in critical, decolonial and transformative education, including 3 published books. Member & Chair, University Council on Athletics-‘75-’77; ’91-’94. Member & Chair, Queen’s Alumnae Association-Kingston branch-‘00-‘04; Member of Queen’s Women’s Basketball team, Track & Field team, Diving team ( ‘73-’76); Alfie Pearce Trophy-’73; PHE ‘55 Alumne Trophy-’77. Past ChairCanAssistAfrica Relief Trust. Current term to 2027.

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Nosa O. Egiebor

PhD'85, Liverpool, NY, Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Past Provost and Executive Vice President at the same university. Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) - APEGA, Alberta. Faculty and Professor at University of Alberta (1986 - 1996). President, Queen's Afro-Caribbean Student Association (1983-85). Member US-EPA Science Advisory Board (2015-18). Executive Director and Senior International Officer, University of Mississippi (2014-17). Senior Volunteer Instructor in numerous West-African universities, Visiting Professor & Invited Guest Lecturer in Germany, Turkey, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, China, and India. Current term to 2024.

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Greg Frankson

BA’98, B.Ed.’99, Whitby, ON. DEI & Anti-Racism Advisor, Canadian Real Estate Association, and CEO, Voice Share Inc. Member, Ontario College of Teachers. CESA President 1995-96, AMS President 1996-97, Education Student Senator 1998-99. Chair, AMS Robert Sutherland Task Force 1997-99. QUAA Branch volunteer and Assembly representative 1997-2006. Elected member, University Council 1998-2006, 2010-16, 2017-present. Poet Laureate, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership 2007-14. Currently serves as Board member, Prince's Trust Canada and IDEA Council Chair, Abilities Centre. Editor of AfriCANthology and author of four published collections of poetry. Current term to 2025.

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  • Abdul-Aziz Garuba
  • Bittu George
  • Letitia Golubitsky
  • Jeremy Gooden
  • Willa Henry 
  • Alison Holt
  • Kieva Hranchuk
  • Chessa Jope
  • Daria Juudi-Hope
  • Sandra Kwon
  • Cathy Matthews
  • Kasmet Niyongabo
  • Precious Nyarko-Antwi
  • Sari Ohsada


Abdul-Aziz Garuba

MBA'12, B.Com'08 (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa), Toronto, ON. Director Business Architecture, Capital Markets at RBC. Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Advisory Board Member of the Queen's Black Alumni Chapter. Co-founder, 2019 CPA Ontario Emerging Leaders Award Recipient. Host and producer of the Made To Lead Podcast. Current term to 2024.

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Bittu George

Artsci '95, Law '98; Kingston, ON; lawyer. Member, Law Society of Ontario; Law Student Society Rep to AMS Assembly; Law '99 Orientation Administrative Co-chair; Member, Tricolour Award Selection Committee; Queen’s Model Parliament participant; Law '98 permanent year Vice President. City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Kingston; Member, City of Kingston Planning Committee; Director and Vice President, Kingston General Hospital Foundation; Director, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation; Director, Kingston Economic Development Corporation; Director and Secretary, Kingston Technology Exchange Centre (Queen's-Kingston partnership); President, Alumni Association - Kingston Branch; Director and Vice-Chair, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce; Director and President, Friends of the Penitentiary Museum; Vice President, Kingston Area Race Relations Association; Bylaw Review Chair, Frontenac Law Association; Co-chair, SOARB; Member, Principal's Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group; Member, Senate SOARB Review Working Group. Current term to 2024.

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Letitia Golubitsky

Letitia Golubitsky is an experienced professional in the banking industry who has worked for more than a decade in Capital Markets Risk Management and Enterprise Risk across four Canadian banks. Letitia is currently Senior Manager at Scotiabank. Dr. Letitia Golubitsky is a mathematician by training holding a PhD in Mathematics from Western University, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Queen's University and a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics from McMaster University. Letitia started her career as a quantitative developer in Model Development at TD bank working on mathematical models for counterparty credit risk. She moved to a more senior role in Capital Markets Risk Management at CIBC working as a senior commodity developer for market risk and counterparty credit risk. Letitia has worked for the past six years in Model Validation at Bank of Montreal and she recently joined Scotiabank as a Senior Manager in Model Risk. Dr. Letitia Golubitsky is the Chair of the Canadian Artificial Intelligence 2022 conference leading the Industry track.
Letitia is a member of Global Risk Institute and Women in Capital Markets non profit organizations. Letitia is a lifelong advocate for cutting edge education and a strong advocate for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Elected to the University Council Executive Committee. Current term to 2027.

