Executive Members

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Kelly Bertrand
Director, Organizational Services, Library
+1-519-824-4120 x53359

PSA Chair and Employment Terms & Conditions Chair

I started with the University in 1997 and can honestly say it has been a pleasure to be part of this environment over the years. My first few positions were with Audit Services, then the Office of the CIO and now with the Library. I currently oversee teams that focus on administration, human resources, financial and facilities support for the Library. I have an undergraduate degree in business and obtained my accounting designation more than 20 years ago. Having taken a keen interest in financial planning, I have served on the Pension Committee of the Board of Governors since 2013 and look forward to contributing to the ongoing efforts to bring sustainability to our pension plans. This is my second stint on the PSA Executive and I look forward to the opportunity to advocate for the highly skilled and dedicated professional and managerial staff on campus.

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Leigh West
OAC Dean's Office
+1-519-824-4120 x52101

PSA Vice Chair and Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

As a long time Guelphite and a soon to be 2 time alumna (BA - Sociology & Marketing and CBE Exec MBA – Food and Ag Business) I am passionate about the University of Guelph, the community of Guelph and the success of the students and my fellow colleagues.  I rejoined the University in January of 2010 after 12 years in the private sector where I last held the position of Director of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Contracts for a local R&D/manufacturing SME. 
Upon returning to the University, I held the position as Contracts Officer within the Office of Research.  During this time I was nominated as an executive member of the Steel Workers Union.  I participated on the Women’s Committee, the Pension Review Committee as well as the President's Exemplary Staff Awards Selection Committee in 2012.  Recently, I am honoured to have been elected to Senate for a three year term starting September 2015 where I am a member of the Senate Research Board as well as the Honours and Awards Committee.      
In 2013, I became a member of the Ontario Agricultural Colleges Dean’s Office team in my role as Manager, Research and Graduate Operations.  This position allows me to facilitate and support both the research enterprise as well as the graduate program within the College.  In addition, I am currently spearheading a Graduate Recruitment Initiative promoting UoG Graduate programs by providing information and support to senior level undergraduate students.
Above all else, however, I am a proud Mom of two very active boys, an equally active boxer and an insane “Fug” (aka fake pug = mostly pug with a little something else we’re not sure of mixed in) who all do their part to keep me on my toes.  
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Christopher Hewitt
Open Learning & Educational Support
+1-519-824-4120 x52959

PSA Secretary

I have been with at the University since January of 2016 in my current role as Manager, Classroom Technical Infrastructure where I interact daily with faculty, researchers and administrators across the various disciplines. My team is responsible for an AV loan counter and the technical support that is required to make teaching and learning work within the classrooms.
Outside of work, I have 3 children and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk & Oxford counties Branch of St. John Ambulance. Having taken on the role of Community Services chairperson, I directed the strategy and wellbeing of 5 divisions that service those communities. Additionally, I am a Scout leader in the Guelph & Wellington Area with both Cubs and Scouts and as a Area Commissioner until last year.
My natural passion is towards service and my natural ability to seek harmony, allows me to work hard to deliver a great balance weighing the risks and challenges appropriately. My involvement in the Local JHSC, PSA Remuneration Committee, Convocation and Summerfest committees has allowed me to expand my area of influence outside of my immediate department and furthered my experience around the University.
For the past 3 years I’ve had time to look at the role of the Professional Staff Association and how it plays a significant role in the daily lives of professional staff around the University. I was looking for another way to contribute to the University community - I want to help make a difference!
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Mark Torcoletti
Engineering & Physical Science - Dean's Office
+1-519-824-4120 x53640

PSA Treasurer

I am currently the Manager, Finance & Administration in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and have worked at the University of Guelph since 2009 in a couple of different finance and management roles. Prior to this, I worked in accounting and finance at a large publicly-traded manufacturing company.
I am a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Commerce program and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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Mohamed Al-Abdul-Wahid
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre
+1-519-824-4120 x58914

PSA Member at Large & External Committee Representative Liason

I joined the University of Guelph in 2016 as the manager of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre. Alongside fellow NMR Centre staff, I work directly with students and faculty on a daily basis to support their research and teaching in the area of NMR. I have a graduate degree in chemistry, and enjoy collaborating/supporting research projects in my spare time. I am looking forward to being a part of the PSA and contributing in some small way to the great workplace we have here at the University of Guelph.

