Office of the President
My name is Janet Morrison; I'm a life-long learner and an educator who believes in the transformative power of post-secondary education. I'm honoured to lead an institution renowned for its commitment to excellence. Our alumni lead successful businesses, win Academy, Emmy and Canadian Screen Awards, and make invaluable contributions in the healthcare, technology and community service fields. We are tremendously proud of their local and global accomplishments as active, engaged citizens.
While proud of our past, I'm also excited for our future. Over the next five years, Sheridan will activate its new strategic plan, which will see us architect a new kind of higher education — one that blends the best of what colleges, polytechnics and universities have to offer.
We're building on the best of our history — a mix of career-focused credentials, hands-on learning, small class sizes, professors who remain rooted in industry, and a wide spectrum of research and creative activities that directly involve our students.
But we're adding a new focus on individual transformation by developing our students' capacity to thrive on change — something that takes agility, self-direction, calculated risk taking and imagination. Undoubtedly, the world is changing fast — but we're dedicated to ensuring that our graduates will navigate it with confidence.
Across our three campuses, learners will always come first. Whether you enrol at Sheridan to earn a diploma, graduate certificate or degree, you'll find a learning environment fuelled by innovation and creativity, taught by dedicated professors, enhanced by the latest technology and supported by services designed to fuel positive outcomes.
Finally, Sheridan is committed to providing students with a well-rounded experience that develops their interests, values and goals. To that end, there are countless ways to enrich your time at school and enhance your résumé through athletics, student government, social clubs, student advisement, work integrated learning, community volunteer work or participation in applied research projects.
Janet Morrison, Ph.D.
President and Vice Chancellor
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Executive Assistant to the President and Vice Chancellor
Janet Morrison, Ph.D.
President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan College
Dr. Janet Morrison was named Sheridan’s 8th President and Vice Chancellor on June 11, 2018; she had previously assumed the role of Provost and Vice President, Academic at Sheridan in 2016.
Prior to her appointment at Sheridan, Janet spent 17 years at York University, working in various roles focused on learning, discovery and engagement, most recently serving as Vice-Provost, Students. Before joining York, she held leadership positions in student affairs and taught at the University of Guelph, Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio and George Brown College. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and education.
Having worked in the post-secondary sector for over twenty-five years, Janet remains passionate about student success and community engagement. She served as a staff representative on York’s Board of Governors and in 2010 was awarded York University’s President’s Leadership Award. An active volunteer, Janet is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and previously chaired the Board of Directors for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. She was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions, which was chaired by the Department for Women and Gender Equality. In addition, Janet is Co-Chair of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Working Group that has been tasked with the development of a National Standard on Psychological Health & Safety for Post-Secondary Students.
Speeches & publications
Dr. Janet Morrison is a champion of undergraduate education and firmly believes in its power to transform people’s lives, our society and our economy. She’s immensely proud to lead at Sheridan – an institution that’s renowned for creativity and innovation, fuelled by a commitment to quality and excellence, and propelled by the talent and character of its people.
The following documents are a curated collection of her updates on Sheridan and her thoughts and reflections on the importance of post-secondary education.
- Brampton Board of Trade: View from the Top Leadership Series – December 4, 2019 | Opening address (PDF)
- The EvoLLLution – November 29, 2019 | Focused Future: A Strategic Plan to Reshape the Future of Education (PDF)
- Brampton City Council – October 30, 2019 | Presentation to Brampton City Council (PDF) | Speaking notes for presentation to Brampton City Council (PDF)
- Welcome Back Event for Sheridan Faculty and Staff – August 28, 2019 | Welcome Back Breakfast – Synopsis of Remarks (PDF)
- Colleges and Institutes Canada Annual Conference – May 2019 | The Sum of Shared Efforts: Maximizing Student Success (E/SI) (PDF)
- Ten with Ken – March 2019
Members of President and Vice Presidents (PVP)
President & Vice Chancellor
Secretary to Senate and Executive Assistant to the President & Vice Chancellor
Melanie Spence-Ariemma (returning February 1, 2021)
Provost and Vice President, Academic
Vice President, Student Experience and Enrolment Management and Interim Provost until January 31, 2021
Vice President, Inclusive Communities
Chief Change Officer
Vice President, Human Resources
Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, External Relations
As a public institution, Sheridan is guided by its core pillars of character, quality and accountability. Consistent with our values, here is the Employment Contract (PDF) for Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor.
Sheridan acknowledges that all of its campuses reside on land that for thousands of years before us was the traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. It is our collective responsibility to honour and respect those who have gone before us, those who are here, and those who have yet to come. We are grateful for the opportunity to be working on this land.