CURAC/ARUCC Board 2017-2018
President David Swayne has been our Vice-President and Webmaster for the past two years, and supervised this year’s redesign of our website. He has been a steady promoter of adding social media (mainly Facebook) to enhance the effectiveness of our communications.
In 1981, David became a faculty member at the University of Guelph, until retirement in 2011. He continued to support and advise graduate students, and to participate as principal investigator in funded research contracts. For most of his research career, David participated in a significant collaboration with Environment Canada at Canada Centre for Inland Waters, developing intelligent systems for many aspects of water resources and ecosystem analysis. His projects have involved governmental environmental agencies in more than forty countries. For six years until 2015, David has taught computer science in China. He organized ten international environmental software conferences, and served on commissions for the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). He holds a Silver Core Award from IFIP and is a Fellow of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. David has been President of the University of Guelph Retirees Association, and currently serves as CURAC Vice-President and Webmaster. He dedicates himself to the sport of Crossfit as a serious recreational activity.
Vice President Michel Tousignant, Ph.D. (Human Development, U. of Chicago) has been member of the Université du Québec à Montréal in the psychology department, teaching community and cultural psychology. He has served on the CURAC-ARUCC board from 2014 to 2017 and has co-edited the Newsletter during that mandate and been Chair of the Nominating Committee. He has been a member of the board of the Association des professeures et professeurs retraités de l’UQAM since 2013 and director of its bulletin, Pour la suite du monde, since then. His post-retirement academic career is in the field of suicide studies among Aboriginals of Northern Québec and French Guyana and he has contributed to many publications and conferences on cultural resilience. During his academic career, he has co-edited the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences and edited Santé-Culture-Health. He has published six books as author or co-author and 100 peer-reviewed articles. His research interests have been in the field of indigenous psychology, epidemiology of mental health and suicide and suicide prevention among First Nations. His administrative roles have been as chairman of the psychology department, director of a research center (LAREHS), director and co-founder of the Institut Santé et société, and member of the Canadian task force on the mental health of immigrants and refugees.
Past President Ken Craig has been our President for the last two years and has been active in expanding our services to individual post-secondary retirees in signing agreements with Collette Travel (guided tours), Johnson/Medoc (Travel Insurance) and Retired Teachers of Ontario (Supplementary Medical and Travel Insurance).
Ken is a Clinical Psychologist and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management, the journal of the Canadian Pain Society. He recently completed a term as Chair of the UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board. Honours have included status as a CIHR Senior Investigator, the Canada Council I.W. Killam Research Fellowship, the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award, the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science, appointment as an Honorary Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Distinguished Career Award of its Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, and the American Pain Society Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief. He has served as President of the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association. In July 2015, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Secretary Mary Johnston. Mary has been part of the McMaster University community for all of her adult life. She completed an undergraduate degree there in 1973 and immediately joined the support staff. Most of her career was spent in the Faculty of Health Sciences, where she worked as a research co-ordinator on clinical trials and systematic reviews. Following retirement in 2005, she did contract work for six years. She has been active in the McMaster University Retirees Association since 2010, serving as newsletter editor, Council member, Vice-president and President. She enjoys her life in retirement which allows me to spend time with her grandchildren, participate in community groups, and indulge in gardening, reading, needlework and time at the cottage. CURAC is indebted to Mary for her service in organizing and chairing the 2014 Annual Meeting at McMaster University.
Treasurer Jim Boyd, Simon Fraser University Retirees’ Association has been advisor/consultant on business financial matters after retiring as Simon Fraser University (SFU) Treasurer. He assisted Chartwell Asset Management marketing alternative investments, served as financial advisor to acquire Hockey.com domain, and advised on Centre 200 Inc. real estate issues. Highlights of his career in the administration of SFU were: fiduciary trustee 21+ years on SFU Academic Pension Plan, financed private placement $150 million 40 year debenture, governance and compliance monitoring of 16 investment managers, member Oversight Committee SFU MBA Wealth Management program, managed $100 million SFU bond and $25 million equity portfolios. He has been and is active on the boards of many community organizations in the Vancouver area.
Director Fred Fletcher (York University) has been Chair of our Communications Committee, a vital committee with responsibility for our Newsletters, our Website, and other communications with our members and the broader community.
