Board Members

The 2017-18 University of Guelph Board of Governors

Kevin Golding

Board of Governors Chair

Mr. Kevin Golding is the president of KPLG Advisory Services Inc. and formerly a senior executive with Maple Leaf Foods. He was appointed chair of the Board of Governors as of July 1, 2015, and his second two-year term will conclude on June 30, 2019.

Mr. Golding was first appointed to the Board of Governors in 2008, and in 2014 became vice-chair of the board. He has previously served as chair of the Board’s Governance & Human Resources Committee, and the Physical Resources and Property Committee. In 2012, he chaired the Campus Master Plan Steering Committee which led a major initiative to update and revise the University of Guelph’s Campus Master Plan. The updated plan has received a prestigious Ontario Professional Planners Institute award for excellence in planning achievement. In his previous 34-year career with Maple Leaf Foods, was also president of Rothsay, a rendering and biofuels business, and president of Maple Leaf Agri Farms, with locations across Canada.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. A long-time resident of Guelph, he is also the current chair of the board of BIOX Corporation (a bio-fuels company).

Richard Appiah

External Board Member and Alumni

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 2017 he was elected to the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Employment and Labour Section. 

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 Vice 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.

Carolyn Augusta

Graduate Student

Carolyn Augusta is a doctoral candidate in Applied Statistics.  Her research focuses on applications of machine learning to infectious disease epidemiology.  For the past two years, she has been a Co-Chair of Student Senate Caucus and has served on numerous Senate committees.  Last year, Carolyn also took on the role of Vice-President Internal of the Graduate Students' Association, and has represented students on various committees in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  Last year she was the main organizer for a provincial graduate student mathematics and statistics conference.  She is passionate about teaching, and taught her first undergraduate statistics course at the University of Guelph in Summer 2017. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and her Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Guelph. 

Graham Badun

External Board Member

Graham Badun is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of AlarmForce, a security alarm monitoring company with branches throughout Canada. Graham was the founder of Westport Partners, a Toronto-based advisory firm focused on the real estate services sector in North America. Prior to starting Westport, Graham was Group Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Residential Property Services, a division of Brookfield Asset Management where he worked from 1998 until 2012.

Graham received his BA in Political Studies at Queens University, and an MBA from Ivey Business School, Western University.

Dr. Martha Billes


External Board Member and Alumni

Dr. Martha Billes has been a director of Canadian Tire Corporation since 1980 and the controlling shareholder since 1997. She began her career in consumer product research and development with Lever Brothers and later worked with the Ontario Research Foundation.  She joined the board of Canadian Tire in 1980, taking up the seat previously occupied by her father, A.J. Billes, the company’s co-founder.

Dr. Billes is also the founder of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, a nationwide foundation dedicated to providing access to sport and activities to disadvantaged young people across Canada. Known for its high degree of leadership in community-based philanthropy, Jumpstart distributes $22 million annually; in 2016, it helped more than 220,000 Canadian children.

Past service includes the board of the Sunnybrook Foundation, the dean’s advisory boards of Auburn University Social Services Faculty and the Ryerson University Faculty of Business.  She is also a former trustee of the Calgary Women’s Shelter Endowment Fund and a director of the Toronto Organizing Committee of the 2015 Pan American Games, and is Honorary Consul Emeritus, Calgary, for the Republic of Chile. She is the recipient of the Calgary Mayor’s Award and the Ontario Citation as a leader in philanthropy. Dr. Billes was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Guelph in 2013, and also received an Honorary doctor of commerce from Ryerson in 2002.  On April 4, 2017, Senate elected Dr. Martha Billes as the ninth Chancellor of the University of Guelph.

Gerrit Bos


Gerrit Bos is a staff-elected member of the Board of Governors. He has been on campus since 1980 – including his time as a student graduating with a B.Sc in Engineering in 1987, and then almost 30 years as an employee of the University of Guelph.  He served as a Staff-Alumnus representative on the Board of Governors from 1995-2000, and as a member of the executive of the Professional Staff Association from 1993 to 1995.  In 2014, Gerrit graduated with an M.A. (Leadership) from the University of Guelph. 

Currently Gerrit is the Information Technology Security Officer, in the Office of the Chief Information Officer.  In 2013, he completed the Certificate in Security Management from ISACA (formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and in 2015 received accreditation as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Associate with ISC2, an international nonprofit membership association focused on cyber security and safety. 

