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Martha_Crago.jpg Martha Crago, PhD, Vice-President Research, Dalhousie University

Martha Crago is the Vice President (Research) and Professor in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice Rector (International and Governmental Relations) at the Universite de Montreal, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs) at McGill University.

She has served as President of the Candian Association for Graduate Studies, a member of the University Advisory Group at Industry Canada, and as a board member for the Council of Graduate Schools (USA). Dr. Crago is presently on the boards of World Learning as well as the Nova Scotia Carbon and Storage Research Consortium of Nova Scotia and the Advisory Councils of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada and the National Research Council-Institute of Marine Biosciences.

At Dalhousie University, she chairs a variety of research institutes governing councils and committees. Martha Crago is an active member of the Vice Presidents (Research) of the G13 research intense universities of Canada, and Vice Presidents (Research) Group of the Atlantic Association of Universities.

Dr. Crago has been an active researcher in language acquisition. She has published her research extensively in scientific journals and books and is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psycholinguistics published by Cambridge University Press. She presently serves as Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language. Dr. Crago was named Chevalier in L’ordre des Palmes Academiques by the government of France in 2009.

120315_RGoldstein_Bio_pic.jpg Rose Goldstein, MD, CM, FRCPC,  Vice-Principal (Research & International Relations) McGill University

Rose Goldstein has been serving as vice-principal of research and international relations at McGill University since returning from Calgary in 2010, where she had held the role of vice-president of research for three years. Previously, Dr. Goldstein served four years as the vice-dean of academic affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and was the founding director of the Ottawa Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program.


Dr. Goldstein's clinical activities included general rheumatology with an interest in osteoporosis and womens health. She has been a career scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health and an Arthritis Society research scholar in the area of immunogenetics. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Goldstein has held a series of research grants in the area of immunogenetics of rheumatic disease and cellular basis of rheumatoid arthritis.


Rose Goldstein has also served on editorial boards and scientific review panels in her area of research, and received grants to support her work in medical education, including the exploration of gender and health topics in the training of medical students and the study of conflict resolution in health care and medical education. Her work has received grants from the AMS/Wilson Foundation and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a 2007 award from the Canadian Council of Learning. She has served on the board of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Health Services.Rose Goldstein earned her Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees from McGill. She trained in internal medicine at the universities of Toronto and Ottawa and completed her training in rheumatology at the University of Ottawa and the University of Texas at Houston.


She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2001, Dr. Goldstein received a Women Liaison Officer Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She received the first annual Canadian Medical Association (CMA) May Cohen Award for Women Mentors, as well as a University of Ottawa Faculty Award of Excellence in 2002. Dr. Goldstein is fluent in English and French.


HH_1_1.jpgHeide Hackmann, PhD, Executive Director, International Social Science Council, UNESCO House, Paris, France

Heide Hackmann read for a M.Phil in contemporary social theory at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and holds a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Heide has worked as a science policy maker, researcher and consultant in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. She was elected to the position of Secretary-General of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) by the Council’s General Assembly in November 2006, and has served as ISSC Executive Director since December 2010.

During her term of office the ISSC has developed several new flagship activities and built a strong profile in Global Change research. She is currently leading the preparation of the 2013 World Social Science Report focusing on changing global environments, as well as a Design Project aimed at the establishmentof a 10-year global research, funding and coordination initiative for social science research on climate and broader environmental change. Dr.Hackmann also represents the ISSC on several international scientific committees, including a new Alliance of international partners that has established Future Earth: a new 10-year international research for global sustainability initiative.


Len.jpgLen Findlay, PhD, Chair of CAUT's Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee

Len Findlay received his degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford, and has taught in Canada for over thirty years. He is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan, and President of Academy One (Arts and Humanities) of the Royal Society of Canada.

This is his third term on CAUT’s Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee which he currently chairs. Over the past two decades he has organized numerous events on censorship, anti-racism, and public intellectual work, receiving the Academic Freedom Award from the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association in 2011.

His recent publications include “Can the Institution Speak? The University as Testimony in Canada Today” (Humanities Review), “Extraordinary Renditions: Translating the Humanities Now” (in Retooling the Humanities), “Citizenship and the University: Beyond the Ugly Canadian and the Semiotic Stockade” (Journal of the Humanities Institute), “Academic and Artistic Freedom and the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Towards a Pedagogy of the Suppressed” (Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry), and a major CAUT report on the Ramesh Thakur affair. With Paul Bidwell he co-edited Pursuing Academic Freedom: Free and Fearless”? (2001).


JH_Bio_with_pic_.jpgJohn Hepburn, PhD,  Vice President Research & International, University of British Columbia

John Hepburn was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and was educated at the University of Waterloo (BSc, 1976), University of Toronto (PhD, 1980), and University of California Berkeley (NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, 1980-82). He began his academic career back at the University of Waterloo, where he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics in 1982, and ultimately Chair of Chemistry in 1998.

In 2001, he moved to the University of British Columbia as a Professor of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy, and Head of Chemistry. He became Dean of Science in 2003, and Vice President, Research in 2005. The international portfolio was added to John’s list of responsibilities in August 2009.

He has been a Fellow of the A.P. Sloan Foundation, a Foreign Research Fellow of the CNRS (France), and a Canada Council Killam Fellow. He has been awarded the Rutherford Medal and the Noranda Prize and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Physical Society, and the Canadian Institute for Chemistry.

In addition to his work at UBC, John Hepburn currently serves as a Board member for numerous organizations.



