Paul Davenport

Dr. Davenport is the past Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Council of Ontario Universities. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council, Rwanda; and Chair of the Board of the University of Rwanda.

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Wendy M. Cecil

Ms. Cecil is Chair and President of Brookmoor Enterprises Ltd., former Vice-Chair of the St. Michael’s Hospital Board of Directors, and co-Chair of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She serves on the boards of a number of other volunteer organizations, including the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and on the campaign cabinet for the Toronto Reference Library.

Ms. Cecil has made a lifelong commitment to public service. For more than 20 years, she has lent her leadership skills and passion to a variety of organizations within the education, health care, and arts sectors. She has been instrumental in strategic planning and fundraising for a number of institutions, including Branksome Hall and Trinity College School, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, the Fraser Institute, and the Royal Ontario Museum. She also serves as Chair of Victoria’s President’s Advisory Council and the University of Toronto President’s International Advisory Council and Presidents’ Circle.

A graduate of Victoria College, Ms. Cecil holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from U of T and is an associate senior fellow at Massey College. In 2009 the Government of Canada recognized Ms. Cecil for her many years of voluntary service.

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Cecil Abrahams

Dr. Abrahams was formerly a professor at Syracuse University, New York, where he offered teaching and research programs in African Studies and International Education. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Alberta and honorary degrees from the State University of New York and the Université de la Réunion, France.

Dr. Abrahams has written several books on English Literature and African Literature and has published more than 200 articles in international scholarly journals. He has served as Professor of English at several Canadian, African, and U.S. universities and has given guest lectures and conference presentations at universities throughout the world. Dr. Abrahams has been Dean of Humanities at Brock University in Ontario, Canada; Vice-President, Academic and Provost at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada; and Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He has been a member of several Higher Education Commissions in Canada and South Africa, has served as President of scholarly and administrative councils.

Dr. Abrahams is frequently consulted on educational matters in Africa.

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Catherine Cripps

Catherine’s career path has evolved over three decades. With a background in corporate communications, she started out in educational publishing, then progressed to providing writing and administrative services for the marketing industry. Catherine ultimately found her niche and passion providing administrative, fundraising and editorial support to not-for-profit organizations with a focus on community building. Catherine lives in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Corrie Young

Corrie has been a project manager with AWB since 2010 and the associate executive director since 2014. Prior to joining AWB, Corrie was the executive assistant to the Rector and an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Media and Social Sciences at the National University of Rwanda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University.

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Karl Stobbe

Dr. Karl Stobbe practiced and taught rural family medicine in Beamsville for over 20 years.

Karl served as Rural Program Director in McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine, and developed a rural stream of training for Family Medicine Residents. From 2005-07, Dr. Stobbe led the Expansion Planning Team for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, developing McMaster medical campuses in the Waterloo and Niagara regions. From 2008-2018 he served as the Regional Assistant Dean of the Niagara Campus.   His current role at McMaster is Niagara Postgraduate Family Medicine Site Director. His interests include: ensuring access to healthcare for marginalized populations, improving the quality of healthcare, and improving the functioning of our healthcare system.

Nationally, he was president of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada from 2008-2010.

Internationally, Karl has worked in Philippines, Laos, Nepal, Peru and Iraq.

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Robert G. Rosehart

Bob Rosehart is the Past President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). He assumed this position on September 1, 1997 and completed a 10-year term in August 2007. The previous 13 years he served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Bob holds BSc., MSc., and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He was a professor of chemical engineering at Lakehead University during the 1970s, prior to beginning his administrative career as Dean of Lakehead’s University Schools in 1977. He holds honorary degrees from University of Waterloo, Nipissing University, and WLU.

His interests are in economic development, science and technology policy, and government policy, and he has served as an environmental and public policy consultant to both the federal and provincial governments. Bob has an extensive background relating to the energy and environmental engineering fields. He is past Chair of the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Advisory Board and has served as a member of the AUCC Standing Advisory Committee on Educational Issues and Funding and of the Executive Committee of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc., the Waterloo Region’s economic development partnership. He is also past chair of the Selection Committee for the Amethyst Awards, Government of Ontario, which recognizes Ontario’s outstanding public servants.

Bob was appointed to serve as the Northwestern Ontario Economic Facilitator in 2007 and as Interim Principal of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo in 2008 to 2009.

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Joy Mighty

Dr. Joy Mighty is a Professor Emerita from Carleton University where she held appointments as Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Senior Scholar for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and Full Professor in the Sprott School of Business and the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Prior to her work at Carleton, Dr. Mighty served as Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Professor in the School of Business at Queen’s University. She was also the coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Centre and a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick.

Joy has an eclectic academic background and a wealth of experience as an administrator, teacher, educational developer, researcher and consultant. Her special interests are organizational development and change, as well as equity, diversity and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A past president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), she was also the inaugural chair of the Educational Developers Caucus and Canada’s representative on the Council of the International Consortium for Educational Development. She currently chairs the STLHE Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. A frequently sought keynote speaker at regional, national, and international conferences, Joy has published in various conference proceedings, journals and books, and is the co-editor of the highly acclaimed publication Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Joy has also received awards for excellence in teaching, research, professional service and leadership, and is the 2020 recipient of the Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Ian Graham

Ian Graham is a seasoned IT and business consulting professional, with over 20 years of management experience in the financial services, startup and academic environments. He previously worked at the Bank of Montreal, University of Toronto, National Research Council, and small Toronto-based startups. He is also the author of eight books on Web development and architecture. Ian has a PhD in Physics from McGill University.

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