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Division of Finance and Administration

Carol McAulay
Vice-President Finance and Administration

Carol is responsible for York University’s largest non-academic division. She provides the university with prudent financial and operational stewardship in support of York’s reputation as a leading international teaching and research university and a driving force for positive change.

Carol McAulay is the Vice-President Finance and Administration. Reporting directly to the President and working with the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Vice-President Equity, People and Culture, the Vice-President Research and Innovation and the Vice-President of Advancement, the VPFA plays an integral role in the achievement of York University’s vision by overseeing the provision of responsive and accessible institutional services while ensuring that all York’s financial, capital, operational and physical resources are optimally deployed and effectively utilized.

Working with a team of assistant vice presidents, directors, and managers, the VPFA provides executive managerial leadership in financial planning and services, budgeting, capital project management, facilities operations, risk management services, community safety, procurement and contract management.

Carol is responsible for a portfolio of 11 departments, Finance, Budget and Asset Management, Internal Audit, Ancillary Services, University Information Technology, Community Safety, Sustainability, Facilities Services, University Services Centre, Service Transformation, and the Office of the Vice-President Finance and Administration. Each department is guided by its individual objectives in support of the division’s mission to advance the University’s goals and strategic priorities. Her service-centric philosophy, steady belief in relationship-building and her commitment to the delivery of high-quality professional services that enhance business processes was the catalyst for her executive sponsorship of the University’s Service Excellence Program (SEP). A program, when delivered, will enhance York’s service culture.

Carol is an experienced university executive with a reputation for aligning resources and activities with strategic direction, delivering results, and building responsive administrative organizations to support the institution’s academic mission. Her background includes extensive financial and executive level experience from Laurentian University, Simcoe County District School Board, St. Clair Catholic District School Board and the Ontario Federation of Students. A former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario, Carol holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree from the University of Guelph, a Master’s of Catholic Thought from St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo, and is a Chartered Accountant (CPA-CA), from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Carol is a true animal lover, spending any spare time she has on her family-owned hobby farm or riding her horse and participating in a variety of equestrian activities.

Ancillary Services

Anthony Barbisan
Executive Director

Anthony Barbisan leads the Ancillary Services department at York University. His portfolio includes student housing, food services, the bookstores, the YU-card program, transportation, parking, printing, mailing, and conference services as well as the office for temporary use of space.

A highly effective, service-oriented leader, Anthony’s strong business acumen and business development skills has led to the implementation of numerous projects and services to create positive change and enhance the campus experience for the entire York community.

When Anthony Barbisan completed his undergraduate degree in economics at York University, little did he realize that he would find a home and an undeniably distinguished career at the University. Since 1999 Anthony has demonstrated creativity, excellent relationship skills, sharp judgement and a strong strategic mindset that has propelled him through various and progressively responsible positions within the University.

With more than 15 years of leadership experience in identifying key business opportunities and steering them to success, Anthony has managed a diverse set of business operations with annual gross revenues in excess of $70 million. A client-centric leader, he fostered increased student engagement and improved environmental sustainability through improvements in the University’s Food Services department and saved students collectively from thousands of hours of line-ups and wait time with the implementation of the YU-card “one-card” program.

Anthony’s tremendous success over his more than 23 years at York has been a result of his exceptional leadership skills, engaging personality, collaborative approach, and his astute ability to identify opportunities that would benefit York’s students and the community.

Anthony’s exceptional aptitude in business is grounded in his educational achievements; he earned his Bachelor of Arts Specialized Honours degree in Economics and Business from York University and his Master of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is a member of several industry associations and has presented on topics including financial management and controls, marketing and system implementations.

Committed to giving fully of his time and energy to all the areas he oversees at York, he is equally engaged in the active lives of his two children. When he is not being a soccer-dad in summer, he is doing ‘drop-offs’ for vocal classes— often leading an aria in the car. And when leisure time permits, he is an avid home cook, a game enthusiast, and a member of his community bowling league.

Budgets & Asset Management

Ran Lewin
Assistant Vice-President Budgets and Asset Management

Ran Lewin assumed the role of Assistant Vice-President Budgets, Planning and Asset Management in September 2020.  Ran is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the University Executives, Board of Governors and other Board Committees in the areas of budget and asset management. He also provides leadership direction for managing and maintaining the University’s SHARP budget model, the development and implementation of an asset management system and advancing York’s vision for service excellence.

