Mentor Profiles

Lisa Barg

Who you are: Lisa Barg is an Associate Professor of Music History/Musicology in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

What you research: Prof. Barg’s research and teaching center on issues of race, gender and sexuality in 20th-century music, modernism, jazz and popular music. She has published articles in journals including American Music, Journal of the Society of American Music, Journal for the American Musicological Society, Black Music Research Journal, and Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. Her forthcoming book Queer Arrangements: Billy Strayhorn and Midcentury Jazz explores queer history, identity, aesthetics and collaboration in jazz through a focus on the music and legacy of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn.

Why mentorship matters to you: Mentorship matters to me because I want to support junior colleagues as they navigate the complexities and challenges of academia. I also value the sense of community and connection that comes in any mentor-mentee relationship.

Phone: 514-398-4535; 514-398-4400 Ext 089665

Email address: lisa.barg [at]

Niladri Basu

Who you are: I am a Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and School of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

What you research: The objective of my program is to design, validate, and apply innovative and sustainable approaches to address the most pressing societal concerns over toxic chemicals in our environment.

What you are passionate about: Translational research that is built on inter-sectoral empathy, multi-disciplinary knowledge, and environmental justice.

Why mentorship matters to you: My professional and personal life have been profoundly shaped by my own mentors, and so it is imperative for me to try to pay this forward.

Phone: 514-398-8642

Email address: niladri.basu [at]


Christopher Buddle

photo of a man with a beard and glasses smilingWho you are: I am Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences . I started working at McGill in 2002, and in 2016 I was appointed as Dean of Students, and I’m currently appointed as Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Programs).

What you research: I am trained as a community ecologist and entomologist and my research is about insects and spiders, mostly in Arctic ecosystems, but also in urban areas, fields, or forests. My laboratory is located within the Lyman Entomological Museum at the Macdonald Campus.

What you are passionate about: I have a variety of interests, including a passion for the outdoors and natural history (whether bugs or birds). I’m a father to three young adults, and live in a small town close to nature and quiet country roads which are perfect for long cycling adventures. A new passion for me is learning to play the (clawhammer) Banjo - an instrument with a rich and important history, and a distinctive and beautiful sound.

Why mentorship matters to you: I’ve had amazing mentors in my life, many of them informal, and they have all been immensely helpful. Universities can be complex places, and having people help navigate and guide through the complexities is so important! Mentorship is a two-way arrangement, with learning and growth opportunities for mentors and mentees. We are a rich and interesting community of scholars, and we are here to learn from each other - mentorship is a great way to do this.

Phone: 514-398-4990

Website: Arthropod Ecology

Bastien Castagner

headshot of a man with a beard, smilingAssociate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Therapeutic Chemistry. I am interested in drug discovery at large, imagining and making new molecul C. difficile and by the human gut microbiota. I am also involved in the Melville Initiative ( that aims at celebrating and promoting diversity in Pharmacology. I believe in the value of discussing strategies and important decisions with academics outside of your field who are at an arm’s length.

Phone: 514-398-2181

Email address: bastien.castagner [at]

Website: Castagner Lab

Lauren Chapman

head shot of a woman with long hair and glasses, smilingI joined the Department of Biology at McGill University at the rank of Professor in 2004 following 11 years as a faculty member at the University of Florida. I have also served as an Honourary Lecturer at Makerere University of Uganda since 1990. In my lab, we conduct research at the interface of ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology to understand consequences of environmental stressors such as hypoxia (low oxygen), climate warming, and invasive species on freshwater fishes. This research is grounded in my long-term (30-yr) field base in Kibale National Park, Uganda, but also integrates research on endangered Canadian fishes. I was awarded a Canada Research Chair (2005-2019) in Respiratory Ecology & Aquatic Conservation and a Distinguished James McGill Professorship (2019). I am strongly committed to international research and training, mentorship of underrepresented groups, and promoting cross-cultural scientific exchange. I value the opportunity to contribute to advancement, well-being, and retention of pre-tenured faculty; and to assist in helping mentees to achieve a productive balance among research (including graduate/HQP supervision), teaching, and service.

