Board of Governors membership 2023-2024

Tim Alderson

Tim Alderson is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNB (Saint John). He holds a PhD in Pure Mathematics from Western University. Since joining UNB in 2000, he has served as a University Senator for over 18 years and held the position of Department Chair from 2013 to 2023.

Outside of UNB, Tim has contributed to the Canadian Mathematical Society, where he served as the Atlantic Director and most recently as Vice President (Atlantic). He has also been an active member of the Executive of the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) and was elected as Board Chair in 2023.

Tim is distinguished as a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications and a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His research primarily focuses on combinatorial applications of finite geometries to coding and information theory.

William Best

Bill Best is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining UNB’s leadership team, Bill served as the President and CEO at Cambrian College, in Sudbury, Ontario. Earlier in his career, he served in various senior executive positions at the New Brunswick Community College, including Interim President and CEO, Vice President Finance and Administration, and Vice President Academic and Student Development.

Bill is an active community volunteer, having served as Chair of the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) and President of the Ontario Colleges Library Service. In the Sudbury community, Bill was the founding Board Chair for the Kivi Park Community Foundation, a Director with NORCAT and the Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation Board of Directors. Bill also coached competitive travel basketball for 13 years and is an NCCP certified coach.

Wayne Carson

Wayne Carson is President of Kilmer Infrastructure Developments Inc. where he leads Kilmer’s business platforms in public-private partnerships, real estate development including large-scale master planned mixed-use communities, purpose built rental developments and various P3 concession related operating businesses and partnerships.

Wayne graduated from UNB Civil Engineering in 1987 and UNB Law in 1990. He received a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1991. Wayne is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Registered Professional Engineer in New Brunswick and Ontario.

Rhonda Connors-Losier

Rhonda Connors-Losier is a retired senior relationship management associate at the federal Crown corporation Farm Credit Canada (FCC), where she was part of a commercial credit team providing lending solutions to the Agri-Food and Agri-Enterprise industries. She has been involved with a number of community committees and organizations, such as the FCC Agri Sprit Campaign, the MS Society of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society and the United Way. In addition, she is a member of 100 Women Who Care (Moncton chapter) and is on the executive of Handball NB as treasurer. She has a bachelor of education from UNB’s Fredericton campus and an MBA from Université de Moncton. Rhonda is a member of the Investments Committee. 

Richard J. Currie

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.

Sarah DeVarenne

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

Ridhima Dixit

Hello, I'm Ridhima, a community-driven student leader and activist. I've been involved with student governance in a variety of ways and roles over the course of my university journey.

This year I'm thrilled to serve as a student representative on the Board of Governors. I am a political science student, deeply interested in research about food insecurity and homelessness among post-secondary education students. I am committed to the anti-racism movement and an advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization.

I look forward to working together with the Board toward an affordable and equitable post-secondary education at the University of New Brunswick.

Roxanne Fairweather

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.

Jennifer Flanagan

For more than 25 years, Jennifer Flanagan has been an extraordinary force in changing the face of science, engineering and technology in Canada. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in technology equity, STEM education and diversity and inclusion.

As the co-founder and CEO of Actua Jennifer leads a national network of 43 university and college-based organizations engaging 400,000 youth each year. Actua is known for its impact with equity-deserving audiences working extensively with girls and young women, Indigenous youth, rural and Arctic communities and youth facing socio-economic challenges.

While in her undergraduate program at UNB, Jennifer worked as part of the team that founded Worlds Unbound. Prior to co-founding Actua she worked as the Outreach Manager at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists NB.

Jennifer has sat on many local, national and international boards and also advises start-up organizations, all focused on gender equity, innovation and the future of education. She has thrice been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, is the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training), was named a Top Forty Under 40 and the RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year in the social change category.

Jennifer holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick, an MBA from McGill and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Engineering from Concordia University.

David Ganong

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 Gribbons

Tom is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with RBC Wealth Management, Dominion Securities, in Saint John, N.B. He is responsible for wealth and investment guidance to high-net worth families, businesses, non-profit agencies and institutions in Atlantic Canada from Saint John.

Tom has a bachelor of science in forestry from UNB and joined UNB’s Board in 2012. He has served on the Investments Committee, the Audit Committee, the Nominating and Review Committee, the Executive Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee. He chaired the Properties Committee and later the Finance and Properties Committee and served as interim Chair of the Investments Committee.

For the past two years he has served as Vice-Chair of the Board.

