Alumna Takes Helm at Emily Carr U

Emily Carr University of Art and Design has a new president and vice-chancellor, and she is a U of G alumna.

Gillian Siddall will take over the top job at the prestigious Vancouver-based art school on Sept. 1. The story of her hiring appeared in the Vancouver Sun and other media across Canada.

Siddall served as vice-president academic and provost for three years at Toronto’s OCAD University. She lectured at U of G before becoming an English professor at Lakehead University, where she was named dean of social sciences and humanities. She earned a PhD from Western University.

An advocate of Indigenization and decolonization within the university sector, Siddall is also recognized as an accomplished jazz vocalist and choral singer. She co-founded the Guelph Jazz Festival.