Governance: Collegium

Collegium Members of the University of St. Michael’s College

Updated October 27, 2017

Mr. W. John Bennett

John Bennett has had a long and successful career in the Canadian financial and investment community. He is currently Chairman of Benvest Holdings Ltd, a family investment holding company, Chairman and principal shareholder of New Look Eyewear Inc., a public fully integrated optical retailer operating in Eastern Canada and Chairman and Co-Founder of MacKinnon, Bennett & Company, a specialized merchant bank focusing on renewable energies, energy efficiencies and related businesses. He has been a director of many public and private companies, is an active philanthropist and has been on the board and involved with many leading Canadian educational and charitable institutions and foundations. John holds an Honours Degree in History and Philosophy (1967) from SMC and also an L.L.B. (1970) from the University of Toronto. He is married to Diana Collins Bennett (SMC 1968), has three children and is a member of Ascension Parish, Westmount, Quebec. He and his wife’s family have had an involvement with SMC and the Basilian Fathers stretching back over 90 years.

Msgr. Rev. Samuel T. Bianco, P.H.

Msgr. Rev. Bianco  is a graduate of St. Michael’s College (1962). He received his M.A. from University of Toronto in 1964. He is a former Assistant Registrar of St. Michael’s College (1972-1975). He entered the Basilian Fathers in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1972. In addition, Msgr. Bianco has been Pastor of St. James Parish in Toronto, Associate Pastor, Holy Rosary Parish, Toronto (1975-1979), Director of Religious Education and Chaplain with mentally challenged Persons (1978-1984), former Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Toronto and Rector of St. Michael’s Cathedral. He was honoured as a Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1996. Msgr. Bianco was appointed to the Collegium by the Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil in September 2017.

Prof. Randy Boyagoda

Writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is Principal and Vice-President of the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, where he is Professor of English, holds the Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts, and Letters, and also teaches in the Christianity and Culture program. He is the author of four books and regularly contributes commentary and reviews to publications including The New York Times, Financial Times (UK) and First Things magazine, in addition to appearing frequently on CBC Radio.  His service activities include serving as the President of PEN Canada, the national writers’ organization that celebrates literature and defends freedom of expression at home and abroad. He also sits on the Board of Governors for St. Augustine’s Seminary and is involved with community initiatives at his local parish, Corpus Christi. Together with his wife Anna and their four daughters, Professor Boyagoda lives in Toronto’s East End. View Profile

Ms. Renata Brum

Ms. Renata Brum was appointed Senior Citizenship Judge in October, 2013. She is a former Member of the Social Security Tribunal on which she served immediately following her six year appointment as a Citizenship Judge in Mississauga. As a Citizenship Judge, she presided over thousands of hearings in English and in French and was called upon to consult on policy, jurisprudence and legislative initiatives to combat fraud and reform the citizenship process. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, a Master of Arts from the Toronto School of Theology, and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Toronto. She did legal and policy research for the Honourable Mr. Justice David M. Brown, now at the Ontario Superior Court, and was also a Senior Associate with the High Park Group providing research, media analysis and strategic advice. Her community work has included serving as a host parent to international students studying in Canada; the 820 Chris Hadfield Royal Air Cadet Squadron; and the Milton District Hospital Foundation. She is the mother of five children and speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

Ms. Fiona Li

Fiona Li is the Graduate student representative, appointed by the Student Life Committee of the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College. She is currently in her third year of the Master of Theology program at the Faculty of Theology, where she also serves as the co-chair of the Student Life Committee. She is also serving her second year as the Toronto School of Theology Graduate Students’ Association Vice President-Academic, and is a member of the Toronto School of Theology Academic Council, and Graduate Studies’ Council as the Graduate student representative. Between the Academic years 2014-2016, she also served as a member of the University of St. Michael’s College Senate. Outside of the University, she has been a children’s catechist at her parish (Chinese Martyrs Catholic Parish in Markham) for 11 years, and was involved in her parish’s EDGE and confirmation program. She earned a Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, specializing in Christianity and Culture, and minoring in History (2013). She then earned a Master of Theological Studies at the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College in 2015.

Rev. Ivan Camilleri

Rev. Ivan Camilleri was ordained in 2007. He holds Master’s degrees in business, theology and canon law. Rev. Camilleri is the Chancellor of Spiritual Affairs, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Rev. Darren Dias, O.P.