Petra Hauf

Dr. Petra Hauf is the inaugural provost & vice-president academic at UNB. In her new role she serves as the chief academic officer and delivers the academic mission at the university's two main campuses in Fredericton and Saint John and the Moncton site. She is a dynamic leader with a dedicated team of deans and vice-provosts who oversee academic faculties, libraries, student affairs, experiential education, recruitment and all functions related to the successful achievement of UNB's Toward 2030 Strategic Plans.

She holds a diploma and doctorate in psychology from Frankfurt University and is an internationally renowned researcher in developmental psychology and a former Canada Research Chair in cognitive development. She is a strong champion for the community through participation in various volunteer boards and activities in support of Saint John and the surrounding areas. She has championed the Integrated Health Initiative which will transform the health sector through the delivery of interdisciplinary education, leading-edge research and innovation and fostering collaboration among health research professionals. These innovative approaches will significantly impact and benefit the region, the province and the country.

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.

Kevin Hoyt

Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer at the Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick. He holds an MBA from UNB. Kevin is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of New Brunswick, a former Chair of CPA NB and is the current Chair of the CPA Atlantic School of Business. He is the Canadian Board Representative of the North American Securities Administrators Association and is Vice – Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators.

Jill Jeffrey

Jill Jeffrey was raised in Fredericton but now shares her time between Grand Lake, NB and Halifax, NS. Jill is a retired educator and coach spending the past 30 years involved in coaching at the university level and high school interscholastic sport.

She has been heavily involved in educational leadership all her career, serving as the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) representative for Eligibility at University Sport, later as an Athletic Director in the Metro Athletic Highschool Association in Halifax and a board member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. She has volunteered her time to many organizations as a guest speaker, fundraiser, committee member and event facilitator over the years.

Jill has been a member of the UNB Associated Alumni Council since 2016 and completed her term as President of the Alumni in June 2023. She received a BPE '82 and BEd '83 from UNB, along with an MEd'91 from Saint Mary's University. Jill is very passionate and committed about helping future students discover our world at UNB.

Jill Jollineau

After 30 years of a rewarding career teaching mathematics in the public school system, Jill now teaches part time at UNB in the Faculty of Education and with Saint John College. Throughout her lifetime, community, family and friends have led her into rewarding service, adventures and activities. As past President of the UNB Alumni Council she presently serves on the UNB Saint John Senate and the Board of Governors of UNB.

Jane grew up in Marysville, a small community within the city of Fredericton. She graduated from the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick in 1997 with a BBA. She pursued her Certified Management Accountant designation of which she completed in 2012. Throughout her career she has worked in various industries and gained knowledge in broad areas of accounting, compliance auditing, process improvement, risk management and project management. She has been with the Financial and Consumer Services Commission where she currently works as the Manager of Regulatory Systems.

Jane enjoys spending time with her husband Peter, their two children Gracie and Erik and the family dog, Thor. She volunteered on the New Maryland Home and School Committee for several years in the position of Vice President. She has volunteered on the Associated Alumnae of University of New Brunswick Executive Council since 2016. She currently holds the position President, and in prior years held various positions of 1st Vice President, Treasurer, and lead on the Scholarship Committee.

Janet Knox

Janet Knox is a retired health executive whose career has given her opportunities to advance clinical care, teaching, research and administration of the health system in local, provincial, national and international venues. In 2015 she became the first President and CEO of Nova Scotia Health Authority and retired in 2019 . She is a passionate supporter of the health of our population and for innovation in our health system.

Janet has a Bachelor of Nursing from University of New Brunswick, a Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University. She is a retired Certified Health Executive of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Peter Lagacy

Peter Lagacy is the president of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association and co-president of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation. Prior to being elected, Peter was teaching in the experiential learning and industrial arts departments at Nackawic High School.

He graduated from UNB Fredericton with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Physical Education in 1998. He also achieved an RSE in the field of carpentry in 2015. Peter has been actively involved in his community and volunteered with several local and provincial organizations predominantly in the fields of education and sports.

Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, where he has variously served as Director of both Undergraduate and Graduate Studies as well as Department Chair. He received a BScE degree in Engineering Science and an MScE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

Prior to joining UNB, he was an Honorary Killam Fellow and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. Among his publications in the field of low-gravity and microscale fluid mechanics, Dr. Lowry has published two landmark papers in Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Dr. Lowry served for seven years on the Board of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering as Director of Conferences and Symposia, and has been a longstanding member of the CAUT Defence Fund Board. Both before and after becoming department chair, he was active in the Association of Canadian Chemical Engineering Chairs, and chaired the group in 2013-2014. He was instrumental in bringing renewed attention of Chemical Engineering programs across Canada to developing systemic issues engaging women in engineering.

