Executive 2017-2018

Timothy Harvie



Timothy Harvie is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics and Chair of Humanities at St. Mary’s University, Calgary, Alberta.  His research interests include eschatology, political ethics, environmental and eco-theologies, animal theologies, and the work of Thomas Aquinas.  His book, Jürgen Moltmann’s Ethics of Hope: Eschatological Possibilities For Moral Action was published with Ashgate Press.  He has also published articles in various journals and is currently the book review editor for the International Journal of Public Theology.

Catherine MacLean



Catherine Faith MacLean is Senior Minister at St. Paul’s United Church, Edmonton. Her research interests include preaching doctrine and pastoral identity, and she appreciates the perspective of Wilfred Cantwell Smith in her practice. Together with John H. Young, she published Preaching the Big Questions: Doctrine isn’t Dusty. Catherine is a two-time Louisville grantee.

Jeremy Bergen



Jeremy M. Bergen is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo.  His research interests include ecclesiology, ecumenism, pneumatology, martyrdom, church apologies for historical wrongs, and contemporary Mennonite theology.  He is the author of Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront Their Sinful Pasts (T&T Clark, 2011) and editor of The Conrad Grebel Review.

Nick Olkovich



Nicholas Olkovich is a doctoral candidate in philosophical theology at the University of St. Michael’s College. His research interests include political philosophy, political theology and the work of Bernard Lonergan. He is currently an Assistant Professor (conditional) and Director of Pastoral Formation and Field Education at the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College. 

William Sweet



Will Sweet is Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Traditions and Professor of Philosophy at St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He is also Coordinator of the Catholic Studies Program there.  His areas of interest include philosophical theology and Asian Christianities.

Frank Emanuel

Communications Coordinator


Frank Emanuel is a lecturer at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He is passionate about the political dimension of contemporary evangelical theologies, adult spirituality, and systematic theology. 

Jesse Smith

Student Representative



Jane Barter

Program Coordinator


Jane Barter is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at The University of Winnipeg. Barter’s research interests include Christology, theological anthropology, feminist theology, and Continental Philosophy of Religion. 

Non-executive positions

Local Arrangements Coordinator

Nicholas Jesson

Representatives to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion (CCSR)

The CTS is a member of the CCSR, and is thus entitled to send up to 6 representatives to the CCSR AGM which is held during Congress. One representative is also sent to the CCSR winter meeting.

Timothy Harvie
Jeremy Bergen

Representative to the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS)

Frank Emanuel (2012-2017). The CTS is a member of the CFHSS, and thus is entitled to send a representative to the Federation on a rotating basis.

Nominations Committee

Rob Fennell
Allen Jorgenson
Cristina Vanin

The nominations committee consists of the immediate Past President as chair, and two other past presidents elected by the AGM in the previous year.

Jay Newman Lecture Committee

William Sweet
Tim Harvie
Jim Gerrie