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. He has established a new vision for the University of Alberta in For the Public Good, an ambitious plan that will ensure the university’s continued leadership amongst the world’s finest public institutions. During his tenure, David has stewarded major grants and donations, including the largest gift in U of A history. One of Canada’s most admired and respected post-secondary leaders, he is chair of the World University Service of Canada, Vice-Chair of the U15 Executive Heads, and serves as a member of both the Universities Canada Board of Directors and Research Advisory Committee. David is a distinguished scholar and Thomson ISI highly cited researcher, and has earned many honours and distinctions, including fellowship in the Order of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada.

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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, he 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). Steve is vice-chair of the national committee developing nanotechnology standards under the International Standards Organization.

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Matthias Ruth, Vice-President (Research)

Matthias Ruth leads the University's large and complex research innovation portfolio. He and his team support and advance UAlberta's research ecosystem, working across the University's portfolios and faculties, and with external partners and stakeholders. The VP Research team also provides leadership, guidance and research support services, as well as developing and facilitating major research initiatives and partnerships.

He was appointed Vice-President (Research) on May 1, 2018 and also joined the Faculty of Arts as a professor in the Department of Economics. Matthias comes comes to UAlberta from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Matthias has a master's degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and a PhD from the University of Illinois. His research focus is dynamic modeling of natural resource use, industrial and infrastructure systems analysis, and environmental economics and policy. His theoretical work draws on engineering, economics and ecology.


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. She 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).


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).

Andrew 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.

Andrew 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. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.


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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Kelly Spencer, Interim Vice-President (Advancement)

Kelly Spencer leads the university’s Advancement portfolio supporting alumni relations and development activities across all five of the University of Alberta’s campuses. With more than 280,000 alumni located throughout the province and around the world, the advancement team works to support the U of A’s mission and values by engaging its community of alumni, friends and donors in the life of the university.

A proud alumna of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Kelly joined the Advancement Services department as Associate Director in 2004. Since then, Kelly has held leadership positions in both the Advancement and University Relations portfolios, most recently serving five years as Associate Vice-President University Development and Advancement Services. 

In addition to her university experience, Kelly has held roles in the technology sector including almost 6 years as a manager and consultant for a big four firm where she worked with clients in Canada and the United States to develop operational excellence.


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, he 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. 

Brad 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.

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