The Board of Governors is composed of twenty-five voting members and two non-voting student observers. Some former members of the Board of Governors are appointed as governors emeriti.
Chancellor, ex officio
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, ex officio
3 representatives of the McGill Alumni Association
2 representatives of Senate
2 representatives of the academic staff
2 representatives of the administrative and support staff
1 representative of the Students' Society of McGill University
1 representative of the Post-Graduate Students' Society
Observers ("voice but no vote")
1 representative of the McGill Association of Continuing Education Students
1 representative of the Macdonald Campus Students' Society
As of July 1, 2018, the twenty-five voting members of the Board are:
MEIGHEN, Michael (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021)
Previous term: July 1, 2014-June 30, 2017
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor
FORTIER, Suzanne (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023)
Previous term: Sept. 5, 2013 - June 30, 2018
BERTRAND, Maryse (May 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021)
Ms. Maryse Bertrand is a Corporate Director. From 2009 to 2015, she was General Counsel and Vice-President of CBC/Radio-Canada, where she was responsible for the real estate and health, safety and environment portfolios in addition to the legal and corporate secretariat functions.
Ms. Bertrand earned a Bachelor of Civil Law with high distinction from McGill in 1980 and a Masters of Science in Risk Management from the New York University Stern School of Business in 2016. She was awarded the distinction of Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar in recognition of exceptional contribution to the practice of law in 2007.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of National Bank of Canada, Director of Metro Inc., and co-founder of the Maryse and William Brock Chair in Applied Research into Stem Cell Transplantation at Université de Montréal. Previously, she was Chair of the Board of Directors of Radio-Canada’s specialty channel, ARTV, and a Director of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and La Senza Inc. In addition, she was a member of the McGill Faculty of Law Advisory Board for more than 15 years.
Ms. Bertrand also serves on the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility and the Human Resources Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
BOYCHUK, Michael (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022)
Previous term: January 1, 2012 - June 30, 2017
Mr. Michael Boychuk is a Corporate Director. Until his retirement in 2015, he was President and CEO of Bimcor Inc., one of Canada’s largest private sector pension plan managers. Prior to that he was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada from 1999-2009. Throughout that period Mr. Boychuk was responsible for all treasury/capital markets activities of the BCE group of companies and until 2005 was also responsible for all mergers and acquisition activities of the Corporation.
Mr. Boychuk is a graduate of McGill (B.Com. 1977, G.D.P.A. 1978, CPA, CA 1979, FCPA, FCA 2012). He has served on a number of private and public company boards and is currently a member of the McGill Faculty of Management International Advisory Board and Chair of McGill’s Pension Investment Committee.
Mr. Boychuk also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
COUGHLIN, Peter (January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021)
Previous term: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2015
Mr. Peter Coughlin is co-founder of Redbourne Properties Inc., a Montreal-based real estate and investment company formed in 1995, which manages a real estate portfolio in excess of five million square feet, including some of Montreal’s premium commercial buildings, such as Place Montreal Trust and Place du Parc. Prior to forming Redbourne, Mr. Coughlin was President of Claridge Properties Inc. the real estate holding company for the Charles R. Bronfman Family.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University as well as an M.B.A. from Western University. Originally from Toronto, Mr. Coughlin moved to Montreal in 1979. Mr. Coughlin is also the former Chair and current member of the Board of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and former Chair of the Board of Lower Canada College.
Mr. Coughlin also serves as Chair of the Building and Property Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
GÉNÉREUX, Claude, Vice-Chair (January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020)
Previous Term: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2014
“For the first 20 years of my life, being from Saint-Vincent Paul in Laval was different from being from Montreal,” says Claude Généreux of his home town.
Mr. Généreux felt that difference when he started his Bachelor of Engineering at McGill in the early ’80s — but not for long. From his apartment near campus, his linguistic and cultural immersion was, he recalls, “very welcoming. I was surprised to see that a francophone with very little English could just show up and be helped.”
Mr. Généreux helped his own integration along by joining intramural broomball, flag football and hockey teams, which he remembers vividly. He also involved himself in civil engineering student organizations and was even a Redmen linebacker for a season.
