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Research Pathways

Toronto Centre

The Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement - Toronto (CERIS) is a consortium of three universities - the University of Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnic University, and York University. The University of Toronto is responsible for the Centre's administrative and financial functions and provides accommodation and infrastructure for the direction of the Centre. A representative from each participating university is appointed for the following Centre management positions: one Director and two Associate Directors. The Centre's research program covers the following five domains:

  • Education
  • Economics
  • Health
  • Community
  • Housing and Neighbourhoods

Like the Prairie Centre, the Toronto Centre launches its research activities through an annual Request for Proposals (RFP). Prior to developing the RFP, the Centre consults with stakeholders through an annual research retreat and with the Centre's Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC). The research retreat, which is usually held in the fall, brings together a number of stakeholders from the community, including federal government representatives from Ottawa and the regional offices. Members of the PAC include representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, research community, and NGOs (see Appendix 3 for membership). The retreat and consultations serve to identify short and long-term research priorities and, as such, constitute the Toronto Centre's annual pre-RFP strategic planning exercise. The Management Board writes the Request for Proposals taking account of the views voiced in these consultations.

In designing projects, individual researchers develop project proposals that follow the guidelines outlined in the RFP. These projects then go through a tri-level approval process. First, Domain Adjudicating Panels rank the projects that are potentially fundable by domain, and then forward them to the Composite Committee which provides an overall ranking. Researchers and NGOs participate in both these levels of evaluation. The Management Board is responsible for final funding approval. It examines the feasibility of the proposed projects, relative to the Centre's budget, basing itself on the Composite Committee's recommendations. The Toronto Centre's research planning, design and approval process is summarized in Table 3.

In addition to the RFP process, there exists the Major Research Initiatives (MRI) committee which meets on an ad-hoc basis to respond to perceived needs for studies whose scope or immediacy are inappropriate for the RFP process. CERIS provides funds for MRI initiatives, and submits requests to external funders for larger projects which are beyond its budget. Within the context of one of these MRIs, Research Domain meetings began in 1998, in connection with the production of a book on immigration and settlement in Toronto for the March 2000 National Metropolis Conference in that city. These meetings contribute to identifying policy gaps by domain and prioritizing future needs.

Further information about the Centre can be found at http://ceris.metropolis.net.


Table 3: Toronto Centre's Research Planning, Design And Approval Process

Stage on the Research Pathway

Committee/Forum/Participants

Function and activities

Strategic Planning 1) Annual research retreat

2) Deliberations of the Partnership Advisory Council (PAC)

· 16 members representing the regional offices of three federal departments, provincial department, municipal and health planning bodies, social planning councils, immigrant service agencies, community agencies, and the education sector.

3) Major Research Initiatives (MRI) committee

4) Domain meetings

The forums (1) to (4) provide opportunities for stakeholders to voice their research interests; identify short and long-term research priorities, and; contribute to defining the RFP.
Project Design Individual researchers respond to RFP Develop research proposals according to RFP guidelines
Approval 1: Project Adjudication Two-level adjudication process:

a) Domain Adjudicating Panels (3 academics, 2 NGOs)

b) Composite Committee (Chair of Management Board, 2 members from each Adjudicating Panel)

 

a) Panels rank projects that are potentially fundable within domains

b) Committee provides an overall ranking of projects

Approval 2: Project Funding Decision Management Board

· 19 members: voting: 9 academics (from the 3 partnering universities), 1 PAC member and 3 NGOs

Non-voting: 3 Centre Directors, 1 SSHRC*, 1MPT *, 1 PAC member.

Approves funding

Note: while this table outlines the stages of the RFP process, the MRI constitutes a new stream of research and is described on the previous page.

* SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  MPT: Metropolis Project Team at Citizenship and Immigration Canada


APPENDIX 3: TORONTO CENTRE'S COMMITTEES

MANAGEMENT BOARD

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Carl Amrhein

Dean
Faculty of Arts and Science
Professor in Geography
University of Toronto
Office of the Dean
100 St. George Street,
Room 5047
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1

416-978-4977 416-978-3887 dean@artsci.utoronto.ca

 

Paul Anisef
Centre Associate Director

Professor
York University
353 York Lanes
4700 Keele Street
North York, ON M3J 1P3

416-736-2100 x20574 416-736-5752 anisef@yorku.ca

 

Morton Beiser
Centre Director

David Crombie Professor of Cultural
Pluralism and Health
Program Head: Culture, Community, and Health Studies.
Health Canada National Health Scientist
Clarke Institute of Psychiatry
University of Toronto
250 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1R8

416-979-4988 416-979-0564 morton_beiser@camh.net

 

Meyer Burstein
(non-voting member)

Executive Head
Metropolis Project
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
365 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1
613-957-5971 613-957-5968 meyer.burstein
@9522apx.cina.cic.x400.gc.ca

 

Peter Clutterbuck
(NGO representative)

Co-Director
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC)
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, ON
M5B 1J3
416-351-0095 416-351-0107 cspc@cspc.toronto.on.ca

 

Mr. Maynard Collins
(non-voting member)

Director
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
350 Albert st.
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

613-992-4301 613-947-0223 maynard.collins@sshrc.ca
Usha George

Professor
University of Toronto
Faculty of Social Work
246 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1

416-978-3273 416-978-7072 u.george@utoronto.ca

 

Diane Hill

Director of Policy & Research
United Way of Greater Toronto
26 Wellington Street East,
11th Floor
Toronto, ON

M5E 1W9

416-359-2051 416-777-0962 dhill@uwgt.org

 

Paul Idahosa

Professor
York University
Department of Social Science
314 Founders College
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

416-736-5148
x66939
416-736-5732 pidahosa@yorku.ca

 

Kenise Murphy Kilbride
Centre Associate Director

Professor
Ryerson Polytechnic University
School of Early Childhood Education
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2K3

416-979-5339 416-979-5239 kilbride@acs.ryerson.ca

 

Michael Lanphier

Professor
York University
Department of Sociology
124 McLaughin College
North York, ON M3J 1P3

416-736-2100 x20563 416-736-5436 lanphier@yorku.ca

 

Lucia Lo

Associate Professor
York University
Department of Geography
4700 Keele Street
North York, ON M3J 1P3

416-736-5107 x66194 416-736-5988 lucialo@yorku.ca

 

Miranda Pinto

Executive Director
Catholic Cross Cultural Services
780 Birchmount Road,
Unit 3
Scarborough, ON
N1K 5H4

416-757-7010 416-757-7399 ocasi1@web.net

 

Gloria Roberts-Fiati

Professor
Ryerson Polytechnic University
School of Early Childhood Education
350 Victoria Street - G 103
Toronto, ON
M5B 2K3

416-979-5000 x7538 416-979-5239 groberts@acs.ryerson.ca

 

John Shields
Economics domain leader

Professor
Ryerson Polytechnic University
Department of Politics & School of Public Administration
350 Victoria Street - A 714
Toronto, ON
M5B 2K3

416-979-5000 x6167 416-979-5289 jshields@acs.ryerson.ca

 

Myer Siemiatycki
Community domain leader

Professor
Ryerson Polytechnic University
Department of Politices and School of Public Administration
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

416-979-5000 x 6293 416-979-5289 msiemiat@acs.ryerson.ca

 

Marie Truelove
Management Board Chair

Professor
Ryerson Polytechnic University
School of Applied Geography
350 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

416-979-5000 x6232 416-979-5362 mtruelov@acs.ryerson.ca

 

Members of the Partnership Advisory Committee sitting on the Management Board

(2 rotating positions, one voting and one non-voting)

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Mary Alberti

Director
Family Services Association of Toronto
Community Services Division
2 Carlton Street, Suite 920
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3

416-586-9777
ext.5
416-586-0031 malberti@fsamt.on.ca

 

Wendy Kwong

Multicultural Health Consultant
Toronto Public Health Department
277 Victoria Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON
M5B 1W1

416-392-7451 416-392-1483 wkwong@city.toronto.on.ca

 

Timothy Owen

Associate Executive Director
COSTI
1710 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON
M6E 3P2

416-658-1600 416-658-8537 owen@costi.org

 

Khan Rahi

Executive Director
Access Action Council of Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, ON
M5B 1J3

416-351-0095 ext. 216 416-351-0107 aackrahi@web.net

 


