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    Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
    Québec, Hilton Québec, November 7-9, 2017

    TAKING STOCK - The 21st Century PhD
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    Conference Highlights
    A Workshop for Deans and Administrators
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    2017 Conference Speakers
    We are excited to introduce our 2017 Conference speakers.
Welcome to the
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

2017 Conference Programme

For more than 50 years, deans and administrators from Canada’s graduate schools have met in the late autumn to share information on the challenges and trends in graduate education. The CAGS annual conference is an opportunity to explore best practices, discuss hot topics, co-ordinate advocacy and connect with colleagues from across the country and the world.

Conference Speakers

We are excited to introduce our 2017 Conference speakers. For dates and times please refer to the Conference Programme (pdf).

  • Reinhart Reithmeier

    Reinhart Reithmeier obtained his B.Sc. at Carleton University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1977. Following post-doctoral training at Harvard and the University of Toronto he obtained his first faculty position at the University of Alberta in 1980. Dr. Reithmeier is known internationally for his research on anion transport membrane proteins in human health and disease. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Reithmeier enjoys teaching introductory biochemistry to 1,000 undergraduate students every year, as well as upper level and graduate courses. As former Chair of Biochemistry and a Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on graduate professional and leadership development, Dr. Reithmeier is dedicated to ensuring that graduate students have the skill set and network to be fully prepared to take advantage of the diverse job opportunities available to them in today’s global marketplace. His leadership was recognized in 2012 by election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is currently a professor (Biochemistry) at the University of Toronto.

  • Sonia Morin

    Sonia Morin is a linguist by training and has held several positions at Université de Sherbrooke, including: Assistant Director with the research services, Assistant to the Provost of graduate studies, overseeing the conditions of study in research programs and postdoctoral training programs (coaching, research processes, intellectual property, management of sensitive situations, financial support and publications) and the coordinator of higher education, education support services (anti-plagiarism, support for the design of higher education programs, promotion of university pedagogy and intellectual integrity monitoring, higher education, academic writing skills and digital competencies). Ms. Morin was also a member of the research project team on digital scrapbooking at the university (sponsored by the SSHRC).

  • Christelle Lison

    Christelle Lison holds a doctorate in education and is an Associate Professor at Université de Sherbrooke, Faculty of Education, Pedagogy Department. Ms. Lison is specialized in higher education and her interests include the education of postsecondary teachers and their professional development, curricular and pedagogic innovations, teaching assessment by students and their impacts on the changes in teaching practices as well as the quality of coaching offered to graduate students. She is involved in several research projects on those topics, in Québec as well as on an international level. On an academic level, Ms. Lison is involved in training teachers (professors, contract workers, lecturers, PhD students, etc.) as well as higher-education engineers and educational advisors. She supervises diploma, masters and doctoral students of several faculties and jointly coaches students with France. Ms. Lison is highly committed to the scientific community and is Editor-in-Chief of “Revue internationale de pédagogie de l’enseignement supérieur”, a member of the editorial board for “Nouveaux c@hiers de la recherche en education”, a member of the management committee for the PeDTICE collaborative research project (http://pedtice.org), a member of the Erasmus Expertise scientific committee and an honorary member of the French ACoPé network (Association des Collaborateurs Pédagogiques).

  • Constance Denis

    Constance Denis holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master of education. Ms. Denis is currently completing a doctorate program in education, under the leadership of Christelle Lison and Nicole Rege Colet, respecting the quality of coaching offered to graduate students. Ms. Denis holds the position of lecturer at Université de Sherbrooke where she is working with masters’ qualifying students for secondary teaching, masters’ students for college teaching and those enrolled in a bachelors’ degree in vocational education. Ms. Denis is a student member of the PeDTICE team. Her interests include university education, coaching, active educational approaches, assessments, etc.

  • Aimee Surprenant

    Aimée Surprenant is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Professor in the Department of Psychology. She completed her BA at New York University and her MSc and PhD at Yale University. An expert in the intersection of auditory perception and memory, Dr. Surpenant is the co-author of two books; Human Memory: An Introduction to Research, Data, and Theory, and Principles of Memory. She has also authored, edited and contributed to numerous book chapters, papers, publications and other scholarly articles. She is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Canadian Acoustics Association and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science and is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychonomic Society. She has also served as chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee for the Canadian Psychological Association and is active in Science Atlantic and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.

  • Paul Yachnin

    Paul Yachnin is Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. He teaches and publishes on the social creativity of the arts, principally on Shakespeare and other writers of early modern Europe. His books include Stage-Wrights, The Culture of Playgoing in Early Modern England (with Tony Dawson), and Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (with Bronwen Wilson), as well as editions of The Tempest and Richard II. In addition to serving as Director of the Shakespeare and Performance Research Team and President of the Shakespeare Association of America (2009-2010), he founded the Making Publics (MaPs) Project (2005-10), which brought together scholars across the disciplines to rethink the history of early modern Europe by understanding how works of art and intellect created “publics,” new forms of association based on the shared interests, tastes, and desires of individuals.

