The Emeritus distinction is bestowed upon a limited number of retired staff members who have made an exceptional contribution to Fanshawe and are expected to continue their advocacy and contribution into retirement.
Laurel-Ann Hardie, Professor Emeritus
Laurel-Ann Hardie demonstrated exemplary teaching and passion for student success during her 29 years as a full-time professor in the School of Contemporary Media. Laurel-Ann is also a proud Fanshawe alumna, having graduated from the Television program in 1978.
Directly following graduation, Laurel-Ann accepted a full-time position with CBC Toronto, and was the first female Group 1 Technician hired at the network. From there, she advanced to post-production editor, production assistant, associate director, and coordinating producer. Laurel-Ann returned to Fanshawe in 1989 as a professor in the program from which she graduated, bringing with her CBC technical and production experience, which she integrated into program development and new courses.
Laurel provided leadership at Fanshawe as coordinator for our TV, Post-production and Multi-media (now Interactive Media) programs for 13 years. She served on a collaborative planning committee responsible for the design and construction of the Broadcast Centre in M Building, completed in 2004 and still the envy of media schools throughout the country.
She also played a crucial role in curriculum development, creating the School of Contemporary Media's first graduate certificate programs, and helped build Fanshawe's collaborative Media, Theory and Production programs with Western, including four Fanshawe diploma programs.
Laurel-Ann's positive reputation as a broadcast and digital media educator stems from her contribution to the national media education community. During her nineteen-year membership with the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC), including 12 years on the executive board and 6 years as president, she built a reputation for organizing successful and relevant conferences across Canada, benefiting educators and students in tv, radio, film and journalism programs.
During her time as BEAC president, she presented to the CRTC on behalf of national broadcast educational institutions on the topic of emerging talent in regard to media acquisitions and tangible benefits going forward. During an intense period of media consolidation in Canada, she provided a vital perspective on protecting the Canadian broadcast system for both consumers and the content creators of the future. Her efforts in these regards helped put Fanshawe on the map as one of the leading media schools in Canada.
Beyond these accomplishments, Laurel-Ann is a born networker responsible for fostering and managing numerous industry relationships providing experiential learning opportunities for students through internships across the country. She encouraged students and alumni in the industry to stay connected with Fanshawe by teaching and encouraging ongoing career networking.
She is well known for volunteer work in the London community, most notably as executive committee member and gala co-chair of Braz for the Cause, a non-profit organization providing short-term financial aid for those undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Laurel-Ann remains involved with Fanshawe following her retirement. She is a strong advocate for the College and sponsors an annual student award. Laurel-Ann will continue to promote and raise the profile of Fanshawe College programs.
Robert (Bob) Brine, Professor Emeritus
Robert (Bob) Brine demonstrated exemplary teaching and passion for student success during his lifetime of work at the St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus of Fanshawe College. The College opened in September 1967 and in 1968, the St. Thomas Adult Education Centre opened. Bob was one of the first faculty on site and for the next 48 years, until his retirement in 2016, he was deeply devoted to his students. Bob touched and changed the lives of countless students, nearly 5,000 individuals. His impact on his students, his colleagues, and the success of the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program is immeasurable.
In 2012, Bob was recognized with the President's Distinguished Teacher Award recognizing excellence in teaching and based on student rapport and teaching ability. His students have said he is compassionate, committed, positive and has a passion for teaching.
Bob is a strong advocate for students and for providing pathways for Literacy Basic Skills students -- pathways to literacy and numeracy upgrading; from social assistance to education to work; and from self-doubt to self-confidence. Bob has taken great pride in the accomplishments of his LBS students. His selflessness and dedication to students provided the emotional and intellectual framework for their success. He has helped many on their journey from illiteracy to college/university graduation and on to meaningful employment.
With humour and kindness, a strong commitment to the College mission and to student success, Bob was the heart and soul of what became the St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus and brought a sense of cohesiveness to the Campus team.
His long-standing role as Advisor to the Campus Student Council has benefitted numerous Councils. Each year, he worked with and mentored the Executive as they built their leadership skills, represented the student body and contributed to student life.
Bob remains involved with the College following his retirement, and specifically with the St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus by volunteering in the Literacy Lab Week; championing an effort to write a book on the history of the Campus; sponsoring an award for graduates of the LBS program; and assisting with fundraising efforts for the Campus.
