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


Head shot of Prof. Ted Sargent

University Professor Edward (Ted) Sargent received a BScEng (Engineering Physics) from Queen’s University and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Photonics) from the University of Toronto. He joined the read more

Vice-Provost of Academic Programs

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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

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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

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Ariana Bradford is Executive Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Previous roles at the University of Toronto include Director, Strategic Planning & Operations, at Medicine read more

Social Sciences Representative

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Jia Xue joined, in 2018, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work co-appointed with the Faculty of Information as an Assistant Professor after completing her research fellowship at JF Kennedy School read more

Humanities Representative

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Alison Keith earned her BA (Hons) from the University of Alberta and holds a PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan. She has taught at the University of read more

Physical Sciences Representative

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Prof. Aimy Bazylak is the Canada Research Chair in Thermofluids for Clean Energy and Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the U of T. Her research read more

Life Sciences Representative

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Iva Zovkic is a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Epigenetics and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with an adjunct appointment in Cell and Systems read more

Senior Administration Representative

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Professor Kenneth S. Corts is Vice-Dean, Research, Strategy, and Resources and Academic Director of the Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. He also 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



Cheryl Suzack, Chair, English and Indigenous Studies
Dina Georgis, Member, Geography & Planning
Benjamin Hellie, Member, Philopophy (UTSC)
Elizabeth Legge, Member, Fine Art History
Uzoma Esonwanne, Member, English
Naomi Seidman, Member, Centre for Jewish Studies

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

Martine Puts, Chair, Nursing
Michael Thaut, Member, Music
Jill Cameron, Member,  Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Patricia Trbovich, Member, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Life Sciences (Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Biology)

Keiko Yoshioka, Chair, Cell & Systems Biology
Grace De Souza, Member, Dentistry
Iva Zovkic, Member, Psychology (UTM)
Stéphane Angers, Member, Pharmacy

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Alison McGuigan, Chair, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Robert McCann, Member, Mathematics
Ning Yan, Member, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Maria Dittrich, Member, Physical & Environmental Sciences (UTSC)
Jumi Shin, Member, Chemical & Physical Sciences (UTM)
Jochen Halfar, Member, Chemical & Physical Sciences (UTM)

Social Sciences

Scott Liao, Chair, Management
Anna Korteweg, Member, Sociology (UTM)
Rupaleem Bhuyan, Member, Social Work
Elizabeth Page-Gould, Member, Psychology
Penelope Lockwood, Member, Psychology


Global Challenge Award

Connaught Secretariat

Program Director

Headshot of Judith Jchadwick

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.