Data Governance (DG) Council

Terms of Reference

  1. Promote the institutional data governance program goals to support the responsible use of high- quality institutional data.
  2. Collaborate with the R&A Council to oversee IDS initiatives and monitor evaluation plans.
  3. Engage with the Institutional Research and Data Governance (IRDG) office and working groups to gather requirements and/or recommendations for strategic initiatives.
  4. Review and provide guidance around recommended data governance processes, frameworks, and guidelines.
  5. Approve data domains and appoint data trustees.
  6. Act as a mediation panel to resolve complex data governance issues.
  7. Oversee standing committees and ad hoc working groups, as required.
  8. Provide regular updates to the Institutional Data Strategy Steering Committee.


Susan McCahan (Chair)Vice-Provost, Academic Programs and Vice Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
Andrea RussellDirector, Academic Affairs, Vice-President & Provost Office
Angelique SaweczkoUniversity Registrar
Lorraine FerrisAssociate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance
Cherilyn NoblezaExecutive Director, HR Transformation & Analytics
Rafael EskenaziDirector, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office
Isaac StraleyChief Information Security Officer
Tys KlumpenhouwerUniversity Archivist
Kiren HandaExecutive Director, Institutional Research and Data Governance
Normand LabrieInterim Dean, OISE
Nathan TabackSpecial Advisor to the Dean - Computational and Data Science, Faculty of Arts & Science
Susan SeneseInterim Chief Administrative Officer, UTM
Fiorella FoscariniAssociate Professor and Director, Master of Information Program, Faculty of Information
Lee VernichDirector, Office of Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Daniel SilverAssociate Professor, Faculty of Sociology, UTSC


For academic divisional members, term length will be 2-3 years and staggered to maintain continuity.

Frequency of Meetings

The DG Council will meet 6-7 times per year.

Meeting Documents

For members of the DG Council, meeting documents can be accessed here.