The mission of the Thomas More Institute, its volunteers, and its staff is to provide adults of all ages with opportunities for lifelong learning.
Madeleine holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University. As the key management leader at TMI, she oversees the administration of the Institute, promotes and facilitates its academic curriculum and other programming, and oversees the implementation of the strategic plan working closely with the Board and Institute’s committees. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph is the Manager of Academic Affairs at the Thomas More Institute. His research has emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary studies. Having completed his BA in History, his MA concentrated on the history of Christian thought in the Late Medieval period. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of medieval love and theology in the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Since 2015 Joseph has been a member of TMI’s Curriculum Committee, regularly designing and leading courses. He has also taught undergraduate courses in the department of Theological Studies at Concordia University. Email: email@example.com
Cecilia is the Administrative Services Coordinator in charge of handling course registration and communications inquiries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University. She has studied German and is interested in multimedia art. Outside of work, Cecilia writes poetry, volunteers at the Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner and spends time with her cat, seeing as she is a self-proclaimed cat lady. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer is the Coordinator for the Seniors Outreach Program at Thomas More and is responsible for the design and administration. Born in the UK, Jennifer arrived in Canada in 1970 and has lived in Montreal since then. Although her formal education was in Education, she spent the majority of her working life in business overseeing the operations for a retail clothing company. Upon retirement she discovered TMI and has been an active member since. Email: email@example.com
Katie has been with the Thomas More Institute since 2018. She has a background in the visual arts and is responsible for filing and producing course material. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you call our offices, Bridget's voice will greet you on most days! Visit her at the front desk, where she takes course registrations, answers questions, and works on our library and archives. Email: email@example.com
As an undergraduate at Kenyon College, I developed a love of ideas, of great texts and of discussion about them. I went on to spend a good deal of time with ideas and texts, writing a Master’s Thesis on Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols, and a Ph.D. on Heidegger’s work on the Pre-Socratics, both at the University of Chicago. I spent two years teaching the major works of political philosophy while a visiting assistant professor at Skidmore College. With the birth of my children, I elected to spend as much time as possible with them. As they grew older, though, I was able to return to my love of reading and I found a place to do that at the Thomas More Institute. The approach to texts and belief in learning through discussion made me feel at home at TMI. I am now a regular course designer and leader, as well as a member of the Curriculum Committee.
An educator in the areas of literature, wilderness/outdoor pursuits, adult learning programs, international/multicultural studies, a “redirection” of interests after 60 resulted in becoming engaged in the performing arts: acting, directing, producing and writing. I am the Chair of the Admissions and Accreditation Committee and a course designer and leader. Outside of the Thomas More Institute, I am also involved with the following organizations: Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), Advisory Board, Pointe Claire Library, Quebec Writers’ Federation (QDF), Playwrights’ Guild of Canada (PGC), Alliance of Canadian Cinéma Télévision & Radio Artists (ACTRA), Urban Arts project for youth-at-risk, James Lyng, English Language Arts Network (ELAN).
I am a graduate of the Thomas More Institute (2004). I have been a student/course leader since 2002. The majority of my working life was spent in private business, first as a manufacturer of intimate apparel for women and later as a career transition consultant and business coach. After retiring from business completely in 2009, I pursued a long time passion and I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. While I no longer train dogs, I do work from time to time in this field with dogs that have serious behavioral issues. For the past 20 years I have actively served on a number of boards in the not-for-profit world. I have also served as a trustee for charitable foundations. In my personal life, I have been married to my lovely wife Janet for the past 41 years. We have two children and five grandchildren on two different continents.
I am a retired senior international business executive and have been pursuing my own interests since 1994. I travel frequently with my wife, principally in Europe and North America, and both read and write extensively. I began taking courses at TMI in 2008.I am quadri-lingual and interested in contemporary art, gastronomy, and world affairs. Born in Montreal in 1945, I moved to the U.S. when I was four and grew up and had all my education there. Since graduating from university in 1967, I have resided in Switzerland, Germany, the U.K. and Canada and my wife and I have moved fourteen times since we were married in 1970—three of those times trans-Atlantic. My wife is a Scot from Edinburgh and we have resided again in Montréal since 1996—by far the longest we have ever lived anywhere. One of our sons is an artist and also resides in Montreal, where he manages his own communications company. The other lives in Vancouver and is the proprietor of a wine importation business. We have four grandchildren.