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Jeremy Gooden

BSc(Eng.) '16, Toronto, ON, Consultant at Boston Consulting Group. QUEEN’S AFFILIATIONS: Queen's Innovation Centre Start-up Advisor (2020-Present); Queen's Young Engineering Alumni Co-Chair (2018-19) and Alumni Relations Lead (2017-18); Mentor, First Year Transitions - QSuccess Program (2015-16); Videography Manager, Engineering Society (2015-16); Ambassador, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science (2013-16); Director, Engineers Without Borders (2013-14). VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS: Fellow, Black Wealth Club—education on wealth building for Canada's top 50 emerging Black leaders to reinvest in their communities (2020-Present); non-profit Advisor with University Consulting Group (2018-Present). Current term to 2025.

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Willa Henry

BScN ‘76 (Queens) MD ‘83 (McMaster) Family physician (retired), certified executive coach (Royal Road 2017). Lives in Kingston, Ontario Faculty of Department of Family Medicine 2004-2011. Member: Queens Squash team 1972-1976. Volunteer community foundation of Kingston: Grants committee and Food Security committee. Current term to 2025.

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Alison Holt

BAH'87.  Principal, Ahead Consulting and Consulting Partner, Marts & Lundy in the field of management consulting in the charitable sector. Council Trustee 2018-current. Member of University Council 2003-current. Previously served as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of Council, Chair of the University Council Reform Planning Group, and member of the Chancellor’s Selection Committee. Currently Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair of External Relations and Development Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee, Member of Governance and Nominating and Human Resources committees.   Past governance experience includes: Marts & Lundy Board of Directors; LEAP|Pecault Centre for Social Impact Advisory Committee; Montcrest School Board of Directors;  Child Development Institute Foundation Board; Integra Advisory Board; Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education; and  Queen’s Alumni Association. Staff member in Queen’s Advancement 1988-1999. Queen’s Herb Hamilton Award Winner 2000. Current term to 2024.

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Kieva Hranchuk

BAH’09, Kingston, ON. Assistant Professor of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University. Former President, ASUS ’09. Former member, Queen’s University Orchestra 2007-2009. Volunteer Program Board member, Association of Behaviour Analysis International in the area of Behavioural Development. President-Elect for the Ontario Association of Behaviour Analysis. Current term to 2026.

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Chessa Jope

COMM’09, LLM’19 (Osgoode), Toronto, ON. Finance Professional. Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario and Alberta). Vice Chair, Finance & Accounting Committee, Electricity Canada (2022-Present). Director, Business Planning & Reporting, Ontario Power Generation (2018-Present). 2022 CPA Ontario Emerging Leader Award Recipient. Previously, Dominion Diamond Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. VOLUNTEER: Mentor, Smith EDI3 Program (2023-Present). Mentor, CPA Canada (2012-Present). Member, Queen’s University Commerce Alumni Admissions Committee (2015-19). AT QUEEN’S: Co-Chair (2008-09) and Sponsorship Coordinator (2007-08), Queen’s Women in Leadership. Co-Chair (2007-08) and Sponsorship Coordinator (2006-07), Queen’s Accounting Association. Current term to 2026.

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Daria Adèle Juudi-Hope

BScN’11, MPH’20, Kingston, ON, Registered Nurse and Public Health Professional. Specialization, Indigenous health, social determinants of health. President, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Kingston Chapter. Member, Black Nurses Task Force of Ontario. Chair, Kingston’s Health Providers Against Poverty. Committee member, Dean’s Action Table on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Health Sciences. Director of Nursing at Shibogama First Nations Council. Current term to 2025.

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Sandra Kwon

BSc ’01 (UofT), BEd ’02 (UWindsor), PME ’20 (Queen’s) – Classroom Specialist concentration. Organizational Development and Leadership, Sunnybrook Hospital. Advisor for academic peer support programs, and part-time professor, Centre for Business, George Brown College. Centre for Business awards adjudicator, PEQUAB site visit contributor, Member, Ontario College of Teachers. Formerly presenter at Ontario Science Centre, secondary school teacher public boards and private school. Volunteer executive council member (secretary) at John Fisher PS Parent Council, volunteer puppy walker for Canadian Guide Dogs. Current term to 2025.

