Tim McTiernan became the third President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in July 2011.
In the course of his career to date he has held a variety of executive roles as a university administrator, college administrator, government official and government negotiator. These include the positions of Cabinet Secretary, and Chief Yukon Government Negotiator for Land Claims, Self Government and Devolution with the Yukon Territorial Government; President of Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario; Acting Deputy Minister during the establishment of the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Research and Innovation; and Assistant Vice-President Research and Interim Vice-President Research at the University of Toronto.
Dr. McTiernan serves on the boards of Atlantic Corridor – Ireland, and The Ireland Fund of Canada. He is a member of the Global Irish Network established as a diaspora advisory body to the Irish Government. Boards he has served on previously include the Yves Landry Foundation, Science Rendezvous, MaRS Discovery District (Toronto), MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund Inc., the founding board of MaRS Innovation, and the board of BioDiscovery Toronto. He also served as a trustee of the Ontario Innovation Trust, as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Science Performance and Research Funding, and on the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Advisory Board for Canada’s National Research Council.
He was a founding member both of the Dispute Resolution Board established pursuant to the Yukon First Nations Land Claims Settlement Act (1994), and the Environmental Impact Screening Committee established pursuant to the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act (1984).
From Kilkenny, Ireland, McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, and his MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. His research interests have centred on “psychological borders and boundaries”, particularly related to stereotyping, interpersonal judgments and attitudes. In addition to work-related reports, position papers and presentations, he has published or presented over two dozen book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and over 60 invited presentations and keynote addresses on innovation and commercialization, regional and sectorial economic development strategies, postsecondary education policy and sustainable development.