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OCAD University has a bi-cameral governance system with a Board of Governors and a Senate.

President's walk through at the 98th annual OCAD U Graduate Exhibition. Photo by Martin Iskander.

OCAD University Senate

The Senate is responsible for the establishment and regulation of academic policy, standards and procedures at OCAD University. In particular, the Senate and its many committees are in charge of all matters pertaining to OCAD U’s academic resources, academic programming, academic strategic planning, student affairs and any other such matters relating to academic issues. Membership of Senate consists predominantly of senior faculty, but also includes undergraduate and graduate student representation, as well as a representation of the academic administration.

The Senate includes the Senate Academic Policy & Planning Committee; Senate Academic Standards Committee; Senate Undergraduate Studies Committee; Senate Graduate Studies Committee; Senate Student Appeals Committee; and the Senate Quality Assurance Committee. The Senate normally meets on the fourth week of every month during the academic year.

For more information on the Senate and its membership, refer to the OCAD University Senate By-Laws or contact Hillary Barron, Manager, Academic Governance & Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President, Academic, at or at 416-977-6000, Ext. 322. 

Current chair of Senate

Professor b.h. Yael 

Past chairs of Senate

Professor Keith J. Rushton, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Dr. Archie Graham, 2011/2012, 2012/2013

Senate meetings

At least seven regular senate meetings will be held between September 1 and May 31, except where the secretary, in consultation with the Senate Executive Committee, determines that circumstances warrant a change from the normal schedule. No meeting of the senate will be of more than three hours in duration, except by the affirmative vote of two thirds of those present and voting to extend for a specific period of time. All outstanding business will be deferred until the next meeting, unless a special meeting is called.

Senate meetings will take place on the last Monday of every month from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise stated, during the Fall and Winter terms. For meeting locations and more information, please contact Hillary Barron, Manager, Academic Governance & Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President, Academic, at

Monday, September 28, 2015 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, October 26, 2015 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, November 30, 2015 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, January 25, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, February 29, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m)

Monday, March 21, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Monday, April 25, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Friday, April 29, 2016 (2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)*

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

*Special meeting of Senate

Senate agendas and minutes

An agenda for upcoming Senate meetings will be made available in advance. Minutes of each meeting will be posted after approval at Senate. Past meeting minutes can be found here.

September 28, 2015
October 26, 2015
 Agenda Minutes
November 30, 2015
January 25, 2016
 Agenda Minutes
February 29, 2016
March 21, 2016
Agenda Minutes
April 25, 2016
Agenda Minutes
April 29, 2016
Agenda Minutes
May 25, 2016
Agenda Minutes


Ex-officio senators

Dr. Sara Diamond

Dr. Gillian Siddall
Vice-President, Academic, and Vice-Chair of Senate

Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer
Associate Vice-President, Research, and Dean, Graduate Studies

Dr. Catherine Delaney

Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic
Dean, Faculty of Art

Dr. Gayle Nicoll
Dean, Faculty of Design

Dr. Caroline Langill
Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Ms. Elisabeth Paradis
University Registrar

Ms. Jill Patrick
University Librarian

Faculty senators

Faculty-area faculty senators - Art

Prof. Colette Laliberté
Prof. Luke Painter
Prof. Richard Fung
Dr. Andrea Fatona
Prof. Judith Doyle
Prof. b.h. Yael
Prof. Michelle Forsyth

Faculty-area faculty senators - Design

Prof. Julian Goss
Dr. Lynne Heller
Prof. Annette Blum
Prof. Lewis Nicholson
Prof. Frederick Burbach
Prof. Alexander Manu

Faculty-area faculty senators - Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Camille Isaacs
Dr. Marie-Josée Therrien
Dr. Jim Drobnick
Dr. Emma Westecott
Dr. Keith Bresnahan
Dr. Selmin Kara
Dr. Gerald McMaster

Faculty-at-large senators

Dr. David Griffin
Prof. Jennie Suddick
Dr. Ryan Whyte
Prof. Simon Glass
Prof. Richard Hunt
Prof. Lillian Allen
Prof. Nicole Collins

Program chairs - Faculty of Art

Prof. Natalie Waldburger
Prof. Johanna Householder

Program chairs - Faculty of Design

Prof. Roderick Grant
Prof. Dorie Millerson

Program chairs - Faculty of Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Prof. Ryan Rice
Prof. Gabrielle Moser

Graduate program director

Prof. Paulette Phillips
Dr. Martha Ladly

Student senators

Undergraduate student senators

Martha Muszycka-Jones, Faculty of Art

Chantelle Hope, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Jacqueline Lee, Faculty of Design

Graduate student senator

Rushmita Alam, Inclusive Design

Appointed senators

Dr. John Semple
External member (Board Chair), appointed by and from the Board of Governors

Ms. Virginia Trieloff
Alumni representative, appointed by the Alumni Association

Ms. Deanne Fisher
Associate Vice-President, Students, appointed by virtue of office

Mr. Evan Tapper
Director, Office of Continuing Studies, appointed by virtue of office

Dr. Carol Roderick
Director, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, or the Director, Writing and Learning Centre, appointed by virtue of office