(2 June 2021) Message from Dr. Gabrielle A. Slowey,
Director Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Dear York colleagues and Robarts associates,
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the new director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, Prof. Jean Michel Montsion. Jean Michel is an Associate Professor in the Canadian Studies Program at Glendon College. Jean Michel’s research focuses on ethnic, urban and mobility questions as they arise in Canada’s relations with various Asian societies and communities. From an everyday life perspective, he examines the impact of port and airport infrastructure projects in Canadian cities like Vancouver on local communities; he documents First Nations’ diplomatic efforts in China, and he analyses the migration experiences of Chinese students to Canadian universities. He is also interested in ethnic and community politics of Singapore and utilizes Southeast Asia in a comparison to Canadian cases and realities. He previously served as the Acting Director of the Robarts Centre and currently he is the Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies at the York Centre for Asian Research. Jean Michel will begin his term as director of the Robarts Centre on 1 July 2021. Please join me in welcoming him to this role!
As I complete my term as director, I would like to say that it was a real honor and privilege to serve in this role. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I want to thank all of you for your support for the Robarts Centre, and more importantly for your interest and dedication to the study of Canada in all its facets. It was a real pleasure to watch the centre grow and thrive in recent years and to support such a vast array of new and dynamic research. I wish you all many fruitful years of research and activities ahead.
Director, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Department of Politics
History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Annual Elder Event with Marion McGregor (Whitefish River First Nation)
—17 February 2021
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York University has one of the largest concentrations of Canadian specialists in the world. In recognition of this fact, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies was established in 1984 with support from the private sector and matching grants from the Secretary of State and the Province of Ontario. It was named in memory of the Honourable John P. Robarts (1917– 1982), seventeenth Premier of Ontario (1961–1971) and seventh Chancellor of York University (1977–1982). Learn more HERE.
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies is located on the Seventh Floor of the Kaneff Tower on the main campus of York University.
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- Black Canada
- CIVIS: Urban Governance and Citizenship
- Critical Perspectives on Mental Health (CPM)
- Environmental Research Group
- History of Indigenous Peoples Network
- Le Canada francophone, francophile et en français
- Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH)
- Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research Network (WISER)