Vera Pezer served as Chancellor from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2013. Dr. Pezer has a long association with the University of Saskatchewan, earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University and serving as the former Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs and Services) from 1991-2001. Dr. Pezer first joined the University in 1966 in Student Counselling Services and as a part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology. She would later become Director of Student Counselling, an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Science. Under her leadership, student retention and academic success were enhanced and the University’s first offices dedicated to student emergency financial assistance, disability services for students, and Aboriginal student support programs established.
She has held volunteer and leadership roles with the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners, Saskatchewan Centennial Gala, Hope Cancer Race for Recovery, Saskatoon Housing Coalition, Persephone Theatre, the River Landing Destination Centre and the YWCA. She is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Police Boards. Dr. Pezer has also contributed widely to professional and amateur sports organizations. She is a member and current Chair of the 1989 Jeux Canada Games Foundation, Director of the 1991 Scott Tournament of Hearts and Ceremonies Chair of the 1989 Brier. As a Sport Psychologist, Dr. Pezer served as an advisor and trainer to Canadian Curling Teams in two Olympic Games.
An accomplished athlete in her own right, Dr. Pezer is a four-time Canadian Ladies’ Curling Champion, a Canadian Softball Champion, and two-time member of the Saskatchewan Senior Women’s golf team. She has received a place of honour in the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Sports Halls of Fame and in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. In 2003, Dr. Pezer completed her first book, The Stone Age: A Social History of Curling in the Prairies. She has just published her second, titled Smart Curling. Dr. Pezer was honoured with a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006, and in 2002, received the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Award of Achievement.
- Bachelor of Commerce 1975
- Canadian Commercial Pilot Licence, Category 1 Instructor Rating
- Appointed Transport Canada Pilot Examiner
- One of the first 5 women Air Canada hired as pilots
Business and Professional
- Proprietor, Mitchinson Flying Service 1979-2013
- Founding director, Saskatchewan Aviation Council
- Saskatchewan Aviation Council President 2002-Present
- Director, Saskatoon Airport Authority 2005-2014
- Member, NavCanada Advisory Committee 2014-Present
- Member, Air Transport Association of Canada
Community and Professional Development
- Co-operated with initial trial project of aircraft patrol with Saskatoon Police Services
- Negotiated the partnership of the Saskatchewan Aviation Council and SIAST in development of the SIAST Commercial Pilot Diploma Program
- Consulted with the aviation industry and SIIT to develop the SIIT Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Program
- Organized and led the SAC lobby of the Government of Saskatchewan to fund the Community Airports Partnership Program
Shelley Ballard-McKinlay retired from the Saskatoon Police Service in 2012 with 25 years of service. During her time with the Police Service she worked in the areas of Patrol, Bike Patrol, Planning and Research, Professional Standards and Headquarters Division. In 2009 Shelley was promoted to Inspector and was assigned to oversee policing operations in Central Division, the city’s smallest but busiest patrol area.
Shelley was instrumental in forming the Central Division Advisory Committee, was the Police representative on the City of Saskatoon’s Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee, a member of the City’s Street Activity Steering Committee, on the Board of Directors of EGADZ, and the Board of Directors for the International Association of Women Police.
She now volunteers her time as a very active member of Saskatoon Search and Rescue, is on the board of Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services and is excited to be on the inaugural board of the Saskatoon Police Service Foundation.
In what Shelley refers to as her “other” life, she and her husband, Andrew McKinlay, have enjoyed mountain climbing adventures around the world. Their travels have ranged from the Canadian Rockies, the Washington Cascades, Alaska and the Yukon to Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru, and the Himalayan ranges in Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan. More recently they have added scuba diving and paragliding to their adventures, which has allowed them to see even more of what the world has to offer.
Shelley’s work and volunteer contributions have been recognized by various organizations. She has been honored with a Community Policing Award from the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, a Distinguished Service Award from the Alpine Club of Canada, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Police Exemplary Service Medal, Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
Fai is a Database Programmer, specializing in the Filemaker Application. An avid photographer and traveller, she combines the two in her blog, “The Prosaic Traveller”. However, spending time with her Grandson is her number one joy.
Jason Bews was raised in Saskatoon . He is a local business owner, primarily in automotive . He is President of Merlin Ford Lincoln . Jason looks forward seeing the benefits of the Saskatoon Police Services Foundation for many years to come.
Rod is an Information Technology Solutions Consultant, specializing in the health services industry.
He has been a partner at Calm.com Consulting Ltd since 2001, and was previously employed as a Service Manager with an international computer sales/service organization. As well, Rod is an enthusiastic aviator (Commercial Pilot’s License), and long distance runner (Boston Marathon 2012, NYC Marathon 2013, and Berlin someday!).