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Board of Governors membership 2021-2022

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.


Thierry Chopin

Dr. Thierry Chopin was born and educated in France. He moved to Canada, and the University of New Brunswick, in 1989, where he is a Professor of Marine Biology on the Saint John campus. Dr. Chopin’s research focuses on the ecophysiology, biochemistry and cultivation of seaweeds of commercial value and the development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) systems for environmental sustainability, economic stability and societal acceptability. Dr. Chopin has published 173 refereed papers, 26 book chapters, 47 non-refereed publications and 437 abstracts presented at conferences in 41 countries. He has frequent contacts with the media in 45 countries and has given 100 invited seminars in 14 countries.

Dr. Chopin is Past President of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, the Phycological Society of America and the International Seaweed Association.

Dr. Chopin is Honorary Consul of France.


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.


Rick Cuming

Rick Cuming is the President of the New Brunswick Teacher’s Association (2019-2021). He graduated with a BSc (Physics) from UNB in 1995, a BEd from UNB in 1997 and in 2017 he completed his MEd from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

He has taught high school math and science at John Caldwell School in Grand Falls since 1998, with experience as an administrator and at the district level during that time period. He has volunteered on numerous boards in the community and has coached curling at recreational and competitive levels since 2002.


Karen Cunningham

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 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.


Brooke DeLong

Brooke DeLong is director, change management and internal communications with Centerra Gold Inc. She joined the UNB Board of Governors in 2017 and has chaired the Board's Advancement Committee since 2018. An accredited business communicator and change management leader, 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.


Sarah DeVarenne

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


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.


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 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 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

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.


Patrick Hickey

Patrick Hickey is serving his second term as an elected member of the Board of Governors representing students at UNB Saint John. In addition, Patrick is also serving his third year on the Saint John Senate.

Patrick completed his Bachelor of Science (Biology and Psychology) at UNB in May of 2021 and is currently in the Accelerated Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology program at UNB Saint John.


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.


Viquar Husain

Viqar Husain is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has  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 as a member of its Board of Directors. He has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery, and as an NSERC Discovery Grant Selection Committee co-Chair. He presently serves on the Board's Investment and Finance & Properties Committees.


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.


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.


Janet Light-Thompson

Prof. Janet Light-Thompson received her Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1983, Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1990 and PhD in Computer Science in 2002.

She joined UNB Saint John in 2002 in the department of Computer Science and Applied Statistics. She has served as Chair of the department (2012 – 2015) and has served in various capacity in committee works in the department, SASE faculty and on campus. Her research interests are in wireless & mobile computing, green computing, sensor networks, and network security.


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.

Chris is the Provincial Vice-Chair and Treasurer 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 (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.


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.


Allison McCain

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

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.


Susan Montague

Susan Montague is UNB's acting vice-president (advancement), overseeing the coordination of the alumni, strategic partnerships and development and donor relations functions for the university.

As a UNB champion, fundraiser and community leader, Susan has worked tirelessly to continually enrich the university in its varying facets, as well as the communities of Fredericton and Saint John. During her tenure at UNB, Susan has served in a number of vital roles, lent her guidance and expertise on a broad array of initiatives and has been a trusted adviser to five presidents. Susan is the author of A Pictorial History of UNB and is also the recipient of an Eleanor Collier Award, a Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and a UNB President's Medal. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters at UNB's Encaenia in 2019.


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


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.


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 currently operates her own business providing financial and other support to businesses in the Saint John area.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


Vishnu Vardhan

Vishnu Vardhan is a 5th year Mechanical Engineering student at UNB Fredericton and will be serving his first term as Board of Governors.

His previous leadership roles include being a RedShirt and BlackShirt for the UNB Orientation Team, Peer Mentor for the Faculty of Engineering, and more recently, Vice President of Student Life for the UNB Student Union.


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.


Kordell Walsh

Kordell Walsh is the President of the UNB Student Union representing students at UNB Fredericton. Kordell obtained his Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from UNB in May 2021 and will be serving his first term with the Board of Governors, where he will be a member of the Investments Committee.


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 son Wyatt enjoy exploring the great outdoors, and of course spending time with extended family.

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


Kathy Wilson

Dr. Kathy Wilson is the Vice-President Academic (Fredericton) at the University of New Brunswick, a role she has held since January 2021. An enthusiastic and energetic leader, Dr. Wilson works closely with academic and administrative colleagues across campus. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the university’s academic plan for the Fredericton campus. Dr. Wilson’s academic appointment is in the faculty of nursing.

As chair of the UNB Bi-Campus COVID-19 Response Steering Committee, Dr. Wilson and her team regularly meet with representatives from the Department of Post-Education, Training and Labour and New Brunswick Public Health.

She served as co-chair of both the Canadian Consortium on New Nurse Research and Innovation and the Sub-committee of the New Brunswick Council on Articulations and Transfer (NBCAT) BN-LPN Articulations.

Prior to her appointment as Vice-President Academic (Fredericton), Dr. Wilson served as Associate Vice-President Academic (Learning Environment) and assistant dean of graduate and advanced RN studies in the faculty of nursing.

Throughout her various academic and administrative roles, Dr. Wilson has brought with her an optimism and motivation to provide each student with a transformative education. As an educator, she believes the ideal educational experience involves teamwork and collaboration, resulting in a lifetime of growth and opportunities.

The VPA maintains a close relationship with the Vice-President (Saint John) to ensure that the university as a whole is delivering on its mission, on serving its students, and on the goals of the broader academic plan.


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.