The UTM Graduate Research Colloquium aims to highlight graduate student research across our campus. This special two-day event will provide the opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work to fellow graduate students, post-docs, and faculty from all graduate departments. The Colloquium will also provide a fantastic opportunity to learn about the most exciting graduate research taking place at UTM. This event is also open to St. George students that have a supervisor who has a continuing appointment at UTM.

The UTM Graduate Research Colloquium is hosted by the Office of the Vice-Dean Graduate, Office of the VP-Research, UTM Library, and the UTM Association of Graduate Students (UTMAGS).

Conference Dates:

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 and Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017


The colloquium will take place at the University of Toronto Mississauga's Instructional Building (IB150).

Invited Speakers:

May 2nd, 5:45 PM: Rumeet Billan

May 3rd, 4:45 PM: Michael Runtz

Rumeet Billan President, Jobs in Education (Title: Emotional resilience for graduate students)

A UTM alumna and young entrepreneuer, Rumeet founded her company Jobs in Education during her 2nd year as an undergraduate student in 2004. After completing her Masters and PhD at UofT's O.I.S.E., Rumeet founded an education consultancy firm Viewpoint Leadership, building on her doctoral research in developing leadership and global competencies. Rumeet was twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, at the age of 25, and again 3 years later. In 2012, she was one of five honourees at the Sikh Centennial Foundation for her work in education.

Michael Runtz Author and Naturalist, Instructor at Carleton University

If you would ask Michael Runtz what he wants his audience to know he would say “That every element in nature is equally important and interesting”. For Michael Runtz his passion for nature began at the age of three when he took his first steps in Algonquin park. Since that time Michael has spent his whole life studying and understanding every part of nature, from mosses and plants to moose and birds. Michael is currently a professor at Carleton University, which has given him an opportunity to teach students about all aspects of nature and his Natural History course has had over 40,000 students sign up for it. He has also written many best selling books, been on TV shows like the series Wild by Nature and has taken some the most stunning photos of nature. But nowhere else is Michael more in his element than in the natural world itself – howling with the elusive wolf, digging out salamanders from under a rotting log, luring in rutting moose with his skillful calls, or capturing speeding dragonflies with his butterfly net. His intimate familiarity with this world makes Michael the perfect ambassador for nature.

Important Deadlines:

Registration - Wednesday April 19th, 2016

Shuttle Bus Service:

The UTM/St. George shuttle bus will be running on a slightly reduced schedule. See here for the last year's schedule for the April Exam period.