Vanier Institute Welcomes New Appointments to the Board of Directors

The Vanier Institute is pleased to announce the election of three new Directors.

November 25, 2020

The Vanier Institute of the Family is pleased to announce the election of three new Directors. Joining the Board are Maha Fakih, Alain Robillard-Bastien and Rob Shea for three-year terms. Marie Vaillancourt remains Chair of the Board for another one-year term. In the coming months, the Board will focus on developing strategies to leverage the Institute’s research on the impacts of COVID-19 on family well-being.

Maha Fakih is an investment analyst at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where she works with the director to manage the foundation’s portfolio and shift it toward fully responsible investments. Maha is also a member of Helem Montreal, an organization focused on educating and fighting homophobia in the Arab-speaking community of Montreal, and serves on the Board of Apathy is Boring.

Founder and partner of Ergoweb Canada, Alain Robillard-Bastien has been working in the field of user experience (UX) for more than 25 years. His expertise includes user research, information architecture (IA), design, UX planning and usability testing. He has directed teams of experts in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. Alain holds a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Université de Montréal, and currently serves as Director of Volunteers for both the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) and the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) 2021 Conference.

Rob Shea, EdD, is Associate Vice-President (Academic), and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. With a multidisciplinary background, Rob has authored journal articles, book chapters and texts, and his career that has taken him from the front lines of social work and teaching to the boardrooms of national and international non-profits. Rob has served as president of numerous provincial, national and international organizations, including the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), the Newfoundland and Labrador Parkinson Society, the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and the International Association Student Affairs and Services.

The Institute looks forward to the collaboration, guidance and insight to come from these new Board members.

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