Board of Governors Membership 2017-18

Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews is a professor in the department of English on UNB’s Fredericton campus. She teaches English-Canadian, American and Indigenous literatures. Jennifer received her bachelor of arts degree from McGill University and her master of arts degree and PhD from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining UNB in 1999, Jennifer held a Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Arizona. Jennifer served as department chair from 2013 to 2016 and was the secretary-treasurer and vice-president of the Canadian Chairs of English from 2014 to 2016. She is the author of two books and numerous academic articles.

Joel Attis

Joel Attis

Joel Attis is president of AttisCorp Wealth Management, a boutique financial advisory company in Moncton, N.B. He has a bachelor of commerce degree from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of laws degree from UNB. He is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Prior to entering the financial services sector, Joel practiced corporate law, and in addition, developed and operated various hospitality establishments in the Greater Moncton area. He has served on a number of boards including vice-chair of the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation and chair of the Capitol Theatre.     

Brian Baxter, Vice-Chair

Brian Baxter

Brian Baxter is chairman and CEO of Botsford Investment Inc. He joined UNB’s Board of Governors in 2003 and is also chair of the nominating and review committee and serves on several other board committees. He has a bachelor of arts from UNB and is an accredited businessman who allocates his time and skills to community organizations in his hometown of Moncton, N.B.

Marc Bedard

Marc Bedard

Marc Bedard is past-president of UNB’s Associated Alumni. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from UNB in 1974 and a master of business administration degree from McMaster University in 1975. Marc had a successful career in accounting and financial management roles in the private sector in Toronto and retired to New Brunswick several years ago. Marc holds a fellow chartered professional accountant designation and a fellow certified management accountant designation. He is the chair of the advisory board for the faculty of business administration at UNB Fredericton.

Scott Brittain

Scott Brittain

A native of Saint John's west side, Scott Brittain has a BA and LLB from UNB. He also holds a master's of law degree from the University of Cambridge in England. Scott is the vice-president of the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Bar Association and is past-president of the Saint John Law Society. Between 2008 and 2010, Scott served on the governing council of the Law Society of New Brunswick, and from 2005 and 2007, he was one of five provincial vice-chairs of the New Brunswick Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Appeals Tribunal. Scott also serves on the board's advancement committee.

H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell, President

H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell, President

H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell is the 18th president and vice-chancellor of UNB, Canada's oldest English language university. An internationally recognized professor of mathematics, Eddy holds two degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Eddy is also a professor in the department of mathematics and statistics and continues to maintain an active research career, which includes the supervision of graduate and post-doctoral students. He serves on several board committees.

Phyllis Cooling

Phyllis Cooling

Phyllis Cooling of Miramichi is a retired principal and teacher who served 35 years in New Brunswick’s public education system. A three-time UNB graduate, Phyllis has degrees in physical education and education and a master’s degree in education (administration). She is an active member of the community with her contributions extending beyond the classroom. She has played leadership roles within the Miramichi Golf Club, the New Brunswick Curling Association and Newcastle Curling Club.

Karen Cunningham

Karen Cunningham, Vice-President (Administration and Finance)

Prior to her role as vice-president (administration and finance), Karen Cunningham was the university comptroller. She has provided capable leadership and direction to the central financial services office of UNB, oversight of university financial controls and the annual external audit. Karen has a bachelor of commerce degree from Mount Allison University and a chartered accountant designation. She serves on several board committees and is a member of the Fredericton chapter of the Financial Management Institute.

Richard J. Currie

Richard J. Currie, OC, Chancellor Emeritus

Richard J. Currie received the honorary designation of chancellor emeritus at UNB in 2013, after serving 10 years as chancellor. Born in Saint John, N.B. Richard attended UNB as a Beaverbrook Scholar, graduating from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a degree in chemical engineering. He completed his master of business administration at Harvard in 1970, and in 1972, joined Loblaw Companies. In 1976, he became president. Twenty years later, he was named president of George Weston Ltd. and, in 2002, was appointed the chair of BCE, Canada’s largest telecommunications company. Richard was named one of Canada’s 10 greatest chief executives of all-time by the Globe & Mail.

