56th Annual Conference

Seeking Inclusion
Winnipeg, Manitoba The Fort Garry Hotel
November 6-8, 2018
AccommodationsConsortiumPlenary SessionsPreliminary ProgrammeSpeakersWorkshop for New Deans

56th Annual Conference

Seeking Inclusion
Winnipeg, Manitoba The Fort Garry Hotel
November 6-8, 2018
AccommodationsConsortiumPlenary SessionsPreliminary ProgrammeSpeakersWorkshop for New Deans

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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. CAGS invites leading thinkers and innovators from academia, government, and the private sector to pose questions and offer strategies so that graduate education can fulfill its important role in Canadian society. Representatives from graduate student groups are also invited. The format consists of a plenary, breakout sessions and workshops. Social gatherings and plenty of hallway time offer the opportunity for informal connections. The conference also celebrates excellence. Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, the National Three Minute Thesis Award and the ETS Award for Excellence are an important part of the proceedings.

We are excited to introduce our 2018 Conference speakers.

For dates and times please refer to the Conference Programme.
Amber Shilling

Amber Shilling

Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Studies, University of British Columbia

Annemieke Farenhorst

Annemieke Farenhorst

Acting Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering – University of Manitoba

Efe Peker

Efe Peker

PhD, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University

Gillian Robinson

Gillian Robinson

Senior Director Strategic Operations, School of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary

Ian Manion

Ian Manion

Clinical Psychologist, Co-Director, Frayme – Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research

Jens Locher

Jens Locher

Assistant Dean, Strategic Technologies & Business Initiatives, University of British Columbia

Julie Kaiser

Julie Kaiser

Doctoral Professional Development Coordinator, Western University

Kevin Lamoureux

Kevin Lamoureux

Former Education Lead, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba

Lisa Young

Lisa Young

Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary

Michèle Brochu

Michèle Brochu

Dean of Graduate Studies, Université de Montréal

Rebecca Dirnfeld

Rebecca Dirnfeld

Lead, Graduate Career Education, Ryerson University

Susan Porter

Susan Porter

Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Canadian Museum of Human Rights

TUESDAY, November 6, 2018

A Workshop for New Deans and Near Deans (a.k.a. Associate Deans)

CAGS is offering a 7 hour workshop. The workshop is offered on November 6 from 8am to 3pm
Workshop Programme
Alison Randell

Alison Randell

Director of Information Management, Memorial University

Brenda Brouwer

Brenda Brouwer

Director of University Partnerships | Past President, ACES

Eileen Denovan-Wright

Eileen Denovan-Wright

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University

Gillian Robinson

Gillian Robinson

Senior Director-Strategic Operations – Graduate Studies, University of Calgary

James Reynolds

James Reynolds

Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies & Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University

Jennifer McTavish

Jennifer McTavish

Dean of graduate Studies, Ryerson University

Langis Roy

Langis Roy

Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Linda Miller

Linda Miller

Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University

Lisa Young

Lisa Young

Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary

Michèle Brochu

Michèle Brochu

Assistant Vice-Rector, Graduate Studies and administrator exercising the functions of Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Université de Montréal

Paula Wood-Adams

Paula Wood-Adams

Dean of Graduate Studies, Concordia

Robert Wood

Robert Wood

Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Lethbridge

Robin M Yates

Robin M Yates

Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell Biology, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Calgary

Susan Porter

Susan Porter

Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia

Keynote Speaker

Advancing the Fulfilment of the Calls to Action: Graduate Schools and Graduate Students

Kevin Lamoureux – Former Education Lead, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba

Plenary: Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Graduate Students in Canada

Dr. Ian Manion, Clinical Psychologist, Co-Director, Frayme – The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)

Plenary Session

Tri-Agency Updates & Engagement

Panelists: Kelly Taylor, CIHR – Catherine Podeszfinski, NSERC Valérie Laflamme, SSHRC

Representatives from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC will provide an update on the federal research training environment and programs, including results from engagement activities regarding a proposed harmonized model for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program. The agencies will welcome thoughts and input, through break-out group discussions, on topics such as recently adopted Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) measures, support to Indigenous students, early career researchers, international mobility of students and fellows and the benefits of direct versus indirect financial support to research training.

Consortium of Canadian Graduate Student Professional Development Administrators

The Consortium is holding a day and half meeting in conjunction with the CAGS Annual Conference.

Conference Sponsors

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of the 56th Annual Conference