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Cathy Matthews

B. Comm '86; CPA, CA. Former Managing Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities with specialization in renewable energy. Prior Consultant, National Bank Financial. Queen's highlights: Chair, Board of Directors, AMS '86; Queen's University Council Trustee '19-22; University Councillor '16-current; University Council Executive Member '20-'22; Chancellor's Search Advisory Committee '20;  Climate Change Action Task Force '20-'22; Investment Committee '20 -current & Institute of Sustainable Finance Research Advisory Council' 21-current. Past Volunteer Board Member; Camp Oochigeas; New Haven Learning Centre & Council for Human Development. Executive Education: Harvard; London Business School; Wharton. Current term on University Council to 2025.

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Kasmet Niyongabo

Sci'11, MBA'20, Saskatoon, SK, Manager, Integrated Planning and Dynamic Scheduling. Member, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. Director of External Communications for the Queen's Engineering Society. Founder of the Kazies Awards, a photography and video contest fundraiser. Director of Events for the Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs. Current term to 2024.

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Precious Nyarko-Antwi

MIB'18,Brampton,ON. Business Operations Support Lead, TD bank, Real Estate Secure Lending, Volunteer, Women in Leadership Committee, TD. Chief Returning Officer, Society of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) 2017-2018. Member, MIB Student Ambassadors network. Current term to 2024.

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Sari Ohsada

Sari is a Consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), focused on Social Performance initiatives across Canada and abroad. Sari graduated with a M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford, focusing her research on just transition framings around Alberta’s thermal coal phase-out and implications for equity and justice. Her specialty is conducting qualitative research and field interviews, engaging with stakeholders at various levels, and supporting organizational resilience and growth. Sari grew up in the Rockies in Canmore, Alberta with a passion for outdoor adventures and is a proud '19 BSc grad from Queen's. Current term to 2024.

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  • ​Colby Pereira
  • David Pick
  • Tka Pinnock
  • Erin Polansky
  • Noor Rahemtulla 
  • Patricia Romans
  • Saara Romu
  • Frannie Shen
  • Amrita V. Singh
  • Susan Smith
  • Yanique Williams
  • Mary Wilson Trider
  • Marcus Wong
  • Elaine Wu

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Colby Pereira

BAH, Sociology, Queen's University (2013); MA, Sociology, Queen's University (2015); PhD, Sociology, McGill University (ex: 2023). Proud member of the Canadian Sociological Association. Served as an intern in the Alma Mater Society (Commission of Internal Affairs) 2009-2010, Graduate Ambassador in 2013, and as a research co-ordinator on the Queen's Ethics Committee from 2014-2015. Proud former teaching assistant from 2013-2015 in the department of Sociology. Former policy chair for local associations and currently an active volunteer on various local campaigns. Acted as a peer mentor to undergraduate students during my graduate studies, the president of my graduate society, and as a peer-reviewer of academic articles. Current member of a women's association. As an alumni, participated in letter writing to new graduates and attended convocation as the alumni representative. Spend my free time tutoring and supply teaching. Hobbies include reading, painting, and baking. Current term to 2027.

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David Pick

Arts '89, Law '92, Calgary, AB. Lawyer and Managing Partner (Calgary) at Brownlee LLP. Insurance lawyer. Trial advocacy instructor at the University of Calgary. Queen's highlights: member of University Council on Athletics (1986-88); AMS Internal Affairs Commissioner 1987-88; ASUS rep to AMS 1987-88; Chair AMS Board of Directors 1988-89; Student member of University Senate 1990-91; member of Queen's Cross Country running team 1985-86; Queen's Journal writer; ASUS award winner 1987-88;Tricolour Award winner 1988-89. Current term to 2027.

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Tka Pinnock

BAH ‘07, MSc’08 (LSE), ABD (York). Toronto. Volunteer affiliations: Lifelong Leadership Institute, Endeavour Volunteer Consulting. 2020 Toronto Tricolour Champion. 2016-2017 Connect the Sector Fellow. At Queen’s: Chair, Committee Against Race & Ethnic Discrimination, AMS; Director, OPIRG-Kingston; Member, Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline; Chair, Black History Month Kingston; Education Officer, African and Caribbean Students’ Association; Member, AMS Judicial Committee; active in ASUS. Recipient of Robert Sutherland Prize, 2007. Current term to 2025.

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Erin Polansky

Rabbi ERIN POLANSKY, BA'95, Kingston, ON. Member of The Rabbinical Assembly, Member of Rabbinical Assembly of Ontario. Former President of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, 2017-18. Co-President of Queen's Hillel, 1994-95; Contributions Editor for Surface Magazine, 1994-95. Currently Rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation of Kingston, since 2018. Current term to 2026.

