108 Appointment of Judith Wolfson as Vice President University Relations

PDAD&C #108, 2005-06


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
From: David Naylor, President
Date: May 17, 2006

Appointment of Judith Wolfson as Vice-President, University Relations


I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Wolfson to the newly created position of Vice President, University Relations, effective July 15, 2006, for a five year term.

As Vice President University Relations, Ms. Wolfson will be responsible for building and maintaining positive and constructive relationships with governments, other public sector institutions, international partners, private sector and community partners, and the University's broad range of stakeholders. She will report to me and work closely with other Vice-Presidents and members of the University's senior administrative team.

The position was created this month by the Governing Council, following a recommendation made to me by a widely-representative and multi-disciplinary advisory group that included students, faculty, administrative staff, senior academic leaders, alumni, and university governors.

A double graduate of the University of Toronto in Law (LLB, 1980) and Social Work (MSW, 1972), Ms. Wolfson has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation since 1998. Interac Association is Canada's shared financial services network; Acxsys Corporation and the eight large financial institutions that are its shareholders, are the architects of the Interac network and services. Acxsys specializes in the development and operation of new payment service opportunities as well as consulting and management services in the field of electronic payments.

In that role, she has worked closely with the Federal Government, especially the Departments of Finance and Industry Canada and has been involved in national branding and marketing exercises. She also worked with the two Boards in a "co-opetition model" and has been able to balance their interests while seeking and achieving "win-win" arrangements for stakeholders.

Ms. Wolfson spent 10 years with the Government of Ontario in several senior positions -- serving under three Premiers: the Hon. David Peterson, the Hon. Bob Rae, and the Hon. Mike Harris.

As Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology, Ms. Wolfson was involved in Canada's free trade negotiations. As Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, she supported Ontario's negotiations on the national unity file. As Deputy Minister, Economic Development, Trade and Tourism she focused on enhancing the competitiveness of the Ontario economy and improving the Province's image with the Federal Government and with international governments. As Deputy Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Ms. Wolfson led the government's most information intensive Ministry responsible for business services and regulation. During all that time, she became known among thousands of public servants for a focus on mentorship and for developing the skills of those working in her ministries.

In 2003, Ms. Wolfson received the Queen's Jubilee Anniversary Medal for leadership and service to the community, in recognition of her contribution as a leader in a wide range of major community organizations.

Please join me in welcoming Judith Wolfson to the University of Toronto.