New Members of Trent University Board of Governors Confirmed

Friday, July 10, 2009, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to announce the addition of the following new members to its Board of Governors and the terms of their appointment.

Dr. Craig Brunetti (Faculty) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2011

Craig Brunetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Trent University where he teaches courses in introductory biology and microbiology. He earned his B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (1990) and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (1997) – both from McMaster University. Following the completion of his Ph.D. he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Madison, Wisconsin and then as a Research Associate at the University of Western Ontario. His area of research expertise is the molecular biology of eukaryotic viruses, in particular, the mechanisms viruses use to circumvent host defenses. Using a previously unexploited group of DNA viruses, the laboratory is hoping to provide greater insight into the function of cellular anti-viral responses. Since coming to Trent University in 2003, he has served on a number of committee’s including the Biosafety committee, departmental curriculum committee, and senate budget committee.

Marian Leahy (Staff) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2011

Marian Leahy has worked at Trent University for more than twenty years, at Lady Eaton College, in Bata Library and since 1994 in the Office of the Registrar. In her present role as senior records officer she has the opportunity to closely interact with students, staff and faculty. This allows for a keen awareness of Trent’s successes but also the challenges faced in attempting to meet the needs and expectations of Trent students. Marian has attended several conferences over the past years as a Trent Office of the Registrar representative where she got to know staff from other Ontario Universities and where she could share ideas and discuss concerns. As a parent of three young adults, one Trent grad and two college grads, she has seen first hand issues facing young people as they attend post-secondary institutions and also the challenges they face as they move into the work world. Marian feels honoured to have been chosen as one of the staff representatives on the Board of Governors.

Murray Miskin (Alumni) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2011

Murray Miskin has been the principal arbitration instructor of the ADR Institute of Ontario since 1985, teaching the Arbitration Certificate Course through the University of Toronto for 10 years and then independent of the University. He has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations and mediations and also regularly acts as counsel and advisor to arbitrators. Murray is self-employed in a consumer-oriented private law practice (incorporated in 2002) based in Whitby, Ontario with a satellite office in Peterborough, Ontario to open in July 2009. Murray's legal background includes Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution with an emphasis on Insurance Injury Claims, Real Estate and Commercial matters. Previous to 1985 Mr. Miskin was an Associate lawyer in Civil Litigation working in areas of Insurance, Banking, Real Estate, Condominium, Construction, and Employment law. Murray graduated from Trent University, Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) in 1976; graduated Osgoode Hall Law School in 1979 with a Bachelor of Laws; completed the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course in 1981 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981.

David K. Thomas (Alumni) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2011

David K. Thomas has served as director of education for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) since December 2003. David has served as president of the Ontario Middle Level Educator’s Association, chair of the Ontario Principals’ Network, vice president of the Peel District School Board Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association, and chair and founding president of the Teachers for Kids Foundation and UCDSB Champions for Kids Foundation. As vice chair of the United Way Board of Trustees Campaign Cabinet in Peel, he helped raise more than $14 million for the community. He has acted as president of the Mississauga Senators Minor Hockey Club and the Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association, and he served as a director for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peterborough. David was president of the National Lacrosse League and organized its first national television contract. David holds a Master of education Degree from York University, Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University (concurrent education) and a Bachelor of Science from Trent University.

Simon Wallace (Student) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2011

Simon Wallace is a Master’s of Arts candidate in the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies where he is completing a thesis on Upper Canadian popular politics in the years before the Rebellion of 1837. He graduated with a BA in Canadian Studies from Trent University in 2008 and during his studies he received a Canadian Millennium Scholarship, Trent University’s Alumni scholarship and several academic awards. Prior to joining the board Simon worked for Trent University’s student newspaper, Arthur, as its National Editor, was a lead organizer against the Non-Academic Misconduct Policy and was a board member of Community Cooperative Housing Project.

Dr. Steven E. Franklin (President, Vice-Chancellor) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2012

Dr. Franklin became President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University on July 1, 2009. Dr. Franklin was most previously the vice president of research at the University of Saskatchewan. He pursued his graduate work at the University of Waterloo where he completed his Master of Arts degree in Physical Geography and a Doctor of Philosophy in Remote Sensing. His academic appointments have included the University of Waterloo, Memorial University, the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan. Throughout his academic career, he has assumed progressively responsible leadership roles including professor, department chair, associate dean of research, special assistant to the provost, and vice president of research.

