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External Advisory Committee

The Markham Campus External Advisory Committee (MCEAC) provides an essential link between the University’s newest campus and the York Region community, fostering opportunities for communication, collaboration, and development of the York University Markham Campus (MC). Membership is comprised of corporate, not for profit and civic leaders who are selected by the President upon recommendation and serve for a two-year term. The Committee advises the President on matters related to academic programming; community engagement and partnership; opportunities for experiential learning and the integration of higher education into regional economic development planning.  

MCEAC Members 

  • Rhonda Lenton, President & Vice-Chancellor, York University  
  • Amir Asif, Vice-President Research and Innovation, York University  
  • Deb Pimentel, General Manager – Technology, IBM Canada
  • Wayne Emmerson, Chair, Region of York   
  • Sai-Kit Eng, Senior Director of Engineering Operations, Qualcomm  
  • Ted Graham, Principal, GM Ventures  
  • Loretta Lam, York University Board of Governors 
  • Lesley Davidson, President & Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Toronto 
  • Jack Maynard, VP Canadian Deployment Lead Global ERP and Transformation, WSP   
  • Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues, Chief of Government and Community Relations & Protocol, York University  
  • Lisa Philipps, Provost, York University 
  • Jennifer Sarna, Associate Director, York Catholic District School Board
  • Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham  
  • Bill Cober, Director of Education, York Region District School Board  
  • Vivi White, Regional Vice-President, Royal Bank of Canada 
  • Al Wilson, Executive Director, Workforce Planning Board of York Region 
  • Laksh Vig, Engagement and Policy Advisor, York University 
  • Daniele Zanotti, President & CEO, United Way Greater Toronto
  • Dan Palermo, Deputy Provost (Markham), York University