His broad involvement and scholastic proficiency earned him a Rhodes Scholarship. During the second year of his Masters in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford, he was recruited by international business consultant McKinsey during what was only the company’s second year of hiring non-MBA graduates.
“They were targeting scholarship students in the U.S. and Europe,” he explains. “I was told that working for them would be like pursuing an MBA, which I was contemplating, but that I would be learning things more concretely.” He gave it a try, imagining himself moving on to other pursuits in two years. “But that did not happen.”
That was 1987. After working in McKinsey’s Stockholm, Paris and Toronto offices, he returned to Quebec in 1991 to help launch the company’s Montreal office. He was location manager in Montreal from 2000 to 2003, led the firm’s Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice and its 400 employees from Paris from 2003 to 2009, and has since returned to Montreal with his family, where, as a Director of the company, he continues to serve international clients.
One of Mr. Genereux’s pro bono clients is his alma mater. Through the Strategic Reframing Initiative (SRI), McGill benefits from his team’s analyses on how to improve competitiveness in such areas as research, alumni and foundation giving, costs, and enrollment strategies. His expertise has proven especially useful in improving the energy efficiency of the university’s aging infrastructure.
“I think I’ve been a better board member having served on SRI,” he says. “Serving on the board is a great way of giving back to an important institution. McGill took this francophone Saint-Vincent Paul guy and exposed me to a new language and perspectives that paved the way to a Rhodes and a great career.”
When not working, Mr. Genereux enjoys organizing family trips around his passion, road cycling, with his high-school sweetheart wife and three teenage children.
HALPERIN, Stephen (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2023)
Previous Term: December 13, 2012 - June 30, 2018
Stephen Halperin was born in Montreal and raised in “various working-class neighbourhoods, as part of a family of typical Montreal renters.”
Both editor-in-chief of the student newspaper during his political science undergraduate degree at Sir George Williams University and a college sports writer for the Canadian Press, Mr. Halperin deliberated long and hard between journalism and law for post-graduate studies. Finally, his father provided some sage advice: “‘You can always be a journalist with a law degree, but you can’t be a lawyer without one.’ So, I chose law and I never looked back.”
To say he made the right choice is an understatement. “As soon as I started McGill Law School, I knew I wanted to be a practicing lawyer. I just found it fascinating.”
That fascination has rewarded Mr. Halperin with great work and impressive results. A partner, member of the Executive Committee, and co-chair of the corporate securities group at Goodmans LLP, in Toronto, his practice has for many years been focused upon transactional corporate and securities law, with particular emphasis on domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Halperin is at the top of the corporate dealmaker ladder not just in Canada but around the world. Among his many, many accolades and high rankings, he has been selected as Toronto Corporate Lawyer of the Year and Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year in consecutive editions of Best Lawyers in Canada, has been named by Euromoney as one of the 30 best capital markets lawyers and 30 best mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world, and has been described by Chambers Global as “universally acknowledged to operate at the very top level,” a “go-to guy, particularly for complex, larger-scale corporate finance and M&A” and “as good as it gets in Canada”.
Mr. Halperin has a strong commitment to legal education. He has taught and lectured at the law schools of the University of Toronto, Queen’s and McGill and at the Ontario Law Society’s Special Lectures. He calls legal education “a tremendous door-opener for many things in addition to conventional law practice: journalism, government, working in the corporate and in not-for-profit sectors, investment banking and management consulting, among others”.
The framed sketch of McGill’s law school hanging by his office window attests to his fond memories of his time there pursuing his double law degrees in the mid-’70s. “McGill has a very special spot in my heart. I’m proud to have a degree from McGill and have been happy to be able to give something back in terms of my time.”
A long-time member of the McGill Law Faculty’s Advisory Board, the university’s Board of Governors also benefits from his financial expertise on the Audit Committee. He has served on many boards, both corporate and charitable, which currently include those of Mount Sinai Hospital and Cott Corporation.
As generous with his money as his time, Mr. Halperin and his wife, a graduate of McGill’s School of Social work, have donated both to the dual-degree program in law and social work and have designated funds for innovative teaching in corporate and business law at his alma mater’s Faculty of Law.
