New Fellows and Associates 2020

Posted: July 06, 2020

As outstanding academics within the University of Toronto community, Trinity’s Fellows and Associates play an active role in the life of the College. Enhancing the student experience and enriching the College’s intellectual community, these newly appointed members of our community will make valuable contributions through their participation at events, programs and activities. Congratulations to our newest Fellows and Associates –  we are grateful for their commitment to Trinity and look forward to their ongoing engagement in the life of the College and with our students.

The appointments were approved by the Trinity College Board of Trustees on May 14, 2020, and are effective as of July 1, 2020.


Leslie Boehm, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Thierry Mallevaey, Kate Neville, Michael Sabia, and Simon Stern

Leslie Boehm was trained at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto where he is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and also an instructor and supervisor of independent studies at Trinity College. Les has an extensive track record in senior research administration and is interested in the history and future development of the Canadian health care system.

Nathalie Des Rosiers studied law at the Université de Montréal and received a LLM from Harvard University, before practicing law in London, Ontario with Lerners LLP while also a law professor at the University of Western Ontario. She served as dean of the civil law section at the University of Ottawa, president of the Law Commission of Canada, and general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She is a member of the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada. From 2016 she served as MP (Liberal) for the riding of Ottawa and later appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. She was re-elected in the 2018 general election and resigned her seat to become Principal of Massey College in 2019.

Thierry Mallevaey trained at Université de Lille II in France before postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado at Denver. Recruited to the Department of Immunology, University of Toronto in 2010, he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and has been appointed the Director of Immunology Program at Trinity College. His research focuses on innate T cells, mainly Natural Killer T cells, and their contribution in infectious and inflammatory diseases. He holds a Canada Research Chair in NKT Cell Immunobiology, and teaches various aspects of immunity to undergraduate students, including T cell biology and major histocompatibility complex function.

Kate Neville obtained her BSc from Queen’s University, an MA in Environmental Science from Yale University, and her PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. She is cross- appointed between the Department of Political Science and the School of the Environment at U of T. Her research interests are in global environmental politics, with a focus on resource governance, global commodity markets, and contested water and energy projects. Her publications include articles in Global Environmental Politics, Political Geography, Journal of Peasant Studies, Environmental Politics, and Third World Quarterly. She recently co-edited a special issue on “Transformative Water Relations: Indigenous Interventions in Global Political Economies” with Glen Coulthard in Global Environmental Politics (2019).

Michael Sabia earned his BA at U of T and graduate degrees from Yale University, before holding several senior positions in Canada’s federal public service, then at the Canadian National Railway where he served as CFO. Michael joined Bell Canada and become chief executive in 2002, and 2009 become chief executive of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which he left in 2019 to become Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at U of T.

Simon Stern received his BA from Yale, a PhD in English at UC Berkeley, then a JD at Yale, and is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar. While in law school he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. After law school he clerked for Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced litigation at Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C., and then served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Prof. Stern teaches and researches in the areas of law and literature, legal history, law and sexuality, and criminal law. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history.


Julie Audet, Rick Eckley, Maria Edilova, Colin Furness, Heather Darling Pigat, Alexandra Rahr, Sophie Rousseau, Igor Shoikhebrod, Avery Slater, and Shauna Sweeney

Julie Audet is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Vice Dean Engineering for Graduate Studies at U of T. Julie received a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology then another BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering at Laval University, her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and is a licensed Engineer in Ontario. Her expertise is in the development of algorithms for optimization of stem cell production, and uses statistics, machine learning and experimental studies to provide insights into cellular and molecular mechanisms of cell growth and proliferation. Julie has also been actively involved in mental health initiatives in the Faculty of Engineering.

Rick Eckley received his BA in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and his MA in Counselling and Transpersonal Psychology from the John Kennedy University (CA), with further certificates in psychotherapy an narrative therapy at advanced institutes. He has worked for 17 years at U of T’s Health and Wellness Centre as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and director of psychotherapy practicum training programs, while managing his own private practice as a psychotherapist. Rick has served U of T and the broader community in schools and workplaces as educator and presenter on anti-harassment, anti-violence, and anti-stigma programs. He is a guest lecturer at OISE, co-founder of a psychotherapy training institute and founding member of the Transgender Care initiative at Health and Wellness.

