Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) was founded in 1962 to promote graduate education and university research through meetings, publications and advocacy. The Association brings together 58 Canadian universities with graduate programs and the three federal research-granting agencies, as well as other institutions and organizations having an interest in graduate studies.

The National Office deals with the day-to-day operations of the Association, maintains the website, oversees the e-mail discussion lists and coordinates the decisions or the initiatives of the Board of Directors.

The National Office provides information about the Association, about membership in the Association and about graduate studies in Canada.

The National Office monitors federal policies and legislation with respect to graduate education and university research, and provides information to research-granting agencies, civil servants and Members of Parliament on the purpose and needs of graduate education.

Announcing New Executive Director of CAGS – September 2020

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Wereley as Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. He takes over the position recently vacated by Sally Rutherford, who retired at the end of 2019. Ian has been with CAGS since 2017 and was formerly responsible for the Association’s communications and public relations files.

Ian will now be responsible for managing the national office in Ottawa, and for advancing the interests of the Association across the country. He is tasked with implementing CAGS’s mission and strategic plan during a challenging and unprecedented moment in the history of higher education. He believes, however, that a spirit of community, collaboration, and innovation can overcome any obstacle. A strong advocate for accessible, inclusive, and community-based learning, Ian is committed to CAGS’s vision of supporting the formation of individuals who, through scholarship, research, innovation and practice, contribute to the flourishing of societies in Canada and around the world.

Ian holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. He publishes on the history of oil in Canada and abroad. Ian and his family live in Aylmer, Quebec.

Ian WereleyExecutive Director

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