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Joanne Dallaire, Co-chair

Joanne Dallaire, Co-chair

Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor – Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation for Ryerson University

Chair of Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council

Co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation directive

Joanne has worked at Ryerson University in many capacities for 20 years. She has also educated and directed an Indigenous perspective with many organizations, such as the Ministry of Education, Legal Aid Ontario – Prison Law Advisory Committee to the Board, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (expert witness on restorative justice), Native Child and Family Services, and Dr. Janet Smylie at Well Living House/St. Michael’s Hospital.

Catherine Ellis, Co-chair

Catherine Ellis, Co-chair

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of History, Ryerson University 

Elected member of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors

Catherine earned her DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford and previously held research and teaching appointments at Dalhousie University, the University of Victoria and the University of Lethbridge. 

T'hohahoken Michael Doxtater

T’hohahoken Michael Doxtater

Associate Professor, Creative Indigenous Practices in the School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University

Michael has produced, directed and written award-winning documentaries and dramas for academic and public audiences at the NFB and CBC and has wide experience in facilitation, mediation and communication services in the Indigenous community at Six Nations, Canada and the U.S. Michael is Mohawk, from Six Nations of the Grand River.

Cecile Farnum

Cecile Farnum

Liaison Librarian, Ryerson University Library

Cecile has been with Ryerson for 15 years, serving for much of the time as Communications and Liaison Librarian as well as liaising with programs in the Faculty of Community Services. 

Natasha Henry

Natasha Henry

President, Ontario Black History Society

Natasha is an educator, historian and curriculum consultant. The 2018 Vanier Scholar is completing a PhD in History at York University, researching the enslavement of Black people in early Ontario. 

Tracy King

Tracey King

Indigenous Human Resources Lead, Recruitment and Retention, Ryerson University 

Tracey King, Miigis Kwe (Little Shell Woman), is Pottawatomi and Ojibway, Otter Clan and a citizen of Wasauksing First Nation. For 30 years, Tracey has worked full time in many Aboriginal programs and services in Toronto universities and Aboriginal organizations, while completing three university degrees.

Riley Kucheran

Riley Kucheran

Assistant Professor, Design Leadership in the School of Fashion, Ryerson University

In addition to teaching at Ryerson, Riley is a student in the Communication and Culture PhD joint program at Ryerson and York University, researching how Indigenous creative industries like fashion can mobilize cultural and economic resurgence. Riley is from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River First Nation).  

Gerald McMaster

Gerald McMaster

Professor, OCAD University  

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice 

Director of Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Gerald’s area of expertise is curatorial studies, Indigenous visual history and aesthetics, and contemporary Indigenous art. He is a Plains Cree and a member of the Siksika First Nation.

Dennis Mock

Dennis Mock

Former Vice-President, Academic, Ryerson University

Former President, Nipissing University 

Dennis served for 30 years at Ryerson, where he played a central role in steering the university through one of its most significant eras, when it earned full university status in 1993.

Heather Rollwagen

Heather Rollwagen

Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Heather’s area of research is housing and perceptions of crime and neighbourhood livability in urban areas. She is also a member of the Canadian Worlds of Journalism research team – an interdisciplinary research group collaborating with scholars from 63 countries to understand the professional roles and values of journalists.

Tay Rubman

Tay Rubman

History student, Ryerson University

Tay was elected to the Ryerson Board of Governors in 2020.

Amorell Saunders N'Daw

Amorell Saunders N’Daw

Partner and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

Amorell, a Ryerson alumna, is a leader in the field of academic search and recruitment. She has provided leadership and support to academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations, including a 12-year career at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Julia Spagnuolo

Julia Spagnuolo

Urban and Regional Planning student, Ryerson University

Julia is a student representative on the Ryerson University Senate. As an At-Large representative, she serves on the Academic Governance and Policy Committee, Senate Appeals Committee, Policy 46 Review Committee, Academic Standards Committee, and the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Frank Walwyn

Frank Walwyn

Partner, WeirFoulds LLP 

A Ryerson graduate, Frank is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been named as one of Canada’s top lawyers in the area of corporate and commercial litigation by numerous legal publications. In addition to a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University, he has a Certificate of Business Administration from Ryerson University.

Denise O’Neil Green (vice-president equity, community, and inclusion) and Steven N. Liss (vice-president, research and innovation) are the executive co-leads for Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force.