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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: Kathleen Cameron
  • Senate Secretary: John Schwieter

Ex Officio Members

  • Chancellor: Eileen Mercier
  • President and Vice-Chancellor: Deborah MacLatchy
  • Chair, Board of Governors: Jillian Swartz
  • Principal-Dean, Martin Luther University College (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary): Mark Harris
  • Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Robert Gordon
  • Interim Vice-President: Advancement and External: Sandra Palmaro
  • Vice-President: Finance and Administration: Deborah Dubenofsky
  • Vice-President: Student Affairs: David McMurray
  • Vice-President: Research: TBD
  • Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning: Kathryn Carter
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts: Richard Nemesvari
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Work: Dawn Buzza
  • Dean, Faculty of Education: Colleen Willard-Holt
  • Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Douglas Deutschman
  • Dean, Faculty of Music: Glen Carruthers
  • Dean, School of Business and Economics: Micheál Kelly
  • Dean, Faculty of Science: Ken Maly (Acting)
  • University Librarian: Gohar Ashoughian
  • Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Interim SEO, Brantford Campus: Heidi Northwood
  • 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:
    • Scott Lyons
    • TBD
    • TBD
  • One elected by administrative staff: Stefanie MacKinnon
  • One elected by academic librarians: Hélène LeBlanc
  • Seven elected by undergraduate students (two-year terms):
    • Muhammad Hussain
    • Keegan Pinto
    • Christopher Donnelly
    • Shukan Shah
    • Kyle Fritz
    • Philippe Blasi
    • Karan Sarathy
  • One elected by graduate students (two-year term): Emily Carson
  • Three appointed by the Alumni Association:
    • Sarah Cameron
    • Chris Hiebert
    • Karen Rice
  • Two appointed by Senate to represent the Ontario Secondary School System:
    • Lila Read
    • Michael McDonald
  • Two members of faculty from Martin Luther University College (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary):
    • Gyeong Kim
    • Daniel Maoz
  • Eleven from the Faculty of Arts:
    • Abderrahman Beggar
    • Loren King
    • Alistair Edgar
    • Mary-Louise Byrne
    • David Monod
    • Karljurgen Feuerherm
    • David Smith
    • Sara Matthews
    • Sean Doherty
    • Scott Gallimore
    • John Schwieter
  • Eight from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics:
    • Ken Jackson
    • Ling Chu
    • Wendy Wu
    • Sapna Isotupa
    • Mary Kelly
    • Scott Ensign
    • Madhu Kalimipalli
    • Christine Neill
  • Two from the Faculty of Education:
    • Julie Mueller
    • Kristiina Montero
  • Two from the Faculty of Liberal Arts:
    • Robert Ame
    • Abby Goodrum
  • Two from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences:
    • Ken Dowler
    • Stacy Hannem
  • Two from the Faculty of Music:
    • Heidi Ahonen
    • Kirsten Yri
  • Seven from the Faculty of Science:
    • Vladimir Kitaev
    • Ketan Shankardass
    • Tom Hazell
    • Bruce McKay
    • Kathleen Cameron
    • Robin Slawson
    • Marek Wartak
  • Two from the Faculty of Social Work:
    • Magnus M'foafo-M'Carthy
    • Robert Basso

Updated as of December, 2018.

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