Board Member Biographies

Ex officio

Most Rev. Robert Harris, BA, LTh, JCL - Chancellor

Most Rev. Robert Harris was nominated the Twelfth Bishop of Saint John in 2007. He is a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Chair of the Episcopal Commission for Canon Law/Inter-Rite.

Dawn Russell, BA, LLB, LLM, President and Vice Chancellor
Professor Russell has been President and Vice-Chancellor since July 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie Law School and a Masters in International Law from Cambridge University. She was dean of the Dalhousie Law School for ten years and was the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law. She has taught business law, securities regulations, corporate governance, and law of the sea, and has also consulted in the law of the sea and international law and provincial boundary issues, and has provided legal assistance to governments on maritime boundaries and ocean management issues. She was a founding member of the Centre for Law and Democracy, served on the Maritime Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, and was an executive member of the Lawyers for Social Responsibility. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel and received the Francis Fish Award for Excellence and Leadership in the Legal Profession.

Kim Fenwick, BSc, MA, PhD - Vice President (Academic and Research)
Dr. Fenwick was appointed Acting Vice-President (Academic & Research) in January 2016. She was the winner of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. She is the author of numerous scholarly publications including her contribution to Witnesses and the Law. She has taught at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, and she joined the Department of Psychology at St. Thomas University in 1995. She later served as the chair of that department and many university committees.


Tammy Augustine, BA, LLB (Oct. 2020)

Tammy Augustine is a graduate of STU and holds an LLB from the University of Ottawa. Since 2011, she has been the justice manager for the Elsipogtog First Nation where she is responsible for overseeing justice programs and projects related to Restorative Justice Program—healing and sentencing circles (including victim services) and the healing and wellness court. She has been active in her community at Elsipogtog and throughout the province. She serves on the justice advisory committee and served on the crime reduction strategy workgroup at Elsipogtog. She has also served on the New Brunswick Advisory Committee on Violence Against Aboriginal Women and the New Brunswick Roundtable on Crime and Public Safety.

Tanya Chapman, BA, BEd (May 2021)
Tanya Chapman is president of Chapman Consulting and Associates, a business consulting company specializing in performance through people. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University and a certificate in human resource management and MBA from UNB. As well, she holds a certified human resource professional designation. Tanya was an admissions officer for St. Thomas University before joining Irving Oil where she held positions of increasing responsibility in learning and development, organizational effectiveness, change management and human resource strategy. She served as a member of the executive team at Irving Oil and was responsible for human resources and public affairs.

David Farrar, BA, LLB (May 2020)

The Honourable Justice David P.S. Farrar was born in Tide Head, New Brunswick and grew up in that Province. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University (majors in Sociology and Math) and University of New Brunswick where he obtained a law degree. While at the University of New Brunswick he was a Beaverbrook scholar and co-editor of the UNB Law Journal. He was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in September 2009 and elevated to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in March 2010. He was a litigator in private practice specializing in commercial litigation, insurance defence work, construction law, workers’ compensation law, occupational health and safety and employment law. He was a part-time lecturer at Dalhousie University from 1989 to 2007 lecturing first in Civil Trial Practice and then, for the last seven years, Insurance Law. He previously served on the Board of Governors’ of St. Thomas University in various capacities for eight years. He had published and lectured frequently in a variety of fields including: Construction law, Occupational Health and Safety, Workers’ Compensation Law, Civil Procedure and Advocacy. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Construction Law National subsection and the Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Civil Litigation section.

David Ferguson, BA (Mar. 2021)
David Ferguson began his career in the New Brunswick public service in 1972. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Labour. Subsequent appointments included Deputy Solicitor General, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Energy, and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. Ferguson served as Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet until his retirement in 2010. In 2011, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Horizon Health Authority where he served until June 2016. He currently serves on the Boards of Portage Atlantic and Learnsphere Canada. Ferguson has a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College.

Peter R. Forestell, QC (Feb. 2023) - Chair

Peter Forestell is the New Brunswick chair of the regional law firm Cox & Palmer. After completing his education at St. Thomas University and UNB, he was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1977. He has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in corporate commercial law and property development, and also has been listed as a leading practitioner by The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is a member of the board of directors of Hospice Saint John, and is a former member of the boards for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross (NB Division) and the Rocmaura Foundation.

Krista Han, CPA, CA, FEA (Mar. 2021)
Krista Han is a partner at Grant Thornton and has almost two decades of experience in providing accounting, assurance, and advisory services to clients in the public and private sectors. She is the Chair of the Grant Thornton Foundation and also volunteers for various charities including the Terry Fox Run. She is a member of the Succession Connect Advisory Committee which supports immigration to the region through the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and serves as an advisory member to Family Business Atlantic. Han holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from UNBSJ; she is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Professional Accountant, and a Family Enterprise Advisor.