Robert Graham July 1, 2009 June 30, 2012

Robert Graham earned a BA (Waterloo), an MBA (Calgary), and an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He worked in private sector and then public sector finance specializing in the financial planning and analysis of large transportation entities including the airline industry and mass transit before founding Derwyn Investments specializing in real estate investment, renewable energy and venture capital. He also owns Robert Graham Real Estate and has strong ties to the high-rise construction and development business. Rob is on the board of the Good Shepherd Centre, one of Toronto’s largest homeless shelters and has been a director of Radiant Media in San Francisco. Rob loves all things outdoors. He lives in a solar powered house in Toronto and is married with two young children.

Tom Jackson (Chancellor) July 1, 2009 June 30, 2012

Tom Jackson is Trent University's tenth chancellor beginning a three-year term on July 1, 2009 and scheduled to be officially installed as Chancellor on September 24, 2009. Appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 for his music and humanitarian work, Tom is well known to Canadians as an accomplished musician and actor dedicated to helping the less fortunate. As a singer and songwriter, Tom Jackson has recorded 14 albums, two of which have received Juno nominations. Tom is also an award-winning actor. Fans of the CBC hit television series North of 60 know him as Chief Peter Kenidi, a role he portrayed for six seasons. From Shining Time Station and Star Trek to Law & Order, Tom is no stranger to television and film and his gifted voice was also heard narrating television programs such as CBC’s Life & Times. At the 2007 Junos, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) bestowed Tom with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his positive contributions to the social landscape of Canada. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television also presented Tom with their prestigious Humanitarian Award at the 2007 Geminis. Tom received the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2002 and Centennial Medals from Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2005. Under Tom's leadership over $10M has been raised for Canadian food banks, family agencies and disaster relief. Moved by increasing issues surrounding global food insecurity and homelessness, Tom’s next foray in elevating the quality of life of Canadians is to work on the issue of affordable housing.
Tom has received honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities including one from Trent University.

Sue Lupton July 1, 2009 June 30, 2012

Sue Lupton is an executive in a regional building supplies business based out of Oshawa, Ontario, with operations in Ajax, Bowmanville and Peterborough. The company has been in continuous operation since 1950. Over the past 20 years Sue has had extensive involvement in the Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative, a leading buying co-operative of 24 independent home improvement organizations with 1,000 outlets nationwide and with sales of $4.5 billion. Sue’s involvement with the Co-operative has included serving on the Negotiating and Steering Committees as well as being selected as Chair of the Board. Sue's commitment to community service is extensive. She has been a YMCA volunteer since 2000 and is currently the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Chair for Durham Region. Sue has also been actively involved in supporting many charitable organizations in the Oshawa area including the YWCA, Community Living, the Parkwood Foundation and Lakeridge Health Corporation. In addition, Sue’s philanthropic interests include serving as the current Chair of the Ed Lupton Memorial Golf Tournament, which raises money to provide the opportunity for children to attend YMCA Camps regardless of their family circumstances or financial situation. Since 2007 this initiative has raised over $100,000, providing a summer camp experience to over 450 children. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario.

Michael Mackey July 1, 2009 June 30, 2012

Michael Mackey has been a Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP since 1987. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Licensed Trustee in Bankruptcy and a Chartered Insolvency Practitioner. He is the leader of Financial Institutions Restructuring Services and a member of the Financial Advisory Leadership Executive Committee. He specializes in multi-national liquidations and investigative services. He has undertaken a number of high-profile assignments that have taken him throughout North America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He has been a committed supporter of educational institutions and the arts and looks forward to turning his enthusiasm and interest to Trent.

Harvey McCue July 1, 2009 June 30, 2012

In 1968 Harvey McCue co-founded the Department of Native Studies (originally, the Indian Eskimo Studies Program) with Professor Tom Symons, President of Trent University. He taught at Trent for 14 years attaining the rank of Associate Professor. He served as the Director of Education Services for the Cree School Board, the first Indian-controlled provincial school board in Canada, in northern Quebec between 1983 and 1988. His responsibilities included the management of four departments and 65 staff in: Cree Culture and Language, Cree Teacher Training, Student Services, and Instructional Services and eight Principals and four Vice-Principals. In 1988 he served as the Director of Policy and Research, Education Branch, at Indian and Northern Affairs in Ottawa, and eventually the Director General, in 1991. In 1993 he accepted the position of Executive Director and Director of Education of the Mi’kmaq Education Authority in Nova Scotia, a position he held until 1995. Since 1995 he has worked in Ottawa as a consultant on Aboriginal issues. He is a member of the Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario.


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