Executive Members

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

PSA 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

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.  
Mark Torcoletti
+1-519-824-4120 x53640

PSA Treasurer

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Marcus Litman
Office of Associate VP Research
+1-519-824-4120 x58856


Past Chair

I have been a full-time staff member at the University of Guelph since 2003. Working as a veterinarian in the Office of Research, I help oversee the care and use of animals that the University keeps for the purposes of research and teaching. I first arrived here in the fall of 1986 and, having completing a BSc., DVM and Graduate Diploma at Guelph over the ensuing years, it is safe to say that the University has played, and continues to play, a major role in my life. Already a very active participant in campus United Way activities I was looking for another way to contribute to the University community and the PSA seemed the perfect marriage of volunteer service and the opportunity to help shape my employment experience. I consider it an honour and privilege to take on the responsibility of representing the interests of the exceptional team of colleagues that are the PSA. Outside of the work environment I choose to spend my time biking, golfing, taking photos and engaging in sporting and recreation activities with my two young sons.

Sameer Al-Abdul-Wahid
+1-519-824-4120 x58914

PSA Member at Large

G. Michael Bird
+1-519-824-4120 x54893

PSA Member at Large

Jacqueline Hamilton
PSA Member at Large
+1-519-824-4120 x52489

PSA Member at Large

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Anne Ingram
Food Science
+1-519-824-4120 x52280


PSA Member at Large

I started working at University of Guelph in 2005, after working in the industry for 15 years. I am very proud to serve the Department of Food Science in the capacity of Administrative Assistant. My most favourite activity among others is teaching/assisting the faculty, staff and students on various policies and procedures which probably stems from my formal education as a school teacher in Argentina, South America. It is a privilege to now be part of the PSA Committee and be able to favourably shape my work environment and those of my colleagues. When I am not at work I enjoy many outdoor activities with my husband and 2 wonderful boys. I have recently become a new Gryphon's Football MOM...Go Gryphons Go!

Kirk Sprague
CIO Organizational Services
+1-519-824-4120 x53602

PSA Member at Large

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Nora Teri
Biological Science
+1-519-824-4120 x52774

PSA Member at Large

I joined the University of Guelph team in July of 2007 as a full time staff member in the College of Biological Science as the Financial/Purchasing Clerical Unit Supervisor. My education background is in Quality Assurance, Business and Elementary/Secondary Education. I am honoured to be part of this fantastic PSA team and to serve my colleagues and our great UofG community. I enjoy most sports, gardening, stained glass and volunteering with various groups which has enabled me to travel to many countries around our lovely planet.

Breanna Wells
+1-519-824-4120 x56384

PSA Member at Large

Alicja Zachertowska
Enivronmental Health and Safety
+1-519-824-4120 x54270

PSA Member at Large