McGill Committees

McGill University is a large institution, and underneath the McGill Senate, there are many University-level Committees. This is where planning, discussions, and consultations take place for various issues concerning various bodies in the University. This is also usually where the SSMU Senators, as well as undergraduate students like you, can start advocacy projects and initiatives.

Every semester, the SSMU collects and compiles reports from all undergraduate reps in committees to inform the McGill community of the new initiatives. Click below to read the reports.

Near the end of every academic year and throughout the summer, we do open call-outs to the whole student body to fill undergraduate representative positions on many committees for the following year. All currently active committees with undergraduate representation are listed and described below, including the names and email addresses of the current undergraduate representatives on every committee. Click the names of the committees for more information about their scope of work. Feel free to email the representatives with any comments, suggestions, or ideas related to the scope of the committee they sit in.

Senate standing committees

To learn more about Senate Standing Committees, visit the McGill Senate Website.

Academic Policy Committee (APC)

The APC is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with making recommendations to Senate on all matters regarding academic policy. In particular, it shall, for the University and in consultation with faculties, develop proposals for the establishment and continuous review of academic programs, policies and structures, and proposals relating to teaching, learning, and research.
mcgill.ca/senate/committeesofsenate/standingcommittees/academic/

Alexander Dow (engineeringsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Joshua Chin (medicinesenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Erin Sobat / SSMU VP University Affairs (ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Teaching and Learning (STL)

The STL is a subcommittee of the APC tasked with recommending initiatives and/or policies to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, as well as maintaining regular communication with the Faculties (through its Faculty representatives) on matters relating to teaching and learning. It reports to Senate through APC once a year.

Mitchel Russo (musicsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Ahmer Wali (muhammad.wali@mail.mcgill.ca)

Teaching and Learning Spaces Working Group (TLSWG)

The TLSWG sets a vision for improving classroom spaces for teaching and learning at McGill. Its mandate is to create a vision for teaching and learning space development with standards based on sound pedagogical and technical principles, identify teaching and learning space needs at the University, establish priorities for upgrading and repairing teaching spaces that can be funded, ensure that existing and new teaching spaces respect the standard, investigate new teaching technologies, set priorities and recommend funding for the creation of new teaching spaces or the upgrade of existing teaching spaces. It is affiliated with the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS).

Patricia Neijens (patricia.neijens@mail.mcgill.ca)
Madeleine MacDonald (madeleine.macdonald@mail.mcgill.ca)
Sean Taylor (sciencesenator1@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Teaching and Learning Technology Working Group (TLTWG)

Modeled upon the TLSWG above, the TLTWG will oversee the purchase of software for teaching and learning purposes across the University. Its main goals include shepherding funds that are currently allocated centrally for the purchase of software tools used for teaching and learning purposes, creating an inventory of all tools currently used for teaching and learning purposes in order to identify opportunities for economy of scale purchases, and advising on institutional support and policies related to the use of free cloud-based software paying particular attention to issues around intellectual property and the protection of personal data.

Amanda Montaque (educationsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Alexandre Perron (managementsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

University Teaching Labs Working Group (UTLWG)

The UTLWG sets a vision for improving labs for teaching and learning at McGill. Its mandate is to identify needs for teaching laboratories, establish pedagogical and technical principles for the renovation and upgrade of teaching laboratories, establish priorities for improvements (upgrades, repairs) to teaching laboratories across the University (including new teaching laboratories), support the University to benefit from funding opportunities, recommend funding for the creation, upgrade and maintenance of teaching laboratories and related equipment. It is affiliated with the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS).

Alexander Dow (engineeringsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Course Evaluations Advisory Group (CEAG)

The CEAG works to develop strategies and instruments to increase student participation, to increase the number of instructors participating in the dissemination of results, and to advise on other activities of the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) related to Mercury and the course evaluation system in general. It is affiliated with the TLS.

Amanda Montaque (educationsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Jonathan Boretsky (jonathan.boretsky@mail.mcgill.ca)
Robin (Bei Er) Luo (bei.luo@mail.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Courses and Teaching Programs (SCTP)

The SCTP is a subcommittee of APC tasked with exercising all the functions and powers of APC as regards courses, revisions to existing courses teaching programs, and proposals for new teaching programs. It then informs and makes recommendations for the APC in a timely manner.