Other key positions not on the Management Board:

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Barbara Burnaby
Education Domain leader

Professor of Teaching Modern Language Centre
University of Toronto/OISE
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
M5S 1V6

416-923-6641 ext. 2341 416-926-4744 bburnaby@oise.utoronto.ca

 

Robert Murdie
Housing & Neighbourhood domain leader

Professor
York University
Department of Geography
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

416-736-5107 416-736-5988 murdie@yorku.ca

 

Valerie Preston
Data Committee Chair

Associate Professor
York University
Department of Geography
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

416-736-5107 416-736-5988 vpreston@yorku.ca

 


PARTNERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL

Name Telephone Facsimile E-mail
Mary Alberti

Director
Community Services Division
Family Services Association of Toronto
2 Carlton Street Suite 920
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3

416-586-9777
x5
416-586-0031 malberti@fsamt.on.ca

 

Frances Cordero de Bolanos

Managing Director
Halton Multicultural Centre
635 Fourth Line, Unit 48
Oakville, ON L6L 5W4

905-842-2486 905-842-8807  
Christina Chan

Executive Director
Hong Fook Mental Health Association
260 Spadina Avenue Suite 408
Toronto, ON M5T 2E4

416-595-1103
x22
416-595-6332 hfook@ipoline.com

 

Tony Da Silva

Director
Centre for Language Training & Assessment
Peel Board of Education
2 Robert Speck Parkway,
3rd Floor, Suite 300
Mississauga, ON L4Z 1H8

905-949-0049 x2226 905-949- 6636 tdasilva@clta.on.ca

 

Paula De Coito

Executive Director
Social Planning Council of Peel
977 Pantera Drive Suite 8
Mississauga, ON L4W 2T4

905-629-3044 905-629-7773 spcpeel@netrover.com

 

Elizabeth Gryte

Programme Manager
Ontario Region Settlement Directorate
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
438 University Avenue
Suite 1102, Box 14
Toronto, ON M5G 2K8

416-973-3457 416-973-9027 Elizabeth.Gryte
@3923rop.cion.cic.x400.gc.ca

 

Yonas Haile-Michael

Program Officer
Multiculturalism Ontario Region
Canadian Heritage
4900 Yonge Street, PH Level
Toronto, ON M2N 6A4

416-973-5403 416-954-4515 yonas_haile-Michael
@pch.gc.ca

 

Natalia Klimko

Senior Health Planner
Toronto District Health Council
4141 Yonge Street
Willowdale, ON M2P 2A8

416-222-6522 416-222-5587 nklimko@tdhc.org

 

Wendy Kwong

Multicultural Health Consultant
Toronto Public Health
277 Victoria Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5B 1W1

416-392-7451 416-392-1483 wkwong@city.toronto.on.ca

 

Rose Lee

Access & Equity Coordinator
Access & Equity Centre, City of Toronto
55 John Street, 6th Floor,
Stn. 1060
Toronto, ON
M5V 3C6

416-392-4991 416-397-0888 rlee@mta1.metrodesk.
metrotor.on.ca

 

Shamira Madhany

Manager
Access to Professions and Trades Unit
Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation
77 Bloor Street West, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2R9

416-326-6216 416-326-6265 madhans@mczcr.gov.on.ca

 

Timothy Owen

Associate Executive Director
COSTI
1710 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6E 3P2

416-658-1600 416-658-8537 owen@costi.org

 

Kevin Pottie

York Community Services
1651 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M6M 3W2

416-653-5400 x233 416-653-1696 kpll@sympatico.ca

 

Khan Rahi

Executive Director
Access Action Council of Toronto
2 Carlton Street Suite 1001
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3

416-351-0095 x216 416-351-0107 aackrahi@web.net

 

Heather Ramsay

Interim Manager
Health Promotion and Programmes Branch
Health Canada
25 St. Clair Avenue East,
4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M4T 1M2

416-973-1805 416-973-0009 Heather_G_Ramsay
@hc-sc.gc.ca

 

Antoni Shelton

Executive Director
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
675 King Street West
Suite 202/204
Toronto, ON
M5V 1M9

416-703-6607 x26 416-703-4415 ashelton@uarr.org

 

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