Meet Georgian College’s President and CEO
About Kevin Weaver
Kevin Weaver brings depth and breadth of leadership experience in the Ontario college system and an unwavering commitment to Georgian, our students, and the seven campus communities we serve.
Since joining the college in 2014 as Dean of Technology and Visual Arts, he held increasing positions of responsibility, including as Vice President, International, Workforce Development and Partnerships, and Vice President, Academic. On June 20, 2022 Kevin became Georgian’s sixth President and CEO.
His accomplishments have been significant and varied. Kevin played an integral role in advancing Georgian’s strategic priorities, and building and strengthening community, industry and government partnerships. In particular, he’s been an ardent champion for the growth and diversification of Georgian’s international enrolment and expansion of global partnerships.
Known for his collaborative approach, Kevin was instrumental in the launch of Georgian’s partnership with Lakehead University and the first private-public partnership with the International Language Academy of Canada. He engaged in instrumental advocacy and fundraising activity that resulted in the opening of the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre at the Barrie Campus and the new Nursing and Wellness wing in Owen Sound. Both of these will address employer needs and continue to drive economic growth and development in Central Ontario and beyond.
He championed the significant expansion of Georgian’s applied research and scholarship activity. Today, we’re proud to be one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges. With a steadfast focus on being responsive to evolving labour market needs Kevin initiated and oversaw the development and launch of new programs and modification of existing ones.
He models Georgian’s values as Canada’s first – and only – Ashoka U designated changemaker college, participating in several sector-wide provincial and national committees. Kevin is also highly engaged as a community volunteer, lending his expertise on various boards of directors.
Previously, Kevin was Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Human Services at Fanshawe College, Chair of Fanshawe’s School of Information Technology, and professor and program coordinator at Sault College. In addition, he worked in software product management roles in the private sector and spent time in the public sector as a spatial analyst.
Kevin holds a Master of Science in GIS/Spatial Modeling, Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography, and a postgraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Kevin and his wife Terri live in Barrie with their two children Zac and Zoe.
Presidential installation ceremony
Kevin Weaver was officially installed as President and CEO in a special ceremony in the Georgian Theatre on Oct. 5, 2022. He is Georgian’s sixth President and CEO since the college was founded in 1967.
After taking the oath of office, Weaver said the greatest move in his career was coming to Georgian.
Senior Leadership Team
About Georgian’s Senior Leadership Team
Georgian’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) oversees External Relations, Academic, Corporate Services and Innovation, and International, Workforce Development and Partnerships. Meet our SLT members below.
About Lisa Banks
Lisa worked in the private sector for over two decades before moving to the Ontario postsecondary sector in 2009. As Vice President, External Relations and Enrolment, Lisa has line of sight to the student journey from prospect through to alumni. Lisa is energized by the opportunities inherent in influencing and supporting the synergies that occur between areas of the college including Student Recruitment, Marketing and Communications, Enrolment Management, Admissions, Financial Aid, Advancement and Alumni Relations.
Before joining Georgian in 2013, Lisa served as Director of Communications and Marketing at Ontario Tech University and prior to that held various marketing and communications positions at Bell Canada, culminating in the role of Senior Director, Community Affairs.
She has served on committees for Imagine Canada and the Council of Ontario Universities, and has volunteered her time as a non-profit board member. Lisa holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University.
About David Bell
David has worked in higher education advancement for more than 17 years. He leads a team of professionals dedicated to building relationships, raising funds, engaging with alumni and supporting student success. He’s responsible for a diverse portfolio, including development/fundraising, alumni relations, community engagement, and conference and event services.
Prior to joining Georgian in 2019, David served for more than a decade at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where he held positions of increasing responsibility culminating in his role as Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Development. As Executive Director, David managed a team of advancement professionals supporting the dean in all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations, both in Canada and internationally.
Before moving to the Schulich School of Business, David spent two years working at the Royal Ontario Museum, focusing on major gifts and prospect research portfolios. David has also served in advancement roles at Nipissing University and the University of Windsor.
David holds two degrees, including an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Nipissing University and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. He’s a licensed barrister and solicitor and practiced environmental law and civil litigation prior to returning to the advancement sector.
