Monday, October 27
|3:15 pm||Pre-Conference workshops for Deans, Administrators, Students & Postdoctoral Scholars|
|6:30 pm||Welcome Dinner at The Rooms , hosted by Memorial University National 3MT Award presentation|
Tuesday, October 28
|7:30 am||CAGS/ETS 2014 Award Breakfast|
|9:00 am||Opening Remarks by Dr. Noreen Golfman, President of CAGS|
|9:30 am||JP Gaboury Distinguished Lecture – Rethinking the PhD, Dr. Sidonie Smith, Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities, University of Michigan|
|11:15 am||Plenary – Preparing Graduate Students for the world outside Academy, Panel of Speakers:
Frédéric Bouchard, Professeur en philosophie, Université de Montréal
Rob Greenwood, Executive Director, the Harris Centre, Memorial University
Jennifer Polk, Academic and Career Coach, From PhD to Life
|12:30 pm||CAGS/Proquest-UMI 2014 Awards luncheon|
|2:30 pm||Workshop on the Future of the PhD – moderated by Paul Yachnin, Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), and Leigh Yetter, Executive Director, (IPLAI), McGill University|
|6:30 pm||Reception and Banquet Dinner|
Wednesday, October 29
|7:30 am||Regional Meeting Breakfasts|
|9:00 am||Plenary - News from the Research-Granting Agencies|
|10:45 am||Plenary Session – Federal Strategy on Internationalization, Robert Annan, Interim CEO and Scientific Director, MITACS, Karen McBride, President, CBIE, Gary Slater, Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs), University of Ottawa|
|1:00 pm||Annual General Meeting of Members|
|2:00 pm||Concurrent Session - Hot Topics for Graduate Administrators
Concurrent Session - Town Hall meeting for Deans & Graduate Students on the Future of Graduate Education
|3:45 pm||Concurrent Session - Students with Disabilities: Tips/tools/resources - working through case studies, Mahadeo A. Sukhai (as Moderator), Senior Advisor, NEADS
Concurrent Session – Intellectual Property, Matthew Herder, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Lawyer, Dalhousie University and Kelly Holloway, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University
Concurrent Session – Critical Studies in Improvisation: A Think Tank, Noreen Golfman, Memorial, and a representative from either UGuelph, URegina, UBC, or McGill.
Concurrent Session – Ontario Graduate Skills Project: MyGradSkills.ca, Allison Sekuler, McMaster University
Thursday, October 30
|7:30 am||Breakfast offered to all participants|
CAGS 52nd Annual Conference October 27-30, 2014
Event Programme Highlights
Rob Annan is Chief Research Officer at Mitacs, a leading Canadian not-for-profit that supports innovation through skills development, research, and collaboration between students, researchers, and industry. Dr. Annan speaks regularly on research and innovation policy with public and private audiences across Canada. He advises government and university leaders on innovation and research policy as well as in evaluation methods for research and innovation programs. As of July 1, 2014, Dr. Annan became Interim CEO of Mitacs. Dr. Annan has a PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University and undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria.
After completing a BA and MA in philosophy at the Université de Montréal, Frédéric Bouchard completed a PhD in philosophy at Duke University (Ph.D. 2004). He went on to pursue a post-doc fellowship at the University of Toronto. Frédéric Bouchard has been a professor at the Philosophy department, Université de Montréal and is the first holder of the ÉSOPE Chair in philosophy. Since 2014, he is also Director of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He is President of the Canadian Philosophical Association.
Noreen Golfman is Dean of Graduate Studies and a professor of English and Film Studies at Memorial University. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Western Ontario. She recently served two terms as president of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, a national education advocacy group. She is currently President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Dr. Golfman has been writing on the arts and culture in more popular venues. She was the film columnist for the Canadian Forum, and has contributed to Newfoundland Quarterly, the Independent newspaper, and worked as a commentator for CBC radio and television.
Robert Greenwood is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He is lead on the Public Engagement Framework for the University, which coordinates and supports the University’s collaboration with partners and stakeholders. Dr. Greenwood has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University Of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar.