Phone: 514-398-4400 Ext 00399

Email address: lauren.chapman [at]

Website: The Chapman Lab  

Lilian Childress

headshot of a woman with long hair and glasses, smilingI am an associate professor in the physics department, working in experimental quantum optics and solid state physics. I care deeply about teaching and advising, both in the classroom and the research laboratory, and I seek to ensure that every student has access to the resources they need to identify and pursue their goals. My own experience trying to juggle day-to-day academic responsibilities, building a laboratory, starting a family, and developing a sense of purpose professionally has highlighted for me the importance of taking time to reflect on priorities and strategies. As a mentor, I am certainly hoping to help others address concerns and identify priorities, but I also view it as an opportunity to deepen my perspective on how to engage with our academic community.

Phone: 514-398-2292

Email address: lilian.childress [at]  

Lisa Cohen

headshot of a woman with medium length hair and glasses, smilingAssociate Professor in Organizational Behaviour, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Desautels Faculty of Management

My current research focuses on questions about how tasks are bundled into jobs and jobs bundled into organizations: how and why jobs and organizations look the way they do, how they change, and how they influence organizational success? Currently I am examining these issues through the lens of startup hiring. In a second line of research, I examine the relationships between the demographic composition of firms, employee mobility, and job creation and dissolution. She has published in Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Organization Science.

Since the pandemic started, I have baked 25 different varieties of bread and three types of pizza.

Over my career, I have benefited from mentoring from many others. I’m happy to be able to give something back and to help someone navigate the complexities of an academic career.

Phone: 514-398-5561

Email address: lisa.cohen2 [at]

Julie N. Côté

photo of a woman with medium length hair, smilingI am a Full Professor in, and currently the Chair of, the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (Faculty of Education). My research focuses on quantifying how muscle fatigue affects our patterns of movement in a variety of contexts such as work and sports, and how personal factors such as sex, gender and age, affect these behaviors in our everyday lives. I am passionate about how research with state-of-the-art instruments and advanced computational methods allows us to uncover what the eyes can’t see, so that we can reach a new understanding of human behavior, and about sharing this passion with students and colleagues. I particularly love accompanying research trainees in the pursuit of their goals and to help them develop their self-confidence and their own voice along the way. To me, mentorship is an opportunity to listen, relate to others, and share the big and little tips that I have learned through experience. It is also an opportunity for me to continue to develop and push myself, and yet another way that helps me renew my sense of purpose and commitment to a job that I continue to be passionate about.

Phone: 514-398-4400 Ext 0539 ; 514-398-4184 Ext 0539

Email address: julie.cote2 [at]

Sébastien Faucher

photo of a man with glasses in a labI am an Associate Professor of microbiology in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. My research focuses on molecular biology of water-borne pathogens and their ecology and evolution in water systems. My passion about microbes has spill over my hobbies: homebrewing, cooking and exploring nature. I have joined the provostial mentorship program because, in my own experience, access to great mentors can greatly improve the success and work-life balance of Assistant Professor. To me, a good mentor is someone who helps you think and helps you take your own decisions.

Phone: 514-398-7886

Email address: sebastien.faucher2 [at]

Website: Faucher Lab

Yuriko Furuhata

headshot of a woman with long hair, looking down and smilingI am Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History in the Department of East Asian Studies and an associate member of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.

I work in the areas of Japanese film and media studies, architecture, and critical theory. My first book, Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. My second book, Climatic Media: Transpacific Experiments in Atmospheric Control (Duke University Press, 2022) traces genealogical connections across digital computing, environmental art, weather control, and cybernetic architecture in Japan and the United States. I am currently working on a new book project, entitled Enchanted Consultation, which explores the cultural techniques of divination and prediction in relation to a history of pseudoscience.

I am passionate about learning and making connections across new fields of knowledge. In my spare time, I also make art and bread.

As a member of a visible minority, a woman, and a settler immigrant, I have striven to foster an inclusive learning, research, and work environment that invites voices of students and colleagues from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities. Mentorship is a crucial part of my way of giving back to the communities.

