Dr. Ronald Bond (Chair)

Ronald Bond is the former Provost and Vice-President Academic (Emeritus) at the University of Calgary, where he was also a Professor of English and the Dean of Humanities. He was Chair of the Campus Alberta Quality Council for two terms, has served as the external member of the Quality Council of the Council of Ontario Universities, and belongs to the Organizational Review Panel of Ontario’s Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board. He has extensive experience as a consultant and as a facilitator of workshops on quality assurance in higher education.

Dr. Bond was named the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s Ron MacDonald Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions for work undertaken by CRKN to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canadian universities.

Dr. Bond holds BA and MA degrees in English from McMaster University, and he earned his PhD in Renaissance English Literature from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Karen Barnes (Vice-Chair)

Dr. Karen Barnes has been the President of Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon since 2011. Prior to her appointment as President, Dr. Barnes served as Yukon College’s Vice President of Education and Training and was responsible for establishing the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining. Before coming to Yukon she served as the Dean of Applied Arts and Science at Lethbridge College for six years. Currently she chairs the governing committees for the Yukon Research Centre and the Northern Institute of Social Justice. Additionally, she is a board member of the Mining Industry Human Resource Council of Canada.

Recently Dr. Barnes was invited by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives to become a member of the Business-Higher Education Roundtable. Much of Dr. Barnes’ career has been devoted to Aboriginal education and program development. She continues to work closely with the other two territorial colleges in support of seeking pan-territorial solutions to research and education.

Dr. Barnes holds a BA and a Professional After Degree in Education from the University of British Columbia, and a MEd (Adult Education) and a Doctorate in Education (Policy Studies) from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Marie Battiste

Marie Battiste is a full professor in the College of Education and the former founding Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests focus on initiating institutional change in the decolonization of education, in particular humanities, language and social justice, and postcolonial educational approaches that recognize and affirm the political and cultural diversity of Canada.

In 2013, Dr. Battiste was elected to the Royal Society of Canada with one of Canada’s highest academic honours as an Aboriginal scholar and Indigenous knowledge advocate. Also in 2013, she was the recipient of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Distinguished Academic Award, the highest honour it can bestow on an academic in recognition of extraordinary contributions as a teacher, as a researcher and in service to the community. In 2008, Dr. Battiste was a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Education. She has published widely in journals and books, and has worked actively with First Nations schools as a teacher, administrator, classroom consultant, and curriculum developer, advancing Aboriginal epistemology, languages, pedagogy and research.

Dr. Battiste holds a BS degree from the University of Maine, a MEd from Harvard University, and an EdD from Stanford University. She holds four honourary doctorates from the University of Maine, the University of Ottawa, St. Mary’s University and Thompson Rivers University.

Dr. Thomas Chase

Dr. Chase is the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Regina.

He served as Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, from 2009-2011, where he was centrally involved in developing the University's new Strategic Direction, the reorganization of its academic administrative structure, and the renewal of many of the University's academic programs. Prior to his work at Royal Roads, Dr. Chase held a series of academic and administrative appointments at the University of Regina including Coordinator of the Linguistics Program, founding Director of the Centre for Academic Technologies, Dean and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Dr. Chase holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow (Scotland), where he held a doctoral fellowship in the Department of English Language. Dr. Chase is the holder of the licentiate diploma in organ performance from Trinity College (London) and works on French organ literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing especially on the music of Marcel Dupré. He has performed and lectured widely, including appearances in Vancouver, Quebec City, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Seattle, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and, most recently, in Boston at the 2014 biennial national convention of the American Guild of Organists. In 2004, the Royal Canadian College of Organists awarded him the diploma of Fellow, honoris causa, in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to organ music as performer, scholar, and visionary."

Dr. Robin Fisher

Dr. Fisher currently chairs the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfer, of which he has been a member since 2007. He is the former Provost and Vice-President Academic of Mount Royal University in Calgary. In this capacity, he played an integral leadership role in Mt. Royal’s transition from a college to an undergraduate degree-granting university.

Prior to serving as Provost and VP Academic at Mount Royal, Dr. Fisher was Dean of Arts at the University of Regina from 2002 through 2005, and Dean of Arts, Social and Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia from 1997 until 2002. He was the founding chair of the Saskatchewan Council on Admissions and Transfer in 2004-05 and a member of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer from 1999 until 2002.

Dr. Fisher earned his BA and MA degrees in his native New Zealand, and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. His research interests focus on western Canadian history and the history of the Pacific.

Dr. Fay Myers

Dr. Fay Myers has recently retired after 18 years as President of Parkland College. During her tenure, Parkland College strengthened, evolved and excelled at meeting the training and education needs of students, communities and industry in the Parkland region and beyond.

Dr. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, a Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Educational Administration and a Doctor of Higher Educational Administration.

In 2012, Dr. Myers was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for her contributions to adult education in Saskatchewan and Canada. In 2015 Dr. Myers was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada for her many years of dedicated work on behalf of Canadian students and colleges.

Dr. Asit Sarkar

Dr. Asit Sarkar is Professor Emeritus, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, where he held positions of Professor of International Business, Associate Dean of College of Commerce, Director of University of Saskatchewan International and Special Advisor to the President. He was also Director of the Centre for International Business Studies and International Centre for Governance and Development. He also was a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University (Japan), University Utara Malaysia (Malaysia) and the Institute Pendidikan dan Pembinan Manejemen (Indonesia).

Dr. Sarkar has had extensive involvement in leading collaborative research and institutional development projects in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Kyrgystan, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Much of his work has been supported by the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Development Research Centre and the Asian Development Bank. For his international development work, Canadian Bureau of International Education honoured him with the CBIE Award of Merit.

Dr. Sarkar holds B.Comm. and M.Comm. degrees from University of Dhaka (Bangladesh), an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii and earned his PhD from the University of Houston. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine

Dr. Ryan Walker

Dr. Ryan Walker is a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan, a past-chair of its Regional and Urban Planning Program, the director of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network’s Prairie Research Centre, and a registered professional planner.

Dr. Walker has served on a number of program review and site visit teams at Canadian universities on behalf of the Professional Standards Board for the Canadian planning profession.  Some examples of past or present administrative and executive roles include serving on the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute executive council, Meewasin Valley Authority’s Development Review and Design Advisory Committees, City of Saskatoon’s Culture Plan Advisory Committee, as co-chair of the 2015 Canadian Institute of Planners national conference, and as member, chair, or observer on eight Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada national adjudication committees.

Dr. Walker has degrees from the University of Lethbridge (B.A. with distinction), University of Waterloo (M.A.), and Queen’s University (Ph.D.). He has received awards for planning practice, scholarship, and volunteer recognition from the Canadian Institute of Planners, Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute, Design Council of Saskatchewan, and International Downtown Association, and the Award for Distinction in Outreach and Engagement from the University of Saskatchewan.

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