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March Round-Up
Here is a recap of what went on at UTP in the month of March.

Unlocking Making a Global City
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Board of Directors

Larry P. Alford

Larry P. Alford is Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, a position he assumed in August 2011. The University of Toronto Library System is the largest research library in Canada and ranks third among North American university research libraries   Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was Dean of University Libraries at Temple University where he was also responsible for the Temple University Press which publishes approximately 60 scholarly monographs per year.
Prior to joining the Temple Libraries in February 2005, he worked in a variety of positions in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a 30 year period including serving as Deputy University Librarian and Interim University Librarian.  He has extensive experience in library budgeting and management, collection development, licensing, scholarly communication, digitization, technology implementation, facilities planning, and program planning.
Mr. Alford has also had extensive involvement in a variety of library cooperative activities.  He served as a trustee of OCLC, Inc. from 2002 – 14, and as its chair form 2007 – 2012.  Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization with revenues of $200 million that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories.  Mr. Alford is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).  He serves as an elected board member of ARL, and is the ARL Vice President, President-elect. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Canadiana.org, a Canadian non-profit providing digital access to Canadian heritage collections.  From 2005 – 2011 he served as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation in Philadelphia, PA and has also served on other community boards.
Mr. Alford has spoken extensively on a variety of library topics.  He holds a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award (http://sils.unc.edu/news/releases/2005/04_alford.html) from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science in May 2005.

Kelly Dixon

Kelly Dixon -

Kelly has held executive roles in telecommunication, Internet and digital media. Most recently, she was President of Workopolis, Canada’s largest career site that connects millions of Canadians with job opportunities from thousands of companies across the country. Prior to Workopolis, Kelly spent over 10 years at Bell Canada in positions that spanned Bell’s consumer and residential segment. Roles included Senior Vice President for Internet and Home Phone, VP Channel Marketing, VP Acquisition of Residential Services and VP Marketing & Product Development of Wireless.

Kelly currently serves as a Board Advisor for Kanetix Ltd., Canada’s premier online comparison site for insurance, mortgages and credit cards. Kanetix owns top web brands including Insurance Hotline, Rate Supermarket, ComparaSave and Rates.ca. She joined the Board of the University of Toronto Press in the fall of 2013. Kelly holds a Business Degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight -

Stephen is Canadian Country Director for First Annapolis Consulting, a US-based payments consulting firm.  Stephen is responsible for developing client relationships across Canada, providing Canadian clients with local service and expertise, and advising US-based clients with Canadian operations and those contemplating Canadian expansion.
Prior to First Annapolis, Stephen was President & CEO of Loto Inc., which developed the capability for lottery operators to offer gaming and marketing through mobile devices within a more socially responsible framework.
From 1998 through 2008, Stephen was Senior Vice President of Hudson’s Bay Company, and was accountable for its credit card, gift card, loyalty, on-line sales programs, and B2B Olympic sales efforts.
For four years until 1998, Stephen was at Sears Canada, first in the role of National Manager of Finance, and then as National Manager of Innovation in the financial services division.
Following university, Stephen worked at Deloitte in auditing and in various other roles.
Stephen received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, his Chartered Accountant designation, the Canadian Chartered Business Valuator designation, and the American Society of Appraisers designation.
Stephen has also served on many boards including: the MasterCard International Merchant Advisory Board, Kinark Child and Family Services, Argentium Resources Inc., Loto Inc., Aventum Insurance Agency, Heritage General Insurance, and Affinity Investments (now TD Insurance Meloche Monnex).

Elizabeth Lea

Elizabeth Lea -

Elizabeth brings insights and experience developed and practiced across a number of sectors including public broadcasting, healthcare, electricity and land use planning.  She has contributed to organizations through a number of roles including senior Public Affairs practitioner, innovation strategist and urban and regional planner.  Elizabeth is a graduate of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Scott Mabury

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Professor Mabury holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He first joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member in 1995 and became Director of the Analytical Laboratory for Environmental Science Research and Teaching in 1997. Professor Mabury served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2003 until he was appointed to the position of Vice-Provost, Academic Operations on July 1, 2009.

Mabury was appointed as VP-University Operations January 1, 2012. Portfolios reporting to him include Information Technology Services, Facilities and Services, Ancillary Services, Office of Planning and Budget and University Planning Design & Construction encompassing Campus and Facilities Planning, Project Development, Project Management, Design & Engineering, Leasing, and the Office of Space Management.

His current research interests are in the areas of environmental photochemistry, fluorochemicals and atmospheric particles. He has written extensively on the environmental fate, disposition and persistence of agrochemicals, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Mabury and his students have published over 160 scientific papers in refereed journals and has presented his research at conferences, workshops and seminars all over the world.

Professor Mabury spends weekends on his Northumberland Country Farm growing soybeans, wheat, and corn.

Anne Macdonald

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Anne Macdonald is the Director of Ancillary Services at the University of Toronto, where she is responsible for a number of self-funded service departments, including Foodservices, Trademark Licensing, Faculty Housing, Parking and Residences without college affiliation. Anne is an active member of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, and serves on its Canadian committee, which works to strengthen professional development for ancillary professionals across the country. Before coming to the University of Toronto, she spent 15 years with the Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall, where she managed front-line services, Catering and Retail.

Anne has served on several non-profit boards, including most recently the board of YWCA Toronto and Toronto’s Factory Theatre, where she held the role of Treasurer. She is also a member of the University of Toronto’s University Affairs Board, and Business Board.

Anne has an MBA and a Bachelor of Music in Performance, both from the University of Toronto, and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She remains active in the arts through volunteer work, and as a chorister with several Toronto choirs, including the gallery choir of the church of St. Mary Magdalene, and Pax Christi Chorale.

