Champlain Committee Members
Nicole Bell '86 is Anishinaabe, bear clan from Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Maniwaki, Quebec. An alumna of Trent, she earned her B.A. and her Ph.D. here and is currently an associate professor in the School of Education. Her research interests include Indigenous culture-based education, land-based learning, infusion of Indigenous knowledge into public schooling and teacher education, decolonization and healing, and Indigenous research theory and methodology.
Marilyn Burns '00 is the vice-president Communications & Enrolment at Trent University, overseeing Trent’s five colleges. She is a Peter Robinson alumna; joined Julian Blackburn and then Gzowski College; studied at Traill College for her Masters; and is a fellow of Champlain College. Her scholarly interests include semiotics and the role of words and imagery in our lives (and in promoting the University’s reputation and identity).
Gracie Crafts '18 is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation and a student in the Indigenous Environmental Science BSc. She is the senior fire keeper at the First Peoples House of Learning tipi where she has been able to work closely with elders from Curve Lake and visit with knowledge keepers from across North America / Turtle Island. Gracie is the vice-president of student engagement and orientation for the Trent University Native Association (TUNA) and was an Orientation Week leader this past September for Gzowski College.
Yancy Craig '95 is a proud alumnus of Trent and Champlain College, whose family connections are Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River. He is vice-president of Indigenous and Government Relations at Indspire. Previously, he was a senior advisor at the Assembly of First Nations, having been director of strategic development at the National Association of Friendship Centres. Yancy has also held roles in the Federal Government that include Environment Canada, and Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada, with a focus on economic development, international affairs, and social policy.
Michael Eamon is the principal of Traill College and a professor of public history. He has contributed research and articles on Trent University’s series of 50th Anniversary plaques. Michael was the co-author of the University’s Heritage Stewardship Policy and co-chairs Trent’s Heritage Committee. Formerly a plaque researcher Ontario Heritage Trust (including for the 400th anniversary plaque of Champlain in Ontario), Michael was formerly a manager at Parks Canada and at Library and Archives Canada, dealing with historical interpretation and exhibitions.
Harvey McCue (Waubageshig) ‘66, CM, MA (McMaster) is Anishinaabe from the Georgina Island First Nation. He was part of the first cohort to move into Champlain College residence in January 1967, was the third president of the Champlain College Student Council, and remains a fellow of Champlain College. Harvey also served as chair of the Otonabee College Names Committee that recommended the theatre be named after Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack. Previous to becoming a consultant specializing in Aboriginal issues, Harvey helped found the Native Studies Department at Trent where he taught for 14 years.
Kate Norlock is the Kenneth Mark Drain chair in ethics. She has been a professor in the Department of Philosophy for 11 years and serves as a faculty fellow at Lady Eaton College. Kate’s research interests include the ethics of complaint, forgiveness, and anti-oppression practices. She brings experience from her roles as an academic program chair, faculty union executive member, and service on presidential advisory committees. She is a newcomer and now new citizen of Canada.
Emma Phillips '17 is a student in the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Studies program. Now prime minister of Champlain College Cabinet, she has three years of experience with the Cabinet, holding the roles of cultural affairs representative and community and sustainability rep. Emma has been involved with the orientation team, most recently as senior leader. In her work with Parks Canada, she worked with Indigenous partners on education and conservation decisions and projects.
François Senécal '83 is an alumnus of Trent and was a member of Champlain College. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Trent and his LLB from Université de Montréal. As a student, he served on the University senate and was president of Champlain College Cabinet. Today he practices commercial and corporate law at DSL LLP and serves as a volunteer co-chair of Champlain College Endowment Committee.