A strong advocate for the College, Bob has always, and continues to promote and raise the profile of Fanshawe College programs, and specifically those at the St. Thomas/ Elgin Regional Campus.
Denise Blay, Professor Emeritus
Denise was hired as a part-time teacher in the Language and Communication Division in 1986 while still in the process of raising three children, running a dissertation typing and editing business, and working part-time at St. Joseph's Hospital as the manager's assistant in the Occupational and Physiotherapy Department. At Fanshawe, she quickly moved from part-time through partial load to full-time faculty, teaching communications in the Medical Office Administration Program and in the Paramedic Program. She also returned to the University of Western Ontario to complete her honours degree in English Literature.
During her early years with the College, she taught communication skills to the deaf to help them attain positions in a business office setting. In 1992, the Ontario government recognized her dedication and skill working with both deaf and blind students with the Glenn Crombie Award for working with students with special needs.
Also in the early '90s, Denise was selected as one of Fanshawe's facilitators for the newly formed College Educator Development Program. As a facilitator, she was responsible for shepherding a group of new faculty hires through all three stages of the program, plus designing and delivering a variety of workshops to prepare new teachers for the complexities of college teaching.
She moved to the Oxford Campus in Woodstock in 1996 where she developed and coordinated two vital programs that significantly contributed to growth at the campus: Human Resources and the original Business program for Oxford County. Enrolments remained high in both these programs, a tribute to Denise's expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication to her students. Equally important, Denise volunteered and delivered a weekly column for the Woodstock Sentinel Review to keep local readers current on what was happening at Fanshawe.
In 2002, she returned to the London campus to coordinate all communications courses throughout the College. In the early stages of the development of general education courses, Denise was called on to develop, rationalize, and expand all general education offerings across the college.
Feeling the need to continue her own education, Denise applied for a professional development leave and enrolled in the Journalism Program at UWO, completing her M.A. in 2005. Denise continued her role as coordinator of communications courses, helping develop and design offerings specific to a variety of programs, particularly for business students enrolled in graduate business programs. Denise demonstrated relentless energy during her spare time in reaching out to community partners; she conducted presentations at local schools, delivered writing workshops to local businesses, and hosted a number of gatherings at the college with industry partners with the intention of promoting the services of the college to the larger community.
An example of Denise's dedication to the college occurred during the fall of 2011, when Denise stepped up to assume the role of Acting Chair in the School of Language and Liberal Studies (SLLS), the largest school in the College. As Chair, she was responsible for all faculty, support, and administrative staff—full time and part time. Denise excelled and the School flourished under her leadership.
Denise continues to make considerable contributions to the College after retirement. She has recently joined our Centre of Academic Excellence as a curriculum coach in program course design and development. In addition, Denise has agreed to provide mentorship to new and seasoned faculty members. Through one-on-one meetings she provides coaching on course content, course scheduling, classroom management, college policies, and college procedures. Her advice and guidance to faculty will assist in providing an excellent student experience for those enrolled at Fanshawe. She also contributes to the community through various organizations such as her volunteer work with the Salvation Army. A strong advocate for the College, Denise has always, and continues to promote and raise the profile of Fanshawe College programs throughout communities served by the College.
Bert Denda, Professor Emeritus
Bert Denda retired from a distinguished 40-year teaching career in Fanshawe's Faculty of Technology in June 2014. Teaching was and is for Bert an authentic calling that not only enriched his own life but also the lives of his students and colleagues. As a gifted professor and a highly skilled surveyor, Bert demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for his profession and for sharing his knowledge with students.Throughout his career, Bert was committed to program and course quality, student success and raising the performance of students to the highest level possible so they were well-prepared for the workplace. A deeply humble role model, a leader and an inspiration, Bert was also an engaged and generous mentor to a large number of new faculty members over the years.
As an award-winning graduate of Fanshawe's Survey Technician program in 1970, Bert worked as a party chief and draftsman in the survey industry before joining the College in 1974. Then upon making the transition to the classroom, Bert remained committed to keeping his knowledge up-to-date by working in the industry during the summer months. Over the years, he applied that experience to developing courses in Electronic Digital Surveying, Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems for the Civil Engineering program in response to technological advances and worked tirelessly to give his students the best education possible.