Shernaz Choksi has a B.Sc (Econ) Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Ph.D. in Economics from McGill University. From 1981 to 2007 she taught in the Economics Department and Methodology Program at Vanier College in Montreal and was Coordinator of the Economics Department and the Methodology Program from time to time. Between 2007 and 2017 she joined the Performa/Master Teacher Program at the University of Sherbrooke, Department of Education, [Chargé de Cours]. This is a program for CEGEP teachers (Anglophone CEGEPs) who want to further their education and acquire a Master’s degree (M.Ed). During this period she taught the Research Methods Course a few times and also supervised ten Masters (M.Ed) theses.
Anne Fitzpatrick came to TMI as a graduate student in the mid-60s and never left. While teaching English and Humanities at Marianopolis College from the early 70’s and then serving for the last ten years before retirement as Associate Dean, she continued to lead and design courses at TMI. Telling favourites were To Be Thirty and To Be Fifty. In retirement, Anne continues to enjoy the opportunity for inquiry and discussion with like-minded participants. The last course she designed was on Siblings. Anne has been a TMI Board member for many years; she was Chair for 12 years until 2007, and is currently an active member of the Nominating and Curriculum Committees.
Christine Jamieson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her specialization is in social ethics and bioethics. She has done extensive research for Health Canada on ethical and social issues concerning genetic technology, stem cell research and research involving human subjects. Elsewhere, she has probed foundational questions in relation to end of life issues such as euthanasia, care of the frail elderly, and withholding and withdrawal of treatment. Her research draws on the work of Canadian theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan and psychoanalyst and linguist, Julia Kristeva. In 2009-2010, she undertook a Joint Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics with the Centre for Clinical Ethics and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She spends a few days each month engaged in clinical consultations and research in healthcare institutions in Ontario.
Judy began her career teaching in a girls’ secondary school in a remote town in Tanzania. On vacation, she visited her students in their villages and explored East Africa. She later taught in Kingston, Jamaica. Vanier College hired Judy in 1973 to run its Learning Centre. She spent the next 40 plus years developing and administering various services for students (the Language School, the Math and Science Centre, International Education, as well as the Learning Centre) making them as student-centered as possible. She loved writing grant proposals to gain additional funding; hiring and training staff; designing intercultural initiatives; and recruiting students and teachers for various projects. She supported teachers by organizing professional development workshops, as well as by assisting them carry out international projects. In retirement, Judy started taking courses at TMI. She was delighted to discover how much she enjoyed exploring new and relevant topics in such a vibrant learning community.
Born in 1951 in Montreal, Brian lived and worked in France and in India, before studying law at McGill University. Called to the Québec Bar in 1984, Brian was director of the Social Action Office for the Catholic Church in Montreal from 1995 to 2018. In that capacity, he assisted refugees, worked on North-South environmental issues, and promoted restorative justice. He was a member of the regional advisory committee for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and is deeply committed to building bridges with Indigenous communities. These involvements have shaped the courses he has designed and led at the Thomas More Institute. Since 2001 he has been teaching in the Theological Studies Dept of Concordia University and pursues his research on applying the thought of Bernard Lonergan s.j.
Tony is a retired business executive with extensive international experience. He has a B.Sc and Ph.D from the University of Birmingham in England, and participated in the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School. Throughout his university, business and community life he has served on many committees and boards, in the business, government, and not for profit sectors, both in Europe and North America. For the past 20 years he has benefited from the lifelong learning opportunities that TMI offers, and particularly enjoys designing courses that address controversial social issues and alternate concepts of political governance.
TMI has been Danny’s intellectual “home” since 1992. After he obtained degrees from Clark University and the University of Chicago, the Institute quickly became a setting where he has welcomed the opportunity to investigate issues that have captured his attention and interest. Right from the start, Danny has been inspired by TMI’s passionate commitment to promoting exploration of questions in dialogue with others through careful reading and interpretation of texts. Over the years, he has designed and led many discussion courses on psychic and emotional development from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives. In so doing, he has had the good fortune of rediscovering, from year to year, the joy of inquiry and the friendship of fellow learners.