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. 

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 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.

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

Portrait of Colin McLeod - QUAA Appointee

Colin McLeod - QUAA Appointee

Colin McLeod is the Consul and Program Manager responsible for political/economic relations and consular affairs at the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis. He began his career with the Canadian federal government in 2012, having served on Canada’s negotiating team for the Montreal Protocol and as a senior analyst for economic sanctions policy at Global Affairs Canada. Most recently, he was the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Deputy Minister (Strategic Policy) at Global Affairs Canada. Colin is an ArtSci ‘10 (Political Studies) graduate and completed a Masters of Public Administration at Carleton University. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Laura (ArtSci '10).


  • Nonyelum Pamela Anoliefo
  • John Armitage
  • Nirosha Balakumar
  • Richard Baugh
  • Heather Black
  • Judith Brown
  • Doug Bruce
  • Samantha Cheung
  • Elena Christopoulos 
  • Mervin Dewasha
  • Mary Dodd
  • Mary Drinkwater
  • Nosa O. Egiebor
  • Greg Frankson
 

 

Photo of Pamela Anoliefo

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.

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

Nirosha Balakumar

MPhil '21, BAH' 19, Oshawa, ON, Graduate Student at the University of Cambridge, International Education Content Specialist, City of Toronto Tamil Youth Fellow. 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. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Masters Representative for the Faculty of Education at Cambridge. Community Outreach Officer at the Brown Girl Diary. TEDxCambridge Speaker and Spoken Word Artist. Current term to 2025.

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 2024.

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. Doug has been a University Council representative to the Queen’s Board of Trustees for the past 7 years (2 years remaining), and for the University Council has been a member of the Program Committee for four years (2 years as chair). 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 2023.

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

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.

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

Photo of Elena Christopoulos

Elena Christopoulos

BA ‘10, Santa Monica, California + Toronto, Ontario. Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica. Certified Sustainability Practitioner (CSP-R) since 2011. Founder of ECMC management-consulting firm which has created 500,000+ green jobs, 60% of which have gone to women and BIPOC, Women of Wind Energy Speaker/Member (WoWE), 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 2013 and 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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Elena Christopoulos (PDF, 211KB)

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. 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.

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


  • Abdul-Aziz Garuba
  • Bittu George
  • Jeremy Gooden
  • Willa Henry 
  • Alison Holt
  • Kieva Hranchuk
  • Anita Jack-Davies
  • 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, BlackTiesApp.com. 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

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.

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

Photo of Jeremy Gooden

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.

Photo of Willa Henry

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.

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)

Photo of Kieva Hranchuk

Kieva Hranchuk

BAH’09, Kingston, ON. Professor of Behavioural Psychology, St. Lawrence College (full-time) and Sessional Instructor, Brock University (part-time). 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. Member, Behaviour Analysis Community of Practice for Kingston and surrounding areas. Volunteer, Airbnb.org host for future Ukrainian refugees. Current term to 2026.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Kieva Hranchuk (PDF, 220KB)

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)

Photo of Chessa Jope

Chessa Jope

COMM’09, LLM’19 (Osgoode), Toronto, ON, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant. Member, CPA Canada, Ontario and Alberta. Vice Chair, Finance & Accounting Committee, Electricity Canada (2022-Present). Director, External Reporting & Accounting Policy, Ontario Power Generation (2018-Present). Group Controller, Dominion Diamond Corporation (2017-2018). Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2009-2017). Mentor, CPA Canada (2012-Present). Member, Queen’s University Commerce Alumni Admissions Committee (2015-19). 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.

Photo of Daria Juudi-Hope

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.

Photo of Sandra Kwon

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.

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.

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)

Portrait of Precious Nyarko-Antwi

Precious Nyarko-Antwi

MIB'18,Brampton,ON. Operations Officer(II) TD business banking, 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.

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
  • Erin Polansky
  • Noor Rahemtulla 
  • Saara Romu
  • Zehra Sheerazi
  • Frannie Shen
  • Amrita V. Singh
  • Susan Smith
  • Daniel Tisch
  • Yanique Williams
  • Mary Wilson Trider
  • Marcus Wong
  • Elaine Wu

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.

Photo of Erin Polansky

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.

Councillor Profile - Get to know Erin Polansky (PDF, 172KB)

Photo of Noor Rahemtulla

Noor Rahemtulla

Noor Rahemtulla, B.COMM’20, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (2019), Toronto, ON. New Ventures Manager, 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.

Photo of Saara Romu

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.

 

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.

Photo of Frannie Shen

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 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 2026.

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)

Photo of Yanique Williams

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.

Marcus Wong

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

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)