In 2003 Ran Lewin joined York University’s Internal Audit department as a Senior Auditor. He was promoted in 2012 to Director, Internal Audit where he served as the University’s chief audit executive and led a dedicated team that supported the Board of Governors and the University Executive in the performance of their governance responsibilities. He has spearheaded auditing and Enterprise Risk Management initiatives using a collaborative approach to advance and support the University’s strategic priorities. In 2019, Ran was appointed Director of Budgets and Planning where he was responsible for the planning and co-ordination of the University's operating and ancillary budgets. A financial operations leader with expertise in higher education, Ran’s dedication, commitment, and passion, has consistently added value in every role he has held at York. In September 2020, Ran assumed the role of Assistant Vice-President Budgets, Planning and Asset Management with responsibility for providing strategic guidance to the University Executives, Board of Governors and other Board Committees in the areas of budget and asset management. He also provides leadership direction for managing and maintaining the University’s SHARP budget model, the development and implementation of an asset management system and advancing York’s vision for service excellence.

Ran holds designations for both Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant (CA and CPA) in Canada and South Africa. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Johannesburg.
A avid explorer, Ran has travelled across the continents of Africa, Europe and North America, discovering the beauty of the world around us and becoming one with nature - and his backpack.

Community Safety

Samina Sami
Executive Director

Samina Sami joined York University in 2016 as the University’s first Executive Director, Community Safety, following a distinguished 23- year career in public and community service. She oversees Emergency and Crisis Planning and Response, Community Relations and Crime Prevention, Investigations, Fire Prevention, goSAFE and Security.  Committed to relationship-building and stakeholder engagement, she collaborates with internal and external partners and community groups to build diverse and inclusive approaches to serve the York community.

Samina Sami is the University’s inaugural Executive Director for Community Safety. Driven by passion with a holistic vision for collaborating with diverse communities on issues of justice, public policy, and socio-economic development, using equitable and inclusive practices that support communities to have the independence to meet sustainable needs, Samina takes a proactive approach to engage with community members and external partners to deliver innovative solutions for complex challenges and crises.

Since joining York , Samina has led large-scale transformational projects that create positive change; she led a community driven safety strategy, steered the development of a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI)I learning lab for emergencies, managed the development of updated emergency planning processes, directed the planning process for the North American Indigenous Games and Invictus Games at the University , and played a pivotal role in the planning and opening of two new subway stations on York’s Keele campus.

A creative and results oriented professional with an enthusiasm for people, organizational change, and innovation, Samina has led diverse teams earning multiple awards for innovation, teamwork, and excellence. A savvy business leader, unflustered during a crisis, Samina commands York’s Emergency Operations Centre guiding the University through preparedness and recovery for COVID-19.

A fervent life long learner, Samina holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Education from the University of Toronto, a joint Global Executive Master of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business, York University and Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, in addition she has a Senior University Administrators Certificate from the University of Manitoba.

Facilities Services

Brad Parkes
Assistant Vice-President, Facilities Services

Brad Parkes is a seasoned facilities leader with over 30 years of experience in facilities management, construction, planning, design, operations, space management and sustainability from the education sector.

Brad joined York University in December 2020. will lead the planning, development, maintenance, and stewardship of York’s campuses to advance teaching, learning and research. He will lead efforts to continue York’s commitment to sustainability in design, construction, and operation of our campuses and to creating positive change at the University. He will collaborate with University leaders on capital funding plans and projects and oversee the execution of new construction and renovation projects.
Brad has led Laurentian’s facility services since 2014. He oversees space planning, design, capital projects, maintenance, operations, shipping and receiving, energy and sustainability. Managing budgets in excess of $100 million and initiatives of over $50 million, Brad’s visionary leadership and transparent management style has led to strong and cohesive multi-functional matrix teams to advance Laurentian’s strategic vision. Prior to assuming the position of associate vice president facility services at Laurentian, Brad was responsible for capital projects.

Before he joined Laurentian, Parkes spent almost 25 years with the Simcoe County District School Board as manager of design and construction, where he directed over 80 projects and managed budgets up to $120 million annually.

Brad is a sports enthusiast and an active member of his community. He is driven by a passion for paying it forward and has been recognized by organizations such as Kin Canada and the Ontario Paralympic Winter games for volunteerism, dedication, and commitment. He has used his extensive knowledge and experience in facilities management to assist institutions like Maison McCulloch Hospice, Sudbury and the Northern Watersport Centre with facilities planning, as a volunteer member of the building committee.