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Noor Rahemtulla

B.COMM’20, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (2019), New York, NY. New Ventures, ODDITY. Senior Strategy Analyst, Accenture. Sales and Merchandising, Pearl Global Industries Ltd. Investments, Cameron Development Management Inc. Growth, STING Stockholm Innovation, and Growth. Founder and Co-Chair, Reform Smith 2020. Co-Chair, Queen’s Women in Leadership 2017-20. Advisory Board Director, Commerce Society 2019-20. Sponsorship Director, Vogue Charity Fashion Show 2019-20. Internal Affairs Director, Queen’s Commerce Corporate Competition 2018-19. Current term to 2025.

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Patricia Romans

BSc (Hons.)'70, MSc'73 (Alberta), PhD'85 (UC San Diego) Biology (Molecular Biology, Genetics), Postdoctoral Fellow, US National Institutes of Health, NIAID, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases studying Malaria Vector Genetics. Toronto, ON since 1990. Currently Professor Emerita, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto. Activities at Queen’s, Kingston Symphony, Queen’s University Biological Society, CFRC. Since graduation, invited seminar speaker and external examiner, PhD thesis in Biology at Queen’s, NIH Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Study Section grant review panel, Editorial Board, Insect Molecular Biology. Co-founder of the Romans Family Scholarship at Victoria College, University of Toronto, the Al Downe Memorial Lectureship in Biology at Queen’s and the Romans Memorial Fund, Queen’s School of Medicine. Recent and ongoing volunteer activities include various women in science initiatives, annual Victoria College Book Sale, and three years as Treasurer of the Scholarship Committee, Canadian Federation of University Women - North Toronto. Current term to 2027.

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Saara Romu

BScH’98, MBA’07 (UW), Independent Consultant 2018-present, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where my focus included university partnerships 2009-18. Queen's University Council 2015-19, QUAA Branch President Washington 2009-present, Residence Don 1997-99, Queen’s ArtSci Review Contributor 1997-98, Special Needs Note Taker 1996-97, Orientation Planning Committee 1995-96, Residence Floor Representative 1994-95, Student Researcher in biosciences 1995-99. Past Board President of CASS Foundation provides scholarships for US students to study in Canada. Past Board Member: University of Washington Alumni Association, Building Changes, Women’s Funding Alliance Young Professional Board, EarthCorps, and JoeInk Dance Company. Multiple leadership roles with Junior League of Seattle 2009-2015 and extensive community volunteering. Current term to 2026.


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Frannie Shen

BCOMM '21, Toronto, ON, Associate at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). QUEEN'S AFFILIATIONS: Queen's Commerce Society, Queen's Women in Leadership, Queen's Executive on Orientation, Queen's Commerce Corporate Competition, QSELF, Vogue Charity Fashion Show, MUSE Magazine, QMIND. VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS: Toronto Youth Food Policy Council: working to build a just and sustainable food system by providing youth a platform to participate in local food policy issues. Toronto Coalition of Eco-Schools: a youth-run non-profit organization that strives to increase awareness of local, and global environmental issues in youth, through interactive meetings, fundraisers, workshops, and conferences. Current term to 2026.


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 2026.

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, 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 2026.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Susan Smith (PDF, 218KB)


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Yanique Williams

BAH'08, MPIA‘13 (Glendon College and Master’s Exchange at Sciences Po - Paris). Toronto. Public Policy Manager, Uber. Queen’s: Gael '05; House President - Morris Hall ‘05-06; Residence Don - Vic Hall ‘06-08; 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); and Harry Jerome Awards. Current: various initiatives including City of Toronto CABR PAC and Ms. Letna Healing Hope Fundraiser. Current term to 2023.

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Marcus Wong

BAH’03, MSc (Birmingham), ALM candidate (Harvard). West Vancouver, BC, Former City Councillor. BC tribunal adjudicator. Spokesperson, major utility company. Communications advisor to cabinet ministers. Canadian Olympic Committee. Canadian Embassy (Washington, DC). GOVERNANCE: Queen’s Board of Trustees, Salvation Army, BC Athletics, Canadian International Council (Vancouver Branch), West Vancouver Police Board, 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, 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 2027.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Marcus Wong (PDF, 173KB)

Elaine Wu

BA(Hons)'98, MIR'00, Law'03. Provincial Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Volunteer with the Queen's Toronto Alumni Branch from 2005 - present, 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. University Council 2005-17, University Council Nominating Committee 2014-17.  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 2026.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Elaine Wu (PDF, 196KB)