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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: TBC
  • 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): Mark Harris
  • Acting Provost and Vice-President: Academic: Maureen Mancuso
  • Vice-President: Advancement and External Relations: Jason Coolman
  • Acting Vice-President: Finance and Administration: Antonio Araujo
  • Vice-President: Student Affairs: David McMurray
  • Vice-President: Research: Jonathan Newman
  • Acting Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning: Kristiina Montero
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts: Richard Nemesvari
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Work: Dawn Buzza
  • Dean, Faculty of Education: Maria Cantalini Williams
  • 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: 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:
    • Cameron Anderson
    • 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):
    • Muhammad Hussain
    • Saloni Sharma
    • Christopher Donnelly
    • Shukan Shah
    • Kyle Fritz
    • Philippe Blasi
    • Karneet Chahal
  • One elected by graduate students (two-year term): Vacant
  • 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):
    • Daniel Rzondzinski
    • Daniel Maoz
  • Ten from the Faculty of Arts:
    • Abderrahman Beggar
    • Loren King
    • Alistair Edgar
    • Mary-Louise Byrne
    • David Monod
    • Mercedes Rowinsky
    • David Smith
    • Mike Carroll
    • Madelaine Hron
    • John Schwieter
  • Nine from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics:
    • Ken Jackson
    • Ling Chu
    • Wendy Wu
    • Sapna Isotupa
    • Mary Kelly
    • Scott Ensign
    • Salar Ghamat
    • Patricia McLauren
    • Logan McLeod
  • Two from the Faculty of Education:
    • Julie Mueller
    • Jennifer Holm
  • 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:
    • Heidi Ahonen
    • Kirstin Yri
  • Seven from the Faculty of Science:
    • Vladimir Kitaev
    • Ketan Shankardass
    • Tom Hazell
    • Bruce McKay
    • Scott Ramsay
    • Mark Reesor
    • Maher Ahmed
  • Two from the Faculty of Social Work:
    • Michael Woodford
    • Robert Basso

Updated as of October 21, 2019.

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