Connaught Fund Committee and Review College

Connaught Committee

The Connaught Fund is managed by a committee made up of members of the university’s governing council, senior administrators and other representatives of the university community.



Senior Administration Representative

Connaught Committee Member, Cheryl RegehrCheryl Regehr is the Vice-Provost of Academic Programs for the University of Toronto. Former Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, she is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, and has cross-appointments to the Faculty of Law, and the Institute for Medical Sciences at University of Toronto. Dr. Regehr’s four books and over 100 publications address the intersection between law, mental health, and professional practice. In 2004, she was presented with the Amicus Award by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for her contributions to forensic mental health.

Senior Administration Representative

Connaught Committee Member, Ulrich KrullUlrich Krull completed his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Toronto. He started his academic career as a contractual faculty appointee at Erindale College in 1984, and is now a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto Mississauga – where he also serves as the endowed AstraZeneca Chair in Biotechnology and Vice-Principal Research. Krull is recognized as one of the leading analytical chemists in Canada. He works in the area of development of diagnostic technologies and has over 200 refereed publications, numerous patents and awards, and has been involved in the launch of three spin-off companies as outcomes of his research team’s work.

Representing the University Research Community

Connaught Committee Member, Nancy LockhartNancy Lockhart is a seasoned executive with particular expertise in operations, marketing, compensation, and risk management. She is Chief Administrative Officer of the Frum Development Group where she is responsible for shaping the company’s administrative and operations departments. She spent many years in the retail business, including seven years with Shoppers Drug Mart where she held the positions of Vice-President, Retail Development and Vice-President of Operations. She has also held the position of Network Partner, Brewer’s Retail and Chief Operating Officer of Jumbo Video.

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Connaught Committee Member, Brian CormanBrian Corman is Professor of English, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education. He has published many books on British literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Genre and Generic Change in English Comedy, 1660-1710 and Women Novelists Before Jane Austen: The Critics and their Canons. He edited the University of Toronto Quarterly for 13 years and is currently editing a collection of British comedies of the Restoration and eighteenth century, as well a collection of essays on the Purcell-Dryden opera King Arthur.

Physical Sciences Representative

Connaught Committee Member, Aephraim SteinbergAephraim M. Steinberg joined U of T as a Professor of Physics in 1996. He is also a founding member and past director of the Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control (CQIQC), a founding member of the Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS), an affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics. His awards include the Herzberg Medal of the Canadian Association of Physics and the Rutherford Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada. His research interests lie in fundamental quantum-mechanical phenomena and the control and characterization of the quantum states of systems ranging from laser-cooled atoms to individual photons. Most recently, he has been studying a new paradigm of quantum measurement known as “weak measurement,” which his group used among other things to revisit the precise implications of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Social Sciences Representative

riceKeren Rice is University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Linguistics and Aboriginal Studies. She is the founding director of Aboriginal Studies and the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, and currently serves as chair of Linguistics. She is the editor of International Journal of American Linguistics. Her book A Grammar of Slave was awarded the Bloomfield Book Award by the Linguistic Society of America, and she received the Killam Prize in 2011, the Molson Prize in 2012, and was inducted into the Royal Society in 2012. She served as President of the Linguistic Society of America in 2012, and previously served a term as President of the Canadian Linguistic Association. Her research covers the areas of phonology, morphology, and Aboriginal languages.

Life Sciences Representative

lewiskayLewis Kay is a world leader in the development and application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods for the study of protein structure and dynamics.

A Canadian, Kay obtained his PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Yale University in 1988, with post-doctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health. In 1992, he joined U of T as Assistant Professor in the departments of molecular genetics and biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine, becoming a full professor with tenure just three years later. His early work revolutionized the NMR field that had been limited to the study of small proteins at the time and these early papers are now citation classics. He has continued to make major contributions to the development of NMR methods, breaking the “size barrier” many times.

A former Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Kay won the Merck Frosst Award in 1996, for the top biochemist in Canada within 10 years of a first faculty appointment and in 1998 he was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”. Over the years, he has received the Steacie Prize from the National Research Council of Canada, the Favelle Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, the Founders Medal from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems, and the Gunther Laukien Prize.

In 2006 Professor Kay was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 to the Royal Society (London).

Connaught Review College

The Connaught Secretariat thanks the following individuals who are serving on the Connaught Review College in the 2012-13 academic year.


Robin Elliott (Panel Chair), Music
Elizabeth Cowper, Linguistics
Robert Gibbs, Philosophy
Doris Bergen, History
Mary Lou Lobsinger, Architecture

Life Science (Epidemiology & Health Outcomes) Review Panel

Cindy Lee Dennis (Panel Chair), Nursing
Elizabeth Badley, Public Health
Gajanan Kulkarni, Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry
Dina Brooks, Physical Therapy

Life Sciences (Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Biology) Review Panel

James Thomson (Panel Chair), Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Grant W. Brown, Biochemistry
Rudolf Winklbauer, Cell & System Biology
Min Zhuo, Physiology
Jason Matthews, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Michael Thompson (Panel Chair), Chemistry
Nasser Ashgriz, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Marten vanKerkwijk, Astronomy
Konstantin Khanin, Mathematics

Social Sciences

Kelly Hannah-Moffat (Panel Chair), Sociology
Sarah Kaplan, Management
David Wolfe, Political Science, Economics
Michael Schillaci, Anthropology, UTSC
Joseph Flessa, OISE


Questions regarding the Connaught Fund programs or individual applications should be directed to the Connaught Secretariat at or 416-978-7577.

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