Tom Isaac, BA, MA, LLB, LLM (Oct. 2020)
Tom Isaac is a nationally recognized authority on Aboriginal law and has advised across Canada on Aboriginal legal matters and related environmental, regulatory, and constitutional issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from St. Thomas University and earned a Master’s of Arts from Dalhousie, a Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick, and a Master’s in Law from the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of 14 books and monographs—including Aboriginal Law, now in its fifth edition—and his books have been used in law schools and universities in Canada and the United States. Issac has also taught Aboriginal, constitutional, and business law at Canadian universities.

Carolyn MacKay, BN, MBA (Jan. 2023)

Carolyn MacKay held several senior civil servant positions during her career in the provincial public service and was deputy minister in the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Tourism and Parks, the Department of Wellness Culture and Sport, and the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities.  She has board of governors experience with the New Brunswick Industrial Development Board, the Algonquin Hotel Board of Directors, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, NB Chapter and the Trans Canada Trail Board of Directors. MacKay holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Brunswick. She is a French immersion graduate from the University of Laval and the Program for Public Executives from Queen’s University.

Daniel McCarthy – BComm, FCPA, DComm (May 2022)

Daniel J. McCarthy has over 30 years of experience in the investment banking and securities industry. He has worked as Vice-Chairman at Credit Suisse Securities (Canada) Inc and as Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets. Previously at CIBC, he was Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking for Diversified Industries. In addition, Mr. McCarthy spent a number of years as Managing Director within CIBC’s Equity Capital Markets business, where he was responsible for the distribution of new issues within CIBC’s private client brokerage division. Prior to joining CIBC in 1990, Mr. McCarthy was Managing Director of Private Client Marketing at Merrill Lynch Canada.

Rev. Douglas R. McNeill, BA, BTh, MDiv (Oct. 2020)
Rev. Douglas R. McNeill is Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He is a graduate of St. Thomas (BA '77) and holds a Bachelor of Theology St. Augustine's Seminary and a Master's of Divinity from the Toronto School of Theology. In 2011, he was elected President of the National Federation of Presbyteral Council, the national body of English speaking priests in Canada.

Candace Paul (Dec. 2022)

Candace Paul has been a leader and prominent member of the St. Mary’s First Nation for 40 years. She has held several roles in the community, including Director of Operations, Health Director, and Chief Administrator. She has served on a number of boards including the Atlantic Health Partnership, Assembly of First Nation’s Women’s Council, and Horizon Health. She has also served on the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs and in 2010 became the first woman elected to the position of co-chair. Paul was recipient of the Michael Augustine Award in 2006 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2015.

Phillippe Ouellette, BA, MA (Sept. 2020)
Phillippe Ouellette is the deputy commissioner of growth and community planning for the City of Saint John where he holds the administrative responsibilities for coordinating economic development, intergovernmental affairs and revenue generation. He holds a bachelor of arts from STU, a master’s in political studies from Queen’s University and recently completed the Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to joining the City of Saint John, he worked for the Government of New Brunswick as a director in the Population Growth Secretariat. He currently serves on Saint John’s Social Renewal Strategy and Saint John’s Advisory Board on Homelessness.

Vaughn Sturgeon, BA, CPA, CMA (May 2021)
Vaughn Sturgeon is the president and CEO of Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems Inc. which employs approximately 300 people in eastern Canada. He holds a bachelor of arts from St. Thomas University and is a certified management accountant. He has been active in his community, serving on boards with the Rexton Community Access Centre, Rexton EMO and Rexton Credit Union. In the transportation industry, he has served as a director with the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Atlantic Provinces Truckers Association and has served other corporate and not-for-profit boards. Sturgeon has also participated in many regional forums on economic development in Atlantic Canada.

Stephen Ward, BA, MA, PhD (May 2022)

Stephen Ward is a philosopher, journalist, educator and award-winning author. He started as a legislative reporter for the Saint John Telegraph before moving to the Canadian Press. He has worked as a foreign reporter, war correspondent and news room manager. He covered conflicts in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and was often the only Canadian reporter in battle zones. Following his career in the field, he became the first faculty member at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism and made media ethics his area of expertise. His book, The Invention of Journalism Ethics, is now a standard reference around the world and his recent book Global Journalism Ethics: A Global Approach is one of the first philosophical examinations of ethics for global media.

