dr. vianne timmons (she/her)

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Dr. Vianne Timmons became the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial at the beginning of April 2020, coming from the University of Regina where she had served as president since 2008.


She holds a BA (Mt. Allison), B.Ed. (Acadia), M.Ed. (Gonzaga) and PhD (Calgary).


Her many awards include being named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women on four occasions; a YMCA of Regina Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award; the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education’s Leadership and Influence Award in Education and Public Policy for promoting policies to enhance gender equity; the Senior Women Academic Administrator of Canada Recognition Award for promoting diversity; and the first Gender and Leadership in Higher Education Award (EMULIES). In 2017 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her lifetime contributions to inclusive education, family literacy, Indigenous post-secondary education and women’s leadership.


An active volunteer, Dr. Timmons currently serves on various boards and committees, including as: member, Women Deliver National Committee to promote gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women; member, Status of Women Advisory Committee on the Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions; and co-chair, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.


She also joined the Prosperity Project, a coalition of more than 60 female leaders who are working to mitigate the impacts of COVID 19 on Canadian women.