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Being 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: Max Blouw, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Senate Vice-Chair: Kathleen Cameron
  • Senate Secretary: TBD

Ex Officio Members

  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • President and Vice-Chancellor: Max Blouw
  • Chair, Board of Governors: John Bowey
  • Principal-Dean, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Mark Harris
  • Vice-President: Academic: Paul Jessop (Acting)
  • Vice-President: Development and Alumni Relations: Robert Donelson
  • Vice-President: Finance and Operations: Deborah Dubenofsky
  • Vice-President: Student Affairs: David McMurray
  • Vice-President: Research and Provost (Acting): Robert Gordon
  • Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning: Kathryn Carter
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts: Richard Nemesvari
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Work: Dawn Buzza (Acting)
  • Dean, Faculty of Education: Colleen Willard-Holt
  • Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Tamas Dobozy (Acting)
  • Dean, Faculty of Music: Kevin Swinden (Acting)
  • Dean, School of Business and Economics: Micheál Kelly
  • Dean, Faculty of Science: Pamela Bryden (Acting)
  • University Librarian: Gohar Ashoughian
  • Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts: Heidi Northwood
  • Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences: Lauren Eisler (Acting)
  • Assistant Vice-President: Enrolment Services and Registrar: Jennifer Casey

Elected/Appointed Members

  • Three appointed by the Board of Governors:
    • Rob Noxon
    • Patricia Polischuk
    • Stephanie Ratza
  • One elected by administrative staff: Stefanie MacKinnon
  • One elected by academic librarians: Hélène LeBlanc
  • Seven elected by undergraduate students (two-year terms):
    • Colin Aitchison
    • Kanwar Brar
    • Matt DeSumma (Br)
    • Hubert Lee
    • Mynt Marsellus
    • Tarique Plummer
    • Dana Toameh
  • One elected by graduate students (two-year term): Kayleigh Abbott
  • Three appointed by the Alumni Association:
    • Ashley Cameron
    • Benjamin Graham
    • Chris Hiebert
  • Two appointed by Senate to represent the Ontario Secondary School System:
    • Lila Read
    • Chris Roehrig
  • Two members of faculty from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary:
    • Kate Harper
    • Mary (Joy) Philip
  • Eleven from the Faculty of Arts:
    • Nathalie Freidel
    • Dejan Guzina
    • Gary Potter
    • Mary-Louise Byrne
    • Gary Foster
    • Karljurgen Feuerherm
    • Jason Neelis
    • Sara Matthews
    • Sean Doherty
    • Scott Gallimore
    • Andrew Herman
  • Eight from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics:
    • Christine Neill
    • Wing Chan
    • David Johnson
    • Lisa Keeping
    • Mary Kelly
    • Xuan Zhao
    • Madhu Kalimipalli
    • Patricia McLaren
  • Two from the Faculty of Education:
    • Donna Kotsopoulos
    • Kristiina Montero
  • Two from the Faculty of Liberal Arts:
    • Sybil Geldart
    • Stacey Hannem
  • Two from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences:
    • Tarah Brookfield
    • Gary Warrick
  • Two from the Faculty of Music:
    • Carolyn Arnason
    • Kirsten Yri
  • Seven from the Faculty of Science:
    • Kathleen Cameron
    • Robin Slawson
    • Shohini Ghose
    • Ken Maly
    • TBD
    • Robb Travers
    • Anne Wilson
  • Two from the Faculty of Social Work:
    • Magnus M'foafo-M'Carthy
    • Robert Basso

Updated as of March 1, 2017.

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