  • Shakil Choudhury

    Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator and consultant with more than 20 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. Co-founder of Anima Leadership, he has trained senior leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America. His new book Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them is a practical, scientific and compassionate approach to tackling systemic discrimination. Written in a Gladwell-meets-racial-justice style, many are calling this a “breakthrough” book on racism and social identity. He lives in Toronto and is currently experiencing his most challenging and rewarding management experience: his two toddlers teaching him about fatherhood.

  • Suzanne Ortega

    Prior to her appointment as President of CGS, Dr. Ortega was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for the 17-campus University of North Carolina. She was also Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of New Mexico from 2008-2011. She served among the group that CGS most directly represents, graduate deans, while Vice Provost and Graduate Dean at the University of Washington (2005-2008) and at the University of Missouri-Columbia (2000-2005). An expert in mental health epidemiology, health services, and race and ethnic relations, Dr. Ortega received her PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

  • Julie Posselt

    Julie Posselt is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Southern California and a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow. Her research examines institutionalized inequalities in selective sectors of higher education, especially graduate education, elite colleges and universities, STEM fields, and the professoriate. Posselt is the author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2015), an award-winning ethnographic comparative study of faculty decision making in doctoral admissions. Her research is also published in the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Higher Education and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Her work has been funded by the US Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and National Science Foundation.

  • Theresa Rogers

    Theresa Rogers has been a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC since 2000. Her scholarship primarily focuses on the literacy and media practices of youth in community settings and the teaching of literacy and literature in schools. She often collaborates with students in her research projects and has won both teaching and mentoring awards. Professor Rogers began her term as associate dean in G+PS in 2014; her portfolio includes working with students, faculty, programs and units across campus to support and continually improve the quality of graduate student experiences. Her current interests include working with youth on critical literacies, arts and media production in school and community settings. She has also been engaged in a series of projects in Botswana focusing on new literacies among youth in schools and among women in a remote community.

  • Martha Crago

    Martha Crago began her five-year mandate as McGill University’s next Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) on July 1, 2017. Prof. Crago was most recently the Vice-President Research and Professor in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-President of International and Governmental Relations at the Université de Montreal as well as the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs), both at McGill University. Martha Crago is the Chair of the Research Committee of the U15 group of Canada’s research intense universities. Previously she was a member of the American Association of Universities Deans of Graduate Studies’ group, the Universitas 21’s Research Directors and Graduate Studies Group and the Board of the US Council of Graduate Schools. She was the founder of the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities and the co- founder of the International Forum for Public Universities, a consortium of 21 non-English language world-class universities. She has served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and as a member of the University Advisory Group at Industry Canada. ‎ In 2016, she was selected by the Minister of Science of Canada to be a member of an Advisory Panel on the Funding of Fundamental Research. She was founder and Chair of the Board for the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises. She was also the Canadian academic member of the federal government’s Joint Canada-Brazil Committee and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Marine Environment Observation Prediction Response (MEOPAR). Prof. Crago has also been a member of the Boards of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), and Ocean Network Canada (ONC), and she is a member of the Research Partnership Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). In addition, she has been on the Advisory Committee of the National Research Council – Institute of Marine Biosciences.

  • Crystal Tremblay

    Crystal Tremblay is a social geographer and community-based scholar with over a decade of international experience in the field of environmental sustainability, participatory governance and livelihood enhancement. She specializes in using participatory video and arts-based methods for community engagement, capacity building and program evaluation working across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Strongly rooted in the investigation of innovation in community-based development, she is passionate about cultivating new spaces for creative citizen engagement and the co-creation of knowledge leading to environmental and social equity. She was the Research Director for the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and Co-PI of the SSHRC funded “Training the Next Generation’, an interdisciplinary research program on exemplar CBR training practices (2013-15). She recently completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia, exploring shifting water governance structures in Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa. She is the recipient of several national fellowships including the SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship (2013-15) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (2009-2012), the Centre for Community and Cooperative-based Economy Doctoral Fellowship (2011-2012), the Social Economy Research Hub of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2011) and the Andy Farquharson Award for Teaching Excellence for Graduate Students at the University of Victoria (2011). Her work has been published in over 20 peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Community Development; Resources, Conservation and Recycling and Local Environment; and has co-produced over ten community documentaries. She is an Associate Editor with the international journal Research For All and international advisor for the LA-based NGO Kiss the Ground. Tremblay is currently a Research Associate with the Office of Community University Engagement at the University of Victoria, and Associate Faculty with the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University. She also teaches courses for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, and recently joined the Resilience by Design lab at Royal Roads University as a Research Afiiliate.

