The Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education (CCGSE/CCÉÉCSÉ) is the graduate student caucus within Canada’s national network of educational researchers, the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Our goal is to build an inclusive community to support professional and social networking, collaboration, research skills, and idea exchange between diverse, emerging graduate scholars.

Students are enrolled in CCGSE automatically by selecting the student membership fee for the CSSE conference. We welcome your membership and participation as well as your ideas for projects and conference activities that enhance our experiences as a group of students.


Cameron Smith

University of Ottawa

cameron.smith at


Kelly Zian Zhang


anne.zhang at


Executive Members (2022-2023):

  • Mentorship Award Co-chairs: Anuli Ndubuisi (OISE-UT) & Adam Kaszuba (Ottawa)
  • Program Chairs: Amanda Battistuzzi (Ottawa) & Thu Le (Windsor)
  • Secretary: Ariadne Jevnikar (Lakehead)
  • Communications: Rakha Zabin (Brock)
  • Members-At-Large:
    • Amanda Dunbar (Concordia), Jill Dombroski (Western), Christine Corso (OISE-UT), Samantha Van Geel (Ottawa), Ryan Collis (York), Noah Khan (OISE-UT)

Meet the Team

Co-President (Returning) – Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith is a doctoral candidate in Education (Societies, Cultures and Languages) at the University of Ottawa. He holds an MA degree in Educational Research from the University of Calgary and received his BEd and BA degrees from Brock University. With a background in teaching French as a Second Language (FSL), Cam’s primary interests are in teacher education, FSL, and educational technologies. Cam’s SSHRC Bombardier-funded research explores the use of educational technology by FSL teachers, and the development of a community of practice to help these teachers improve their practice.

Co-President (Incoming) – Kelly Zian Zhang

Kelly is a full-time PhD student in the curriculum and pedagogy program at OISE. She completed her OISE master’s degree in the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program in 2016.  Kelly’s research interests focus on governance, educational policy, political education and leadership. In addition to CCGSE, she is a Graduate Student Member at OISE Council & Research Committee. She also serves as External Coordinator at CTL Students’ Association (CTLSA). She completed her role as Communications on a sub-committee for GSRC 2022 Conference. She participated in the OISE Mentorship Program in 2020 as a volunteer mentor of two MEd students. During her master’s study, Kelly served as OISE Student Ambassador and Executive Committee Member of the Civics Committee at UTGSU. Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn

Amanda Battistuzzi – Program Co-Chair

Amanda is a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French as a Second Language, as well as a Bachelor of Education. Her teaching experience includes middle to upper level core French courses. Her research interests include core French teacher education and language learning experiences.

Thu Le – Program Co-Chair

Thu has been working as a university lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Vietnam, for ten years before becoming a full-time PhD student in Educational Studies, Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. Her field of specialization is Social Cultural and Political Contexts in Education. She holds a master’s degree in TESOL. Her research interests lie in technology-enhanced teaching and learning, learner autonomy, online learning, and internationalization education. She is currently doing research regarding international students’ learning experience in an online environment

Mentorship Award Co-Chair – Adam Kaszuba

Adam is a doctoral candidate in the concentration Societies, Languages, and Cultures at the faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa. For his current research projects, Adam is focusing on the professional development of French second language teachers with respect to teacher education programs, to induction programs, and to modules supporting their evaluative practices.  Adam received a Baccalaureate in Arts from the University of Toronto where he majored in French Linguistics. Thereafter, he completed the Master of Teaching program at OISE, which simultaneously provided him with the Ontario Certified Teacher credential. He has a few years of experience working as an FSL teacher at international schools.

Mentorship Program Co-Chair – Anuli Ndubuisi

Anuli Ndubuisi is a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Pedagogy specializing in engineering education and digital technologies at the University of Toronto. She is also the Research and Program Manager of the International Virtual Engineering Student Teams (InVEST) project and a researcher with Encore Lab at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Anuli has a civil engineering background and holds an MBA in Engineering Business Management from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Anuli is interested in exploring the use of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) to promote inclusive educational experiences and students’ global competence development.

Secretary – Ariadne Jevnikar

Ariadne is a PhD student at Lakehead University in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies stream. She is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has taught K3 – Grade 12. Ariadne’s research focuses on the influence of school administrators on the outcomes of Gender and Sexuality Alliances in publicly-funded high schools in Ontario.

Communications – Rakha Zabin

Rakha Zabin is  currently enrolled in the Joint Ph.D. Program as a full-time student. Her field of specialization is Leadership and Policy Studies, and her home university is Brock University. Earlier she pursued her Master of Education in the field of Administration and Educational Leadership and Master of Arts specializing in TESOL. After its completion, she decided to pursue a doctoral degree to explore further the different aspects of education, especially the internationalization of higher education. Her research interest lies in internationalization, experiential education, auto-ethnographic reflection, institutional policy, and educational administration and leadership.

Ryan Collis is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at York University, working in the intersection of autism, expertise, and Science Fiction to discover future imaginaries where autistic students are truly supported. He holds degrees in English (BA, Queen’s ‘99), Computer Science (BScH, Queen’s ‘00), Education (BEd, OISE ‘05), and Science and Technology Studies (BScH, York ’19; MA, York ‘20). Ryan has been a high school teacher in the York Region District School Board since 2006, serves as the Graduate Student Officer of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA), and is a founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity


Sam Van Geel is a first-year doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include French second language teachers’ beliefs and teach practices, specifically those related to the Common European Framework of Reference. Sam completed her undergraduate degrees in French and Education at the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Arts in Education at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Sam is also an FSL teacher and supply teaches regularly in Southwestern Ontario.


