Organizers

Presidents

Leo Groarke
Leo Groarke
President and Vice-Chancellor, Trent University
Dr. Groarke is Trent’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor, and joined the University in July 2014, having served in various capacities at Wilfrid Laurier University, and most recently as vice-president, academic and provost at University of Windsor. While at Laurier, Dr. Groarke spearheaded the development of a new and highly successful downtown campus in Brantford, Ontario, as documented in his book "Reinventing Brantford, A University Comes Downtown". He completed his graduate work at University of Calgary and his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. His areas of research and scholarly interest include ancient philosophy, higher education, the history of ideas, social and political thought, and "informal" logic. His most recent work examines the role of visual images in reasoning, argument and persuasion - a role that is heightened in digital communication.

Don Lovisa
Don Lovisa
President, Durham College
From the first day he was appointed president in 2008, Don Lovisa has been dedicated to Durham College’s mission that the student experience comes first and the development of new strategies to support its students, faculty, staff, business and community, now and in the future. Durham College (east of Toronto in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) has thrived under Lovisa’s leadership, realizing significant strategic growth in students, buildings, learning spaces and reputation. During his tenure, the college has grown to more than 12,000 full-time, post-secondary and apprenticeship students and more than 30,000 students in all; negotiated a strategic mandate agreement with the provincial government; launched a new academic vision and plan; submitted a proposal to launch its first-ever baccalaureate degree in 2016; and launched a research enterprise that has generated millions of dollars in funding to support local small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Lovisa has also led a large-scale revitalization and transformation of the college’s campuses and learning spaces, with more than $110 million spent on construction of buildings, renovations, and a new learning site in the City of Pickering, Ontario that is focused on post-grad learners. Among the most recent projects were the green-certified Centre for Food, which employs a ‘field-to-fork’ concept in all it does, and a new $20-million Student Services building that has become a system leader in offering students one-stop access to support services.

Beyond Durham College, Lovisa is considered a leader in the college system and the broader provincial and national communities. He is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Group of Leaders on Women in the Economy; is Secretary/Treasurer for Colleges Ontario, a provincial advocacy body that represents Ontario’s 24 publicly funded colleges and almost 300,000 full-time equivalent students; and was founding co-chair of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), which works with 44 publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario to enhance student transfers between institutions. His track record and success played significant roles in Lovisa receiving Business Person of the Year (2013) and Business Achievement (2011) awards from local Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade representing almost 1,500 members.

Lovisa arrived at Durham College in July 2007 as vice-president, Academic. Prior to that, he served 20 years at Confederation College (Ontario, Canada) in progressively senior positions, including dean of the School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts. He has also worked internationally, consulting and providing training and teaching in the areas of globalization, market-driven economic transition, international trade, and entrepreneurship and business development.

Lovisa has a Master's degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota (U.S.), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, a diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Community College Leadership through the University of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada.

Tim McTiernan
Tim McTiernan
President and Vice-Chancellor, UOIT
Tim McTiernan became the third President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in July 2011. In the course of his career to date he has held a variety of executive roles as a university administrator, college administrator, government official, and government negotiator. These include the positions of Cabinet Secretary, and Chief Yukon Government Negotiator for Land Claims, Self Government and Devolution with the Yukon Territorial Government; President of Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario; Acting Deputy Minister during the establishment of the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Research and Innovation; and Assistant Vice-President Research and Interim Vice-President Research at the University of Toronto.

Dr. McTiernan serves on the boards of Atlantic Corridor – Ireland, and The Ireland Fund of Canada. He is a member of the Global Irish Network established as a diaspora advisory body to the Irish Government. Boards he has served on previously include the Yves Landry Foundation, Science Rendezvous, MaRS Discovery District (Toronto), MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund Inc., the founding board of MaRS Innovation, and the board of BioDiscovery Toronto. He also served as a trustee of the Ontario Innovation Trust, as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on Science Performance and Research Funding, and on the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Advisory Board for Canada’s National Research Council.

He was a founding member both of the Dispute Resolution Board established pursuant to the Yukon First Nations Land Claims Settlement Act (1994), and the Environmental Impact Screening Committee established pursuant to the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act (1984).

From Kilkenny, Ireland, McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, and his MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. His research interests have centered on “psychological borders and boundaries”, particularly related to stereotyping, interpersonal judgments, and attitudes. In addition to work-related reports, position papers and presentations, he has published or presented over two dozen book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and over 60 invited presentations and keynote addresses on innovation and commercialization, regional and sectorial economic development strategies, postsecondary education policy, and sustainable development.

