People – Fall 2019


Rob Gordon

Robert Gordon, PhD ’96, has been named president of the University of Windsor. Previously, he was provost and vice-president (academic) and vice-president (research) at Wilfrid Laurier University, and dean of U of G’s Ontario Agricultural College from 2008 to 2015.

Shakiba Shayani

Shakiba Shayani, BA ’10, has been named president and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

Dionne Brand

English professor Dionne Brand won the 2019 $20,000 Trillium Book Award for Ontario’s best English-language title for her poetry collection The Blue Clerk.

Caroline Mousseau

MFA student Caroline Mousseau won the 2019 $30,000 Joseph Plaskett post-graduate award in painting.

Ryan Norris

Integrative biology professor Ryan Norris has been named the Weston Family Senior Scientist for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.


Indira Naidoo-Harris, a former Ontario cabinet minister and well-known journalist and human rights advocate, has been named U of G’s new AVP (diversity and human rights).

Kinga Surma

Kinga Surma, B.Comm. ’09, Ontario MPP for Etobicoke Centre, has been named associate minister of transportation for the GTA.

Manjusri Misra and Amar Mohanty

Bioproducts researchers Profs. Manjusri Misra and Amar Mohanty received the Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.