He characterizes himself as “an ardent, struggling golfer” who took up the sport at 50 and usually scores in the 90s. When not on the links or at the office, Mr. Halperin enjoys travel with his wife and spending time with his three grandchildren from his two daughters, both McGill alumnae.
MATUSZEWSKI, Pierre (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022)
Mr. Pierre Matuszewski has been President and CEO of Société Générale (Canada) and Société Générale Capital Canada Inc. since 2009. In this role, he provides leadership in setting the bank’s strategy and interfacing with regulators and senior executives of its corporate, government and institutional clients. He joined Société Générale in February 1997 as head of mergers and acquisitions in Canada after a career at several leading Canadian investment banks.
Mr. Matuszewski earned a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from Université Laval and holds an M.B.A. from McGill. In 2012, he obtained the Corporate Director Certification (ICD.D designation) from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business. He is a member of the Board of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) as well of two of its committees and is a Governor and a member of the Board of Finance Montréal. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Canada.
Mr. Matuszewski also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee of the McGill Board of Governors
MINZBERG, Samuel (January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021)
Previous Term: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2015
Mr. Samuel Minzberg is Counsel with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where he advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and matters related to investment funds. He specializes in corporate and tax law, becoming an indispensable and trusted adviser to clients in Canada, the United States, England and Israel.
Mr. Minzberg completed his B.A. and B.C.L./L.L.B. at McGill, where he was an active member of the Law Students Association. He has also lectured on taxation within the Faculty of Law.
He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of HSBC Bank Canada, a Director of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., and HSBC Finance Corporation as well as a Director of Reitmans (Canada) Limited. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital Corporation.
Mr. Minzberg also serves as Chair of the Nominating, Governance and Ethics Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
PAUL, Maarika (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2023)
PANDA, Ram, Chair (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022)
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2024 (member-at-large)
Previous Term:January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018
PRICE VERREAULT, Cynthia (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022)
Cynthia Price Verreault is past president of the McGill Alumni Association, where she engaged alumni, students, parents and friends of McGill with her warm, outgoing personality. Prior to her election as president, she served as vice-president and a member of the Board of Directors of the MAA. She was also Homecoming Chair in 2008. She further serves the University as co-chair of the International Alma Mater Fund Council and as an active member of both the Educational Initiative on Interprofessional Collaboration and the MUHC Patient Advisory Council. Cynthia held several senior management positions during her 20 years in the petroleum industry before leaving the corporate world in 2001 to focus on the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. She currently serves as president of the Matthew Ralph Kane Foundation and vice-chair of the Canadiana Fund. As director and chair emerita of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation she has played and continues to play a key role in positioning the organization as a leading fundraiser for research, education, awareness and support programs. A 2004 Quebec Woman of Distinction, Cynthia divides her volunteer time between numerous other not-for-profit organizations, including Dans la rue, the Montreal General, Montreal Chest and Montreal Children’s Hospitals, Starlight Foundation, Cedar’s Cancer Institute, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, McCord Museum and the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. Cynthia was appointed by the McGill Alumni Association as a Board of Governors Representative, for a five-year term effective January 1, 2012.
SAKHIA, Samira (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2023)
TURCOTTE, Martine (January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020)
Previous Term: February 15, 2010 - December 31, 2014
Ms. Martine Turcotte is Vice-Chair Québec at BCE/Bell Canada, where she is responsible for driving the company’s business, government and community investment initiatives across the province.
Ms. Turcotte obtained her BCL/LLB from McGill in 1982 and 1983, during which she was both on the McGill Law Journal and Quid Novi, the Faculty of Law’s newsletter. She completed her M.B.A. at the London Business School in 1988. On behalf of BCE, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tata Communications Limited (India), Tata Teleservices Limited (India), and Comunicaciones Celulares S.A. (Colombia). She is also currently Chair of the Board of Théâtre Espace GO and serves on the Board of Empire/Sobeys and CIBC.
Ms. Turcotte currently serves on the Human Resources and IT Committees of McGill’s Board of Governors.
