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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The membership of Senate is broadly representative of the university community. A majority of senators are faculty members and academic librarians. Faculty members are elected to represent all faculties and departments across the university, as well as affiliated and federated colleges. Senate also includes: eight students (including one graduate student and at least one student from Brantford), three alumni, one staff member and two representatives of the secondary school system of Ontario.

Senate also has several ex-officio members. In addition to the president and vice-chancellor of the university, who chairs Senate, each vice-president, dean of a Faculty, the chancellor, university librarian, registrar and head of each federated or affiliated college are ex-officio members.

The officers of Senate include the chair, vice-chair and secretary. The chair is the president and vice-chancellor per the Wilfrid Laurier University Act, while the vice-chair and secretary are elected by Senate in accordance with the governing documents.


  • Senate Chair: Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Senate Vice-Chair: Jenna Hennebry
  • Senate Secretary: John Schwieter

Ex Officio Members

  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • President and Vice-Chancellor: Deborah MacLatchy
  • Chair, Board of Governors: Lynda Hawton Kitamura
  • Principal-Dean, Martin Luther University College (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary): Kristine Lund
  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Anthony Vannelli
  • Vice-President: Advancement and External Relations: Jason Coolman
  • Acting Vice-President: Finance and Administration: Antonio Araujo
  • Acting Vice-President: Student Affairs: Maureen Mancuso
  • Vice-President: Research: Jonathan Newman
  • Vice-Provost: Teaching and Learning: Mary Wilson 
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts: Gavin Brockett
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Work: Dawn Buzza
  • Dean, Faculty of Education: Maria Cantalini Williams
  • Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Douglas Deutschman
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Music: Anna Ferenc
  • Dean, School of Business and Economics: Micheál Kelly
  • Dean, Faculty of Science: Anthony Clarke
  • University Librarian: Gohar Ashoughian
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts: Kathryn Carter
  • Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences: Lauren Eisler
  • Assistant Vice-President: Enrolment Services and Registrar: Jennifer Casey

Elected/Appointed Members

  • Three appointed by the Board of Governors:
    • Savvas Chamberlain
    • Mark Straub
    • TBD
  • One elected by administrative staff: Hillary Beaudry
  • One elected by academic librarians: Hélène LeBlanc
  • Seven elected by undergraduate students (two-year terms):
    • Karneet Chahal
    • Andrew Dang
    • Christy Francis 
    • Pegah Jamalof
    • Ibrahim Musa 
    • Josh Smith
    • TBD 
  • One elected by graduate students (two-year term): Julia Empey
  • Three appointed by the Alumni Association:
    • Sarah Cameron
    • Chris Hiebert
    • Karen Rice
  • Two appointed by Senate to represent the Ontario Secondary School System:
    • Michael McDonald
    • TBD
  • Two members of faculty from Martin Luther University College (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary):
    • Gyeong Kim
    • Daniel Maoz
  • Ten from the Faculty of Arts:
    • Mary-Louise Byrne
    • Bonnie Glencross
    • Jenna Henneby
    • Madelaine Hron
    • Sara Matthews 
    • David Monod
    • David Smith
    • John Schwieter
    • TBD
  • Nine from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics:
    • Ling Chu
    • Scott Ensign
    • Salar Ghamat
    • Sapna Isotupa
    • Mary Kelly
    • Patricia McLaren
    • Logan McLeod
    • Kalyani Menon
    • Wendy Wu
  • Two from the Faculty of Education:
    • Jennifer Holm
    • TBD
  • Two from the Faculty of Liberal Arts:
    • Robert Ame
    • Abby Goodrum
  • Two from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences:
    • Ken Dowler
    • Dan Antonowicz
  • Two from the Faculty of Music:
    • Kirstin Yri
    • Gerard Yun
  • Seven from the Faculty of Science:
    • Maher Ahmed
    • Pam Bryden
    • Vladimir Kitaev
    • Bruce McKay
    • Scott Ramsay
    • Mark Reesor
    • Ketan Shankardass
  • Two from the Faculty of Social Work:
    • Anh Ngo
    • Michael Woodford

Updated as of September 15, 2020

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