Board of Governors Membership 2019-20

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.

Samuel Arseneau

Samuel Arseneau

Samuel Arseneau is the Vice-President Finance and Operations for the UNB Student Union on the Fredericton campus. He is entering his fourth year, majoring in economics through a bachelor’s degree in science with minors in chemistry and business administration. During his time at UNB, he has also served as the Director of Finance and Fundraising for the Atlantic Student Research Journal, a peer mentor in the faculty of science, and a member of the organization team for the RED Awards in 2019. He is a recipient of a 2019 Impact Award for contributions to the faculty of science and was named UNB Student Union Orientation Redshirt of the Year for 2018.

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.

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.

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.

George Daley

George Daley

George Daley is president of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association, a position he has held since August 2017. He graduated from UNB in 1993 with a BBA, returning to receive his BEd in 1995 and master’s degree in education in 2009. George is a native and resident of Bathurst, N.B., where he has been a teacher and school administrator for 23 years. He is well known in Bathurst for his volunteerism on many governance boards, coaching and community involvement. In 2009, George was recognized internationally for his innovation in education by being selected as a finalist at the International Innovation in Education Forum.

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.

Craig Fernandez

Craig Fernandez

Craig Fernandez is the President of the UNB Student Union. Originally from Sunny Corner, N.B., Craig is a 2019 graduate of UNB’s Renaissance College program (bachelor of philosophy in interdisciplinary leadership studies) with a minor in business administration. He is a 2019 recipient of UNB’s BMO Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. Past leadership roles include sitting on the UNB Fredericton Senate, serving as Chair of TEDxUNB 2019, and working as an Inclusion Representative with the UNB Student Union.

Brianna Forbes

Brianna Forbes

Brianna Forbes is a third-year student majoring in biology and psychology on UNB’s Saint John campus, where she is also the Science, Applied Science and Engineering Councillor for the UNB Student Representative Council. During her time at UNB, she has been a part of the World University Service of Canada committee, is vice-president of the Journal of Undergraduate Research in New Brunswick, and was able to travel to Honduras in April as a member of the UNB Global Water Brigade. She is also going into her third year of being a UNB REDS varsity athlete on the track and field Team. She was named UNB REDS Female Track Rookie of the Year for 2017-2018.

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.

Tom Goud

Tom Goud

Thomas Goud is an associate professor in the department of history and politics on UNB’s Saint John campus, serving as the lone classicist since 1994. He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Calgary and received his MA and PhD from the University of Toronto. Thomas has served as chair of the history and politics department and on Saint John Senate, in addition to various committees. He has been the co-director of the UNB Travel Study Program in Rome since 2002. Thomas’s research interests lie in early Christian texts and history, in Roman history and historiography, and in Latin language and literature.

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.

Deanna Graves-Brown

Deanna Graves-Brown

Deanna Graves-Brown is a chartered professional accountant. She holds a degree in business administration from UNB and an MBA from Laurentian University. Deanna has spent more than 10 years working in industry for privately-owned New Brunswick companies and currently holds the position of Comptroller for a Fredericton-based company. Deanna has served as treasurer for the Saint John Board of Trade and is a former Chair of FUSION Saint John Inc. She lives in Fredericton.

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 Canlease. 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.    

Petra Hauf, Vice-President Saint John

Petra Hauf, Vice-President Saint John

Petra Hauf is the vice-president of UNB’s Saint John campus. She holds a diploma and doctorate in psychology from Frankfurt University and is an internationally renowned researcher in development psychology.  As a former Canada Research Chair in cognitive development, Dr. Hauf combines a highly productive interdisciplinary research program with administrative experience and will build upon UNB's momentum as a global leader in research and continue to advance the university as a research-focused and community-based institution.

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.  

Jillian Jollineau

Jillian Jollineau

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.

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.

David MaGee

David MaGee, Vice-President Research

Dr. David MaGee is the vice-president (research) at the University of New Brunswick. He received both his BSc in chemistry and his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from UNB. Dr. MaGee has been active with UNB in a faculty role since 1990, serving in many capacities, including assistant professor, associate professor, professor, chair of the department of chemistry, and dean of science, in addition to serving on numerous university committees.

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.

Paul Mazerolle

Paul Mazerolle, President

Dr. Paul Mazerolle is UNB’s 19th president and vice-chancellor, a position he has held since July 2019. Dr. Mazerolle is an internationally recognized criminologist who holds degrees from UNB, Northeastern University and the University of Maryland. In addition to his role as president, Paul is a professor in the department of sociology.

A native of New Brunswick and alumnus of UNB, Dr. Mazerolle spent his early career in the United States at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Mazerolle relocated to Australia in 2000 where he served as the head of the criminology program at the University of Queensland and served as Director, Research and Prevention for the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission. In 2006, he moved to Griffith University where he took on the Directorship of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance and subsequently, in 2009, he was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for the arts, education and law disciplines.

Dr. Mazerolle remains an active researcher, with research interests that include examining the processes that shape criminal offending across the life course, violence research including youth violence, intimate partner violence, and homicide, as well as research on criminal justice policies and practices.

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, Governor Emerita

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.

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.

Constantine Passaris

Constantine Passaris

Constantine Passaris is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick, a Dobbin Scholar (Ireland), an Onassis Foundation Fellow (Greece), and a member of the Academic Scientific Board of the International Institute of Advanced Economic and Social Studies (Italy). He is a Canadian research affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy at the University of Lethbridge, an affiliate member of the UNB Canadian Institute of Cybersecurity and chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Board on Population Growth. This is his fourth term as an elected faculty member to the UNB Board of Governors.

Gillian Paul

Gillian Paul

Gillian Paul is a lawyer who holds a bachelor of arts from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctorate from UNB. Gillian was previously an associate with Olthuis, Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous law firm based out of Toronto. She is now the Legal and Governance Advisor for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick. Gillian's practice primarily includes negotiations and litigation involving Aboriginal and Treaty rights, including Aboriginal title and the duty to consult and accommodate.

Catherine Prosser

Catherine Prosser

Catherine Prosser is an experienced finance and accounting professional from Saint John. Catherine is a chartered professional accountant as well as a certified internal auditor and holds a bachelor of business administration from UNB. Catherine provided advisory and assurance services to clients in manufacturing, service, not-for-profit and government sectors for more than 15 years. She has held various roles, including director of treasury and tax and director of financial reporting. Catherine has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Program, Six Sigma training and Leadership and Strategic Communication training from the Ivey School of Business. Catherine is currently the treasurer for St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.

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.

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.

Jennifer Sutherland-Green

Jennifer Sutherland-Green

Jennifer Sutherland Green is Director & Senior Legal Counsel, Pensions and Insurance, with the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (FCNB). She joined FCNB in 2014 and has practiced in a variety of roles in the labour and employment law sector during her career. Originally from Fredericton, Jennifer obtained her BA (Honours) in economics from Queen’s University in 1994, her MA in economics from Université Laval in 1996, her LLB from UNB in 1999, and her LLM from Osgoode in 2011. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Canadian Bar Association. Jennifer is President of the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association and President of the UNB Associated Alumnae.

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. A recipient of the 2019 Order of New Brunswick, Robyn has a degree in psychology from St. Francis Xavier University and a 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 for Vale Canada Limited's base metals business. 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 of the UNB Associated Alumni Council and an alumna of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. In 2011, she was recognized by Northern Ontario Business as one of its Top 40 Under Forty leaders.