Bill Whalen, BA (Oct. 2019)

Bill Whalen is owner and chief executive officer of Hawk Marketing Services based in Moncton, NB and has extensive experience in community relations, special events management, board and executive communications and media relations. Over his career, he worked with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Blue Cross, Irving Oil, the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Communications Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia and was inducted into the Canadian Public Relations Society College of Fellows. He has been a community leader having played important roles as Chair of the Greater Moncton Airport, the Greater Moncton United Way Campaign, the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships and the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was given the Order of Moncton.

Faculty Members

Dawne Clarke, MA, PhD (Sept. 2020)
Dr. Dawne Clarke is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and a Master’s of Arts and PhD in Sociology from University of New Brunswick. She has authored numerous reviews and book chapters. Her first book, A Sociological Study of Scholarly Writing and Publishing: How Academics Produce and Share Their Research, was released in 2010. Clarke has served on numerous university committees including the Campus Planning Committee, the Senate Honorary Degree Committee, and the Special Merit Award Committee.


Christina Szurlej, BA, MA, PhD (Oct. 2021)
Dr. Christina Szurlej has earned a PhD in international human rights law (Middlesex University, 2013), an MA in human rights (University of Essex, 2009), a BA in political science and conflict resolution studies, and certificate in public policy and administration (University of Winnipeg, 2005). Before joining St. Thomas University, she served higher education institutions in teaching, research, and/or administrative capacities at the University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University, Middlesex University, the University of Essex, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her primary areas of expertise are international human rights law and the human rights monitoring mechanisms of the United Nations. Applying the rules of international human rights to the monitoring mechanisms provides a sound methodological approach for researching human rights abuses in all countries and throughout history. Examples of this can be found in her research where she examines issues ranging from access to education for refugee children in Nauru through to addressing genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar.


Jean-Philippe Ranger, BA, MA, PhD (Sept. 2020)
Dr. Jean-Philippe Ranger is Chair of St. Thomas University’s Department of Philosophy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Université Laval, a Master’s in Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and a doctorate in Philosophy from Paris IV (Sorbonne) and the University of Ottawa. Ranger specializes in the areas of Ancient Philosophy and Ethics and he has written and published numerous peer-reviewed papers, journal articles, and book reviews. In addition to his role as Chair, Ranger serves on the Senate’s Student Academic Grievance Committee.

Alumni Members

Don Bossé, BA, BEd, MMus (Oct. 2021)
Don Bossé is a lecturer at St. Thomas University and the founder and director of STU Jazz. Don recently retired from his role as director of music and Fine Arts Department Head at Fredericton High School. In 2015 he was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor's New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Award for his leadership for the musical development of the youth of New Brunswick. In 2016 he was named MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the iconic rock group RUSH, and honoured at the 2016 Juno Awards.

Marg Tracy, BA (Dec. 2020)
Margaret Tracy worked in the electricity industry for over four decades. After graduating from St. Thomas University in 1975, she spent the bulk of her career working for NB Power, serving in many different corporate areas related to public and regulatory affairs. She also worked with the New Brunswick Systems Operator. She has remained an active STU alumna and has stayed well connected to the university community. Most recently, she has served on the St. Thomas University Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Jeffrey Carleton, BA, MA (Associate Vice-President Communications)
Jeffrey Carleton is Associate Vice-President of Communications at St. Thomas University. He has worked in the post-secondary sector for 14 years and has served on various administrative committees at the university. He holds a BA (First-Class Honours) and MA (Distinction) from UNB and has been a communications practioner for 28 years in the corporate, public and post-secondary sectors. He has expertise in issues management, media relations and crisis communications, and has had presented to many organizations.

Lily Fraser, BSc, MA, CGA (Vice-President, Finance and Administration)
Lily Fraser has worked for almost two decades for the Government of New Brunswick in senior management positions in the Departments of Health and Community Services, Social Development, and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries. She most recently served on senior management in the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour where she was Assistant Deputy Minister for Adult Learning and Employment.

Jodi Misheal, BA, BEd (Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations)
Jodi Misheal was appointed Vice-President (Advancement & Alumni Relations) in April 2017. Over her career, she has been a director of capital campaigns, annual funds, and major gift programs, and has directed alumni relations programming. She was Director of Development at St. Mary’s University, Assistant Campaign Director at Acadia University, and Senior Development Officer and Alumni Fund Director at Mount Allison University. She was also Director of Alumni Affairs at Mount Allison where she was responsible for chapter events, reunions, annual fund, and class projects. She was partner/owner of Red Letter Philanthropy Counsel, a company that provides guidance and support to non-profit organizations. Misheal holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education from St. Francis Xavier University.

Husoni Raymond (President, Students' Union) (May 2020)

Husoni Raymond is the president of the St. Thomas University Students' Union. He is a fourth year student majoring in Criminology and Communications and Public Policy. Raymond is originally from Kingston, Jamaica.