Executive Committee

Robert Di Pede

Robert Di Pede, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Catholique de Paris and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Religion at the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching at McGill University and lecturing abroad, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal The Newman Rambler: Faith, Culture, and the Academy. Dr. Di Pede is currently editing one of Claude Ryan’s unpublished manuscripts toward (posthumous) publication within the year: The Catholic Church and Modern Society: Catholic Social Teaching from Leo XIII to John Paul II.



Daniel Cere

Daniel Cere, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at McGill University. He teaches and researches on subjects at the intersection of religion, law, and ethics. Dr. Cere played a founding role in the development of the Catholic Studies programme at McGill, as well as the establishment of the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies, of which he is Vice President and Acting Director. Cere also played a key role in obtaining Claude Ryan’s active engagement with McGill University during his retirement, including the teaching of Catholic Social Thought, a core course for McGill’s new Catholic Studies programme.



Olivier Marcil

Since 2011, Mr. Marcil has served as McGill’s Vice Principal (Communications and External Relations). He worked previously at the National Assembly of Quebec, serving as Chief of Staff to Clément Gignac and Benoît Pelletier, and as advisor to Premier Jean Charest. Marcil is the author of several works on Quebec’s political landscape, including a study of Claude Ryan: La Raison et l’équilibre. Libéralisme, nationalisme et catholicisme dans la pensée de Claude Ryan au Devoir (1962-1978) (Éditions Varia, 2002).




Anne Leahy

Anne Leahy, born in Quebec City, served as a Canadian diplomat from 1973 to 2013. She is presently associated with the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University and sits on the Board of Directors of the Conseil de l'Institut des études internationales de Montréal at UQÀM, of which she was the founding director. Sought after as a public speaker in religion and foreign policy, she is currently teaching a course at McGill University on Catholic Social Thought. She graduated from Queen's University and the University of Toronto with degrees in economics. Her fields of expertise are Russia, the African Great Lakes, and the Holy See, where she served as Canadian Ambassador.



John Zucchi

John Zucchi, PhD, is a professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. He is also President of the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies and a faculty member of McGill’s Catholic Studies programme. From 1995 to 2011 he served as President of the Newman Association of Montreal, during which time Claude Ryan delivered his landmark lecture “Newman’s Legacy for our Secular Age.”





Carole Graveline

Carole Graveline is Director of Media Relations at McGill University. She holds degrees in Political Science from McGill and UQAM, with expertise in international relations. A seasoned journalist of many years, she has worked in radio and television with Radio-Canada, where she became known for investigative reporting on heath care, especially the tainted blood scandal and the care of patients in Quebec’s psychiatric hospitals. She is the author, with Dr. Réjean Thomas and Jean Robert of a book on AIDS, Les préjugés plus forts que la mort : le sida au Québec, published by VLB.





Support Staff

Stéphanie Roesler, Website Translator




Julian Caza, Webmaster


Supported By   

  • Office of the Provost

    Office of Communications and External Relations

    Dean of Arts

    Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies

    Faculty of Religious Studies

    Centre for Research on Religion

    Pluralism, Religion, and Public Policy

    McGill Institute for the Study of Canada