Mayor Don Darling

Mayor Don Darling

Don Darling is mayor of the City of Saint John and president of Don Darling Coaching and Consulting, which provides consulting relating to the housing industry. Don has almost two decades of management and senior-level experience under his belt. He has completed the Queens Executive Program at Queen’s University, which focuses on strategic thinking and planning, leading organizational change, negotiation and consensus building, and management fundamentals. 

Sarah DeVarenne

Sarah J. DeVarenne, Secretary of the Board

Sarah DeVarenne is the university secretary. She has a bachelor of science from UNB and serves on several board committees.

Roxanne Fairweather

Roxanne Fairweather, Governor Emerita

Roxanne Fairweather is co-CEO and co-owner of Innovatia Inc. She has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and is an honorary alumna of UNB. She has served on UNB’s Board of Governors since 2003, including a two-year term as chair. Roxanne was named one of the Atlantic Region’s 50 most accomplished business executives by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2005, 2013 and 2014, as well the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 for the Atlantic Region.

David Ganong

David Ganong, Governor Emeritus

David Ganong is the executive vice-chair of Ganong Bros. Ltd. He is the fourth generation to lead the family business, which has been in operation for 141 years. David served on UNB’s Board of Governors for 15 years, two as chair, and was named governor emeritus in 2012. In 2005, he was inducted into the Order of Canada and in 2013, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award. David graduated with a BBA from UNB and earned his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. In 2012, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from UNB.

Margaret Grant-McGivney, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs

Margaret Grant-McGivney, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs

Margaret Grant-McGivney is the executive director of UNB's Associated Alumni and is a graduate of UNB’s engineering faculty. Prior to coming to UNB, Margaret worked for over 20 years with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure in a variety of roles including as assistant deputy minister, policy strategic development and intergovernmental relations. She has chaired and served on a variety of national and regional committees, as well as on a number of local volunteer boards in support of the community. Margaret is a registered professional engineer in New Brunswick.

Thomas Gribbons

Tom Gribbons

Tom Gribbons is vice-president and branch manager of the Saint John office of RBC Dominion Securities, the wealth management arm of Canada’s RBC Financial Group. He is a 1983 graduate of UNB's forestry program. Tom serves as chair of the properties committee and serves on multiple other board committees.  He has been actively involved with the Saint John campus, with the University Commons project. Tom was one of the founding members of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative and was the initial chairman of the Leadership Roundtable of Vibrant Communities Saint John. In 2003, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.  

Larry Hachey

Larry Hachey, Chair

Larry Hachey is president of Bluechip Leasing Atlantic. In 2002, he was named a finalist as Ernst & Young Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and, in 2003, won the Saint John Board of Trade Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. Larry joined UNB’s Board of Governors in 2011. He is chair of the board’s executive committee and serves on several other board committees. Larry is past president of UNB’s Associated Alumni and received his bachelor of business administration degree from UNB in 1987.    

Janet Hoyt

Janet Hoyt

Janet M. Hoyt is a legal consultant and leadership coach. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Acadia University, a bachelor of laws degree from UNB and a graduate diploma in executive coaching from Royal Roads University. Janet was previously director, people and professional development at Torys LLP. She has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession, counselling countless lawyers on career opportunities and advancement and is a long-standing member of the Professional Development Consortium.

Viqar Husain

Viqar Husain

Viqar Husain is a professor in the department of mathematics and statistics, with a cross appointment in the department of physics at UNB Fredericton. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science and physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in theoretical physics from Yale University. His research interests are in classical and quantum gravity. He is an American Physical Society Outstanding Referee and a recipient of the first award of the Gravity Research Foundation. He has served as the scientific director of the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences and subsequently, as a member of its board of directors. He has also served two terms as department chair. Presently, he is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery.  

Lisa Keeping-Burke

Lisa Keeping-Burke

Lisa Keeping-Burke is an associate professor in the department of nursing & health sciences on UNB's Saint John campus. She received her bachelor's and master’s degrees in nursing from Memorial University in Newfoundland and a PhD in nursing from McGill University. With almost 30 years of health care experience, Lisa is an educator and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students at UNB. In her program of research, she uses qualitative, quantitative and systematic review methodologies to explore chronic disease management for patients and families. Lisa is past treasurer of the Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association (CGNA) and current national research director of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN).