On the occasion of UNB Chemical Engineering's 50th anniversary in 2010, he organized a visiting speaker series that brought notable alumni and other chemical engineers to UNB. He has been a visiting scholar at Washington State University and McGill University, and has collaborated on research with the Canadian Space Agency.

Chris MacDonald

Chris MacDonald is a telecommunications professional, former regulator and life-long New Brunswicker. In 2015, Chris was appointed by the Federal Cabinet to serve as the CRTC Commissioner for the Atlantic Region and Nunavut regulating Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting industries. For the previous 10 years, Chris served as a sales executive with Rogers Communications Inc., including as Senior Manager of Sales for Atlantic Canada. In 2021, Chris rejoined Rogers Communications Inc.

Chris is the Provincial Vice-Chair of Junior Achievement (JA) of New Brunswick, Board Member of JA Fredericton and a member of the Board of Governors for the Business Hall of Fame. Chris is also a past director of Partners for Youth and the York Care Centre. He holds a BBA and an MBA from UNB and a Certificate in Modern Telecoms from the University of Derby – Telecoms Academy in the United Kingdom.

Julia MacLauchlan

Julia is a philanthropist, community volunteer, and avid traveller; passionate about technology and education.

Julia retired after 18+ years in leadership roles at Microsoft. She was the director of European Product Development in Dublin, global head of IPS, and was General Manager of the Natural Language Group, responsible for all linguistic technologies. Before Microsoft, she was a director of a technology publishing company, authored a best-selling software guide, and was also a teacher.

David Magee

Dr. David MaGee is the Vice-President of Research at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He is a native New Brunswicker, and received both his B.Sc. in Chemistry (1982) and his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (1987) 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 of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Dean of Science, in addition to serving on numerous university committees. Dr. MaGee’s research expertise lies in the development of new and/or simpler ways to make biologically-interesting and structurally-challenging natural products, including anti-cancer and anti-microbial compounds.

UNB President and Vice-Chancellor; Dr. Paul Mazerolle

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.

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.

Michelle McNeil

Michelle McNeil is the Executive Director of the UNB Associated Alumni and is a proud two-time alumna of UNB, holding a BBA’03 and MBA’09. Michelle has worked at UNB for 20 years and has served in leadership roles in the President’s Office, the Vice-President Academic’s Office and Conference Services. Michelle is an active volunteer in the community and lives in Fredericton with her husband and two sons.

John Neville

John Neville is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick. He received his BSc in chemistry from UNB and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of British Columbia. His research involves experimental and computational methods to study molecular electronic structure and the interactions of ultraviolet and X-ray light with matter.

He has served as chemistry department chair since 2018 and previously served as associate dean in the School of Graduate Studies. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation (2000 – 2007) and the Users Advisory Committee of the Canadian Light Source (2006 – 2008) and has been a visiting scientist at the Freie Universität Berlin and Synchrotron SOLEIL in France.

Gaia Noseworthy

Gaia Noseworthy (They/Them) is a 5th year student of Mathematics-Physics and Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. They have a number of experiences in community organisation and leadership, including through numerous clubs and societies, their student union, the community radio station, and through political parties. Entering into the Board of Governors, they look to work towards making UNB a more inclusive and supportive space for students of all backgrounds and histories.

David O'Brien

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.

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, chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Board on Population Growth and a 2021 recipient of the Order of New Brunswick. This is his fifth term as an elected faculty member to the UNB Board of Governors.

Scott Pavey

Dr. Scott Pavey is a Canada Research Chair and Full Professor in the Department of Marine Biology and Coastal Science (formally Department of Biological Sciences). He conducts cutting-edge genomics research in the areas of fisheries genomics and environmental DNA.

He supervises approximately 10 highly qualified personnel in his state-of-the-art Ecological Genomics lab. Dr. Pavey strives to make modern genomic tools available to local non-profit and Indigenous groups, governments, and private companies to help them solve problems.

David Perley

David Perley is a Wolastoqi scholar, lecturer and consultant from Tobique First Nation. Over the years, he has completed terms as director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, chief and councillor of Tobique First Nation and Aboriginal education consultant for the New Brunswick department of education. As a lifelong educator and leader in the area of Indigenous revitalization and Wolastoqey culture and language revival, David has worked to decolonize the education system in order to bring Indigenous knowledges, language, culture and ceremony to campus life. He, along with Elder Imelda Perley, are also founders and coordinators of the Wolastoq Language and Culture Center Inc. situated at Tobique First Nation. David received an honorary doctorate of letters from UNB in the spring of 2019 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in June 2022. 

