About Us

Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network

A three person conversation on developing and sharing best practices on professional development and success of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, kick started the Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (GPDN) in January 2013. The first formal name of the association, Consortium of Canadian Graduate Student Professional Development Administrators (CCGSPDA) was introduced at the CAGS conference in Toronto 2016.

Presently GPDN consists of 150 professionals supporting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from 39 institutions across Canada.

The 2019-2020 GPDN Executive Team

Dinuka Gunaratne

Dinuka Gunaratne

President

Career Education Coordinator (Graduate Students)
at University of Alberta
dgunarat@ualberta.ca

Melissa Dagleish

Melissa Dagleish

Vice President

Program Coordinator, Research Training Centre
at The Hospital for Sick Children
melissa.dalgleish@sickkids.ca

Lorna MacEachern

Lorna MacEachern

Past President

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Project Officer
at McGill University
lorna.maceachern@mcgill.ca

Danielle Barkley

Danielle Barkley

Membership Manager

Educator, Career & Professional Development
at University of British Columbia
danielle.barkley@ubc.ca

Julie Bowering

Julie Bowering

Secretary

Career Development Coordinator, Graduate Studies
at Memorial University
jbowering@mun.ca