Maria Edilova received her BSc and PhD in Immunology from U of T, where she is now postdoctoral fellow and teaching assistant in the Immunology Dept. Her research concentrates on developing novel therapies for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and is an expert in Flow Cytometry.

Colin Furness is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Information teaching and research are focused on professional training pedagogy for emerging information professions and epidemiology. Colin received his BA from Trinity College, a MA and PhD in Information Studies at U of T, another MA in Public Health (Dalla Lana) and is completing another MA in Education (OISE). He is the Academic Lead of the Information Faculty’s Co-op program and Director of its professionalization course. Dr. Furness develops theory and practice to help students recognize and express their professional identity in a rapidly evolving labour market; and has recently appeared frequently as commentator for major Canadian news organisations on COVID-19.

Heather Darling Pigat is the Collections Manager at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery University of Toronto Art Centre. Heather received her BA in Art History from York University, a Diploma of Art Conservation Techniques from Fleming College, and an MA in Medieval Studies from U of T. Before her arrival at U of T, Heather was assistant curator at the RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, and Director of European and American Art at Ritchie’s Auctioneers. As part of her role at the Barnicke she mentors and administers many student interns at the Gallery each year and is an advocate for greater integration of learning in the classroom and the consultation of artifacts in collections, and the broader public purpose of preserving and conserving artifacts and art.

Alexandra Rahr received her BA and MA in English from Dalhousie University, and her PhD in English from the University of Toronto. Her fields of research and teaching include Disaster Studies, American literature, American Studies, and environmental humanities, and she is working on a book-length study Shelter from the Storm: Finding refuge in American Disasters. She is currently Bissell-Heyd Lecturer in American Studies, Centre for the Study of the United States at U of T, and Co-Founder of the university’s Environmental Humanities Network.

Sophie Rousseaux received her BSc in Biopharmaceutical Science, Medicinal Chemistry and her PhD in Chemistry at University of Ottawa. She was Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Chemistry at University of Oxford, and is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, U of T. Her main fields of research and supervision are in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Method Development, and Organometallic Chemistry.

Igor Shoikhebrod received his BA from U of T (a graduate of Trinity’s Ethics Society & Law program), MA in Political Science from York University, and PhD at the University of Toronto. His recent book was published as Revisiting Marx’s Critique of Liberalism: Rethinking Justice, Legality and Rights (2019). Igor was the Political Science and Philosophy Don at Trinity, then served as the Roy McMurtry Community Outreach Don, where he helped establish Humanities for Humanity 2.0. He also was graduate associates’ coordinator at the Centre for Ethics, U of T, and a leader in the Philosophers for Peace organization. Igor was the Halbert Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is an instructor in Trinity’s Ethics Society & Law program and lecturer in Political Science at UTM.

Avery Slater received her BA in English and MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington, an MPhil in Critical Theory at the University of Cambridge, an MA and PhD in English Literature at Cornell University. She has held Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently an assistant professor of Twentieth-Century American Literature in the Department of English and a specialist in the interdisciplinary study of artificial intelligence, poetry and poetics, and science and technology studies. Her current book project, Apparatus Poetica: Late-Modernist Poetics and the Rise of Computation, represents an extended analysis of the rise of information and computational technologies and a re-conceptualization of human and nonhuman forms of language.

Shauna Sweeney received her BA and MA in History and Political Science from U of T, and her PhD in History from New York University. She is currently cross-appointed as an assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies Institute and Department of History at U of T, where she is an historian of the African Diaspora specializing in the history of the Anglophone Caribbean. Her research interests focus on slavery and freedom in the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America, gender and slavery, early modern political economy, and the development of racial capitalism. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled “A Free Enterprise: Market Women, Insurgent Economies and the Making of Caribbean Freedom.”


Hilary Pearson

Hilary Pearson was formerly the President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national member association for family, independent and corporate grant makers in Canada since 2001. Ms. Pearson has been a director and member of several nonprofit boards, including Imagine Canada, the United Nations Association in Canada, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Centraide of Montreal and ECS School. Ms. Pearson holds a BA and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and an honorary doctorate from Carleton University. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018.


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