Potential topics for mentoring include:

• Pursuing research opportunities

• Career planning and career progression

• Equity-related concerns

• Understanding reappointment and tenure processes

Email address: yuriko.furuhata [at]

Robert Hasegawa

photo of man with curly, medium length hair and wearing a brown jacketI am a composer and music theorist, teaching in the Schulich School of Music (Department of Music Research) as an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar. My research focuses on experimental and avant-garde music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the work of composers who engage with the materiality of sound through explorations of timbre and acoustics. As Associate Project Director of the research partnership ACTOR (Analysis, Creation and Teaching of Orchestration), I work with an interdisciplinary team including music psychologists, composers, sound engineers and performers to examine how musicians combine sounds to produce specific perceptual and expressive effects. In my research and teaching, I am passionate about discovering and sharing new music that challenges listeners' preconceptions. In a major recent project, I've worked to increase the representation of women and BIPOC composers in the Schulich School of Music's curriculum on 20th- and 21st-century music theory. As a mentor, I hope to share my experiences with interdisciplinary collaboration and balancing the demands of working simultaneously in research and creative fields.

Phone: 514-398-4400 ext 089496

Email address: robert.hasegawa [at]

Cecily Hilsdale

headshot of a woman with medium length hair and glassesCecily Hilsdale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. Her research focuses on diplomacy and cultural exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean, specifically on the circulation of Byzantine works of art and the related dissemination of eastern styles, techniques, and ideologies of imperium. Her courses on the visual cultures of the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean stress the political dimensions of cultural encounter in order to give students a better understanding of the roots and systems of cultural difference, so preparing them to confront current challenges with a deeper knowledge of the past. Similar concerns underscore her commitment to mentorship. If her research and teaching seek to clarify longstanding structures of power, she hopes that her work as a mentor will similarly clarify the often-opaque workings of the academy whose procedures all too often impede the progress of emergent scholars.

Phone: 514-398-3651

Email address: cecily.hilsdale [at]

Juliet Johnson

headshot of a woman with long hair Juliet Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research focuses on the politics of money and identity, especially in the post-communist world. At McGill, she has held elected positions on both the Board of Governors and the Senate, has served as an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and as department chair, and has received the David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching and the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is passionate about putting ideas into practice, sci-fi/fantasy, family, and the Oxford comma. Mentorship matters to her because life as an academic is complicated and we could all use a little more help in trying to make sense of it.

Phone: 514-398-4800

Email address: juliet.johnson [at]

Nicholas King

headshot of a man with a beard and a tieI am an associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit, with appointments in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health and the Max Bell School for Public Policy. I study public health policy, ethics, and epistemology, and direct the Policy and Data Science Program. I am passionate about teaching, doing work that makes a difference in the world, learning new things, and working with colleagues across the university. I am equally passionate about maintaining a work-life balance that allows me to spend time with family and pursue interests outside of work, including playing the bass and rock climbing. Mentorship matters to me because I know that academia can be a lonely and isolating experience, and that it's important to have someone in your corner helping look out for your best interests. I think that my greatest value as a mentor is offering an 'outsider's' perspective that is sympathetic, knowledgeable, and focused on promoting well-being.

Phone: 514-398-7406

Email address: nicholas.king [at]

Andrew Kirk

headshot of a man with short hair and a grey beard, smilingWho you are: I am a Professor in the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering.

What you research: My research focuses on the development of new biosensors using photonic devices and systems. I am particularly interested in how we can apply the optical properties of nanostructures to create point of care diagnostic instruments.

What you are passionate about: I am passionate about teaching, which for many of us is where our careers can have the most lasting impact. Outside of work I love playing my trombone, playing with my kids, running, the outdoors and sci-fi novels.

Why mentorship matters to you: My career has benefitted tremendously from a wide variety of mentors, both formal and informal and so I know how much difference it can make. I have served in a variety of administrative positions at McGill, including Department Chair, Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Research and have helped to guide many colleagues through tenure and promotion. In my experience as an Advisor for MAUT I have also assisted faculty members who are facing difficulties, and have realised that in many cases their problems may have been avoided with better mentorship. For all these reasons, mentorship matters to me.

Phone: 514-398-1542

Email address: andrew.kirk [at]

Website: The Photonic Systems Group

Richard Leask

headshot of a man with glassesRichard Leask is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Associate Member of Biomedical Engineering and Researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute. His laboratory specializes in cardiovascular research (clinical and laboratory) and sustainable plastics. Prof. Leask is the chair of the McGill Committee on Student Discipline and Associate Chair of Chemical Engineering. His interest in mentorship stems from personal experience as an assistant professor and lifelong passion for coaching and teaching.

