• Associate Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • (519) 884-0710

Douglas Deutschman

Dr. Douglas Deutschman is the Associate Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a conservation biologist and statistician whose research focuses on monitoring, analyzing, and managing endangered species and their habitats. He has extensive experience developing models of complex adaptive systems and using analytics to guide conservation efforts as well as to assess learning in higher education. Dr. Deutschman has designed workshops and given invited talks on data-informed decision-making to NGO’s, city and county governments, State and Federal wildlife agencies, universities, and at international academic conferences. He has been dedicated to student mentoring. He has served on 62 MSc and 12 PhD committees and has also mentored over 100 undergraduate students .

Prior to joining Laurier in 2017, he was at San Diego State University where he was a Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the College of Sciences, and Chair of the University Senate.

Dr. Deutschman received his BSc from University of Pennsylvania, has three Masters’ degrees, one in Statistics from University of Waterloo, one in Mathematical Ecology from Princeton University and the third in Ecology from Bowling Green State University. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Ecology from Cornell University.

  • Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • (519) 885-2444 | Ext. 7288

Shelley Boettger

As the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s chief financial officer and director of operations, Shelley Boettger provides corporate leadership and strategic guidance on all financial aspects of the organization. Shelley is responsible for the management of CIGI’s financial systems and investment portfolios, as well as for managing operations and providing financial advice to senior leadership. An expert communicator and driver of effective change management, Shelley brings to the organization a unique perspective as a corporate leader, with a focus on managing high-performing teams.

Prior to her arrival at CIGI, Shelley was the director of finance for the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP). During her eight years at OTIP, Shelley played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of critical financial policies that are helping to ensure the ongoing success of the business. Shelley also led a variety of corporate projects, maintaining a focus on strategic priorities and making valuable contributions to the organization at each step of the process. During her career Shelley has also held financial leadership positions with the City of Kitchener and Melitron Corporation, each centred on building integrated financial systems, effective processes and key strategic planning.

Shelley received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. She also holds designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.

  • Associate Vice President Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

  • University of Waterloo

  • (519) 888-4567

Jeff Casello

Professor Jeff Casello’s interests lie in urban transportation systems and their impacts on healthy and economically viable urban areas.  As such, he conducts research on the planning, design and operation of systems that promote efficient, balanced transportation, enhances regional economic competitiveness and supports social mobility.

He has written more than 60 articles and reports for both scholarly and professional audiences. Dr. Casello is the lead author (with Vukan R. Vuchic) of Transit Planning for the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s (ITE) 3rd edition of the Transportation Planning Handbook. In 2009, he co-authored a report for the Canadian Urban Transportation Association (CUTA) assessing the economic benefits of transit for Canada. Dr. Casello co-authored (with his student, Will Towns) the Urban chapter for Natural Resources Canada’s 2017 Climate Risk and Adaptation in the Transportation Sector.

In 2014, Dr. Casello spoke to members of Canadian Parliament on the future of public transportation. In 2016, he helped develop the regional transportation policy for the Mayors of Southwestern Ontario.

Professionally, Professor Casello has worked with many transit agencies and cities in the US, Canada and abroad. These include Singapore (Land Transport Authority), Washington DC (WMATA), Houston (METRO), Philadelphia (SEPTA), the Regional Municipality of Waterloo (GRT), the City of Kingston and Mexico City (DF).

Alistair Edgar

Alistair Edgar

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

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).

Suzan Ilcan

Suzan Ilcan

Suzan Ilcan is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is Director of the MA in Global Governance, University of Waterloo/BSIA, a Board Member of the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), and is Co-director of the Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics research cluster at BSIA. She is an active member of several department, research, and university committees and serves on the editorial boards of Globalizations and Studies in Social Justice. Suzan’s research focuses on international migration, refugee studies, humanitarian and development aid, and citizenship and social justice.

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  • Managing Director and General Counsel

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • (519) 885-2444 | Ext. 7478

Aaron Shull

Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. 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.