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


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

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 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

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

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

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

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



Dina Georgis, Member, Geography & Planning
Cheryl Suzack, Member, English and Indigenous Studies
Elizabeth Legge, Member, Fine Art History

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

Michael Thaut, Member, Music
Martine Puts, Member, Nursing
Iva Zovkic, Member, Psychology, UTM

Life Sciences (Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Biology)

Grace De Souza, Chair, Dentistry
Keiko Yoshioka, Member, Cell and Systems Biology

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Robert McCann, Chair, Mathematics
Ning Yan, Member, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Maria Dittrich, Member, Physical & Environmental Sciences, UTSC
Jumi Shin, Member, Chemical & Physical Sciences, UTM

Social Sciences

Xianwen Shi, Chair, Economics
Scott Liao, Member, Management
Anna Korteweg, Member, Sociology, UTM
Alissa Trotz, Member, Women & Gender Studies Institute


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.