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


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 Natalie Nanton, Secretary to Senate at, or at 416-977-6000, Ext. 2856. 

Current chair of Senate

Professor b.h. Yael 
Professor Sylvia Whitton (Interim Chair: January 1 to June 30, 2017)

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 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., unless otherwise stated, during the Fall and Winter terms in room 322, 230 Richmond Street West. For more information, please contact Natalie Nanton, Secretary to Senate at

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018

Monday, January 28, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019 

Monday, March 25, 2019 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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

September 24, 2018 Agenda        Minutes 
October 29, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2018 Agenda
January 28, 2019 Agenda
February 25, 2019 Agenda
March 25, 2019 Agenda
April 29, 2019 Agenda
May 22, 2019 Agenda
June 13, 2019 Agenda



Dr. Sara Diamond

Dr. Caroline Langill
Vice-President, Academic and Provost, and Vice-Chair of Senate

Dr. Salah Bachir

Dr. Robert Luke
Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Dr. Ashok Mathur
Dean, Graduate Studies

Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic
Dean, Faculty of Art

Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall
Dean, Faculty of Design

Dr. Ian Clarke
Interim 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. Jason Baerg
Prof. Richard Fung
Prof. Colette Laliberté
Prof. JJ Lee
Prof. Wrik Mead
Prof. Sylvia Whitton
Prof. b.h. Yael

Faculty-area faculty senators - Design

Prof. Debbie Adams
Prof. Annette Blum
Prof. Maya Desai

Prof. Nick Goso
Prof. Bruce Hinds
Dr. Gayle Nicoll
Dr. Kate Sellen

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

Dr. Heather Coffey
Prof. Kate Hartman
Dr. Michelle Miller
Dr. Charles Reeve
Dr. Alia Weston
Dr. Kathy Kiloh

Faculty-at-large senators

Prof. Lillian Allen
Prof. Simon Glass
Prof. June Lawrason
Prof. Francis LeBouthillier
Prof. Min Sook Lee
Dr. Eric Nay
Prof. Lauchie Reid

Sessional faculty senators

Prof. Beverly Dywan
Prof. Surendra Lawoti

Program chairs - Faculty of Art

Prof. Luke Painter
Prof. Ilene Sova

Program chairs - Faculty of Design

Prof. Roderick Grant

Prof. Angelika Seeschaf Veres

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

Prof. Nick Puckett
Dr. Ryan Whyte

Graduate program director

Dr. Martha Ladly
Dr. Michele Mastroeni


Student senators

Undergraduate student senators

Francis Ho
BDes Graphic Design program, Faculty of Design

Chris Leithead
BFA Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies program, Faculty of Art


Graduate student senator

Panya Clark Espinal
MFA Criticism & Curatorial Practice program

Appointed senators

Martin Shewchuk
External member (Board Vice-Chair), appointed by and from the Board of Governors

Co-Chair, Aboriginal Education Council

Ms. Deanne Fisher
Vice-Provost, Students and International, appointed by virtue of office

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

Ms. Susan Ferguson
Director, Writing and Learning Centre, or the Director, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, appointed by virtue of office