Dear members of the Massey community, Chers collègues,
Please join me in welcoming and celebrating the 2020-2021 Incoming Senior Members to our Community! As Senior Members, these leaders will contribute to the intellectual life of the College.
I am delighted to welcome such a rich and diverse group of leaders to our community. Their contributions to Indigenous governance, the arts, law, science, medicine, engineering, journalism, literature, astrophysics, religious studies, and many more subjects is only part of what these individuals have contributed to society. These are all people who demonstrate the ethical pursuit of the public good that we want to model for our Junior Fellowship.
Félicitations à tous et bienvenue à Massey!
Nathalie Des Rosiers
Senior Fellowship and Members of the Quadrangle Society
Communications – Communications Manager, Metcalf Foundation
Catherine Annau is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, best-selling author and published academic. As a strategic communicator, Catherine managed the Visual and Performing Arts at Medicine Hat College and is currently the Communications Manager for the Metcalf Foundation.
Dr. Randy Boyagoda
English – Professor and Principal, St.Michael’s College
Randy Boyagoda is a Canadian writer known for his novels Governor of the Northern Province (2006), Beggar’s Feast (2011), and Original Prin (2018). He is the Principal & Vice President of the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto and served as President for PEN Canada (2015-2017).
Theatre – Artistic Director, The Stratford Festival
Antoni Cimolino is the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. An accomplished director who began his Stratford career as an actor, Cimolino has staged successful Shakespearean productions in Stratford and Detroit.
Dr. Sunit Das
Neuroscience – Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
Sunit Das is a neurosurgeon and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Keenan Research Centre, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Das studied English Literature at the University of Michigan, Philosophy at Harvard, and medicine at Northwestern University. His practice and research focus of the treatment of patients with tumours of the brain and spine.
Dr. Signa Daum Shanks
Law – Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Signa Daum Shanks is an Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Outreach at Osgoode Law School. She is a Métis, born and raised in Saskatchewan. An published poet, award-winning researcher and writer, she has taught at the summer program hosted at the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, and is an instructor in the law program at Nunavut Arctic College. Signa was a Junior Fellow at Massey from 2001-2005.
Kristine Di Bacco
Law – Torys, Partner
Kristine Di Bacco is a partner Torys LLP where she is founder and Chair of their Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice.
Dr. Birsen Donmez
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering – Associate Professor with Tenure, University of Toronto
Birsen Donmez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and is the Canada Research Chair in Human Factors & Transportation. Her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with applications in surface transportation, healthcare, and unmanned vehicle operations.
Ann Dowsett Johnston
Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, mental health advocate – Psychotherapist Fall 2020
Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. Recipient of Transforming Lives Award from CAMH, winner of 7 National Magazine awards, founding editor of the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities and former Vice President of McGill University.
Politics / Government – Vice President, Corporate Affairs – CFFI Ventures
Brad Duguid is a Former Senior Ontario Cabinet Minister, a former Toronto City Councillor and is currently Vice-President, Corporate Affairs for CFFI Ventures.
Dr. Ellie Farahani
Climate Change Science and Policy – Manager, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis
Ellie Farahani is a climate scientist and policy practitioner, currently Manager of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling & Analysis, and co-founder of Safara Sustainability Solutions. She is a Joint Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and the Physics Department of the University of Toronto. Former Executive Director of climate Science & Policy Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and former Chief Operating Officer at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III in Germany.
Dr. Sarah Fee
Anthropology / History of Textiles – Department of Art & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum
Sara Fee is the Associate Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Textiles and Costume. She is responsible for the ROM’s renowned collection of ca. 15,000 textile-related pieces that come from Asia, Africa and the Islamic world.
Indigenous Studies / Politics – Ishkonigan Inc.
Phil Fontaine served as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for an unprecedented three terms. He is a Member of the Order of Manitoba and has received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Equitas Human Rights Education Award, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Ottawa, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and most recently was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Health and Social Services – Chair, Project Abraham; Project Rozana
Karen Goldenberg is an accomplished not-for-profit senior executive, currently the Director of Community Outreach for DebtCare Canada. She has led a variety of non-profit organizations, from Invest in kids, The Addiction Research foundation, JVS Toronto and Leave Out Violence International.
Dr. Susan Hill
Indigenous Studies – Professor / Director, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Susan Hill is the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies. Professor Hill joined the University of Toronto in July 2017 and has a joint appointment with the Department of History and the Centre for Indigenous Studies.
