Lakehead University Board of Governors Appoints Eight New Members
The Board of Governors meets six times throughout the year. Its membership comprises representatives from the University community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Aboriginal Management Council; the City of Thunder Bay; Lieutenant Governor and Council appointments; and members who are elected at large. "Our Board is representative of the people and region that it serves, and offers valuable perspectives that allow Lakehead University to support continued excellence in education," says Jackie Dojack, Chair of the Board of Governors' Nominating Committee.
New member profiles:
Alex is currently enrolled as a third year student in Lakehead's HBA Anthropology program. He is a 22-year-old native of Glencoe, Ontario, a small town located outside of London. After graduation, Alex worked for one year and used his earnings to travel to New Zealand. Toward the end of his stay there, he decided he wanted to attend Lakehead University, and enrolled in its General Arts Program shortly thereafter. After some researching and sampling, he knew that Anthropology was his calling. During his time at Lakehead, Alex has grown, learned, and become increasingly aware of issues at Lakehead and around the world, and how the two may be connected. He believes that this position is an opportunity to help his fellow students in a very productive and proactive way. He intends to make the best of the opportunities that this position provides, and to represent the student body in his actions. He is confident that the coming year will be a successful one.
A career journalist, Colin began as copy boy and graduated through the newsroom ranks to eventually become city editor and later managing editor of some of Thomson Newspapers' largest dailies. Colin arrived in Thunder Bay in 1994 to work as Publisher and General Manager of the Chronicle-Journal, and has since been actively involved in many aspects of the community. He has been a constant volunteer for the United Way: He has served as President at various times, Chair of the annual campaign, and has been part of provincial and national task forces for the United Way of Canada. He was also a member of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's successful scholarship fundraising team. Colin is a past president of Port Arthur Rotary, and continues his board duties with the Ambassadors and the Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Grace and has two grown sons, Jonathan and David.
Judy Flett is an alumna of Lakehead University, where she achieved both her BA and BEd degrees. She is currently writing, and teaches an Entrepreneurship Pilot Program at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School. The pilot program is sponsored by the Right Honourable Paul Martin. Judy is Cree from Tataskwayak Cree Nation territory of Northern Manitoba. Over the years, she has lived in the Red Lake District, Sioux Lookout area, and Thunder Bay. Her creative side includes a love of photography, visual arts, travel, and reading. Judy hopes to offer the Board of Governors increased connectivity with Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and other Aboriginal organizations, and to put forth a strong effort to develop working relationships that build a larger Aboriginal student base for the University.
L.J. (Leonard) Hoey, C.Tech., MBA
A valued member of Wardrop Engineering's senior management team and a Certified Technician with 18 years of experience, Leonard has played a significant role in the growth and development of the company since joining in 1989. He is currently a member of Wardrop's Board of Directors, and serves as Senior Vice President of the company's Infrastructure Division. He recently helped lead the company through a reorganization, during which it realigned its traditional geographic focus to one that serves key market sectors globally. This was a significant milestone in Wardrop's history, and it resulted directly in dramatic growth and success for both the company and its customers.
His first position with Wardrop was as Project Manager for various civil and environmental engineering projects, including major new housing developments, water and wastewater treatment plants, and general road, sewer, and water projects. It was on these early projects that his client focus and business minded approach to project management emerged, and the success he generated for the company and its customers helped win him positions of increased responsibility. These positions include General Manager of Wardrop's Northern Ontario Division, Vice President of Wardrop's Forest Products Division, and Vice President of Wardrop's Power Divisions - a new division Hoey was responsible for creating in 2004.
In his current position of Vice President of Wardrop's Infrastructure Division, Leonard manages 150 employees in offices located in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ghana. These employees work collaboratively on projects around the world. The Division accounts for $15 million in sales annually, and is responsible for providing consulting engineering to clients in the areas of municipal engineering, land development, environment, and transportation. In his role as a member of Wardrop's Board of Directors, Leonard is responsible for ensuring governance over the corporation, and providing input to the company's vision, strategic plans, and operational direction.
