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Meet our new president


Queen’s University’s Vice-Provost and Dean, Dr. Brenda Brouwer has been appointed president of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies for the 2015-2016 term. She takes up the position as the organization works to foster a national dialogue on the role and impact of graduate education.

She is recognized for her innovative work representing the needs of graduate programs and students and for her collaborative style.

Dr. Brouwer joined Queen’s in 1990 after completing her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She holds a BSc. in Kinesiology (University of Waterloo) and an MSc in Biomechanics (McGill University). She served as an Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies from 2005 to 2010 before moving into the role of Vice-Provost and Dean. She maintains an externally funded research program focused on the biomechanical, neuromuscular and metabolic demands of mobility in healthy aging and stroke. She has supervised over 32 research master’s and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.

President's Message







These are qualities that characterize the people involved in graduate education in Canada.

And it goes beyond that. They strive to contribute to knowledge production through the provisions of exceptional graduate training to benefit communities and societies.

That energy and commitment guides and inspires the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. It is why I am pleased to be affiliated with the organization and for the opportunity to serve in the role of president.

Our mission is to strengthen graduate education by advocating on behalf of our members - to ensure that policy makers, politicians and the public recognize the impact that graduate education has on our society and its importance in enriching the lives of our citizens regionally and globally. The environmental impact of a warming ocean, new ways to fight cancer or malaria, the plight of children in Syrian refugee camps or solutions to homelessness in Canadian cities – our graduate researchers tackle these and other serious issues every single day. Their achievements are outstanding and their potential is inspiring. At the same time, graduate schools are responding to a rapidly changing landscape. The demands made on

universities and graduate programs have never been higher and the expectations of our graduates to bring knowledge and skills that align with labour market needs across sectors continue to grow. These factors have set the stage for reflection and a re-think of program content, structure and outcomes. Consideration of interdisciplinary degrees and training opportunities to address complex problems; incorporating new and emerging technologies to create intellectual spaces and promote knowledge mobilization; making discoveries and research accessible; and ensuring that our programs are sufficiently nimble to be compatible with future needs are just some of the challenges that deans, administrators and the students themselves are working to address. This is also where CAGS plays a part; facilitating dialogue among Canada’s 58 graduate schools and stakehol

ders, collectively identifying problems, and sharing research, solutions and best practices. The networking, collaboration, and undertaking of research and projects are important features of CAGS and serve to benefit graduate education.

I look forward to the year ahead as we work to further enhance graduate studies and develop coordinated strategies to address current and future challenges.