Nancy Brown Andison

External Board Member and Alumni

Nancy Brown Andison is a retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and an Executive of IBM Canada. A graduate of the University of Guelph (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) and Queen's University (MBA), Nancy is also a graduate of the Chartered Directors Program (C.Dir) at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. She was recently awarded Distinguished Alumna by the Department of Food Agriculture & Resource Economics at the University of Guelph.

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.  In her leadership role Nancy has been responsible for the successful merger of two diverse organizations and growing the business of the new organization seven fold in just three years.  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: Ontario 4-H Foundation, Farm Radio International (FRI), City of Peterborough Holdings Inc., The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Dancemakers. 

Shauneen Bruder

Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and Alumni

In her role as Executive Vice President of Operations for the Royal Bank of Canada, Shauneen oversees operations related to personal and business clients.  Shauneen joined RBC in 1984, and has 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.D), she is a director of various RBC subsidiaries and also serves on the boards of CN and several not-for-profit organizations, including the Shaw Festival and Pine River Institute.

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.

Nancy Croitoru

External Board Member

Nancy Croitoru is an experienced CEO and Board Director.  Most recently, she was President and CEO of Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Canada’s largest association of companies that manufacture and distribute food, beverage and consumer packaged goods. She also had global responsibility as co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Global Liaison Group, an alliance of Consumer Goods Associations around the world, working together on global initiatives and providing strategic insight and support to the global Consumer Goods Forum. In 2013, Nancy was named one of the top 25 Women of Influence in Canada. As well, she sits on the Board of Governors for the University of Guelph and the Board of Directors for the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). Nancy is a graduate of McGill University.

Mary Deacon

External Board Member and Alumni

Mary Deacon is Chair of the Bell Let's Talk mental health intiative, the largest corporate initiative of its kind. Mary assumed her role as Chair after a long and successful career in the philanthropic sector including almost a decade as the inaugural President of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation - Canada's largest mental health hospital.

A passionate advocate and leader in the mental health community, Mary has an established track record in bringing people and ideas together for positive change. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  She also received the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Guelph where she is also a member of the Board of Directors.  She resides in Toronto and has four children. 


Lindsey Fletcher

Undergraduate Student

Lindsey Fletcher is a 4th year student at the University of Guelph, pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and minoring in Family and Child Studies. She is also working towards a General Bachelor of Science degree with focus on psychology, biology, and nutrition courses. Lindsey is actively involved in the U of G community with the Peer Helper Program, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Student Alliance, Student Senate Caucus, Central Student Association Board of Directors, and Board of Governors. Following her undergrad, Lindsey plans to pursue studies in Public Health and/or Naturopathic Medicine.


Eleanor Fritz

External Board Member and Alumni

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Ms. Fritz was Director of Compliance & Disclosure at Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) before retiring in December 2016.  In this role, she managed the department responsible for ensuring issuer compliance with TSX requirements related to continued listing, timely disclosure, corporate governance and director and officer suitability.  During her 27-year career at TSX, she held various positions involving listed issuers from a regulatory, business development and relationship management perspective.  

She currently serves as Co-chair of the Issues Committee of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute and previously sat on the Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission, was a member of the Sustainability Working Group of the World Federation of Exchanges and the Ontario Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Paul Gallagher

External Board Member and LGIC

Paul is Vice President, Investmenst, at Carfin Inc., an investment corporation with holdings in private and public companies that are based in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.  Prior to joining Carfin, Paul held leadership roles at Wittington Investments, Avana Group, Fairwater Capital, Oxford Developments and PWC.  He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph, a member of the Board of Trisura Group Ltd. and a member of the Advisory Committee of Richardson GMP.  He is past President of the Board of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto.  He has served on the boards of the Sinair Health System, Bridgepoint Health, Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Rostland Corporation, Ryerson Oil and Gas and Norther Geophysical of America.

Paul holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University.

Paul Gibson

External Board Member

Paul Gibson is the President of White Tower Group, comprising firms focused on human capital strategies, talent search and HR services.  Strategic services include organizational design, coaching, executive search and a broad suite of HR services. The group has broad expertise in family and private businesses, solving the unique concerns of changing and growing entrepreneurial enterprises.

Paul's professional experience includes executive Human Resource leadership roles for diverse firms such as Mattamy Homes, Fidelity Investments, Palliser Furniture and Noma Industries.  In addition, he has led operating and marketing functions as President of Commercial Centres with Mattamy, accountable for the development, construction, leasing and management of a portfolio of commercial and retail centres.  Paul's industry experiences include financial services, manufacturing, retail, construction, import, technology, real estate, packaging, printing, consumer goods, and the automotive industry.