James Kieffer

James Kieffer

James Kieffer is a professor in the department of biological sciences on UNB’s Saint John campus. He has been teaching courses to support nursing and biology at UNB since 1996 and maintains an active NSERC research program, which involves the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. James received his bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Ottawa and his master of science degree and PhD in biology from Queen’s University. James has participated on UNB Senate and served as department chair of biology, acting dean of science, applied science and engineering, and acting associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Hans Klohn

Hans O. Klohn

Hans Klohn was appointed to UNB's Board of Governors in 2010. He is chair of the audit committee and serves on several board committees. Hans is the president of OSCO Construction Group based in Saint John, N.B. He received his bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from UNB in 1976 and has a master of civil engineering degree from the University of Alberta and a master of business administration degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Robert MacKinnon, Vice-President Saint John

Robert MacKinnon, Vice-President Saint John

Robert MacKinnon is the vice-president of UNB’s Saint John campus. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Allison University, a master of arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. His research interests are varied and include the broad areas of the geography of Atlantic Canada, rural and transportation history, and urban geography.

George MacLean

George MacLean, Vice-President (Academic) Fredericton

George MacLean is vice-president academic and professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick. He holds a PhD in international politics from Queen’s University, a master’s degree from McMaster University, and a bachelor of arts from Dalhousie University/University of King’s College. He is a specialist in international politics, focusing on foreign policy, political economy and security.

Norah Mallory

Norah Mallory

Norah Mallory is CEO of Fredericton and Saint John based Mallory Group Inc., a full-service marketing, public relations and government relations firm. Norah received her bachelor of arts degree from UNB. She also received a bachelor of music degree from l'Université de Sherbrooke. As a business leader with more than 30 years of experience, she has worked and collaborated with all levels of government, national corporations, economic development agencies, postsecondary educational institutions, not-for-profits, environmental agencies, and small and medium-sized enterprises. Norah has served on several local, provincial and national boards and is the current president of the UNB Associated Alumnae.

Allison D. McCain, Chancellor

Allison D. McCain, Chancellor

Allison McCain is UNB's fifth modern day chancellor. He is a noted business leader, active alumnus, volunteer and honorary degree recipient. He is chairman of McCain Foods Ltd., a company that operates on six continents around the world to support its frozen food, produce and transportation businesses. Allison earned a degree in electrical engineering from UNB in 1972 and in 2007, he was awarded an honorary degree from UNB. 

Kathryn McCain, Chair

Kathryn McCain

Kathryn McCain is the immediate past chair of the McCain Foundation. She served as board chair for three years. Kathryn obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology from UNB. She has received the university's Alumni Award of Honour for her contributions to the institution.

Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison has been a member of UNB’s Board of Governors since 2007. He is chair of the Investments Committee and serves on several other board committees. Now retired, Paul was the President and COO for ADI Limited, a company specializing in wastewater treatment technologies and capabilities to deliver innovative, robust, and cost-effective industrial wastewater treatment solutions. In 2009, he received The Services to the Profession Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick and was designated a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Christopher Nagle J.

Christopher Nagle

Christopher Nagle is a Moncton lawyer specializing in fatal accidents. He is a former president of the Law Society of New Brunswick and has been active in the practice of law in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for more than 25 years. He has a bachelor of business administration degree and a bachelor of laws degree from UNB. He serves on the board's finance committee.

David O'Brien

David O'Brien, QC, Governor Emeritus

David O'Brien is the retired vice-president and group treasurer of McCain Foods Limited. He served on the board from 1997 to 2007 and was chair from 2002 to 2003. David received two undergraduate degrees from UNB (BBA’71, LLB’73) and a master of science in business administration degree from University of British Columbia in 1974. He is a former president of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and director of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2002, David was appointed Queen's Counsel.

