Meet The Team

The Connaught Fund is managed by a committee made up of members of the university’s governing council, senior administrators and other representatives of the university community.


Connaught Committee


Vivek Goel

Professor Vivek Goel was appointed Vice President, Research and Innovation of the University of Toronto in December, 2014. Professor Goel is a distinguished scholar with an extensive background in teaching, research read more

Vice-Provost of Academic Programs

Dr. Heather Boon is Vice Provost, Faculty and Academic Life, University of Toronto, Canada.  She is a pharmacist and is appointed as a Full Professor at the University of Toronto. read more

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Joshua Barker is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Research and Education at the University of Toronto. Previously, he has served as Acting Chair of read more

Representing the University Research Community

Ariana Bradford is Director, Strategic Planning & Operations for the University of Toronto’s Medicine by Design initiative. Previously she was Director, Custom Programs, at the Rotman School of Management where read more

Social Sciences Representative

For the past 20 years, Dr. Barbara Fallon has worked to bridge that knowledge gap by collecting reliable national and provincial child welfare data across Canada and mining it with read more

Physical Sciences Representative

Kimberly Strong has been a Physics Professor at the University of Toronto since 1996, and was appointed inaugural Director of the University’s School of the Environment in 2013.  She earned read more

Life Sciences Representative

Denise Belsham is a Professor of Physiology, Medicine, and Ob/Gyn at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has served as Acting Chair and Vice Chair of the Department of Physiology. read more

Senior Administration Representative

Professor Gough earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies at McGill University after which joined the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). read more

Connaught Review College

The Connaught Secretariat thanks the following individuals who are serving on the Connaught Review College in the 2019-20 academic year



Antje Budde, Member, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performing Arts

Life Science (Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health Research)

Michael Thaut, Member, Music
Martine Puts, Member, Nursing
France Gagnon, Member, Public Health
Stephanie Nixon, Member, Physical Therapy

Life Sciences (Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Biology)

Jun Liu, Chair, Molecular Genetics
Marie-Josée Fortin, Member, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Grace De Souza, Member, Dentistry

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Robert McCann, Member, Mathematics
Jochen Halfar, Member, Chemical & Physical Sciences, UTM

Social Sciences

Scott Liao, Member, Management
Xianwen Shi, Member, Economics


Global Challenge Award

Connaught Secretariat

Program Director

A nationally recognized leader in post-secondary research funding and administration, Judith Chadwick oversees U of T’s Research Services team and serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the Division of the read more

Secretary to the Connaught Committee

Michael Hussey, Research Funding Manager, Internal Programs, Connaught Committee Secretary.