Guy Ettlin (artsscisenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Committee on Enrolment and Student Affairs (CESA)


The CESA is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with oversight to enrolment and student affairs matters, and making recommendations to Senate about such matters. This includes policies about course timetabling, student records, academic integrity, student advising and orientation, as well as admission standards and policies of the University. In addition, it reviews and approves new awards/aids and changes to existing awards/aids available for students.
mcgill.ca/senate/committeesofsenate/standingcommittees/enrolmentstudentaffairs/

Charles Keita (artssenator3@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Alexandre Perron (managementsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Enrolment and Student Affairs Advisory Committee (ESAAC)

The ESAAC discusses and offers advice on issues related to recruitment and admissions, scholarship and student aid, and student affairs broadly speaking. It will make recommendations concerning student records, sessional dates, course and examination timetabling, academic integrity, student advising, student awards and student aid, as well as recruitment and admissions.

Sean Taylor (sciencesenator1@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Casarina Hocevar (artssenator1@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Erin Sobat / SSMU VP University Affairs (ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Academic Integrity (SAI)

The SAI is a subcommittee of the ESAAC mandated to initiate and monitor efforts to promote academic integrity at McGill, and to bring recommendations to the ESAAC as required.

Greer Nicholson (elizabeth.oosterman-nicholson@mail.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Advising (SUSA)

The SUSA is a subcommittee of the ESAAC mandated to discuss and address undergraduate advising needs and challenges. This includes, monitoring undergraduate advising across the University, advocating for the recognition of academic advisors, and making recommendations for ESAAC regarding undergraduate advising.

Guy Ettlin (artsscisenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Mitchel Russo (musicsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Jeffrey Lee (jeffrey.lee3@mail.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Student Affairs Policy (SSAP)

The SSAP is a subcommittee of the ESAAC mandated to identify policies and procedures that differ across faculties and to assess the rationale for and effects of those differences, to initiate and monitor harmonization efforts regarding Faculty student affairs policies and procedures, to coordinate communications to Faculty Student Affairs Offices regarding Subcommittee decisions, and to evaluate achievement of common policies across faculties.

William Cleveland (artssenator2@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Benjamin van der Ger / SSMU President (president@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee

The Honorary Degrees and Convocations Committee is a Standing Committee of Senate. Its mandate is to recommend to Senate outstanding individuals for the conferral of McGill honorary degrees, the highest honour that the University can bestow. It shall also advise on convocations matters as required.

Guy Ettlin (artsscisenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Senate Committee on Libraries

The Senate Committee on Libraries is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with making recommendations to Senate about broad policies concerning the Library in support of the University’s strategic plans and academic priorities, reviewing and advising on planning documents and reports as they relate to the Library, and reviewing resource allocation policies as they relate to the Library’s strategic plan.
mcgill.ca/senate/committeesofsenate/standingcommittees/libraries

Malcolm McClintock / Library Improvement Fund Coordinator (lifc@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Lawrence Angel (lawrence.angel@mail.mcgill.ca)

Senate Nominating Committee

The Senate Nominating Committee is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with recommending to Senate committee membership and committee terms of reference.

Erin Sobat / SSMU VP University Affairs (ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Senate Committee on Physical Development (SCPD)

The SCPD is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with advising on the nature of physical development as it reflects the academic priorities and needs of the University. It also monitors trends in the use of facilities for academic purposes, and makes recommendations or modifications to the University’s Physical Master Plan.
mcgill.ca/senate/committeesofsenate/standingcommittees/physicaldevelopment

Benjamin van der Ger / SSMU President (president@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Sacha Magder / SSMU VP Operations (operations@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Gardens and Grounds Subcommittee

The Gardens and Grounds Subcommittee advises the SCPD and the Office of Campus and Space Planning on matters regarding the implementation and enhancement of the general vision of the approved “McGill University Physical Master Plan – Planning and Design Principles” specifically pertaining to the exterior campus environments.

Sacha Magder / SSMU VP Operations (operations@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Committee on the Rights of Senate

The Committee on the Rights of Senate is a Standing Committee of Senate established to investigate and report on complaints of breach of the rights of Senate as set out in Part XIX of the Standing Rules of Procedure, Governing the Proceedings of the Senate of McGill University.