Mary Meaney
Mary Meaney
President, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Dr. Mary Meaney is President of the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) in Dublin and was the first woman to be appointed to lead an Institute of Technology in Ireland. Dr. Meaney graduated from NIHE Dublin with a BSc in Analytical Science in 1986 and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Dublin City University (DCU) in 1989. Her PhD studies were partially completed in the University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr. Meaney’s academic career began as an assistant lecturer in DCU in 1989, where she progressed to lecturer and subsequently became the Assistant Registrar with the same university. She became Registrar of ITB in 1999, and was appointed President in 2000. Dr. Meaney has overseen the growth of ITB from its foundation in 1999 to its present strength.

Dr. Meaney was a member of the Enterprise Strategy Group established in 2003. This government task force made recommendations to government on a range of enterprise strategies for implementation.

She is currently a board member of the CAO, the national applications system for entry to higher education in Ireland and IOTI, an umbrella body representing the Institutes of Technology in Ireland.

In partnership with the presidents of DIT and ITT-Dublin, Dr. Meaney has developed a strategy for the development of a new Technological University for Dublin, which is hoped will be implemented in the next few years.

Brian Norton
Brian Norton
President, Dublin Institute of Technology
Professor Brian Norton is President of Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland’s largest third-level institution and its principal provider of practice-led research-informed higher education. Professor Norton has contributed to 6 books and over 350 papers principally in the field of solar energy including over 170 journal publications. He has supervised over forty PhD students. He chairs “Action Renewables”, responsible for developing renewable energy use in Northern Ireland. He is Vice-President of the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance.

Originally qualified as a physicist at University of Nottingham, he has doctorates in engineering from Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Academy of Engineering, the UK Higher Education Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Among his honours are the Napier Shaw Medal and the Energy Institute Roscoe Prize. He is an Honorary Professor at University of Ulster, Harbin Institute of Technology, China and University of Houston, USA. His most recent sole-authored book is “Harnessing Solar Heat” published in 2013.

Thomas Stone
Thomas Stone
President, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Thomas Stone was appointed President of the Institute of Technology Tallaght in September 2014. He joined the Institute in 1992 as a lecturer in Accountancy & Taxation. He was subsequently appointed the first Head of Department of Accountancy & Professional Studies in 2000 and in 2005, Secretary / Financial Controller in the Institute. He is an honours graduate of University College Dublin with a degree in Commerce and a Masters Degree in Strategic Management and Planning. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and holds the Commission qualification awarded by the Irish Revenue Commissioners as a former Inspector of Taxes (Technical).

He was President of the Leinster Members Network of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in 2007 and 2008 and was Chairman of the Audit Committee of South Dublin County Council from 2009 to 2014. He was a council member of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association in Ireland for over five years, which is a body that promotes and facilitates research in accounting issues by academics.

Steering Committee

Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell
Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities & HEIT 2016 Co-Chair, UOIT
Professor Campbell has over 30 years’ experience in university curriculum and organizational development. Brian was at Mount Allison University from 1983 until 2003 where he attained the rank of Professor and was twice Head of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. At Mount Allison he was actively engaged in the transformation of the curriculum from a predominantly full-year course system to a predominantly semester course system. In addition, he was an author and implementer of a restructuring plan for the university’s undergraduate degrees, changing them from an area of concentration system to a major/minor system.

Dr. Campbell was a founding member of the faculty at UOIT as a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. He was the Associate Dean within the faculty from his arrival in 2003 until March 2006, and in this role was responsible for new undergraduate program development in the social sciences, including college pathways. From April 2006 until December 2014, he was the first Dean of Graduate Studies for UOIT and facilitated the development and external review of over 25 graduate programs during this period. In addition to program development and review, he also guided and managed the development of graduate studies policies and procedures.

In 2009, Brian’s administrative appointment was renewed and Associate Provost was added to his title. This was partly in recognition of his broader role in policy and administration as well as in his expanding responsibilities in academic labour relations. His union management relations experience extends to both sides of the table, as he was a negotiator on the union side in collective bargaining while at Mount Allison. Brian has been active in external university organizations, including executive positions on the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies and the North Eastern Association of Graduate Schools, and various committees and working groups of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Professor Campbell has finished his terms in university start-up administration and has begun administrative and research leaves in January 2015. His intellectual interests lie in higher education curriculum, culture, organization and policy, as well as in sociology. As a sociologist, his research areas have included the credibility of expert testimony in courts and inquiries, technology diffusion, and the sociology of education. Brian has a B.A. from the University of Guelph, a B.Phil. from The University of York (UK), and a Ph.D. from McMaster University.

