Mark Nogalo

Chair/External Representative

Mark Nogalo is Vice President of Operations at Essar Steel Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Mark has held a variety of positions at Essar Steel Algoma over the past 27 years spanning Operations, Engineering, Maintenance and Energy Management.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Masters of Business Administration from Lake Superior State University. Mark is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Asima Vezina

President and Vice-Chancellor

Asima C. Vezina joined the Algoma University leadership team as President and Vice-Chancellor on October 23, 2017, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in education.  

Asima is well known to the community of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas. She was raised in the communities of Bruce Mines and Desbarats and is one of three siblings of Dr. David and Zahida Croskery.  Asima resides in Sault Ste. Marie with her husband Mitch and two children Eric and Emilie.

Asima believes in the individual and collective strengths within and across an organization, bringing people together collaboratively, in focused action toward a common vision. Her leadership style is characterized by a strong sense of community, teamwork, pride, and accountability, and putting student success and excellence in teaching and learning at the centre of the organization.  

Shirley Horn


Shirley Horn is the first-ever Chancellor of Algoma University, effective June 13th, 2015. She was sworn in at the University’s annual Convocation ceremony, thereby commencing her five-year term.

Horn is from Chapleau, Ontario, and at the age of five was sent to St. Johns Indian Residential School. She was then transferred to the Shingwauk Indian Residential School at the age of seven, where she remained for six years. In 2005, Horn returned to the Shingwauk Indian School Residential School site – now the home of Algoma University – to enroll in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.  As a rare graduate of both the Residential School and the University, she received a standing ovation at Convocation in 2009. In 2015, she received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Algoma University Alumni Council.

Chancellor Horn serves as the titular head of the institution. She participates in major ceremonies and events, including the annual September Induction as well as Convocation. Horn confers all degrees. By acting as an ambassador of Algoma U, she also helps to raise the profile of the University as well as assist in both relationship-building and fundraising initiatives. Horn provides support to the University President, as requested, and promotes the University’s special mission in regards to Anishinaabe education. 

Pauline Danquah

Algoma University Students' Union Representative

Pauline Danquah is the current Vice President of Campus Affairs for Algoma University’s Student Union. She is in her second year, and currently majoring in Law & Justice and Political Science with a minor in Sociology. As an executive member of the union, she wants to create an environment where students can speak freely about any issues or concerns, as well as any implementations they may have regarding campus affairs. Her goal and vision is to have more students, and perhaps faculty, attend and engage in school events to create a safe space for everyone. She wants everyone to feel comfortable on campus, and to feel free to express their own lifestyles.

Pauline hopes to meet as many students as she can, and to run campaigns that will be beneficial to everyone.

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Lana Grawbarger

Shingwauk Education Trust and the Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig Representative

Lana Grawbarger is the Anglican Church representative on the Shingwauk education Trust Board. She is the the great great granddaughter of Chief Shingwauk and granddaughter of the late Dr. Dan Pine. She served three terms on the Council for Native Ministry at the national church level and worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 30 years as a teacher, program director and consultant. She is a lay pastor and servant for the community of Garden River and surrounding area. With God’s help, she carries and is committed to carrying forth Shingwauk’s vision.

Cheryl Jamieson

Shingwauk Aboriginal Students' Association

Cheryl Jamieson is a recent graduate of the Anishinaabemowin Bachelor of Arts program at Algoma University and is currently enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Social Work Professional Year’s program. She strongly feels these two degrees will complement each other perfectly when she begins to work for Anishinaabe people in the near future; as language and care of Anishinaabe people has always been her driving force and passion.

Anne Marie Jones

Garden River First Nation Representative

Anne Marie Jones began her career with the Garden River First Nation Education Unit as the Social Education Counsellor for both the In-School (elementary and high school) program and the Post-Secondary program in November 1988.  An increase in students and program responsibilities led to the creation of a two additional full-time positions and Anne Marie accepted the position of Post-Secondary Counsellor in 1992.Throughout the years, Anne Marie has thoroughly enjoyed working with the members of Garden River First Nation. She has supported and witnessed many Garden River First Nation members achieve their academic and career goals.

She is responsible for administering all aspects of the post-secondary program from budgeting to completing the annual Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada report.  Most importantly, she provides daily support to students in their educational endeavors. Anne Marie provides education counselling, monitors attendance/progress, liaises with professors, school personnel and INAC on any issues/concerns that affect her students, the First Nation and thus all Anishinaabe peoples. She is a strong advocate for necessary changes and revisions to the National PSSSP Program.

Anne Marie has been an active member on the Anishinaabe People’s Council and other advisory committees at the university for many years.

Alex Lambert

External Representative

Alex Lambert is the CEO of the Group Health Centre. His career spans the public and private sectors across several different industries, most recently with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, where he led contract negotiations on behalf of the government, and CML Healthcare, where he led a 3-year Canadian acquisition program for diagnostic imaging.  He has an MBA from UWO (Ivey).

Rose Linkater

Support Staff Representative

Rose Linklater has been with the university since 2001, and is currently the Coordinator of Housing and Conference Services. She is a member of the OSSTF District 35 Staff Executive and has been treasurer for the last 10 years.