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Chris Donaldson
College of Social & Applied Human Sciences
+1-519-824-4120 x56808

PSA Member at Large

I have been working at the University of Guelph since 2017 and am currently the Manager, Academic Programs in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. I hold Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies (Windsor) and in Education (Lakehead), as well as a Master of Business Administration (Guelph). I enjoy taking an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, learning, and curriculum development so that it supports both our learners and our instructors, while contributing to the overall University of Guelph community where I can.
I currently sit on the PSA’s Professional Development Committee and am a representative from the PSA to the Human Rights Advisory Group. I am excited to be joining the PSA Executive as a Member at Large and look forward to contributing towards the benefits of all Professional and Managerial staff at the University of Guelph.
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Rattandeep Gill
Research Innovation Office
+1-519-824-4120 x58488

PSA Member at Large

I joined University of Guelph in August 2018 as Technology Transfer Manager with the Research Innovation Office where I oversee the University’s plant germplasm portfolio. I work closely with researchers as well as external partners to maximize the impact of University of Guelph’s research innovation.  Previously, I worked as a researcher in the department of Plant Agriculture for two years. I hold a graduate degree in Plant Genetics and have lived and worked in India, United States, and Canada during the course of my career. I am honoured to be a part of the executive committee and look forward to contributing and giving back to our community at Guelph.

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Jacqueline Hamilton
Lang School of Business and Economics
+1-519-824-4120 x52489

PSA Member at Large and Membership & Communications Committee Chair

I am an alumni from the University of Guelph BASc. Adult Development program, and have been working full time at Guelph  in a couple of different roles since 2013. Currently I work as the Manager, Academic Programs in the College of Business and Economics. I also have my Masters of Education in Student Development and Student Services in Post-secondary Education from OISE, and a background in learning and curriculum development. With the PSA, I am the Chair of the Membership and Communications Committee and am in the first year of my first term. I look forward to helping improve the communication between the PSA and its members and please feel free to reach out if you every have any questions or suggestions.

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Christopher Lee
Manager, Information Technology Services, College of Arts
+1-519-824-4120 x54738

PSA Member at Large

I have been a part of the University community for 25 years, coming to Guelph from small town Ontario for my undergrad in 1995 - and never leaving!  My position at the University is the Manager of Information Technology Services in the College of Arts, working to promote and support/facilitate technology use in teaching, learning, research and administration in COA.  I have always appreciated the opportunities to participate on various University working groups and committees over the years including the Campus IT Leaders Group, the University’s United Way campaign and most recently the PSA’s Bylaw Review Committee which cemented my interest in participating on the PSA’s Executive Team.  I have been fortunate enough to experience the University of Guelph from a staff, undergraduate student (B. Comm) and graduate student (MBA; Sustainable Commerce) perspective, and I believe these experiences have helped me make positive contributions to the College of Arts and the wider University community.  I look forward to working with, and learning from, this group for at least the next couple of years.

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Liana Rowlands
Lab Services, Business Operations
+1-519-823-1268 x57298

PSA Member at Large

I have been with the University since June of 2002. My current role is Technical Supervisor of Business and Network Systems for the Laboratory Services Division. I work within a team of 7 individuals that manage everything from help desk support to database administration for our Business applications. I have been a member of a number of different committees both on and off campus and am currently focused on the Health & Wellness initiative both on campus and in our department. 
I am always looking for ways to be able to contribute and support our workplace community and am looking forward to be able to do so as a Member at Large on the PSA Executive team.
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Elizabeth Snyder
Research Communications
+1-519-824-4120 x53781

PSA Member at Large

You probably know me as Liz. I am an alumni of the University and have worked on campus in various positions for 16 years and have been a member of the PSA for 9 years. My current role is Manager of Research Communications in the Office of the VP, Research. In this role I am fortunate to work with faculty and staff across campus and I think these connections will help me serve our membership and P&M staff as a Member at Large on the PSA Executive Committee. I look forward to being part of a team that supports and represents P&M employees at the University of Guelph.

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Kimberley Thorne
College of Arts
+1-519-824-4120 x52455

Member at Large

I have been an employee of the University of Guelph since 2009. I am currently the Manager, Facilities and Operations in the College of Arts. I have also held roles in academic administration (Administrative Officer, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development) and research administration (Project Manager of the International Institute in Critical Studies in Improvisation and finance/admin support for the ReVision Centre for Art and Social Justice). I am a member of the PSA Employee Terms and Conditions Committee and volunteer as a Diversity and Human Rights Resource Person. I have undergraduate and graduate experience at the University of Guelph, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Masters of Business Administration.

I am excited to be joining the PSA Executive as a Member at Large and look forward to working with the PSA and its members on initiatives that positively impact all P&M staff.