(currently vacant)

Senate Steering Committee

The Senate Steering Committee is a Standing Committee of Senate charged with proposing Senate agenda and routine business matters.

Erin Sobat / SSMU VP University Affairs (ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Committee on Student Services (CSS)

The CSS is a Standing Committee of Senate that advises the Executive Director of Services for Students on the objectives and priorities relating to Student Services and that receives and reviews reports regarding Student Services. It formulates broad policies with regard to student services, reviews initiatives to enhance the quality of Student Services, and advises the Executive Director of Services for Students on budgetary priorities.

Amanda Montaque (educationsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
William Cleveland (artssenator2@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Dorothy Apedaile(dorothy.apedaile@mail.mcgill.ca)
Ahmer Wali (muhammad.wali@mail.mcgill.ca)
Elaine Patterson / SSMU VP Student Life (studentlife@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Erin Sobat / SSMU VP University Affairs (ua@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Student Health Service Advisory Board

Mental Health Service Advisory Board

Shannon Snow (lawsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Nikita Mohan (nikita.mohan@mail.mcgill.ca)
SSMU Mental Health Coordinators (mentalhealth@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Counselling Service Advisory Board

Vivian Lee (chia.jou.lee@mail.mcgill.ca)
Étienne Flamant (etienne.flamant@mail.mcgill.ca)
SSMU Mental Health Coordinators (mentalhealth@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Career Planning Service (CaPS) Advisory Board

Advisory Committee on International Students (ACIS) (International Student Services [ISS] Advisory Board)

McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) Advisory Board

Scholarship and Student Aid Office (SSAO) Advisory Board

Casarina Hocevar (artssenator1@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Patrick O’Donnell (patrick.odonnell@mail.mcgill.ca)

McGill Athletics and Recreation Advisory Board (MARAB)

Student Co-Curricular Involvement Advisory Group (SCIAG)

The SCIAG aims to enhance student engagement through co-curricular or out-of-classroom learning opportunities that are aligned with the University’s strategic direction, while recommending policies for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Elaine Patterson / SSMU VP Student Life (studentlife@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Ryan Shah (ryan.shah@mail.mcgill.ca)

Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE)

The JBSCE is a Standing Committee of Senate that shall recommend University policy regarding underrepresented groups, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and persons of minority sexual orientation or minority gender identity. To this end it shall review the recruitment and status of the under-represented groups at the University and recommend ameliorations to Senate and the Board of Governors.

SSMU Equity Commissioners (equity@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Persons with Disabilities

Grace Loten (grace.loten@mail.mcgill.ca)
Sarah Bakirci (sarah.bakirci@mail.mcgill.ca)
Simone Cavanaugh / SSMU Equity Coordinator (equity@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Benjamin van der Ger / SSMU President(president@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Family Care

Maryam d’Hellencourt (maryam.dhellencourt@mail.mcgill.ca)
Miranda LaBrash (miranda.labrash@mail.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples

Christian Quequish / SSMU Indigenous Affairs Coordinator (iac@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Shannon Snow (lawsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Subcommittee on Racialized and Ethnic Persons

Subcommittee on Queer People

Regulatory Committees

To learn more about Committees Arising Out of University Regulations, visit the McGill Senate Website.

Advisory Council on the Charter of Students’ Rights

The Council on the Charter of Students’ Rights investigates any allegation that the general application of a University rule is in violation of this Charter. A request for investigation may be made by a member of the University (the complainant) or may be referred to the Council by the Committee on Student Grievances.

Shannon Snow (lawsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Committee on Student Discipline (CSD)

The CSD is a hearing committee which reviews cases of infringement of the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, and makes decisions based on the evidence presented.

Allen Chen (allen.chen2@mail.mcgill.ca)
Itai Gibli (itai.gibli@mail.mcgill.ca)
Daniel Zackon (daniel.zackon@mail.mcgill.ca)
Ellen Chen (ellen.chen@mail.mcgill.ca)
Geneviève Favre-Savoie (genevieve.favre-savoie@mail.mcgill.ca)

Committee on Student Grievances (CSG)

The CSG reviews any grievances lodged by students that rights accorded to them under the Charter of Students’ Rights have been infringed by a member of the University, and decides on the appropriate redress.

