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Appointee Biographies

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)


In 2000, Patricia Lang, of Thunder Bay, was appointed as President with Confederation College. Ms. Lang was awarded the Dean's Award at Central Michigan University for her outstanding achievement and contributions to community college education in Ontario. She holds a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick.


Beverly Brooks, MA (Economics), MBA, has worked for the federal government in five departments including Public Services and Procurement Canada, Science, Innovation and Economic Development Canada, Transport Canada, Natural Resources and Finance. She has also worked as the Assistant Vice President, Public Relations, Bell Mobility, Executive Director, Investor Learning Centre of Canada and held management positions at two international communication agencies and a shareholder advisory firm. She represented the federal Department of Finance during the negotiations of the indigenous comprehensive claims in northern Canada. In addition, she has advised private and public sector unions on their negotiating strategies. She has completed the Corporate Governance course at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and served as a director and committee chair on corporate and not-for-profit boards.


Dr. Daniel Woolf was the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University from 2009-19 and remains a Professor in the department of history at Queen’s. Woolf began his academic career at Queen’s, earning a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in 1980 before continuing on to Oxford University where he earned his Doctorate (D.Phil’83). He returned to Queen’s for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in history (’84-’86), where he taught in the Queen’s history department. Following a one-year appointment at Bishop’s University he joined the history department at Dalhousie University in 1987. Tenured in 1990 he became a full professor in 1994, later serving as both Associate Dean and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. In 1999, Woolf joined McMaster University as Dean of its faculty of Humanities and as a professor in its History Department. In 2002, he relocated to Edmonton as Dean of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts and a professor in its department of History and Classics, he was reappointed as Dean in 2008. Woolf serves on the Board of Directors of the Historica Canada Foundation as is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Society. He served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities from 2017 to 2019.


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.