Désirée McGraw BA

President and Head of College

Désirée McGraw was appointed President and Head of College in April 2015. Before coming to Pedder Bay, she was President and Executive Director of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in Montreal. Désirée’s career encompasses more than 25 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, reporter, senior advisor and spokesperson in the field of sustainable development. Within this, between 2003 and 2006, Désirée was Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Director of Policy to Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation, coordinating all key ministerial files in the areas of sustainable development, stakeholder relations and multilateral organizations. Désirée has published and lectured extensively on sustainable development to a range of audiences in academia, politics, diplomacy, community and business.

Heather Gross BA, MA

Vice-President, Education and Programming

Heather Gross (YR 20/1995, Canada-AB) was appointed Pearson College UWC’s Vice-President, Education and Programming in June 2017. In this role, Heather is Chief Academic Officer of the College and responsible for instilling a culture of excellence, innovation, collaboration, inquiry and growth among faculty, students and administrative staff. Prior to joining the executive, Heather was Director of Admissions and Experiential Education and Universities Counselor.

Dan Hurley BA, MJ, APR

Vice-President, Advancement and External Relations

Dan Hurley was appointed Pearson College UWC Vice-President Advancement and External Relations in August 2016. He is a senior communications, fundraising, and public affairs leader who has worked in federal politics, journalism, and post-secondary education for more than 20 years. Prior to Pearson, Dan was Executive Director, University Relations at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC and served as Associate Vice-President (External Affairs) and Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 2006 to 2012.

Ty Pile CMM, MSc, CD

Vice-President, Operations and Administration

Tyrone (Ty) Pile was appointed Pearson College UWC Vice-President, Operations and Administration in June 2016. As Vice-President, Operations and Administration, Ty leads all internal non-academic operations including administration, strategic and organizational planning, finance, human resources, legal, infrastructure, information technology and strategic and operational planning. Over a 35-year Royal Canadian Navy, he led at every level from Captain at sea to Flag Officer and Member of Armed Forces Council to the most senior executive body at Canada’s National Defense. He served as Commander, Canadian Fleet Atlantic (2003-5) and as Commander Pacific Naval Forces (2007-10).