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. Leah Cowen

Professor Leah Cowan is the Canada Research Chair in Microbial Genomics & Infectious Disease, co-Director of the CIFAR Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities program, and former Chair of the Department read more

Senior Administrative Representative

Head shot of Prof. Christine Allen

Dr. Christine Allen is the Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Strategic Initiatives (AVPVP SI) at the University of Toronto (UofT). She is a full professor in the Leslie Dan Faculty of 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

Headshot of Ariana Bradford

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

Headshot of Jia Xue

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

Headshot of Alison Keith

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

Headshot of Prof. Aimy Bazylax

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

Head shot of Iva Zovkic

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

Head shot of Kenneth Corts

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 2021-22 academic year



Benjamin Hellie, Chair, Philopophy (UTSC)
Cheryl Suzack, Member, English and Indigenous Studies
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)

Patricia Trbovich, Chair, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Jill Cameron, Member, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Alison Thombson, Member, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Daniel Sellen, Member, Anthropology

Life Sciences (Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Biology)

Keiko Yoshioka, Chair, Cell & Systems Biology
Bebhinn Treanor, Member, Biological Sciences (UTSC)
Siew-Ging Gong, Member, Faculty of Densitry
Lidan You, Member, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Jumi Shin, Chair, Chemical & Physical Sciences (UTM)
Ning Yan, Member, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Jochen Halfar, Member, Chemical & Physical Sciences (UTM)
Jennifer Drake, Member, Civil & Mineral Engineering
Frank Wania, Member, Physical & Environmental Sciences (UTSC)
Jane Howe, Member, Materials Science & Engineering

Social Sciences

Rupaleem Bhuyan, Chair, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Anna Korteweg, Member, Sociology (UTM)
Elizabeth Page-Gould, Member, Psychology
Penelope Lockwood, Member, Psychology
Jessica Fields, Member, Health & Society (UTSC)
Judith Teichman, Member, Political Science (UTSC)

Connaught Secretariat

Program Director

Headshot of Judith Jchadwick

Judith Chadwick serves as Assistant Vice-President, Research Services in the Division of the Vice-President Research and Innovation. She has served in leadership positions on a number of local, provincial and federal level committees and working groups. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and a B.A. in Political Science and English from U of T.

Connaught Fund Secretariat

Jeremy Knight, Director, Research Development
Michael Hussey, Research Funding Manager, Internal Programs
Shanna Pritchard, Research Funding Officer, Internal Programs