Presidential Selection Committee
The composition of the Presidential Selection Committee is provided for in the Policy on University Appointments. The committee is comprised of:
- Chair of the Board of Governors, ex-officio chair of the committee
- Two (2) external members of the Board of Governors, appointed by the Board
- Three (3) tenured faculty members, elected by Senate
- One (1) undergraduate student, elected by Senate
- One (1) graduate student, elected by Senate
- One (1) regular full-time staff member, elected by Senate
- One (1) member of the alumni community, elected by the University of Guelph Alumni Association
Members of the Selection Committee were selected in keeping with the Call for Nominations and relevant Board and Senate policies. The work of the committee is guided by the Policy on University Appointments, its Charter and the Good Governance Policy for the Board of Governors.
Board Chair and chair of the Presidential Selection Committee
Shauneen recently retired as Executive Vice President of Operations for the Royal Bank of Canada, where she oversaw operations related to personal and business clients. Shauneen joined RBC in 1984, and held a variety of roles, including Executive Vice-President of Business and Commercial Banking, Chief Operating Officer of the Global Wealth Management division, and President of RBC Centura Banks headquartered in North Carolina. A certified director (ICD), Shauneen also serves on the boards of CN and Andrew Peller Limited.
Shauneen has served as Chair of both the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian American Business Council. She serves as Honorary Consul for Luxembourg in Toronto. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and has been inducted into the Women's Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. Shauneen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph (1980) and was Gold Medalist of the Queen's University MBA class of 1984.
Board of Governors Member
Rich Appiah is a lawyer and the principal of Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel. He provides expert strategic counsel and legal representation in the area of human resources law to small and enterprise-scale businesses, as well as to managers and senior executives. He has published extensively in the area of employment law and has presented at numerous conferences for human resources and legal professionals. In 2016, he was recognized as a "Lawyer to Watch" by Lexpert Magazine, and in 2019 he was recognized as a leading practitioner in employment law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He currently serves as an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Employment and Labour Section Executive.
Rich studied at the University of Guelph as a President’s Scholar and completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002 with the prize in Political Science and the Brian D. Sullivan Award for student leadership. He then attended Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was a division leader for the school's legal clinic and president of the school's student union. He graduated from Osgoode with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2005.
Rich is the former president of Delisle Youth Services (now Skylark Children, Youth and Families), an outstanding agency that supports young people through numerous mental health and developmental services programs. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of The STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to create more vibrant and connected communities.
Nancy Brown Andison
Board of Governors Vice-Chair
A graduate of the University of Guelph (BSc in Agriculture) and Queen's University (MBA), Nancy is also a Chartered Director (C.Dir.). She was recently awarded Distinguished Alumna by the Department of Food Agriculture & Resource Economics at the University of Guelph and the Alumni of Excellence Award by the University.
Nancy is a retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and an Executive of IBM Canada. For both PwC and IBM, Nancy led all aspects of Consulting and Business Services to the Public Sector in the Province of Ontario. Her areas of specialty included business strategy and transformation, financial and risk management, systems implementation, project management and human resources management. She has been Team Leader for some of the largest and most complex business and systems transitions in the Canadian Public Sector.
Nancy’s Board of Director experience includes: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the City of Peterborough Holdings Inc, Ontario 4-H Foundation, Farm Radio International and Dancemakers.
Associate Dean (External Relations), Ontario Agricultural College
Dr. John Cranfield is the Associate Dean for External Relations in the Ontario Agricultural College and a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph. A graduate of the University of Guelph (B.Sc.(Agr) ’93 and M.Sc. ’95) and Purdue University (Ph.D. ’99), John’s research focuses on the economics of consumer behaviour and demand analysis of food and food products. Through his service work as an undergraduate program coordinator, graduate program coordinator, department chair, and now associate dean, John’s experiences have spanned various department, college, and university committees and responsibilities. These responsibilities have included serving on Senate, the Board of Graduate Studies, Senate’s Standing Committee on Internal Review, the 21St Century Curriculum Committee, and the University of Guelph Strategic Renewal Advisory Committee. Through his service work, John has gained insight into and appreciation of the diversity of needs and aspirations amongst different university stakeholder groups, including its alumni and community partners.
University of Guelph Alumni Association, Vice-President (External)
Christina is pleased to be serving on the Presidential Search committee, representing the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) Board of Directors and the University’s extensive network of more than 173,000 alumni from more than 160 countries worldwide.
Christina is the founder and digital communications strategist behind Guelph-based social media business, Crowley + Arklie Strategy & Co. Her professional and personal experiences have led her to manage the communications efforts in the political, corporate, academic and non-for-profit sectors. Christina has ten years’ experience in the communications, marketing and public relations field, previously serving as Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to working in provincial politics, Christina was the Manager of Strategic Communications at national dairy organization, Holstein Canada.
Raised on her family’s fifth generation dairy farm in Rural Ontario, Christina’s passion for agriculture led her to the University of Guelph where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Agricultural Business with a specialization in Communications. She has since obtained her Digital Media and Social Media Certification from Harvard University.
An active advocate for Canada’s food system and a busy community volunteer, Christina has been recognized as a Top 40 under 40 by the city of Guelph, as a 10x10 Alumni with Impact by the University of Guelph's College of Business & Economics, was a proud founding Leadership team member of Ag Women's Network and is pleased to currently serve as Vice President – External on the University of Guelph Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Undergraduate Student, Bachelor of Science, College of Biological Science and Bachelor of Arts, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
Lindsey Fletcher is an undergraduate student in her 6th year at the University of Guelph. Having concurrently completed a Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Bachelor of Science, General, she has returned to complete the honours equivalency for her B.Sc. degree.
