President’s Committee on International Policy

Within the context of knowledge dissemination and internationalization, the University of Ottawa is committed to increasing student and faculty mobility and to broadening the scope of its activities in the areas of teaching, research and service to communities.

The Committee on International Policy was established to help meet the University’s internationalization objectives as outlined in Goal 4 of Destination 2020: Developing leaders through internationalization, and will assist in the preparation of the university’s next strategic plan. Comprised of individuals from the various groups of the University community, this committee will put forward recommendations on an internationalization policy for the University of Ottawa.

Public consultation sessions


The Committee will be asked to create the framework and foundations for an effective and modern internationalization policy that will allow the University to address the challenges and issues of an ever-changing, interconnected and competitive global society.

The Committee will look at, for example:

  • How the University can take full advantage of the elements that make it unique, including:
    • Its location in the heart of Canada’s capital
    • Its bilingual nature
  • Principles promoting internationalization of current educational programs
  • Whether to increase our level of cooperation with foreign universities and, if so, the priorities that should underlie the strategy for doing so at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Ways to update our orientation and integration programs for international students to help increase the size of this cohort
  • The role of outgoing mobility and ways to provide more versatile training that offers students greater flexibility
  • The geographic areas we should target (if necessary, based on disciplines or undergraduate/graduate programs)
  • The efforts required to harmonize the internationalization policy and scientific production involving international collaborations and how the University can better support its researchers and students in this area
  • The ways the University itself can and should ensure the coordination and crossdisciplinarity of activities related to internationalization, with particular attention to the interdisciplinary nature of these activities
List of Members


  • Sanni Yaya, Full Professor, Director and Associate Dean, School of International Development and Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty representatives

  • Jacques Bradwejn, Full Professor and Dean, Faculty of Medicine
  • Gilles Breton, Full Professor and Director, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • François Laroque, Interim Dean, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
    (delegates: Yves Le Bouthillier, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, French Program, and Peter Oliver, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, Research)
  • Ghislain Otis, Full Professor and Canada Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Aboriginal Peoples, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
  • Michael Parent, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, Career Development, Telfer School of Management
  • Ousmane Seidou, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Alain St-Amant, Full Professor and Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Science
  • Tim Stanley, Full Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Andrew Taylor, Full Professor, Faculty of Arts, Department of English
  • Rachel Thibeault, Full Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Rebecca Tiessen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of International Development and Globalization

External Member

  • Ferry de Kerckhove, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Former Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia and the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Former High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan

Student representatives

  • Amina Haggar, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Calla Jeanne Barnett, Doctoral Student, Faculty of Social Sciences

Support staff

  • François Carrier, Director of International Research, Office of the Vice-President, Research
  • Régine Legault-Bouchard, Assistant Director, International Office, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost
  • Alain Malette, Senior Director, Recruitment, Admissions and Market Development, Strategic Enrolment Management
  • Caroline Renaud, Director, International Office, Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost
  • Caroline Tremblay, Senior Manager, Office of the President

Research staff

  • Kate Grantham, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Ottawa
  • Peter Szyszlo, Doctoral Candidate, University of Ottawa

Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion acts as a “think tank,” reflecting on questions relative to diversity and inclusion at the University of Ottawa. The committee collects, analyzes and interprets data in order to draw up recommendations and proposes the implementation of concrete measures aimed at diversity and inclusion.

The Committee is made up of full-time professors from each of the University’s nine faculties, part-time professors, researchers, members of the administrative staff, undergraduate and graduate students.

  1. Provide an overview of the current situation with regard to inclusion for three groups of University of Ottawa community members: professors, students and support staff.
  2. Determine systemic barriers to inclusion, along with these three groups (consultation plan).
  3. Produce a report describing the current situation, proposing University diversity-related objectives and concrete action to achieve genuine inclusion for students, support staff and professors. The report can also make recommendations concerning an institutional framework for matters relating to diversity and inclusion.

The objective of this ad hoc committee is to work on:

  1. Eliminating barriers to the achievement of genuine inclusion
  2. Making diversity a criterion of excellence within the university community overall (support staff, students and professors) so that the University of Ottawa becomes a model in this area.

The committee will address inclusion as it relates to the Ontario Human Rights Code protected grounds.

List of Members


  • Caroline Andrew, Distinguished University Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Full-time professors

  • Sophie Thériault, Vice-Dean Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
  • Rakhi Ruparelia, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
  • Catherine Tsilfidis, Associate Professor and holder of the Donald and Joy Maclaren Chair for Vision Research, Faculty of Medicine
  • Christabelle Sethna, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Holly Johnson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Catherine Mavriplis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, and NSERC–Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering
  • Craig Phillips, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Ruth Kane, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Sharon L. O’Sullivan, Associate Professor, Telfer School of Management
  • Ravi Pendakur, Full Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Christina De Simone, Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Martine Lagacé, Vice-Dean Governance and Secretary, and professor, Faculty of Arts

Part-time professors

  • Fernando Mata, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Gordon DiGiacomo, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Houssein Charmarkeh, Faculty of Arts
  • Marc Rahme, Faculty of Health Sciences

Undergraduate students

  • Shahad Khalladi, Faculty of Science
  • Malika Osman, faculties of Social Sciences and Arts
  • Imane Hamich, Telfer School of Management
  • Abdullah Al-Haj, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • David Couturier, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Gaëlle Faye, Telfer School of Management

Graduate students

  • Radamis Zaky, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Saeideh Kheradmand, Faculty of Engineering
  • Claudia Pricilia Chandra, Telfer School of Management
  • Haoyu Wu, Faculty of Engineering

Support staff (non-managers)

  • Sean Ford, Systems Analyst, Information Technology
  • Melanie Miles, Human Resources Generalist, Office of the Vice-President, Research
  • Carole Bourque, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Human Rights Office
  • Sébastien Pilon, Aboriginal Resource Centre
  • Olfa Labassi, Projects Coordinator, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
  • Lisa Abel, Aboriginal Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine

Support staff (managers)

  • Sonya Nigam, Director, Human Rights Office
  • Françoise Moreau-Johnson, Manager, Centre for Academic Leadership
  • Manon Desgroseilliers, Manager, Institutional Research and Planning
  • Manon Dugal, Senior Director, Human Resources
  • Aline Germain-Rutherford, Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning Support Service
  • Caroline Tremblay, Senior Manager, Office of the President
  • Susan Hylland, Director, Sports Services

PSUO-SSUO members

  • Julie Vaillancourt, Facilities
  • Jeremy Cassidy, Student Academic Success Service
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