Matthew Herder is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Lawyer at Dalhousie University. He teaches on a variety of health law topics, including informed consent, patient-physician confidentiality, and regulation of the medical profession. Prior to arriving at Dalhousie, he taught in the areas of bioethics and intellectual property law at Loyola University, Chicago’s School of Law. Professor Herder’s research interests cluster around biomedical innovation policy, with particular focus on intellectual property law and practices connected to commercialization of scientific research. He studied as Harvard and was admitted to the Bar in 2004.
Karen McBride is President and CEO of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Prior to joining CBIE as its President in August 2009, Ms. McBride served in key roles at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, most recently as Vice-President, International Affairs. She received her MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and her Honours BA in History and French from Western University. In recognition of her dedication to international education in Canada, in June 2012 His Excellency the Governor General presented Ms. McBride with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is awarded «to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians». In December 2012, Ms. McBride received the prestigious 2012 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award from the Women’s Executive Network.
Jennifer Polk is a professional listener and question asker. As a post-academic consultant and coach, she helps smart, creative, motivated individuals inside and outside the academy achieve their personal and professional goals. Jen specializes in helping dissertators finish and graduate, and ABDs and PhDs figure out life and work beyond the professoriate. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012 and is currently pursuing certification through the International Coach Federation. Find her online at http://FromPhDtoLife.com and on her University Affairs blog, From PhD to Life (http://www.universityaffairs.ca/from-phd-to-life/). Connect with her on Twitter @FromPhDtoLife (https://twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FromPhDToLife), and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-polk/43/564/bab).
Allison Sekuler received her BA degree in Mathematics and Psychology from Pomona College in 1986. She completed her PhD Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. Dr. Sekuler is a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and focuses on vision science and aging in her research. She was McMaster's first Associate Vice-President (Research). Dr. Sekuler is currently on research leave from her position as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University.
After receiving a Ph.D. from the Université de Sherbrooke (1984), Gary Slater worked at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga. He joined the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa in 1990 and has since occupied the positions of Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science (1997-2000), Vice-Dean (2002-2004) and Dean (2005-2011) of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Associate Vice-President International (2012-2013), and Associate Vice-President Student Affairs since January 2014. A world renowned polymer physicist, he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012.
Sidonie Smith is Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She is a past-President of the Modern Language Association of America (2010). This past year, she served on two task forces making recommendations related to the future of doctoral studies in the humanities, one for the MLA and another for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in Canada. Her most recent books include the second, expanded edition of Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (with Julia Watson, University of Minnesota, 2010); and Human Rights and Narrated Lives: The Ethics of Recognition (with Kay Schaffer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Mahadeo 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 Edward Yachnin
A leader of collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship, Paul Yachnin teaches at McGill University and publishes on the social creativity of the arts, principally on Shakespeare and other writers of early modern Europe. In addition to serving as Director of the Shakespeare and Performance Research Team and President of the Shakespeare Association of America (2009-2010), he founded the Making Publics (MaPs) Project (2005-10), which brought together scholars across the disciplines to rethink the history of early modern Europe by understanding how works of art and intellect created “publics,” new forms of association based on the shared interests, tastes, and desires of individuals. He is currently Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI).
As Executive Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) and Project Manager for Early Modern Conversions, Leigh Yetter develops academic and public programs that facilitate and promote the collaborative efforts among researchers at McGill and other universities and between the McGill academy and diverse collection of community partners. She is currently working on developing a new Master of Arts degree, to be offered by IPLAI. Before coming to McGill in 2006, she taught widely in the history and literature of Britain and Europe at Brown University and Harvard University. She also taught in the History Department at McGill before joining IPLAI as Associate Director in 2009 (becoming Executive Director in 2013).
The 52nd Annual Conference will be held in St. John's, Newfoundland at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland , from October 27-30, 2014.
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.
The conference location shifts annually. In 2014, we are excited to be in St. John’s, Newfoundland from October 27-30.
52nd Annual Conference
- By-law Announcement
- Strategic Plan & Current Priorities (pdf)
- Studying in Canada
- CAGS Acronyms and Links to Education & Higher Education (pdf)