Dr. Mojgan Hodaie
Neurosurgery – Toronto Western Hospital
Mojgan Hodaie is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, U of T and a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital. Her field of clinical work focuses on surgical management of trigeminal neuralgia and facial pain, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and spinal cord stimulation. She is the founder of the NEURONproject (Neurosurgical Education with Universal Reach Online) and has been awarded the highest civilian honour by the Kingdom of Cambodia for her help in the development of neurosurgery there.
Music – Principal Tuba, Orchestra of National Ballet
Sasha Johnson is an internationally acclaimed tuba player, Faculty member of the Royal Conservatory School, The Glenn Gould School and Principal Tuba for the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. In 1997 he became the first Canadian tuba player to be accepted into the Von Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and went on to perform with many European orchestras and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Dr. Sarah Kaplan
Business – Distinguished Professor, Rotman School of Management
Sarah Kaplan is the Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy, a Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. Her research explores how organizations participate in, and respond to, the emergence of new fields and technologies in biotechnology, fibre optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance.
Dr. Michelle Khan
Ophthalmology Fellow – Moorfields Eye Hospital
Michelle Khan is a doctor of ophthalmology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. She recently completed her fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in Oculoplastic Surgery. She is passionate about humanitarian work and has been involved in numerous medical missions around the world. She is Chair of the St John Eye Hospital Ophthalmic Association of Canada and is heavily involved in its charitable work focused in East Jerusalem. Dr. Khan is well known for pedagogical innovation and her commitment to the training of new health practitioners.
Dr. Juna Kollmeier
Astrophysics – Observatories, Carnegie Institution for Science
Juna Kollmeier is an observationally-oriented theorist making predictions that can be compared to current and future observations. Her primary focus is on the emergence of structure in the universe. She combines cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and analytic theory to figure out how the tiny fluctuations in density that were present when the universe was only 300 thousand years old, become the galaxies and black holes that we see now, 14 billion years later.
Dr. Normand Labrie
Education – Professor and Associate Dean, OISE
Normand Labrie has been at OISE since 1991 and holds a long and successful history of leadership at the Institute. Alongside this wealth of administrative experience, Professor Labrie is an internationally influential scholar with teaching and research programs in the areas of bilingualism and multilingualism, language politics, linguistic minorities, and discourse analysis.
The Hon. Harry LaForme
Law – Judge
Harry LaForme is currently Senior Counsel at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. He is an Anishinabe of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Ontario. In November 2004, he was appointed a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is the first Indigenous judge appointed to an appellate court in Canada’s history. Judge LaForme has published numerous articles on issues related to Indigenous law and justice. He speaks frequently on Indigenous issues, Indigenous law, constitutional law, and civil and human rights
Dr. Joel Levine
Biology – Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Joel Levine is a Professor of Biology at University of Toronto, Mississauga, co-appointed in Graduate Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Cell and Systems Biology, Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Mechanisms and Features of Social Behaviour, Senior Fellow in CIFAR on Child and Brain Development. He is a world class Jazz musician.
Journalism – Independent
John Macfarlane has had an extensive career in Canadian media including work as Editor & Co-Publisher of The Walrus, Editor of Toronto Life, Weekend Magazine, Publisher of Saturday Night magazine and Executive Editor of Macleans, Managing Director of News, Features & Information Programming at CTV. Currently, he is Vice-Chairman of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a director of the International Festival of Authors.
Publishing – Publisher, House of Anansi Press
Sarah MacLachlan is the President and Publisher of House of Anansi Press, a long-time partner of Massey in organizing the CBC Massey Lectures. Sarah has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions within the Canadian Publishing Industry. She is a Board member of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and former board member of Dancemakers Canada.
Canaccord Genuity Corp., Law, Financial services – General Counsel and Sr. VP, Legal Affairs
Martin MacLachlan is General Counsel & SVP, Legal Affairs for Canaccord Genuity and a Director of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.. Openly gay, he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ in the financial services and has lead major reforms in the field.
Justice Renu Mandhane
Law – Judge, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Renu Mandhane is a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Prior to her appointment in May 2020, Justice Mandhane served as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (2015-2020), where she built public confidence in Ontario’s human rights system by enhancing the OHRC’s governance and accountability, by forging sustainable relationships with diverse stakeholders, and by meaningfully committing to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Dr. Michael McGillion
Health Sciences – Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Michael McGillion is an Associate Professor, and University Scholar who holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at McMaster University. His research program focuses on remote automated monitoring and virtual recovery support models for people recovering from cardiac, vascular and other forms of surgery.
