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Appointee Biographies

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)


Dr. Karin Schnarr is an Associate Professor, Policy at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University where she also serves as the Director of the Bachelor of Business Administration Programs. Dr. Schnarr received a PhD in strategic management (focused on corporate governance) and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, a master’s degree in English Literature from Queen’s University and bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Science from the University of Waterloo. She previously held senior roles in the Ontario government as well as senior positions in the private sector. She has served on a several national, provincial and local boards related to education, health care and judicial issues and is an active volunteer at Laurier with students and her peer community. Dr. Schnarr grew up in Waterloo and resides in Kitchener with her partner Josif and their two daughters.


Deborah Dubenofsky is an accomplished senior executive and public affairs professional with extensive public and private sector experience. Deborah recently served as Vice President Finance and Administration and Executive Lead for campus expansion for Wilfrid Laurier University, serving as primary financial and business advisor to the Board of Governors, Senate and Administration. Complementing her post secondary experience, Deborah has considerable expertise in the municipal sector having served as City Manager for Canada's 9th largest city and as Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) during a period of transformational change and service realignment between governments. She has provided public affairs advice to a range of clients in a corporate governance law firm and agency setting. Deborah currently serves as a Board Member for the Municipal Employer Pension Centre of Ontario, advising AMO's OMERS representatives.


Shelley McGill is a full professor in the Policy and Law area of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and a lawyer holding a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Laws (LLM) from York University. Professor McGill is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario and was a partner in the firm of Sims Clement Eastman prior to joining Wilfrid Laurier University. While at Laurier, Professor McGill has served in several administrative posts including Director of the BBA program and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Business Programs. She teaches and researches in the area of business law and consumer protection and is an award winning author of more than 20 academic journal publications and a leading business law textbook. Professor McGill is also Deputy Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court, a division of the Superior Court of Justice.