“I’m thrilled to grow SCS as an accessible, inspiring, and effective launchpad where our learners can prepare for their next exciting steps forward.” - SCS Dean, Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is pleased to announce the arrival of our new dean, Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, who joined us this month. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and energy to the role of dean.
Prior to joining SCS, Dr. Chandler-Crichlow was the Executive Director of Career Management and Corporate Recruiting at Ivey Business School at Western University, as well as an active member of their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Executive Council. She also previously headed 3C Workforce Solutions, an organization that conducts research to determine talent needs across major sectors such as transportation, telecommunications, and hospitality in Ontario. This kind of research, she says, is key to understanding the changing nature of work and tackling under- and unemployment of racialized youth, immigrants, newcomers, and marginalized Francophonie.
“This is a subject I’m very passionate about,” says Dr. Chandler-Crichlow. “I’m looking forward to finding more ways for SCS to equip our learners with the skills they need for the future of work. We are committed to taking an inclusive approach to providing our learning community with the vital ability to recognize and adapt their skills to address the rapidly-evolving needs of the workforce.”
In addition to over 25 years working within the financial services sector, Dr. Chandler-Crichlow has been an advisor to different levels of government, both as a member of the federal Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy, and as a member of the External Advisory Committee on Inclusion and Diversity of the Ontario Public Service. She is Board Chair of the largest immigrant mentorship network in Canada, and in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, she was selected by The Philanthropist as one of Canada’s leaders in the non-profit sector.
A lifelong learner herself, Dr. Chandler-Crichlow holds a doctorate in adult education from the University of Toronto, a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and both a Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the West Indies.
“I know well the life-changing impact education can have. I’m thrilled to grow SCS as an accessible, inspiring, and effective launchpad where our learners can prepare for their next exciting steps forward.”