Phone: 514-398-4270

Email address: richard.leask [at]

Website: Leask Laboratory

Nicole Li-Jessen

photo of a woman with long hair and glasses at a desk with computers in the backgroundNicole Li-Jessen (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FoMHS). She is a speech-language pathologist and a computer biologist by training. She is the Canada Research Chair in Personalized Medicine of Voice Disorders. She leads the Voice and Upper Airway Research Laboratory at McGill. The team focuses on advancing personalized medicine in voice and upper airway disorders through the development of high-performance computing, wearable devices, non-invasive diagnostics and biomaterials for tissue regeneration.

Dr. Li-Jessen is dedicated to promoting diversity, cultural competence and social accountability in health professions. She is the Chair of Widening Participation Committee (FoMHS) with the mission of enhancing the diversity of student body within health professional programs at McGill. She works with McGill student leaders to develop outreach and mentorship pathway programs for high-school students from under-represented populations.

Further, Dr. Li-Jessen was in the inaugural cohort and is now on the steering committee of the Telemachus Scholars Program, a mentorship program for the members of FoMHS. As a newly minted tenure faculty, she has been greatly benefited from the Telemachus program and is excited to provide similar support to the junior faculty at McGill.

Phone: 514-398-5933

Email address: [at]

Website: Voice and Upper Airway Research Lab

Michael MacKenzie

headshot of a man wearing a jacket and tieMichael MacKenzie is the Canada Research Chair in Child Well-Being and Professor of Social Work, Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He first became interested in developmental pathways involving maltreatment through his extensive work with children in his family’s residential group homes and in foster care in Ontario. This work with children whose early childhood experiences had profoundly shaped the course of their lives sparked his passion for improving family-based supports for maltreated children and those growing up in out-of-home care. These experiences also focused his efforts on better understanding the dynamic connections between the biological and social worlds of the developing child, including the roots of harsh parenting, trauma, and the pathways of children into and through the child welfare system. Mentorship has played an important role across his own efforts to navigate the academy as a first generation student and academic and he is committed to offering strong and inclusive support to faculty development, including efforts he has undertaken with funding and training from the William T. Grant Foundation to build his capacity in effective mentoring across difference.

Phone: 514-398-4627

Email address: michael.j.mackenzie [at]

Jeffrey McKenzie

headshot of a man with glassesI am the Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. My research focuses on water resources and climate change, with research in the Canadian Arctic and the South American Andes. As faculty members we have intense challenges in balancing research, teaching, service, and life beyond McGill. Mentorship is an important component in navigating this challenge by providing encouragement and support, a confidential sounding board, and helping in decision making.

Phone: 514-398-3833

Email address: jeffrey.mckenzie [at]

Website: LAHMAS Hydrogeology

Erica Moodie

photo of a woman with long hair outdoors on a streetI am a professor in Biostatistics. My research is focused on causal inference and statistical methods for precision medicine. I am passionate about spending time with my family, preferably outdoors – walking, running, kayaking. I have been enriched by mentors and kindness throughout my career. I hope to pay forward the help others have given to me in this mentorship role.

Phone: 514-398-5520

Email address: erica.moodie [at]

Website: Erica EM Moodie

Vrinda Narain

photo of a woman with long hair, smilingI am Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. My research and teaching focus on constitutional law, social diversity and feminist legal theory. Mentorship is important for a successful and fulfilling career. I am determined that everyone, and most particularly women of colour and others of marginalized identities, have the opportunity to navigate life in Academia through a fruitful exchange of ideas and respectful dialogue.

Phone : 514-398-4927

Email address: vrinda.narain [at]

Johanna G. Nešlehová

headshot of a woman with medium length hair, smilingJohanna G. Nešlehová is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University. Originally from the Czech Republic, she obtained an MSc from the University of Hamburg (2000) and a PhD from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (2004). Prior to joining McGill in 2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zürich and at the Harvard Medical School, and later a Heinz Hopf Lecturer at ETH Zürich (2006-09). She is a mathematical statistician working mainly in extreme-value analysis and dependence modeling, with applications in biostatistics, hydrology, and risk management. She is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the 2019 recipient of the Canada-wide mid-career CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics, as well as McGill’s Carrie M. Derick Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching. Beyond science, she is passionate about languages, history, and art; she is an avid hiker and cross-country skier. She enjoys mentoring because it gives her the opportunity to share her experience particularly with young researchers and newcomers to Québec, to listen with kindness and patience, and to widen her perspective.

