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 2020-2021

  • September 29, 2020
  • October 27, 2020
  • November 24, 2020
  • December 15, 2020
  • January 26, 2021
  • March 23, 2021
  • April 27, 2021
  • May 25, 2021

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.​

2020-2021 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
  • David Burnes, Associate Dean, Academic, SWK
  • Stéphane Côté, Director of the PhD Program, MGT
  • Dionne Gesink, Associate Dean, Graduate, DLSPH
  • Jeff Packman, Associate Dean, Graduate Education, MUS
  • Allan Kaplan, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Life Sciences Education, MED
  • Normand Labrie, Associate Dean, Programs, OISE
  • Ernie Lam, Associate Dean, Graduate Education, DEN
  • Robert Levit, Associate Dean, Academic, FALD
  • Kelly Lyons, Special Advisor on COVID Matters, INFO
  • Micheline Piquette-Miller, Director, Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PHM
  • Heather MacNeil, Associate Dean, Academic, INFO
  • Joanne Oxley, Acting Vice-Dean, Research Strategy and Resources, MGT
  • Jeremy Packer, Associate Dean, Graduate, UTM
  • Jay Pratt, Acting Vice-Dean, Graduate Education, FAS
  • Mary Silcox, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies, UTSC
  • Ashley Stirling, Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, KPE
  • Malcolm Thorburn, Associate Dean, Graduate Program, LAW
  • Ann Tourangeau, Associate Dean (Academic), NUR


Dianne Heximer
Council Secretary