Board MemberBSc, MSc, PhD
President, University of Windsor
Dr. Alan Wildeman, BSc, MSc, PhD, was appointed as the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor on July 1, 2008.
Dr. Wildeman grew up in a Saskatchewan farm family, and received his BSc ('75) and MSc degrees ('77) in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in Genetics at the University of Guelph in 1982, and was awarded a NATO fellowship for postdoctoral work at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg, France, from 1982 to 1985. He accepted his first academic appointment at the University of Guelph in 1985, and in 1987 was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Biotechnology. His research interests have focused on various aspects of cancer cell biology and biotechnology. In 2001 he was appointed Vice-President (Research) at the University of Guelph.
While at the University of Guelph, he represented the University on the boards of a number of national research networks, and from 2004-2005 was Chair of the Ontario Council on University Research. From 2007-2008 he was Chair of the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, a broad consortium of North American universities focused on agriculture. He served from 2000 to 2005 on the Scientific Advisory Board of Foragen Technology Ventures, Inc., a venture capital program with the Royal Bank of Canada. From 2001-2008 he served on the City of Guelph Economic Development Advisory Council.
While serving as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor, in addition to the many responsibilities of President he served on the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2012, and currently serves on the Board of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Standing Committee on the Act and Bylaws for Universities Canada, and the Government and Community Relations Committee of the Council of Ontario Universities.
He includes among the most important times for the University the convocation ceremonies and the events that celebrate the achievements of students, faculty and staff.