Financial Services

Wendy Miller
Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Wendy Miller joined York University on April 5, 2021 as Assistant Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, and a senior member of the division’s leadership team.   She works collaboratively with university executives and the Board of Governors to provide leadership and direction for the Finance portfolio. She participates in and supports strategic and operational decision making and works to advance York’s vision for service excellence.

Wendy is a senior finance executive with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector. Before joining York, Wendy was the Chief Financial Officer at Strellson North America Ltd., where she managed risk and led the organization through transition and change to ensure its financial stability. Prior to that Wendy worked as an independent accounting and financial consultant accounting for portfolios up to $100 million, delivering business results and overseeing organizational risk through the development of strategy in the areas of budget and accounting, financial management, change and knowledge management. In addition, she held progressively senior positions with Ernst & Young LLP as assurance manager, senior manager, and associate partner, specializing in the not-for-profit sector. She also worked with a range of public, private, government, public- private partnerships and not-for-profit clients including York University. In addition to her Chartered Professional Accountants designation (CPA-CA), Wendy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.

An active volunteer, Wendy donates her time and knowledge, currently serving as Treasurer of her son’s school council; for eight years she served as a member of the Finance committee for the Mary Centre. An outdoor enthusiast, Wendy enjoys hiking and kayaking and when she is closer to home, she enjoys walks with her family, including her fluffy 100-pound Alaskan Malamute.

Internal Audit

Weiling Li
Interim Director, Internal Audit

Weiling Li joined York University in 2006 as a Senior Internal Auditor and in 2021 she was appointed to the position of Associate Director, Internal Audit.

Weiling Li, is the Interim Director of York's Internal Auditing Department. For the past 15 years, Weiling has worked closely with the community to deliver on the Internal Audit mandate for continuous improvement of internal controls and management processes. Prior to joining York University, Weiling held multiple roles across the Public Accounting, Banking and Insurance industries. Weiling’s academic accomplishments include a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham, in addition to achieving the designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Certified Accountant (UK), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Office of the Vice President Finance and Administration

Richard Silva
Senior Executive Officer

Richard joined the University in July 2018 after more than 23 years of progressive experience with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).  He provides executive level support to the Vice-President Finance and Administration in the day-to-day management of the division in support of the divisional and institutional goals.

Richard Silva, Senior Executive Officer in the Office of the Vice-President Finance and

Administration reports to and supports the Vice President Finance and Administration. 

He works collaboratively with the division’s senior leadership team to accomplish Divisional priorities as well as support University objectives.  Richard and his small and agile team in the OVPFA supports the VPFA along with the eleven departments and programs that make up the division to:

  • Provide consistent divisional experiences
  • Enhance the division’s reputation for delivering professional and quality services
  • Create, grow, and sustain a positive divisional culture through communication.

Prior to joining York, Richard served 23 years as an Aerospace Engineer Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force branch of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).  During his time with the CAF, Richard served in a wide breadth of leadership roles, including operational tours in support of the CC130 Hercules fleet both at home and abroad, engineering management, and recruiting, concluding his career as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Canadian Forces College.

Richard enjoys the outdoors, honing his fishing and golfing skills as well as taking on home improvement projects.  He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Service Excellence Program

Denise Mirabelli
Director, Project Management Office, Service Excellence Program

Denise joined York University in 2010, since then she has held various senior positions in human resources, organizational management, restructuring, operations, financial management, organizational design and business transformation. She is a highly experience leader with extensive experience from higher education and consulting.

Denise Mirabelli is the Director of the Project Management Office (PMO) for the Service Excellence Program (SEP). With over 15 years experience in academic Faculties, a solid understanding of University business operations, and six years of experience consulting in higher education, Denise is responsible for guiding the activities within the PMO to help the University achieve its vision of service excellence.

An experienced manager and leader in human resources, project and change management, Denise led the design and implementation of standardized departmental structures and staff positions as part of a Faculty merger at York.

Over the past four years, Denise has led the UniForum program, an initiative to engage the University community in gathering cost, location, and effectiveness data on all University services, and to benchmark York’s services against other Canadian and international Universities. She also led Service Transformation, a program which used the UniForum data to assess and identify service priorities; priorities that are now the focus of the Service Excellence Program.

In addition to her Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, Denise is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) as well and a certified management consultant. She is a fervent believer in moulding young minds, which she does through her volunteering and mentoring. As part of her personal approach to well-being, Denise enjoys long walks, reading and cooking, with her favourite time being— anytime that she is with her three grown children.