A Certified Director through the Institute of Corporate Directors, Paul serves on the Boards of Proceco Ltd. and Mohawk Shared Services Inc.  He has served as a Board Director or Advisor for a variety of organizations such as West Park Healthcare Centre, The Goodman School of Business, The Salvation Army, Halton Learning Foundation, Burlington Art Centre, Storytellers School of Toronto, The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and Special Olympics and Boy & Girls Clubs of Ontario.

Paul is a former instructor in strategic human resource management for Ryerson University, a past Director of the Human Resource Professionals Association, a past member of the Special Experts Panel on Employee Relations for the US-based Society of Human Resource Management, and has been a chair & speaker at numerous conferences as well as a commentator on human resources related matters for CBC Radio.

Sally Hickson


Dr. Sally Hickson (Queen’s 2003) is currently Director of the School of Fine Art & Music in the College of Arts, where she is Associate Professor of Art History.  She has served on several university committees, including the Senate Board of Undergraduate Studies, Senate Board of Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions & Progress Committee, and the university’s Research Ethics Board.  From 2010 – 2013 she was President of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), and served on the Board of Directors, Hospice Wellington.  She is the author and editor of many books and articles on Italian Renaissance art and theory, and a winner of the College of Arts Teaching Excellence award. award.

Bill Hogarth

External Board Member and LGIC 

Bill Hogarth served as the Director of Education at York Regional District School Board for 16 years. He is a collaborative senior leader who, in periods of both expansion and consolidation over the past forty years in two school boards, has had a broad range of experiences, including expertise in developing and implementing strategic plans, policy development, working with Ministry regulations, as well as in the development of curriculum and professional development programs. 

He was a founding director of the Community Alliance for York Region Education in 1997, a community-based organization that leveraged considerable business and government support for programs and initiatives regarding anti-bullying, student leadership and early literacy. In 1999, he became founding chair of the York Region Advisory Forum on Children, Youth & Families, a coalition of more than 65 community organizations that support and promote optimal child development.

He is past Chair of the Board of Governors for Seneca College, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of laws degree from York University in 2010. 

Andrew Kuttain

Undergraduate Student 

Andrew Kuttain is a 5th year undergraduate student at the University of Guelph in Political Science.  Andrew has been actively involved in the University through Orientation Week, Tractor Tugs for Tots, introducing prospective students to the campus, coordinating volunteers and educating students on campus life. He has learned invaluable lessons in life which has helped develop skills such as effectively raising awareness, connecting with the community, and seeing the whole picture when approaching major decisions.  His experiences and connections across campus have given him the opportunity to see and understand the perspectives, opinions, and hopes of many students and faculty and he aims to impact the campus positively to improve lives with the Board of Governors. 

Andrew Marsh

External Board Member, LGIC and Alumni

Andrew Marsh founded Richardson GMP, Canada’s leading independent wealth management firm, and was part of the team that built the firm from the ground up. Beginning his career in the financial industry over 25 years ago, Mr. Marsh started in investment analysis, then worked directly with clients as an investment advisor, and eventually his career moved to executive leadership with the launch of GMP Private Client in 2004. He served as Managing Director, National Sales of both GMP Private Client and Richardson GMP before being appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Richardson GMP in 2010.

Mr. Marsh is a graduate of the University of Guelph (BA, Management Economics 1990) and is an active mentor and contributor to the University’s College of Business and Economics. He is also a member of the Canadian Advisory Board for “Right to Play Canada”, a charity dedicated to helping children worldwide through the power of play. 

Coral Murrant


Coral Murrant is a faculty-elected member of the Board of Governors. She earned both her BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Guelph.  After postdoctoral stints at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the University of Rochester in New York, she returned to the University of Guelph as a faculty member in 2000 and is now a Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Science.  Coral has an active research program investigating tissue blood flow regulation, as well as scholarship in the area of teaching and learning in the area of evidence-based course design. She is the recipient of the University of Guelph Faculty Association Professorial Teaching Award, and the College of Biological Science Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Coral has served two terms on the University of Guelph Senate and served on committees such as the Senate Committee for Open Learning, the Senate Honours and Awards Committee, and the Standing Committee on Internal Review – a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Quality Assurance - where she continues to serve as an internal reviewer as part of the University’s Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP).  In 2012, and subsequently in 2014, Coral was elected by her fellow Senators to serve two year terms as the “Member-at-Large” to chair the Senate Priorities and Planning Committee.  Coral also serves as Convocation Marshall for the University.