Mayor Mike O'Brien

Mayor Mike O'Brien

Mike O’Brien is mayor of the City of Fredericton. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree from UNB. Mike worked for nearly 30 years at Alcool NB Liquor, developing and overseeing new energy management, warehousing, and supply chain processes. He served as interim president and CEO of the company before his retirement. He first became a city councillor in 2001 and served two terms as deputy mayor. He has served on a number of boards, including River Valley Health (now Horizon Health) and Enterprise Fredericton (now Ignite Fredericton). In 2016, he received the Citizenship Award from the New Brunswick Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist.

Nicole O'Byrne

Nicole O'Byrne

Nicole O'Byrne joined UNB’s faculty of law in 2009 and serves on multiple board committees. She teaches Aboriginal peoples and law, evidence law, and criminal law. Her areas of expertise include Canadian federalism, public policy history, Métis property rights, natural resources policy and Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations. Nicole received a bachelor of science degree from Queen’s University, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Regina, a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a master of laws degree from McGill University. She received her PhD from the University of Victoria’s law and society programme.

Penny Reid

Penny Reid

Penny Reid is vice-president of communications and marketing for TD Asset Management in Toronto. Penny earned her bachelor of business administration degree from UNB in 1991 and holds a master’s degree from McMaster University. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and product management within the financial services sector in North America. She was previously a board member with Women in Capital Markets, Canada’s largest network of professional women in the field of capital markets.

Bob Skillen, Vice-President Advancement

Bob Skillen, Vice-President Advancement

Bob Skillen is UNB’s vice-president (advancement), overseeing the strategic coordination of the alumni, development, donor relations, communications, public affairs, marketing, communications and brand management functions for the university. A three-time UNB graduate, Bob has bachelor's degrees in degrees in physical education and education and a master’s degree in education.Bob has been involved with the university, in a variety of capacities, for more than 30 years and serves on several board committees.

Wayne Squibb

Wayne Squibb

Wayne Squibb is president and CEO of Realstar Group, one of Canada's leading privately owned real estate investment and management companies. A much-valued and long serving member of the Board of Governors.  Wayne has been integral in the Fredericton campus plan and the development of both Fredericton's Knowledge Park and the Corbett Centre.

David Stevenson

David Stevenson, Governor Emeritus

David Stevenson is a founding partner with AC Stevenson & Partners, based in Riverview, N.B. He received his BBA degree from UNB in 1968. In 2013, he received an honorary doctor of letters degree from UNB. David received the governor emeritus designation in 2012. He has been a member of UNB’s board of governors since 2001, including a three-year term as chair, and serves on the board's audit committee.

Robyn Tingley

Robyn Tingley, Vice-Chair

Robyn Tingley is a social entrepreneur and an advisor to startup companies, large corporations, universities and non-profit agencies. Robyn has a degree in psychology from St. Francis Xavier University and a graduate degree in journalism from King’s College. She is frequently called upon to speak on diversity and leadership, most recently having served as keynote speaker at Oxford University’s March 2015 Empowering Women Through Education event for International Women’s Day.

Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson has been working in the non-profit sector for 18 years. She is the executive director of the Family Enrichment and Counselling Service in Fredericton and the past executive director of the John Howard Society of Charlotte County. Kelly feels a close connection to UNB; she graduated from the Saint John campus in 2002 with an honours arts degree (psychology) and has since had the opportunity to see both of her daughters graduate from UNB.

David Woolnough

David Woolnough

David Woolnough was educated in Scotland and completed his doctorate at UNB. He is in demand as a consultant in the areas of human resource analysis of geomatics training organizations and in rural community development. He has worked overseas on missions for the federal and provincial governments, working with such groups as the Saudi military and the national mapping organization in the Philippines. David is chair of the human resources and executive compensation committees and serves on multiple board committees.

Brooke Yeates

Brooke Yeates

Brooke Yeates is manager of governance and change management at Vale Canada Limited. She joined the UNB Board of Governors in 2017. Brooke holds a bachelor of arts from UNB and a bachelor of public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is past president and executive committee member of the UNB Associated Alumni Council. Brooke has sat on the board of the Vimy Foundation since 2016, is an alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is past chair of the Art Gallery of Sudbury’s Board of Directors.