Candidates for the 2020 Governing Council Elections - Teaching Staff


Constituency II (UTM)
Constituency II includes all teaching staff who hold their major appointments at the University of Toronto Mississauga
1 seat – 2 candidates

Shashi Kant

Prof. Shashi Kant is a professor of forest economics and management and the founding director of MScSM Program. He has received many awards, including the Order of Ontario, Queen’s Award, and Premier’s Excellence Award. He has served on various committees, including College of Electors, Academic Board, UTFA Executive, Faculty Council, and President’s Adviosry Committees. He is serving as Associate Editor/ Editorial Board Member of five journals. His values include equity, love, respect, non-violence, trusteeship, and responsibility. He is a follower of Gandhiji and committed for collective good, global sustainability, and good governance. He is a driving force behind many sustainability initiatives at UTM.

Mohan Matthen

I came to UTM in 2006 as Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy Department. My research and teaching are in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Mind. I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012. Over the years, I have served in a variety of administrative and committee roles. This has made me deeply interested in how universities function and how they become excellent. This has been reinforced during my three years on Governing Council. Last year, I was elected Chair of UTM Campus Council, where I have worked for open, accessible, and accountable governance.


Constituency VII
Constituency VII includes all teaching staff who hold their major appointments in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, Faculty of Information, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Music and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
1 seat – 2 candidates

Jan Mahrt-Smith

I believe that UofT has good people who work and study here and good people who govern it. I will provide unbiased oversight and feedback to the administration. Over my past 2 years on Governing Council, I have questioned the administration on some capital projects and debt increases, pushed for more leadership on reducing investments in fossil fuels, and supported efforts around our new sexual violence policy. I am a teacher and program director who wants to provide a stimulating and rewarding environment for students. This environment can only exist by supporting research activities and knowledge creation at UofT.

Olivier St-Cyr

Olivier St-Cyr, Faculty of Information: My academic perspective reflects my fourteen years as an educator combined with my industrial experience in the field of user experience design. Throughout my career I have consistently sought ways to innovate in the learning and research opportunities we offer our students and to collaborate with and assist colleagues who wish to do the same. As my academic initiatives have greatly benefited from listening and engaging with broad audiences, if elected to represent Constituency VII on Governing Council I will bring this approach along my passion for educational excellence in teaching and learning to university-wide governance. See