  • Susan Porter

    Susan Porter is Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Porter held a clinical professorial position in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1980 and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1988. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia from 1989 – 1991, and joined UBC as a faculty member in 1991. Dr. Porter’s administrative service at UBC includes: Graduate Advisor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Assistant Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Education in the Faculty of Medicine; Associate Dean, Professional Development, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies; and most recently, Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Graduate Studies since 2011.

  • Valérie Laflamme

    Valérie Laflamme has worked at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) since 2012. She is Director of the Research Training Portfolio, responsible for the masters, doctoral and postdoctoral funding opportunities, as well as the Impact Awards. Previously, Valérie worked as a manager at Employment and Social Development Canada. She integrated the public service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program. Before moving back to Canada from France, she was a maître de conférences in sociology and demography at the Université de Lille, a researcher with the Institut national d'études démographiques and a municipal councilor (Tourcoing, France). Following undergraduate and master's studies at Université Laval, Valérie obtained her doctorate in demography and social sciences from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (France), receiving doctoral fellowships from both SSHRC and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Her own research has focused on housing, urban policies, and the social and demographic history of urban families.

  • Brahim Boudarbat

    Brahim Boudarbat is a full Professor at the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal. He holds a PhD in economics from Université de Montréal. Prior to his current position, he served as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Boudarbat is affiliated with several research centres and groups, among them, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO), the Research Group on the Economics of Immigration from the University of Ottawa and the Institute for the study of Labor (IZA, Bonn, Germany). Mr. Boudarbat conducted several research projects on the integration of immigrants into the labour market, income inequality, career choices, working conditions in the Canadian workforce and the Arab labour market.

  • Loleen Berdahl

    Loleen Berdahl is Professor and Head of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. After completing her PhD at the University of Calgary, she worked for ten years in the nonprofit sector, returning to academia in 2008. She has served on the Canadian Political Science Association’s board of directors and as co-head of its Teaching and Professional Practice section. Her current research (with Jonathan Malloy, Carleton University) examines doctoral career mentorship in Canada; this work draws on her previous research examining how institutional, cultural, and political factors shape individual attitudes and collaborative decision-making practices. Loleen has a strong interest in career mentorship for students at all levels, and recently conducted a pilot study (with the University of Saskatchewan Student Employment and Career Centre) on the use of career skills training in the undergraduate classroom. She is the recipient of numerous University of Saskatchewan teaching awards.

  • Mahadeo Sukhai

    Mahadeo Sukhai is the Head of Research for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the research Principal Investigator for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students. Prior to assuming these roles, Dr. Sukhai completed his Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Toronto (2007), two post-doctoral fellowships, in genomics and drug discovery, and most recently was Head of the Variant Interpretation Group within the University Health Network's Genome Diagnostics program. Outside of a distinguished research and teaching career, Dr. Sukhai has been an active volunteer with the International Association of Lions Clubs (1993-2003), the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program (2007-2012), the University of Toronto (2001-2012) and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS; 2004-2015).

  • Jonathan Malloy

    Jonathan Malloy is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Carleton University, and prior to his academic career worked in the Ontario government and legislature. He recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Canadian Political Science Association board of directors and is past president of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. His most recent book is The Politics of Ontario. Jonathan has long had a strong interest in mentoring graduate students for both academic and non-academic careers, and is currently researching (with Loleen Berdahl, University of Saskatchewan) doctoral career mentorship in Canada, with a particular focus on the discipline of political science. This work draws on Jonathan’s particular expertise in how institutional designs and structures shape outcomes, and how existing institutional practices create pathways that direct decision-making.

  • Robert Wells

    Robert Wells is currently director (interim) of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to this he served as associate director of CITL for nine years leading the design and technical operations of the department, including course design, media services, classroom technologies and technical systems. He also continues to lead CITL’s international outreach initiatives, and has developed ongoing relationships with partners across the globe. From 2011-12 Rob was appointed acting director of CITL, and from 2012-15 he also held the role of interim director of Memorial University’s Harlow, UK campus. Rob currently contributes to a number of university-wide initiatives at Memorial, including roles as: chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Identity and Access Management (IAM) program; co-chair of the University Council on International Affairs – Harlow and European Outreach; and a member of the Expert Working Group on Public Engagement. Presently, Rob is also chair of the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Virtual University, a consortium of Canada’s leading universities with a focus on distance and online education.

