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Dr. Alan Wildeman

President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Windsor


President Alan WildemanAlan Wildeman, BSc, MSc, PhD, was appointed as the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor for a six year term beginning on July 1, 2008.  In November, 2012, the Board of Governors renewed his appointment for a second six year term, commencing July, 2014.

Dr. Wildeman was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and received his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.  He completed his PhD in Genetics at the University of Guelph in 1982, and was awarded a NATO fellowship for postdoctoral work at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg, France, from 1982 to 1985.  He accepted his first academic appointment at the University of Guelph in 1985, and in 1987 was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Biotechnology.  Throughout his academic career he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of topics including genetics, biotechnology, and art history. In 2001 he was appointed Vice-President (Research) at the University of Guelph.  His research interests have focused on various aspects of cancer cell biology and biotechnology, and he served for many years on review panels for the Medical Research Council and National Cancer Institute of Canada.

In his role as Vice-President (Research) at the University of Guelph, Dr. Wildeman worked closely with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in providing oversight of provincially supported programs in agricultural research, food safety testing and animal health surveillance.  These programs had a strong emphasis on industry partnerships across Ontario.  He represented the University of Guelph nationally and internationally, serving on the boards of a number of national research networks and industry organizations including BIOTECanada.  From 2004-2005 he served as Chair of the Ontario Council on University Research, and from 2007-2008 he was Chair of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, a broad consortium of North American universities focused on agriculture.  He served from 2000 to 2005 on the Scientific Advisory Board of Foragen Technology Ventures, Inc., a venture capital program with the Royal Bank of Canada.  He has taken a strong interest in university-community relations, and from 2001-2008 served on the City of Guelph Economic Development Advisory Council.

While serving as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor, he currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the President’s Advisory Panel on Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Standing Committee on the Act and Bylaws for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Government and Community Relations Committee of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Dr. Wildeman is motivated by the University of Windsor’s mission of enabling people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement. He includes among the most important times for the University the convocation ceremonies, the events that celebrate excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and the opportunities to recognize the achievements of students, faculty and staff.