Prashant Pathak

External Board Member

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Prashant Pathak is CEO of Ekagrata Inc. a business building oriented principal investment company and a Principal of In Colour Capital Inc. As an active owner he spends considerable time in Board and oversight roles at private and public companies in the Ekagrata portfolio. Outside of Canada and US he has significant international experience in, and exposure to issues in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. He also serves on Board of several public and community institutions. He has been an appointee of Government of Canada on the Board of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada, a $25 Billion institution). Mr. Pathak served for nearly 10 years in various roles and as Chairman of the Venture Capital and Investments Committee for BDC, BDC Capital is Canada’s largest VC program, he also served on the Credit & Risk and the Pensions Committees. 

Previously, Mr. Pathak has been a Partner of McKinsey & Company Inc. At McKinsey he was a leader of the North American Telecom Practice, the Financial Services Practices and a leader in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice. He has advised several global corporations on a range of general management, strategy, M&A and operations issues across North America, Asia, Europe and South America. At McKinsey he led several initiatives for the Firm focused on industry innovation, like Decapitalization - "Creating capital efficient business models, “Unlocking the Value of a Board” – Governance as a competitive advantage, IP-Transformation - "Creating the Telco of the Future", and Lean Six sigma - "Creating the Lean Telco". He has also been the Managing Partner of ReichmannHauer Capital Partners a successful Canadian investment firm. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Pathak spent several years in the industry in management and field operations roles at Schlumberger and Halliburton.

Outside of professional interests, Mr. Pathak actively contributes to several community and not-profit institutions and causes. He, is an Executive-in-Residence with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF), a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and is a Member of Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs. He was recognized as Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM, and is an inductee to the “30 most influential Indo-Canadians Power List” of Rediff’s India Abroad (2009), and amongst 100 Most Influential Global Indians by Diaspora World in 2014. Previously he served on the Board of the North York General Hospital in Toronto.

Mr. Pathak migrated to Canada in 1998. He now lives in Toronto. Prashant has a MBA from INSEAD with Distinction and a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), where he was adjudged the Best All-round Graduating Student of his class. He also has a Diploma in Fuzzy Logic from IIT.


Neil Parkinson

External Board Member and LGIC

Neil Parkinson is a corporate director, professional accountant and consultant.  He is a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA, FCA) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). Prior to his retirement in 2016 Neil was a partner in KPMG LLP, where he served as national leader of Canadian insurance practice from 2004 to 2015, and was deputy chair of KPMG’s Global Insurance Contracts Technical Topics Team, a member of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board’s Insurance Accounting Task Force, and served as the chair of the Insurance Auditors Advisory Committee for the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada from 2009 to 2016. Neil has chaired and co-chaired CICA task forces on audit matters related to actuaries, and served as accounting adviser to the Canadian Institute of Actuaries task force on reinsurance. He is currently a member of the boards of Genworth MI Canada, Gore Mutual Insurance Company, Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada and the University of Guelph. He has also served as a volunteer, director, treasurer, board chair or president of several community and national organizations, including Prostate Cancer Canada. 

Byron Sheldrick


Byron Sheldrick is a faculty-elected member of the Board of Governors.  Byron joined the University of Guelph in 2006 and currently is the Associate Dean (Academic) of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.  He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science for nine years, and is an ex-officio member of the University Senate. Over the years, he has served on a number of Senate committees, and has chaired the Senate Committee on Student Petitions. He previously taught in the law department of Keele University in the United Kingdom and in the politics department of the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include law and politics, human rights, and social movements.   His teaching interests include law and public administration, Canadian politics, and he has taught in the graduate program in Political Science, as well as in the Masters in Leadership program.   

Irene Thompson


Irene Thompson holds the position of Director, Student Housing Services and has the honour of being a staff-elected member to the Board of Governors.  She is a 35-year member of the Guelph campus community who prides herself in being actively engaged in campus life.  She has served in leadership roles on the Professional Staff Association including in the position of Chair.  Irene is a member of the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers where she has served as President and in other Executive Committee roles.  She is an active committee member and a regular presenter at the annual conference and professional development workshops.  Irene is a strong believer in life-long learning and has completed an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management and is delighted to be a Guelph Alumna.  Irene is a community volunteer and has been a member of the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin Campaign Cabinet and Board of Directors for over twelve years. Irene is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer and regularly delivers workshops on campus and in the Guelph community.

Franco Vaccarino

President & Vice Chancellor

For more information about President Vaccarino, visit the Office of the President's website.

  • Board = Board Appointed
  • LGIC = Lieutenant Governor Order-in-Council, Government Appointment
  • Alumni = University of Guelph Graduate