Since 2014, Lindsey has been highly involved in the University community in various capacities, including as a UofG ambassador, peer helper, alumni call centre representative, research assistant, and student leader. She served on the Board of Governors for two terms (2017-2019) and is now in her fourth term on Senate, in addition to various student governance roles with the CJPP Society (2015-2017), CSAHS Student Alliance (2017-2019), and Central Student Association (2016-present). Lindsey is also a recipient of the Walter Vaughan Medal from the University of Guelph, being recognized for high academic standing and substantial contribution to student life and the university.
In her current role as Vice President Academic of the Central Student Association, Lindsey works with a team of elected executives to represent and amplify the voices of over 20,000 undergraduate students, particularly advocating for academic interests, accessibility in post-secondary education, and promoting the well-being of students. Through her involvements across campus, Lindsey has developed an appreciation for the University’s mission, values, and goals, while considering the needs and interests of the diverse UofG community in our commitment to improve life.
Graduate Student, College of Biological Science
Danyelle Liddle is a PhD Candidate and Instructor in the department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, where she is studying obesity-related health effects of one-time and long-term apple consumption, as well as barriers, motivators, and effective communication strategies towards increased apple purchase and consumption in Ontario. She also holds an MSc and BScH from the University of Guelph, where she studied various mechanisms underlying the obesity-related health benefits of fish oil-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in consumers.
Throughout her graduate career, Danyelle has also been eager to contribute to organizations that align with her passions and aspirations. At the University of Guelph, for example, she served as the peer-elected President and CEO of the Graduate Students’ Association for two consecutive terms (2017 – 2019), advocating for her peers’ academic, professional, social, and personal well-being. She has also chaired the organizing committee of several annual fun and engaging science workshops for secondary school students, with a particular focus on inspiring girls to explore study and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Outside of the University of Guelph, she also continues to serve as the Chair of the Canadian Nutrition Society’s Trainee Leadership Committee, establishing and communicating resources and opportunities for nutrition science trainees’ academic and professional development.
For her research and leadership, Danyelle has received several prestigious awards including the Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Graduate Student Award of Merit from the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada.
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College
I am a Professor in Biomedical Sciences and have extensive experience with all levels of academic governance at the University of Guelph. I have a strong understanding of the University’s mission, values, goals, and strategic objectives, as Chair of the Senate Priorities and Planning Committee (2019-2021), and previously as a member of SPPC (2016-2019). I am also a member of the Senate Honors and Awards Committee (2019-2021), which recognizes extraordinary achievement, excellence, leadership and inspiration at the local, national and international levels. Previously, I was Chair (2016-2019) and Vice Chair (2012-2016) of the Senate Committee on Student Petitions. I am also actively involved in a wide variety of institutional governance roles, as a member of the Canada Research Chair Advisory Committee, Provost’s Gender Equity Committee, Ontario Veterinary College Research Advisory Committee, Graduate Studies scholarship committees, and previously the Presidential Review Committee. I am also actively involved in research leadership roles locally and nationally. I am the founding Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations at U of G. Our members are highly successful researchers supported by CIHR, NSERC, CFI, OMAFRA, PetTrust, HSFC, and others. I am the U of G representative on the Council of Ontario Universities Women’s Health Scholars Awards Committee. I am elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for Chronobiology, and the CIHR Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network. I also serve on numerous national and international grant panels including CIHR, HSFC, Canada150 Research Chairs, NSERC, NIH, NHLBI, LEaDing Fellows Europe, CardioVasculair Nederland, and others. I was awarded a Guelph Y Woman of Distinction Award (2018), and a mid-Career Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada (HSFC) (2019-2023) for leadership, research excellence, and mentoring in STEM. I am honored to be chosen as a member of the selection committee for our next President at U of G.
Associate Professor, School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Dr. Soha Eid Moussa is an associate professor who joined the School of Engineering in September 2011. She obtained her Ph. D. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Her areas of expertise include industrial engineering, cellular manufacturing, supply chain management, and quality control. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. Prior to joining U of G, she was a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in addition to having many years of industry experience. Beyond teaching and research, she has an extensive service record having chaired and served on numerous committees, including many hiring ones, at the School and College levels. She has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and is an active volunteer with the DHR office. Dr. Moussa enjoys interacting with students. As Engineering First Year Faculty Adviser she worked with first year students to develop their learning skills and help them adapt to the University environment. As a female faculty in Mechanical Engineering, a program with very low female students’ ratio, she provided mentorship to, and played a “big sister” role, for many female students which has been very rewarding, even leading to her being invited to a few weddings.
Aboriginal Student Advisor, Student Affairs
Natasha Young is a Registered Social Worker and is the Aboriginal Student Advisor in the department of Student Experience. She has been a professional staff member at the University of Guelph for over ten years and as the Aboriginal Student Advisor, supports the holistic well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. Natasha has been an active member on a variety of campus committees as well as numerous community committees and boards. Natasha also completed both her BA and MA degrees at the University of Guelph in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, where their graduate research focused on the person-environment experiences of Indigenous post-secondary students on university campuses.