Alumni Association Representatives
DESNOYERS, Alan (January 1, 2017 - June 30 2022)
Mr. Alan Desnoyers is Senior Vice-President, Greater Toronto Area for BMO Private Banking. Prior to this role, he held a series of executive roles with Bank of Montreal; this following over 20 years at TD Bank where he last occupied the position of Senior Vice‐President, TD Business Banking for Quebec and Ottawa Region.
Mr. Desnoyers received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill in 1985 and previously served as President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of the McGill Alumni Association (MAA) Board of Directors and was Chair of McGill Homecoming. He has an extensive history of community involvement, serving as a member of the 2012-2015 Campaign Cabinet for Centraide of Greater Montreal and as Co-Chair of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. He has also been a member of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, and the Advisory Committee of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI).
BABINSKI, Bob (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2023)
HOBDAY, Tina (January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2019)
Ms. Tina Hobday is a partner at Langlois LLP. She has developed considerable expertise in the fields of pension plan litigation and governance, public and administrative law, and professional and disciplinary law.
Ms. Hobday earned her Honours B.A. in German Literature in 1988, followed by her BCL/LLB from McGill in 1993. She is both a past President of the McGill Young Alumni (MYA) and of the McGill Alumni Association (MAA), and has served on numerous committees and task forces over the past 20 years.
In a volunteer capacity, Ms. Hobday is currently the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Pensions and Benefits Law Section, and a member of the Quebec Regional Council of the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM).
Academic Staff Representatives
BARNEY, Darin (January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2020)
Professor Darin Barney is an Associate Professor and the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill. He was born in Burnaby, British Colombia, and obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Simon Fraser University. He trained in political theory at the University of Toronto and received a Ph.D. in 1999. He has held positions at several universities in Canada and the United States, including the University of New Brunswick, the University of Ottawa, and Harvey Mudd College.
Professor Barney’s current research focuses on materialist approaches to media and communication, infrastructure and democratic politics. He is presently completing a project on grain-handling infrastructure and the transformation of political subjectivity on the Canadian prairies, and beginning a project on pipelines as media of political action. He is a member of the Petrocultures Research Group, the After Oil collective, a founding member of Media@McGill, and a Director of the Radical Critical Theory Circle.
He is the author of several scholarly works, including One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic (2007 Hart House Lecture); Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC Press: 2005); The Network Society (Polity Press: 2004); and Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology (University of Chicago Press: 2000).
NYSTROM, Derek (January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019)
Professor Derek Nystrom is an Associate Professor of Film and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at McGill. He earned his B.A. (Honours) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. He previously taught at Skidmore College and the University of Virginia before joining McGill in 2003.
Professor Nystrom’s scholarship examines how the contradictions of capitalism are articulated, negotiated, and lived in the production and reception of U.S. film and related works of popular culture. His book Hard Hats, Rednecks, and Macho Men: Class in 1970s American Cinema (Oxford UP, 2009) was shortlisted for the Theatre Library Association’s Richard Wall Award. He has published on topics ranging from American films that depict the afterlife of the 2008 economic crash to the music of the proto-punk band The Stooges. He is also the co-author and –editor, with Kent Puckett, of Against Bosses, Against Oligarchies: A Conversation with Richard Rorty (Prickly Pear, 1998; reprinted as Prickly Paradigm #3, 2002).
Prof. Nystrom helped found the World Cinemas Interdisciplinary Minor Program within the Faculty of Arts, and served as its Chair from 2010 - 2012. He was a representative on the University’s Senate from 2012 – 2015.
Professor Nystrom also serves as an Observer on the Finance Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
Administrative and Support Staff Representatives
CRITCHLEY, Ron (January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019)
Previous Terms: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2012; January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2015
Mr. Ron Critchley has been a dedicated McGill staff member for over 30 years. He began his tenure at Enrolment Services, and is currently an Academic Advisor in the Desautels Faculty of Management for students in the Bachelor of Commerce program.
