CAGONT 2019 Opening Plenary Panel

Friday, October 25, 2019

Opening Reception: 5:45-7:00pm, Peter Clark Hall, University Centre

Welcome and Plenary Panel: 7:00-8:30pm, Peter Clark Hall, University Centre

“Graduate Education and Training in Geography: Challenges and Opportunities”

We hope this panel will be of interest to faculty and graduate students alike, from across the discipline. Panelists have been invited to respond to these questions, in relation to specific topics and areas of expertise. 

  • How can we effectively train graduate students for the careers they want, both academic and non-academic?
  • What institutional challenges and opportunities do graduate students encounter in conducting their research? 
  • How can faculty mentors and departments better support students?
  • What strategies can graduate students and faculty employ to ensure that students reach their goals, while also engaging ethically with communities and research partners?

Moderator: Dr. Ben Bradshaw, Assistant Vice-President (Graduate Studies), University of Guelph


  • Dr. Laura Brown, University of Toronto Mississauga – training in physical geography
  • Dr. Faisal Moola, University of Guelph – preparing for non-academic careers
  • Dr. Kate Parizeau, University of Guelph – mental health and the academy
  • Dr. Siera Vercillo, University of Waterloo – conducting feminist fieldwork
  • Dr. Diana Lewis, Western University – working with Indigenous communities

We look forward to a robust discussion and Q&A session with the panelists following their brief presentations – we hope you can join us.