Board of Directors

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Board of Directors 2018-02-21T08:35:36+00:00
  • Vice-President Academic & Provost
  • University of Waterloo

  • (519) 888-4567

George Dixon

Dr. D. George Dixon (BSc, Sir George Williams University, 1972; MSc, Concordia University, 1975; PhD, University of Guelph, 1980) is Vice-President Academic and Provost, and Professor of Biology at the University of Waterloo. He served as Dean of Science from 2001-2007. Dr. Dixon has received both the Award for Excellence in Research and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University. He has over 30 years experience in aquatic toxicology and environmental risk assessment and management, principally but not exclusively, with respect to the environmental impacts associated with metals and mining activity. At various times during his career he has served as an advisor on metal contamination issues to Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Department of Justice (Canada), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Justice (U. S.) and the World Health Organization, among others.

Dr. Dixon maintains an active research program, which at present is focused on development of methods for environmental effects monitoring, methods of assessing the environmental risks associated with exposure of aquatic organisms to metal mixtures, and on the aquatic environmental effects of oil sands extraction in northern Alberta. He has supervised the research of over 70 MSc and PhD students and has authored or co-authored over 250 refereed journal articles. He has also developed and taught numerous courses in environmental toxicology and risk assessment.

  • Vice-President: Research and Acting Provost

  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • (519) 884-0710 | Ext. 3601

Robert Gordon

Rob Gordon, a leading authority on environmental issues in Canada, joined Laurier as vice-president: research in November 2015, and joined the BSIA Board in February 2017. As vice-president: research, Rob is responsible for building Laurier’s overall research enterprise and providing strategic leadership on scholarly and research activities across multiple campuses. He also holds a faculty appointment in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Prior to joining Laurier, Rob was dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph, the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada. He previously held a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Environmental Resource Management at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now part of Dalhousie University).

Rob earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering from McGill University and a PhD in land resource science from the University of Guelph. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Nova Scotia Premier’s Award of Excellence.

  • Managing Director and General Counsel

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • (519) 885-2444 | Ext. 7478

Aaron Shull

Aaron Shull is CIGI’s chief of staff and general counsel, effective March 2015. Prior to that he was CIGI’s counsel and corporate secretary and was also a research fellow beginning in 2013. He continues to act as corporate secretary.

As General Counsel, he responds to legal inquiries from Senior Management that relate to corporate, contractual, employment, occupational health and safety, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and compliance related matters. As Chief of Staff, he operates as an effective liaison and conduit across all departments, providing guidance and advice on all matters of strategic and operational importance.

Prior to joining CIGI, Aaron practised law for a number of organizations, focusing on international, regulatory and environmental law. He has taught courses at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and was previously a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Aaron graduated from the University of Waterloo, placing first in his class as a departmental scholar, with a B.A. (honours) in history and political science. His keen interest in international affairs and political history led him to pursue a Master of Arts in international affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where he graduated with distinction. He concurrently pursued his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated cum laude with first class honours. Aaron attained his LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

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Alistair Edgar

Dr. Alistair D. Edgar is Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Faculty Associate and Advisory Board member at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Associate Dean at the School of International Policy and Governance, and is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Outside of the University, Dr. Edgar is president of the New Delhi, India-based International Jurist Organization; sits on the Board of the Canadian Land Mine Foundation; and is a former National Board member of the United Nations Association in Canada.  He is active on the editorial boards of the Center for Governance and Sustainability (University of Massachusetts Boston) Issue Briefs series, and the Journal of International Peacekeeping.

Dr. Edgar’s research focuses on transitional justice in war-to-peace transitions and post-conflict peace building. He has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kosovo, and northern Uganda.

Dr. Edgar holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University (1993). He was the John M. Olin Doctoral Fellow in Economics and National Security at Harvard University (1992-93), and was awarded a certificate in Russian Studies at Moscow State University (1995).


Jasmin Habib

Jasmin Habib teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and is the founding Director of the newly-established Global Engagement Seminar Program at the University of Waterloo. She has undertaken an active programme of research and teaching since completing her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at McMaster University. Her primary research focus is on the cultural politics of diaspora, refugees, and emigre communities from and in relation to Israel and Palestine. Among her book publications are Israel, Diaspora and the Routes of National Belonging and America Observed: On an International Anthropology of the United States (co-edited with Virginia Dominguez). She is Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant entitled “A Socio-Cultural Mapping of Arab-Canadian Migration, Settlement, and Integration: Collaboration, Community, Co-Authorship”. She is also deeply committed to collaborative community based research, most recently co-authoring local histories of governance in Eeyou Istchee/Northern Quebec. She is the Editor in Chief and Anglophone Editor of Anthropologica (the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society) and Series Editor of Cultural Spaces, University of Toronto Press.
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  • President

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • (519) 885-2444 | Ext. 7200

Rohinton Medhora

Rohinton P. Medhora (@RohintonMedhora) is President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. CIGI’s research programs focus on the global economy; global security and politics; and international law. Previously he was Vice President, Programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a research funder. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he also subsequently taught for a number of years. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations, and aid effectiveness. His recent publications include co-edited books on development thought and practice, Canada’s relations with Africa, and Canada’s role in the international financial system. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.