Office of the President


Serge Desmarais received his BA, MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Waterloo. He joined the University of Guelph in 1995 following earlier teaching positions at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. He is a Professor in the department of Psychology and the former Associate Dean in the College of Social and Human Applied Sciences. Desmarais also served as Acting Chair of his department in 2005 and the Acting Dean of CSAHS in 2007.
Between 2002 and 2007, Desmarais was the recipient of a Canada Research Chair in Applied Social Psychology. His research expertise and interests are varied but are broadly associated with two general themes: 1) the changes and impact of gender norms and, 2) issues of justice and personal entitlement. These two research themes often intersect, as is the case in studies of gender differences in pay entitlement and his research on gender and sexuality. His most recent research examines the social and relational consequences of social media, especially Facebook. He is the author of numerous scholarly papers and chapters, the co-author of two introductory psychology textbooks, the recipient of two University teaching awards and is also the former associate editor of Canadian Psychology.

John Livernois
John Livernois
V.P. Research (Interim)
Dr. John Livernois is Vice President Research (Interim) with responsibilities for the University’s diverse and comprehensive research enterprise and acts as the University’s chief research officer. His office is the institutional nerve centre for the University’s research. It provides and promotes leadership and initiative, service, policy development, resource generation and an external profile and awareness consistent with the goal of being Canada's leading research-intensive university.  The office is  responsible for research integrity and compliance and also serves a central role in research relationships with the federal government, industry, foundations, international sponsors and alumni.

Don O'Leary, Vice-President Finance and Administration oversees diverse services supporting teaching, research and service, including financial services, human resources, campus community police, fire prevention and parking services, environmental health and safety, investment management, and the real estate division. He chairs the Council of Senior Administrative Officers (an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities) and is vice-chair of the Canadian University Reciprocal Insurance Exchange. Previous to his work with U of G, he was Vice-President Finance and Administration for Trent University. Earlier, as commissioner of corporate services for the City of Oshawa for 10 years, O'Leary oversaw numerous departments, including human resources, fire, real estate, legal, secretariat services and economic development. Previously, he was director of economic development for the City of Saint John, N.B., and vice-president at Continental PIR Communications. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick.

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