  • Matthew McKean

    Matthew McKean is Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. He directs the research program and leads stakeholder relations for the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, a major five-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada today. The Centre examines important themes and issues in post-secondary education from a pan-Canadian perspective and is building an inclusive, cross-sectoral national strategy for the post-secondary education system that aims to address the future of work and the drivers of change that are disrupting the educational landscape. As Manager of the Quality Network for Universities, Matthew also leads the Conference Board's long-standing and distinguished executive network of university provosts and vice-presidents from across Canada. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Matthew worked in policy at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a PhD in History from Queen's University, Kingston, and is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. Matthew writes for a wide audience on a diverse range of topics. His writing has appeared in The Globe & Mail, National Post, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Hill Times, rabble.ca, Popmatters, Exclaim!, and This Magazine. He is a board member of the Ottawa International Writer's Festival and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee for the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Education.

  • Debbie Kane

    Debbie Kane is presently an Associate Dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor. Debbie is responsible for graduate programs within the Faculties of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Business, Human Kinetics, Social Work and Law. The University of Windsor has the largest relative number of International students in Ontario. Debbie serves on a number of University committees including the Graduate Executive Council, Graduate Council, Awards and Scholarship Committee, UWindsor Student Mental Health Strategy Steering Committee, and the President’s Commission on Equity and Employment. Previously Debbie served two 5 year terms as the Graduate Coordinator for the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Windsor. In this role Debbie was responsible for two program reviews as well as the development of the Nursing PhD program which had its first intake this fall.

  • Mircea Vultur

    Mircea Vultur is a full Professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and co-sponsor for the International Research Committee “Work Sociology”, he is affiliated with the International Association of French-speaking Sociologists, is a fellow at Centre interuniversitaire de recherches en analyse des organisations (CIRANO) and is head of the division for “Occupational integration” of the Observatory for Youth and Society (Observatoire Jeunes et Société). Mr. Vultur held a visiting professor post at University of Luxembourg, University of western Brittany, Federal University of Santa Catarina, University Centre Lasalle and Aix-Marseille University. He has authored or coordinated eight books including, “La surqualification au Québec et au Canada” (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2014). His current research focuses on the occupational integration of university graduates, company recruitment policies and employment conditions of employees who work through temporary work agencies.

  • Noreen Golfman

    Noreen Golfman is Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of Memorial University. She served as dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial from June 2008 to September 2014, when she was appointed provost and vice-president (academic) pro tempore. Dr. Golfman is a professor of English and holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. She recently served two terms as president of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, a national education advocacy group, and she is past president of both the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. She is currently a member of the advisory committee to the Canadian studies program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Active in Canadian cultural issues and experienced with the media, Dr. Golfman is the founding director and chair of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, vice-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and chair of the board of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Since 2011 she has co-chaired the board of directors of Business and the Arts NL, an organization that brokers relationships and funding between the arts and the corporate/private sectors. In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Dr. Golfman writes on the arts and culture in popular venues, and she has worked as a commentator, reviewer and performer for CBC radio and television.

  • Luc De Nil

    Luc De Nil is Vice-Dean Students in the School of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. As Vice-Dean he has been working on enhancing the graduate experience for students by advancing best practices for graduate supervision to both students and faculty, and promoting academic integrity. In his academic work, his teaching and research focuses on speech fluency disorders primarily through the use of brain imaging to investigate the neural mechanism underlying developmental and acquired stuttering. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication Disorders.

  • Robert Beauregard

    Robert Beauregard is currently Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies since July 1, 2017. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics at Université Laval for more than eight years and combined the functions of Associate Provost and Provost of student affairs and studies. Mr. Beauregard was the Director and co-Director of more than 40 masters and doctoral students. He is the author of more than 120 scientific publications. Under his deanship, between 2008 and 2016, the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics underwent a significant increase in student population, rising from 900 to more than 1,300. Under his leadership, the Faculty strived to structure its philanthropy services by hiring a Philanthropy Faculty Director, together with the Université Laval Foundation. Among the outcomes of this new development, we note the implementation of the first philanthropy student club and the initial philanthropy activities being held by students for two years now. In 1995, Mr. Beauregard obtained his PhD in Timber Sciences at Université Laval.

Conference highlights

A Workshop for Deans and Administrators

CAGS is offering a 6 hour workshop for Deans and Administrators. The workshop entitled: Graduate Program Design (Nuts & Bolts), is offered on November 7 from 8am to 2pm (includes breakfast and lunch). Topics covered include: Competencies of Doctoral Holders; PhD Plus: Experiential Extras in Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education; Multi-disciplinary, Collaborative and Joint Programs; Laddering – The Issues of Stackable Degrees and the Impact on Changes to Graduate Studies

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Meeting of the Consortium of Canadian Graduate Student Professional Development Administrators (CCGSPDA)

Terms of Reference – CCGSPDA

The purpose of the CCGSPDA is to communicate and develop resources and best practices in regards to professional development training for graduate students across Canada.