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Appointee Biographies

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology - Board of Governors


Sheilagh Dunn was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, and, upon retirement is living in small town Renfrew County. She has a strong interest in helping colleges and universities work with Eastern Ontario municipalities to invigorate economic development, advance access to health care services, and help young people navigate the challenges of the new world of work. Sheilagh has worked at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government, operated as an independent professional and completed a 20-year career at Queen’s University where she honed skills in business development, community engagement, strategic planning, risk assessment and mitigation, strategic communications, and stakeholder relations.


Rodney Wilson is a Chief Technologist of External Research for Ciena Canada, and a former Director of Emerging Technologies for Nortel Networks. Rodney’s community involvement includes serving as former Chair of the Algonquin College Foundation Board.


is a former Chief Executive Officer at The Medfall Group, and a former Partner at IBM Business Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Stephen holds an MBA from University of Western Ontario-Richard Ivey School of Business.


Gabrielle Berard is a public policy and government affairs professional. She is currently employed by Novo Nordisk, a global life sciences company specializing in diabetes care. Gabrielle manages the company’s engagement with the Canadian federal government. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Gabrielle served in a variety of political roles, including senior advisor to two federal finance ministers. She has also held public policy roles with Canada Health Infoway and the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Gabrielle holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) from McGill University.