Expert Panel

Dr. George Iwama

President and Vice-Chancellor

Quest University Canada

Dr. George Iwama has an extensive background in higher education. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia specializing in fish physiology. After postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas and Dalhousie University, he returned to UBC, where he was subsequently tenured and granted full professorship.

Dr. Iwama has a wealth of experience in Canadian academic administration, including terms as Dean of Science and Vice President Academic at Acadia University, Dean of Science at Carleton University, and President of the University of Northern British Columbia. During his time as President, he strengthened the university’s relationship within the University of the Arctic consortium and hosted the Undergraduate Regional Office for North America. In addition, he spearheaded campus sustainability efforts at UNBC, sharing the 2010 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education award with Harvard University.

George was an early pioneer of the block plan in Canada, and consulted with David Strangway about his introduction of the plan in biology at Acadia in the early days of planning that led to the birth of Quest.

Recently he served as Executive Vice President of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. Most recently he has served UBC in several capacities including Special Advisor to the Vice President Research and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Fisheries, Assistant Director of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and as the Vice Dean for Aquaculture and Strategic in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. He served as the Quest University Chancellor since this past May, and will now take Quest University into the next decade as President and Vice Chancellor.

Dr. Jean Wilson

Director, Arts & Science Program

McMaster University

Dr. Jean Wilson is Director of the Arts & Science Program, in which she teaches ARTSSCI 3A06 / Literature. Her first degree was an Honours BA in French and German from McMaster University. She went on to receive her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature as well as her BEd from the University of Toronto, and spent a year as a DAAD Fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany. A member of the Department of Linguistics & Languages in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster, Dr. Wilson also contributes to McMaster’s graduate program in Gender Studies & Feminist Research, and has served as Director of Comparative Literature and as Associate Director of Peace Studies.

Her teaching and research interests are primarily in Comparative Literature, German literature, and interdisciplinary studies. She has published essays on liberal arts education and on a range of authors, including Goethe, Dostoevsky, Heinrich von Kleist, Christa Wolf, Barbara Gowdy, and Toni Morrison. She is co-editor of “The Secular Scripture” and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1976-1991, vol. 18 of The Collected Works of Northrop Frye (2006), and, more recently, co-editor of Romanticism, Humanism, Judaism: The Legacy of Hans Eichner (2013). Dr. Wilson has received the McMaster Students Union Teaching Award for Arts & Science, the McMaster Students Union Teaching Award for Humanities, the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award.

Dr. Ed Jernigan

Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of Knowledge Integration

University of Waterloo

Dr. Ed Jernigan joined Waterloo in 1976 after completing his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor and founding director of the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration program and former chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering.

A dedicated teacher, Ed has been recognized with both the Distinguished Teacher Award of the University of Waterloo and the Teaching Excellence Award for the Faculty of Engineering.

From 1984 to 2015 Ed served as the Program Director for the SHAD summer enrichment program, living in residence with 48 high school students during the month of July. In 2004 he created a university-wide enrichment program for high school students of exceptional potential, Waterloo Unlimited, which he directed until the program ended in 2017. 

Ed has taught INTEG 275: Special Topics: Mathematical Models in Knowledge Integration: Recognizing Patterns Across Disciplines, INTEG 121, Introduction to the Academy: Design and Problem Solving, INTEG 420: Senior Research Project, and INTEG 475: Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Real World Problem Solving, along with many Systems Design Engineering courses.

Moderator

Andrew Clubine

Andrew Clubine is Vice President, Education for the University of Waterloo's Federation of Students. He represents UW undergraduates to the university administration and municipal, provincial and federal governments on issues such as tuition and financial aid, academic regulations and programming, housing and transit, and student support services. He sits on UW's Senate and Board of Governors, and has served the Federation of Students in several other capacities. 

He is also President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, a non-partisan advocacy organization that represents 150,000 students to the provincial government and other stakeholders in post-secondary education.

Andrew's academic interests span across many fields (including public policy, GIScience, organizational behaviour, and communication design,) but his passion is for the traditional humanities. Much of his undergraduate work was in literary theology and philosophical hermeneutics. He is interested in how the ways we think about and use language influence the ways we act and interact in the public square. 

He received a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration from the University of Waterloo in 2017, earning minors in English and Philosophy.