In retirement, Bert will maintain a connection to the College as a part-time teacher and a valued mentor to faculty members and his continued mentorship and guidance will assist in providing an excellent student experience for those enrolled in Building Technology programs for years to come.
Howard W. Rundle, President Emeritus
Howard Rundle was appointed Fanshawe College's fourth President in 1995 and retired in August 2013.
Prior to accepting the appointment as President, Dr. Rundle held various positions at Fanshawe College joining the college in 1972 as its Director of Planning and Development. Since then he served as Director of Student Learning Resources, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, and for eight years as Fanshawe's Vice President Academic.
Howard received his undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Toronto obtaining an M.A., and Ph.D., in Physical Chemistry. Upon graduation, he worked at the University of Pittsburgh and then at York University in Toronto as a research scientist.
During his career, Howard Rundle was the Chair of the Ontario College Application Service Management Board, member of the Ontario Colleges Library Services Board of Directors, member of the College Employer Council Management Board, and served as a member of the Committee of Presidents of Colleges Ontario, serving as Chair for three terms. Locally, Howard is on the Board of the London Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Resource Planning and Audit Committee of the St. Joseph's Hospital Board, and he volunteers for the United Way of London and Middlesex.
Upon retirement, Howard was appointed President Emeritus of Fanshawe College.
Ross Gowan, Professor Emeritus
Ross recently retired from a 32-year career as a faculty member of Fanshawe College.
Serving for 20 years at the James N. Allan Campus in Simcoe, Ross developed and coordinated several programs specific for the unique needs of the Norfolk community, including the General Business Diploma program which later moved to London Campus. Transferring to the School of Business at London Campus in 2001, Ross was the inaugural coordinator for the Business Foundations Program, ensuring a strong beginning for this new program.
Preceding his retirement in 2012, Ross led a team of people in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business to develop the curriculum and submit applications to the Ministry to begin four new applied degree programs. He continues to serve as a Program Review Chair through the Centre for Academic Excellence.
Throughout his career, Ross demonstrated his belief in the power of community and Fanshawe's role in the community. He has been actively engaged in leadership and governance roles with several sectors in local and provincial communities, including the insurance industry, not-for-profit organizations, Rotary, municipal government, and his church. Taking sabbatical leave from Fanshawe in 2003, Ross managed an economic development project for Norfolk County that boosted the economy and planned the strategy for continued development.
Now retired, Ross has even more time to serve community, including Fanshawe.
Margot Sippel, Professor Emeritus
Margot recently retired from the School of Human Services after a long career spanning more than three decades. She has supervised and taught in five different programs within the School since 1976. Throughout her career, Margot has focused on curriculum innovation and global initiatives. She developed the infrastructure and procedures and led interprofessional, international field placements in Costa Rica since 2008.
Margot is a graduate of Fanshawe's Recreation and Leadership Program, graduating in 1972. She became the second person in Canada to be dually registered and certified as a Child Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and Art Therapist, 1995. She was subsequently certified by the International Board of Examiners of Certified Play Therapists as a Professor and Supervisor of Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, 1996. Currently, she completed the second year of a four year diploma program in analytical psychology leading to designation as a Jungian Analyst. Ms. Sippel co-edited the initial edition of the first Canadian text on Play and Art Therapy, Hand in Hand, a practical application of play and art therapy, 1997.
Margot was seconded as a Consultant with the Cognitive Psychology Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education researching collaborative knowledge building using technology, 1998-2000. During that time, she co-authored numerous successful research grant proposals and piloted that software in the Recreation and Leisure Program in 2000. She developed and taught a course accredited by the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy in the Child and Youth Worker Program, 1990-2012. In the spring of 2013, Margot will return to Central America, along with Fanshawe colleagues, to present findings from a recent "Investigation into Perceptions of a Healthy Lifestyle among Rural Costa Rican Children."
Although retired, Margot plans to assist with future international and globalization initiatives, such as placements in other countries, semesters abroad, collaborations with other institutions, and international research initiatives.
