Council of Graduate Deans

Graduate education is a shared activity, and the quality of graduate programs is a shared value. As such, consultative groups are in place within our academic community to ensure there is appropriate discussion before key policy and regulation recommendations are made to the Graduate Education Council and subsequent levels of governance. While Graduate Education Council is the highest governance body of the School of Graduate Studies, the Council of Graduate Deans (CGD) is one such consultative group.

Since 2006, the CGD meets on a regular basis (monthly during the academic year) for information exchange, discussion, and consultation. The CGD is a forum for the discussion of changes to policies and procedures​ and of emerging issues affecting graduate education. The perspective brought by the various faculty graduate vice-deans is significant, given the size and complexity of graduate education at the University of Toronto.

Meeting Schedule 2017-2018

September 26, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 28, 2017
January 23, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 27, 2018
April 24, 2018
May 22, 2018

Date & Time

CGD meetings are typically scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.


School of Graduate Studies, Room 201 (second floor), 65 St. George Street.

CGD Membership

The Council consists of the SGS Dean / Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education; the two SGS Vice-Deans; the Vice/Associate Deans (Graduate) of all the multi-department Faculties; the Vice-Deans Graduate of UTM and UTSC, and the Rotman School of Management; and a representative of the single-department Faculties. In addition, the SGS Directors serve as resources to the group.

2017-2018 Members

Joshua Barker, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education (Chair)
Luc De Nil, SGS Vice-Dean, Students
Liz Smyth, SGS Vice-Dean, Programs
TBD, Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Program Reviews, Faculty of Arts and Science
Julie Audet, Vice-Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Stéphane Côté​​, Vice-Dean, Faculty and Research, Rotman School of Management
Allan Kaplan, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Life Sciences Education, Faculty of Medicine
Normand Labrie, Associate Dean, Programs, OISE
Jeremy Packer, Associate Dean, Graduate, UTM
Mary Silcox, Vice-Dean, Graduate, UTSC
Linda Johnston, Dean, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (Single-Department Faculties Representative)
Corey Dales, SGS Director, Information Systems
Jane Freeman, SGS Director, Graduate Centre for Academic Communication
Laura Stathopolous, SGS, Director, Graduate Awards and Financial Aid
Lisa Haley, SGS
Josie Lalonde, Director, Student Academic Services


Dianne Heximer
Council Secretary