UWOFA welcomes new Board of Directors members

On July 1, the UWOFA Board of Directors welcomed six new members for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Board of Directors administers the affairs of the Association and carries out its policies. UWOFA members elect the Board of Directors, which consists of the officers of the Association (president, vice-president, past president, secretary and treasurer) as well as representatives from various constituencies across campus.

The new members of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors are:

Barbara Fenesi – Faculty of Education

Fenesi is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education and a Tier 2 SSHRC Canada Research Chair in the Science of Learning. Her passion is rooted in understanding how the entire human organism (both the brain and the body) plays a role in student success. She draws on work from fields of educational and cognitive psychology, neuroscience and kinesiology to identify intervention strategies that can promote cognitive function and mental health in diverse student populations.


Tony Weis – Faculty of Social Science

Weis’s interests are broadly located in the field of political ecology, with a focus on agriculture and rural development. Much of his empirical research was initially grounded in the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, where he worked with small farmers and focused on issues surrounding land reform, co-operatives, and neoliberal policy restructuring. Attention to the wider political economic context of small farmers’ struggles led Weis on a path towards his first book, The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming (2007), which analyzes how the global system of agricultural production and trade evolved and has been institutionally entrenched, with a focus on its extreme social imbalances and ecological instabilities. More recently, he has focused on the problems associated with one of the most powerful dimensions of world agriculture, the industrial grain-oilseed-livestock complex, culminating in his second book, The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (2013).

Weis previously represented his colleagues in Social Science on UWOFA’s Faculty Representatives Council.

Hiran Perinpanayagam - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Abouzar Sadrekarimi – Faculty of Engineering

Jeff Tennant – Past President

Nina Zitani – Member-at-Large

Barry Hawn – Treasurer

Hawn joined the Board in January. He began his career as an auditor in the assurance practice of Ernst & Young LLP in London, Ont. After leaving the firm, Hawn joined the federal government where he specialized in criminal forensic accounting. For 13 years, he provided independent expert witness evidence in cases involving fraud, money laundering, proceeds of crime, terrorist financing, smuggling, bribery and corruption, illegal gaming and homicide.

Hawn began teaching on a part-time basis in 2002, and throughout the past 17 years has taught a variety of courses. For the past 11 years, he has specialized in training CPA students how to successfully prepare for, and pass, the CPA professional entrance exam known as the Common Final Exam. Hawn continues to provide this training to Western students through the Graduate Diploma in Accounting Program. He is passionate about personal finance and is thrilled to offer MOS 2277 every year.

Meet all members of the UWOFA Board of Directors here.