Rev. Darren Dias was elected for a second 3-year term as representative of the members of the Faculty of Theology in September 2015. Rev. Dias is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Theology and Director of Pastoral Formation.

 Mr. Paul Harris

Paul Harris, CFA is a partner and a portfolio manager for the Equity Portfolio and the Fixed Income Portfolio. Mr. Harris has more than 20 years of investment experience. Prior to co-founding Avenue Investment Management Inc., Mr. Harris worked in New York for Fiduciary Trust International as a senior portfolio manager focusing on global equity portfolios for institutional clients. Before joining Fiduciary Trust International, Mr. Harris was with TD Asset Management, where he was a senior portfolio manager of the Greenline Dividend Fund, the Greenline Small-Cap Fund and the TD Bank pension fund. In addition, Mr. Harris was an equity analyst covering financial services and technology globally. Mr. Harris received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1986. He became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1994. He is a member of the New York Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute.

Ms. Sheril Hook

Sheril Hook has held the position of Chief Librarian at Kelly Library since January 1, 2014. Prior to her current appointment, she worked as a librarian at University of Toronto, Mississauga, University of Arizona, University of South Dakota, and University of Missouri-Columbia.  In addition to her own active research and publication agenda, she has served two terms on the editorial boards of both Publications in Librarianship and College & Research Libraries.  She also is active in the many leadership and administrative roles required of a member of the University of Toronto Library System. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Master of Arts in Library Science from the same University.  A PhD in Information Studies from the University of Toronto is expected in 2016. Ms. Hook was elected as the representative of the USMC Professional Librarians for the USMC Collegium.

Ms. Mary Ann Leon

Mary Ann Leon is a financial executive with over 30 years of experience in the financial services, non-profit and technology sectors both in Canada and the U.S. More specifically, her experience includes public accounting, corporate finance, and financial advisory services relating to financial reporting, strategic planning and investment portfolio supervision. Mary Ann has also been very active in the governance of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, including membership on the boards of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Shepherds’ Trust, Mary Centre, St. Michael’s Halfway Homes, Leon’s Furniture Limited, and Sun Life Financial Trust.

Prof. Giulio Silano

Giulio Silano has been a member of the Faculty of Arts & Science for St. Michael’s College since 1984 in the Medieval Studies and the Christianity & Culture programs. He is a member of the University of Toronto Department of History and Center for Medieval Studies. Prof. Silano is married with four children, three of whom are graduates of USMC.  Prof. Silano was elected as the Faculty of Arts & Science representative to the Collegium in September 2017.

Sr. Angela McAuliffe, IBVM

Angela McAuliffe is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters).  She graduated in 1963 from St. Michael’s College with an Honours B.A. in English Language and  Literature and followed this with an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a Ph. D. in English from Dalhousie University.  Her thesis Between the Temple and the Cave: The Religious Dimensions of the Poetry of E.J. Pratt was published by McGill Queens University Press.  In more recent years she completed a Master of Theological Studies at Regis College.  After years of teaching at the high school and university levels, she spent an internship in retreat and spiritual direction at Loyola House in Guelph and was an active volunteer at Street Haven at the Crossroads.  Until two years ago she was member of a team at Regis College engaged in the training of spiritual directors from several religious denominations.  She is currently a member of the provincial leadership team of the IBVM and has a private practice in spiritual direction and supervision.

 Mr. John McGrath

John McGrath is an alumnus of St. Michael’s, B.Comm 63. From 2001 until 2012 Mr. McGrath was Chancellor for Temporal Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Prior to then, his business career included 35 years with RBC Dominion Securities as Vice President and Director with responsibilities in investment banking and capital markets. Mr. McGrath currently serves on several not-for-profit boards of directors including St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Catholic Charities and the Southdown Institute.

Rev. Donald McLeod, C.S.B.

Rev. Donald McLeod is Director of Healthy Aging and Retirement for the Basilian Fathers. He is also Associate Professor, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, and is currently serving as administrator pro tem of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Windsor, Ontario. Rev. McLeod is an Alumnus of St. Michael’s and the Toronto School of Theology and holds an Honours B.A., M.Div. and ThD. He is appointed to the Collegium by the Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil.

