Dr. Steven Murphy joined the OntarioTech University as its fourth President and Vice‐Chancellor on March 1, 2018 and has recently been reappointed for another term beginning July 1, 2023. He envisions the university as a bastion for alternative ways of thinking about why diversity in all forms is important. He believes experiential and co‐operative learning opportunities are fundamental training for successful careers. Dr. Murphy strives to reimagine higher learning as an ongoing pursuit that will fuel Canada's knowledge economy. He encourages students to embrace a collaborative approach that champions diversity and strives to make society and our planet a better place.
Dr. Murphy is renowned for his organizational and human behaviour expertise across business and industry. Even more notably, his dedication to equity, diversity and inclusiveness underscores every facet of how he lives his life. Beyond the lens of race and gender, he believes firmly in the diversity of thoughts and ideas.
As Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), Dr. Murphy transformed the school's brand, established novel interdisciplinary programs and fostered innovative and entrepreneurial co‐op opportunities for students. Previously, he spent more than a decade in progressive academic leadership roles at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, as Associate Dean, Research and External. He holds an esteemed record of academic achievement awards for his work examining the role of emotions in strategic decision‐making, leadership and boards, as well as his insightful approach to student‐driven teaching.
He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Human Resource Management, a Master in Management Studies (with Distinction) in the Management of Technology and completed his Doctorate in Management, Organizational Behaviour, at Carleton University.
Dr. Murphy was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2019. He was re-appointed for a second mandate in September 2022.