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Convocation Speakers from June 2018

The University of Guelph-Humber had three speakers at the ceremonies on Monday, June 18, 2018. See below for the biography for each speaker.

Dr. Shawna CoxonDr. Shawna Coxon

Shawna Coxon is in her 21st year of policing with the Toronto Police Service, having most recently been promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. She has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph- Humber for more than a decade, teaching courses in Justice Studies. Dr. Coxon has a BA with Honours in Psychology from York University, a MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Criminal Law from Leicester University. Deputy Coxon has had a diverse career where she has worked in vice, youth crime, child abuse, sex crimes, human rights, professional standards, community response, and intelligence analysis. She has lectured internationally and won numerous awards; however the accolades she remains most proud of are the letters of appreciation from the communities she has helped improve and the victims she has worked diligently for.


Patricia J. ParsonsPatricia J. Parsons

Patricia J. Parsons A.P.R., F.C.P.R.S. spent 26 years on faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax, Nova Scotia following a career in health communication and writing. During her tenure at MSVU Parsons chaired the Departments of Communication Studies and Public Relations while teaching ethics and strategy in the Bachelor of Public Relations, and Masters degree programs and focusing her research on communication ethics and health communication. She is the author of ten books including “A Manager’s Guide to PR Projects: A Practical Approach” (2nd ed., Routledge, 2017) and “Beyond Persuasion: Communication Strategies for Healthcare Managers in the Digital Age” (University of Toronto Press, 2013). She is also the author of the popular corporate communication ethics textbook “Ethics in Public Relations: A Guide to Best Practice” (3rd ed 2016, Kogan-Page, London).


Dr. Alvina CassianiDr. Alvina Cassiani

Dean of Canada’s foremost collegiatelevel Business School, Alvina Cassiani, MA, PhD, is responsible for developing and managing a diverse portfolio of diploma, graduate certificated, and professional degree programs that meet the needs of a multicultural student body. Within the walls of Humber College, she has led initiatives that foster the best possible student experience. Highlights include the first two collaborative classrooms, The Fashion Institute, the Trading Floor, the Golf Lab, the Moot Court Room, The Humber Spa, the Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the Accounting Centres. Alvina’s significant achievements include successfully completing a PhD and defending a thesis relevant to her current position titles, “The Impact of Degree-Granting Requirements on Faculty Hiring Policies and Practices: A Case Study of Ontario’s Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning (ITALS),” as well as being honoured by Central Michigan University for significant leadership in Ontario Community Colleges with the “Outstanding Achievement Award.”