David Collenette has been appointed distinguished visiting fellow at the Chang School of Continuing Education and the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson.
Over a one-year term, Collenette will share his expertise as a former senior business adviser and a member of Parliament.
Marie Bountrogianni, the interim dean of the Chang School, says she supports the provost’s appointment of Collenette because of his profound political successes.
“The benefit of having him as an adviser is that he’s hands on,” Bountrogianni said. “We are sharing him with engineering because he’s very useful in the transportation department, where he has really great experience in handling disaster.”
On 9/11, as minister of transportation, Collenette oversaw the closure of all air traffic over the Canadian-controlled section of the Atlantic ocean. He later worked with the United States to improve transportation security codes.
Bountrogianni said that Collenette will not be exclusive to the faculty of engineering and will be available to talk to all students.