Dr. Roger Fisher, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Roger Fisher has been an educator in Canada for over 35 years, including eight years at Fanshawe College. While providing outstanding service to students as a Professor in the School of Language and Liberal Studies, Roger earned a PhD in Educational Research from the University of Western Ontario. Roger's doctoral thesis established a framework for building research capacity at Canadian colleges, and his contribution has been recognized on a national scale through grants, advisory roles, and commissions from a wide range of institutions dedicated to building research cultures at Canadian colleges. His significant and often cited research work has been supported by Industry Canada, the Canadian Council on Learning, Colleges Ontario, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, and the Higher Education Council of Ontario. Roger authored Ontario's first approved college certification program in college teaching, wrote a textbook on best practices in college teaching, co-authored a study of language programs at Ontario's 24 colleges, published a national study involving 2,400 college faculty, and a study of attrition involving over 6,500 college students.
At Fanshawe College, Roger leaves behind a significant legacy through his contributions to the advancement of our applied research and innovation agenda. In addition to his pioneering role in establishing the Research Consultant position, Roger made substantial contributions to Fanshawe's Research Ethics Board, and at the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation he mentored countless faculty engaged in applied research and scholarly activities.
Having now retired, Roger continues to represent Fanshawe as a contributor to provincial, national, and international organizations supporting college education and research.
Rod Cameron, Dean Emeritus
In a career that spanned more than 30 years, Rod provided outstanding leadership to Fanshawe's Faculty of Technology and to Ontario's colleges. He began as a professor, eventually becoming a Coordinator, Chair and, ultimately, Dean. He also acted as Fanshawe's Senior Vice-President Academic between Joy Warkentin's retirement and Lane Trotter's appointment.
In addition to being a well-regarded teacher, Rod excelled at creating partnerships. Fanshawe students in many programs now enjoy exciting learning opportunities and have access to industry-leading equipment, thanks to his work with industry partners. Rod continues to cultivate those partnerships for the College, with great results for our students.
Rod also continues to be active in supporting apprenticeship education. He is now serving as Chair of the new College of Trades, which supports the growth and development of Ontario's apprenticeship system. Even though he is officially retired, he dedicates a great deal of his time to this endeavour and, by extension, to students across the province.
Joseph Dunlop-Addley, Professor Emeritus
Joseph recently retired from a 39-year teaching career at the College. A very popular professor, he produced creative curriculum for numerous courses and programs, including the Liberal Studies and Film Studies majors, the latter unique within the Ontario College system. He also designed the Advanced Filmmaking program, serving as Program Coordinator.
Joseph is a Fanshawe graduate and a past recipient of the Fanshawe College Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a patron to the Fanshawe Fine Art program and to the Arts in London, and has been a significant and sustained volunteer with many non-profit agencies in the community. He is proud of his many years as an activist for progressive social change. For ten years, he was President of the AIDS Committee of London for which he received the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Since 1990, he has been a volunteer and now Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, a joint effort of Fanshawe College, the University of Western Ontario and the London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse. He is a founding member of the White Ribbon Foundation with its annual international campaign by men and boys to end violence against women.
While he is now retired from teaching, Joseph continues to guest lecture and promote Fanshawe and the arts. He is well known as someone who loves movies. Among many initiatives, he is working on a partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival that would open up opportunities for students to view films and attend speaking engagements in the Festival's new Bell Lightbox building.
Joy Warkentin, Vice-President Emeritus
In her extraordinary 40 year career, Joy always put students first. Her wisdom has been and will remain one of Fanshawe College's strengths.
Ms. Warkentin established a noteworthy record of leadership in Ontario and across Canada, while advancing the Province's college and health care systems. Her dedicated and insightful leadership led to dramatic increases in KPI results (provincial Key Performance Indicators for colleges), graduation rates and academic standards. Under her guidance, Fanshawe College also developed its first academic plan, established student success advisors in every faculty, made research a priority and added innovative new programs.
Ms. Warkentin was also recently honoured with:
- 2009 YMCA of Western Ontario's Women of Excellence Honouree, in the category of Education, Training and Development.
- Fifth annual Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2009, for her significant contributions to Ontario's college system throughout her career.
- Honorary Applied Degree from Fanshawe College in November 2008, recognizing her significant contribution to society, applied education and promotion of the College's image and reputation.