Leadership

David Turpin

David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor

David H. Turpin, CM, PhD, LLD, FRSC is the 13th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta. One of Canada’s most admired and respected post-secondary leaders, David Turpin has held several leadership roles. From 2000-2013, he was president of the University of Victoria, where he implemented an ambitious vision and strategic plan to inspire a culture of excellence in teaching and research that would make UVic a destination of choice for students, faculty, and staff from British Columbia, Canada, and the world. A distinguished scholar and Thomson ISI highly cited researcher in plant biochemistry and physiology, Dr. Turpin has earned many honours and distinctions for his research, teaching, and service to the community. He is a member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Having served on many national and international academic bodies, he is currently chair of the World University Service of Canada. In June 2015, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba.

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Steve Dew, Provost & VP Academic

Steve Dew, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Steven Dew is in his first term as provost and vice-president (academic) at the University of Alberta. An experienced administrator, and award-winning professor and researcher, Dr. Dew has been associate dean (research and planning) in the Faculty of Engineering since 1999, and a professor in electrical and computer engineering since completing his PhD in electrical engineering at the U of A in 1992. He also holds BASc (1987) and MASc (1989) degrees in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia. With research expertise in nanofabrication, he has published more than 175 papers and is co-editor of Nanofabrication Techniques and Principles (2011). He is a recipient of the Killam Annual Professorship (2002), the McCalla Professorship (1998) and the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence (1994). Dr. Dew is vice-chair of the national committee developing nanotechnology standards under the International Standards Organization.


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Jacqui Tam, Vice-President (University Relations)

Jacqui Tam (BSc Memorial, MA Western University) brings her more than 30 years of communications, public relations, and marketing expertise to the University of Alberta. As the lead for Marketing and Communications, she and her accomplished team are responsible for developing and implementing integrated communications and marketing strategies, managing crisis and issues communications, and for overseeing the university’s relations with local, national, and global media. During her past experiences, which have included time with the University of Lethbridge and Wilfrid Laurier University, she has developed, implemented, and led integrated communications and marketing strategies and programs, handled crisis communications/issues management, and has been responsible for rebranding initiatives, publication production and redesign, visual identity programs, print, broadcast, online and mobile advertising, web and social media initiatives, media relations, market research, and more. Jacqui has won more than 70 individual and team awards for campaigns, publications, communications/public relations programming, writing, advertising, websites, publications, and special initiatives. Additionally, Jacqui is an award-winning author of the heartfelt Alzheimer’s memoir Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift.

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Andrew Sharman, VP Facilities & Operations

Andrew Sharman, Vice-President (Facilities and Operations)

Andrew Sharman leads the Facilities and Operations portfolio that provides services to all five of the University of Alberta's campuses. The portfolio is made up of five units: Ancillary Services, Operations and Maintenance, Planning and Project Delivery, Utilities, and the university's Office of Sustainability, which is a joint oversight with the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Sharman brings a deep and broad experience from the public sector, working with Alberta Health Services and the former Capital Health in a number of senior leadership roles. In 2013, he was appointed Deputy Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of Executive Council working for three successive Premiers. Most recently, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health and Government Facilities Division with Alberta Infrastructure.

Sharman has a Master of Science degree in Defence Logistics Management, graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and spent 22 years in the British army. Sharman is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

 

Gitta Kulczycki, Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

Gitta Kulczycki, Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

Gitta Kulczycki joined the University of Alberta as vice-president (Finance and Administration) and chief financial officer in November 2016. In this role, she and her team provide a link between the administration and the Board of Governors on all matters relating to university finances, human resources, supply management services, internal audit, strategic analysis, risk management services and administrative IT services.

Prior to joining the University of Alberta, Gitta served as vice-president (resources & operations) at Western University in London, Ontario, for 12 years. Her prior work includes various senior administrative positions in healthcare and leadership roles in the high tech sector. Ms. Kulczycki is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant. She received her MBA Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa. She has a lengthy record of professional and community service and is currently past president and past chair of the Board of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO).

 

Dr. Walter Dixon, Interim Vice-President (Research)

Walter was appointed interim Vice-President (Research) on July 1, 2017. In this role, he leads University’s large and complex research and innovation portfolio. Prior to this appointment, Walter served as Associate Vice-President (Research) for three years. 

A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the University’s Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) faculty, and previously served as Associate Dean (research and Associate Chair for ALES.

Walter is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of Cambridge.

 

Heather McCaw, VP Advancement

Heather McCaw, Vice-President (Advancement)

Heather McCaw has more than 25 years’ experience in university fundraising and strategic business partnership. Most recently, she was the co-director of the University of British Columbia’s $1.5-billion fundraising and alumni engagement campaign and Associate Vice-President (Development). In her UBC role, McCaw has been responsible for more than 160 staff across three campuses, a central office and 16 decentralized fundraising units. 

In addition to her university experience, McCaw has been vice-president of two associated consulting companies, Give Canada Fundraising Corporation and Spectrum Marketing Corporation. These organizations specialize in securing strategic business partnerships and multimillion-dollar donations on behalf of non-profit clients that have included the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Rick Hansen Foundation, the universities of Calgary and Victoria, and the Toronto Rehab Foundation.

 

 

Brad Hamdon - General Counsel at UAlberta

Brad Hamdon, General Counsel

Brad Hamdon graduated from the University of Alberta law school in 1990. After practising at a large law firm in Edmonton for five years, Brad held positions in the legal department of Enbridge Pipelines and EPCOR Utilities prior to joining the U of A as its first general counsel in 2004. 

Hamdon manages the provision of all legal services for the University of Alberta and provides legal advice to the board, the senior executive team, deans, chairs, directors and others.

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Marion Haggarty-France, University Secretary

Marion joined the Governance unit at the University of Alberta in 2009 as the University Secretary. Prior to this role, she served as the Senior Administrative Officer in the Office of the Provost for twelve years. She initially joined the U of A as the Communications Coordinator for the Sustainable Forest Management Network. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Honours History and has earned the ICD.D designation.
 
As the University Secretary, Marion provides leadership and expertise to ensure the effective operation and administration of the University’s collegial, bicameral system of governance (the Board of Governors and the General Faculties Council) as set out in the Post-Secondary Learning Act. She serves as the University’s most senior advisor and counselor on governance related issues and the associated legislative and administrative policy and procedures.