7th President of York University
Mamdouh Shoukri, C.M., O.Ont., PhD, FCAE, P.Eng, was appointed the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1, 2007.
He completes his decade-long tenure as President on June 30, 2017. Dr. Shoukri began his career in academia at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, serving in administrative leadership positions at all levels of the academy, including as graduate program director, department chair, dean and vice-president. During his term as Dean of Engineering, the Faculty enjoyed significant growth, leading to McMaster becoming one of the foremost engineering schools in Canada. Under his leadership as Vice-President Research & International, McMaster was designated Research University of the Year by Research Infosource Inc. in 2004. Dr. Shoukri was also responsible for creating and implementing the vision for the McMaster Innovation Park, which has become a major innovation hub and catalyst for the region's economic recovery. Prior to joining McMaster, he held progressive roles in the Research Division of Ontario Hydro, where he was responsible for industrial research.
A champion of innovation, Dr. Shoukri has guided York’s transformation into a comprehensive and research-intensive university. Among his achievements as President are the establishment of the Lassonde School of Engineering and major capital development projects including a new Life Sciences Building, Glendon’s Centre of Excellence, Osgoode Hall expansion, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, a new home for the Lassonde School, and the extension of the TTC subway to York's Keele campus. He has also overseen the advancement of York’s internationalization and social innovation agendas as well as plans for future growth in the York Region.
Dr. Shoukri serves on the Board of Directors of Universities Canada and the Loran Scholars Foundation, and is Chair of the Government and Community Relations Committee for the Council of Ontario Universities. He is a member of the Nominating Committee and the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) for Universities Canada. He served on the Ministry of Industry’s Space Advisory Board, was a founding Board Member of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council (ORIC).
For his contributions to the flourishing of Ontario’s academic institutions as both an engineer and an administrator, Dr. Shoukri was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario in 2013, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Shoukri's scholarly interests are in thermo-fluid science, and he is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers that have appeared in refereed journals and symposia.