About Patty Bradley
Patty has more than 25 years of senior management experience in the private and public sectors, including leadership roles in higher education and the hospitality and entertainment industry with experience in crisis management, planning and implementation.
Reporting to the President, Patty is responsible for supporting the senior team’s strategic initiatives and government relations agenda. Patty has a Master’s in Leadership and Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business degree specializing in Entrepreneurship, a Certified Meeting Professionals designation, and is a proud graduate of Georgian’s Tourism Management diploma.
About David Coward
David has more than 15 years of experience in the broader public sector and more than 20 years of extensive professional experience in human resource management and labour relations.
Previously, he was Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at York University. Prior to that, David spent 16 years as the senior human resources officer at both the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
Before his appointment as Vice President, David taught Human Resources Management courses at Georgian and served on the Human Resources Management Program Advisory Committee and the Barrie Campus Committee.
David holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University, Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School and Master of Arts from Central Michigan University. He obtained his Master of Arts degree through the University Partnership Centre at Georgian.
In addition to his multiple degrees, David is a proud graduate of the community college system, with a diploma in Electronics from Humber College.
In his role, David is responsible for all aspects of human resource management, including labour relations, organizational development, recruitment and selection, and payroll and benefits. Additionally, David is responsible for Campus Safety Services, which includes campus security services, conflict resolution and investigation services, health and safety, and parking.
About Janet Davis
Janet is responsible for Georgian’s digital innovation strategy to enhance student services as well as teaching and learning, both in person and remotely. Janet’s portfolio includes Institutional Research, Information Technology, the Centre for Teaching and Learning and, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Janet supports strategic projects and planning, as well as process integration and improvements across the college and also oversees Georgian’s Orangeville and John Di Poce South Georgian Bay campuses as well as its Indigenous Services and Employment Ontario and Access programs.
Prior to joining the Georgian team, Janet spent more than 20 years in the Ontario Public Sector in lead planning roles for several large-scale projects including security planning for the G8/G20 2010 Summits and the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
Janet holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and Master of Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
About Maher Ghalayini
Maher first joined Georgian in 2017 and previously served as Dean of Business and Management and Automotive, leading a portfolio of more than 25 full-time programs, overseeing OntarioLearn programming to offer more course options to students, and working closely with Part-time Studies to maximize flexibility for a variety of learners.
As Associate Vice President, Academic, Maher will continue to be Georgian’s lead on the Lakehead-Georgian partnership, which is critical to making degree-level studies accessible in Simcoe County.
Maher will work to create an environment where learners can access quality education in a flexible environment.
Maher brings more than 16 years of experience in the Ontario postsecondary sector. Prior to joining Georgian, he was at Sheridan College, where he served as the Associate Dean in Applied Health, Community Studies and School of Early Childhood Education.
His experience also includes roles as adjunct professor and curriculum developer at York and Trent universities.
His research focus has been on the experiences of international students, as well as international partnerships in applied research.
Maher holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Laws in Business Law from Osgoode Law School at York University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.
About David Johnson
David has more than 25 years of management experience in multiple industries and roles within the private and public sectors, including leadership roles in consumer packaged goods (Procter & Gamble, Castrol, and Warner Lambert), architecture and engineering, and software development.
David has been with Georgian in a leadership capacity since 2005, joining as the Director Information Technology. He has also held the role of Chief Information Officer and most recently was Executive Director, Enrolment Management and Information Technology. In that role, he oversaw the departments of the Office of the Registrar and Information Technology, and had a leadership role in the implementation of the Strategic Enrolment Management process at Georgian.
In his current role, David is developing and implementing a multi-year digital innovation plan for the college and supporting the creation of a digital culture throughout the Georgian community. David is also accountable for enrolment planning and management, as well as the Information Technology department.
In addition to earning a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Heriot-Watt University and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, David is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds a Project Management Professional certification.
About Dr. Yael Katz
A recognized and avid champion of creativity and innovation in higher education, Yael brings to Team Georgian more than 20 years of experience in progressive teaching and academic leadership roles within the postsecondary sector. She’s responsible for planning, organizing and directing college operations related to the content and delivery of our academic programs and services. In addition, she leads Georgian’s international portfolio.