Phone: 514-398-8854

Email address: johanna.neslehova [at]

Laura Nilson

headshot of a woman with long hair, smilingI am a Professor in the Department of Biology, and also serve as Associate Dean (Graduate Education) in the Faculty of Science.

My research area is the molecular genetics of embryonic development, with a specific focus on understanding how cells in a developing tissue detect their position and adopt the cellular shapes and gene expression profiles necessary for normal tissue structure and function.

I am passionate about science, nature, and education.

Mentorship matters to me because I believe in the value, to both the individual and the institution, of sharing knowledge and experience and building relationships. A mentorship network can help cultivate a supportive and connected community.

Phone: 514-398-7489

Email address:  laura.nilson [at]

Website: Nilson Lab

Jason Opal

photo of a man wearing a dress shirt and jacketHello, my name is Jason Opal, and I teach in the Department of History and Classical Studies. I served as the Graduate Program Director from 2015 to 2018, and as Department Chair from 2018 to 2021. I study the social, legal, and political history of colonial North America and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on the American Revolution, the early United States, and the rise and fall of plantation slavery. I'm also very interested in the history of smallpox, yellow fever, and other epidemic diseases in the early Americas. I was born and educated in the United States and taught in Maine before moving to Canada in 2009. As a member of the McGill community, my biggest priority is to treat every colleague--academic, administrative, whatever--in a fair and friendly way. I know that institutions can be frustrating, but I also know that they can be supportive and invigorating. I take my responsibility as a tenured professor very seriously, and I want to use the experience I've gained here to help newer colleagues thrive. Finally, I have two young children, and I do my best to show them a good model of kindness and honesty.

Phone: 514-398-4400 ext.094075

Email address: jason.opal [at]

M. Natasha Rajah

headshot of a woman with long hair, smilingI am a Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Douglas Research Centre, McGill University; CIHR Sex & Gender Chair in Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction.

My research focuses on the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of brain aging and dementia prevention. I investigate how biological variables (i.e. sex, genetics, hormones) and sociodemographic variables (i.e. gender, education, bilingualism) effect learning and memory for past events (episodic memory), and other cognitive processes, across the adult lifespan - with an emphasis on midlife and women’s brain health. My research program also focuses on developing more representative models of brain aging and cognition that consider diversity.

I am passionate about supporting equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in mentoring, hiring, public outreach, advocacy, policy development and implementation, and in research. I am part of the EDI committee at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) and Head of the EDI Standing Committee at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.

Identifying as a female, visible minority, and immigrant; I know how these labels, and their intersectionality, can set the expectations others may have, but I have been fortunate in my career to have mentors who have seen beyond these labels. However, in my career development it was rare to see others that looked like me and had similar life experiences in the academy. This challenged my feeling of belonging. I want to give back to McGill and the academy by providing mentorship to the next generation of academics, particularly members from under-represented groups, and by learning about mentorship from peers and senior academics.

Phone: 514-761-6131

Email: maria.rajah [at]

Nancy Ross

outdoor photo of a woman with short hairNancy Ross is a Canada Research Chair and professor in the Department of Geography. Nancy holds an interesting vantage point on inter-disciplinarity at McGill as she is a CIHR-funded social scientist in the Faculty of Science who teaches on both the downtown and Macdonald campuses. Nancy leads the Geo-Social Determinants of Health Research Group who work to understand how built and social environments influence human health. Nancy is passionate about all aspects of university life – research, teaching and administration (she has held the part-time position of Associate Vice-Principal, Research since 2016). Mentorship matters to Nancy because evidence suggests that academic mentoring, in particular, seems to work – providing a wide range of benefits to those being mentored but also to mentors and to institutions supporting formal programs.

Phone: 514-398-4307

Email address: nancy.ross [at]

Website: McGill GeoSDH Research Group

Brian Rubineau

headshot of a man with glasses and a beardWho you are: Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Desautels Faculty of Management.