Peter MacKinnon Photo_1.jpgR. Peter MacKinnon, O.C., Q.C., LL.M., LL.D, President Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

Peter MacKinnon Served the University of Saskatchewan for 13 years as President and Vice-Chancellor (1999-2012). He previously served the U of S as Acting Vice-President. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan, Queen’s and Dalhousie, Mr. McKinnon articled in Kingston and was admitted to the Law Society of Ontario in 1975 and to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1979.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. He has served as chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and continues with many national appointments such as the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group, and director, Confederation Centre of the Arts, PEI. He is currently the chair of the Provincial Honours Advisory Council.

Mr. MacKinnon is a recipient of honorary degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Regina and has received the Canadian Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award in Saskatchewan, along with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in January 2012 for his significant achievements and service and was just recently named the first recipient of the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship, an initiative of the Public Policy Forum to enhance governance in Canada.

Peter MacKinnon has been married since 1974 and has two sons, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter.


Robert_M._O__Neil_photo.jpgRobert M. O'Neil, LLB, Professor of Law Emeritus

A native of Boston, Robert M. O’Neil graduated in 1956 from Harvard College with a degree in American History, and in 1961 from the Harvard Law School, both magna cum laude. During the 1962-63 Term, he clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court. In the fall of 1963, he began teaching full time at the Law School (Boalt Hall) of the University of California-Berkeley, becoming professor of law in 1967.

After a brief tour as Executive Assistant to the President at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to Berkeley until, in spring 1971, he became Provost (later Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs) at the University of Cincinnati.

In 1975, he became Chancellor of Indiana University-Bloomington, and in 1980 assumed the role of President of the University of Wisconsin System, as well as teaching one course each semester as Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1985-90 he served as President of the University of Virginia, teaching part time until he resumed full time teaching in 1990, eventually retiring in the summer of 2007.

In 1990 he also became Founding Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, from which he retired on May 1, 2011. He has served on various boards – the Commonwealth Fund, TIAA-CREF, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Educational Testing Service, the Fort James Corporation, WVPT Public Television, and the First Freedom Center, among others.

Most recently (2005-11) he directed the Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues Initiative, and currently serves as Senior Fellow of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, and General Counsel of the American Association of University Professors. He is married to the former Karen Elson, a secondary school teacher and admissions counselor. They are parents of four children (Elizabeth O’Neil Layne, and Peter, David and Benjamin O’Neil) and of ten grandchildren.



Gary Rhoades, Professor & Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona

Gary Rhoades is Professor and Director of the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, a position he also held from 1997-2009, when he took a three year leave in Washington, D.C. to serve as General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors. The focus of Rhoades’ scholarship is on the restructuring of academic institutions and professions, including in his books, Managed professionals (SUNY Press, 1998) and Academic capitalism and the new economy (with Sheila Slaughter, 2004, Johns Hopkins University Press).

Currently, Rhoades is also serving as Chair of the department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice at the University of Arizona, and is working on two books, tentatively titled, “More (or less) managed professionals” and “Managing to be different: From strategic imitation to strategic imagination.”




Jeffery_Simpson_pic.jpgJeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail's National Affairs Columnist

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes—the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the national Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Simpson has published seven books—including Discipline of Power (1980); Spoils of Power (1988); Faultlines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); Star-Spangled Canadians (2000); and the The Friendly Dictatorship: Reflections on Canadian Democracy (2001). His latest book, published in the fall of 2007, with Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers, is titled Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge. His next book, Chronic Condition: Dragging Canada’s Health-Care System in to the 21st Century, will be published in the fall of 2012.

In 1993-1994, Mr. Simpson was on leave from his column as a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He has been a Skelton-Clark fellow and Brockington Visitor at Queen’s University. He has also been a John V. Clyne fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Alberta and a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar. He has been awarded honorary doctorates of laws from the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, the University Manitoba, King’s College (Halifax), l’université de Moncton, Queen’s University and the University of Windsor.

Mr. Simpson has taught as a adjunct professor at the Queen’s Institute of Policy Studies and The University of Ottawa Law School. He is now senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Having served on the board of numerous Canadian institutions, he is currently a member of the University of Ottawa Board of Governors executive committee.

He lives in Ottawa with his wife Wendy. They have three children.




James L. Turk, PhD, Executive Director - CAUT

Jim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He has written extensively on education, academic freedom, civil liberties, commercialization and related public policy issues. His most recent book is Universities at Risk: How Politics, Special Interests and Corporatization Are Threatening Academic Integrity. Jim is Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University and is a member of the Executive and of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Prior to joining CAUT, Jim was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, specializing in Canadian Studies, and Director of the Labour Studies Program at University College. He has also worked for the United Electrical Workers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Ontario Federation of Labour.

Jim received his B.A. from Harvard, his M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and was a Knox Fellow at Cambridge University.




Peter Warrian, Senior Research Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

Dr. Peter Warrian is Senior Research Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. He is Canada’s leading academic expert on the steel industry. His current research is on knowledge networks, supply chains and engineering labour markets.

He has been an economic consultant for 20 years working with business, government and labour clients in the areas of labour market analysis, training needs assessments and industry studies. He was formerly Research Director of the United Steelworkers of America. From 1992-94 he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and Chief Economist of the Province of Ontario.

He is Managing Director of the Lupina Foundation, a private foundation funding activity in the area of Health and Society. He is Chair of the Wellesley Institute in Toronto and serves on the Board of Governors of Regis College.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.