Deborah MacLatchy began her five-year term as president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University on July 1, 2017. In this role, she is responsible for the overall academic and administrative operation and strategic direction of the university, and is accountable to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Board of Governors.
The Executive Leadership Team, in service to Laurier and its intersecting communities, enables the identification, development and execution of strategies and programs to advance Laurier's vision, mission and values.
As a member of Laurier's executive leadership team Antonio (Tony) Araujo develops and stewards administrative strategies and systems that support and advance the overall goals of the university. His portfolio includes: financial resources, procurement, human resources, facilities and asset management, internal audit, environment and risk management, community safety and security, and a number of ancillary services. As well, Tony is a key resource for the university’s Board of Governors, Senate and supporting committees. Tony was formerly assistant vice-president: campus operations and risk management for Wilfrid Laurier based at the Brantford Campus. Tony has been involved with the Laurier-YMCA athletic centre project, the academic and administrative collaboration with Conestoga College at Laurier and the Market Square Planning Committee. Tony is a graduate of the University of Guelph, with a CPA and CMA, and the past president of the Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce.
Pamela Cant was appointed as the chief human resources and equity officer and part of Laurier’s executive leadership team in November 2019. Prior to this, she was the associate vice-president: human resources and equity at Wilfrid Laurier University for seven years and previously held the role of Director: Total Compensation. She has worked in academia for fourteen years, and in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years. Pamela has an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is in progress completing a Master of Human Resources Management degree at York University. Pamela is currently chair of the University Health Insurance Plan Steering Committee and the chair of the Council of Senior Human Resources Officers for Ontario universities.
Jason Coolman leads the university’s advancement and external relations initiatives, furthering Laurier’s efforts as a multi-campus university with deep community connections. He provides direction and support for Laurier’s overall donor and alumni relations, communications, marketing and government relations strategies. Before joining the Laurier executive leadership team in 2019, Coolman served as the associate vice-president: development and alumni relations at the University of Waterloo. He is an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), serving as treasurer for the District II Board of Directors, and a member of the alumni metrics task force and CASE reporting standards working group. In 2011, Coolman’s professional accomplishments earned him the Rising Star award from CASE District II and in 2016 he received the CASE Crystal Apple award for outstanding teaching.
Maureen Mancuso is an integral member of Laurier’s executive leadership team, working closely with the president and vice-chancellor on university-wide strategic initiatives. Building on the academic priorities outlined in the Laurier Strategy: 2019-2024, Mancuso is leading efforts to expand experiential learning and enhance diversity. A distinguished academic administrator and political scientist, she held numerous research, teaching and senior administrative roles at the University of Guelph over nearly three decades, including 11 years as the university’s provost and vice-president. Mancuso is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada’s highest teaching award, was named a Guelph YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction, and has been recognized in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women, a guide to the most powerful and innovative women in Canada.
With a focus on the quality of student life and an exceptional Laurier student experience, the vice-president: student affairs is accountable for the development and delivery of all student-life policies, programs, services and facilities on Laurier’s campuses. David McMurray plays a lead role in Laurier’s strategy to integrate its academic/curricular agenda with the co-curricular elements of student learning, development and engagement. Direct responsibilities include: accessible learning, athletics and recreation, community service learning, chaplains and multi-faith team, conference services, co-operative education and career development, counselling services, food services, health services, judicial affairs council, Laurier One Card program, learning services, Rainbow Centre, residential services, student diversity support, Student Leadership Centre and the Women’s Centre. McMurray has been an active member of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services for more than 30 years.
As Laurier’s vice-president: research, Jonathan Newman leads the Office of Research Services, providing vision, strategy and support for the university’s overall research endeavours. His leadership and expertise in the fields of grassland ecology, climate change biology and environmental ethics contribute toward Laurier’s strategic research growth. In addition to his role on the executive leadership team, Newman holds a faculty position in Laurier’s Department of Biology. Newman served as the dean of the College of Biological Science at the University of Guelph from 2015 to 2019, and held previous roles as a faculty member in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St. Peter’s College. He has received many awards and honours in his career, including being named a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in London, UK.
As senior executive officer, Brantford campus, Heidi Northwood represents the office of the university president at the Brantford campus. She works to create opportunities and strategies that advance Laurier’s academic mission, build relationships with campus partners and stakeholders, and support academic and administrative leaders. Prior to joining Laurier in 2014, Northwood was the director of Integrative Programs and the Core Curriculum at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and a professor in the philosophy department. In addition to teaching and working in the area of Ancient Greek philosophy and science, she led the development of a new core curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and assessment structures, and twice co-led the College's self-studies and external accreditation. Heidi received her bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy from Western University and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Alberta.
Sheldon Pereira is a the chief of staff and director, strategic institutional initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University. He provides leadership on key institutional files and Laurier’s strategic partnerships in our host communities and internationally. As a member of the executive leadership team, he works closely with the President’s Cabinet on the forward momentum of the university’s strategic priorities and other emerging institutional initiatives. He has served in his current role since 2017, and prior to that, in senior leadership roles in university community relations, municipal government, academic and student affairs. Sheldon holds a graduate design degree from OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, and an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
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