Born and raised in Montreal, Mr. Critchley earned an Honours B.A. in History from Concordia University, Loyola Campus and an M.A. from York University. He is president of the McGill University Non-Academic Staff Association and is president of le Conférence des associasions des cadres et des professionnels des universités québecoises. He resides in Huntingdon, southwest of Montreal, where he is on the Comité culturel of the MRC Haut St.-Laurent. He also sits on the conseil d’administration of S.C.A.B.R.I.C. (the Chateauguay Watershed Management Agency).
Mr. Critchley serves as a member of the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility, the Executive Committee and the Nominating, Governance and Ethics Committee and is an observer on the Finance Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
LOTAYEF, Ehab (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021)
HARPP, David Noble (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021)
- January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018;
- January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2014;
- January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2011
Professor David Harpp is a Full Professor and the Tomlinson Chair in Science Education in the Department of Chemistry at McGill. Receiving his A.B. from Middlebury College, his M.A from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina in Organic Chemistry. He has also received honorary degrees from Acadia University and the University of Guelph. Professor Harpp joined McGill in 1966 as an Assistant Professor.
His research interests include synthetic and mechanistic chemistry, new methods of synthesis, the path by which molecules lose sulfur, computer simulations and calculations, and teaching innovation. He teaches several core undergraduate science courses. With over 200 peer-reviewed publications, Professor Harpp is a celebrated and popular teacher. He won the inaugural Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching, the David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching, the inaugural Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, among many others.
Professor Harpp also serves as a member of the Building and Property Committee, the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility, and the Executive Committee of the McGill Board of Governors.
ZORYCHTA, Edith (January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019)
Previous Term: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2015
After obtaining a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University in her native Nova Scotia, Edith Zorychta moved to Montreal to work at Merck-Frosst as a research scientist in autonomic and cardiovascular pharmacology.
After a year in the private sector she decided to attend McGill for her graduate degrees in pharmacology and therapeutics, then a postdoctorate in physiology. Although she fielded numerous job offers from across the continent, she preferred to remain at her alma mater.
“Living in the center of Montreal — it’s such a cosmopolitan place,” she says of her decision to stay in the city she has called home since 1966.
Dr. Zorychta is an associate professor in both the Department of Pathology, where she has been Director of Graduate Studies since 1987, and the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. She has also been an associate member of McGill’s Schools of Nursing, Environment, and Physical and Occupational Therapy.
During her 36-year career at McGill, Dr. Zorychta says she has “gradually become more and more involved and interested in issues of governance and collegiality within universities.” She has served on numerous committees, including the executive of the McGill Association of University Teachers (MAUT), the National Canadian Association of University Teachers, and McGill’s Faculty Club.
An active teacher and curriculum designer, Dr. Zorychta has featured on lists of teaching awards and honours in both the Faculties of Medicine and Science. In the 2005 and 2006 editions of the annual Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities, the magazine’s independent survey found that Dr. Zorychta ranked as one of McGill’s most popular professors.
Through the MAUT Dr. Zorychta leads special sessions for graduate students from across the university. “To teach grad students is really to teach them how to teach — how to design presentations, then stand up and handle themselves in public,” she says. “When they walk out with a PhD, they need to know how to present, whether they become professors or not.”
In addition to her extensive teaching and administrative work, Dr. Zorychta has found the time to publish more than 35 scholarly articles.
In her spare time, she indulges her interest in heritage architecture. As president of the McGill Faculty Club she oversaw the building’s restoration, and did the same for her heritage home in Westmount.
MANSDOERFER, Richard (Tre) (SSMU) (June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019)
ZAKRZEWSKI, Helena (PGSS) (June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019)
AMON, Daniel (MCSS) (June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019)
Mr. Danny Amon is a third year undergraduate student of the faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in the Bioresource Engineering department. With a passion for renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure, he has dedicated much of his time to the Bioresource Engineering Association, McGill’s quarter scale tractor design team, as well as Engineering student life on the downtown campus. Danny is the Vice-President of University Affairs of the MacDonald Campus Student Society.
Mr. Amon also serves as a member of the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility of the McGill Board of Governors.
MURPHY, Sean (MACES) (June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019)