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
Poh, Catherine Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
Bowie, William Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Road, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Respiratory Medicine
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Krishnan, Harish Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Operations and Logistics
Colliander, James Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Greif, Chen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Masri, Bassam Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
Vatsal, Vinayak Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Hakkinen, Lari Professor Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences
La Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Kunst, Ljerka Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Pawlik, Marek Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
MacPhee, Maura Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Martin Ginis, Kathleen Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Jang, Kerry Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Angel, Omer Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Cronk, Quentin Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Buxton, Jane Professor Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health
Le Billon, Philippe Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Geography
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Nabi, Ivan Robert Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering
Ward, Lawrence Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Chandrashekaran, Murali Professor Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Division of Marketing and Behavioural Science
Barton, Jason Professor Faculty of Medicine Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Tortell, Philippe Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany
Allard, Michael Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Dunford, William Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Walus, Konrad Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Van Allen, Margot Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kendrick, Maureen Professor Faculty of Education Department of Language & Literacy Education
Zeng, Haishan Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
Cockcroft, Steven Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Birol, Inanc Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Genetics
Aydede, Murat Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Maddison, Wayne Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology, Department of Botany
Yatham, Lakshmi Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Cote, Helene Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kumar, Ujendra Professor Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Takei, Fumio Professor Faculty of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Irwin, Rita Professor Faculty of Education Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

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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.