What you research: The subtle social dynamics that generate and perpetuate inequalities in occupations, organizations, and labor markets.

What you are passionate about: Promoting equality and enabling all to realize our full human potential.

Why mentorship matters to you: I benefited from extraordinary mentors, and I wish to pay it forward as best I can.

Phone: 514-398-5663

Email address: brian.rubineau [at]

Aimee Ryan

headshot of woman with medium length hair, smilingI am an Associate Professor jointly appointed to the Departments of Human Genetics and Pediatrics. I am also the Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

My research focuses on understanding how early embryos take shape and how the environment and genetic variation intersect to impact embryonic development.

I believe in creating a research environment that fosters curiosity, and allows students to pursue their goals, and develop to their full potential. I am committed to improving equity, diversity, inclusion and well-being of all graduate students. I love spending time with family and friends.

I am grateful to my mentors who continue to listen, advise, challenge and nudge me throughout my academic career, and those that model work-life integration. Through this mentorship program I look forward to helping others navigate the sometimes complex landscape of academia and find solutions that increase their career satisfaction and enjoyment.

Phone: 514-934-1934 ext 22853

Email address: aimee.ryan [at]

Website: Aimee Ryan (MUHC)

Christa Scholtz

headshot of a woman with glasses and a necklace, smilingChrista Scholtz is an associate professor in the Department of political science. Her research interests are generally Canadian and comparative politics, intersecting more specifically with federalism, constitutionalism, and Indigenous-settler state relations. Mentorship matters, because academia should be a place where academics are actively fostered to thrive, not merely to survive. Christa keeps it real by planting tulip bulbs in the fall, riding her bike, and reading mystery novels.

Phone: 514-398-6144

Email address: christa.scholtz [at]

Erin Strumpf

headshot of a woman with long hair and glassesErin Strumpf is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Economics and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. Her research areas include health economics, health services research, and evaluating the impacts of policy and clinical interventions on the health care system and health equity. Mentorship is a key input into every individual maximizing their potential, which in turn benefits organizations and society. Having benefited from mentors who have held doors open for her, Prof. Strumpf seeks out opportunities to hold doors open for others.

Phone: 514-398-2880

Email address: erin.strumpf [at]

Website: Erin Strumpf

David Theodore

black and white photo of a man with glassesI am an Associate Professor in the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture. I study the history and theory of computation in the design, construction, and management of custodial institutions such as hospitals and prisons. I also work regularly as a design critic and curator. I am currently preparing a four-channel multimedia installation called “Impostor Cities” for the 17th International Architectural Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. This team-based project looks at how Canada’s cities double as elsewhere onscreen. My teaching focuses on professional design education and advanced research in architectural history and theory. My ultimate goal in research and teaching is to understand the roles architecture plays in everyday institutions.

Mentorship matters because it affords an opportunity, rare in institutional life, for mentor or mentee to gain insight into the deep relations between academic commitments, personal values, and workplace diplomacy. Mentorship goes beyond advice, helping us all to discover what to discard, what to accept, and what to aim for in our careers.

Phone: 514-398-6706

Email address: david.theodore [at]

Yaoyao Fiona Zhao

headshot of a woman with long hair and glasses, smilingDr. Yaoyao Fiona Zhao is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Since Dr. Zhao joined McGill University in 2012, she has established the Additive Design and Manufacturing Laboratory (ADML) which is one of the leading research laboratories in additive manufacturing field. Her research expertise lies in the general field of design and manufacturing including the exploration of new design methods, developing efficient numerical simulation method for additive manufacturing processes, manufacturing informatics, sustainable product development and intelligent manufacturing. Prof. Zhao is passionate about teaching, supporting manufacturing industry septically SMEs with innovative design methods and intelligent tools to compete in the global industrial scene. Being a faculty, teaching and supervising graduate students are two major responsibilities. They both require good mentorship skills such as good and effective communication, inspiration and encouragement, good listening, etc. Through her teaching and supervisory experience, Prof. Zhao became more and more appreciative of the value of mentorship. Seeing the students and mentees grow and improve gives her great pleasure and the feeling of fulfillment.

Phone: 514-398-2523

Email address: yaoyao.zhao [at]

Website: ADML Lab



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