Provincial Government Announces Appointments to Board of Regents at Memorial University

The Honorable Krista Lynn Howell, Minister of Education, today announced seven appointments to the Memorial University Board of Regents.

Appointed for three-year terms, the new members include:

  • Bob Hallett;
  • Ashrafee Tanvir Hossain;
  • Justin Ladha;
  • Chief Brendan Mitchell;
  • Nathalie Pender;
  • Tim Powers; and
  • Lynn Zurel.

The Board of Regents, along with Memorial University’s Senate, is responsible for all matters related to programming, qualifications of employees, and all other matters deemed to be in the best interest of the institution. The Board of Regents consists of individuals with a diverse range of knowledge and expertise.

In May, amendments were made to strengthen and modernize the Memorial University Act. These amendments included changes to the governance structure of the Board of Regents to allow for teaching staff on the board. Memorial University and the Memorial University Faculty Association requested the addition to the board.

Biographical information on the appointees can be found in the background below.

“Congratulations to the new members of the Board of Regents. The knowledge and perspective each member brings to the board is immeasurable. May the future of Memorial University be filled with great success as you help guide this important institution and its contributions to the social and economic fabric of the province.”
Honorable Krista Lynn Howell
Minister of Education


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Biographical Information of Appointees to Memorial University’s Board of Regents

Bob Hallett
Bob Hallett is an award-winning musician, published author, and music consultant. He is the Executive Producer and Chief Operating Officer of Terra Bruce Productions, a musical theater company with production and rehearsal facilities in Toronto and St. John’s. Mr. Hallett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Fredericton.

Dr. Ashrafee Tanvir Hossain
Dr. Ashrafee Tanvir Hossain joined the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University in 2013. Hossain is a published researcher whose research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, financial regulations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. Dr. Hossain is a member of the CFA Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in finance from Concordia University.

Justin Ladha
Justin Ladha is Chief Executive Officer of KMK Capital Inc. He has experience as a member of the Board of Directors of Nalcor Energy-Oil and Gas Inc. He is a Past Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, and a member of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club Executive. Mr. Ladha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University and an Institute of Corporate Directors ICD. D designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Chief Brendan Mitchell
Chief Brendan Mitchell is the Chief of Qalipu First Nation. He has experience serving as the Interim Regional Chief for Newfoundland at the Assembly of First Nations in Canada; with the Independent Appointments Commission for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for the Second Battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Chief Mitchell holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Memorial University.

Natalie Pender
Nathalie Pender was born in Paris and has been teaching French as a second language for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Francophone committee; the Canadian Association for Teacher Education; Association des Professeures de français des universités et collèges canadiens; and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Her current research is about the degenderization of language (English and French).

Tim Powers
Tim Powers is Chair of Summa Strategies and the Managing Director of Abacus Data. He has experience on the boards of Melanoma Canada and the Jack Purcell Recreation Association, and is a Class B member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University, a Master of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University, a Master of Sciences degree from the London School of Economics, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors with ICD.D designation.

Lynn Zurel
Lynn Zurel is the Chief Financial Officer of Stonebridge Capital Inc. She has experience on the Board of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation; the Muskrat Falls Oversight Committee; the St. John’s Transportation Committee; and is Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 37th Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. Ms. Zurel holds a CPA, CA, and ICD. D designation, and she holds leadership roles with the boards of a wide variety of national, provincial and local not-for-profit organizations.

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