Sustainability

Nicole Arsenault
Program Director

Nicole Arsenault is a sustainability champion at York University. She provides strategic leadership for the development, implementation and management of plans and initiatives designed to incorporate and advance principles of sustainability across York’s campuses.

Nicole Arsenault is the Program Director for Sustainability at York. She was instrumental in the establishment of the university’s Sustainability Strategy and is now leading efforts on a range of programs to integrate sustainability into all parts of campus life. Driven by an unrelenting passion, Nicole employs a partnership approach with colleagues to help foster a culture of sustainability, to create positive change for our community and the world around us.
Prior to joining the Sustainability office, Nicole worked as the Manager of Transportation, where she led the implementation of several institutional sustainable transportation solutions and identified opportunities in which the University could advance its leadership role in sustainability.

Nicole’s personal and professional life very often intersect, with her personal values of sustainability and social responsibility very much aligned with those of the university.

As a mom with a young son, she is motivated to creating a better world for future generations. To help champion sustainable and environmentally conscious ways of thinking, Nicole sometimes make guest appearances in classrooms, and has been a guest speaker on a podcast with on this topic.

Nicole is currently pursuing a graduate degree in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Studies. Her interests include climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable transportation and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Nicole loves family time, hiking through nature and doing yoga. Is it any wonder Nicole’s favourite colour is teal; a colour (like other green/blue hues) that is associated with serenity, calm, nature, and water.

University Information Technology

Donald Ipperciel
Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Donald leads York’s digital strategy, where technology becomes a powerful tool to enhance student, faculty and staff experience as well as agency. The technology portfolio includes academic technologies (with a special emphasis on innovation), end-user and classroom support (known as IT Experience), IT and communication infrastructure, enterprise applications, data warehousing and analytics and Ass at continuous improvement and process automation.

Donald and his team of IT professionals are driven by passion to create positive change. They are committed to ensuring that the value-added services they provide are aligned to York’s mission, vision and academic priorities.

Donald Ipperciel is the University’s Chief Information Officer; a position he has held since 2018. Donald joined York University as Principal of Glendon College in 2014 from the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean, where he was Professor of Political Philosophy and served in several administrative roles, including Vice-Dean, Associate Dean Research, Associate Dean Information Technology and Innovation, and Director of the Canadian Studies Institute. He was the Francophone Editor of the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology from 2010 to 2020.

In 2011 he founded Oohoo IT Services, a spin-off company specializing in learning technologies. Prof. Ipperciel is a graduate of the Université de Montréal where he earned his BA and MA and received his PhD from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg. He was a Canada Research Chair between 2002 and 2012 and was made "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques" in 2017 by the French Republic. Donald has been the President of the Alliance Française de Toronto, since 2018 having served on its board since 2016.

Donald and his team within the University Technology department (UIT) have led major initiatives that drive positive change at York. Some of those initiatives include the creation of an IT Innovation Lab benefiting academic technologies, launching the IBM Watson powered Student Virtual Assistant, co-chairing the Student Systems Renewal Program and a major classroom technology refresh to name a few.

A true technologist, Donald provides blogposts, articles and suggested readings to help keep us abreast of today’s fast changing world of technology.

University Services Centre

Charles (Chuck) Frosst
Assistant Vice President

Chuck’s long and outstanding career spans a variety of organizations from across the globe. He is a distinguished business leader who has identified operational constraints and challenges and designed and delivered solutions to transform and improve operational performance.

Charles “Chuck” Frosst is the Assistant Vice President, University Services Centre (USC). Chuck joined the University in 2019 to help foster a service-culture within the University.
Chuck’s career has been focused on business strategy, operations and human resources. Prior to joining York in 2019, he led international teams in human resources, marketing and operations. He has held various general management positions at Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Aveos and MDS Inc. Chuck has worked extensively in North America, Europe, UAE, Central America, Eastern Asia and India and focused on multiple industry sectors such as Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, IT, and Software Development. He has also had the pleasure of running two software start-up companies, growing them into going concerns in their markets.

In 2017 he launched a privately run business consulting practice- Frosst Business Partners (FBP), where he focused on improving business performance and coaching.

Chuck, together with some of his business colleagues currently run a private initiative that supports high school students. They coach and harness the entrepreneurial drive of these young minds, helping them to convert software ideas into competitive marketable products.

Over the years Chuck has donated his time and expertise both as a board member and fund-raising committee member in support of finding cures for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease. Chuck has a bachelor of arts degree in Labour Economics and Industrial Psychology and is a native of Montreal. Currently he and his partner call King City home, where together they have stewardship of six wonderfully engaging daughters.