Noah Khan is an first year PhD student in the department of Social Justice Education at University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His research concerns itself with examining technological functions within education and their pedagogical consequences; he is interested in developing pedagogy that reflects lived technological experiences. Noah is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and has been made a United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellow for his research on virtual education as a means to advance the SDGs. Outside of school and research assistantships, Noah finds himself writing poetry, reading, and delving into fields outside of Education.



Christine is a PhD Candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at OISE/University of Toronto with a collaborative specialization in Education Policy. Christine is a former elementary and junior high school teacher specializing in Science, and in 2021-2022 taught in the Health Sciences (BHSc) Program at McMaster University, her alma mater. Christine also spent four years working at People for Education, a non-profit policy research and advocacy organization based in Toronto. Christine’s research interests include knowledge mobilization and policy change, equity in opportunities to learn, and the politics of education policy. Her doctoral research is about the experiences of Toronto high school students during COVID.


Jill Dombroski is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Jill’s research informs curriculum related to death and loss in medical and teacher education. She is working on two streams of educational change to prepare these professionals better. In her doctoral research, she studies how physicians are prepared for end-of-life conversations with patients. Her other focus is professional development for educators on how different types of loss may impact learners in the classroom.

CCGSE Mentorship Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mindy Carter at McGill University, who is the recipient of the 2022 CCGSE Mentorship Award!


Thank you to all those who attended! A copy of the PowerPoint from the event can be found: CCGSE – 2021 Fall Event

Many thanks again to all those who were able to join us for the CCGSE workshop “All About The Literature Review” in March. The Zoom report says 75 folks attended, which is fantastic!

The Zoom recording and slides have been uploaded to our Google Drive, and should be accessible via the following link:

CCGSE Mentorship Award

The Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education (CCGSE) Mentorship Award is sponsored annually in recognition of exceptional mentorship at the level of graduate instruction. The honour:

  • recognizes the essential role of mentorship in Canadian educational research
  • pays tribute to an individual CSSE faculty member who has provided outstanding support and encouragement for graduate students in education, and
  • involves graduate students in celebrating excellence in faculties of education in Canada

The CCGSE Mentorship Award is presented annually at the General Meeting of CSSE, during the Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Recognition at the CSSE Annual General Meeting and a one year paid membership to CSSE.


Evidence in recognition of exceptional graduate student mentoring may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Encouraging contributions to the knowledge base of graduate students.
  2. Providing opportunities for graduate students’ professional growth as teachers and researchers.
  3. Modeling active membership in professional societies and encouraging students to do the same.

Submission Requirements

How to nominate a faculty member for the 2019 CCGSE Mentorship Award:

Designate a nomination coordinator: The nomination coordinator is in charge of the nomination process and will compile and send in the nomination package. They can also write one of the letters of support.

To ensure that the process is complete, the nomination coordinator will:

  1. Nomination Cover Letter: Write a cover letter stating the full name, designation, institutional affiliation, department, address, telephone and email Address of both the nominee and the nomination coordinator.
  2. Nomination Letters of Support: Collect three ‘blind’ nomination letters of support from 2 mentees (e.g. graduate students who the nominee has supervised, taught or worked with) and a colleague, describing in detail why the nominee deserves to be recognized for mentoring graduate students. Nomination letters of support must be no more than two pages in length, typed in Arial 10 pt. font and double spaced. A ‘blind’ nomination letter of support means there is NO mention of the nominee’s name or institutional affiliation within the letter. Nominators should be encouraged to refer to nominees as ‘the nominee’. A guide on the criteria for nomination and requirements to be included in the letters of support can be found here.
  3. Submission: Compile the nomination cover letter and three letters of support as a single package in Word Format (.doc) and email to the Mentorship Award Committee with the heading – Mentorship Award Nomination.

We encourage applications in both English and French.

Past Recipients

2023 – TBA
2022 – Dr. Mindy Carter (McGill University)
2021 – Dr. Debbie Pushor (University of Saskatchewan) & Dr. Chandni Desai (University of Toronto)
2020 – Dr. André Mazawi (OISE/UT)
2018 – Dr. Bonny Norton (The University of British Columbia)
2017 – Dr. Allyson Hadwin (University of Victoria)
2016 – Dr. Antoinette Gagné (University of Toronto)
2015 – Dr. Rachel Heydon (Western University)
2014 – Dr. Bruce M. Shore (McGill University)
2013 – Dr. Donna Chovanec (University of Alberta) and Dr. Benjamin Levin (University of Toronto)
2012 – Dr. Michelle McGinn (Brock University)
2011 – Dr. Nancy Heath (McGill University)
2010 – Dr. Jacqueline Specht (University of Western Ontario)
2009 – Dr. Joseph L. Kincheloe (McGill University)
2008 – Dr. Heesoon Bai (Simon Fraser University)
2007 – Dr. Theresa Rogers (University of British Columbia)
2006 – Dr. Rosemary Foster (University of Alberta)
2005 – Dr. John P. Portelli (OISE/ University of Toronto)
2004 – Dr. Michael Manley-Casimir (Brock University)
2003 – Dr. François Larose (Université de Sherbrooke)
2002 – Dr. Phil Nagy (OISE/UT (Retired))
2001 – Dr. Anne McKeough (University of Calgary)
2000 – Dr. Todd Rogers (University of Alberta)
1999 – Dr. Mathew Zachariah, (University of Calgary (Retired))
1998 – Dr. Philip H. Winne, (Simon Fraser University)


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