Council of Health Sciences

The Council of Health Sciences (CHS) represents the University of Toronto (U of T) health sciences sector and facilitates collaboration and enhancement of health science research and education endeavours. All health professional Faculties and programs are represented on the Council. Through the CHS Chair, the CHS reports directly to the Provost.

The mandate of the CHS is to:

  • Advance the national and international reputation of U of T as the premier university for health sciences education and research in Canada;
  • Advise and report regularly to the Provost on all matters relevant to the health sciences sector and its education and research programs;
  • Work collectively on common academic issues and their implementation;
  • Identify opportunities for common policies / practices and common management support for education and research across the health sciences sector;
  • Promote inter-professional education across all health professional programs and optimize the resources to do so; and
  • Ensure that the health sciences sector is adequately and appropriately represented at all levels of University governance.

Membership

The Council of Health Sciences is a standing committee of the Vice-President and Provost's. In the interest of maintaining a membership model and governance structure that is aligned with the Principals & Deans (P&D) Committee and Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs (PDAD&C) Committee, the CHS uses the following membership model and governance structure:

CHS Executive

This group includes the Dean of each of the seven health science Faculties. The main function of the Executive is to serve as a group with equal representation from each of the health science Faculties to determine the direction of CHS on matters that need to be discussed and decided at a decanal level for the Faculties represented.

CHS Extended

This group includes the Executive members as well as:

  • One Vice-Dean, Associate Dean, or Assistant Dean as appointed by each Executive Member;
  • One Chair (or Director) representing each health professional program in the health science Faculties;
  • Manager, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) - Non-voting Member.

The role of the Extended membership is to ensure that discussion is adequately inclusive within health science Faculties and to serve as a liaison with key stakeholders such as TAHSN.


Current members are:

CHS Executive Group

Heather Boon Chair, CHS
Dean, Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Linda Johnston Vice-Chair, CHS
Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Adalsteinn Brown Interim Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Daniel Haas Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
Ira Jacobs Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Faye Mishna Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Trevor Young Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions

CHS Extended Group

Heather Boon Chair, CHS
Dean, Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Linda Johnston Vice-Chair, CHS
Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Nancy Baxter Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Adalsteinn Brown Interim Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Shelley Craig Associate Dean, Academic, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Daniel Haas Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
Patricia Houston Vice-Dean, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine
Ira Jacobs Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Gretchen Kerr Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Jim Lai Vice-Dean, Education, Faculty of Dentistry
Fei-Fei Liu Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine
Sandra Bjelajac Mejia Interim Director, Professional Programs, Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Faye Mishna Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Susan Rappolt Chair, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
Darlene Reid Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
Katreena Scott Program Chair, School and Clinical Child Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Ann Tourangeau Associate Dean, Academic, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Peter Tzakas Program Director, Physician Assistant Program, Faculty of Medicine
Pascal van Lieshout Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine
Lynn Wilson Vice-Dean, Partnership, Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions
Trevor Young Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions
Sharon Vanin Manager, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN)
(Non-Voting)
Johanne Provençal Assistant Vice-Provost, Health Sciences Sector, Office of the Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions
(Administrative Staff)
Heather Skelton Legal and Administrative Assistant, Office of the Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions
(Administrative Staff)

Meetings

The Council meets monthly from September to June. Pre-arranged guest presentations/discussions by relevant constituencies are welcomed at meetings.


For further information, please contact:

Johanne Provençal
Assistant Vice-Provost, Health Sciences Sector
Office of the Vice-Provost, Relations with Healthcare Institutions
University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building, Room 2305
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8

Phone: 416-978-7762
Email: johanne.provencal@utoronto.ca