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2013 Annual Conference


Conference Presentations

Session 1

Graduate Education in the Public Sphere: Successful Engagement with Journalists and Policy Makers - Paul Wells, Senior Columnist, Maclean’s

Session 2

News from the Research-Granting Agencies - SSHRC / News from the Granting Agencies / CIHR

Sessions 3

A) Strategic Enrolment Management - Jim Black, President and CEO, SEM Works
B) CGPSS 2013 Study Results & Implications - Hillary Arnold and Shuping Liu, HEQCO / Joan Norris, Wilfrid Laurier University
C) Quality Assurance Frameworks - Ronald Bond, Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board / François Pothier, Université Laval

Sessions 4

Tri-Council Harmonization: The Nuts and Bolts - Gordana Krcevinac, Director, Tri-Council Harmonization Project
A 3MT National Competition - ACFAS/CAGS, A french language competition
Future Landscape of Internationalization - Jean Danserau, École Polytechnique de Montréal / Jenny Phelps, University of British Columbia

Sessions 5

Jean-Pierre Gaboury Distinguished Lecture

Centre for Skills and Postsecondary Education (SPSE), Conference Board of Canada) - Carl Amrhein, Visiting Executive, Conference Board of Canada / Jean-Michel Dussault, Université Laval / Maryse Lassonde, Fonds de recherche du Québec / Jasdeep Saggar, University of Toronto

Sessions 6

The Roles, State, and Impact of Post-Secondary Education in Canada - Carl Amrhein and Daniel Munro, Conference Board of Canada

Sessions 7

The State of Scholarly Publishing in Canada - Guylaine Beaudry, Université Concordia / Michel Duquet, Canadian Association of Learned Journals / Anne-Marie Fortier, Université Laval

Sessions 8

Report on Interdisciplinarity - Fred Hall, Consultant / Ketra Schmitt, Concordia University /
Laura Bisaillon, University of Toronto

Graduate Students with Disabilities - Mahadeo Sukhai, Senior Advisor, NEADS

Financial Support for Graduate Students - Hillary Arnold, HEQCO / Roch Chouinard, Université de Montréal


Jim Black
President and CEO of SEM Works, Dr. Black is an internationally recognized expert in enrolment management as well as change management. He has served on the boards of several technology companies such as Microsoft, Blackboard and the SAS Institute. He has consulted with public and private institutions. Dr. Black holds a Ph.D. in higher education curriculum and teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Shuping Liu
Ms. Liu is a research analyst with HEQCO. Her primary interest is in the labour market outcomes of postsecondary graduates and the PSE choices of youth. She is also a doctoral candidate in economics at Queen’s University and has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Manitoba. Previously, she was a research associate with Manitoba Health and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine.

Hillary Arnold
Hillary Arnold is a researcher at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Most recently, her work has focused on the graduate student experience and the graduate enrolment expansion from a national perspective. She has an MA from McMaster University. Her academic studies included educational outcomes and institutional structures, with a focus on quantitative methodology.

Ronald Bond
Now a consultant, Ronald Bond is experienced in all levels of academic administration: head, associate dean, dean, vice-president [academic] and provost. He served as provost from 1997-2006 at the University of Calgary, where he led the development of the institution’s Academic Plan, supervised the work of 16 Deans and several Associate Vice-Presidents, and initiated the internal unit review process designed to enhance the quality of academic programs. He was named Provost Emeritus by the Board of Governors and has been invested as a member of the Order of the University of Calgary. Bond has completed two terms as chair of the Campus Alberta Quality Council, and currently is the Interim Chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the Vice-Chair of the newly created Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board, and an external member of the Quality Council of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Jean Dansereau
Dr. Dansereau is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and Assistant Director – Academic and International Affairs, as well as Director of Graduate Studies. He holds a PhD from the University of Vermont. He is also a member of the Biomedical Sciences and Technologies Research Centre.

Laura Bisaillon
Dr. Bisaillon is the winner of the 2013 CAGS/Proquest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the category of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Fred L Hall
Currently retired, Dr. Hall was Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary from August 2007 through July 2011. Prior to 2007, he had been the Dean of Graduate Studies at McMaster University in Ontario for eight years. For the whole of his 35 year career at McMaster he was appointed jointly between Geography and Civil Engineering, with a focus on urban transportation. In 2007 he served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), as well as two additional years on the CAGS Board as Vice-President and Past President.

Joan Norris
Dr. Joan E. Norris is Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Professor of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has studied and taught adult development for nearly 30 years and has published widely in the field. She has a special interest in successful aging and is a Registered Psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists. She has also served as Psychology Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Norris is very proud to have supervised 25 graduate students and taught courses in adult development and aging to more than 2000 undergraduate students.

François Pothier
Professor of Animal Science, Dr. Pothier has presided over the works of the Curriculum Committee during four years. Consisting of twenty members from different faculties, the Committee's role is to assess the quality and adequacy of proposed programs before they are considered by the government. Since July 2012, Dr. Pothier is the Associate Vice-President, Educational Quality and Student Success. As part of this mandate, he supports the committee in charge of periodic assessment of programs leading to a degree. This rigorous process conducted every ten years is based on surveys and focus groups conducted with students, graduates and employers. The social, systemic and institutional relevance are evaluated as well as the resources required to maintain a range of quality programs.

Jenny Phelps
Dr. Jenny Phelps has been an Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia since 2006, where she has responsibility for student administration and strategic initiatives. Prior to coming to UBC in 2003, she had professional roles at campuses in the California State University and University of California systems.

Dr. Phelps recently completed her PhD in Educational Studies at UBC. Her research focusses on the influences of globalization on graduate education and the educational purposes, choices and experiences of international doctoral students.

Mahadeo Sukhai
Dr. Sukhai is a research fellow and team leader with the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the University Health Network. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Sukhai completed his Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Toronto (2007), and two post-doctoral fellowships, in genomics and drug discovery. 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-present).

Paul Wells
As Senior Columnist for Maclean’s magazine, Paul Wells is one of Canada’s foremost political commentators. Fresh, funny and authoritative, Mr. Wells speaks in both official languages on all of the matters of the day, from Canada’s position in the global economy, to the inside scoop on what’s really happening inside the Parliament buildings. Mr. Wells studied at the University of Western Ontario and the Institut d’Études politiques de Paris. He is on the Advisory Committee of the new Glendon School of Public Affairs and is a Fellow of the new School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

Roch Chouinard
Roch Chouinard is a professor at the Department of Psychopedagogy and Andragogy within the Faculty of Education at the University of Montreal since 1998. He concurrently acts as Associate Vice-President of Graduate Studies and as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. He is responsible for the management of the Faculty and all graduate and postgraduate programs, as well as for the support for student achievement and student funding. He holds a bachelor's degree in history education, a certificate in social and educational adaptation and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Ketra Schmitt
Dr. Schmitt joined the Centre for Engineering in Society at Concordia as an Assistant Professor in 2008. Prior to coming to Concordia, she worked as a Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, where she modeled the economic impacts of bioterrorism, life cycle costs of hearing loss and health impacts of seafood consumption. Dr. Schmitt was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and a Master's in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. She has worked as a statistician forecasting natural gas demand for Peoples Energy and as a health inspector for the City of Evanston. Dr. Schmitt earned her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 1996.

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