Upon his retirement in 2006, Fred continued to be active in research, working with the Canadian Internet Project and the World Internet Project, and continued to teach (at York, Swinburne University, UBC, and MacEwan University). From 2014 to 2016, he served as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Association of Retired Faculty and Librarians (ARFL) at York University and as ARFL representative on the Board of the York University Retirees Association. In 2015, he was elected to the Board of CURAC/ARUCC and is currently Chair of the Communications Committee. In 2016, he became editor the ARFL Newsletter and continued as a member of the ARFL Executive Committee. During his long career at York, he served in a variety of administrative positions: Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science, Assistant Dean of Arts (Research), Co-ordinator of the Communication Studies Program (for a total of nine years), York University Delegate to the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and founding Director of the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture (a partnership of Ryerson and York Universities), among other roles. In the wider academic community, he served in a variety of posts for the Canadian Political Science Association and the Canadian Communication Association, of which he is a former president. In 2002, he was awarded the honorific title of University Professor, in recognition of his service to York University and to the development of communication studies in Canada. In 2016, he was awarded the MacEwan University Medal of Excellence for his contribution the academy in Canada.
Director Kohur Gowrisankaran, McGill University Retirees Association has been an active and enthusiastic Director, chairing our Finance Committee and arranging French translation of our Newsletters. He is a past chair of the Department of Mathematics and also of the McGill Association of University Teachers. With respect to this latter, he was instrumental in restructuring the organization to become inclusive of all McGill retirees. Prior to retirement he was very active in Senate and served on the Board of Governors for almost a decade.
Director Linda Kealey (University of New Brunswick) has been the tireless Chair of our Health Care Policy Committee since 2013, and with that committee has produced numerous position papers and briefs to governments that have also been circulated to member associations.
Linda is a Professor Emerita at UNB, where she taught History until 2012. From 1980 to 2002 she taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and served as head of department for two terms. Her interests and area of expertise are in women’s and gender history with a focus on women in politics and women’s work, especially in health care. She has served as CURAC/ARUCC’s Chair of the Health Care Policy Committee since 2013 and her committee has produced a number of short policy papers related to seniors’ health care.
Director Robert Morrison was Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for this year’s CURAC/ARUCC Conference. He studied physics at McGill and the University of Paris, where he obtained a Doctorat du Troisième Cycle in particle physics. He was an Associate Professor of Physics at Carleton before moving to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as Director General of Uranium and Nuclear Energy. He later served as a consultant to Ontario Hydro, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, NRCan, and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. He developed and taught graduate seminars on Science and on Risk Perception and Management in Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration, and taught a range of scientific topics for many years in Carleton’s First Year Science Seminar. He is Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for this year’s CURAC/ARUCC Conference.
Director Kent Percival is the 2016-17 President of the University of Guelph Retirees Association (UGRA). He was elected to the UGRA Board following his retirement from the University in 2014. While employed, Kent was the Chair of the Professional Staff Association (PSA), a non-certified employee group, for 5 years. For the past 4 years, has been Treasurer of the local Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Kent understands governance and planning for membership organizations representing a broad range of career professionals.
Kent spent 40 years at the University of Guelph, with a 35 year professional career in Computing and Communications Services. Early in his career, he designed and managed the first generation of campus network and was the project manager developing the first network to connect most Canadian universities. He was also on the Board of ONET, the Ontario regional network. Inter-university collaboration was a professional goal. Before retirement, Kent supported strategic planning of computing and communications technologies to support the University goals in learning and research. Kent understands how modern communications technologies, including social media, are critical operational components for organizations to support their members and deliver their message to strategic partners.
Director Beverley D. (Bev) Stefureak retired as Assistant Secretary of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto (2001-2004), previously University Secretary and Judicial Officer at Lakehead University (1983-2001). A member of the Retirees Association of Lakehead University since 2008, she has served as Chair of their Program Committee, as Secretary, and as the Membership Secretary since 2009. She was elected to the CURAC/ARUCC Board in 2014 and has served as Chair of the Benefits Committee for the past four years.
Director Ed Unrau is currently president of the University of Manitoba Retirees Association. He retired in 2006 after 36 years with the university and was a member first of the public relations department, which evolved into the public affairs department and still later into university relations. He was assistant director of the department and, at retirement, manager of publications and special projects. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. For the past five years he has been editor of the quarterly magazine of the Western Canadian Aviation Museum.