Dr. Reza Moridi
Politics – Chintoronto Business Development Ltd / Former Ontario Cabinet Minister
Reza Moridi is a physicist who came to Canada in 1990. He became a distinguished leader at the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada where he served as Vice-President and Chief Scientist. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing Richmond Hill from 2007 to 2018, and served as the Minister of Research, Innovation and Science from 2013-2018, and simultaneously Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities from 2014-2016.
Dr. Kanta Murali
Political Science – University of Toronto
Kanta Murali is a former Journalist currently Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, U of T. specializes in the comparative political economy of development. Her scholarly work focuses on economic policy and state-business relations in India as well as the politics of the Global South.
Dr. Kumar Murty
Mathematics – Director, Fields Institute
Kumar Murty is the Director of the Fields Institute, has supervised over 35 MSc and PhD students, is very active in supporting postdoctoral education initiatives and is regularly involved with the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Projects. He currently leads the GANITA Computational Laboratory which is studying advanced mathematical techniques for cryptography.
Dr. Beverley Orser
Medicine – Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Beverley Orser is the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Co-Director of the Perioperative Brain Health Centre and a practising anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Her research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of general anesthetic drugs and determine how the brain changes after anesthesia and surgery.
Journalism – Anchor, The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Steve Paikin is the anchor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. A native of Hamilton, Steve received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto, and his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.
Public, Private, Social Sector and International Law – Masomo Education Foundation
Chisanga Puta-Chekwe is President of the Masomo Education Foundation, a Canadian charitable organisation that provides scholarships to young men and women from low income families. Through a multifaceted career, he formerly served as the Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade as well as Women’s Issues and Seniors’ Affairs.
Dr. Milica Radisic
Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering – Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
Milica Radisic is a Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute. She is also the Associate Chair-Research for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto, Director of the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering & Entrepreneurship, and Director of Ontario-Quebec Centre for Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering.
Politics and Economics – Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Michael Sabia is the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Chair of the Board of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. He is a member of the Canadian government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, a trustee of the Foreign Policy Association of New York, and a member of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council.
Dr. Walid Saleh
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations – Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Walid Saleh is a specialist on the Qur’an and the history of its interpretation. He has published extensively on the Qur’an, Qur’anic exegesis, apocalyptic literature, and mirabilia Islamic literature. He is also a specialist on the reception of the Bible in Islam, and has published extensively on the Bible in Islam.
Dr. Anver Saloojee
Political Science – Assistant Vice-President International, Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University
Anver Saloojee is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. He has been a member of the Department of Politics and Public Administration since 1987, and is currently Ryerson’s Assistant Vice President, International and Interim Dean of Law. He continues to do research on issues of equity and human rights.
Dr. Dianne Saxe
Environmental Law – President, Saxe Facts
Dianne Saxe is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40+ years’ experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dianne now heads SaxeFacts Law Professional Corporation which provides legal and strategic inspiration and direction on climate, energy and environment.
Dr. Leslie Shade
Information – Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Leslie Shade’s research focuses on feminist and political economic investigations in to equity in technology and on the internet. One of her current SSHRC-funded projects is The eQuality Project, a partnership of researchers, community organizations, and governmental bodies across Canada, devoted to improving youth’s privacy, safety, and equity online through the development of evidence-based policy.
Dr. Thérèse Stukel
Biostatistics – Institute of Health Policy, University of Toronto
Thérèse Stukel was Professor of Health Services & Health Policy Research and Biostatistics at Dartmouth College, US, since 1984. She returned to Canada in 2002 as VP Research and Senior Scientist at ICES, and Professor, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto.
Law – Counsel, Aird & Berlis LLP / Adj. Prof. York University
Angela Swan is a lawyer, professor and legal scholar with over 50 years in experience the field. She currently works at Aird Berlis in an educational and advisory role as counsel to the firm’s lawyers across all practice areas.
Music – Faculty of Music (Historical Performance, Voice and Opera), University of Toronto
Daniel Taylor is Head of Historical Performance and Associate Professor of Voice, Historical Performance and Opera at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world.
Justice Julie Thorburn
Law – Judge, Court of Appeal for Ontario
Julie Thorburn was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in June 2019. Justice Thorburn was an opera singer before becoming a lawyer – she has an A.R.C.T. in Performance Piano and the Silver Medal in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in September 2006 and Deputy Judge of the Northwest Territories in 2009.
Justice Michael Tulloch
Law – Judge, Court of Appeal for Ontario
Michael Tulloch was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2012 after serving as a Justice on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice since 2003. Justice Tulloch has led systemic reviews of the justice system at various levels, provided leadership on legal and judicial committees, designed and delivered international justice sector reform programs, and contributed to a myriad of civic, charitable, and community development initiatives.