Mr. Brian Miron

Brian Miron retired from Pyramis Global Advisors/Fidelity Asset Management in 2015, after 15 years with the firm as a research analyst and, for the last 8 years a portfolio manager responsible for overseeing and managing $18 billion in fixed income investments on behalf of Canadian retail and institutional clients. Before joining Fidelity in 2000, Brian was a vice-president at RBC Dominion Securities in Toronto, where he created and led the firm’s corporate debt research effort in Canada and was ranked #1 Canadian Corporate Debt Analyst by the Brendan Wood survey for several years. Brian served as a senior credit analyst for Dominion Bond Rating Service from 1992 to 1996 and from 1990 to 1992, was an economist for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in the Finance Branch for the Province of Ontario. Brian received a BCom in finance in 1989 and an MA in economics in 1990, both from the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He and his wife Monica currently reside in New Hampshire with their two teenaged children, Jack and Ben.

Ms. Catherine Mulroney

Staff representative Catherine Mulroney joined the Faculty of Theology as Programs Coordinator in March, 2015. Ms. Mulroney is a double alumna of the University of St. Michael’s College, having earned a BA in English Literature and Mediaeval Studies in 1982, and a Master of Divinity degree in 2010.  A career journalist, she has held positions with The Toronto Star, The Financial Post and The Canadian Press, and has worked with an extensive list of freelance clients on projects ranging from prospectus writing to ghostwriting for a communications firm. Her popular column on family life, The Minivan Years, ran for many years in The Star. Most recently, she was the managing editor of Living with Christ, a Novalis publication. Ms. Mulroney and her husband, Globe and Mail journalist Michael Babad, have co-authored three business books, and were short-listed for the 1994 National Business Book Award.  Ms. Mulroney’s volunteer work includes two terms as a director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto, where she served two years as vice-president.  She also sat on the board of the Angel Foundation for Learning.  Ms. Mulroney has served as the director of Blessed Sacrament Parish’s RCIA program since 2008, and is currently writing a practical guide to RCIA for Novalis.  Ms. Mulroney and Mr. Babad have four adult children.

Mr. David Mulroney

Mr. David Mulroney was appointed as 7th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Michael’s College effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Mulroney came to St. Michael’s after more than 30 years in Canada’s Public Service. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Mulroney was Canada’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 2009 to 2012. His book about Canada-China relations, “Middle Power, Middle Kingdom”, was published by Penguin Canada in March 2015. View Profile

Rev. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.

Fr. Thomas Rosica was appointed to the Collegium by the Superior General of the Congregation of St. Basil in September 2017.  He previously served on the Collegium of the University of St. Michael’s College from October 2008 to September 2013. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Italian and French Language and Literature from St. John Fisher College in May 1980 and was ordained a priest in the Congregation of St. Basil on April 19, 1986 in Rochester. He holds advanced degrees in Theology and Sacred Scripture from Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology [1985], the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome [1991] and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem [1994]. Fr. Rosica lectured in Sacred Scripture at Canadian Universities in Toronto, Windsor and London from 1990-2008 and lectured at the Faculty of Theology in the University of St. Michael’s College from 1990-2008. From 1994-2000 he served as Executive Director of the Newman Centre Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto. From 1994 – 2006, Fr. Rosica represented the Canadian Bishops on the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation. In June 1999, he was appointed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Chief Executive Officer and National Director of the World Youth Day and the Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II, that took place in Toronto during July, 2002. On July 1, 2003, Fr. Rosica became the founding Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Television, Canada’s first national Catholic Television Network. From 2003 – 2006, he also served as Master of Scholastics of the Basilian Fathers in Toronto. In August 2006, he was elected to the General Council of the Congregation of Priests of St. Basil and served for four years as Second Councilor. From December 1, 2011- until June 1, 2015, he served as President and Vice-chancellor of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario.    (View Profile)

Mr. Glen Stadtegger

Glenn Stadtegger is Vice President, International Tax, at TD Bank Group, North America’s 5th largest bank. Prior to joining TD, Glenn was Vice President, Corporate Development, at Sherritt International, a global natural resources company. Glenn holds a B. Comm. from St. Michael’s (1989) and a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (1994). Glenn has also obtained his Chartered Accountant designation (1996).