Council of Graduate Deans (CGD)

​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 (GEC) 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 2019-2020

  • September 17, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 26, 2019
  • January 28, 2020
  • February 25, 2020
  • March 24, 2020
  • April 28, 2020
  • May 26, 2020

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) from the multi- and single-department Faculties; the Vice-Deans Graduate of UTM and UTSC. In addition, the SGS staff serve as resources to the Council.​

2019-2020 Members​

  • Joshua Barker, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education
  • Gretchen Kerr, Vice-Dean, Programs and Innovation, SGS
  • Charmaine Williams, Vice-Dean, Students, SGS
  • Julie Audet, Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, FASE
  • Dwayne Benjamin, Vice-Dean, Graduate Education, FAS
  • David Burnes, Associate Dean, Academic, Social Work
  • Stéphane Côté, Director of the PhD Program, Rotman
  • Allan Kaplan, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Life Sciences Education, Medicine
  • Normand Labrie, Associate Dean, Programs, OISE
  • Ernie Lam, Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Dentistry
  • Robert Levit, Associate Dean, Academic, FALD
  • Kelly Lyons, Associate Dean, Academic, Information
  • Robert Macgregor, Director, Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy
  • Jeremy Packer, Associate Dean, Graduate, UTM
  • Jeff Packman, Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Music
  • Malcolm Thorburn, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Law
  • Mary Silcox, Vice-Dean, Graduate, UTSC
  • Brian Silverman, Vice-Dean, Faculty & Research, Rotman
  • Ashley Stirling, Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, KPE
  • Ann Tourangeau, Associate Dean (Academic), Nursing
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health TBD


Dianne Heximer
Council Secretary