Donna Reardon

Donna Reardon was first elected to Common Council in May of 2012, was re-elected in 2016 and elected as the 79th Mayor of the City of the Saint John in 2021. A trained dietician, Donna administers her husband’s medical practice and serves on the board of Uptown Saint John Inc. Her volunteer career began over 20 years ago, from serving on her children’s school committees to involvement in the District 8 Education Council. Donna also served on the Preservation Review Board, Saint John Transit Commission and Hospice.

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers has been the mayor of Fredericton since May 2021 and is the first women to serve in that role. Previous to that, Kate served as a city councillor for nine years. As a graduate of UNB’s MA program in political science, Kate has built her career since then through leadership roles in the non-profit sector, arts administration and policy research and development. She is a past executive director for the Fredericton Foundation, Inc., the Charlotte Street Arts Centre and the New Brunswick Crafts Council, as well as managing director of the NB Social Policy Research Network, among others.

Amanda Smith

Amanda's a dedicated member of UNB, bringing a wealth of experience and a solid commitment to advocacy. She is UNB's Student Union President (2023-2024), previously serving as VP Events and Services and VP Communications.

Amanda's leadership skills and devotion to student well-being are evident in her track record. Holding a BA’23 from UNB, she's passionate about supporting individuals, creating positive impacts, and championing marginalized voices.

Her genuine interactions and empathy fuel her commitment to a more compassionate and equitable world. Amanda strives to prioritize accessibility, affordability, equity, diversity, and inclusivity in all her endeavours, leaving a lasting impact on the UNB community.

David Stevenson

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.

Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey

Dr. Kelly Scott-Storey is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick. She received a Bachelor and Master Degree in Nursing as well as a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNB. Dr. Scott-Storey is an internationally recognized leader in violence and equity oriented health research, and holds a number of nationally funded research grants.

Dr. Scott-Storey’s health and social orientation provides her with an unique interdisciplinary and equity oriented perspective that has allowed her to successfully serve on many community, faculty, university and senate level committees. She is also currently the Director of Community Research, Scholarship and Teaching at the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre.

Peter Syroid

Peter Syroid is a CFA charterholder and equity portfolio manager with Vestcor Inc., a pension fund manager with approximately $20 billion in assets under management. A Fredericton native, he received both his BSc in mechanical engineering and TME diploma from UNB in 1998, returning to complete his MBA in 2003. As past president of the UNB Associated Alumni, Peter has served on council since 2015 and is a recent finance instructor through the faculty of management. He is also a former director of the CFA Society Atlantic Canada chapter.

Robyn Tingley

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.

Neil Vibert

Neil Vibert is the vice-president operations and owner of Chemex Solutions, a multinational chemical manufacturing and distribution operation with production and warehousing throughout Canada and the U.S. A graduate of UNB’s bachelor of science (civil engineering) and TME program, Neil has served on the Université de Moncton board of governors and several of their committees as well as served on the board for the Northern NB Economic Advisory Council. Neil is an experienced leader who specializes in entrepreneurship, human resources and marketing. He has been heavily involved in various government projects over the last few years and has been affiliated with many groups including Business New Brunswick, and has sat on boards such as the Lameque Co-op, the Miscou Tourism Committee, the Lameque International Baroque Music Festival, and currently sits on the NB Provincial Judicial council.

Jennifer Ward

A native of the Fredericton area, Jennifer graduated from the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick in 2008 with a BBA (Honours in Accounting). After her time at UNB, she began working with a local accounting firm Bringloe Feeney LLP, where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation. 13 years later, she is a partner at that same firm.

Jennifer, her husband Chris and her young sons Wyatt and Dawson enjoy exploring the great outdoors, and of course spending time with extended family.

A long-time volunteer, in addition to the Board of Governors, Jennifer serves on multiple accounting related committees and is the past President of the Associated Alumnae of the University of New Brunswick Executive Council.

Beth Currie Watt graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1993 and went on to have a 20-year career at The Food Industry Association in Washington, DC. She subsequently moved to Toronto where she held a variety of committee positions on the Boards of The Bishop Strachan School and Crescent School.

Currently, Beth is on the Parents Council at Elon University in North Carolina and continues her work as a member of the UNB Currie Scholarship Selection Committee. When not volunteering or spending time with her family, you can find her on the tennis court.