Ken McCarter

Ken McCarter -

Ken McCarter is a Senior Counsel at Torys LLP, specializing in corporate and commercial law. His practice focuses on corporate law pertaining to the structure of Canadian multinational corporate groups. In addition to being a director and Chair at the University of Toronto Press, Ken is Chair of the Quadrangle Society of Massey College at the University of Toronto, a director of several private corporations, and a director and Vice-Chair of Canada’s National Ballet School. Ken was a key member of a campaign that that successfully raised funds for a major expansion of St. Clement’s School in Toronto, and he is a member of the Toronto Leadership Circle for the University of British Columbia. Ken is from Victoria and obtained a BA from the University of British Columbia, a JD from the University of Toronto, and an LLM from Cambridge University.

Louis Pauly

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Louis W. Pauly, now Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, has held the Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance since 2002. As Director of the Centre for International Studies from 1997 to 2011, he helped build what is now the Munk School of Global Affairs, where he remains a member of the faculty.  A graduate of Cornell University, the London School of Economics, New York University, and Fordham University, he has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, Northwestern University, and Osaka City University, has held management positions in the Royal Bank of Canada, and has served on the staff of the International Monetary Fund. He was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is currently a Senior Fellow of both Trinity College and Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Pauly’s many publications include Complex Sovereignty: Reconstituting Political Authority in the Twenty-First Century (edited with Edgar Grande, University of Toronto Press, 2005) and Democracy Beyond the State? The European Dilemma and the Emerging Global Order (edited with Michael Th. Greven, University of Toronto Press, 2000). He has also written prominent books on international monetary politics, financial market regulation, and multinational corporate strategy. With Emanuel Adler, he edits the top-ranked scholarly journal International Organization. He has served on the editorial board for Studies in International Relations, published by Cambridge University Press, and continues on the editorial boards of the journals International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Public Policy, and Business & Politics. His current research includes a focus on the politics of technological innovation in Asia, and crisis management in integrating financial markets. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of international political economy and international relations.

Catherine (Kate) Pearce

Kate Pearce is an experienced General Manager and senior leader with a strong track record of building new revenue and profit in the new media, internet, and consumer packaged goods industries in both the U.S. and Canada. 

Most recently Kate was SVP of Product Management for the Internet and Home Phone businesses at Bell Canada in Toronto (2008 – 2009).

As a senior executive at America Online LLC based in Dulles VA from 2005 - 2008, Kate was responsible for growing the Global AOL Consumer Mobile  and running the AOL Segments Business including various subscription businesses and portals.  Prior to working in the U.S., Kate was a General Manager at AOL.

Kate’s early career experience was at Procter and Gamble (1985 – 1999), where she worked in Purchasing and later in Brand Management on a variety of global, regional, and local businesses.

Her background is in Engineering.  Kate received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Queens University at Kingston.  She currently chairs Camp 1, a group of volunteer engineers, responsible for facilitating iron ring ceremonies for new engineers graduating from four major Toronto universities and has been a Professional Engineer since 1987.  She also served as a Board Member on the ACA (Association of Canadian Advertisers) from 2002 – 2007.

Robert Vipond

Robert Vipond is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.  He earned a BA and MA from the University of Toronto (1975, 1977), pursued a doctorate at Harvard (1983), and returned to a tenure stream appointment at U of T.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and to Professor in 2000. 

Vipond’s scholarship focuses on the broad area of Canadian and American political development.  His first book, Liberty and Community (SUNY: 1991), was a study of the idea of provincial autonomy in late nineteenth-century English-Canadian political and constitutional thought.  Subsequently, he has written widely on the development of Canadian and American federalism, constitutionalism, and debates about citizenship.  He is also co-editor of, and contributed the lead essay to, The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science (UBC: 2008), and he is currently writing a history of the Clinton Street Public School in Toronto.

In addition to his scholarship, Vipond has been a mainstay of the teaching staff in the Department of Political Science, for which he was recognized by the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1994.  He has also served his Department, Faculty and University in a variety of administrative positions:  Undergraduate Chair in Political Science (1991-94);  Acting Chair of Political Science (1994-95); Associate Dean, Development, Faculty of Arts and Science (1996-97);  Chair of Political Science (1997-2006);  founding Director of the Centre for the Study of United States (1999-2003);  and founding Director, Dynamics of Global Change Collaborative PhD program (2008-present).  He is currently Chair of the Manuscript Review Committee of the University of Toronto Press.  Professor Vipond also served as Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2002-03) and is a Fellow of both Massey College and Victoria College.

Kathy Weston

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Kathy Weston is an executive leader with a proven track record for delivering impactful growth and transformation strategies in retail and other industries. Kathy was most recently the Senior Vice President of Strategy & New Business at Holt Renfrew and has held senior executive positions leading Strategy, Buying & Merchandising, Finance, Operations and Human Resources functions.
She works as a Corporate Director and as an independent business advisor.   Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for Danier Leather Inc. where she will also serve as Chair for the Governance & Compensation Committee. Kathy is on the University of Toronto Press Board of Directors currently serves as an advisor to Pinpoint GPS Solutions Inc.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

John Yates - President, Publisher & C.E.O.

John Yates - President, Publisher & C.E.O.

John Yates was appointed President, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Toronto Press in 2004. Most recently, he spent twelve years with the legal publisher and information provider LexisNexis Butterworths Canada, first as Chief Financial Officer and then as President. Previously, he was Treasurer, and before that, Controller of Canada Publishing Corporation. He worked as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse after graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce.