Advisory Board


The Harris Centre Advisory Board was established to increase the responsiveness of the University to the regional policy and development needs of the province. The role of the board is:

  • To advise on strategic themes and projects;
  • To advise on opportunities for the Centre to collaborate with prospective clients and to identify stakeholders who may wish to avail of the services of the Centre;
  • To advise on the means by which the University may enhance its capacity to contribute to regional policy and development; and
  • To advise on opportunities for the Centre to secure additional funding, particularly for its pro-active initiatives.

The members of the Harris Centre’s Advisory Board are appointed for a three-year term by the President of Memorial University. Appointments are renewable.

The current members of the Board are:

Mr. John Cowan
Deputy Minister, Industry, Energy and Technology
St. John’s, NL

Mr. Allan Cramm
Vice President, Innovation
Baie Verte, NL

Ms. Shannie Duff
St. John’s

Ms. Susan Hollett (Chair)
President, Hollett & Sons Inc.
Clarenville, NL 

Ms. Theresa Pittman
Associate Vice President of Connected Learning
College of the North Atlantic
Clarenville, NL 

Mr. Emad Rizkalla
Founder and CEO
St. John’s, NL 

Mr. Jason Spingle
Fish, Food, and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor)
St. John's, NL

Dr. Evan Simpson
Department of Philosophy
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL 

Dr. Kelly Vodden
Associate Vice-President (Grenfell) Research and Graduate Studies
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University
Corner Brook, NL