Lucas Perus (lucas.perus@mail.mcgill.ca)
Nihal Mandanna (nihal.mandanna@mail.mcgill.ca)

Appeal Committee for Student Discipline and Grievances

The Appeal Committee for Student Discipline and Grievances deals with appeals regarding decisions made by the CSD or the CSG.

Benjamin Brunot (lawsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Adelina Mladenova (adelina.mladenova@mail.mcgill.ca)
Chloe Rourke (chloe.rourke@mail.mcgill.ca)

Intellectual Property Appeals Committee

The Intellectual Property Appeals Committee hears appeals from decisions of the Vice-Principal (Research) or their delegate regarding disputes over or cases of infringement of intellectual property, and makes a final decision, either endorsing or overturning the previous decision based on the evidence presented.

(to be determined)

Other Committees

University Health and Safety Committee (UHSC)

The UHSC is an advisory body for the Associate Vice-Principal (University Services) and the Vice-Principal (Administration & Finance) on matters concerning the health and safety of the University community, including standards and policies. It oversees the University’s Internal Responsibility System for health and safety, ensures mechanisms and procedures are in place for systematic hazard identification and their correction, and addresses health and safety issues that cannot be addressed adequately by existing mechanisms, among other things.

Alexander Dow (engineeringsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Sustainable Labs Working Group (SLWG)

The SLWG aims to engage the University community; promote and recognize efforts to reduce material, water, and energy consumption while maximizing cost savings; improve safety and accessibility through optimizing operations, training and awareness regarding sustainability practices within labs in the University.

Alexander Dow (engineeringsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)
Sean Taylor (sciencesenator1@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Advisory Group

The MOOC Advisory Group was recently established by the Provost to advise the University on the advancements of its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), or McGillX.

Angela Lu (jia.lu3@mail.mcgill.ca)

Indigenous Affairs Work Group (AAWG)

The IAWG was established to review McGill’s current program offerings for, research on, and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. It explores possibilities of how McGill’s offerings and services might be improved and potentially expanded by adopting a University-wide approach, bringing together those who have been steering disparate endeavors. It is affiliated with the Office of the Dean of Students.

Denny Choi (byung.choi@mail.mcgill.ca)
Casarina Hocevar (artssenator1@ssmu.mcgill.ca)

Universal Access Capital Projects Working Group

The Universal Access Capital Projects Working Group solicits, receives, and prioritizes eligible proposals for capital projects to improve access to our buildings and facilities for persons with disabilities. These projects are funded by an annual capital grant from the MESRST. Recommendations will be presented to the Provost for final deliberation and decision.

Madeleine MacDonald (madeleine.macdonald@mail.mcgill.ca)

McGill Writing Centre (MWC) Advisory Committee

The MWC Advisory Committee deals with the service provision of the McGill Writing Centre.

Sophie Zhao (sophie.zhao@mail.mcgill.ca)

Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group (SPFWG)

Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) Working Group (WG) aims to independently ensure the optimal achievement of the SPF mandate. The SPF WG members do so by deliberating constructively based on the SPF Evaluation Criteria and by taking consensus-based decisions on 1) the funding of prospective and ongoing SPF projects as well as on 2) the Governance & Administration (G&A) of the SPF. Decisions and feedback of the WG are provided to prospective and ongoing SPF project teams through official Feedback Letters.

Alec Angle (alexandre.angle@mail.mcgill.ca)
Annie Dahan (annie.dahan@mail.mcgill.ca)

Undergraduate Skills Program Advisory Board

The Undergraduate Skills Program Advisory Board was created to advise the development process of this upcoming program by the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS). This initiative will bring together a range of programming to support student skill-building outside of the classroom. Members work with various McGill service units and faculty to develop program content.

Jacoba Barber-Rozema (jacoba.barber-rozema@mail.mcgill.ca)
Jacob Bershadsky (jacob.bershadsky@mail.mcgill.ca)
Yeshna Jalim (parvani.jalim@mail.mcgill.ca)
Corrina Vali (corrina.vali@mail.mcgill.ca)
Amanda Montaque (educationsenator@ssmu.mcgill.ca)