President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Ontario (Panel Chair)
Amit Chakma (Panel Chair) is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Chakma joined Western from the University of Waterloo, where, from 2001 to 2009, he was vice-president (academic) and provost, and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Before that he was dean of engineering and then vice-president (research) and international liaison officer at the University of Regina. He began his academic career as a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary. Mr. Chakma is a graduate of the Algerian Petroleum Institute (Engineering Diploma, 1982) and the University of British Columbia (MASc, 1984, and PhD [Chemical Engineering] 1987). In addition to his roles at Western, Mr. Chakma currently serves as vice-chair of the World University Service of Canada.