104 Appointments AVP Research and AVP Strategic Communications

PDAD&C #104, 2005-06


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
From: David Naylor, President
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Announcement of Two Senior Appointments:

1. Dr. Tim McTiernan, Assistant Vice-President, Research & Executive Director of Innovations at the University of Toronto

2. Mr. Robert Steiner, Assistant Vice-President, Strategic Communications


I am very pleased to advise you that the Governing Council, at its meeting on May 1, 2006, approved the appointments of Tim McTiernan as Assistant Vice-President, Research, and Executive Director of Innovations at the University of Toronto, and Robert Steiner, Assistant Vice-President, Strategic Communications.

One of the most respected individuals in the Ontario Public Service today, Tim McTiernan currently serves as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Operating Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and will join the University of Toronto effective June 5, 2006. Tim has held key positions related to research, knowledge transfer and commercialization, and science and technology policy for the Government of Ontario since 2002. He was President of Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology in North Bay, Ontario, from 1997-2002, and spent 15 years in a variety of positions with the Government of the Yukon, including Deputy Minister and Cabinet Secretary. Tim has also taught at the University of British Columbia, where he obtained his PhD in 1982.

Robert Steiner's appointment as Assistant Vice-President, Strategic Communications is effective May 1, 2006. This important new position incorporates and expands meaningfully on the role previously played by the Director of Public Affairs. Rob began his career as a global finance correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, with postings in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. His co-authored work as a journalist received many awards. An MBA graduate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Rob later worked as a Management Consultant in corporate strategy in the Toronto office of the Boston Consulting Group, and then was Group Vice President, Strategy and Business Planning, at Bell Globemedia, 2001-2003. He served as a communications advisor to the Right Honourable Paul Martin in 2003-2004, and subsequently founded his own communications strategy firm, with a special focus on the non-profit sector. For the past several months, Rob has acted as a consultant to my office and to the vice-presidential team on strategic communications. During this time, he has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the University context and made significant contributions.

Please join me in welcoming Tim McTiernan and Rob Steiner to the University of Toronto.