Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting facult members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Supervision".

Name Rolesort descending Faculty Academic Unit
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Pelech, Steven Daniel Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Lam, Stephen C Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ciocca, Valter Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Granot, Daniel Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Dauvergne, Catherine Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Woodward, Todd Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cui, Wei Professor Peter A. Allard School of Law
Li, Linda Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
Carlsten, Christopher Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Verchere, Bruce Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mole, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Ghoussoub, Nassif Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Connor, Timothy Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Kindler, Anna Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Kovach, Margaret Professor Faculty of Education Department of Educational Studies
Hafeli, Urs Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Friedman, Joel Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Myers, Tamara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Moore, Edwin D Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
Matthewson, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Abu-Laban, Riyad Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Klonsky, Elisha Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Langager, Graeme Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Gsponer, Joerg Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories
Hearty, Christopher Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Gates, Derek Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Laher, Ismail Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Fleetham, John Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Tsai, Tai-Peng Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Fannin, R Jonathan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Ramana, M. V. Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Martin Ginis, Kathleen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ho, Vincent Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Yassi, Annalee Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Pattabiraman, Karthik Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Christenson, James Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Martin, Gregory Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Phelan, Anne Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Leung, Peter C Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
McKay, Heather Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Family Practice, Department of Orthopaedics
Lam, Frank Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Cenfetelli, Ronald Timothy Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Accounting and Information Systems
Saewyc, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing

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    Reaching Out Tips

    Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

    Check requirements
    • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
    • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
    Focus your search
    • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
    • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
      • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
      • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
    Make a good impression
    • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
      • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
      • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
    • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
    • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
    • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
      • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
      • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
    • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.