Scott Clerk
Scott Clerk
Manager, International Office, UOIT
Scott Clerk manages the International Office at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, in Oshawa, Canada. At UOIT, he oversees international mobility, partnerships and programs, and coordinates institutional internationalization efforts. Previous working experience includes the management of immigration planning and settlement services in Kingston, Canada, and policy advising on citizen participation for the Region Government of Bio Bio, in Concepcion, Chile.

Fiona Cranley
Fiona Cranley
Head of the School of Engineering, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Fiona Cranley is Head of the School of Engineering, ITT Dublin. Fiona has led the development of new engineering programs to meet the needs of the industry, as well as harnessing academic collaborations in engineering, and has been recognized nationally and internationally across Canada, China and Malaysia for her work. Fiona has particular interest in the application of engineering in the medical field with particular emphasis in computational modelling of prosthetics. She worked in industry as an engineer for Hewlett Packard before returning to ITT Dublin where she has worked in various roles including technical officer, engineering lecturer, and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department. Fiona has a great interest in the promotion of engineering as a career in schools and encouraging female students to consider a rewarding career in engineering. Her research interests also include the impact of teaching and learning styles on the learner experience.

Kevin Dougherty
Kevin Dougherty
Professor & Program Coordinator, Computer Programmer Analyst Program, Durham College
Kevin teaches in the School of Business, IT and Management and is the Program Coordinator of the Computer Programmer Analyst Program at Durham College. A strong advocate for student success, Kevin is a graduate of Durham College’s Business Administration, Information Systems program and joined the college as faculty in 1998. Kevin has just recently successfully completed his MA in Education at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology, having defended his thesis on technology adoption by college faculty in July 2014. Kevin takes an active role in furthering the quality of teaching and learning at Durham College through involvement in many special projects as well as through membership on a number of college committees including Academic Council, which he co-chaired for two years. Kevin is the elected faculty member on the Durham College board of governors and serves as vice-chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the board.

Neil Emery
Neil Emery
Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Trent University
Dr. Neil Emery is the new vice-president of Research and Innovation at Trent University. Dr. Emery is responsible for the management, administration, and leadership of research at Trent University and is instrumental in promoting, formalizing and embedding successful innovation throughout the University. Prof. Emery is a full professor in the Biology Department at Trent with degrees from Queen’s University (B.Sc.) and the University of Calgary (Ph.D.). He is a plant physiologist who studies the control of growth by plant hormones and applications to crop yield particularly for oats, barley and legumes such as soybean, peas and beans. Prof. Emery has been at Trent since 2000, and has served as the director of the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program from 2006 to 2009, as associate vice-president Research from 2009 to 2011, and as vice-president Research and International from 2011 to 2015.

Larry McNutt
Larry McNutt
Registrar & HEIT 2016 Co-Chair, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Larry is the former Head of School of Informatics and Engineering at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Prior to joining ITB, Larry was Senior Lecturer in the ITT Dublin and has lectured in Southern Cross University Australia, Letterkenny IT, DCU and Capella University. A Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, his research interests and publications include distance education, educational technology, software development methodologies, e-Learning, and computer science education. Larry studied computer science in University College Dublin (UCD) and holds a Master’s degree in Education (Multimedia) from the University of New England, Australia and a Doctorate in Education from NUI Maynooth.

Brian O’Neill
Brian O’Neill
Director, Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services, Technological University for Dublin
Brian O’Neill is Director, Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services for the three partner institutions of TU4Dublin. Prior to that he was Head of Research for the College of Arts and Tourism and Head of the School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of NUI Galway with Bachelors and Masters degrees in English and Philosophy. He gained his PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. Brian’s research areas include media policy and digital technologies, media and information literacy, e-safety, and information society policy for children. He has an international profile as a researcher on young people’s use of new media and the internet. He has conducted research for the European Commission, UNICEF, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He leads the EU Kids Online network in Ireland and is responsible for its policy works package. He is a member of Ireland's Internet Safety Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Irish government’s task force on Internet Content Governance, reporting to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. In 2014, he undertook an independent assessment of internet safety for 16 companies represented in the ICT Coalition (www.ictcoalition.eu).