Executive 2018-2019

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.

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.

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.

Nick Olkovich



Nick Olkovich is Assistant Professor and Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Catholic Theology at St. Mark’s College, Vancouver, BC. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between ethics, politics and religion in democratic contexts and on a variety of issues in theological anthropology, fundamental ecclesiology, and foundational theology. His teaching and research is influenced by the work of philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan.

Gordon Rixon



Gordon Rixon, S.J., is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Regis College, University of Toronto.  He is a specialist in Lonergan studies, systematic theology, and the relation of mysticism and co-developmental (personal, cultural, social and ecological) transformation. He is presently working on a manuscript entitled Transforming Dynamics of Grace: Faith that Does Justice and Appreciates Beauty. He is a Research Scholar at the Lonergan Research Institute and a former Dean of Regis College.

Frank Emanuel

Communications Coordinator


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

Jesse Smith

Student Representative



Jean Pierre Fortin

Program Coordinator


Non-executive positions

Local Arrangements Coordinator

Nick Olkovich

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

Tim Harvie
Jeremy Bergen
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