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Senior Fellow

Higher Education Policy


B.Sc. McGill University,

M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University


From July 2010 to September 2019, Dr. Harvey P. Weingarten served as President and CEO of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) – an independent agency that provides policy and practical advice to governments and post-secondary institutions to improve the accessibility, quality and accountability of colleges and universities.

He served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary from 2001 to 2010. Under his leadership, the university increased access, invested in students, recruited world-class faculty and attracted significant amounts of research revenue and philanthropic support.

Weingarten was provost at McMaster University from 1996 to 2001. During a 21-year career at McMaster he served as dean of science, professor of psychology, department chair, and a teacher and mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students.

He received his BSc from McGill University, and his MS, MPhil and PhD from Yale University.

Weingarten has served on many boards and councils including the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada; Labour Market Information Expert Panel; Council for Aid to Education; Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada); Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network; and Shad Valley. 

In 2019-2020 Weingarten held appointments as a Senior Resident at Massey College at the University of Toronto and Executive-in-Residence at the University Health Network. Weingarten writes, speaks and consults regularly on post-secondary education, innovation and research policy, and higher education policy and practice.