With a passion for continuous learning, Leonard recently completed his Masters of Business Administration, and is presently pursuing his CMA and CA designations. He is fulfilled by participation in community service, and he and his family support numerous community initiatives and local and international charities.
Peter is currently entering his sixth year at Lakehead University, and is pursuing a Masters in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Aicheng Chen. His research focuses on the field of electrochemistry, and pays particular attention to improving the efficiency of fuel cells and bio sensor design. Peter's future aspirations include attending the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
His involvement within the community over the past several years has involved a variety of responsibilities. Last year, he was the Graduate Representative on the Board of Directors for the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU), and his responsibilities entailed meeting with other board members to set financial, political, and general policies. Over the past year, he served as a Teaching Assistant in two lab sections for the Chemistry Department where he assisted students with their laboratory procedures, and provided ongoing assistance with lab reports. He has also tutored several high school students in math and science.
Peter's involvement with Lakehead University and broader community has given him a unique perspective on the needs that exist in this region.
Dr. Judith Leggatt
Judith Leggatt is the chair of the English Department at Lakehead. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, and completed her degrees at the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, and Queen's University. Prior to coming to Lakehead, she taught at Queen's University, the University of Toronto, and the Royal Military College. Her teaching and research interests include First Nations, Caribbean, Canadian, Post-Colonial, and Speculative Literatures. She has published articles on post-colonial pedagogy, trickster figures, Lee Maracle, Thomas King, Salman Rushdie, and Charlotte Bronte. Her current research focuses on the representations of First Nations people in science fiction, and on the science fiction written by First Nations writers. This research will culminate in a book-length study, tentatively titled "Where No Indian Has Gone Before: First Nations Science Fiction."
Maria Elizabeth Phipps
Maria was raised and educated in Port Arthur, Ontario, and graduated from Lakehead University with a Diploma in Library Technology in 1970. She completed an Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph in 1978, and a Masters in Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1979
Maria is president of M.E. Phipps & Associates Inc., an information and knowledge management consultancy which she founded in 1979. For the past 28 years, her firm has provided information and knowledge management solutions to corporations and organizations across Canada. She is also a member of a number of national and provincial associations within her profession, and has been a member of CFUW for 30 years.
Since 1990, Maria has served as governor, committee member, and trustee of Trinity College School and St. John's Kilmarnock School. She was recently appointed as a founding director of the Trinity College School Foundation. For the past three years, Maria has also been a member of the Admissions Advisory Team at the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOSM).
Although her main family home is located in Guelph, Ontario, she has spent time in the Nicol Island, Rossport, and Thunder Bay areas for 4 months of the year for the past 30 years. She remains involved in Thunder Bay community. Maria and her husband David have two grown children, Geoff and Elizabeth.
Lynne is a Lakehead University biology graduate who has spent the last 35 years teaching and assisting with research as a member of the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment. His main areas of interest include forest insects and diseases, and urban forestry. In 2005, he was honoured with the Lakehead University Staff Award. He sits on the advisory board for Superior Science and managed the Shad Valley program from 1999 to 2006. He is also active on several committees within the Forestry department, including promotion, budget, space, displays, and student/faculty relations. Lynne was a member of the ad hoc committee to review University Campus Climate, and the Health and Safety committee for Labs and Studios. He regularly attends Career Fairs to promote Lakehead University, as well as the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment. Lynne delivers workshops for a variety of community groups, specifically at local parks, the Dryden High School Conservation Camp, local and district schools, and on campus for groups who have interest in learning about insects. He is a member of the City of Thunder Bay Urban Forestry Advisory Board, and a member of Trees Thunder Bay. Lynne's wife, Pat, is a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Education programs at Lakehead University, and is currently teaching in the School of Nursing. His daughter, Robin is also a Lakehead University biology graduate. His second daughter, Kelly is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), and is a current student in the Faculty of Education's one year BEd program.
Media: New member profiles are included on following pages. Board members may be contacted for interview. Please call Patti Merriman to arrange interview times. Patti can be reached at 343-8614.
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