Mental Health – Community and not-for-profit organizations, Change Management and Education
Vanita Varma is a community advocate and a leader in the social entrepreneurship world. She is currently the CEO of the Peel Leadership Centre and was a Professor at Norwich University.
2020-2021 Visiting Scholars
Dr. Deborah P. Britzman
York Research Chair in Pedagogy and Psycho-Social Transformation, Distinguished Research Professor, Psychoanalyst, FRSC
Deborah P. Britzman is Distinguished Research Professor at York University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the York Research Chair in Pedagogy and Psychosocial Transformations. She is a practicing psychoanalyst and author of eight books on the subject.
Sabreena Delhon, Open Democracy Fellow
Research, Technology and Community
SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Sabreena Delhon is a leading public sector strategist with over a decade of experience in developing and executing initiatives that deliver complex information to diverse audiences. She has been a contributor to DemocracyXChange, Canada’s annual democracy summit since 2017 and has served as Senior Program Advisor for Open Democracy Project since 2019.
Dr. Chris Gore
Political Science, Public Administration
Professor, Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University
Christopher Gore is Professor in, and Chair of, the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, where he is a graduate associate with the Environmental Applied Science and Management program and the PhD in Policy Studies program.
Dr. Sepali Guruge, Ryerson Massey Fellow
Research Chair in Urban Health at Ryerson University
Sepali Guruge is Professor and Research Chair in Urban Health in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on immigrant health in the context of local and global health inequities.
Rosemary McCarney, Bill Graham Centre / Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy
Rosemary McCarney was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament until the Fall of 2019. Rosemary’s career has spanned every sector of the economy from law, academia, technology, international development to multilateral diplomacy in over 100 countries.
Dr. Carmela Murdocca, Massey York Fellow
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University
Carmela Murdocca is an Associate Professor in Department of Sociology at York University and is appointed to graduate programs in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies and Social and Political Thought. Her research focuses on racialization, criminalization and social histories of racial and colonial violence and injustice.
Dr. Kathryn Underwood
Early Childhood Studies
Professor at Ryerson University
Kathryn Underwood is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Through critical disability theory as a starting point, Dr. Underwood is interested in how society responds to and constructs childhood in social institutions.
Dr. Mark S. Winfield
Professor and Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) & MES at York University
Mark Winfield is a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University. He is also Co-Chair of the Faculty’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, and Coordinator of the Joint Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor program offered in conjunction with Osgoode Hall Law School.
2020-2021 William Southam Journalism Fellowship
The William Southam Journalism Fellowships are dedicated to advancing the public good through journalistic excellence. Since 1962, this program has provided more than 250 outstanding Canadian and international mid-career journalists with an opportunity to broaden their experience and knowledge, spending one academic year at Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Nana aba Duncan – St. Clair Balfour Fellow
Host, Fresh Air with Nana aba Duncan, CBC / Radio Canada
Nana aba Duncan is an award-winning broadcaster, and an advocate of underrepresented perspectives in journalism. She currently hosts Podcast Playlist and Fresh Air on CBC Radio One. Nana aba is the founder of Media Girlfriends, an organization that supports different perspectives in media.
Emefa Nancy Dzradosi – Gordon N. Fisher / JHR Fellow
Reporter / News Anchor, Joynews Multimedia Group Ltd.
Emefa Nancy Dzradosi is a Ghanaian journalist who specializes in field reporting, anchoring and production. Her works focus on Human rights and Environment. Nancy currently leads Joy FM and Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Clean Ghana Campaign.
Keith Gerein – Webster McConnell Fellow
Political Columnist, Edmonton Journal
Keith Gerein is a Political Columnist for the Edmonton Journal. With 20+ years of experience, he has covered healthcare, post-secondary education and municipal affairs. In 2011, he reported in Afghanistan as an embedded journalist with the Canadian Forces.
Duncan McCue – CBC / Radio Canada Fellow
Host, Cross Country Checkup, CBC / Radio-Canada
Duncan McCue is the host of CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup and correspondent for The National on CBC-TV, based in Toronto. McCue also teaches journalism at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and Ryerson University, and was recognized by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association with an Innovation Award for developing curriculum on Indigenous issues.
Leslie Young – McLaughlin Centre Fellow
Senior National Online Reporter – Health, Global News
Leslie Young is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has spent most of her decade-long career writing online. Her work has tackled many topics, including refugees and immigration, the environment, public infrastructure, politics and most recently, science and health as a health specialist for Global News.
Please join us in welcoming these terrific individuals to the Massey Community!