Professor, University of Guelph Humber | Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Dr. Daniel Andreae is an experienced professor and researcher who has left a mark among the academic and health worlds. He is currently a professor at the University of Guelph and an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Andreae is proficient in more than 45 subject areas, and his work has received recognition from a number of institutions.
Dr. Andreae holds a doctorate in education from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in clinical social work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from York University. In addition, he holds degrees in stress management and a post-graduate certificate in neuro-psychology. Furthermore, Dr. Andreae holds an Honourary LLD from Assumption University and has received training in behavioral medicine, stress management, pain management, cardiac care, nutrition and Autism awareness, among other fields of study. He studied at the Benson/Henry Mind/Body Institute affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard and, as a result, has been granted membership in the Harvard Medical Postgraduate Association for Continuing Education. In his classrooms, Dr. Andreae possesses the ability to share knowledge with students in a personal matter, pulling on his past experiences from his work as an executive director with the Alzheimer Society in Toronto. Furthermore, he has been the longest-serving president of the social work profession in Ontario and board member of organizations such as the Psychology Foundation of Canada and the Weizmann Institute of Science-Canadian division. In terms of pedagogy, Dr. Andreae believes students are best served when their hopes, aspirations, doubts and fears can be explored in a safe and supportive environment. Facilitating this kind of space allows the student to explore, critically think and experience personal and professional growth. Dr. Andreae believes that “education is not just an intellectual exercise; it is most effective when the head meets the heart and knowledge can be applied to enhance the quality of one’s life on all levels; emotional, physical, spiritual and social.”
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Andreae is involved with a number of organizations, especially those handling neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Andreae’s involvement in neurodegenerative causes has made him realize that education and research around the brain is crucial, and has led to the management of conditions and enhanced quality of life. This applies to a wide range of issues from Alzheimer’s, autism, traumatic brain injuries, and Tourettes Syndrome.
In 2019, Dr. Andreae received an Honorary Degree from the Humber Institute of Advanced Technology for his contributions to scholarships and educational excellence such as to the students of the Humber Institute of Advanced Learning. He is also known for sponsoring an innovative training program for surgeons and allied health professionals in robotic surgery at the University Health Network in Toronto at the Michener Institute. Dr. Andreae is a lead donor for the DaVinci Robot at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and his contributions to the educational center at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He has extended his resources as a donor, champion and chair of the advisory committee for the National Eating Disorder Center at Toronto Hospital. He has also donated to the Stroke and Rehabilitation Center at Toronto Western Hospital Center in support of Dr. Timo Crings. Dr. Andreae’s kindness has also lead to sponsorships of an annual lecture on living in healthy communities at Laurentian University and on the future of work at the University Health Network. He has co-sponsored annual mental health conferences at George Brown College and supported the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto as the former executive director and past chair of the patrons. Furthermore, Dr. Andreae is a patron of Brain Injury of Canada.