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Advisory Committee

Posted on March 12th, 2014

Debbie Dankoff

Director of Development, Faculty of Arts , McGill University

Debbie has over 20 years of experience working in philanthropy. A graduate of Concordia University she holds a designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive and is licensed as a Personal and Professional Life Coach.  She has been actively involved in the Montreal Literary Community, leading a number of book clubs and often volunteers her time consulting with local and nation NFP organizations on outreach and philanthropic development. Debbie is also a Candidate for the Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Not for Profit Leadership at Carleton University.

Antonia Maioni

Dean of Arts , McGill University

Antonia Maioni holds a B.A. from Université Laval, an M.A. from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.  As Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy, she previously served as Associate Vice-Principal for Research and International Relations (2015-2016), and Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (2001-2011).  Her research and publications focus on social and health policy, Canadian, Québec and comparative politics.   She served as President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2015, and she has served on the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research since 2015.

Hudson Meadwell

Committee chair and Chair of the Department of Political Science , Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Hudson Meadwell is Chair of the department of Political Science. Professor Meadwell is known internationally for his work on nations and nationalism, primarily in Europe and North America. He also works on European political development, particularly on state and nation formation and regime politics in 19th and 20th century Western Europe. Professor Meadwell has published extensively in the fields of nationalism studies, comparative and international politics, history, sociology and social theory. He also is the co-editor of Politics and Rationality: Rational Choice in Application and The Social Sciences and Rationality.

The Honourable Michael A. Meighen

Counsel to the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright

A graduate of McGill University and Université Laval, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1990. In his private career, Senator Meighen practiced litigation and commercial law in Montreal and Toronto. He is Counsel to the law firm Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright), and was Legal Counsel to the Deschênes Commission on War Criminals. He is Chairman of Cundill Funds (Vancouver) and sits on the McGill Board of Governors. In 2014, The Honourable Michael A. Meighen was appointed as the 19th Chancellor of McGill University.

Christopher Sweeney

CEO and Co-Founder , ZSA Legal Recruitment

Christopher established ZSA (Zarak, Sweeney & Associates) Legal Recruitment, now Canada’s largest and only national legal recruitment firm, in 1997. ZSA also controls ZSA-X, a boutique financial services recruitment firm; LexLocom, a contract legal services firm; and ZSA Accounting. In addition to being CEO of ZSA, Christopher also exclusively recruits Partners and General Counsel.

Born in Montreal, Christopher attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1990, Christopher briefly practised in Vancouver before moving to London, England. There he secured a Graduate Business Degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Masters in British Imperial History from London University. Christopher practised law in London before becoming a legal recruiter with QD (Quarry Dougall), then the pre-eminent global legal recruitment firm based in London.

Christopher founded both the Canadian (CGCA) and Quebec General Counsel Awards (PCJQ) to bring deserved attention to the senior in-house legal community. Christopher has written and spoken widely on the topic of legal recruitment, firm development and career strategy.

Ryerson Symons

Partner , New York law firm Simpson Thacher

Ryerson Symons is a Partner in the Firm’s New York Office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other business combination transactions as well as corporate finance transactions. Mr. Symons has frequently represented many of the world’s leading private equity firms, including Apax Partners, The Blackstone Group, KKR, Permira and Providence Equity Partners. Mr. Symons joined Simpson Thacher in 1992 and was based in the Firm’s London office from 1994-1996. In 1997, he spent a year on secondment with Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris before returning to the Firm’s New York office where he became partner in 2001. Mr. Symons received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McGill University in 1988, a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1992.

Kit van Tulleken

Advisor , Kit van Tulleken LLP.

Kit van Tulleken is considered one of the pre-eminent independent advisers to publishing, information and data companies in the U.K., Europe and North America. Kit provides strategic, governance, and independent advice to CEOs, chairmen, senior executives, directors and entrepreneurs in the publishing, digital content and delivery sectors. Her clients derive from long-standing industry relationships. Her success is based on her industry knowledge, network of relationships, innovative ideas, an understanding of risk and compliance and, above all, discretion. Kit works exclusively in the media sector, using her network and market knowledge to benefit her clients.  Over the last 25 years, she has initiated and completed some 150 transactions.

Faith Wallis

Professor , History and Classical Studies

Faith Wallis is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies, jointly appointed in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. Her research focuses on the transmission of medical and scientific knowledge in the Middle Ages. Her anthology of translated sources, Medieval Medicine: a Reader, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2010, and she is presently preparing a full edition and translation of Alexander Neckam’s De naturis rerum, an unusual “encyclopedia” of natural history composed at the turn of the 13th century. Prof. Wallis is a graduate of McGill (BA ’71, MA ’74) and received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1984. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the oldest functioning historical society in the world.

Ken Whyte

Senior Vice-President of Public Policy , Rogers

Ken is former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Maclean’s, as well as Executive Publisher of Chatelaine, Canadian Business, and other magazines.  Mr. Whyte has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist.  His previous positions include Editor-in-Chief of Saturday Night magazine and Founding Editor of the National Post.