New Fellows and Associates 2022

Posted: July 13, 2022

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 new Fellow 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.

  • Appointed Fellows of the College (bios below): Peter Loewen and Anatole von Lilienfeld
  • Appointed Associates of the College, for two-year terms (bios below): Simon Appolloni, Alan Aspuru-Guzik and Michael Classens
  • Re-appointed Associates of the College, for two-year terms: Colin Furness, Rick Eckley, Igor Shoikhebrod, Julie Audet, Heather Darling Pigat, Avery Slater, Sophie Rousseaux, Maria Edilova, Shauna Sweeney, Alexandra Rahr, Ben Akrigg, Michele Anderson, Alexander Hampton, Andres Kasekamp, and Kim Strong

Appointments were approved by the Trinity College Board of Trustees on April, 28, 2022, and effective July 1, 2022; Professor von Lilienfeld’s appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees on October 14, 2021, effective July 1, 2022.


Fellows:

Anatole von Lilienfeld trained at ETH Zurich and the University of Lausanne before doing postdoctoral work at the Max Plank Institute, Mainz, New York University and UCLA. He has held Academic positions at the University of Basel and the University of Vienna, where he has gained an international reputation in quantum mechanics and rational compound design. He is an outstanding scholar and educator with excellent teaching evaluations and a reputation for willing engagement with undergraduate students. He joined the Department of Chemistry, in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto to a senior Chair position.

Peter Loewen is Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Director of PEARL (Policy, Elections, and Representation Laboratory) and Associate Director of the Schwartz-Reisman Institute. Trained at Mount Alison University and the Université de Montréal, Peter was recruited to the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2010. He has held positions as Director of the Centre for the Study of the U.S. in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance. An expert in the area of electoral systems and public policy, Peter was appointed Director of the Munk School in November 2021.

Associates:

Simon Appolloni is currently an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) in the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Trained at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University, Simon received his MDiv at St. Michael’s College and his PhD in Religious and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto in 2014. Bringing together religion and environmentalism, he has extensive teaching and mentorship experience and a demonstrated interest in engaging with undergraduate students. He has participated in Environmental High Tables at Trinity College as well as Sustainability panel discussions.

Alán Aspuru-Guzik is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Quantum Chemistry. Trained at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and UC Berkeley, Alan was recruited to Harvard University in 2006 where he rose through the ranks to Full Professor. He was recruited to the Canada 150 Research Chair in Quantum Chemistry at the University of Toronto in 2018 and is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Computer Science and is a Member of the Vector Institute of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Toronto. Professor Aspuru-Guzik has received numerous awards and has an extensive publication record in quantum chemistry and quantum computing.

Michael Classens has recently been appointed Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) at the School of the Environment, University of Toronto. Trained at the University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor, Michael received his PhD in Environmental Studies from York University. He was recruited to the Trent School of the Environment at Trent University and subsequently to the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Michael has an extensive track record as an educator and scholar in the field of sustainable food systems.