Appointment of Vice-President and Principal UTM

PDADC#58, 2009-10


To: Governing Council
Academic Board
Business Board
University Affairs Board
Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni, University of Toronto Mississauga
Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Professionals, Managers and Confidential Staff
President of UTFA
Presidents of Employee Unions
Presidents of APUS, GSU, SAC and SCSU
From:       David Naylor, President
Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: January 22, 2010
Re: Appointment of Vice-President and Principal UTM

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini, as Vice President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, for a five-year term effective July 1, 2010. Deep Saini is currently Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, and his new appointment was approved at today’s meeting of the Governing Council.

A fine scholar and generous mentor, Deep Saini has a very strong record of innovative leadership at the Université de Montreal and more recently the University of Waterloo. We are confident that Professor Saini will provide outstanding leadership for our dynamic Mississauga campus.

Saini is an experienced administrator, researcher and teacher who has been Dean of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment since 2006. A professor in the Faculty’s Department of Environment and Resource Studies, he also holds cross appointments in the Department of Biology, the Faculty of Science and in the Department of Geography & Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment.

Under Saini’s strong leadership, the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo has experienced a substantial growth in enrolment. He introduced a number of innovative new degree programs and added two unique academic units – the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development and the Centre for Knowledge Integration. Saini also has broad experience in university administration and government matters, and has been an effective advocate for Waterloo, attracting millions of dollars in infrastructure and operating funding from the federal government, private sector and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Saini taught at the Université de Montréal in the Départment de sciences biologiques, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (Plant Biology Research Institute). He served as the Institute’s Director General from 1996-2001, leading it through a period of significant change guided by strategic planning exercise.

He holds a doctorate in Plant Physiology from the University of Adelaide, Waite Agricultural Research Institute (1982); an M.Sc. (Honours) in Botany (1977); and, a B.Sc. (Honours) in Botany (1975) from Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. He began his Canadian academic career in 1982 at the University of Alberta as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Plant Science. He is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Punjabi.

Saini has served as President of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists from 2003-05, and President of the Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies from 2005-07. In 2009, he was appointed to Export Development Canada’s Advisory Council on Corporate Social Responsibility and recently represented the University of Waterloo as a member of the Ontario Premier’s “2009 Clean Tech Mission to India.”

He is currently a member of the NSERC’s ‘Biological Systems and Functions’ grant selection panel, the Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Botany (since 2003), and has also served as Consulting Editor of the Journal of Crop Production (1997-2000).

We hope everyone will share our excitement about this appointment at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Finally, we thank the members of the Search Committee for their thoughtful advice and guidance.