Biographical Sketches

Ex Officio

The Chancellor

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB MSC IPC

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).

He 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 14 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 is currently writing his memoirs.

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.

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.

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.

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 2022. Current term on University Council to 2022. Chair of the Board of Trustees term to 2024.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Mary Wilson Trider (PDF, 204KB)

"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 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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Petra Fachinger (PDF, 192KB)

Rico Garcia - QUAA Appointee

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Rico moved to Canada in 2009 to attend Queen's and study Applied Economics and Global Development Studies. At Queen's, Rico held various student leadership positions with ASUS, the AMS, and the QSAA. A past recipient of the QUAA Outstanding Student Award and the Tricolour Award, Rico loves volunteering for Queen's and is the current President of the Queen's University Alumni Association. Rico currently resides in Toronto, where he works as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He also holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

  • Kofi Adow
  • John Armitage
  • Richard Baugh
  • Heather Black
  • Judith Brown
  • Doug Bruce
  • Samantha Cheung
  • Mervin Dewasha
  • Mary Dodd
  • Mary Drinkwater
  • Nosa O. Egiebor
  • Greg Frankson
  • John Frezell

Kofi Adow

MBA’2017 Smith School of Business. Executive Management Consultant. 2017 EMBA Class Representative and Valedictorian. Affiliations: ACMP PNW Board Member, Queens University Alumni, Cornell University Alumni, Chartered Alternative Investment Association Member, Project Management Institute Member, Prosci Member, Donor and advocate of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am originally from Ghana, and I now live in Seattle, WA, where I lead the Organizational Development practice at a Business and IT Consulting firm advising Fortune 1000 companies. Current term to 2022.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Kofi Adow (PDF, 180KB)

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 2022.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know John Armitage" (PDF, 148KB)

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.

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 2022.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know Heather Black" (PDF, 233KB)

Judith Brown

Judith Brown nee Wellman, BA’69, MSc.’04 SUNY at Buffalo, retired International educator with over 35 years teaching in Kingston, Bermuda, Egypt and China. Trustee Limestone District School Board, Trustee on local Library Board, Past President and one of the founding members of Afro Caribe Community Foundation of Kingston (two scholarships to Queen’s annually: Robert Sutherland and Alfie Pierce). With Queen’s students from ACSA (African Caribbean Students Association) and QBAS (Queen’s Black Academic Society) we present a Black History Month Celebration to Kingston Community (I was responsible for moving the activity off campus to hopefully make it more accessible to the Kingston community). Past President of Frontenac Probus and CFUW. Judith is the 2019 recipient of the Jim Bennett Award for her role in advancing ethnic and racial inclusion and for being a long time champion for change in Kingston and at Queen’s. Current term to 2023.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know Judith Brown" (PDF, 205KB)

Doug Bruce

BSc(Eng)'85, MBA'01 Edinburgh School of Business, UK. Elected University Council representative to the Board of Trustees. Chair of the Program Committee and past member of the Executive 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 2021. Current term on University Council to 2023.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Doug Bruce (PDF, 163KB)

Samantha Cheung

MB.Sc. Eng (Sc.’92), M.Sc.Eng (Queen’s ’95), MBA (Rotman 2000), and ICD.D. (Rotman, 2018). Oakville, Ontario. Executive Vice-President of Investor Relations. 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. Current Chair of the Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra Board, Director of Oakville Symphony Board, and Member of St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School Investment Committee. Other past volunteer boards include Women in Capital Markets and the Canadian Institute of Investor Relations. Current term to 2024.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Samantha Cheung (PDF, 142KB)

Mervin Dewasha

BSc '71, Wahta First Nation. Professional Engineer (P.Eng), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Civil Engineering. Semi-retired Civil Engineer, over 50 years of experience within the public and private sector. Vice-Chair of the Equity and Diversity Committee with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Volunteer Director at the Miziwe Biik Development Corporation, supporting aboriginal housing. Chaired the Indigenous Committee for Habitat II, during the United Nations conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Recognized with over 10 professional awards, including a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and more recently the Queen’s “Engineering Excellence 125th Award”. Current term to 2023.