Yael has served in various capacities including as professor, program coordinator, associate dean, dean, special advisor and senior executive. Before joining Georgian, she was Vice-Provost, Academic, at Sheridan College. She’s also co-founder of M/Y storycreative.
Over the course of her career, Yael has overseen the development and implementation of new programs, academic pathways, global partnerships, strategic frameworks and academic plans. She has collaborated with many multidisciplinary teams and units to lead curriculum initiatives, organizational development and research activities, strategy task forces, and dynamic community engagement.
Yael writes, speaks and advises internationally on creativity and innovation in 21st century postsecondary contexts, and strives to inspire and facilitate transformative change. She has been a passionate voice in support of team-based interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research and practice.
A champion of lifelong learning, Yael holds a PhD in English from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Master of Arts and Honours Bachelor of Arts in English from Western University.
About Angela Lockridge
Angela is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors. Beginning her career with General Motors of Canada, Angela moved into the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Prior to joining the college, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister within the Family Responsibility Office, Service Ontario and the Ontario Provincial Police. During her 20 years in the OPS she also held positions in the Ministry of Correctional Services, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ministry of the Attorney General and Management Board Secretariat.
Angela joined the Georgian team in July 2010 and in her current role, she is responsible for Student Success (Library and Academic Success, Co-operative Education and Career Services, Housing/Student Life, Athletics & Fitness Centres, and the Mental Health Strategy), as well as Corporate Services (Financial Planning, Controllership, Legal & Risk Management, Facilities Management). Angela serves as the Secretary-Treasurer to the Georgian College Board of Governors.
Angela holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Science – Management and Leadership from Western Governors University, and is a Certified Professional Accountant.
About Dave Shorey
Dave oversees the strategic direction of the Owen Sound Campus. This includes cultivating, developing, and nurturing positive relationships with community, government, and industry partners. He also ensures continued quality programs and exceptional service delivery as well as provides oversight for campus administration, organizational planning, and operations.
Previously, Dave was Innovation Officer for the Municipal Innovation Council in Bruce County where he built a broad network of stakeholders to identify, understand, and co-develop solutions to emerging issues in the community. Dave developed a comprehensive framework for eight municipal organizations that identifies areas of opportunity and the strategic capabilities needed for advancement. He established communities of practice that connect municipal staff from across the council’s membership to learn together, collaborate, and solve common challenges. He also fostered closer ties between municipalities and postsecondary institutions through applied research and work-integrated learning.
Dave is a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University and teaches in the Master of Education program. Previously, he served as Associate Director, Residence Education, at the university. He championed collaboration across the institution and the co-creation of innovative programs. Notably, he led the advancement of a nation-leading Residence Education unit, which focuses on student transition and leadership development. The unit was ranked the number one residence program in Canada in 2018 and 2019 by Maclean’s magazine in the comprehensive university category.
Along with extensive curriculum development experience, Dave has provided consulting to numerous postsecondary institutions on designing curriculum for experiential learning outside the classroom and the change management process. Dave has also been actively involved in numerous professional associations committed to student success and sustainable growth in the postsecondary sector.
He has deep ties to the area.
Dave holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. He’s currently completing his Doctor of Education at Western University in the field of Educational Leadership. He’s also a member of Laurier’s Centre for Leading Research in Education, with a focus on lifespan, living and learning.
Board of Governors
About the Georgian College Board of Governors
The Georgian College Board of Governors consists of 12 members, together with the President and CEO of the college, one student, one faculty member, one support staff member and one administrative staff member. One-third of its membership is appointed through the Public Sector Appointment process and two-thirds is appointed directly by the Georgian College Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors is a corporation. In a legal sense, it is the college. The board is a Schedule III Agency of the Government of Ontario and is accountable through the Minister of Colleges and Universities to the people of Ontario.
In general, a college board has the power to govern the college and in law, is responsible for the college’s activities. However, the college administration, which derives its authority from the board and is accountable to the board, manages the day-to-day activities of the college.
Senior Presidential Advisor and Government Relations
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