Mamdouh Shoukri

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Mamdouh Shoukri
7th President of York University
In office
1 July 2007 – 1 July 2017
Preceded byLorna Marsden
Succeeded byRhonda Lenton
Personal details
Born1947/1948 (age 71–72)[1]
near Cairo, Egypt

Mamdouh Shoukri, CM OOnt was the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University, serving two terms from 2007 to 2017.[2][3][4] His first term began on July 1, 2007, and on April 25, 2011, the Board of Governors of York University announced his renewal for a second term.[5]


Born near Cairo, Egypt,[6] Shoukri began his career in academia at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he joined the faculty in 1984. In 1990, he was appointed Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, and eventually became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1994-2001.[7] During his term as Dean, the Engineering Faculty enjoyed significant growth, which paved the way for McMaster to become one of the leading engineering schools in Canada.[8] Shoukri then went on to serve as Vice-President Research & International Affairs. Under his leadership, McMaster was designated Research University of the Year in 2004 by Research Infosource Inc.[9] He was also responsible for creating and implementing the vision for the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP), by building partnerships with the provincial and federal governments, the City of Hamilton, the community and local industry.[10]

Prior to joining McMaster, Shoukri started his career in the Research Division of Ontario Hydro (1977–1984), where he was responsible for industrial research.[citation needed]

In addition to his roles at York, Shoukri serves on the Ministry of Industry’s Space Advisory Board, the Boards 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 Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) for Universities Canada, and was a founding Board Member of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council (ORIC).

He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. His professional memberships include the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.[citation needed] 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.

In 2013, he was named a Member of the Order of Ontario.[11] On December 30, 2013, it was announced that Shoukri had been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the flourishing of Ontario’s academic institutions as both an engineer and an administrator".[12]


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  2. ^ Toronto Star. "Muslim president for York University", Feb 08, 2007
  3. ^ Y File, York University's Daily Bulletin. "McMaster's Mamdouh Shoukri chosen as next president of York", February 07, 2007
  4. ^ Globe & Mail. "Mamdouh Shoukri, President, York University", October 16, 2007
  5. ^ York U Media Relations. "Mamdouh Shoukri renewed as President and Vice-Chancellor of York", April 26, 2011
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  7. ^ McMaster University: A Proud History. "Deans of Engineering" Archived 2011-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ McMaster News. "McMaster Engineering Ranked Among World’s Best" Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, March 25, 2010
  9. ^ Research Infosource, Canada’s source of corporate R&D intelligence. "Research Infosource Releases Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2004 - Total Research Income Grew by 12.6% to $4.3 Billion" Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, November 4, 2004
  10. ^ McMaster Daily News. "McMaster plans research park on former Camco site", January 17, 2005
  11. ^ "25 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour". Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
  12. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.

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