Rose graduated from the university when it was affiliated with Laurentian, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting. She is the community member for the Algoma District School Board Parent Involvement Committee, and has been a prior board member representing the staff at the university.

Mike Moraca

External Representative

Mike Moraca has been working in the Steel Industry for over a decade. Currently Mike is the Treasurer at Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  With over 13 years of corporate experience he has worked in varying finance roles in fast paced and continuously changing environments.

Mike holds Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario with a concentration in Finance. He also is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, holding the designation CPA, CMA.

Mike Nadeau

External Representative

Mike Nadeau is the Chief Administrative Officer with the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board.

Mike has 17 years of experience in human service delivery. Currently he is responsible for the delivery and system management of Ontario Works, Community Child Care, Social Housing, and land ambulance Emergency Medical Services. Previously, Mike was the Executive Director of the Ontario Native Welfare Administrators’ Association for over 12 years.

Mike possesses a Master of Business Administration from Cape Breton University, concentration in Community Economic Development. He is a subject matter expert on the administration of social services, program development and homelessness issues in Northern Ontario. Mike has served on numerous regional provincial reference groups and tables and in 2015 he was appointed to the provincial Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness, reporting to the Deputy Premier, President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.  In 2016/17 he served as a member of the Community Adjustment Committee  for the City of Sault Ste. Marie tasked with developing a comprehensive long term community plan.    

David Nanang

Vice-Chair of the Board

Dr. David Nanang is the Director General at Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre. Dr. Nanang first joined the Great Lakes Forestry Centre as Director of Forest Ecology in March 2009. Dr. Nanang has extensive experience through several senior-level positions within the Government of Canada. He first started his career with the federal public service as an Economist with Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa in 2003. Subsequently, he held positions with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as a Senior Policy Advisor and as an Environmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor.

Dr. Nanang is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and represents Natural Resources Canada on the Great Lakes Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors (Ex-Officio) of the Invasive Species Centre.

Internationally, Dr. Nanang has held forestry positions in Ghana including as Deputy District Forest Officer and Lecturer in Forestry at the University for Development Studies. He was a key member of the Taskforce that established the University of Environment and Sustainable Development in Ghana.

Dr. Nanang has a BSc in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, an MSc in Forestry from Lakehead University and a PhD in Forest Economics from the University of Alberta. He has authored one book, co-authored another, and co-edited a book on natural resources. Dr. Nanang has published extensively in prestigious peer-reviewed journals on topics in technical forestry and forest/natural resource and environmental economics.

Mark Pitcher

AU Alumni Representative

Mark Pitcher is a Senior Financial Analyst with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie where his work is currently focused on budgeting and forecasting in the gaming sector. Prior to joining OLG, Mark served in accounting and finance management roles in the private sector as well as public accounting with KPMG LLP.

Mark was admitted to membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in May of 2010 and holds his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation.

Mark was deeply involved in student life as President of the Algoma University Student Union prior to graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (hons) degree, with a specialization in Accounting.

Christine Sayers

Batchewana First Nation Representative

Christine Sayers has worked in the post-secondary education environment since 2000. She works with Batchewana First nation students who are transitioning to College or University throughout North America.  Prior to that Christine has experience working with students from the Northern Remote communities, who leave their home communities to seek a High-school Education.  And prior to that I worked with Elementary and High School students.

Christine has served as an Algoma University Board of Governors member representing Batchewana First nation for the past few years. Christine has also been was involved with Algoma University’s Anishinaabe Peoples Council  for about 8 years and counting.

Shelley Schell

External Representative

Currently, Shelley is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the City of Sault Ste Marie and as such is responsible for the leadership and direction of Finance, Accounting, Tax, Information Technology and Purchasing. This involves the implementation, production and maintenance for all financial records, budgets, budget controls and the internal audit. Shelley is also responsible for municipal fiscal policy development and has held various finance and accounting management positions in both the private and public sectors over the last 25 years.

István Imre

Senate Representative

Dr. István Imre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and presently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Success and Wellbeing. István joined Algoma University in 2006 and was instrumental in developing the Biology Department. Over the past 12 years, István contributed to the development of B.Sc. Honours degrees in Biology and Environmental Science, conducted research aimed at controlling sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes, and served in a broad variety of roles, including departmental chair, speaker of Senate, faculty association executive, tenure and promotions committee and various appointments committees. István’s contributions to teaching, research and service at Algoma University were recognized by the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013.

István holds a B.Sc. in Fisheries Biology and an M.Sc. in Zoology from University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Biology from Concordia University. Prior to joining the faculty ranks at Algoma University, István completed postdoctoral fellowships at Universite de Montreal and McGill University.

Noni Boyle

Faculty Associate Representative

Noni Boyle teaches in the Department of Music and Visual Art. She has been a faculty member since 2006. She has held various positions since joining the Algoma University team: President and Past-President of AUFA; Chair of Humanities; Chair of Fine Arts & Music Department; Member (and Interim-Chair) of TPC/PRC; and Senate Executive. She has also served on Senate Committees such as Academic Planning & Priorities, Curriculum Committee, Research Ethics, and Scholarship. Before beginning her university teaching career, Noni worked in arts administration for the City of Calgary, directing a busy arts centre, and working as an arts consultant. Noni holds a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Alberta.