Mary Dodd

B.COMM(Honours)’84; CPA, CA. Queen’s Debating Union 1980-1981, Gael 1981, Commerce Chronicle Manager 1982-1983, Teaching Assistant 1982-1984. Retired February 2019 after a 35 year career in the not-for-profit sector, most recently holding the dual role of CEO and CFO for Women's Hospital Foundation. Professional accomplishments include: $77 million fundraising campaign leveraged to build a new $500 million hospital; strategy leader in the creation of WCHF’s firstever strategic plan; appearing by request of the Canadian government before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as an expert witness for charitable giving tax incentives. Current term to 2023.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Mary Dodd (PDF, 192KB)

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 2023.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know Mary Drinkwater" (PDF, 224KB)

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.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know Nosa O. Egiebor(PDF, 157KB)

Greg Frankson

BA’98, B.Ed.’99, Whitby, ON, Poet and Author, Founder & CEO, Voice Share and Canadian Partnership Lead, Diversity Atlas. 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 and 2008-16. Member of Queen's Debating Union 1997-99. Poet Laureate, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership 2007-14. Past Board member, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and Tropicana Community Services Organization (Toronto). Author of three published collections of poetry. Current term to 2021.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know Greg Frankson" (PDF, 232KB)

John Frezell

BA(Hons)'87; Vice President Colliers International. I have enjoyed my time on the University Council and look forward to my continuing work with the University Council. Current term to 2021.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know John Frezell" (PDF, 172KB)

  • Stephanie Garraway
  • Abdul-Aziz Garuba
  • Bittu George
  • Anjali Helferty
  • Alison Holt
  • Anita Jack-Davies
  • Cathy Matthews
  • Kasmet Niyongabo
  • Precious Nyarko-Antwi
  • Sari Ohsada
  • Opiyo Oloya​

Stephanie Garraway

BA'12, Toronto, ON, Lawyer. Member, Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations. Member, Young Women in Law. Mental Health Advocate. C.A.R.E. Chair, ASUS Orientation '11. Executive Member, Queen's Indian Student Association. Discipline Facilitator, Leonard Hall (2009-2010). Executive Member, Political Studies DSC. Participant, Queen's Model Parliament. University Summer Student Research Fellow, 2011. Current term to 2022.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Stephanie Garraway (PDF, 128KB)

Abdul-Aziz Garuba

BMBA'12, B.Com'08 (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa), Toronto, ON. Director of Finance, Capital Markets at RBC. Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Advisory Board Member of the Queen's Black Alumni Chapter. President Emeritus, Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP). 2019 CPA Ontario Emerging Leaders Award Recipient. Host and producer of the Made To Lead Podcast. Current term to 2024.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Abdul-Aziz Garuba (PDF, 147KB)

Bittu George

Arts '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; QMP participant; Law '98 permanent year Vice President. Former 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 Third Vice-Chair (Secretary), 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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Bittu George (PDF, 149KB)

Anjali Helferty

BSc(Hons)'06; University Council (2011-17); Residence Don (2005-06); AMS Social Issues Commissioner (2004-05); Queen's Musical Theatre Board (2004-05) and Stage Manager (2002-04). PhD Candidate in Adult Education and Community Development at OISE, University of Toronto; SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar (2015-18); Ontario Graduate Scholar (2014-15); MS'13 in Organizational Change Management from The New School, New York City. National Coordinator, Sierra Youth Coalition's Sustainable Campuses program (2006-08); Acting Director, Energy Action Coalition (2009-2010); Interim Executive Director, Southern Energy Network (2011). Birth doula, cellist/percussionist in Ontario Pops Orchestra. Current term to 2021.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Anjali Helferty (PDF, 172KB)

Alison Holt

BAH'87. Managing Director, Offord Group, and Senior Consultant and Principal, 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. Current member, Board of Trustees External Relations and Development Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee. Member of the Marts & Lundy Board of Directors. Volunteer engagements include: LEAP|Pecault Centre for Social Impact Advisory Committee; Montcrest School Board of Directors; former member of Child Development Institute Foundation Board and Integra Advisory Board; Past Vice-President, Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education; and past board member, Queen’s Alumni Association. Staff member in Queen’s Advancement 1988-1999. Queen’s Herb Hamilton Award Winner 2000. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2024. Current term to 2024.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Alison Holt (PDF, 164KB)

Anita Jack-Davies

PhD'12, Kingston ON, President & CEO Mosaic Cross-Cultural Solutions and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queen's University. Member, Senate Committee of Academic Development, 2007- 2007 and 2013-2014. Board Member, No9 The Culture of Sustainability, 2017-2018. Current term to 2023.

