School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Universities' Paths toward Reconciliation: 13 Principles, 5 Approaches and 6 Institutional Challenges

Tim McTiernan

Visiting Scholar, School of Policy Studies, 
fmr. President of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Thursday March 29, 2018


Tim McTiernan, March 29, 2018 [image]

 

Tim McTiernan

Visiting Scholar, School of Policy Studies, 
fmr. President of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Abstract:  This talk will explore common challenges confronted by universities, as institutions operating in a public policy context, into walking the path from awareness and acknowledgment to reconciliation. 

Biography:  Tim McTiernan is President Emeritus of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and holds an appointment as adjunct professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. He served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the university from July 2011 to December 2017. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University 

In the course of his career he has held a variety of executive roles as a university and college administrator, and as a government official and negotiator. These include the positions of Cabinet Secretary, and Chief Yukon Government Negotiator for Land Claims, Self Government and Devolution with the Yukon Territorial Government; President of Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario; Acting Deputy Minister during the establishment of the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Research and Innovation; and Assistant Vice-President Research and Interim Vice-President Research at the University of Toronto.

In addition to current and many previous appointments to public sector and not-for-profit boards, he was a founding board member of MaRS Innovation.  He was also a founding member both of the Dispute Resolution Board established pursuant to the Yukon First Nations Land Claims Settlement Act (1994), and the Environmental Impact Screening Committee established pursuant to the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act (1984). 

McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, and his MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. His research interests have centred on “psychological borders and boundaries”, particularly related to stereotyping, interpersonal judgments and attitudes.  Complementary to work-related reports, position papers and presentations, he has published over a dozen book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles and presented more than 75 conference papers, invited presentations and keynote addresses on innovation and commercialization, regional and sectorial economic development strategies, postsecondary education policy and sustainable development.