Queen's Alumni Review (Issue #3, 2020) Cover Story - "After the fires burn"

Councillor Profile - Get to know Anita Jack-Davies (PDF, 151KB)

Cathy Matthews

B. Comm. (Honours) '86; Chair, Board of Directors, Queen's AMS ' 86. Career Background: CPA, CA, Ernst & Young; Managing Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities, Toronto, Vancouver, New York and London; Consultant, National Bank Financial; & Founder, WealthTable. Past Volunteer: Camp Oochigeas; New Haven Learning Centre; & Council for Human Development. Independent Studies: Executive Education: Harvard; London Business School; & Wharton School; Human Development:  Adler Centre & Neufeld Institute. Personal Interests: sustainable finance, epigenetics and trees. Elected by the University Council to the Board of Trustees - current term to 2022. Current term on University Council to 2021.

Councillor Profile - "Get to know Cathy Matthews" (PDF, 220KB)

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Kasmet Niyongabo (PDF, 145KB)

Gift Planning Ad - Queen's Alumni Review (PDF, 3MB)

Precious Nyarko-Antwi

MIB'18,Brampton,ON. Chief Returning Officer, Society of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) 2017-2018. Member, MIB Student Ambassadors network. Current term to 2024.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Precious Nyarko-Antwi (PDF, 135KB)

Sari Ohsada

BSc (Environmental Science, Global Development Studies) ‘19, Canmore AB, Banff National Parks Attendant. QUAA Calgary Branch Volunteer. Planning on starting MSc (Environmental Change & Management) at University of Oxford. STUDENT EXPERIENCE: Trip Leader to Ecuador (’19), Queen’s Cares Program. Communications Intern (’17), UNDP Kosovo. Environmental Program Officer (’17-18), Environment and Climate Change Canada. Killam Fellow at Arizona State University (’16-17), Fulbright Canada. NSERC-USRA Researcher (’16), PEARL Biological Lab at Queen’s. AT QUEEN’S: Rotary International, Queen’s Engineers Without Borders, Queen’s International Affairs Association, Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change, Queen’s Japanese Program, Queen’s Karate Club. Current term to 2024.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Sari Ohsada (PDF, 179KB)


  • ​Tka Pinnock
  • Kathy Pritchard
  • ​Julia Reid
  • Katrina Samson
  • Zehra Sheerazi
  • Denise Shortt
  • Amrita V. Singh
  • Susan Smith
  • Daniel Tisch
  • Sarah Virani
  • Chu Wang
  • Yanique Williams
  • Kate Wilson
  • Marcus Wong
  • ​Tom Woodhall
  • Elaine Wu

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

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). Served on the Queen’s University Board of Trustees as a representative from Council (2015-2018). Contributed to Council Reform and Program Committee and to the 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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Kathy Pritchard (PDF, 172KB)

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Julia Reid (PDF, 172KB)

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Katrina Samson (PDF, 180KB)

Zehra Sheerazi

BCOMM '07, Toronto, ON, Lawyer at Torys LLP. Member, Law Society of Upper Canada. Director, Canadian Mental Health Association ON and Addus; Governance Committee Member, Girl Guides Canada. 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

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Denise Shortt (PDF, 185KB)

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

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 2022.

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

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Daniel Tisch (PDF, 194KB)

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

BCOMM'15, Harvard MPP'20; Cambridge, MA; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Researcher at Harvard University (present); Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (present); 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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Chu Wang (PDF, 208KB)

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 and Rural Economic Development 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. 

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Kate Wilson (PDF, 188KB)

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.

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

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Tom Woodhall (PDF, 172KB)

Elaine Wu

BA(Hons)'98, MIR'00, Law'03. Provincial Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. 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 2022.

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